Unsolicited Thoughts 2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year! I spent much of January on the road so I haven’t yet had a chance to clear the back-log of posts. This is a (small) map tracking my flights last year – the concentration is in the Gulf because I was based out of DOH. Stats: Total number of flights: 60 Miles …

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Reviews Review: Cathay Pacific A350-900 Business Class Auckland-Hong Kong

Review: Cathay Pacific A350-900 Business Class Auckland-Hong Kong

This was the second to last leg of an epic journey from Qatar to Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Qatar Airways 777-300ER (77W) Doha-Hong Kong (J) Cathay Pacific A350-900 Hong Kong-Melbourne (J) Qantas 737-700 Melbourne-Sydney (J) Jetstar A320 SYD-Sunshine Coast/Maroochydore (Y) Qantas 737-800 Bribane-Auckland (Y) Cathay Pacific A350-900 Auckland-Hong Kong (J) Qatar Airways 77W …

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Analysis Two key developments to watch for in 2018

Two key developments to watch for in 2018

2018 will be an interesting year for commercial aviation – here are a couple developments worth keeping in mind as the year progresses. Boeing will likely re-launch passenger version of 767 There have been rumors for a few months now that a major airline is looking to purchase 50-100 planes to replace their ageing mid-range, …

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Analysis Singapore unbundles fares, regional competitors should take note

Singapore unbundles fares, regional competitors should take note

Singapore Airlines has announced new pricing structures for all four of its cabins, following in the footsteps of other global legacy carriers like Delta and United. Effective January 20, all Singapore and SilkAir – a regional affiliate – tickets will be structured as such. The biggest impact will be to the airline’s economy tickets, where …

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Unsolicited Thoughts Qantas to launch Melbourne-San Francisco with a 787-9

Qantas to launch Melbourne-San Francisco with a 787-9

Qantas has announced nonstop flights from Melbourne Tullamarine to San Francisco International starting late next year with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The flight will be operated on four days of the week, with the aircraft plying the route will be used on the other three days to supplement the Red Roo’s daily Airbus A380 flight …

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Analysis Examining and addressing Cathay Pacific’s problems

Examining and addressing Cathay Pacific’s problems

Cathay Pacific has had a tough time of it lately. Two weeks ago, Cathay team members at all levels were taken by surprise when Qatar Airways Group announced its acquisition of 9.61% of the airline’s shares. While this could be seen by some as alarming given Qatar’s outspoken CEO, I don’t believe they will be …

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Analysis Qatar buys 9.6% of Cathay, expanding oneworld investments

Qatar buys 9.6% of Cathay, expanding oneworld investments

On Monday morning Qatar Airways Group announced its acquisition of 9.6% of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific for USD662M. Qatar is now the third largest shareholder of Cathay, after Swire Group (45%) and Beijing-based Air China (30%). The acquisition represents an increase in Qatari ownership of airlines in the oneworld alliance, of which it is a …

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Reviews Review: Finnair A350-900 Business Class London – Helsinki

Review: Finnair A350-900 Business Class London – Helsinki

I arrived at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 early because I wanted to spend some time at Cathay Pacific’s recently renovated lounge. The vast majority of my interactions with Heathrow are at Terminal 5, where British Airways is based, and Terminal 4, where Qatar Airways fly in and out of. It was a rare treat to …

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Unsolicited Thoughts Qatar reintroduces pyjamas on 8+, may be selling upgrades

Qatar reintroduces pyjamas on 8+, may be selling upgrades

On my flight from Hong Kong to Doha on Sunday I learned that Qatar Airways recently re-introduced pyjamas for Business Class passengers on flights of 8 hours or longer, and they come with slippers. I’ve also heard rumors that the airline is selling upgrades on a first come, first served basis. As of press time, …

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Reviews Review: American A321T Business Class San Francisco – New York JFK

Review: American A321T Business Class San Francisco – New York JFK

American Airlines’ response to the the high level of demand for premium products between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco is their unique three-class Airbus A321 (“A321T”). They are the only airline that offers regularly-scheduled, multiple-daily-frequencies three-class service across the country. The aircraft features a true First Class, Business Class and Economy (“Main Cabin” in …

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