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The latest UK business travel news:
Iberia has started flying its new business class seat a year ahead of schedule. The first aircraft entered commercial service last weekend with zero fanfare. Photo above.
The former Park Hyatt Hamburg is joining Hilton. The hotel will reopen as a Conrad in 2024.
A new Radisson RED hotel has opened in Liverpool. It occupies a redeveloped Victorian railway hotel by Lime Street.
Aer Lingus has swapped an A321LR for an A330 on its Manchester – New York flights. The change increases seat capacity by 72%.
The famous lobby aquarium at the Radisson Collection Berlin hotel exploded injuring two people and releasing 10,000 fish.
Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:
Meliá and Rafael Nadal launch ZEL, a new hotel brand (Hotel Business)
Wizz Air’s first London Luton to Amman flight takes off (Business Traveller)
Interview of the week:
We meet the Chairman and owner of private jet charter group AirX, John Matthews, as we visit their maintenance hanger at Stansted. Image above.
Our latest travel reviews:
We also visit the American Airlines Admirals Club lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3. Is it better than the Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges? (Er, no, obviously.) Image below.
The latest UK travel loyalty news:
Save 30% on a SeatSpy membership. Our exclusive offer makes it even cheaper to find reward seat availability and set alerts.
Our coverage of how British Airways has repriced long haul Avios redemptions continues:
- Low-tax redemption loopholes have been closed
- Anyone with non UK, US and EU Executive Club accounts now faces increased Avios and fees
- Anyone with old-style BA Amex companion vouchers will need a lot more Avios
- Bizarrely, mixed First / Club redemptions are now more expensive than ‘pure’ First / First redemptions!
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