Singapore Airlines Is Bailing on Its Original A380

Sad news for lovers of Singapore Airlines’ A380s: The original Singapore Airlines A380 is going to be retired in 13 months. Singapore Airlines has decided not to extend the lease on this aircraft, instead letting it expire in October 2017. The plane (registration 9V-SKA) was originally delivered on October 15, 2007. Just 10 days later, Singapore Airlines used it to fly the…

Watch Airbus’ Beluga Cargo Plane Land and Take Off in Hamburg

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… blimp with wings? No, it’s actually a rare Airbus A300-600ST ‘Beluga’ that we’re bringing to you in this week’s crazy aviation video. The jet was originally called a “Super Transporter,” but after many comparisons to the Beluga whale, it’s since adopted the name of the similar-looking sea creature. The Beluga is a transport jet that…

New Airbus Site Helps You Easily Find A380 Flights

Airbus launched its first A380 in 2007, and since then, the company has built and delivered nearly 200 of the massive aircraft. Over this decade, it has fast become a passenger favorite — from Etihad’s Apartment, to Singapore’s business class and even Malaysia’s economy cabin. It’s safe to say that the largest commercial aircraft has built quite the large fan base….

Exciting New Airline Routes, 10 Perks of United Global Services, Best Cards for Marriott Guests & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

An Airbus Vision for the Future of Airplane Seating

When it comes to airplane seat arrangements, Boeing and Airbus have been filing a lot of patents, from 12-across in business class to stackable seating and “saddle seats.” We can add another one to the list. Airbus recently filed a patent application for another unique style of seating arrangement, the “Re-Configurable Passenger Bench Seat.” In theory, it makes…

Iran Air Could be the Next Carrier to Operate A380s

The A380 is considered by many to be the pinnacle of luxury air travel, with perks ranging from Shower Spas on Emirates to the super-luxe Residence on Etihad Airways. It’s also one of the largest planes in the sky, with the capacity to fit more than 600 passengers on some of the world’s busiest routes. Now, following…

What’s Your Favorite Aircraft and Why?

TPG reader Joseph tweeted me with a more personal question: “@ThePointsGuy — “What’s your favorite aircraft and why?” I’ve been a Boeing 747 guy my whole life. I think they’re majestic, and the whole upper deck aspect is very visually appealing to me. I flew the new 747-8 on Lufthansa in the very nose of…

Philadelphia Will Be the First US City to Get the Airbus A350

Philadelphia will become the first US city to land passenger flights on the new A350 when Qatar swaps in Airbus’ latest aircraft on its flights between Doha (DOH) and Philadelphia (PHL) on January 1, 2016. According to Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker, Philadelphia was selected because it’s the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the US, home to seven…

Malaysia Airlines Restructuring Fleet: Selling A380s

After suffering not one but two of the worst air disasters in history in 2014—one of which still remains a total mystery—Malaysia Airlines has found itself in deep financial straits, and is selling off a major part of its fleet as part of a restructuring campaign. Though the airline itself has not commented, multiple sources…