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United Airlines modernizes airport screening experience at Newark Liberty

Written on March 23rd, 2017

United Airlines is enabling customers to move through the screening process quicker at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport with the opening of a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint in Terminal C. The redesigned checkpoint, which includes dedicated Premier Access and TSA Precheck® security lanes, features 17 state-of-the-art automated screening lanes, making Terminal…

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Virgin Australia announces flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong 

Written on March 23rd, 2017

Virgin Australia announced it will commence services between Melbourne and Hong Kong, expanding its international footprint into Greater China for the first time. From 5th July 2017, Virgin Australia will operate five return services per week between the two cities, using dual aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Virgin Australia’s proposed alliance with HNA Aviation and Hong…

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Los Angeles Airport Terminal changes in May 2017

Written on March 23rd, 2017

In May 2017, Delta Air Lines will relocate 21 airlines as part of Delta’s move from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3.  Much of the work will take place on May 12th, 14th and 16th, immediately following the last flight operations each day and continue into the early-morning hours of the following day.…

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Etihad Airways to launch A380 flights to Paris

Written on March 23rd, 2017

Etihad Airways is introducing its award-winning A380 on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer. Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between 1st July and 28th October. The additional…

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Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue Award Miles validity

Written on March 23rd, 2017

Air France/KLM frequent flying program Flying Blue Award Miles validity has been extended from 20 months to 2 years. Award Miles are valid for life as long as customers take 1 qualifying flight every 2 years with Air France, KLM, Aircalin, HOP!, Kenya Airways, TAROM, Transavia, Air Corsica or one of the SkyTeam partners. Customers…

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Yellow fever vaccination recommendations for international travellers going to Brazil

Written on March 23rd, 2017

Yellow fever virus transmission continues to expand towards the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Confirmed cases of yellow fever virus infection in humans were reported in Rio de Janeiro State, and epizootics and human cases are under investigation for yellow fever virus infection in São Paulo State. These reports are consistent with the increased yellow fever…

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Daylight Saving Time begins in Europe: Sunday 26th March

Written on March 23rd, 2017

On Sunday 26th March 2017, clocks with be set forward 1 hour in the UK and Europe when Daylight Saving Time begins (excluding Armenia, Iceland, Belarus, Turkey, Georgia, and Russia). The UK will set their clocks forward 1 hour at 1am to 2am.

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Electronic devices ban for flights from the Middle East and North Africa

Written on March 21st, 2017

Published on: 21 Mar 2017 @ 19:26 – Electronic devices ban to the UK Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm will not be allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia. Most smart phones fall within these limits and will continue to be…

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Possible strikes to affect travel in Italy – 20th March

Written on March 17th, 2017

Italian air traffic controllers have announced a nationwide strike to take place on 20th March 2017 in Italy. The strike measures are planned to last from 13:00 until 17:00. Additionally, a 24-hour strike of the ground staff at the Milan airports Malpensa and Linate is also planned to take place on 20th March 2017. If…

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The Finnish Aviation Union strike 17th March

Written on March 16th, 2017

The Finnish Aviation Union IAU is planning to strike on Friday, 17th March from 3pm to 7pm. The strike has the potential to disrupt Finnair services tomorrow. Please note that British Airways are planning to operate a normal schedule. Please contact your dedicated Travel Executive for any further information regarding this matters. The Appointment Group

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Major milestones for Air New Zealand’s mobile app

Written on March 16th, 2017

Air New Zealand’s mobile app is proving a hit with customers, clocking up its one millionth user download this week. At the same time, the app’s popular coffee ordering function has just registered its two millionth coffee order. The ability to order a coffee from the app while visiting many of the airline’s lounges was added in…

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Qantas transforms departure experience in Brisbane

Written on March 16th, 2017

Qantas opened the doors to its new Domestic Business Lounge and Premium Lounge Entry as part of the airline’s multi-million dollar upgrade at Brisbane Airport. The upgrade began in October 2016 with the opening of a new International Lounge and will be completed in the coming months with an upgraded Qantas Club and new Chairmans Lounge at…

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American Airlines free Main Cabin meals on select flights

Written on March 16th, 2017

American Airlines is making select coast-to-coast flights even better by adding free meals in the Main Cabin, giving customers one more reason to choose the airline’s industry-leading Airbus A321T trans-continental service. The Main Cabin meals will be available on flights in both directions between Los Angeles and New York, and between San Francisco and New York. Depending on the time of day,…

