The departure lounge for Gate 41 at LAX, for American’s inaugural flight to SYD. #AvGeeks cringe at this banner…
UpdatedÂ 12/22/2015 @ 4:38pm PT
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With critters, music, food, gifts, and didgeridoos on hand, American Airlines celebratedÂ its inaugural flight from Los Angeles to Sydney last Thursday, marking the first time the airlineÂ has directly flownÂ to Australia from the contiguous 48 states with its own aircraft, this route featuring itsÂ flagship Boeing 777-300ER.
But even hard-core AvGeeks would be hard pressed Â to focus on the 777 on the other side of the windows when there was a baby kangarooÂ (WHAT?!)…
The entry foyer on the newÂ Swiss 777-300ER – Image: Youtube | Swiss
SwissÂ International Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group, will take delivery ofÂ their first of nineÂ new Boeing 777-300ERsÂ (77W) onÂ January 29, 2016. Miriam Oliviera, the airline’s Head of Marketing & Public Relations for the Americas,Â confirmed the date in a phone conversation on Thursday.
The 777 series is a new addition to Swiss’sÂ previously all-Airbus fleet. Currently, the Zurich-based carrier relies on the Airbus A330/A340Â series wide-bodies for long-haul service, as well as the Airbus A320 series for its narrow-body fleet.
The bold green tail in the sun at Paine Field
IÂ was recently given the opportunity to check out EVA Air’s new livery on a brand newÂ 777-300ERÂ at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center. Â I have always been a fan of EVA’sÂ green and orange livery, and I am quite impressed with the new design.
Although images of the new EVA Air livery had leaked on Twitter a while back, there is a big difference between viewingÂ small images online andÂ seeing a new livery in person. With a “Dreamliner-esque” line going down the entire fuselage, the new design is more evolutionary than revolutionary, but I think it works.
Although, at first glance, the new livery might appear to closely resemble the old one, uponÂ closer look, one might notice a darker green on the belly of the aircraft and the removal of the orange on the rudder.
EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER, photographed on October 31, 2015 from Clay Lacy Astrovision Learjet – Photo: EVA Air
The changes at the airline are not just on the outside. This new design is part of EVA Air working to become a five-star airline in the next five years. To learn more about the airline’s future, not only did I have a chance to tour the inside and outside ofÂ theirÂ newest 777-300ER, but I also had a chance to sit down with their president, Austin Cheng, to get a better understanding of the airline’s future.
Tarmac de-planing from a Qatar 777-300ER in Doha
QATAR AIRWAYS BOEING 777-300ERÂ BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW BASICS:
Airline:Â Qatar Airways
Aircraft:Â Boeing 777-300ER
Departed:Â Washington Dulles International AirportÂ (IAD)
Arrived:Â Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Stops:Â Non-stop flight
Class:Â Business Class
Seat: 4E, inside middle [but also sat in 1A bulkhead on a leg and 2F on another]
Length: About 12.5 hours
Cheers: Great service and the food was (mostly) delicious.
Jeers: The hard product is getting a bit dated.
Overall:Â After so many miles and so many hours, I was still ready for some more.
The business class seat on the Qatar Boeing 777-300ER. Notice the blue lighting.
Recently, I flew quite a few miles on a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER in business class. Although my review will mostly concentrate on the leg from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Doha, Qatar (DOH), bits and pieces of my other legs, which were DOH to Bangkok (BKK) and then back towards home DOH-IAD will also make their way into this review. After flying over 17,000 miles on the product in a short amount of time, I think I got a pretty good feeling what it is all about.
A Ryanair 737 taxis for a test flight at Boeing Field – Photo: Andrew W. Sieber | FlickerCC
Ryanair might soonÂ start trans-Atlantic flights, but what does it mean?
At face value, this may seem like an earthshaking headline; after all, Ryanair has been either threatening or strongly implying that they will fly from various European airports to the United States.
But again, the truth is always in the details. Yes, Ryanair will be arriving on U.S. soil, but not tomorrow — not even next year. You see, the exact wording of the approval came in the form as part of their five-year plan.