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The latest UK business travel news:
After an historic 50+ years at New York JFK Terminal 7, British Airways has moved in with American Airlines at Terminal 8. As part of the move, AA and BA have opened two brand new lounges for guests, and we were there:
The lounges set a new standard across the British Airways network. Did you ever think you’d see Krug being served in a British Airways lounge?!
In other news:
easyJet expands flights from Belfast. The first new route to be announced is Rhodes.
Fly Atlantic is the latest start-up airline to attempt low-cost UK to US flights. It wants to do so from a base in Belfast.
Hyatt makes another acquisition. It has bought The Dream Hotel Group, a niche luxury chain which includes The Chatwal.
Air India and Vistara are to merge with Singapore Airlines taking a 25% stake.
Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:
Helen Argent – ex Etihad, Qatar Airways – is appointed Head of Marketing UK & Europe for Malaysia Airlines (press release, no link)
Daniel Edwards rejoins Heathrow Express as Business Lead (Rail Business Daily)
Manchester Airport to be the first UK airport with a hydrogen fuel pipeline (UK Aviation News)
Interviews of the week:
We travelled to Lisbon to interview TAP Portugal CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener. We discuss the TAP restructuring, current trading, fleet plans and takeover rumours.
Listen to HfP editor Rob on Simon Calder’s travel podcast. Over 29 minutes they cover the appeal of Premium Economy, the best business class seats and how to square air miles with the environment.
Our latest travel reviews:
Rob reviews Air France business class from Paris to Dubai (Boeing 777). He was particularly impressed by the food.
On the same trip he also reviewed the Air France business class lounge in Paris (Terminal 2E).
Back in London, we try out the Crowne Plaza Heathrow Terminal 4 hotel. Attached to the terminal it shares a building and facilities with a Holiday Inn Express. Image below.
The latest UK travel loyalty news:
British Airways is to offer all elite members (Bronze and up) a 1 month free trial of Paramount+. Star Trek will also appear on board.
Can you cancel the return flight of an Avios redemption if you’ve already flown the outbound? The answer is not obvious.
American Express Shop Small is live until 12th December. Register your Amex card and get £5 back on £15+ purchases at independent stores, up to £25 per card.
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