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

Posted on December 13, 2017 by in Travel Deals

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 🙂