United launches Houston – Sydney, Abu Dhabi Louvre to open in November, Qatar Airways changes aircraft for many US routes, Lufthansa cancels Doha

– United is suddenly bullish on ultra-long-haul flights – now launching Houston to Sydney on their 787

The new flight will be the only nonstop service to Australia from Houston and offers customers from Houston as well as from hundreds of cities across the U.S. the opportunity to conveniently travel to Sydney. United currently serves Sydney nonstop from its West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This flight is subject to government approval.

At 8,596 miles, this flight will be United’s second longest. Together with its service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore, United will fly the three longest flights by a U.S. carrier, making United the leader in ultra-long haul flights.

– if you are headed to Abu Dhabi the Abu Dhabi Louvre on Yas Island is now slated to open before the F1 Grand Prix in November – the city needs more things to do

– if you are booked on Qatar Business Class (Review) the next few months (you should!) you might be interested in the aircraft changes for popular US routes that just went live

Doha – Boston 787-8 replaces A350-900
Doha – Dallas/Ft. Worth A350-900 replaces 777-300ER from 01OCT17 to 31OCT17
Doha – Hong Kong 2 daily service operated by 777-300ER, replacing 787-8
Doha – Miami A350-900XWB service, introduced from 01SEP17, is being extended until 31OCT17

– Lufthansa is throwing in the towel and cancelling their Doha flights