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British Airways to offer onboard wifi

11/09/2015

News »  Published: 07/11/2015 - Filed under: News » British Airways has confirmed that it plans to offer both short haul and long haul connectivity across its fleet. At the IAG Investor Day this week, IAG said it is “evaluating wi-fi retrofit for over 100 existing aircraft” while short-haul will look at “extending Inmarsat’s Air-to-Ground (AtG) offer to over 300 aircraft”. In addition it is “setting aggressive targets” for the installation. Long-haul - 90% fleet fitted by early 2019 Short-haul - first in-service AtG aircraft planned for 2017 The news comes as no surprise. BA has been trialling long-haul wifi on a B747 for over 12 months during 2014 and into 2015 see news, November 2013. The aircraft was fitted with the Panasonic Global Communications Suite "to provide a range… Read More


Doubletree debuts in Coventry

11/09/2015

News »  Published: 08/11/2015 - Filed under: News » Hilton Worldwide has opened its first Doubletree hotel in Coventry. Doubletree at the Ricoh Arena is located in the stadium complex, which is home to the Wasps rugby club and to Coventry City football club. The arena is adjacent to Coventry Arena railway station and is is 20 minutes from Birmingham International airport. Queen room The hotel contains 121 rooms, including 50 queen rooms that offer a full view of the pitch itself, thus allowing guests to see the match from their rooms. Eighteen rooms are deluxe while two king suites are also available. Free wifi is available to HHonors members; wifi packages starting at £5 are available for other guests. The Ricoh Arena complex features 80 meeting rooms, accommodating between seven to… Read More


Etihad Business Connect offers bonus sign-up

11/09/2015

Loyalty »  Published: 08/11/2015 - Filed under: Loyalty » Airlines » News » Loyalty » Etihad Business Connect, the loyalty programe run by Etihad Airways for businesses, is offering a bonus for new enrolments. If you work for a small or medium enterprise and are a member of Etihad Guest, the offer applies if your company enrols before  20 December 2015 and at least two employees from your organisation take a flight before 20 December 2015. To participate in this offer, sign your company into BusinessConnect via the individual who manages your company travel via etihadbusinessconnect.com. To see details of the other programmes run by airlines for SME's, see Frequent Flyer programmes for businesses Terms and conditions include: This bonus miles offer is only valid for new registered BusinessConnect accounts… Read More


Accorhotels opens Pullman and Novotel properties in New Delhi

11/07/2015

News »  Published: 06/11/2015 - Filed under: News » Accorhotels has opened two new hotels in New Delhi Aerocity, close to Delhi International airport. Pullman New Delhi Aerocity and Novotel New Delhi Aerocity have a combined 670 rooms and offer easy access to the business hubs of Gurgaon and New Delhi. The Pullman hotel is the brand's 100th globally and was designed by Meriem Hall, a Singapore-based designer "who has flooded the hotel with bright peacock colours and plush décor". Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Guestrooms are soundproof while facilities include a spa and several restaurants including Pluck, a modern European restaurant and the amusingly-named Honk, an Asian bistro serving street food from across south-east Asia. Convention space comprises of 13 co-meeting rooms, three boardrooms and a business centre. The Pullman… Read More


Ryanair to fly Birmingham-Madrid

11/07/2015

News »  Published: 06/11/2015 - Filed under: News » Ryanair will launch four new routes from Birmingham airport next summer, including a four-times weekly service to Madrid. The Irish carrier will also commence new routes to Corfu, Verona and Vilnius, all of which will operate twice-weekly. Other routes will see an increase in frequency, with Alicante seeing a twice-daily service, Barcelona nine-times weekly, Dublin six-times daily, Malaga nine-times weekly, Malta three-times weekly, and Palma nine-times weekly. In total, Ryanair will operate 23 routes and 118 weekly flights in summer 2016. Lisa Buckley, Ryanair sales and marketing executive, said: "Ryanair is pleased to announce further expansion to our Birmingham summer 2016 schedule with two new routes to Madrid and Verona, alongside new routes to Corfu and Vilnius, which will deliver 1.75… Read More


NH Hotel Group to open Nhow London

11/07/2015

News »  Published: 06/11/2015 - Filed under: News » Spanish group NH Hotel Group has announced it will open a Nhow property in London. Scheduled to open in 2019, Nhow London will be located at 250 City Road in Tech City, the area around Old Street roundabout. Designed by Foster and Partners, the eight-floor hotel will contain 190 rooms and will be part of a mixed-use development. Facilities will include a restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms and a gym. Nhow hotels already exist in Berlin, Milan and Rotterdam. Upcoming openings include Santiago next year, and Amsterdam in 2018 (see news, May 3). By the end of 2018, the brand hopes to have properties in ten additional destinations. As with other Nhow hotels, there will be an emphasis on quirky design,… Read More


Vueling to launch Paris-Gatwick route

11/07/2015

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TAP plans UK-Lisbon frequency increase

11/07/2015

News »  Published: 06/11/2015 - Filed under: News » TAP Portugal intends to increase flights to Lisbon from London Gatwick and Manchester to double-daily by next summer. The airline plans to up services from the two UK cities to Lisbon to feed destinations in Brazil and Africa. Ricardo Dinis, TAP's general sales manager, told Business Traveller that the carrier wants to "consolidate what we have in the UK market". Currently, TAP operates 11 weekly flights to Lisbon from both LGW and Manchester. Dinis said: "We want to reach 14 daily flights a week [for each] by summer next year." Although no new destinations will be served next year, Dinis said the aim is to "improve connectivity". At the moment, TAP flies to 13 destinations in Africa and 12 cities in… Read More


Restored Trevi Fountain reopens

11/07/2015

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Hilton to open India’s first Conrad next year

11/02/2015

News »  Published: 31/10/2015 - Filed under: News » Hilton Worldwide will open India's first Conrad hotel in Pune next year. The 310-guestroom Conrad Pune is now accepting reservation from May 1. It is located on Mangaldas Road, within the city's central business district. Facilities will include an executive lounge and 1,510 sqm of meeting and event space featuring a 780 sqm ballroom, four boardrooms and a 24-hour business centre. Elsewhere, there will be three restaurants, a cocktail bar, a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, and a spa. John TA Vanderslice, Hilton's global head of luxury and lifestyle brands, said: "Pune is a key gateway destination and we are delighted to establish our brand's presence in India, one of the key strategic growth markets for… Read More


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