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IMAGES: Qatar Airways Unveils its New Airbus A380 First Class

Qatar Airways new A380 First Class. Photo - Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways new A380 First Class – Photo: Qatar Airways

This week, Qatar Aiways unveiled what their new First Class product on the Airbus A380 will look like and it is impressive.

There are some immediate things that jump out and excite me beyond the hard statistics. The colors and branding fit right in with the overall Qatar Airways color palette. Many airlines, to their detriment, completely lose all branding in their premium cabin and begin to focus on creating an atmosphere that attempts to soothe the passenger away.

Qatar Airways’ first A380 took off from Toulouse on its maiden flight to Hamburg where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted. Image: Airbus.

Qatar Airways’ first A380 before being fully painted – Photo: Airbus

There are some airlines that even make their premium cabins look like hospitals covered in billboards… but I won’t mention names.  It looks as if Qatar Airways has decided to create an elegant, welcoming living room-like atmosphere without losing their identity as an airline inside. As an aircraft interiors geek, I find this exciting.

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What is Delta Air Lines Up To? The Good, Bad & Ugly

Delta unveils special "Spirit of Seattle" livery on a Boeing 737 in Seattle. Image: Delta.

Delta unveils special “Spirit of Seattle” livery on a Boeing 737 in Seattle – Photo: Delta

There has been a lot of talk over the last few months about Delta Air Lines.  They have been doing many good and smart changes, a few not so good things, and some crazy things that makes me wonder what the heck is going on. I wanted to take a look at the last few month (and maybe a bit beyond) to try and figure out what Delta has been up to.

If you wind the clock back a few months, what Delta was up to seemed to make a bit more sense than they do now.  Expanding their west coast presence was a good thing.  Turning the Los Angeles to San Francisco route into the equivalent of the Delta Shuttle on the west coast was smart.  Adding more services to Seattle to turn it in to a new focus city is good as well, but also a little crazy.  Why crazy? Well, Delta is partners with Alaska Airlines and it seems the two of them have decided to publicly show their competitive side, while still trying to be “friendly” towards frequent fliers.

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An Overview of First Class Pajamas From Around the Globe

A smattering of airline pajamas.. how many is to many? - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

A smattering of airline pajamas… how many is to many? – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

With so much talk in the past of pajamas in first and business classes, another story on pajamas was due, right?  You’re not sick of it all yet, are you? If you do not remember the previous stories, feel free to take a look:

Why is looking at pajamas something important? I feel they are a link to the past of almost all airlines having high-end service and they are an aspect of an airline’s premium cabin that often get overlooked. There are a few more that I have been able to check out, and I wanted to share my thoughts.

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Air Canada’s 787 – Route & Cabin Details Announced

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - love that wing! Courtesy: Air Canada

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner – love that wing! - Image: Air Canada

Air Canada has just released details of a new cabin design for their soon-to-be-received Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The first three aircraft will be delivered to Air Canada in the spring of 2014. The first AC routes to receive the 787 will start on July 1, 2014 from Toronto (YYZ) to Tel Aviv (TLV), and a new Air Canada route from YYZ to Tokyo-Haneda (HND). The Dreamliners will also fly on select domestic Canada and international flights on a “preview” basis as they come into the fleet, which we’ve seen with other new 787 operators.

Not unlike AC’s new 777-300s, the Dreamliners will have three cabins – International Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy. The 787-8s will have a total of 251 seats (comparable to LOT Polish’s 787s, seating 252, which we featured earlier this year). Air Canada describes the 787′s cabin color palette of slate grey and neutral tones, accented with “Canadian red” and “celeste blue”, as being contemporary and sophisticated.

BONUS – Air Canada’s 787 Seating Chart

The 787′s Business Class isn’t like J-class in the new 777 or older AC planes. The new 787-8 configuration is a “reverse herringbone”, with four-across seating in a 1-2-1 setup, for a total of 20 lie-flat seats.  AC’s older wide-bodies have a “herringbone” Business Class, where the seats face towards the aisle. Instead, the outer pods in the 787 will face the windows, and be angled towards each other in the middle of the cabin. I’m looking forward to seeing this setup; it isn’t easy to look out the window in the current J-class, and it’s challenging to chat with a partner when you’re both in the opposite-facing middle seats. The 787′s window seats might be a bit quieter, too, because your head won’t be up against the outer wall of the fuselage.

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Cathay Pacific Pajama Review – Old vs New

Cathay Pacific First Class Suite - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Flying Cathay Pacific First Class is always a treat – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Earlier in the year I flew Cathay Pacific First Class from New York to Vancouver.  One of the (many) little perks of flying in First Class with Cathay was a lovely pair of pajamas.  Waiting on my seat for me was a pair designed by leading Hong Kong fashion house Shanghai Tang.

I had been waiting for years to get my hands on a pair of these and was totally over the moon to have them.  I was also sad knowing that Cathay was going to change over to a new provider.  I commented in my review that I was disappointed in the change, so the new provider decided to send me a pair of their pajamas to show that all was not lost.
Let’s first  look at the old pajamas, before we talk about the new.

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