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April 2018
Dear Applehouse Customer,
Welcome to the latest issue of Applehouse Travel's monthly newsletter. In this edition read about the launch of new business class travel products by Singapore Airlines, new flight routes, the opening of a new hotel in Durham by a boutique chain, and much more. We hope you find the information useful in managing your corporate travel better. Enjoy reading!
Yours Faithfully,
Applehouse Travel Media Team
Singapore Changi named the world's best airport for sixth consecutive year
  • The 2018 Skytrax World Airport Awards, based on more than 17 million passenger surveys have declared Singapore's Changi Airport as the world's best for the sixth consecutive year. London Heathrow, the UK's busiest airport was named the eighth best overall but grabbed the top spot in the 'best airport shops' category, whilst Heathrow T2 was named the world's best terminal. Overall, Incheon International Airport in Seoul was named the world's second-best airport, whilst Tokyo's Haneda International grabbed third place.

Qantas begins first non-stop Perth-London Heathrow service
Qantas has started flying non-stop between Perth and London Heathrow, making it the first regular, non-stop, scheduled commercial flight connecting Australia and Europe. Flight QF 9 departs Perth at 6:45pm and arrives at London Heathrow at 5:05am the following morning. Qantas flight QF 10 leaves Heathrow at 1:15pm and arrives in Perth, the following day at 1:00pm. Qantas is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the route and will offer 236 seats in three classes.

Singapore Airlines unveils new business class cabin
  • Singapore Airlines has revealed its brand new Business Class cabins - with the new high-tech seats, which can be fully reclined, made from Alcantara - a material used in the sports cars. As per news reports, the airline has invested a staggering £247million on its new business class cabins. Also, business class travellers will have a choice of 1,000 different TV shows and movies during their flight. Moreover, all business class seats will have access to an aisle as the planes feature a 1-2-1 seat configuration.
More flights to the US from UK regional airports
  • Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines are set to release more than five million seats from regional airports across the UK to the US. According to airlines chiefs, more than five million seats are being made available from Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast and the two airlines run up to 17 flights per week from Scotland to the US. Delta will operate flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to New York JFK.
Emirates trials futuristic headsets in Dubai airport lounge
  • Emirates aims to offer an unparallel cinematic experience at its lounges in Dubai International Airport by providing Skylights theatre headsets to the passengers. Currently available on trial basis, the headsets are being offered in the Business Class lounge in Concourse B in April and will be offered in the First Class lounge in concourse B in May. Skylight theatre headset offers a fixed-screen with a wide-angle field of view for 3D and 2D content, with Full HD viewing.
Hotel Indigo opens property in Durham
  • Hotel Indigo, a chain of boutique hotels and part of InterContinental Hotels Group, has opened a new property in the centre of Durham in Northeast England. Based in a former university building, it has 83 rooms under three room types. The property has the Rotunda bar, Tinderbox Espresso Bar and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Hotel Indigo is planning to open three more UK properties in 2018.
Singapore Airlines enhances HighFlyer Programme, includes partner airlines
  • From 2nd April 2018, business entities which are members of the Singapore Airlines' HighFlyer programme in Singapore and Australia can earn HighFlyer points while flying on Lufthansa and SWISS operated flights ticketed by Singapore Airlines on eligible sectors.

    "We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with the Lufthansa Group, and to enhance the HighFlyer programme. We are constantly looking to reward our corporates when they fly with us, and we will continue to expand our choice of airline rewards for our HighFlyer members," said Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mr Campbell Wilson.
Ethiopian Airlines to increase Heathrow frequencies; may also expand UK routes to airports outside of London
  • Ethiopian Airlines will launch three additional flights per week between Heathrow and Addis Ababa for the summer. The added flights will run from 2 June through 27 October on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, bringing Ethiopian Airlines' total number of weekly flights from Heathrow to ten. All flights will be operated with the new A350, with 313 seats in economy and 30 business class lie-flat seats.

    Michael Yohannes, UK Country Manager for Ethiopian Airlines, said: "The UK is an important and growing market for us and this increase in capacity reinforces our commitment to widen our foot print and paves the way to possibly extend our reach to other parts of the UK in the very near future. Together with my team, I look forward to closely working with our travel trade partners to further strengthen our commercial relationships."
Qatar Airways to use Airbus A350-900 for its inaugural Cardiff flight
  • Qatar Airways will use the Airbus A350-900 for the inaugural flight between Doha and Cardiff, in recognition of the aircraft's links to Wales. The airline's new flight route will be operational from 1 May 2018 and is expected to connect the Welsh capital to the rest of the world via Qatar Airways' large global network. A350-900, whose wings are built by Airbus in Wales, will mark the beginning of this new route, which thereon will be served by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
Virgin Atlantic doubles London-Johannesburg service
Virgin Atlantic will operate a second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg OR Tambo International airport from 28 October 2018. Flights will leave London at 1645 and land in Johannesburg at 0540 local time. The return flight will leave the South African city at 2220 and arrive in London at 0730 local time. The airline will use B787-9 to run the flight, with Upper Class and Premium cabins as well as the airline's new three-tiered Economy cabin available to the passengers.

Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: "Virgin Atlantic has been proud to serve South Africa for over 20 years. Johannesburg is one of the most popular destinations on our network so we’re delighted to add a second daily service to create even more travel opportunities for our customers."

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