Showing posts with label Dreamliner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dreamliner. Show all posts

14 November, 2023

Royal Jordanian orders four 787-9 Dreamliner jets

Boeing and Royal Jordanian announced an order for four 787-9 Dreamliner jets as the airline expands and modernizes its widebody fleet. Jordan's flag carrier also reconfirmed at the Dubai Airshow a previous order for two 787-9s, bringing its total 787-9 backlog to six.

Boeing and Royal Jordanian announced an order for four 787-9 Dreamliner jets as the airline expands and modernizes its widebody fleet.

"Our decision to add the 787-9 Dreamliners to our fleet is a testament to our dedication to providing an unparalleled travel experience," said Samer Majali, vice chairman and CEO of Royal Jordanian. "This move aligns seamlessly with our broader strategy of fleet modernization, emphasizing fuel efficiency, sustainability and passenger comfort. As we embark on this journey, we are confident that the Dreamliner's cutting-edge technology will play a pivotal role in elevating our operational capabilities."

Building on Royal Jordanian's fleet of seven 787-8 aeroplanes, the addition of another member of the Dreamliner family will enable the airline to fly more passengers and cargo farther. The 787-9 can fly 296 passengers 14,010 km (7,565 nautical miles), building on routes first opened by the 787-8.

"Royal Jordanian, having been the first in the Middle East to order the 787 over 16 years ago, continues to lead in adopting advancements in aviation," said Majali. "The airline's current fleet of seven 787-8 Dreamliners has proven successful in connecting Amman to major global destinations. The additional order underscores Royal Jordanian's forward-looking approach and commitment to meeting the growing demand for long-haul travel."

13 November, 2023

Royal Air Maroc Confirms Order for Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced the North African carrier placed a repeat order for the 787 Dreamliner, confirming two 787-9s in its order book as the airline grows its widebody fleet. The carrier, which currently operates nine Dreamliners, leverages the 787 family's efficiency and flexibility to expand its long-haul network.

Boeing and Morocco's flag carrier enjoy more than 55 years of partnership

"The two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will enable Royal Air Maroc to expand in the short-term its long-haul network in response to the highly favourable market conditions in 2023," said Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Air Maroc. "Simultaneously, the company is actively pursuing a significant tender to quadruple the fleet before 2037."

Royal Air Maroc has added to its widebody aeroplane count with a mix of 787-8s and 787-9s over the last nine years. This order was previously unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

"The 787 Dreamliner is perfectly suited to support Royal Air Maroc's growth and modernization plans," said Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "Boeing's relationship with the airline spans more than five decades, and we look forward to more opportunities to strengthen our partnership with Royal Air Maroc."

Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, is a member of the oneworld Alliance and flies to 82 destinations in 41 territories around the world, including frequent departures to the biggest capitals in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Its fleet of Boeing aeroplanes includes 737s, in addition to 787s.

Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 380 new nonstop routes around the world and reduces fuel use and emissions by 25% compared to the aeroplanes it replaces. Passengers enjoy a better experience with the largest windows of any jet, air that is more humid and pressurized at a lower cabin altitude for greater comfort, large overhead bins, soothing LED lighting, and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

31 October, 2023

Air Canada resumes daily non-stop seasonal service between London Heathrow and Mumbai

Air Canada has resumed its daily non-stop seasonal service between London Heathrow Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, operating until 29 March 2024 from London Heathrow. This route is part of Air Canada’s resumption of flights between Toronto and Mumbai via London Heathrow.  

Air Canada flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, accommodating 298 passengers, with a choice of three classes of service: Economy, Premium Economy, and Air Canada Signature Class, which offers customers superior comfort and convenience in an exclusive cabin, with spacious lie-flat seating, personalized service, fine cuisine, extra baggage allowance and access to priority airport services. Seats are available for booking at, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada's Contact Centres and travel agencies.   

“We are delighted to resume our non-stop fifth freedom service between London Heathrow and India’s city of dreams, Mumbai,” said Stephen Gerrard, Air Canada General Manager Sales, U.K. and Ireland. “Mumbai is one of the top destinations worldwide, renowned for its historical monuments and rich culture. Our customers in the United Kingdom will benefit from more travel choice and convenience while travelling for business, leisure or visiting friends and family. We look forward to welcoming our customers on board.” 

