News in brief:
Qatar Airways confirms Dublin route
Qatar Airways has finally committed to a date for the launch of its Dublin route.
Services will start on 12th June. It will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which means that you will get the newest version of Qatar’s impressive business class seat as pictured below.
You can read my review of Qatar’s 787 business class seat here.
The service will run daily as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Dublin to Doha QR18 departs: 15:25 arrives 00:40+1
Doha to Dublin QR17 departs: 07:20 arrives: 13:20
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Dublin to Doha QR20 departs: 08:50 arrives: 18:05
Doha to Dublin QR19 departs: 01:25 arrives: 07:25
With no Air Passenger Duty to pay out of Dublin, there are likely to be some excellent opportunities here for good deals for UK residents.
Plaza Premium re-confirms Heathrow Terminal 5 Priority Pass lounge
Back in February I ran an exclusive HFP story about the planned Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5. This was an exciting project because:
a) the two existing Plaza Premium departure lounges in Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 are excellent
b) they participate in Priority Pass and Lounge Club
c) the only existing independent lounge in Terminal 5, Aspire, is woefully small
The story then went quiet. This was not surprising since projects at Heathrow have a habit of slipping massively behind schedule as the Cathay Pacific lounge relaunch showed.
In a recent interview with Business Traveller, the Plaza Premium CEO shone some light on the project. The Terminal 5 is now due to open in the second half of 2017 with 156 seats, lower than originally planned. I still have no idea where it is meant to be!
Before that we can expect a Terminal 3 arrivals lounge (January) and a Terminal 4 arrivals lounge (Q1 2017) although I would take these timings with a pinch of salt.
Details of all of the Heathrow Plaza Premium lounges are here.
The Head for Points Christmas party!
Thank you to everyone who attended the HFP Christmas Party last night. It went well, I think!
Hopefully we can get some photos up on Thursday morning. Thanks to the Melia White House hotel for their substantial (I’ve seen the drinks bill …..) support.