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Qatar Airways Unveils New London Heathrow First- and Business-Class Lounge

Qatar Airways Unveils New London Heathrow First- and Business-Class Lounge

Qatar Airways opened a new lounge for its first- and business-class passengers at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 this week.
The lounge, which was designed in the style of a boutique hotel, features amenities including free Wi-Fi, outlets at every seat, showers with heated floors, a Martini bar, the Global Brasserie kitchen and a delicatessen.
The airline hired staff from five-star hotels and restaurants to work in the new lounge.
Starting March 25, Qatar …

Air China to Launch Direct Flights Between London Gatwick and Beijing

Air China to Launch Direct Flights Between London Gatwick and Beijing

Air China, a member of the Star Alliance, will begin direct flights between London Gatwick and the carrier’s Beijing hub starting May 2, 2012.
Air China will operate the flights four times weekly using A330-200 aircraft.  The new flights will be in addition to Air China’s current London Heathrow service.

Heathrow Airport Strike Set For Wednesday; Significant Delays and Cancellations Expected

Heathrow Airport Strike Set For Wednesday; Significant Delays and Cancellations Expected

A one-day strike by unions representing over two million passport-control officers, teachers, and other public sector workers is set for Wednesday.  The officers are employees of the UK Border Agency.  BAA, which operates London’s Heathrow Airport, posted a warning on Friday that travelers should expect mass cancellations of international flights.
BAA, in a letter to all airlines operating at Heathrow, called on the airlines to reduce passenger traffic by 50%.  “Modelling …

Redesigned Radisson Hotel Opens in Covent Garden in London

Redesigned Radisson Hotel Opens in Covent Garden in London

The Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel, located in an area of London’s trendy Covent Garden neighborhood known informally as Seven Dials, has completed a $24 million redesign.
The 137-room boutique hotel, formerly the Radisson Edwardian Mountbatten, features eight new suites and Apple TVs in all rooms allowing connections with iPads, iPhones and iPods. Suites have neighborhood views, large bathrooms with walk-in showers and separate dressing rooms with refrigerators.
The hotel offers mezze-style …

British Airways Invests in Aircraft, Lounge Upgrades

British Airways Invests in Aircraft, Lounge Upgrades

British Airways, a member of the oneworld Alliance, announced a major program to update its aircraft and lounges.
Starting in November, the airline will begin refurbishing 18 of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft.  The result will be all-new cabins, similar to those found in the airline’s new 777-300ER aircraft.
The upgrade will provide passengers with more comfortable seats that sport adjustable head rests in World Traveler, greater seat recline in World Traveler Plus, …