In addition to the resumed service between London Heathrow and Mumbai, Air Canada offers non-stop year-round services from London Heathrow to Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Halifax and between Dublin and Toronto, as well as non-stop summer seasonal services from Edinburgh and Manchester to Toronto, and from Dublin to Vancouver and Montreal.   

For Summer 2024, Air Canada recently announced an increase to four daily services from London to Toronto, an increase to six weekly frequencies from Manchester to Toronto, as well as an earlier seasonal start for its Edinburgh to Toronto service on 1 March 2024, operating to January 2025.  

London – Mumbai Schedule 









End Date  



AC 856 





01:35 (+1) 


29 March 2024  

AC 855 






29 March 2024 

21 June, 2023

Qantas has resumed seasonal flights direct from Perth to Rome

The leading Australian international carrier, Qantas, resumes seasonal flights direct from Perth to Rome for the second year running.  The flights will operate three days per week with the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft until 3 October 2023, offering more than 22,000 seats between Australia and Italy over a four-month period.  The route remains the only direct flight between Australia and continental Europe offered by any airline. Customers travelling in Business class from Rome to Perth will be offered limited-edition Qantas amenity kits, launched in partnership with Tourism Western Australia, featuring the artwork of Western Australian Wongi artist Kevin Wilson.

The national carrier has also confirmed it will operate the service for a third year, with flights for 2024 to go on sale in early July. Qantas International CEO Cameron Wallace said the airline was pleased to be carrying Australians direct to Rome for another summer in Europe.

“Our Perth – Rome route was one of the most popular across our international network last year and bookings show that it’s shaping to be that way again,” said Mr Wallace.

“We also saw many customers using Rome as a gateway to continental Europe, connecting onwards with our network of partners, with Sicily, Athens and Barcelona being amongst the top destinations last year.

“The route is fantastic for tourism operators across Western Australia, not just because of the influx of visitors we’ve seen from Italy, but also because it promotes Perth as a stopover for Australians travelling to Europe from the east coast.

“One of the trends we’ve seen emerge post-COVID is that preference for direct flights is higher than ever. Strong customer demand for our long-haul international routes has given us the confidence to commit to a third season in 2024.”

Customers can connect from Rome to 16 destinations in Europe including Geneva, Nice and Madrid and 14 destinations within Italy including Milan and Venice. A “circle fare” also allows Qantas customers to fly into Rome and return to Australia from London on the one ticket.

In 2022, Italy was ranked as Western Australia’s 11th largest international market for visitors, up from 23rd largest in 2019.

Premier of Western Australia Roger Cook has welcomed the resumption of direct flights linking Perth and Rome, saying they have proven to a be a game-changer for the State’s economy.

“From keen travellers to Western Australians with strong family ties to Italy, all will welcome being able to step off at Perth Airport then set foot in the eternal city.  The resumption of what has proved to be a very popular flight has obvious economic and cultural benefits for our State.  Linking Perth and Rome with direct flights enables us to deliver on our strategy to diversify our economy and support jobs across a range of sectors, including tourism and hospitality.

This is further proof of our State’s reputation as the Western Gateway.”

20 June, 2023

China Airlines orders 8 Boeing 787 Dreamliners jets

U.S. planemaker Boeing and China Airlines have finalized an order for eight 787-9 Dreamliners jets at the 2023 Paris Air Show, which follows  This firm order follows the airline's first-ever order for 16 787-9s announced last year. 

However, this latest news isn't actually a new addition to Boeing's backlog and finances,  it was previously posted to Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website as unidentified and for a discount, China Airlines agreed to delay the announcement until the Paris Air Show. 

China Airlines also becomes the newest 787-10 customer as it converts six 787-9s to the 787-10, the largest member of the 787 family, to add flexibility and capacity on its regional network as passenger demand continues to rise above pre-pandemic levels.

With this order, the carrier will introduce 24 super-efficient 787s over the next several years, strengthening the airline's existing global network. The 787 enables China Airlines to reduce fuel use and emissions by 20%, which will support the airline to meet its sustainability goals.

The 787 family is selling at the highest rate in its history, receiving more than 250 orders and commitments in the past six months.

