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October 2017
Dear Applehouse Customer,
We are pleased to present our newsletter for the month of October 2017. Our monthly newsletters are crafted carefully to cover the latest travel updates from the UK and other parts of the world, as well as developments in the business travel industry which can affect your corporate travel and decisions related to travel management. In this month’s edition, we cover new flight routes, recently launched lounges and premium services for corporate travellers and more. We hope you find our newsletters useful in managing your travel better.
Yours Faithfully,
Applehouse Travel Media Team
British Airways to launch UK’s only direct flight to the Seychelles
  • British Airways will commence direct flights to the Seychelles from Heathrow Terminal 5 from March 24, 2018. The British carrier will be the only airline in the world offering non-stop service on the route. It will be a twice-a-week service (Wednesdays and Saturdays) from March to October and will be operated by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The flight from London Heathrow will leave at 17:50 on Wednesdays and Saturdays and will arrive at Seychelles International Airport at 7:00. The return flights will leave the Seychelles at 9:00 and land in London at 16:20.

Direct flights from London to Sydney could become a reality
According to reports, Qantas is working with both Airbus and Boeing to produce an aircraft that could fly between London and Sydney non-stop. As per the airline bosses, the flight would take 20 hours and 20 minutes, cutting "three to four hours" off the existing one-stop flight. Qantas starts its non-stop flights to Perth from London Heathrow on March 25th next year which will take just over 17 hours. Qantas will operate the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route.

Virgin Atlantic adds 40,000 seats from Manchester airport
  • As part of its UK expansion with partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic is adding 40,000 extra seats on transatlantic flights from Manchester Airport next year. Virgin and Delta will also optimise their flight schedule between New York and London Heathrow to offer eight daily departures from March 2018. Virgin Atlantic Chief Commercial Officer, Shai Weiss, said: "Together with our joint venture partner Delta Air Lines we've created an unrivalled service for customers travelling between the UK and US. We're the only partnership to offer Wi-Fi on every single transatlantic flight and fully flat beds with direct aisle access in every business cabin."
Qatar Airways introduces DOUBLE BEDS to its business class
  • Qatar Airways has launched the first ever double bed for its business class travellers. The Qsuite allows passengers to recline the middle two seats into a fully flat double bed with partition panels to create a completely private bedroom with two entertainment screens! Up to four passengers travelling together are also able to transform their seats to form a private seating area, so families and friends can dine and socialise. Qsuite has been launched on flights from Heathrow and will be rolled out to Paris and New York next.
British Airways adds 25th Dreamliner to its fleet
  • British Airways took delivery of its 25th 787 Dreamliner aircraft recently. The new aircraft made its maiden voyage in the last week of September when it took off from the Boeing factory in Seattle and made its way to London Heathrow. The three cabin aircraft is the ninth 787-7 in the British Airways fleet, adding to the British carrier’s already remarkable collection of Dreamliners which includes 16 Boeing 787-9s.
London Heathrow named best in the world for connectivity
  • London Heathrow has taken the top slot in an annual list of the top 50 international megahubs. Frankfurt was the runner up whereas Amsterdam (Schiphol) was named the third best airport. Measured through a special connections analyser, OAG Megahubs Index 2017 looks at the airports with the highest ratio of possible scheduled international connections to the number of destinations served by the airport. The report revealed that on a single day in July this year, there were over 72,000 possible international connections between flights arriving at London Heathrow and flights departing within a six-hour window.
Air New Zealand expected to offer Wi-Fi on international flights soon
  • Air New Zealand has started trial for its new in-flight Wi-Fi service on a long-haul Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The airline is expected to join the fast-growing list of carriers providing connectivity in the air, enabling passengers to access email, social media channels and websites. The 777-300 aircraft mainly fly Trans-Tasman, US, London and some Pacific Island routes. Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Avi Golan said: "The trial will not only test the technical aspects of the service, it will also gather feedback on pricing options. Going forward, customers will be able to choose to sign up for different timeframes and have the ability to pay in a variety of ways."
American Express opens Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong; Philadelphia airport to get one too
  • American Express recently opened its signature Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong airport - the first in Asia. American Express will open a Centurion Lounge at Philadelphia airport later this month. The Hong Kong and Philadelphia lounges will join existing Centurion Lounges in Buenos Aires, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston Bush, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, San Francisco and Seattle. Centurion lounges are open to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders.
IndiGo may offer business class seats on long-haul flights
  • India's largest airline, IndiGo may soon offer business class seats on its long-haul flights, media reports suggest. The Indian carrier is planning to adopt a two-class configuration - with a small business class along with the economy seating. The airline plans also plans to offer unbundled products like meals, priority boarding and check-in, and seat selection to economy passengers.
Emirates to launch fourth daily service to Sydney
  • Dubai-based Emirates will introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services. The move will provide passengers flying from Europe and North Africa enhanced connectivity to Australia. The new service will be operated by an A380 aircraft and offer 489 seats in a three-class cabin configuration with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy.

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