Newsletter - August 2007

  1. British Airways - Good News

    The  Good News is that British Airways customers can now enjoy the next-generation Club World on 96 services a week between London Heathrow and New York JFK, as the installation of the cabin gathers pace across the airline’s long-haul fleet. Engineers are now re-fitting up to three Boeing 747s every month with the new larger beds in business class and improved in-flight entertainment systems across the plane.

    Source: BusinessTravelNet.com; full story

  2. British Airways - Bad News

    The Bad News comes with Ben Webster's story in the Times Online that British Airways attempted to conceal how many bags it was losing after discovering that it had come bottom of an industry league table.

    The airline contacted its trade body, the Association of European Airlines (AEA), and ordered it not to announce the results of its quarterly survey of baggage delays and punctuality.

    The air passenger watchdog said it was outrageous for BA to try to hide the truth from passengers and said that European legislation was needed to force all airlines to produce monthly performance reports.

    However that fact has to be considered a little one sided when neither Virgin Atlantic or BMI publish their lost baggage figures to the AEA.

    Source: TimesOnline

  3. Fare wars to launch in Belfast?

    With the news that Ryanair has announced its first ever flights from Belfast, speculation continues that Aer Lingus may set up its UK hub in the Northern Irish capital.

    Resurgent Belfst has become an increasingly attractive proposition for airlines, with Air France launching London City to Belfast City flights earlier this year.

    And it seems that BA, who scrapped its Heathrow-Belfast International route back in 2001, would also consider a return. CEO Willie Walsh told the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce back in June that he would "love" to reinstate the route, although this depended on an increase in runway capacity at Heathrow.

    News is also coming through that easyJet is planning to expand operations from Belfast with four new routes. The carrier expects to carry more than 140,000 passengers on these routes in the first 12 months.

    easyJet has also increased frequencies on its Krakow service to five flights a week while Paris will have eight.

  4. Jumeirah plans to tower over London

    Planning permission has been granted for a 175m high, 52-storey tower on London's Southbank which will include the city's third Jumeirah hotel.

    Number One Blackfriar's Road will be situated next to Blackfriar's Bridge, and is due to open in 2011, in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

    The mixed-used development will house the Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower (The Beetham Organisation being the name of the developers), as well as 64 residential apartments and penthouses, several cafes, restaurants and shops, and a two-storey rooftop deck with views across London.

    Source: BusinessTraveller Online

  5. Go Airport Shuttle gets the Go ahead

    Forty independent transportation companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Scotland and Spain last week announced the formation and launch of the world's largest door-to-door airport shuttle company, GO Airport Shuttle, Inc.

    Serving 110 airports as geographically diverse as Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii, Love Field in DFW and Charles De Gaulle Airport in France, GO boasts a fleet of 3,765 vehicles, carrying almost 29 million passengers annually.

    The local companies, each of which formerly operated under a separate name, are currently converting their vans, motor coaches and sedans to a uniform green and white GO identity.

    A key component of the new company's business model is a central, Web-based reservation system, www.goairportshuttle.com, which also launched ;last week. Through it, customers can visit one Web site ( www.goairportshuttle.com ) to book transportation to and from both departure and destination airports, or they can call one phone number.

    Source: AirlineTravelNews.com

  6. Ladies Only

    The Jurys Inn hotel chain is offering lone female travellers "women only" tables in its Chelsea and Manchester restaurants.

    The group has acted on feedback from guests which indicated that up to 76% of females prefer to order room service than go to a bar or restaurant alone.

    Source: BusinessTravelNet.com

  7. ACTE & MS-UK prepare our Autumn Forum

    If you are a Travel Buyer then you have 14 days left to book at the Earlybird rate of just GBP 85 for our GetThere sponsored Autumn Corporate Travel & Expense Management Forum to be held in London on the 11th of October 2007.

    The event will be organised by Management Solutions (UK) Ltd. in co-operation with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE-Global) with Media sponsorship by Buying Business Travel.

    The full details can be examined by clicking on this link which will also let you click through to our booking page.

    More information concerning the activities of both ACTE and MS-UK will be found on our respective websites www.acte.org and www.ms-uk.com

  8. An Apple for the passenger

    All-business class airline Eos has launched its latest promotion to woo customers – a free Apple iPod for flights taken during August. The carrier is offering passengers the choice of an 80GB video iPod, or 45,000 Club 48 miles, when they purchase a return flight London-New York.

    Source: BusinessTraveller Online

  9. Select your seat on Emirates

    All Emirates Airline customers can now select and secure their preferred seats on their flights at the time of booking, when they purchase their tickets on the airline's website, emirates.com Previously available only to customers who purchased First and Business class tickets online, Emirates is now making this feature available to customers booking online for all classes of travel. The airline has simultaneously launched this convenient online service across its global websites, making it immediately available to customers in more than 50 countries served by Emirates across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australasia.

    Source: InternetTravelNews

  10. Scottish Clicks clickair has launched its first Scottish route, with daily flights between Edinburgh and Barcelona.

    Tickets are available at www.clickair.com and through travel agents, with fares from as little as €20, one way, all taxes included.

    This new clickair route joins the carrier’s existing UK flights connecting Seville, Valencia and La Coruna with London and Barcelona with Dublin.

    Source: AirlineTravelNews

  11. Taking the strain out of the train

    If you are not using Travelpack Online or Trainline you will be interested to learn that National Rail Enquiries has re-launched its website with a design that makes it easy for travellers to plan journeys.

    The system helps to find the cheapest available fare and will search for a specific ticket around different dates, giving times and information on when tickets can be purchased.

    It will help customers to plan their journey, tailoring the search to specific operators and preferred routes.

    Source: BusinessTravelNet.com; all stories for all stories; also, check the rail enquiries site

  12. For Flybe read Brussels Airlines

    Flybe has announced a new interline codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines.

    Flights went on sale Friday for travel from 2nd September 2007 in a deal that gives Flybe passengers increased travel options to the Belgian capital from additional regional bases across the UK.

    In addition, the codeshare agreement adds a number of new Brussels Airlines-operated services to Brussels to Flybe's route network, including Birmingham-Brussels (6 daily flights), Newcastle-Brussels (2 daily flights) and Bristol-Brussels (2 daily flights) offering passengers increased choice and flexibility when travelling to this key European city.

    Brussels Airlines clients will also enjoy more travel flexibility on the Manchester-Brussels route thanks to this partnership that will also be of special interest to business passengers. They will have the added value of being able to book through travel agents and Flybe's call centre, offering a choice of six daily flights instead of Flybe's existing three from Manchester.

    Source: Airline Travel News

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