14 March, 2023

New Saudi Arabian airline to launch with all-Boeing Fleet.......up to 72 Dreamliners

US planemaker Boeing has done a massive deal, potentially with one of the globe's newest air carriers, Riyadh Air, which will see the new Saudi Arabian airline launch with a fleet of 787 Dreamliners.  

Owned by Saudi Arabia's current rulers' Public Investment Fund, the new airline will purchase 39 Boeing 787-9s aircraft, with options for an additional 33 787-9s. These will be based at the HQ of the airline, Riyadh. 

Saudi Arabia's leaders are seeking to completely transform the nation's aviation industry and develop to be a global hub that will see it rival Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

"The new airline reflects the ambitious vision of Saudi Arabia to be at the core of shaping the future of global air travel and be a true disrupter in terms of customer experience," said Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air.

18 October, 2022

First Dreamliner in Lufthansa's long-haul fleet is named “Berlin”

Christening of the Boeing 787-9 "Berlin" by Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey

Lufthansa Group largest operator at BER: Five Lufthansa Group airlines fly to the capital region

The "Berlin" will be on long-haul service to New York (Newark) for the first time on Dec. 1, 2022

Photo Lufthansa
Photo Lufthansa

The capital has a new flying ambassador. The first Boeing 787-9 in the Lufthansa fleet, with the registration D-ABPA, was christened on Monday at Berlin Brandenburg Airport by Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said, "The first Dreamliner in our long-haul fleet is called 'Berlin', because the company has a long and special relationship with the capital. Lufthansa has been a strong partner of the German capital since it was founded in Berlin in 1926. Since we were allowed to fly to Berlin again in 1990, no other airline has brought more travellers to the region. With the new Boeing 787 'Berlin' we proudly carry the name of the German capital around the world."

Lufthansa was founded in Berlin on January 6, 1926, and was headquartered there until 1945. After World War II, only Allied aircraft were allowed to land in the divided city. Lufthansa did not fly to the capital again until 1990.

The Lufthansa Group is the largest operator at BER. Five of the Group's airlines connect Berlin with Germany and the world. In the upcoming winter flight schedule, Lufthansa Group airlines will offer just under a third of all flights to and from Berlin. In summer 2023, the Lufthansa Group's offering will be more than twice as large as that of the second-largest carrier at the site, accounting for approximately 40% of all flights. In addition, the Group is represented here - as is otherwise only the case in Frankfurt - with all its important business segments.

Photo Lufthansa
Photo Lufthansa
Franziska Giffey, Governing Mayor of Berlin, said: "Lufthansa and the German capital are linked by a long tradition. The company was founded in Berlin in 1926 and rose to become one of the world's leading airlines. Today, the Lufthansa Group connects Berlin with the world. Long-haul flights to and from BER are very important for our economic development. Our trade fairs, congresses and Berlin's strong hospitality industry also thrive on this. I am delighted to be able to christen Lufthansa's first Dreamliner 'Berlin' today - with ‘Berliner Weiße’, as befits the occasion. I wish the 'Berlin' a good flight at all times."

From December, the D-ABPA will be in service on the route from Frankfurt to New York (Newark). The Dreamliner will make its first commercial flight from Frankfurt to Munich on October 19. From then on, the "Berlin" will fly the domestic route three times a day. This will allow the necessary training flights to be completed and as many crews as possible to be trained.

Seventh aircraft with the Berlin name

Photo Lufthansa
Photo Lufthansa
The Boeing 787-9 is already the seventh Lufthansa aircraft to be named "Berlin." Willy Brandt first christened a Boeing 707 with the name of the capital on September 16, 1960. It was the first aircraft christening after Lufthansa's reestablishment in 1953, and since then it has been a company tradition for aircraft to be named after German cities. The Dreamliner's predecessor was the sixth "Berlin": an Airbus A380 with the registration D-AIMI. It was christened by the then Governing Mayor at Tegel Airport on May 22, 2012 and decommissioned during the pandemic.

Reducing CO2 emissions by 30 percent

The ultra-modern "Dreamliner" long-haul aircraft now only consume an average around 2.5 litres of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometres flown. That is up to 30 percent less than the preceding models. Between 2022 and 2027, the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of a total of 32 Boeing Dreamliners.

