Airline News: Airbus, KLM, and Qatar Airways

Airbus’s Ultra Long Range A350 takes first flight, business-class passengers to enjoy anytime dining on KLM’s Tokyo route, and more.

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Airbus’s Ultra Long Range A350 completes first flight

Ahead of its delivery to launch customer Singapore Airlines later this year, Airbus’s upcoming Ultra Long Range variant of its A350 aircraft recently completed its first flight. Capable of more than 20 hours of nonstop flight, the new A350-900ULR aircraft offers an extended range of 9,700 nautical miles compared to the standard A350-900. With the new aircraft, Singapore Airlines looks set to relaunch its nonstop flights between Singapore and New York, which is the world’s longest commercial route. The route was previously operated by an Airbus A340 aircraft but was cut due to rising fuel costs.

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Anytime dining added to KLM’s Tokyo route

Business-class passengers on Dutch carrier KLM will soon be able to enjoy its Anytime for You dining option on flights between Amsterdam Schiphol and Tokyo, with Osaka services to follow in July. First launched on its Amsterdam-Johannesburg flights last year, the service allows one to order from a special menu of dishes at any time during the flight, rather than only at normal meal service. Options include cold, warm, savory, sweet, and “tasty treat” options, which can be prepared and served at any time during the flight. The Anytime menu is only available during daytime flights.

More information here.

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Shanghai is getting Qatar Airways’ Qsuite business class

Qsuite, the newest business-class seat product from Qatar Airways, will be making its Asia Pacific debut on the airline’s daily flights between Doha and Shanghai starting May 15. The carrier’s Qsuite-outfitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be deployed on its Shanghai service, making it the sixth destination to enjoy the new business-class cabin. First unveiled in March last year, the Qsuite is billed as a first-class experience in a business-class cabin where passengers have the option of creating a double bed with two seats in the four-seat suites.

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