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Lufthansa secures state bailout of 9 billion euros – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Lufthansa secures state bailout of 9 billion euros – Business Traveller Lufthansa has secured a 9 billion euro bailout from the German government. The “stabilisation package” means the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany will build a 20 per cent stake in Lufthansa. It will also secure two seats on its supervisory board, though the WSF has undertaken not to exercise its voting rights other than in the event of a takeover bid. The WSF may…

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Virgin Atlantic announces flights for summer 2021 – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Virgin Atlantic announces flights for summer 2021 – Business Traveller Virgin Atlantic has announced its flight schedule for summer 2021. The airline, which is in talks with lenders to secure its future and which has recently announced a significant downsizing of its operation, nevertheless is promoting bookings for summer 2021 (bookings open May 16, 2020). Services to a total of 24 destinations will operate from London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast, but not Gatwick. Highlights include: London Heathrow to Tel…

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Four Seasons Doha unveils refurb – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Four Seasons Doha unveils refurb – Business Traveller Four Seasons has unveiled the refurbishment of its Doha property, with guestrooms, suites, dining outlets and the lobby all having been redesigned by Pierre-Yves Rochon. The 237-room hotel is located on Doha’s waterfront, and originally opened in 2005. Guestrooms and suites have been redesigned in “a soothing spectrum of blues and beiges reflecting the colours of the sky, sea, sand and earth”, and there are new facilities including automated curtains and lighting…

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Philippine Airlines plans to resume some flights in May – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Philippine Airlines plans to resume some flights in May – Business Traveller Philippine Airlines is planning to resume some international and domestic flights on select routes in the coming weeks, said the airline. The Filipino flag carrier said it plans to operate a number of weekly flights to Japan, the US (including Guam), Canada, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea in May. The airline said it…

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Virgin Atlantic “to seek bailout in coming days” – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Virgin Atlantic “to seek bailout in coming days” – Business Traveller Virgin Atlantic is expected to ask the government for financial help in the coming days, according to a report by the BBC. The broadcaster said that it understands the carrier “is expected to ask for a government bailout worth hundreds of millions of pounds in the coming days”. Earlier this month Virgin said it would ground 85 per cent of its fleet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,…

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Metro Manila to be placed on lockdown for one month amid coronavirus outbreak – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Metro Manila to be placed on lockdown for one month amid coronavirus outbreak – Business Traveller Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday evening that travel restrictions will be put in place in Metropolitan Manila (Metro Manila) to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). According to CNN Philippines, over 12 million people living in Metro Manila will not be allowed in and out of the region by land, local air travel and local sea travel starting from midnight on…

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British Airways launches premium seat deals – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

British Airways launches premium seat deals – Business Traveller British Airways has today launched deals across its premium seats and luxury holidays. Offers cover 20 long-haul destinations in First and Club World, along with 35 European routes in Club Europe. Highlighted discounts include return Club World fares to Boston from £1,195, to Rio de Janeiro from £1,999, and to Cape Town from £2,699. First and Club World customers will also get priority check-in, lounge access, Elemis spa treatments at select lounges and fine…

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Nobu Hotel London Portman Square opens for reservations – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square opens for reservations – Business Traveller Nobu Hospitality has launched reservations for its forthcoming hotel on London’s Portman Square, ahead of a planned July opening. As reported by Business Traveller last year, the lifestyle brand will be taking over the existing Radisson Blu Portman Hotel. The hotel closed in April 2019 for a complete refurbishment project, which will see it reopen as the Nobu Hotel London Portman Square this summer. Features will include 249 rooms…

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Boeing set to live stream first B777X flight – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Boeing set to live stream first B777X flight – Business Traveller Airlines increasingly favour twin-engine aircraft over four-engine models due to their fuel savings. Boeing still produces the B747 due to demand for its use as a freighter, but Airbus will end production of the four-engine A380 in 2021. Bloomberg reports that the B777 will be Boeing’s most expensive aircraft, priced at $442.2 million before discounts. The launch comes after Boeing’s toughest-ever year, in which its reputation was called into…

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British Airways to deploy A350 with Club Suite on Bengaluru sector – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

British Airways to deploy A350 with Club Suite on Bengaluru sector – Business Traveller Known as the “Hushliner”, the A350 is more environmentally friendly than its predecessors and is the quietest twin-aisle aircraft. With lower noise and CO2 emissions, the aircraft’s environment benefits include 40 per cent noise footprint reduction and 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn. Along with the new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin, new amenity…

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Booking.com reveals trends of 2019 – Business Traveller – Business Travel Article

Booking.com reveals trends of 2019 – Business Traveller As the year comes to an end, Booking.com has revealed booking trends for Indian and international travellers this year. Beyond the metro cities like Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, top destinations booked by Indians travelling domestically in 2019 included Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur, Kochi and Mysore. International cities that were highly booked by Indians this year include Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. Top destinations booked by Indians in 2019 Domestically Internationally Hyderabad…

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