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February / March 2015 – Issue 4
|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.|
|London Heathrow knocked off its top positionHeathrow is no longer the world’s busiest airport, that now belongs to Dubai who handled 71 million international passengers in 2014 which was three million more than Heathrow. It’s not all bad news for Heathrow, which retains the title of ‘Europe’s busiest airport’.|
|2014 Record Year for Tourism IndustryMore people are travelling to tourist destinations than ever before with over 1.1 billion tourists registered in 2014. The strongest region is the Americas up by 8% on PY followed by Asia Pacific 5% increase and Europe 4%.|
|Airline newsBritish Airways to resume flights to MalaysiaAfter a 13 year break, British Airways is to resume its direct daily London to Kuala Lumpur flight from 27 May 2015. The flights will depart London Heathrow at 8.15pm and Kuala Lumpur 11.05pm.British Airways offering upgradesAny British Airways passenger who books a return Club World fare in the elegible fare classes is entitled to a free upgrate to First Class one-way. Valid for bookings made between 14 January and 13 March 2015 for travel 14 January to 11 April 2015.
Vietnam Airlines to fly from Heathrow
Vietnam Airlines is to switch its London flights from Gatwick to Heathrow from March. It is planning to fly to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City five times per week from 31 March 2015, with daily services coming on stream from July.
ANA launches new in-flight system
All Nippon Airways is introducing a new in-flight entertainment system offering up to 351 channels which represents an increase of 40% content compared to its current system. It will provide 52 movie channels, 142 video channels and 148 audio channels with multiple languages screening programmes in a total of 13 languages.
Cathay Pacific team up with Mandarin Oriental
A new partnership has been formed between Cathay Pacific and Mandarin Oriental. Chefs from the Mandarin Oriental hotels in a number of cities across the world including London, Hong Kong and Tokyo will each design a menu to be served in First Class cabins on those flights from each of these cities. The new menus will be served on a monthly basis using seasonal produce.
Emirates expanding its regional UK services
Emirates, the Gulf airline has started a second daily A380 flight from Manchester to Dubai and from 1 August 2015 it will offer a third daily flight from Birmingham to Dubai enabling those living in the Midlands greater choice and flexibility to tap into the Emirates worldwide network.