Airline News: Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Korean Air

Qantas orders six more Dreamliner planes, Qatar Airways to roll out “Super Wi-Fi”, and more.

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Qantas to expand its Dreamliner fleet

The flag carrier of Australia has ordered six more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which will nearly double its total number of B787-9s in its fleet, bringing the total to 14. As of now, it has taken delivery of four and a further four are due to arrive by the end of 2018. The latest order looks set to arrive by the end of 2020. The Dreamliners are scheduled to replace its Boeing 747s, which will be retired by 2020. Of the original eight aircraft ordered, four will be based in Brisbane, with the other four in Melbourne. According to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, some of the possible destinations for these new aircraft include the Americas, Asia, South Africa, and Europe.

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Qatar Airways to launch “Super Wi-Fi” across B777 and A350s

Slow Internet speeds on flights may soon become a thing of the past with Qatar Airways’ announcement of plans to roll out high-speed “Super Wi-Fi” across its fleet of B777 and A350 aircraft. The carrier claims to be the first airline in the MENA region “to have invested in the technology to provide this quality of service for passengers.” Passengers onboard flights with “Super Wi-Fi” will be able to enjoy one hour’s free access, with full-flight access available for purchase. Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker, said: “Business travelers in particular will be able to maximize their ‘office in the sky’ with seamless continuity.” Exact roll-out dates have yet to be revealed.

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Korean Air and Delta expands codesharing agreement

Korean Air and Delta will be expanding their codesharing partnership to include all flights between Seoul (Incheon) and Seattle. With the addition of the Seoul-Seattle route, the two airlines now offer 16 peak-day codeshare flights between the South Korean capital and the US. Both carriers offer daily non-stop flights between the two cities, with Delta operating the DL198/DL199 flights and Korean Air operating flights KL19/KL20. From Seoul, travelers can connect to Korean Air flights to 18 major cities in Asia, including Singapore, Osaka, Nagoya, and Bangkok, while from Seattle they can connect to Delta-operated flights to 44 US cities, such as Phoenix, Denver, and San Jose.

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