28 March, 2022

London Heathrow welcomes WestJet's first flight from Calgary.....

Yesterday saw the inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport land slightly ahead of schedule at 11:38, which complements WestJet's flights to London-Gatwick.

WestJet's Boeing 787's will be offering up to nine times weekly service between Calgary and London this summer, marking much greater connectivity between the UK and Alberta. Jyoti Gondek, Mayor of Calgary said: "Having direct flight access to Heathrow, enhancing connectivity to London, a global capital market and business hub will further enhance Alberta's competitiveness for investment and trade. This is also the latest signal to global investors of confidence in Alberta's economy and economic recovery.  We look forward to putting these flights to good use bringing investors and business to our province who will bring with them capital and jobs for Albertans."

"We are pleased to provide our guests travelling to London for business and leisure with greater choice and convenience as we celebrate our inaugural flight to Heathrow Airport," said Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice-President, Network & Alliances. "This new route not only strengthens Alberta's travel and tourism pipeline but creates new opportunities for our guests to benefit from access to one of the most connected global aviation hubs." 

"We look forward to providing Canadians and Europeans with enhanced connectivity from Western Canada as we further our commitment to supporting the economic recovery of inbound tourism on both sides of the Atlantic," continued Hedlin.
The inaugural flight's crew...

Details of WestJet's new service between Calgary and London Heathrow:


Peak Frequency     

Start Date

Calgary – London Heathrow     

4x weekly

March 26, 2022     

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18 September, 2021

United to start Washington, D.C. - Lagos, Nigeria service in November

It has been confirmed that U.S. mega carrier United Airlines will operate a new African route to Nigeria starting this November. 

The airline expects to start the route between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria on 29th November, subject to government approval. It plans to operate the route three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The service will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus seats and 158 standard economy seats. 

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. 

"This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "On behalf of all of United we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service."

"We are honoured to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

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21 August, 2021

Canadian carrier WestJet restarts operating between Calgary and Paris with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

This week the Canadian carrier WestJet restarted its non-stop route to France, operating between Calgary and Paris with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 

With the restart of service to Paris, WestJet becomes the airline serving the most European destinations, direct from its global hub in Calgary. WestJet introduced twice-weekly, non-stop, service between Calgary and Amsterdam on August 5 and is currently serving London (Gatwick) two times weekly, with both markets increasing to three times weekly in September.

"We are thrilled to bring back this historic route between Calgary and Paris, reconnecting these two incredible cities and providing easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe for Western Canadians," said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "Calgary to Paris is a key market for inbound tourism to Western Canada. Alongside a successful vaccination rollout across Canada, we are proud to see this route return and will continue to invest in the economic recovery and growth of both Calgary and Alberta, following the COVID-19 pandemic."

In 2019, WestJet's investment in direct flights from Europe to Alberta drove $90 Million in spend from 56,000 inbound travellers.

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19 December, 2020

Etihad Inaugurates Pioneering 2020 ecoDemonstrator aircraft into service

Following the launch of the Etihad Greenliner Program at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, and the arrival of the flagship Greenliner in January 2020, Etihad Airways today officially inaugurated the latest aircraft in its journey towards sustainability, with the pioneering 2020 ecoDemonstrator entering commercial service following a series of industry-leading test flights across the United States. The aircraft, a brand-new Boeing 787-10 registered A6-BMI, is the latest arrival to Etihad’s 39-strong fleet of 787 Dreamliners, making the UAE national airline one of the world’s largest operators of the technologically advanced aircraft type. 


2020 ecoDemonstrator enters service after year of sustainability initiatives following launch of Etihad Greenliner Program in November 2019 at The Dubai Airshow 
Despite impact of Covid19 on global aviation, Etihad implemented key sustainability initiatives in 2020, including:
January 2020: Flagship Greenliner aircraft enters service 
January 2020: Operated 787 EcoFlight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels with optimised routing; minimum single use plastics; and other fuel efficiency initiatives 
January 2020: Announced minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and halving of the airline’s 2019 net emission levels by 2035 
February 2020: Greenliner operated optimised roundtrip flight Abu Dhabi to Dublin, including optimised route profile for the entire roundtrip, optimised climb and continuous descent. When compared to a standard Boeing 787 flight on that route, the ecoFlight reduced journey time by 40 minutes, cut fuel by 800kg and CO2 by 3 tonnes 
August 2020: ecoDemonstrator testing in USA 
October 2020: Launch of world’s first Transition Sukuk and the first Sustainability-Linked financing in global aviation, raising USD 800 million to support Etihad’s drive for sustainable aviation by linking terms to Etihad’s carbon reduction targets 
December 2020: Commits to purchasing carbon offsets, to completely neutralise the CO2 emissions of its flagship “Greenliner” 787-10 aircraft for a full year of operations in 2021 
December 2020: ecoDemonstrator enters service as part of Etihad’s 39-strong fleet of 787 Dreamliners

