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Willie Walsh to Retire as CEO of British Airways’ Parent IAG

Willie Walsh to Retire as CEO of British Airways’ Parent IAG

British Airways parent International Airlines Group announced that Willie Walsh will step down as CEO after 15 years at the company.  The new chief executive at IAG will be Luis Gallego, currently CEO of Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, which is also an IAG subsidiary.
The changeover will occur in March of this year.
Mr. Walsh is a former pilot and has spent his entire career in the airline industry.  He was …

The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2020 Are …

How many countries can you visit without needing a visa with your passport? If yours is a red- or blue-colored passport book that has the words “Japan Passport” on the cover, you can visit more – a total of 191 out of 218 – than holders of any other passport in the world.
Indeed, a traveler with a Japanese passport can visit 165 more destinations than someone with what is today …

These Major Airlines Ceased Operations in 2019

2019 was a bad year for airlines. Multiple airline shutdowns made the headlines as hundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded.  The marquee names included Wow Air, Jet Airways, and Thomas Cook, the latter a 138-year-old concern, as well as 20 minor players.
While the issues that caused these airlines to cease operations varied greatly, they can largely be put under the rubric of poor management, lower demand, and changing tastes.
As …

Boris Johnson to Move Forward on Brexit, With or Without a Trade Deal

Boris Johnson to Move Forward on Brexit, With or Without a Trade Deal

A week after a landslide victory, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government said it will end its Brexit transition period by December 2020, with or without a trade deal with the European Union in place, fulfilling the Conservative Party’s major campaign promise of “getting Brexit done.”
The prime minister’s office said it expects Parliament to hold its first vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal as soon as Friday. This would be the …

How to Get Around London Without Uber

Unless reversed on appeal, Uber will lose its license to operate its ride-hailing service in London after Transport for London said it had decided not to renew the company’s license, citing “patterns of failures” including 14,000 instances where unauthorized drivers were allowed to pick up Uber customers.
The move will leave millions of Londoners and tourists without their customary rides home, so Frequent Business Traveler has prepared a list of alternatives.
Before …

Uber Loses License to Operate in London

Uber Loses License to Operate in London

Ride-hailing service Uber was stripped of its license to operate in London by the city’s transportation authorities Monday.
The move came after regulators said they had found widespread instances of unauthorized drivers using the Uber app to pick up customers.
Transport for London, the city’s main transportation regulator, said it had uncovered 14,000 instances in late 2018 and early 2019 in which unauthorized drivers were able to use Uber’s software to upload …

British Airways to Launch 787-10 Dreamliner with Non-Stop Service from London to Atlanta

British Airways to Launch 787-10 Dreamliner with Non-Stop Service from London to Atlanta

British Airways announced that the first route for its new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft will be London-Atlanta.
The Dreamliner service will commence next February; the airline expects to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliners in January.
“The delivery of our first 787-10 aircraft marks another significant milestone in our £6.5bn customer investment plan,” said BA CEO Alex Cruz.
The high-tech aircraft will feature a four-class cabin.  The airline will equip the plane …