Qatar and Asiana emergency landings, 40% off Hilton Asia-Pacific, Etihad kills AirBerlin, AirBaltic sale, Sri Lankan adds Gan island & more

Posted on December 5, 2016 by in Airline Reviews

– the Qatar flight from Washington D.C. went much more south than usual (to make use of prevailing winds over the Atlantic) – and promptly got into major turbulence which triggered an emergency landing

Qatar Airways flight QR708 landed at Lajes Airport early Sunday with 356 passengers aboard, about five hours after the plane departed Dulles International Airport. Passengers said the emergency landing was prompted by three minutes of severe turbulence as the plane flew over the Atlantic Ocean. One person aboard the plane, Raseel Mohamed, told The Washington Post that when the plane was rocked, passengers’ heads struck overhead bins, one passenger fell to the floor and several people were tossed around the cabin.

– meanwhile Asiana had an emergency landing in Russia because of a faulty(?) smoke alarm sensor

Asiana Airlines Flight OZ521 was on its way to London with 197 people on board when it landed at an airport in the central Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk about 10:50 p.m. following an alarm that smoke was detected near the engine, officials said.

MightyTravels 2016-12-06 at 9.17.19 AM

Hilton has another 40% off sale for Asia Pacific – those are usually ‘real sales’ off the prepaid rates available before the sale started

Etihad and Air Berlin have gone ahead with another step in their restructing

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has announced it will sell its 49.8% shareholding in its Austrian production company, Niki (HG, Vienna), to Etihad Airways Group unit, Etihad Investment Holding Company LLC, for EUR300 million (USD318 million). The transaction is subject to government approval.

The move is part of a greater plan to create a new European leisure airline group in which Etihad will partner TUI AG.

As such, on the closing of the transaction, Etihad will immediately contribute its stake in Niki to the new European leisure airline group and will not effectively control, or become a majority owner of Niki.

I’m personally skeptical Air Berlin will survive in its new (current) form. It will drop out of OneWorld sooner or later and retreat to an even smaller niche market – their core business model is (still) broken.

MightyTravels 2016-12-06 at 9.20.29 AM

– Air Baltic (which I flew in stormy weather yesterday) has a 300,000 tickets sale on the occasion of their new Bombardier CS 300 (they are the launch customer) (HT Frequent Flyer Bonuses)

Most of their tickets are priced really low anyways – so no need to follow this sale too closely.

– Flying Blue and PointsHound now offer 10,000 miles for a two night stay – this is still an amazing offer


Azerbaijan Airlines is inspired by Norwegian and Pobeda and wants to start their own LCC now

Sri Lankan Airlines is starting service to Gan island (Addu Atoll) in the Maldives

This is great news since you can now use miles all the way to your hotel in the Addu Atoll. The Atoll is one of the southern-most of the Maldives archipelago and only Maldivian flew from Male before.

MightyTravels 2016-12-06 at 9.24.51 AM

There are a number of new hotel options (incl. a Shangria-La) right at the Atoll which is easy to get around on ferries and roads.

MightyTravels 2016-12-06 at 9.29.30 AM

– EgyptAir has an interesting fare of $1,088 RT in Business Class from Paris to Johannesburg

The leg from Paris to Cairo is in Economy but the Johannesburg leg is in Business. Not my favorite airline but a good deal to enjoy some better weather.

About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

This post has been tagged with:
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Don't miss - more topics from Mighty Travels

AAdvantage | Aegean Airlines | Aeromexico | Aeroplan | Air Canada | Air China | Air France | Air France/KLM Flying Blue | Air India | Air New Zealand | AirAsia | AirBnB | Airline Reviews | Alaska Airlines | Alaska Mileage Plan | Alitalia | American Airlines | American Express | American Express Membership Rewards | ANA | Asia Miles | Asiana Airlines | Avianca | Avios | Avis | Award Booking | Bank Bonuses | Best coffee | Best Rate Guarantee | Best Western | British Airways (BA) | Capital One | Cash Back Deals | Cathay Pacific Reviews | Chase Sapphire Reserve | Chase Ultimate Rewards | Cheap flights | Cheap Passport Photos | Cheap Visas | Checking Accounts/ Bank Bonuses | China Airlines Review | Choice Hotels | Choice Privileges | Citibank | Club Carlson / Radisson | Credit Card Deals | Currency Arbitrage | Delta Airlines | Delta Skymiles | Destinations & Inspiration | Emirates Reviews & Skywards | Error Fares / Mistake Fares | Etihad Reviews & Etihad Guest | Expedia Coupons | Fare Monitoring Service | Frequent Flyer Programs | Fuel surcharges | Getaround | Google ITA Matrix | Hainan Airlines | Hawaiian Airlines | HHonors | Hilton Honors | Hilton Hotels | Hotel Corporate Codes | Hotel Deals | Hotel Friends & Family Discounts | Hotel Loyalty Programs | Hotel Reviews | Hyatt | Iberia | IHG Rewards Club | Immigration & Airport Security | Immunization | Japan Airlines | Jetblue TrueBlue | Krisflyer | Lifemiles | Lounge Reviews | Low Cost Airlines | Lufthansa Miles and More | Malaysia Airlines | Manufactured Spend | Marriott Hotels | Mighty Travels Premium | Mileage Plus | Mistake Fares | Mountain Gorillas | Norwegian | Online Shopping Mall Deals | Orbitz Coupons & Deals | Priority Pass Lounges | Qantas | Qatar Airways | Radisson Rewards | Rapid Rewards | Ryanair | Saudia | Singapore Airlines | South African Airways | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Sri Lankan | StarHOT | StarwoodONE | ThankYou Points | Things to Do (City Guides) | TOP Travel Destinations | Travel Agent Rate | Travel Deals | Travel Insurance | Travel News | Travel Tech | Turkish Airlines Review | Uber | United Airlines | United Mileage Plus | World of Hyatt | Wyndham Hotels | Wyndham Rewards |