As the 2020 ecoDemonstrator, in partnership with Boeing, NASA and Safran Landing Systems, Etihad’s 787 Dreamliner was used as a flying testbed to accelerate technological developments with the goal of making commercial aviation safer and more sustainable. A familiar sight in the skies over the American Northwest in recent months, the uniquely branded Dreamliner, kitted out with complex testing equipment, conducted extensive research flying above Montana and between Washington state and South Carolina. 

27 April, 2020

LOT wants to convert Dreamliners to freighters

Photo LOT
LOT Polish airlines jas begin negotiations with the US planemaker, Boeing, over the conversion of its 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft into cargo craft.

According to local media, the request would only be a temporary issue to help the carrier cope with the crippling losses caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. shutdown. The airline is seeking to branch further into other areas now that passenger demand has virtually slowed to zero. "If we get approval and meet all safety requirements, we will become the first airline in the world that will adapt the Dreamliner for such transport." Michal Czernicki, a spokesperson for the carrier said on Monday. 

LOT has 15 Dreamliners in its fleet and has been using some to perform repatriation flights and transport supplied of personal protective equipment from China to Poland to the hep the Polish health system to try to ease the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Reuters, Czernicki declined to comment on timing, what kind of cargo the airline might transport in the aircraft or for how long they would be used as hybrid freighters. 

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10 February, 2020

Qantas launches direct Brisbane to San Francisco route on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The Australian airline Qantas has launched its brand new service between Queensland's premier city, Brisbane to San Francisco for the first time.  The new route will be operated by a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. 
Qantas International CEO Tino La Spina will join Queensland Tourism Minister, the Hon. Kate Jones and Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaf at Brisbane Airport to farewell the inaugural flight this afternoon.
The 12-hour 40 minute, 11,367km Brisbane to San Francisco (QF59) service marks the first time the River City and the Bay City have been linked by non-stop flights.
Qantas currently operates daily direct flights from Sydney to San Francisco and four times a week from Melbourne to San Francisco.  The new Brisbane flight will operate three days a week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

16 December, 2019

Air Canada starts only non-stop service from Montreal to São Paulo

Air Canada has started the only non-stop service between Montreal and São Paulo, Brazil, last week. 

The carrier will operate direct to São Paulo three times a week until March 27th, 2020 with 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 

"We are very pleased to celebrate the historic start of non-stop service between Montreal and Brazil, marked by the launch of our newest international flight to São Paulo. Complementing our Toronto services, our new flights from Montreal provide another convenient link to Brazil's largest city and financial centre while offering a great opportunity for Brazilians to enjoy an exceptional Quebec winter vacation. São Paulo is one of 13 new international destinations added by Air Canada from Montreal-Trudeau Airport since 2017, further reinforcing our ongoing transformation of Montreal into a competitive, international hub. The Montreal-Brazil route also underscores Air Canada's strategic expansion to South America, with new flights that launched from Toronto to Quito on December 8, and starting next summer, from Montreal to Bogota," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

23 October, 2019

Westjet to offer more servioces on its 787 Dreamliner fleet

WestJet to offer more 787 Dreamliner services between European
destinations and Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver

The Canadian airline WestJet has announced passengers in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto will benefit from more domestic and transatlantic services on the new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for summer 2020.

"As we welcome new 787 deliveries, we continue to showcase WestJet's award-winning guest experience to the world," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "Our Dreamliner service is unique to WestJet and through increased domestic and transatlantic connections we're able to offer Canadians and visitors a superior experience whether travelling for business or leisure."

