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March 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 BA and Emirates, new flight routes unveiled by different airlines, a hotel chain’s plan to open 20 hotels, and much more. We hope you find the information useful in managing your corporate travel better. Enjoy your reading!
Yours Faithfully,
Applehouse Travel Media Team
British Airways reveals new World Traveller seats
  • BA recently unveiled the new World Traveller (economy) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats on its B777 fleet which operates out of Gatwick. All new seats boast larger entertainment screens, with new Panasonic IFE system offering a wider choice of films, TV and audio content. New seats will also feature USB sockets for in-seat device charging, while World Traveller Plus seats will have another power outlet for UK, US and EU plugs. Punta Cana, Cancun and Kingston, Jamaica will be the first routes to be operated by the new B777s before they will be used on all of the carrier's 22 long-haul destinations from Gatwick.

Qatar Airways to return to London Gatwick
Qatar Airways will resume operations from London Gatwick in May with double daily flights to and from Doha. The carrier is returning to the airport after withdrawing from the London hub citing commercial reasons in 2011. Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: " We are tremendously excited to add Gatwick as an additional gateway to London, thereby offering our passengers even more choice and convenience when travelling to this magnificent city."
Qatar currently operates flights to Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, with a service to Cardiff beginning on May 1.

Travelodge to open 20 hotels across the UK in 2018
  • Travelodge, a budge hotel chain, will open 20 hotels across the UK in 2018. The chain has opened 78 hotels in the last five years and is also working to improve the quality of its hotels. The group says it has witnessed a sharp rise in demand from corporate executives, with business travellers now making a larger proportion of total sales when compared to the leisure segment. Accordingly, Travelodge says it will now focus on popular business locations.
China Southern Airlines set to launch Wuhan service
  • Heathrow Airport is gaining a new destination from May this year, with China Southern Airlines launching its new route to Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China's Hubei province. The airline is to start flying to the city three times per week from May 30th using an Airbus A330.
Emirates unveils new Business Class cabin configuration on Boeing 777
  • Dubai-based Emirates has introduced a new Business Class cabin on its B777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. The newly refurbished 777-200LRs will feature 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in Economy. Business Class seats transform into fully-flat beds and feature touch screen controls for the seat, several lighting options, privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest and a personal mini-bar. The first refurbished aircraft will start flying to Fort Lauderdale from 6 March.
Flybe boosts London City-Belfast frequency
  • Flybe, Europe's regional airline, is all set to add 12 flights a week to its London City to Belfast City service from 7 May. The augmented frequency includes new morning, early evening and weekend flights, providing business travellers with options of up to six flights a day and 35 per week. As per the airline, it is one of its most popular routes, especially with corporate travellers.
British Airways launches Wi-Fi on long-haul routes
  • British Airways has launched Wi-Fi on some of its long-haul aircraft, with the first three connected aircraft now in service. According to airlines bosses, 118 of its long-haul aircraft will offer in-flight Wi-Fi over the next two years. Travellers are able to choose from its two ‘paid-for' packages including the ‘Browse' package which allows users to surf the internet and use social media and messaging services or the ‘stream' package which supports streaming music and entertainment.
Air Astana to fly daily to London
  • Air Astana, Kazakhstan's national carrier will fly daily between Nazarbayev International Airport in Astana and London Heathrow from 1 June. B757 aircraft will be used on the route and will have three-class configuration, with 16 seats in Business, 108 in Economy and 12 in Economy Sleeper. Those flying from London can connect with onward flights from Astana to long-haul destinations such as Delhi, India.
Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service
  • Eurostar has announced a new direct route from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, to be launched on 4th April. It will be running directly from St Pancras Station to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in three hours approximately. Two trains will leave daily at 0831 and 1731. Initially return journeys will connect through Brussels on a Thalys service till the Governments of the UK and Netherlands reach an agreement to allow passport screenings to be carried out in the Netherlands.
Business Travel Show sees increase in visitors
Over 9,000 professionals from all over Europe attended the 24th annual event at Olympia London last month, which is an increase of 6 per cent when compared to 2017, as per the data shared by the Business Travel Show. Around 260 companies exhibited at the show. David Chapple, Portfolio Director of Business Travel Show, commented: "This year's Business Travel Show was just an incredible two days - there was not one minute when the swell of people slowed or the aisles fell empty."

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