Today's news in brief:
Cheap Europe-India business class in Turkish sale
Turkish Airlines has launched a flash sale, advertising discounts of 40% in both business class and economy. The promo is for travel from April 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021, with the sale ending tomorrow, January 15 (no time specified).
There are some good deals departing from Europe, including return business class flights from Kiev in Ukraine to Delhi, India for less than £700.
Also attractive is this fare from Amsterdam to Bali, priced at just over £1,000, with the Istanbul to Bali legs due (at least for now) to be operated by a Boeing 787 featuring Turkish Airlines’ new business class product (in a 1-2-1 configuration) - pictured in our cover photo.
As usual, those flying from India miss out on the best fares. Among the lowest flights I could find from India to Europe was this itinerary from Delhi to Milan for just over £1,000.
Qatar Airways resuming flights to Saudi Arabia, Egypt
Qatar Airways is once again flying to Saudi Arabia, following the lifting of a three-and-a-half-year blockade which prevented the airline from doing business with many of its neighbours in the Middle East.
Resuming a daily service to Riyadh, flight QR1164 left Hamad International Airport in Doha at 1.45pm on Monday, arriving at 3.10pm.
The flight was operated by Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350-1000, featuring the Qsuite business class product with sliding privacy doors and the option for passengers to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ sign.
Qatar Airways service to Jeddah will be reinstated tomorrow, while flights to Dammam get going again on Saturday.
The airline has also revealed plans to restart service to Egypt, another country which earlier imposed a blockade on Qatar. Flights to Cairo begin on January 18, with Alexandria to follow on January 25.
Offering some good news to begin 2021, Qatar Airways is inviting its former employees in countries which imposed the blockade to make contact, presumably so it can explore giving them back their jobs.
Vistara launches Sharjah flights from two Indian cities
Vistara, the joint venture airline of Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, is launching non-stop flights between Sharjah in the UAE and two Indian cities.
Flights from Delhi begin on January 20, 2021, with service from Mumbai to begin a few days later
The airline will operate its Airbus A320neo aircraft (sadly not the A321neo, which offers flat-bed seats in business class) on the route, which is part of the transport ‘air bubble’ agreed between India and the UAE.
The schedule between Delhi and Sharjah looks like this, though neither departure time is particularly pleasant:
Sharjah is the fourth largest of the seven Emirates, and is located less than 30km from Dubai.