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May 2019
Dear Applehouse Customer,
We are excited to welcome you to the latest issue of Applehouse Travel's monthly newsletter. We understand your need to remain connected as a Travel Manager and have access to the latest in travel industry. Our newsletters are created to bring to you a range of latest travel news and updates from the UK and around the globe, as well as developments in the business travel industry. In our May edition, we have covered new flight routes, new hotel launch, business class products, and other travel related developments. Happy reading!

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The Applehouse Travel Media Team
Etihad Airways to increase Heathrow flights for the summer
  • Etihad will increase flights on its flagship Abu Dhabi-Heathrow route from current three daily to five-times daily at its peak capacity. The airline will operate four-times daily between 26 May and 22 June. A fifth daily flight will be added between 23 June and 28 September. The services will go back to four-times daily between 29 September and 26 October before reverting to three-flights daily. The additional flights have been scheduled to provide most convenient connections to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. The airline will operate additional services with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft offering 271 economy and 28 business seats. The usual three daily flights will continue to be operated by Airbus A380.

Best Western opens a property in London's Victoria
Hotel chain Best Western has recently opened its new property in London's Victoria that has grown its portfolio in the capital to over 20 hotels. Situated within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and London's West End, the hotel was formerly operated as the Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road. It is a two-minute walk away from the coach and rail stations of Victoria providing links to the Gatwick Express. The hotel houses 81 guest rooms, a newly decorated breakfast room and capacity for small meetings.

IHG signs Hotel Indigo London - Clerkenwell
  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has added a new Hotel Indigo property in its portfolio. The Group has inked a management agreement with Omenport Developments for the Hotel Indigo property in London's Clerkenwell. The property is expected to open in early 2021, according to IHG. The location is within walking distance of Farringdon, Barbican and Old Street stations making it an increasingly popular for both business and leisure travelers. When it opens in 2021, the hotel will feature 151 guest rooms, an all-day restaurant and 5 meeting rooms, as well as incorporating the existing pub (Hat & Feathers pub) into the hotel.
Fendi announces to open its first Heathrow Terminal 3 boutique
  • FENDI, an Italian luxury fashion house has announced to open its first boutique at Heathrow's Terminal 3. The new boutique will be the brand's second at the airport following the one in Terminal 4 last year. It has been said by the airport that the artistic passion of Fendi is portrayed through the details and materials of the boutique giving it a luxurious feel. The boutique will be an invitation to the travelling world of Fendi with a selection of leather goods, footwear and accessories for men and women. The opening will also showcase items from its spring/summer 2019 collection including the Peekaboo and Baguette bags.
The Standard opens a new property in London
  • The Standard opens its first UK hotel this summer with colourful interiors designed by Shawn Hausman to contrast "the greyness of London". The hotel occupies the former Camden town hall in King's Cross and is home to brightly-hued guest rooms and communal spaces that have an "element of light heartedness". It will be open to the public this July and will comprise 266 rooms, a bar, recording studio, and three restaurants - one of which will be on the roof of the building overlooking the surrounding cityscape.
Virgin Atlantic to double Flights to India with new route to Mumbai
  • Virgin Atlantic will be re-launching flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai, India. The first service will start on 27th October 2019 and will complement the airline's long-established service between London and Delhi. The airline will use Boeing 787-9 aircraft to operate the Mumbai flights offering guests its award-winning Upper Class, Premium and Economy Light, Classic and Delight cabins. Full on board service in each of its cabins will have complimentary food, drink and over 300 hours of in-flight entertainment including movies, TV and music channels. In addition, passengers will have access to Wi-Fi allowing them to stay connected throughout their flight.
British Airways refreshes Heathrow Elemis spas
  • British Airways unveils refreshed Elmis Travel Spas at Heathrow T3 and T5 with new soft furnishings and interiors designed by the acclaimed Kelly Hoppen MBE, and a new spa treatment menu. The Elemis Travel Spas are available for British Airways passengers flying in First and Club World. Executive Club Gold members flying long-haul can also avail the facility. The menu will include 15-minute deep scalp and muscle ease back massages. The spa facility at JFK Terminal 7 is also set to be revamped later this year. British Airways has partnered with Elemis at its travel spas for the last 12 years.
Turkish Airlines to open five lounges at Istanbul's new airport
  • Turkish Airlines announces to open five passenger lounges at Istanbul's new airport available for Business Class, Miles and Smiles Elite and Elite Plus, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers. The airport is currently operating three lounges - the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles and Smiles Lounge, and Domestic Lounge whereas the remaining two - Exclusive Lounge and Arrival Lounge are scheduled to open in Summer 2019. The passengers of Turkish Airlines gain access to the lounges by presenting their business class tickets or Miles and Smiles Elite Plus and Elite, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club membership cards.

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