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British Airways Files for Patent on New Club World Business-Class Seats

British Airways Files for Patent on New Club World Business-Class Seats

British Airways has filed a patent for what appears to be the next version of its Club World business-class seat.
The patent, filed under application number GB1408877.7, is entitled “Aircraft passenger seating arrangement” and was filed by British Airways  on May 19 of this year. The file lists Nigel Good as the inventor. Good is associated with PriestmanGoode, a London-based design firm that specializes in the hospitality and aviation industries.
The airline …

Airlines Cancel Africa Flights Due to Ebola Outbreak

Airlines Cancel Africa Flights Due to Ebola Outbreak

Airlines flying to West Africa are cancelling some flights and offering travel waivers on others due to confirmed reports of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the area.
Earlier this week, British Airways said it had cancelled flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, while Emirates Airline has suspended service to Guinea.  Delta Air Lines issued a travel waiver for Abuja, Nigeria; Conakry, Guinea; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Lagos, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia; and Port Harcourt, …

Low-Cost Carrier Dobrolet Grounded After EU Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Low-Cost Carrier Dobrolet Grounded After EU Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Aeroflot, the national flag carrier of Russia, announced Sunday that it was shutting down Dobrolet, a low-cost subsidiary of the airline, due to sanctions imposed upon Russia by the European Union on July 30.  Dobrolet began flying in May of this year.
The European sanctions were in response to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Until last week, Dobrolet had been the sole operator of flights between Moscow and Simferopol, a …

British Airways, Iberia to Cut Capacity as Revenue Climbs

British Airways, Iberia to Cut Capacity as Revenue Climbs

International Airlines Group announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.
The parent of British Airways and Iberia said that net profit rose to €280 million ($374.9 million), a 220% increase over the €127 million reported a year earlier.   Revenue was up 6.7% to €5.1 billion, and operating profit rose 55% to €380 million.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh announced plans to cut capacity across its network, “taking out frequencies where …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 2, 2014

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As another weekend quickly approaches, we bring to you the most important highlights from the past week.  Don’t forget to take a look at these engaging and informative news and features before you head to the beach this weekend:
1.) Jonathan Spira paid a visit to the health-conscious Even Hotel Rockville in Rockville, Maryland, earlier this week.  Join Jonathan as he enjoys a tasty but nourishing breakfast, samples the hotel’s signature …

Crossing the Pond: Assessing British Airways’ Competition in First and Business between London and New York

London Heathrow from the air

New York-London is one of the busiest markets for business travel. The route links two of the world’s most important financial hubs and it is also the busiest intercontinental route in the world. In 2012, over 3.6 million passengers flew from London Heathrow to New York.
The competitive nature of the route has made it necessary for airlines to continually practice one-upmanship, and this has resulted in the introduction of many …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: July 19, 2014

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As another weekend arrives, we bring to your attention once again the most important news and features of the past week.  Here are five must-read stories that will capture your interest.
1.) Jonathan Spira stayed at Claridge’s in London, where he enjoyed an elegant Art Deco room, around-the-clock butler service, and a delicious dinner of truffled Cornish lobster risotto.  He was very impressed by the hotel’s beautiful décor and attentive service.
2.) …