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Royal Lancaster London Completes Extensive Renovations

Royal Lancaster London Completes Extensive Renovations

The Royal Lancaster London hotel announced it had completed an £80 million ($104 million) renovation project of the mid-century building while reclaiming its original name.
As part of the work, the hotel’s façade was redesigned to emphasize the double-height reception area. The lobby was redone in white marble and gained a new bar, the Hyde Lobby Bar.
All of the property’s 411 guestrooms and suites were refurbished in a …

British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

British Airways announced it would begin to retire its Boeing 747 fleet, reducing its size by half by 2021 and operating its last 747 flight in 2024.
With 36 in service, the British flagship carrier is currently the world’s largest operator of the 747-400. Depending on the cabin configuration, the airline’s 747s can accommodate between 275 and 347 passengers.
The 747-400 was introduced into its fleet in the 1990s. The …

London Underground Gets New Smartphone App

London Underground Gets New Smartphone App

Transport for London announced a new smartphone app for its Oyster card electronic ticket.
The new app, Tfl Oyster, allows users of adult Oyster cards to top up the card remotely, thereby avoiding long queues at Tube stations. It is available on both iOS and Android platforms.
Other features include support for purchasing an adult rate Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass, and low balance notifications.
The app provides details including date, time, …

Beijing Capital Airlines to Launch Flights Between Qingdao and London

Beijing Capital Airlines to Launch Flights Between Qingdao and London

Beijing Capital Airlines announced that it will begin new non-stop service between London and Qingdao, China on November 17. The carrier will operate the service twice a week.
Flights will depart Qingdao Liuting International Airport at 3:05 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and will arrive at London Heathrow International Airport at 7:50 p.m. From London, flights are scheduled to depart at 10 p.m. and arrive in Qingdao at 5:30 p.m. the …

London Underground Strike to Impact Travelers and Commuters Thursday

London Underground Strike to Impact Travelers and Commuters Thursday

Londoners and visitors alike are preparing for a 24-hour London Underground strike on October 5.
The Tube, as it is called, not only serves commuters but also visitors arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The union representing the system’s drivers, Aslef, has called for a walkout starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday over a dispute about work practices.
Transport for London, which manages the Tube, said that the job action would lead to “large-scale disruption.” …

Delta, Virgin Atlantic Update Summer Schedules on London Flights

Delta, Virgin Atlantic Update Summer Schedules on London Flights

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic announced updates to their 2018 summer schedules between the United States and the United Kingdom.
As part of the schedule change, Delta will begin using Airbus A330 aircraft on its service to London Heathrow from Atlanta, Detroit, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on March 24, 2018. The planes are equipped with 34 lie-flat seats in Delta One, arranged in a herringbone configuration, …

Uber Banned in London

Uber Banned in London

Ride-hailing company Uber will lose its license to operate in London at the end of September following a ruling by Transport for London.
TFL said the decision was made due to “public safety and security implications,” referencing the ride-sharing company’s approach to conducting background checks on drivers and reporting criminal offenses.
Uber meanwhile said it planned to appeal the decision. The company has 21 days to do so, and will be allowed …