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Hong Kong-Taipei, Dublin-London, and Jakarta-Singapore World’s Busiest International Routes in 2013

Hong Kong-Taipei, Dublin-London, and Jakarta-Singapore World’s Busiest International Routes in 2013

The three busiest international routes in 2013 were Hong Kong-Taipei, Dublin-London, and Jakarta-Singapore, according to statistics published by the International Air Transport Association, while Jeju-Seoul, Sapporo-Tokyo, and Fukuoka-Tokyo were the most popular domestic ones.
Last year, 4.9 million people traveled between Hong Kong and Taipei, although that figure was down 11.5% from 2012.  Meanwhile, 3.6 million passengers flew between the capital cities of Dublin and London, while the Jakarta-Singapore route carried …

Sultan of Brunei Making Bid for Plaza Hotel and Grosvenor House

Sultan of Brunei Making Bid for Plaza Hotel and Grosvenor House

The Sultan of Brunei is reportedly preparing a bid for New York’s Plaza and Dreamhotel Downtown hotels as well as the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the Times of London reported.  The properties are all controlled by a jailed Indian industrialist.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah currently owns several luxury hotels through his Dorchester Group including the Beverly Hills Hotel.  These properties have come under fire recently following the enactment of harsh new …

New Startup Airlines Have Old Names, Give Old Ideas a New Twist

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If you were reading news items about new airline startups and momentarily felt caught in a time warp, it would be understandable. Names such as Eastern and People Express are currently in the headlines – and what’s this about new all-business class startups flying from the U.S. to Europe?
This is in no small way due to major airlines reporting profitable quarters, some for the first time in years, thus causing …

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 …

Lobby Bar – August 1: Ultraviolet Snowstorms, Millennial Confections, Odds and Ends, and Famous Musicians’ Vehicles for $100

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Long-haul luxury.  Our editors look at the competitive New York-London market.  We firmly believe Global Air offers the most luxurious experience, even though the airline stubbornly clings to the idea of flying to London by heading over the Pacific, a decision that adds nearly 20 hours to the flight time.
The King Lives.  Christian Stampfer reports on …

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

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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 …