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower

Written on March 16th, 2017

Hilton has announced that its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand will add a second property in central Paris, Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower. Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower will be located in the 7th arrondissement, renowned as the district of choice for Parisian and the home to France’s National Assembly, a range of museums, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower…

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British Airways lounge in luxury for less

Written on March 16th, 2017

British Airways is offering customers the chance to ‘turn left for less’ with the launch of its luxury sale this week. The special offers which will be available until midnight on 21st March 2017, will include reduced fares in First, Club World and Club Europe to destinations across the globe. The special fares will give thousands of British Airways customers the chance…

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Extension of Trial Period for British Airways’ Meet and Assist Product at LAX – Extended until 30th June 2017

Written on March 15th, 2017

Updated: 15 March 2017 @ 11:30 British Airways’ (BA) trial Paid Meet and Assist service exclusively for BA’s Entertainment and Media customers travelling in First or Club World between Los Angeles (LAX) and London Heathrow (LHR) (in either direction), has been further extended until 30th June 2017. More information on ba.com/paidmaas. There is no change to…

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Winter Storm Stella affecting travel in Northeast US

Written on March 14th, 2017

Winter Storm Stella is disrupting travel in the Northeast region of the US. Heavy snow accumulation will trigger flight delays Tuesday in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and surrounding airports. We advise you to check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport. Please contact your dedicated Travel Executive for any…

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Berlin Industrial Action – 10th March

Written on March 9th, 2017

The ABTA Destinations team have been advised of a potential ground handling strike in Berlin on Friday, 10th March. The union Verdi has called for its 2,000 ground crew members to strike on Friday at both Tegel and Schönefeld airports. The strike is to start at 4am on Friday and end on Saturday at 5am.…

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Australian and New Zealand Airlines to form new aviation industry group 

Written on March 9th, 2017

Australia and New Zealand’s major airlines announced the establishment of a new industry group to advocate and pursue reform on public policy issues that impact the aviation sector and broader economy in the region. Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ) will enable Air New Zealand, the Qantas Group, Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin…

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Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand extend services between Hong Kong and New Zealand

Written on March 9th, 2017

Cathay Pacific will introduce a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch from December 2017, directly linking the two cities by air for the first time and complementing the airline’s existing services to Auckland. The non-stop Christchurch service will operate three times per week, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using technologically-advanced…

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United Airlines launches new Basic Economy fare for twin cities travel

Written on March 9th, 2017

United Airlines costumers purchasing tickets for travel between Minneapolis/St. Paul and any of United’s seven U.S. hubs (Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston Bush International, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles) have an additional fare option to choose from – Basic Economy. Intended to be United’s lowest fare, Basic Economy fares provide most of the same inflight services and amenities that…

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Delta to fly newer, quieter, more efficient aircraft at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

Written on March 9th, 2017

Delta stopped flying MD-88 aircraft on a scheduled basis at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The airline will instead fly existing MD-88 routes on a mix of quieter, more fuel-efficient Airbus A320 family aircraft, Boeing 737s and a limited number of MD-90 mainline aircraft, minimizing environmental impact at the busy airport and reducing overflight noise for…

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Dubai airport’s new baggage rules: flat-sided bags only

Written on March 9th, 2017

Dubai Airports introduces a new baggage rule to help improve service, reduce the risk of mishandlings and enhance the performance of its check-in and baggage operation at Dubai International (DBX). “Dubai International provides some of the most sophisticated baggage systems in the world,” said Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International. “However,…

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Qatar Airways unveils QSuite – A new ‘First in Business Class’ experience  

Written on March 9th, 2017

Qatar Airways unveils its highly anticipated and revolutionary new Business Class experience. Ushering in a never-before-seen standard in Business Class travel, the customisable private suites, named QSuite, introduce a host of firsts to Premium Class travel, reshaping expectations for global business travellers. QSuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy…

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British Airways – Cashless payment at London Heathrow, Gatwick and North America airports

Written on March 9th, 2017

From 1st April 2017, British Airways (BA) will be unable to accept cash payments at many of the airports it operates from, such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick and in North America. This includes all types of payments, such as for extra bags, additional/exit row seats, changes to tickets, service charges, etc. Customers who cannot…

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