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Qatar Airways to Take Stake in Latam

Qatar Airways to Take Stake in Latam

Qatar Airways said Tuesday it plans to acquire shares in Latam Airlines Group. The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Farnborough Airshow.
The Doha-based carrier said it would purchase up to a 10% stake in Chile-based Latam, which will issue new stock at $10 a share to facilitate the deal.
Qatar already owns 15% in British Airways parent IAG, which is in the midst of forming a partnership with …

Airbus, Boeing Get Boost from Narrow-Body Deals at Farnborough Airshow

Airbus, Boeing Get Boost from Narrow-Body Deals at Farnborough Airshow

The world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, were kept busy writing orders at the Farnborough International Airshow this week, with numerous purchases from Asian airlines with an appetite for narrow-body jets.
Airbus announced that AirAsia signed a firm order to purchase 100 A321neo aircraft, bringing the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by the carrier to 575. Virgin Atlantic announced it is replacing its current flagship, the Boeing …

Qatar Airways Inaugurates Atlanta-Doha Service

Qatar Airways Inaugurates Atlanta-Doha Service

Qatar Airways announced the launch of new daily, non-stop service between Atlanta and Doha.
The airline will operate the service using Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, although it operated its inaugural flight with an Airbus A380. The Doha-based carrier filled 517 seats on the first flight, the capacity for the plane.
Flights will depart Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 9:05 a.m. and arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 4:55 p.m. From Atlanta, flights …

Lobby Bar – May 20: Naughty Hotels, Illegal Brewing Practices, and the Secret to Immortality

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Lobby Bar – An Excellent Excerpt of FBT News and Views
Short and sweet. Jonathan Spira goes to see “Do I Hear a Waltz?” as part of the Encores Great American Musicals series at City Center. While the performance usually lasts a couple of hours, this one was roughly eight seconds long, with a lone thespian taking the stage and reciting one brief phrase, “no, you hear a Tango,” to much …

Photo Essay and Virtual Tour: Qatar Airways A350

Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350 visiting JFK

While Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been the stuff of which headline writers dream about, Airbus’ new A350 XWB has quietly taken flight over the past year.
There are currently 21 in service, and the launch customer for the A350 was Qatar Airways, which currently flies the new plane from Doha to three cities in the United States, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia . Other operators (in order of appearance) include Vietnam …

Qatar Airways Raises Stake in British Airways Parent IAG

Qatar Airways Raises Stake in British Airways Parent IAG

Qatar Airways increased its stake in International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus for the second time in three weeks.
The move closely follows Qatar’s announcement last month that it held almost 12% of the company and brings its total holdings to 15.01%. Qatar initially acquired 9.99% in January 2015.
British Airways, Iberia, and Qatar are all members of the oneworld alliance.
European Union regulations limit foreign ownership …

Will the World’s Longest Flight Please Stand Up?

A United 787-9 will operate the longest scheduled flight by a U.S. carrier and the longest flight flown by a Dreamliner

Many airlines are currently vying for the title of offering the “world’s longest flight,” but few if any will come close what was the longest ever commercial route: the now-discontinued Newark-Singapore route operated by Singapore Airlines. The flight covered 9,535 miles (15,345 kilometers) and had a scheduled flight time of 18 hours 50 minutes.
Singapore also held the number two slot, linking Singapore and Los Angeles, California, with an 18-hour 30-minute …