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Corporate Travel Services
June 2018
Dear Applehouse Customer,
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, we are excited to welcome you to the latest issue of Applehouse Travel's monthly newsletter. In this month's edition read about the launch of several new flight routes, how technology is changing business travel, the opening of business lounge in Cork, Ireland, and much more. We hope you find the information useful in managing your corporate travel better. Enjoy your reading!
Yours Faithfully,
The Applehouse Travel Media Team
Singapore Airlines set to launch the world's longest non-stop flight
  • Singapore Airlines is set to launch the world's longest commercial flight with a flight duration of nearly 19hrs. According to the latest news, the airline will re-introduce its Singapore to New York service starting October this year, covering a distance of almost 17,000 kilometres. This is the latest world record breaking flight to be announced following the direct service from the UK to Australia by Qantas, which has a flight time of 17 hours.

Virgin announces massive expansion at Manchester Airport
Virgin Atlantic has announced it will increase its capacity out of Manchester Airport by 20% from March 2019 with a new direct service to Los Angeles and doubling its number of flights to Las Vegas. This expansion will also see the airline offer increased connections to the rest of the US to popular destinations such as Boston, through its code-share agreement with Delta Air Lines. The new direct service to LA will operate three times weekly, beginning in May next year while its services to Las Vegas will expand from twice a week to four times a week.

British Airways launches codeshare with Fiji Airways
  • British Airways and Fiji Airways have announced its new partnership which will open more routes between the UK and the South Pacific than ever before. Passengers looking to head to the South Pacific region will now be able to book a flight with BA and its new partner, with a short stop in Singapore, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Airport sleeping pods soon to be available for weary travellers
  • If you've ever found yourself stuck at the airport after a busy few days at work and fancy a nap before your flight, Slovenian businessmen, Mihael Meolic and Grega Mrgrole think they have created the perfect answer – the Airpod. These capsule-like units are designed to be placed in public locations such as airports, in order to give the weary traveller a bit of peace and quiet whilst waiting for their flight. The Airpod features a seat that converts into a full-flat bed, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, power sockets, luggage storage and information about flight status. According to the team behind the Airpod, they will begin trialling the product across European airports this autumn.
Jet Airways to start non-stop Mumbai-Manchester service
  • From November 5, Jet Airways will begin its non-stop flights between Manchester and Mumbai, one of India's major business hubs. This will be the first non-stop flight on the route and Jet Airways' fifth non-stop service to/from the UK. It will be a four times a week service, with flights on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Flight 9W 130 will depart Mumbai at 0230 hours (local time) and will arrive in Manchester's Terminal 2 at 0755 hours (local time). The return flight, 9W 129 will leave Manchester at 0935 hours (local time) and land in Mumbai at 0040 hrs (local time). The airline would use an A330-200 aircraft with 254 seats, including 18 in premiere class, on the route.
Royal Brunei to launch daily London service
  • Royal Brunei Airlines will launch daily non-stop flights between Brunei and London Heathrow from 28 October. The new service will be operated by a B787 Dreamliner with Business and Economy class seats. The flight will leave Brunei at 0015 and arrive at 0650 (local time), with return flights departing London at 1705 and landing at 1440, the next day.
Chatbots providing personalised service to business travellers, Raconteur's report
  • As per Raconteur's Future of Business Travel report published recently in The Times, business travel is being transformed by technology as chatbots increasingly provide personalised service to travellers. The report refers to a survey by technology company Sabre, which indicated that 44 per cent of travellers in Europe feel happy sharing their information to access more personalised services. Also, a survey by market research company ORC International found that millennials are more than three times more likely to be positive about the idea of using the technology compared with older generations.
Ethiopian Airlines to launch Addis Ababa-Manchester route
  • Manchester Airport has announced a new service to Africa with Ethiopian Airlines launching a direct flight to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa from December this year. Passengers will be able to connect from Addis Ababa to more than 58 countries across the African continent. The airline will operate the new service with flights operating four times a week onboard its 787 Dreamliner.
Virgin Atlantic to start new flights to Las Vegas
  • Virgin Atlantic will launch flights to Las Vegas from London Heathrow starting March 31, 2019. The new service from Terminal 3 replaces the flight which the airline currently operates from London Gatwick. The airline will operate the flight using a 787-9 Dreamliner, with a three-class configuration; 31 Upper-Class Seats, 35 Premium seats and 192 economy seats. The flight will leave LHR at 12:40 local time, and Las Vegas at 19:05 local time.
A new business lounge opened at Cork Airport, Ireland
Ireland's first Aspire airport business lounge opened recently at Cork Airport. Operated by Swissport, it will cater to the considerable demand for premium lounge access from business travellers across the south of Ireland. The new lounge has a capacity of over 80 guests and has an entry cost of £28 for walk-ins; the lounge is also open to Priority Pass, Diners Club and Dragon Pass cardholders. Facilities include dedicated zones for business, dining and relaxing, and complimentary food and drinks.

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