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Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China announced that it will add a second daily flight to its Beijing-London Heathrow service on October 26.  The additional flight will operate using Airbus A330-200 aircraft and the carrier will also begin using A330-200s on its other flight connecting the two cities as of October 26.
The airline’s new flights will depart Beijing at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in London at 5:50 p.m.  From London, flights will depart at …

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Qatar Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday.  The carrier currently has nine more superjumbos on order.
Qatar plans to put the plane into service on its route between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow, followed by its Doha-Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine plane that had its first flight in 2005 and entered commercial service in …

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic said it plans to offer passengers in-flight Internet service under an agreement announced Wednesday with in-flight Internet provider Gogo.  Virgin Atlantic will be the first European carrier to offer the Gogo service.
The airline will also be the second carrier to offer Wi-Fi on the highly competitive New York-London route.  American Airlines is currently the only airline offering in-flight Internet access on the route.
Virgin Atlantic will install Gogo’s 2Ku …

Norwegian to Launch New Flights to Orlando

Norwegian to Launch New Flights to Orlando

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that next spring it will begin new service to Orlando from both Copenhagen and London Gatwick.  In addition, the airline will increase its service to various American destinations from Europe starting next year.
On March 30, 2015, Norwegian will launch once a week non-stop Monday flights between Copenhagen and Orlando.
The flights will operate using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The carrier will also begin new non-stop service between London Gatwick …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 6, 2014

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Another weekend is here. Once again, it’s time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler stories you might not have had time to read over the past week. Here are five picks that should be on your list:
1.) The results of the 2014 Air Travel Pet Peeves poll are in and, for a third year running, insufficient legroom captured the top spot as the number one peeve that irritates frequent …

Lobby Bar – September 5: Inclined to Recline, Admiral Ackbar Visits France, A Six Ton Boxing Match, and What Would Hamlet Do?

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The Lobby Bar – A Deceptively Devious Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Can you top this?  The world’s oldest flight attendant, Robert Reardon, officially retired last week.  While it’s widely assumed that the man was using his job as an excuse for free trips, it’s more likely that Reardon was simply trying to obtain a new world record, which he did by a few months.  Months.  That’s like bidding …

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic announced multiple changes to its schedule including the discontinuation of service to several major cities.
Virgin will add an extra daily flight between London Heathrow and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles.  In addition, the airline will add an additional seasonal flight between Heathrow and Miami during the winter, as well as an additional flight to San Francisco and Atlanta during the summer.
Virgin will also …