A Transatlantic 737 Flight, Doha’s Eerily Empty Airport, Another Basic Economy Expansion and More

Jun 17, 2017

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week.

Flight Review: Norwegian Air (737-800) Economy From New York (SWF) to Edinburgh

TPG Editorial Director James Cury had the chance to fly Norwegian’s inaugural flight between New York (SWF) and Edinburgh (EDI). Follow along to see what it was like to fly in a Boeing 737 across the Atlantic.

Flying From a Very Quiet Airport in Doha, Qatar

Read about one TPG Contributor’s experience transiting through Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) in the middle of the political chaos in the region that’s resulted in Qatar being isolated from its neighbors.

American Airlines Reverses Decision to Install 29-Inch Pitch Seats

Last month, American Airlines shared the details of a plan to reduce seat pitch in its upcoming Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to just 29 inches for 18 unlucky passengers and 30 inches for the rest of those seated in economy. Now, however, the airline has reversed course on that decision and has said that all economy seats will feature at least 30 inches of pitch.

United’s Expanding Basic Economy to Hawaii and Latin America

This week we learned that United will be rolling out its dreadful basic economy product on flights to Hawaii and Latin America later this year.

Delta’s Airbus A350 Makes Its First Appearance

The world recently got its first look at an almost-complete Delta A350 — the twin-engine jet rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France on Tuesday spotting the carrier’s signature blue and red livery.

American Airlines Basic Economy Fares Go International

The invasion of basic economy seats continues with American Airlines adding 25 international routes between the US and Canada that will “feature” basic economy seats.

First Look: The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is one of the most anticipated hotels of 2017 — check out our first look of the property here.

In other news…

View of the Main Cabin Extra section and back towards standard economy seats.

You Can Now Purchase Preferred Seats When Traveling on a SAAver Award Ticket

American Airlines now allows those who are traveling on a SAAver award ticket to purchase upgrades to a preferred or Main Cabin Extra seat, which wasn’t possible before.

Lufthansa A380 Featured

Lufthansa Shifting A380s From Frankfurt to Munich

Lufthansa is moving five of its 14 A380s from its home base in Frankfurt (FRA) to its other hub in Munich (MUC). The German carrier is reportedly feuding with the airport operator in Frankfurt, which could be an explanation for the move.

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