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New Crowne Plaza Opens in London

New Crowne Plaza Opens in London

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza London Battersea.  The property is located close to Clapham Junction railway station, and is adjacent to London Heliport.
The hotel has 78 rooms, as well a fitness center and spa.  The spa offers guests a steam bath, sauna, and variety of special treatments.
The property also has 2,152 square feet (200 square meters) of meeting and event space.
The hotel’s Riverside Grill Restaurant …

The Goring Hotel to Unveil New Look

The Goring Hotel to Unveil New Look

The Goring, a hotel which has been owned and managed by the same family since its opening in 1910, announced that the last phase of a top-to-bottom renovation would be opened to the public on March 2.
The project has involved four British designers, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling, Russell Sage, and David Linley, in everything from the restaurant to the individual guest rooms and suites.
The storied hotel is using silks from …

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Inaugural Flight – Washington, D.C. – London, England

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LONDON AND NEW YORK — Virgin Atlantic Airways, in October of 2014, was the first European airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. That aircraft, Birthday Girl, is what I am flying in right now en route from London to Washington, D.C. The airline’s second 787-9, Dream Girl, was the airline’s launch vehicle from Washington, D.C. to London Heathrow on January 8, which marked my third flight on …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

London Heathrow from the air

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …

Air Canada Flight Diverted After ‘Unruly Passenger’ Reportedly Attacked Cabin Crew

Air Canada Flight Diverted After ‘Unruly Passenger’ Reportedly Attacked Cabin Crew

A Toronto-bound Air Canada flight en route from London had to divert to Halifax Wednesday after a female passenger allegedly assaulted two flight attendants.
The airline said in a tweet that Flight 869 had diverted due to an “unruly passenger.”  The plane remained in Halifax for approximately three hours before continuing on to Toronto.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police boarded the aircraft at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and arrested a 30-year-old South African …

London Gatwick Airport Increases Capacity of World’s Busiest Runway

London Gatwick Airport Increases Capacity of World’s Busiest Runway

Gatwick, the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow and which has the world’s busiest single-use runway, announced it installed new technology that will allow it to significantly increase its runway capacity.
By implementing Amadeus’ Airport-Collaborative Decision Making Portal, the airport says it will be able to now handle 55 flights per hour on its runway, allowing it to accommodate an additional two million passengers per year, roughly a …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: December 13, 2014

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The weekend is here, which means that it’s a great time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week.  Here are five stories that we think you’ll want to read.
1.) Paul Riegler gives us the scoop on the Executive Road Warrior Web Defender.  The free browser plug-in blocks known malware websites and helps keep your computer safe.
2.) An FBT raffle gives readers a …