8x on Apple, Cathay Pacific brings A350 to SFO, visit Russia visa-free, 3,500 miles per Avis rental, new Qatar Business Class seat, impressive WOW Air stats
– Cathay Pacific is bringing the A350 to San Francisco
From October 29, 2017, flight CX893 will expand from a three-times-weekly service using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to a daily A350 service, bringing the total number of San Francisco to Hong Kong departures to three per day (21 per week). Cathay Pacific will now offer more non-stop flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong than any other airline. CX879 and CX873 will continue to be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
CX893 will depart daily at 12:55 am, arriving in Hong Kong the following day at 8:05 am. This early morning arrival will allow passengers to connect with Cathay Pacific flights across Asia – including Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and over 22 gateways in mainland China – without a lengthy layover in Hong Kong. The return flight, CX892, departs Hong Kong at 5:55 pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), arriving in San Francisco at 1:55 pm (same day) and 6:45 pm (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), arriving in San Francisco at 2:45 pm (same day).
A novelty for Cathay Pacific the plane will feature WiFi.
– Russia is setting up a visa-free zone in it’s far eastern provinces
Under the new rules, single business, tourist and humanitarian electronic visas for a stay of up to eight days will be issued without a consular fee to foreign citizens arriving in Russia through border crossings in the Free Port of Vladivostok. Travellers will be able to visit any of the five Far Eastern regions covered by the free port regime: the Primorye, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin, Chukotka and Kamchatka regions.
– if you do a lot of weekend Avis rentals (I do) this Aeroplan/ Avis bonus deal is interesting as it allows you to earn up to 3,500 bonus Aeroplan miles per rental
– DesignAir looks through the new Qatar Airways Business Class seat
I’m not sure how innovative this seat really is but it’s a great idea to finally get rid of the old seats in the Qatar Airways 777 and give it a lie-flat makeover
– an interesting look at the stats of European airline WOW air that just started flights to the US two years ago and now transports mostly Americans!
The carrier launched its first flight to the US in 2015.
“The majority of our passengers are US citizens,” Friðriksdóttir said. “For 2016, our overall load factors reached 88% and WOW Air transported 1.7 million passengers. We estimate 3.1 million passengers in 2017.”
The LCC also plans to further extend its network to Asia as tourism numbers from the Far East increase in Iceland.
“We will add more aircraft in the future and are also evaluating flights to Asia,” she said, declining to give details. But, she added: “We are also looking to another destination in the US.”
On its A330-300, WOW Air has installed 20 business-class seats, which include a foot rest and a 38- to 40-in. seat pitch.