Dreamliner schedule highlights:

Earlier Dreamliner service between London, Gatwick and Calgary, operating daily as of April 14, 2020.
Year-round daily service between Toronto and London, Gatwick on the Dreamliner.
Daily seasonal summer Dreamliner service between Vancouver and London, Gatwick commences on April 26, 2010.
Domestic year-round 787 service between Calgary and Toronto beginning in June.
Transatlantic Dreamliner service between Paris and Calgary resumes March 12, 2020.
WestJet will receive three additional Boeing Dreamliners in 2020 bringing the airline's total to six of up to 20.

16 October, 2019

Latest Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner rolls out the paint shop with sleek centenary livery

The Australian airline Qantas has introduced a new special livery on its latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner which rolled out of the paint shop at Boeing’s factory in Washington State earlier this week.  The new paint job celebrates the flying kangaroo’s 100th year in the skies.

Qantas will turn 99 in November, and as it enters its 100th year of operations, is embarking on a range of initiatives to celebrate the Spirit of Australia.

The special livery features each Qantas logo since its 1920 founding in outback Queensland through to today, along with the newly unveiled ‘Qantas100’ imprint that will run across its Centenary celebrations.

22 August, 2019

Qantas going the distance..... direct flights from New York and London to Australia

Project Sunrise

The Australian airline, Qantas has just announced three very ultra-long-haul research flights to gather new data about inflight passenger and crew health and wellbeing on excessively long trips.

The flights form part of planning for Project Sunrise – Qantas’ goal to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.

The three flights over three months will use new Boeing 787-9s and re-route their planned delivery flights. Instead of flying empty from Seattle to Australia, the aircraft will simulate two Project Sunrise routes – London and New York to Sydney.

This will represent the world’s first flight by a commercial airline direct from New York to Sydney and only the second time a commercial airline has flown direct from London to Sydney.

Each flight will have a maximum of 40 people, including crew, in order to minimise weight and give the necessary fuel range. Carbon emissions from the flights will be fully offset.

Qantas to conduct research flights between New York and London direct to Australia.

Project Sunrise

The Australian airline, Qantas has just announced three very ultra-long-haul research flights to gather new data about inflight passenger and crew health and wellbeing on excessively long trips.

The flights form part of planning for Project Sunrise – Qantas’ goal to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.

The three flights over three months will use new Boeing 787-9s and re-route their planned delivery flights. Instead of flying empty from Seattle to Australia, the aircraft will simulate two Project Sunrise routes – London and New York to Sydney.

This will represent the world’s first flight by a commercial airline direct from New York to Sydney and only the second time a commercial airline has flown direct from London to Sydney.

Each flight will have a maximum of 40 people, including crew, in order to minimise weight and give the necessary fuel range. Carbon emissions from the flights will be fully offset.

26 July, 2019

Qantas opens sales on Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco

Australians can now book direct flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco for the first time, with fares available for sale from this week.
The new routes will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, offering next-generation seating and built-in jet lag reducing features, and see the national carrier grow its United States network from one to three non-stop destinations from Brisbane.
The announcement follows the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final approval of Qantas’ joint business with American Airlines last Friday.
San Francisco flights will begin on 9 February 2020 and operate three times per week, complementing Qantas’ existing flights from Sydney and Melbourne and offering customers the choice of double daily Dreamliner services from Australia’s east coast to the popular Californian city.

27 May, 2019

KLM axes Colombo service in favour of Bangalore

KLM Dreamliner                  Photo Patrick Kop
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be expanding its Indian network to include Bangalore from the end of October. The carrier will launch a thrice-weekly direct service from Amsterdam to this Indian megacity. These flights will be operated using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner equipment, seating 294 passengers.

The new KLM flights will expand KLM’s network in India, where the cities of Delhi and Mumbai are already served. The thrice-weekly connection with Bangalore will open up even more opportunities for travel between Amsterdam and India. In so doing, KLM will be offering additional connections between the United States and India via its Amsterdam hub.

Until recently, KLM cooperated intensively with its partner Jet Airways on routes to and from India. Unfortunately, Jet Airways had to suspend all its flights for an indefinite period with effect from April 2019. Consequently, KLM decided to raise capacity to India in order to offer our customers alternatives, while continuing to cater to market demand.