Newsletter 6 – June / July 2015

Emerald Corporate –Connecting you to the world of business travel.

June / July 2015 – Issue 6

Emerald 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.
Buoyant mood for travel

Leisure and business travel for this year looks buoyant according to two recent surveys.

A YouGov poll taken post General Election and with a sample of more than 5,000 consumers indicated 56% saying they intend to travel overseas in the coming months with 75% of those planning a visit to Europe. The combination of a strong pound and a decline in the cost of crude oil has undoubtedly made a positive impact. City breaks are now seen as more popular than beach holidays with a growth trend in short breaks lasting 1 to 3 nights. This same sample group also expects to see the UK economy continue its improvement which last year grew by 2.6%.

And when it comes to business travel there is similar optimism born out by travel managers attending a Barclays Travel Forum in May, where more than half (52%) said they were expecting to see some growth with the majority remaining either somewhat or very confident about 2015 compared to 2014.


tips-news[1]tips-news2[1] Top tips for today’s business traveller Here are a couple more tips to consider:When queuing in an airport security line remember it is not always the shortest queue which is the quickest. Best to avoid families with small children or anyone who may look as though they have not recently been through an airport security line.Consider creating a small on-board bag which contains things you may wish for a flight such as a good book, amenity pack, extra sweater, eye shades and ear plugs; this will help to prevent passengers having to wait in the aisle as you rummage through your bag to collect items needed during the flight.
Crossrail revolutionCrossrail, Europe’s largest construction project is a revolution currently happening under the streets of London and is set to transform travel into and out of Central London. Stretching over 60 miles from Reading in the west to Shenfield in the east with over 25 miles of new tunnelling, it is due for completion by 2018 having started in May 2009. It is estimated over 200 million people will use Crossrail each year with a total of 40 stations including ten new stations. And 98% of the excavated material is being recycled with the majority used to create a new nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex.

British Airways offers ‘enhanced’ meal to economy passengersBritish Airways is offering its economy class passengers the option to purchase an alternative and more superior meal. Available on select destinations from Heathrow to the USA from May 2015, the airline is offering five choices – Taste of Britain, Gourmet Dining, Healthy Choice, Great British Breakfast and Vegetarian Kitchen with prices ranging from £15 to £18.
Singapore Airlines new lounge at HeathrowSilverKris is the name of the new Singapore Airlines lounge at Terminal 2 Heathrow. Designed by ONG & ONG its concept is ‘home away from home’. A total of 208 seats are offered for First and Business Class passengers in an environment given over to dedicated spaces. A new gallery area is offered near the entrance to showcase events and festivals throughout the year. A ‘taste of Singapore’ theme is a key feature incorporating a selection of freshly cooked foods together with complementary drinks and a dedicated bar area offering a range of premium drinks including freshly prepared cocktails.
Alitalia and Etihad Airways get togetherEtihad Airways has acquired a 49% stake in Alitalia and has plans to return the airline to profit by 2017. Alitalia has a number of code share partnerships in place with Etihad and its partners and recently launched a new Italy to Abu Dhabi service linking into Etihad’s global network. And there is good news for Abu Dhabi which has been named by CNN as one of its top destination to travel to in 2015.
JAL to introduce new aircraft & cabin products in 2015
Japan Airlines is to roll out its new fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners from the summer which will offer a new Sky Suite cabin including fully flat beds in business class, a new premium economy and wider economy seats. The total number of seats offered on this larger aircraft will be just 195 making it amongst the most spacious twin-aisle aircraft in the sky. This aircraft will make its debut on the Tokyo Narita Jakarta route from 1 July.

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 upgrades

Any 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.