Eurowings lie-flat Business Class, United starts Tahiti flights, Iraqi airspace safe again?, Virgin Atlantic 787 troubles, Niki bankruptcy, Singapore Airlines new cabin A380 now in service

Eurowings is apparently working on a lie-flat Business Class that looks very much like Air Berlin’s former Business Class cabin

– amazing – United Airlines is starting seasonal, three times a week service to Papeete, Tahiti on their 787’s

Tahiti is just a bit further than Hawaii but since it is in the Oceania region you will need 70,000 miles one-way in Business Class. The ANA Mileage Plan requires only 120,000 miles Round Trip in Business Class.

I still feel (cheap) paid tickets to Hawaii and a tag-on flight with Hawaiian Airlines (an American Express Membership Rewards partner) is a decent deal and you get to spend time in both places. Note that Hawaiian only goes from/to Papeete on Saturdays.

There is another contender – French Blue airlines that plans a service from Paris via San Francisco but does not have traffic rights from San Francisco (yet).

– Emirates and flyDubai (they are now being mentioned almost always as one airline) have resumed flying over Iraq as ISIS is hopefully defeated for good

– Niki has declared bankruptcy after Lufthansa abandoned the deal (apparently regulators figured out that the airline would have a 100% monopoly afterwards)

– Virgin Atlantic has trouble keeping their 787 in service and many Manchester flights (including SFO) are getting Delta A330s or Air Berlin plane instead.

I’m NOT a fan of the Virgin Atlantic Business Class seat – but I like their lounges, food and vibe so this may actually be an upgrade.

– Singapore Airlines is getting their first, newly equipped A380 this week, don’t expect a quick roll-out but marvel at the shiny new cabin pictures instead 🙂