Newsletter - July 2007

  1. London City Airport to welcome new jet aircraft

    London City's future appears assured with news from the Paris Air Show that the Embraer 170 has been certificated for the approach pattern required at the airport.

    Embraer came out with its news last Sunday. On Tuesday Airbus announced that the Pratt & Whitney powered 100 seat A318 had gained approval too. The news comes within days of the Bombardier 604/605 so called "wide bodied" business jet also winning endorsement by the European and Canadian authorities.

    With the Bombardier Q400 series already operating at LCY, and now both Embraer and Airbus making the breakthrough, carriers will for the future have a choice of aircraft in the 70 to 100 seat range.

    Source: Air & Business Travel News

  2. New Contracts spell improvements for Rail Passengers

    New services will include a new semi-fast service between London and Crewe and two trains an hour all day between Birmingham and Liverpool and Birmingham and Northampton from December 2008 on the completion of the West Coast Main Line modernisation.

    A 9% increase in peak capacity into and out of London St Pancras by 2010, and more carriages on the busiest trains between Nottingham and Liverpool. The East Midlands Parkway will open in December 2008 and will be served by two trains an hour. Their will also be a daily direct service between Lincoln and London with plans to cut average journey times between Sheffield and London by up to 12 minutes.

    Source: Business Travel World

  3. Direct Norwegian link for Aberdeen

    Eastern Airways is to start twice daily weekday flights between Aberdeen and Stavanger in Norway from August 13. The service, the airline's first international route from Scotland, will be operated by a 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft.

    The new international route complements the carrier's network of 10 destinations already served from the Scottish city.

    Source: TravelMole

  4. South Africa - Germany - Italy - Canada etc.,

    Snow falls in Free State as cold front advances, severe cold and more snow is to hit large parts of the country later on Tuesday and Wednesday, the South African Weather Service has warned.

    Deutsche Bahn (DB) will be closing Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) regional train station beneath Terminal 1 from 9 July to 30 July for extensive track reconstruction work.

    A heatwave in Italy pushed temperatures to well above 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, endangering the elderly and forcing factories to shut down.

    CN today halted freight operations and embargoed all traffic on its Toronto-Montreal main line after reportedly armed native protesters erected an illegal blockade on the company's tracks near the eastern Ontario town of Marysville.

  5. Qatar to New York

    Last week Qatar Airways' maiden flight to North America touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport to a 'fireman's salute' water arch ceremony and a fanfare of music and entertainment.

    The new service from Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to Newark - gateway to New York City - also marked another first as the flight operated via Geneva, the airline's newest European destination, taking its international network to 77 destinations.

    Flight QR083 arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport with a host of government, business and media VIP dignitaries from Qatar and the GCC countries onboard.

    Qatar Airways' award-winning Five Star service bridges the capital of Qatar and America's financial heartland four-times-a-week using the carrier's state-of-the-art Airbus A330 aircraft in a three-class configuration.

    In three weeks' time, starting July 19, Qatar Airways will serve a second destination in America. The airline will be the only Middle East carrier flying daily non-stop scheduled services between Doha and Washington DC.

    Source: Airline Travel News

  6. Ryanair hits EU buffer!

    The EU has blocked Ryanair's bid for rival Irish carrier Aer Lingus stating that the proposed merger would have combined the two leading carriers in Ireland which currently "compete vigorously against each other."

    Michael O'Leary, ceo of Ryanair, who held a press conference in Brussels the day before the EU announcement, had called the expected decision "not just unprecedented, but in our view unlawful." Mr O'Leary said the EU decision reversed 20 years during which it had approved all mergers, including that of Air France and KLM.

    In its ruling, the EU said that if it had gone ahead, the two carriers would have accounted for "around 80%" of all traffic out Ireland to European destinations.

    It added that a merger would have "harmed consumers" by removing competition and "creating a monopoly or a dominant position on 35 routes operated" by the two airlines.

