Emerald Corporate Connecting you to the world of business travel
December / Jan 2015 – Issue 3
|WelcomeEmerald Corporate newsletter aims to give you an occasional snap shot of what is happening in the world of travel. It is brought to you by Emerald Corporate, part of the Emerald Global Group which has been arranging business and leisure travel for over 35 years.If you are planning a visit abroad whether it be for business or leisure, our team of account managers are ready to help source the most competitive and convenient flights/hotel accommodation for you.|
|Safest Cities in the WorldCopenhagen, Tokyo and Reykjavik are the safest cities in the world with the lowest crime according to the US Department of State. Other cities which are sighted include Singapore, Amsterdam and Dubrovnik.|
|Airline newsBest Business Class, Best Airline & Best Business Hotel 2014The prestigious Business Travellers awards were announced in October and British Airways once again was named Best Airline for 2014 followed by Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. In the category of Best Business Class Qatar Airways scooped this award for the second year in a row, hotly followed by Cathay Pacific and Emirates. And for those of you who travel to Hong Kong why not consider staying in the Best Business Hotels worldwide by choosing from the Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental or The Peninsula, the top three and in that order.BA offering pre-ordering meal service
British Airways now accept customers travelling in First, Club World (Business Class) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) to pre-order their main course online for flights to a number of select destinations from 01 December 2014. The destinations include Dallas, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Phoenix, Seattle and Vancouver from Heathrow. Customers can select their meal 30 days before departure and up to 24 hours prior to take-off via the manage my booking tab on ba.com.
Virgin to cut four routes
Virgin Atlantic announced plans to withdraw services to Tokyo, Cape Town, Mumbai and Vancouver and put more flights on their transatlantic routes with Tokyo and Mumbai flights ceasing at the end of January 2015 and Cape Town in April of next year.
Lufthansa to introduce Premium Economy
Lufthansa is targeting UK business travellers with the introduction of Premium Economy for its long haul flights. This cabin service will offer seats with a 130-degree recline, a foot rest, touch screen and remote controls, 11-12 inch in-flight entertainment and extra storage. UK travellers will also have access to a dedicated lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2, the Star Alliance carriers new home from 1 October 2014. The lounge has a 350 persons capacity and is the biggest Lufthansa lounge outside of Germany.
Emirates provides free wi-fi
Emirates is providing complimentary internet access across all its classes of service with up to 10MB available to its passengers. Anyone who is a heavy user will have to pay $1 for every additional 600MB. Research from Emirates indicated most of their passengers log on accessing Google, Facebook and Skype.
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