Au revoir to an Icon

After 45 faithful years of service Airfrance will retire the last of its remaining Boeing 747 jumbo jets this weekend.

The aircraft made its final scheduled commercial flight between Mexico City and Paris CDG.

To simply wave it off unceremoniously would not be a fitting way to say good-bye to one of aviation’s greatest feats of engineering.

The aircraft will make two very special ‘tribute’ flights later this week, flying passengers over France’s historical landmarks during a business class lunch and champagne service.

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Say ‘Good-bye mobile roaming charges’ in Hong-Kong

Regular visitors to our website will know we have previously looked at ways our clients can avoid roaming charges and high international mobile phone bills. It would appear we are not alone in searching for new ways to keep the international traveller in touch for less.

The Hotel Icon in the popular Kowloon district of Hong-Kong is offering guests a complimentary mobile phone to use whilst staying at the property. The hotel boasts 262 rooms so it’s by no means a small task to provide mobile devices to all of its guests.

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Helping to raise awareness through partnerships

Henderson Insurance Brokers in association with Breast Cancer Awareness recently arranged a charity luncheon to help draw attention to the fact that breast cancer is still the most common type of cancer in the UK. Regular testing and screenings can lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates.

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2015 An incredible year for Traveleads

The first week of the New Year will soon draw to a close, so we thought this might be the perfect time to look back over the past year and re-live some of the many Traveleads hi-lights of 2015.

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Virgin Trains: Service Delays and Cancellations

Virgin Trains are running a limited train service between Carlisle and Glasgow via a diversionary route which will add an additional 90 minutes journey time.

Customers travelling on trains to and from Scotland are urged to check before they travel after it was confirmed that Lamington Viaduct, just outside Lockerbie, on the West Coast Mainline is to remain closed throughout January while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank.

It is anticipated that services will be disrupted until 01st February 2016.

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The Qualtrics Passenger Survey – how happy are you when you fly?

‘What bothers you most about air travel?’ that was just one of the questions asked in a recent poll carried out by Qualtrics, when they surveyed 500 American Airlines passengers. The survey aims to identify the real issues and problems that frustrate passengers when they travel, and hopes to improve our future travel experiences.

Topping the poll (not surprisingly) was ‘Lost Luggage’.

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Unwind in Aristocratic Splendour with Swinton Park's exclusive competition

Swinton Park is a luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of landscaped parkland on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, just one mile from the charming market town of Masham. With elegant public rooms and 31 individually designed bedrooms, you almost forget you are in a hotel. Comforts include enormous bathrooms, great views of the gardens and deer park, and exceptionally good food. Executive Chef, Simon Crannage and his team prepare Modern British cuisine featuring home-grown, seasonal produce from the walled garden and surrounding 20,000 acre estate.

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Emirates first A380 route from Birmingham

Emirates, the United Arab Emirates airline, will offer the A380 on regular flights from Birmingham Airport to Dubai from next March. The double-decker A380 will have 557 economy seats and 58 in business class.

From Private Suites and Shower Spas in First Class to flat-bed seats in Business Class to extra room and custom lighting in Economy Class, and inflight Wi-Fi throughout the aircraft, the Emirates A380 is as close as it comes to flying in your own private jet.

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London to Johannesburg with Iberia Airlines

Iberia Airlines will fly from London to Johannesburg, via Madrid, from August 2016. The British Airways sister airline will fly three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays with return flights operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Schedules are designed with London connections in mind. Iberia will use the A330-300 on the route, which can accommodate up to 36 passengers in business class and 242 in the economy.

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Flybe’s new summer flights to France

Flybe will launch two new routes to Paris and Rennes in France from London City Airport next summer. Weekday flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle, operating on weekdays from March to October, have been timed for convenient day returns. Flights to Rennes, the capital of Brittany, will be operating from the 18th July to the 4th September every day except Saturdays. Flybe will operate a total of seven routes to and from London City Airport next summer offering up to 176 flights a week.

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