    Source: BusinessTravelEurope

  7. ACTE & MS-UK prepare our Autumn Forum

    The 13th Corporate Travel & Expense Management Forum is currently being planned 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 four items as recommended by our delegates to be discussed on the day’s Agenda will be as follows:-
    1. Meetings Management made easy
    2. How open are our Skies?
    3. Client measurement of TMC's - how or what is the true tool?
    4. Employee Safety and Corporate Manslaughter

    Register now if you wish to ensure your place at the event which was declared to be “highly informative and the most enjoyable event of it’s kind” by one of our delegates. Just click on your reply button and type REGISTER in the subject and we will get back to you.

    We are pleased to announce that ACTE-Global and MS-UK have agreed to utilise the facilities of the centrally located Hesperia-Victoria for our Autumn event and our next two events next year.

    The price for the day will be inclusive of all refreshments and lunch and is competitively priced at £100 per delegate (No VAT as payment is made to the US based ACTE - there is a 10% discount for additional delegates from the same company.

    More information will be posted on our respective websites: and

  8. Ticketless rail travel getting closer

    UK railway passengers who book tickets through The Trainline will soon be able to opt for a paperless version.

    The Trainline's pilot programme, launched in conjunction with UK train operator Midland Mainline, currently allows just 15 select business travellers to order rail tickets online and then have them securely sent to their mobile phones.

    The selected routes for the pilot program are between London St. Pancras and Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield.

    Source: Business Traveller online

  9. Improved comfort for Emirates passengers

    Adding a touch of luxury to Emirates flights is the introduction of proper lie flat bed seating in business class.

    Taking their lead from the likes of British Airways, Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic the Dubai-based carrier will be wooing first class passengers with the new seats.

    Over the next year and a half Emirates will take delivery of 24 planes fitted with the new product which reclines to an impressive 78" long fully flat bed and have a massage function.

    The airline is also upgrading the upper class suites and adding extra legroom in its economy class.


  10. Avis goes Green!

    Avis has introduced the hybrid Toyota Prius to its UK fleet in another move towards offering environmentally friendly rental cars.

    Twenty hybrid (petrol/electric) Toyota Prius models will be available from Avis rental offices in London, as the company trials the car in the UK.

    A spokesperson for Avis said: "London is the first port of call for the trial (in the UK) because the car will be exempt from the congestion charge, but we may well extend to other large cities, such as Manchester later in the year."

    Avis customers in the UK can book the Toyota Prius online at the Avis Prestige website:

    Source: Business

  11. Improved rail services for Gatwick & Manchester Airports

    Key dates for the transfer of the Gatwick Express franchise to rail operator Southern, have been announced by the UK Department for Transport (DfT).

    Negotiators from the DfT and Southern have set a transfer date for 22 June, 2008, that should see extra services introduced between London’s Victoria terminus and Gatwick Airport, with some trains continuing through to the south coast at Brighton. Current franchise operator, National Express will cease running the Gatwick service in June, 2008.

    Confirmation of the Gatwick deal should be good news for passengers, some of whom had feared that changing franchise might lead to a change in direct Victoria-Gatwick services. “At high peak times, there will be six trains per hour [London-Gatwick] as opposed to the current four,”

    One of the UK's most congested airport railway lines is to benefit from extra capacity.

    Network Rail has awarded construction of Manchester Airport's third railway station platform to Alfred McAlpine, with work slated to begin in the next few weeks for entry into service in December, 2008.

    This scheme to increase platform capacity at the airport's rail station will improve the reliability and punctuality of services to and from the airport across the North.

    The work will also address extra rail services using Manchester Piccadilly in December, 2008.

    Source: Air & Business Travel News

  12. Birmingham and Bristol bonuses from Air France

    Air France will launch a new twice-daily service between Birmingham and Lyon beginning 3 September this year, operated by a Britair CRJ 50-seat aircraft.

    Air France already offers six daily flights from Birmingham to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

    With departures from Lyon at 09:00 and 15:25 and from Birmingham at 11:30 and 16:40, a day trip from France is practical. Due to the one hour time differences it is not possible in the other direction.

    Lyon is also served by British Airways from Heathrow and easyJet from Stansted.

    In another regional route introduction, AF has come back into Bristol with a three-times daily ATR 42 service following Flybe decision not to continue with the BA Connect flights. Air France competes with easyJet, whose twice-daily timings are more suited to the leisure market.

    Source: Air and Business Travel News

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