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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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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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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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Unsolicited Thoughts BA appealing to Home Office over long immigration queues

BA appealing to Home Office over long immigration queues

British Airways has finally contacted the Home Office to ask that the long wait times at UK immigration be addressed. Business Traveller reports that the carrier expressed serious concerns over the amount of time its passengers spend waiting to clear immigration. They noted that of the 29 e-gates at T5, only a third are usually …

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Unsolicited Thoughts ANA to serve Ichinokura sake in economy

ANA to serve Ichinokura sake in economy

Great news! Japan’s ANA will start serving sake in economy class. The¬†Star Alliance airline said it was responding to requests from its passengers to make the Japanese rice wine available down the back as well. ANA has existing sake services in the first, business class and premium economy cabins. The new service for economy will …

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Unsolicited Thoughts Inbound air cargo to Doha: 4,000 cows

Inbound air cargo to Doha: 4,000 cows

Bloomberg is reporting that 4,000 cows have arrived in Doha from Germany (via Hungary) amid the political and economic blockade being imposed by some of the Gulf Cooperation Council states. I haven’t been to the grocery store in a couple weeks, but it’ll be interesting to see if Power International Holding’s packaging for beef and …

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Unsolicited Thoughts DHS exempts Middle Eastern carriers from laptop ban

DHS exempts Middle Eastern carriers from laptop ban

Update 6 July 2017: I’ve just landed in London and heard that Qatar Airways has also been exempted from the laptop ban, effectively immediately. Update 5 July 2017: Effective immediately, DHS has exempted Emirates from the laptop ban as well. In a statement, the Dubai-based carrier stated: “Emirates has been working hard in coordination with …

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Unsolicited Thoughts Why Qatar Airways should launch SFO early – like, now

Why Qatar Airways should launch SFO early – like, now

Earlier this year Qatar Airways announced service to San Francisco (SFO), along with a host of other new destinations, for 2018. They also pushed back the start date of their previously announced service to Las Vegas (LAS). But recent events lead me to believe Qatar should move up the launch of San Francisco to later …

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