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British Airways Launches Daily A380 Service Between London and Vancouver

British Airways Launches Daily A380 Service Between London and Vancouver

British Airways announced the launch of Airbus A380 service on its route between London Heathrow and Vancouver. The airline will offer daily service between the two airports, and the one A380 flight replaces the carrier’s previous twice-daily service that was operated using Boeing 747-400s.
The service marks the first time that the A380 is being used on commercial flights into and out of Vancouver International Airport.
British Airway’s daily London-Vancouver flights on …

Drone May Have Collided with British Airways Jet at Heathrow

Drone May Have Collided with British Airways Jet at Heathrow

A British Airways pilot believes his aircraft was struck by an errant drone while approaching London Heathrow.
BA Flight 727 from Geneva was at 1,700’ and preparing to land when an object believed to be an unmanned drone struck the front of the plane. The Airbus A320 landed safely with 132 passengers and five crew members on board, said Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the airline.
There was no damage to the …

British Airways Club World Business Class London Heathrow – Seattle-Tacoma – Flight Review

BA JDL 49-1

Following an enjoyable weekend in London, it was time to return to Seattle. A friend dropped me off curbside at Heathrow’s expansive and impressive Terminal 5, and I quickly found an empty check-in kiosk. Security was a quick and uneventful affair, before striking out for British Airway’s sprawling main lounge.
The southern lounge, located in the main terminal, is several stories high and perhaps the largest in the airline’s system. The …

In a Post-Brussels Europe, Visitors See Terror Around Every Corner As Tourism Drops Precipitously

London: Tourists Wanted!

The effects of the terror attacks in Brussels were immediate and noticeable. Virtually overnight, while Brussels was under lockdown, its populace and visitors were urged to avoid “unnecessary movement,” tourists disappeared from major spots in London, Paris, and particularly Brussels, as well as in other major European cities.
Until recent events unfolded, hotel occupancy in Europe was on the upswing, with a 2.3% year-over-year increase to 70.1% from 2014 to 2015, …

ButlerTech Releases New App to Help Users Explore Cities

ButlerTech Releases New App to Help Users Explore Cities

The Jeeves and Carsons of the world have competition. ButlerTech, a global tech company, announced the launch of CityButler, an app designed to offer travelers a guide to foreign cities.
Users can browse for recommendations for things such as hotels, restaurants, spas, tour operators, shops, events, hairdressers, healthcare centers, and more. ButlerTech says that the app features only top quality business, retailers, and attractions.
The app uses geo-location to locate nearby businesses, …

Norwegian Outlines Major Expansion at London Gatwick

Norwegian Outlines Major Expansion at London Gatwick

Norwegian Air Shuttle would significantly increase its operations at London Gatwick if a second runway were built at the airport.
The Oslo-based airline’s chief executive, Bjørn Kjos, announced the low-cost carrier’s plans in a speech at the Aviation Club in London Thursday.
“We can contribute to putting 50 Dreamliners into there easy,” he told the audience, explaining that “Gatwick has the network to fly to every corner of Europe. Not all the …

Heathrow Connect Train Service Temporarily Suspended

Heathrow Connect Train Service Temporarily Suspended

Heathrow Connect services were suspended last week without prior notice, after the cars used by sister service Heathrow Express were recalled due to what the rail operator called a “technical issue.”
Heathrow Connect is a less expensive version of Heathrow Express, and offers service to the airport from Paddington Station in Central London, with stops at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, and Hayes and Harlington.
Heathrow Express, which offers non-stop service …