New Air France-KLM CEO pledges to reinvest half of his salary back into the airline

the Air France-KLM group — formed by Air France’s 2004 merger with Dutch KLM — had been without a permanent leader since the resignation of previous chief Jean-Marc Janaillac in May.

After a long search Benjamin Smith was appointed on 16th August 2018 shortly after which time he officially took up his new position as chief executive. On the first day, (Mon 17th Sep) he announced the following statement to staff through a video message:

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British Airways announce an enhanced service for passengers with connecting flights.

Short connection times often leave people racing against the clock in unfamiliar airports, which is why British Airways have prepared the following list of improvements, including new technologies they plan to combine along with new strategies and vehicles to improve passenger journeys.  

•    Identify flights with large volumes of connecting customers then direct those aircraft to the most convenient and accessible airport gates.

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Hong Kong bullet-train set to commence service from September 23rd

More than eight years in the making, Hong Kong’s brand-new high speed rail officially opens for service on Sunday 23rd September. The new bulle- train significantly reduces the time in which it takes to travel to Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The longest bullet-train journey connects Hong Kong’s newly built West Kowloon Station with Beijing and takes approximately 9 hours. The bullet train also connects to the world‘s largest 25,000km national high-speed railway network.

The Hong Kong bullet-train service also includes popular travel destinations such as:

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Dakota Deluxe Hotel named ‘Best for Contemporary Design’ in Leeds

The Independent news explores the best hotels in the vibrant city of Leeds. Previously an industrial city, Leeds now hosts a lively scene of international cuisine, flourishing parks and even heritage mills reinvented as craft-beer bars.  Over the years the city has attracted substantial investment and today welcomes business travellers and tourists alike.

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Major disruption to rail services between Edinburgh and London

LNER have announced this morning that they are unable to operate electric trains on their Edinburgh services, because of overhead line damage covering over six miles of the route near Durham.
Therefore LNER will be operating a reduced timetable today, using diesel trains to operate an hourly service on the Edinburgh-London route.

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Hallmark Hotels continues its £6M investment - improving the guest experience.

In 2017, Hallmark Hotels embarked on a significant and exciting investment programme across all of their hotels to the value of £6million, designed to maximise guest comfort and enjoyment. The investment has continued throughout 2018, and included Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland (Pictured above) which has undergone an extensive refurbishment after achieving its highest ever revenue results and an increase in social banqueting.

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Pitch Perfect - Traveleads sponsors local children's football club

Traveleads is the largest provider of travel services to governing bodies of sport in the UK. We work with some of the biggest names in the business, and look after travel in association with various world championship competitions, including the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

When we were recently approached by a local junior football club, and asked if we would sponsor their under 7’s teams, we were delighted to get involved.

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Multimillion pound extension plans revealed for Leeds Bradford Airport

Yorkshire's biggest airport has revealed its redevelopment plans to build a multi-million pound, three-storey extension to its terminal building. The extension will accommodate brand-new, larger departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food & beverage outlets.

The new addition is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, however the entire process, including enhancements and re-modelling, is not expected to be finished until summer 2020.

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Over 1,245 flights cancelled in the US as Hurricane Florence reaches land

Continued travel disruption is expected in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Over 1,200 flights were cancelled prior to the hurricane as airports and airlines implemented emergency measures to protect passengers and aircraft. Some roads are still closed and travel plans may be disrupted due to storm damage and localised flooding. Airports began cancellations on Wednesday expecting normal service to be suspended until Saturday.

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British Airways confirm upmarket DO&Co catering for all Heathrow flights

Heathrow’s largest airline British Airways, have confirmed major improvements to enhance the in-flight experience for their customers. This time, they are bringing gourmet dishes from the well-established high-end, Vienna-based caterer DO&Co, who already supply British Airway’s Club Europe and First Cabins.

If you’ve never heard of DO&Co, they are considered by many to be the Rolls Royce of the airport catering world. They are responsible for catering on other airlines, including Austrian Airlines which is renowned for its business class meals.

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