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The Most Practical Way Airlines Could Avoid The Electronics Ban

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As I’m sure just about everyone knows by now, the US has implemented an electronics ban for passengers traveling nonstop to the U.S. from Amman, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Casablanca, Dubai, Doha, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kuwait City, and Riyadh.

While I don’t question that they’re likely working off of a very credible threat, and while I think it’s important to keep passengers safe, I have a lot of questions about the implementation:

— The UK has instituted a similar ban and presumably they’re sharing intelligence, so why did the US put the UAE and Qatar on the list, when the UK didn’t?
— More specifically, there’s a US Pre-Clearance facility in Abu Dhabi with an additional and thorough security screening checkpoint, so why aren’t those flights excluded, because the security is unarguably tighter than if you’re traveling through many European airports?
— Only direct flights from the above countries are included in the ban, so Emirates’ flights from Dubai to Milan to New York, and Dubai to Athens to Newark, are excluded. Does that really make sense?

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Will The Electronics Ban Change Which Airlines I Fly?

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Reader David W asked the following question in the Ask Lucky forum:

“@Lucky @Tiffany and anyone else:

Will you be making changes to existing flights that are affected as well as changing plans that are in the works?”

I can’t speak for Tiffany or anyone else, though I will share my perspective. As I assume just about everyone knows at this point, there are restrictions on electronic devices in the cabins of planes for nonstop flights from:

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~$1,100 Roundtrip Qatar Airways Business Class Fares From Cairo To The US!

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Qatar Airways consistently has great business class fares, especially for travel to the US (unfortunately the same can’t consistently be said for tickets originating in the US, though there are exceptions).

Cheap business class fares on Qatar Airways are a great way to rack up American AAdvantage miles, and even a great way to get accelerated earning towards American’s elite qualifying dollar requirement.

The market with the most consistently excellent Qatar Airways fares is Cairo, and Qatar Airways is back with some of the best fares I’ve ever seen out of Cairo.

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Qatar Airways To Start A Full Service Airline In India With 100 Planes

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Well, it looks like Qatar Airways’ new Qsuite business class isn’t the only interesting development at Qatar Airways this week. Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has also announced that they plan to launch an airline in India with a fleet of 100 planes. Now, Qatar Airways has invested in foreign airlines in the past, though those were simply minority stake investments, and not actually fully owning and operating an airline.

Beyond just investing in foreign airlines, Qatar Airways tried to launch an airline in Saudi Arabia, and failed. The airline was going to be called Al Maha Airways. The airline had already taken delivery of several Airbus A320 aircraft, though they had an issue getting their license. The airline was supposed to launch in 2014, and that kept getting pushed back.

Then they said they’d launch in the summer of 2016, before finally giving up (for now). Qatar Airways has shelved the idea of their Saudi Arabian airline, though unfortunately only after they took delivery of several planes. Even though Al Maha was a failure, it doesn’t look like it’s preventing Qatar Airways from trying again in a different market.

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My Thoughts On Qatar Airways’ New Business Class Qsuite

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As just about all of you probably know by now, Qatar Airways revealed their new business class “Qsuites” earlier today. We also learned when the product will be launched, what planes it will be on first, what impact the new product has on seat count, etc.

In this post I wanted to share my thoughts on the new product, though first I wanted to add a few disclaimers:

Some people love Qatar Airways, while others can’t stand the airline. Personally I have both good and bad things to say about the airline. I think Qatar’s CEO is passionately nuts, and can’t be trusted. I also think service on Qatar Airways isn’t on the same level as some other airlines.

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Which Qatar Airways Flights Will Feature The New Business Class Qsuites?

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Earlier today Qatar Airways revealed their newest business class product, which they’ve been promising for the past couple of years. The product looks incredible, though I’ll share my thoughts in a follow-up post.

In this post I wanted to share some of the answers Qatar Airways has provided to logical follow up questions about the product. In no particular order:

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First Look At Qatar Airways’ “Revolutionary” New Business Class Suite!!!

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Well, the time has come. Over two years ago, Qatar Airways’ CEO revealed that the airline was working on a “super business class,” which would make first class obsolete. The wait is finally over, as Qatar Airways has finally revealed their new product just now at ITB Berlin, one of the world’s biggest travel trade shows.

Qatar Airways is calling their new business class product the “Qsuite,” with the slogan “First in Business” (well played, Qatar Airways!). During the big reveal, Al Baker said that they patented the product, and that it’s “way way above what anyone else will every attempt.”

Here are some pictures of the new product:

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Tune In: Qatar Airways Is Unveiling Their New Business Class In Less Than An Hour

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The day is finally here! In less than an hour, Qatar Airways is revealing their much anticipated “super business class.”

Qatar Airways’ chief, Akbar Al Baker, will be revealing the new product in Berlin at 11AM (which is 5AM ET). Best of all, you can tune in for the event on Qatar Airways’ Facebook page, as they’ll be broadcasting the event through Facebook live.

