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Take off into the future with British Airways

A new chapter has opened at British Airways with the arrival of A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner into its fleet. The new aircraft is part of British Airways’ £5 billion investment project to make air travel more comfortable.

British Airways is the first airline that launched the new A380. Soon the world’s largest passenger airliner will be flying between London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. The A380 offers space for 469 customers across four spacious cabins. In addition travellers benefit from bigger overhead lockers, the quietest cabin in the sky and much less noise on take-off and landing. Although it is the largest passenger airliner in the air travel market, it is also the greenest; it is the lowest cost per seat and the lowest emissions per passenger of any large aircraft.

The 787 has 214 seats across three cabins and benefits from much larger windows. Customers can adjust the brightness of windows with push of a button. The aircraft is 20% more fuel efficient than similar sized commercial jets and to date, is Boeing’s most fuel efficient aircraft.

Both new aircraft types feature British Airways’ latest Thales in-flight entertainment system. In addition, customers will benefit from larger screens in all cabins and will be able to connect personal devices, such as laptops or iPads.

On 1st September the first Boeing 787 flight to Toronto took off and 24th September, the first A380 flight to Los Angeles. This month, both aircraft types will start operations on their second route. The 787 will fly from Newark and the A380 daily service to Hong Kong will start on 22nd October 2013.

Flight to Johannesburg is now open for sale and will take off on 12 February 2014, initially offering three flights per week. From 10th March 2014, this will increase to six flights weekly.

Please contact Flight-Line direct for more information or questions regarding business air travel.

Flightline business air travel news Qatar Airways Frequent Flyer ProgrammeQatar Airways joins oneworld®

Qatar Airways will officially join oneworld® on 30th October, adding one of the world’s highly rated airlines to the oneworld® alliance.

In addition Qatar Airways announced immediate partnership with British Airways between the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. If you are a British Airways Executive Club member or Qatar Airways Privilege Club members then you can now earn miles and redeem miles as of 1st October 2013.

Quatar Airways provides a solid international route network flying to 130 business and leisure destinations across the world, including Europe, Middle East, Africa, America, Asia and Australasia. This includes a number of key oneworld® hubs, such as London Heathrow, New York JFK, Berlin Tegel, Hong Kong Airport and more.

Qatar Airways will offer oneworld’s® full range of services and benefits. Members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty programme will benefit from frequent flyer privileges with any oneworld® member airline, which include leading brands – Airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and other affiliated airlines. Also from 30 October, the members of oneworld® airlines’ frequent flyer programmes can earn and redeem awards and oneworld® tier status points. Depending on tier status business travellers can enjoy all other oneworld ® benefits on Qatar Airways too, such as Priority First Class or Business Class check-in, preferred seating, preferred boarding (where offered), priority standby and wait listing, as well as access to more than 550 airport lounges when travelling internationally. This will deliver a deliver an even better and seamless air travel experience to Quatar Airways passengers.

Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG, parent of British Airways and Iberia, said: “In Qatar Airways, oneworld® is pleased to welcome another great airline that will enhance oneworld’s network and product offerings in one of the world’s fastest growing regions for air travel demand. Its fine reputation for customer service mirrors oneworld’s ® own focus. British Airways is delighted to be serving as the sponsor of Qatar Airways in joining oneworld®.” Read more on the oneworld website.

Please contact Flight-Line, our business air travel specialist division, direct for more information.

SAS is introducing direct Route from Humberside Airport to Copenhagen

SAS-air travel-news-flightline-travel-managementScandinavian Airlines (SAS) is expanding its route network and launching a new direct service from Humberside International Airport to Copenhagen. As of 28 October 2013 the airline will be flying 5 times per week to Copenhagen from Humberside, i.e. once a day.
Timings have been specifically set to meet the needs of business travellers and those connecting onto onward flights within Scandinavia and Northern Europe. SAS is now the only airline that provides a non-stop direct service to Scandinavia from the regions Humberside, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

The new service is scheduled to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Weekday flights will take off from Humberside Airport at 19.15 hrs and arrive in Copenhagen at 21.50 hrs local time. Weekday flights from Copenhagen will depart at 18.10 hrs local time with arrival in Humberside at 18.45 hrs.

For further information or assistance, please contact Flight-Line direct.

Flightline business air travel news CarpatAir London-ChisinauCarpatair: New direct flights from Chisinau (Moldova) to London Luton Airport

Flight-Line air travel agents are pleased to inform that from December 19, Carpatair will offer a new direct flight from Chisinau (Moldova) to London Luton Airport.

Tickets for the flight to London Luton are already on sale. The airline will operate its new flight service twice a week, on Thursday and Sunday, with some increase of frequency in the summer season.

The newly introduced flights will be operating according to the following schedule:

Time Period: December 19 2013 – March 27 2014
Chisinau–London (Luton): 21:10 hrs – 22:40 hrs (Thursday, Sunday)
London (Luton)-Chisinau: 23:55 hrs– 05:30 hrs +1 (Thursday, Sunday)

Free baggage allowance for checked baggage for London Luton (LTN) –Chisinau (KIV):
The free baggage allowance for LTN-KIV route is not included in the ticket price for Economy BASIC Passengers and you’ll have to pay for the checked baggage at the time of ticket purchase. The fee is 13 GBP (for departure from LTN) and 15 EUR (for departure from KIV) for 1 piece of baggage up to 23kg for one-way travel.

Please contact your Flight-line air travel consultant for further information.

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