British Airways Announce Staff Training Investment at Heathrow

British Airways have implemented a brand new training scheme, beginning with their customer service personnel at Heathrow T5.

The carrier states that currently its airport hosts have been able to aid customers with only one aspect of their journey, but going forward, the aim is to provide training to enable them to help travellers “across a range of different areas – including ticketing, re-booking, changing reservations, finding delayed luggage and providing up to date flight information”.

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Airport Closure Dates 2018/19

Regular travellers to certain destinations may start to notice changes and disruption to their itineraries in the coming months, as work begins at several major European and short haul airports. The latest list of planned closures and updates can be found below: 

Instanbul Atarturk (29th October 2018)

[Permanent Closure due to New Airport Opening ‘Instanbul New Airport’]

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Important information for ALL visitors to China

Important changes to Chinese Visa applications will come into effect on 1 November 2018.
Fingerprint collection is to be introduced and applicants will be required to book an appointment to process their visa request.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Important Notice on Fingerprints Collection of Visa Application

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New entry requirements for visitors to Turkey

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Turkey with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – from 29 October 2018, self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports; you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel. 

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100 Streets ...and still smiling!

When we last checked in with our team of charity volunteers in Edinburgh they had been rubbing shoulders with 80s heart-throb Jason Donovan, and were well on their way to completing the 100 Street Challenge in aid of ‘Support in MIND Scotland’.
This week we are catching up with team to find out if they have hung up their sensible walking shoes, and achieved their fund raising target.

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Business Traveller Award Winners 2018

The 2018 Business Traveller Awards were announced on Monday, October 15, by the publishers of Business Traveller magazine, Panacea Media, and presented by special guest Rt Hon Michael Portillo.

Sponsored by Panasonic, the Business Traveller Awards are voted for by readers of the magazine, with the results authenticated by an independent auditing company, and are widely recognised as the market’s benchmark for excellence. This year it was attended by more than 250 industry leaders.

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Virgin Atlantic Announce UK’s First Ever Pride Flight

In honour of World Pride 2019 in New York next June, Virgin Atlantic have chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall Uprising of ‘69 by organising the UK’s first ever “Pride Flight”. This one-off flight will operate from London to Newark on Friday 28th June 2019.

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Lufthansa Technik Opens Additive Manufacturing Centre

Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance, repair and overhaul, (MRO) division of aerospace company Lufthansa, have established a new Additive Manufacturing Centre in Germany that will develop lightweight aircraft parts.

Dr. Aenne Koester, Head of the AM Centre said:

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Heathrow Offers £1m Incentive to UK’s First Electric Plane

Heathrow is looking to influence its role as one of the world’s leading airports to drive sustainable change across the industry. As a result, they have announced a grand innovation prize, valued at nearly £1million to motivate and encourage airlines to invest in electrical technology. The prize will be awarded to the first electric-hybrid aircraft put into regular service at the UK’s international hub. They will be granted free landing charges at Heathrow for an entire year.

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Loganair wins top industry award

Loganair has been named Airline of the Year by the European Regional Airline Association, just one year after leaving its franchise agreement with Flybe.
The Gold Award was collected at a ceremony in Edinburgh’s International Conference venue, having been recognised by judges for its impressive achievements over the last 12 months.
The airline was honoured as an ‘exceptional regional airline which has rebuilt its commercial infrastructure following the end of its franchise.’

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