Happy Sunday everyone. There are a couple exciting weeks ahead, as I will be attending the unveiling of British Airways NEW first class wing in just over a week and preparing for yet another epic journey throughout Europe and Asia. In the meantime, there’s news to be had and that’s why you’re here…

Delta Cuts Complimentary Upgrades On More Routes…

The thing about upgrades is that they never seem to happen when you need them. Though I greatly appreciate a sightly wider seat with more legroom for a 45 minute flight, it’s those 5-6+ hour flights where it really counts, especially when a bed is involved. Delta’s complimentary upgrades on Washington DC and Boston direct service to Los Angeles are being cut. These upgrades come as Delta opens up “Delta One” flat bed service on these transcontinental routes. New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles have already been cut for complimentary medallion upgrades. If you WANT to UPGRADE, you’ll need to book a cash ticket and upgrade with miles or use a certificate if you’re a Platinum or Diamond Medallion member with Delta.

Airline Electronics Ban Creativity (And Trolling)… 

The U.S. electronics ban goes further than security, it’s an attempt to undermine three airlines completely unrelated to the global security threat, as evidenced by their omission from the UK ban. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are making the U.S. aviation industry stronger and more competitive, bringing in innovative products, low fares and amenities. Since the ban, Emirates has announced that they’ll essentially gate check your laptop, allowing you to use your device up until boarding. This way you can also use it if you are connecting from elsewhere into Dubai. You’ll be able to use it up until boarding your flight to the U.S. Etihad is going as far as to start a “make flying great again” campaign, a direct insult to the U.S. president who needs not be named. It will be fun to watch this space as airlines compete with this setback. 

Qatar Airways Launch Routes For NEW QSuite Leaked…

A Brazilian site accidentally leaked the details for the new QSuite launch routes. In case the QSuite means nothing to you, it’s the truly revolutionary business class seat Qatar unveiled just over a week ago. It’s probably the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen on an airplane in business class and now we know that you’ll first find it on London to Doha flights in July, followed by Paris, New York, then Tokyo and last, but not least, São Paulo. It’s very hard to predict the exact timings here. Qatar has a very aggressive schedule set out, but it would be miraculous to stay on time. An optimist could hope that Paris or New York, potentially even Tokyo could see the seats by year end, but my prediction (since I’m flying to Tokyo in October) would be early 2018 for a majority of these routes. I certainly hope I’m wrong! We’ll keep on top of this subject.