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New A380 route London Heathrow-Singapore 

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Good news for Singapore business travellers: British Airways has announced Singapore as the latest destination to be served by its Airbus A380s. The three-times a week service starts on 28 October 2014, and will increase the number of A380 destinations to five.

British Airways A380s already fly to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Johannesburg, with services to Washington DC starting from 1 September.

The A380 will feature on the BA11 service operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday ex Heathrow, and the returning BA12 operating on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Singapore services on other days will continue to be operated by a Boeing 747, except for the BA 15/16 Heathrow-Singapore-Sydney service, which will remain on a 777-300ER aircraft.

Until 28 March 2015 Singapore will have a daily A380 service, but after this period A380 services will revert to the above three per week schedule.

Qatar Airways launches flights from Edinburgh starting 28th May 2014


The 5 -star airline Qatar Airways will offer flights from Edinburgh Airport starting 28th May 2014.

The flight service will provide business travellers with seamless connections via Doha to over 130 destinations across the globe including key business travel destinations within the Middle East, Asia, The Far East and Australasia.

With Edinburgh, Qatar will have a third travel destination in the UK, following Manchester (2003) and London (1997)

Leisure and business travellers can take off 5 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Edinburgh. The flights are scheduled as follows:

QR 028  departs from Edinburgh (EDI) at 14:45 and arrives in Doha (DOH) at 23:40

QR 027 departs from Doha (DOH) at 8:00 and arrives in Edinburgh (EDI) at 13;15

Regulations for liquids in carry-on luggage 

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New regulations have been introduced across Europe governing the way that duty free liquids, prescribed medications and baby food liquids are screened at security. Due to the development of Liquid Explosive Detection Systems (LEDs), the European Commission has revised the requirements for the screening of liquids, aerosols & gels.

The restrictions to liquids, aerosols & gels carried in hand baggage continue, i.e. containers will still need to include less than 100ml and be contained within the one litre plastic bag.

The new rules broadly see changes for business and leisure travellers in relation to the treatment of additional liquids not carried in the one litre bag. Since 31 January 2014, the following liquids presented for screening at UK & EU airports, must be subjected to LEDs if carried outside of the one litre plastic bag:

  • Duty free items in ICAO standard Security Tamper Evident Bags
  • Medicine
  • Baby food/other dietary requirements

Key benefits for Leisure and Business Travellers:

Travellers can now take Duty Free liquids purchased from any airport (including non-EU airports) or onboard through UK security screening points, even if taken landside, provided items are in a Security Tamper Evident Bag, with the receipt sealed inside the bag at the time of purchase. For airports outside of the EU and UK, existing policies continue.

For further information on air travel management or flight bookings, please speak to a business travel consultant by calling 0844 332 0174.

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