We know that Qatar Airways’ new business class will feature fully enclosed suites, though not much more. Delta announced last year that they’d introduce fully enclosed suites in business class on their A350s, so Qatar Airways was beaten to the punch on that. However, maybe Qatar Airways will take the concept to the next level.

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First Image Of Qatar Airways’ New “Super Business Class” (Sort Of)

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Since early 2015, Qatar Airways’ CEO has been promising a new “super business class” product, and that after we see it there is “really not need for first class.” While they’ve pushed back the release date on this product over and over, it looks like the product will finally be introduced shortly.

Qatar Airways will be unveiling their new “super business class” at ITB Berlin this year. There’s even a countdown on Qatar Airways’ website about the big reveal, which will occur at 11AM Berlin time on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

While Qatar Airways is tight-lipped about the new product, it looks like by adjusting the lighting on the “reveal” picture they posted, you can get a sense of what the product will look like. It’s not a great picture, but is better than nothing. MYT332 on airliners.net changed the contrast on one of the pictures Qatar Airways posted, which revealed the following:

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Qatar Airways Updates Their Checked Baggage Policy For The Better

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While I think the oneworld alliance is the all around most rewarding alliance for frequent flyers, I was very disappointed in a policy change they made last June. As of June 1, 2016, oneworld changed their policy so that:

— Oneworld airlines no longer have to check your bags through to other oneworld carriers if you’re booked on separate tickets
— Oneworld airlines no longer have to protect you in the event of a misconnect when on separate tickets

While oneworld’s missed flight protection was quite generous, allowing passengers to check bags through on separate itineraries should be an absolute no brainer. You want to encourage people to stick within the alliance, and it’s not like airlines have much to gain by inconveniencing passengers and making them visit the baggage carousel during their layover (which becomes especially problematic if someone doesn’t have a visa to visit the country they’re transiting).

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Why Qatar Airways First Class (Sort Of) Disappointed Me

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On Friday I flew Qatar Airways A380 first class from Doha to Paris. While Emirates and Etihad are continuing to invest in their first class product, Qatar Airways takes a different approach. Their CEO is on record as saying that there is no need for first class, given how good he believes Qatar’s business class product is.

After my flight, I sort of agree… because if you cut the first class soft product enough, it feels like business class. 😉 Perhaps that’s part of the problem here — I do believe that Qatar Airways has the world’s best business class product (even before they introduce super business class), but then they do very little to differentiate first class.

So I won’t be writing a full report on this, given that I’ve reviewed Qatar Airways’ A380 first class between Doha and London a couple of times before, and the flight was very similar. Instead I’ll just share my general thoughts.

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The Hilarious Conclusion To My Qatar Airways Nap Room Drama

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Yesterday I wrote about my ridiculous experience in Qatar Airways’ gorgeous Al Safwa First Class Lounge. While the lounge is physically stunning, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a lounge with such customer unfriendly rules. I won’t recap all of that here, so check out yesterday’s post if you haven’t read it already.

I’d also recommend reading the comments section of that post, because there are some ridiculous stories there. Like this one from Sean :

“Have you ever tried taking a slice of cake from the buffet near kids play area to eat in the general seating area? The first time I tried that they actually had a security guard come chase me down and he acted like I had stolen the crown jewels. Evidently, passengers are not allowed to carry food between areas themselves – you have to call for a staff member to assist you.”

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One Of The World’s Best Lounges Has Unbelievably Asinine Policies

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I’m writing this post live from the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge in Doha at 4:25AM. I was hoping I’d be in one of their fantastic bedrooms right now, but I’m not. Not because one isn’t available, but because the lounge has asinine rules (or just employees who like to make up rules). I’m not sure which it is, based on how many different reasons I’ve been given for why they can’t help me.

Let me start by saying that the Al Safwa Lounge is gorgeous — I ranked it as one of the world’s best first class lounges. However, from the day it opened they’ve had some ridiculous policies.

For example, the lounge has showers in the spa area, and showers in the awesome individual bedrooms. The individual bedrooms with showers are free, but if those are full and you need to shower in the spa, then you have to pay for it. How ridiculous and illogical is that?

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Interesting: Qatar Airways Is Leasing A350s From LATAM

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Qatar Airways was the first ever airline to fly the A350. I was lucky enough to attend their A350 delivery ceremony in Toulouse a couple of years ago. Qatar Airways has had some delays with taking delivery of further A350s, and for that matter, has experienced delays with taking delivery of new planes in general.

This has caused them to push off some routes, and look for creative ways to get the planes they need. So far Qatar Airways has 13 A350-900s in their fleet, with a further 30 on order.

Well, it seems like they’re not getting those planes in the timeframe they were hoping for, and have a creative way of acquiring more A350s quickly. Qatar Airways will be leasing four A350s from LATAM, which have significantly different configurations.

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