Emirates launches new business class fare
Emirates has announced a new ‘Special’ business class fare, which is positioned as a more affordable, stripped-down version of its current business class offering. Passengers that book this Special fare will receive a business class experience in the air only, with no access to the business lounge (unless unlocked through status), no chauffeur drive, and restricted seat assignments. Read more.
American Airlines completes Wi-Fi roll-out
American Airlines have completed the installation of its industry-leading broadband internet on AA’s entire long-term mainline narrow body fleet of more than 700 aircraft. This satellite-based Wi-Fi with upgraded bandwidth capacity allows travellers to stream faster, easily upload and download files and stay connected from take-off to landing.
Virgin Atlantic launches carbon calculator
Virgin Atlantic has partnered with climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare to launch a calculator to help passengers measure and offset the carbon emissions associated with their flights. Passengers can offset their carbon footprint through ClimateCare’s projects and will receive a certificate showing how their emissions have been offset.
New United Club and terminal at LGA
United Airlines passengers can now experience UA’s new United Club and gates at New York LaGuardia’s Terminal B Eastern Concourse. The upgraded terminal space is part of a USD$4 billion project, featuring 13 new retail and food stores and free unlimited Wi-Fi. United Club guests can enjoy 30% more space than the previous facility with over 200 seats. Read more.
Star Alliance Connection Service for Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport has become the seventh airport to receive the Star Alliance Connection Service, which utilises software to ensure customers and their baggage reach their connecting flights. In cases where a passenger flying with Star Alliance airline may be delayed and likely to miss their connection, agents can consider alternative travel options before the first flight lands.
American Airlines connects Berlin with Philadelphia
A new non-stop flight between Berlin and Philadelphia has commenced with American Airlines, running four-times-weekly through till September 2019. The service is a welcome addition for business and events travellers who wish to visit the US city or connect through to North America, the Caribbean, Latin America or Canada.
Air Canada expands IFE offering
Air Canada has upgraded its inflight entertainment offering, allowing customers to browse in 15 languages. The IFE system, which has seen content increase by 50 per cent on selected aircraft, is the results of new partnerships with Crave, Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, and Stingray, Canadian-based multi-platform audio service.
Virgin Atlantic have announced a firm order for 14 Airbus A330-900neos, showing their commitment to a cleaner flying fleet. The new planes are designed to be 13% more fuel and carbon efficient than the A330-300 they replace and will deliver a 50% reduction in airport noise contour.
Singapore Airlines to add second A350 to Perth
A second Airbus A350 aircraft will be deployed on SQ’s Singapore to Perth route from 1 July 2019. London-based travellers who connect to Australia via Singapore, can experience this advanced jet with 40 lie-flat seats in business class.
Finnair upgrades business class menus on Singapore flights
Business class passengers flying to Singapore with Finnair can now enjoy a new in-flight menu, which launched on the Helsinki-Singapore service earlier this month. The new summer menu includes an evening “Midnight Menu” and a breakfast “Pre-Arrival” menu which will run from June 6 until September 5 this year.
Air France release sustainability targets
As part of World Environment Day of 5 June, Air France has released a report outlining their recent sustainability targets and achievements. The airline claims to have reduced CO2 emissions by 20% in 2018 compared to 2011 through deploying more efficient aircraft, reducing weight on-board, optimizing flight operations and switching to more sustainable fuel alternatives.
American Airlines Dallas growth
American Airlines has announced that its services from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has grown to more than 900 daily flights for the first time. Due to this growth, the airline with operate mainline flights from gates B5 to B12 in Terminal B.
New Heathrow systems solve laptop and liquid hassle
Heathrow Airport will soon roll out newly advanced security scanners which will allow travellers to leave laptops and liquids inside their carryon bags. Expected to reach completion by 2022, the technology uses computed tomography (CT) to create more detailed images.
LNER sunflower lanyards for customer assistance
If you travel with LNER you can now use sunflower lanyards to show staff members that you may need additional assistance at stations or during your journey. The bright green, sunflower print lanyard is becoming the established symbol of hidden disabilities in the UK. The lanyard has been designed to discreetly let staff know that customers have a condition such as autism, dementia or a visual impairment, without you having to locate the staff member. Read more.
Heathrow Umbrella Project
Heathrow has unveiled an art installation named the Umbrella Project, to raise awareness of neuro-developmental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia. Located at the airport’s T5 Arrivals, the project features 300 brightly coloured hanging umbrellas, and celebrates “the gifts, talents and employability of those with neuro-developmental disorders”.
IHG signs Hotel Indigo London-Clerkenwell
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will open their fifth Hotel Indigo property in London, having officially signed a management agreement with Omenport Developments Ltd for Hotel Indigo London – Clerkenwell. The 151-room hotel is expected to open in early 2021 offering an all-day restaurant, five meeting rooms and will incorporate the existing pub into the hotel.
New Four Seasons Hotel opens in Boston
The all-new Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston is now open. The second hotel in the city is located in the heart of the chic Back Bay neighbourhood, just steps from Symphony Hall, Newbury Street, Copley Plaza, Fenway Park and so much more – and just 15 minutes from Logan International Airport. The Hotel’s 215 hotel rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, with every detail anticipating the needs and wants of modern travellers. Read more.
Accor’s first MGallery for Seoul
Accor Hotels will open a MGallery by Sofitel property in Seoul, South Korea. Expected to open in 2022, the 197-room hotel marks a milestone for the group as it shows its commitment to expanding the luxury hotel market in South Korea. The property will feature a range of restaurants and plenty of event space for conferences and wedding.
Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn
Opening in July this year, IHG’s Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn boasts an enormous amount of event space, making it one of Brooklyn’s top hotel choices for meetings and events. There’s over 20,000 square feet of flexible events space, with an additional 6,630 square foot ballroom, a 2,800 square foot pre-function space, and a 480 square foot mezzanine.
New MGallery by Sofitel for Hong Kong
Joining its portfolio of luxury boutique hotels, Accor will add The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery property at the end of 2019. Located in Tung Chung, the property is within a five-minute drive to Hong Kong International Airport and the AsiaWorld-Expo convention centre, making it a popular choice among business travellers with long layovers.