London Heathrow

Heathrow Express Airport Rail Link to London – Review

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Heathrow Express began life in 1998 as the Heathrow FastTrain, when it started to offer service from London Paddington Station to a temporary station near Heathrow.  Recently, all trains were completely refurbished, receiving new seats, luggage storage areas, and electric outlets at each seat.
But one thing hasn’t changed: it still takes 15 minutes to get from Heathrow to London’s city center.
Tickets may be purchased on line although prices have increased …

Heathrow Express Workers Plan 48-Hour Strike

Heathrow Express Workers Plan 48-Hour Strike

Rail workers who operate the Heathrow Express service will go on strike, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said.
Members of the union plan to walk off the job at 3:00 a.m. on April 29 for 48 hours.  The strike is to protest a workforce reorganization that the union says could imperil over 200 jobs.  Heathrow Express says that the changes are necessary to “improve customer service, improve safety and protect …

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

Aeromexico announced plans to inaugurate all-Dreamliner service on flights to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning this week.
The move will increase the airline’s capacity on its Mexico City-London flights by 40%.  Flights will operate out of Terminal 4 at Heathrow, which is dedicated to airlines that are members of the SkyTeam alliance.
Aeromexico’s Dreamliners have 32 fully lie-flat seats in Clase Premier, the airline’s business-class cabin.  The seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 …

American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles International Airport – Review

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My first visit to American Airlines’ Flagship Lounge at LAX was the morning after American’s inaugural flights of its new Airbus A321T transcon subfleet aircraft.  I had flown out on the inaugural flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and my second flight on the brand new plane was to come roughly 12 hours after the first.
My visit to the Flagship Lounge started with Flagship Check-in.   American offers …

Lobby Bar – April 11: Motorcycle Maintenance, Downton, High Fashion, and Detained Editors

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
The butler did it.  Jonathan Spira returns from an extended stay in England, departing Heathrow from Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing and flying in Upper Class.  In other news, U.S. immigration officials reported the detainment of a travel magazine editor for trying to smuggle through a butler in his luggage.
Come away with me.  Paul Riegler discovers …

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing and Clubhouse, London Heathrow – Review

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Convenience may arguably be the single factor that the busy traveler prizes above all else today.  Indeed, while convenience means different things to different people, an undisputed definition would include short lines and personalized treatment.
Virgin Atlantic offers these to its Upper Class passengers departing from London’s Heathrow Airport, and the idea of convenience starts with the entrance to its private departures area, the Upper Class Wing.  To put it mildly, …

Delta Launches Daily Nonstop Service Between Seattle and London

Delta Launches Daily Nonstop Service Between Seattle and London

As part of its expansion in Seattle, Delta Air Lines announced the beginning of new daily, nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and London Heathrow. The new route was launched as part of the carrier’s joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
In addition to the Seattle-London route, Delta plans to launch new international service from Seattle this June to both Seoul, Korea, and Hong Kong.
The carrier also plans to expand its …