Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Survey finds Manchester Airport flights cheapest in UK

A survey by has found Manchester Airport to be the cheapest of 15 UK international compiled the list by investigating five of the most popular summer detinations and comparing the cost of flights to them. Outbound flights were also compared to destinations such as Malaga, Dubai, Bangkok and New York.

Manchester airport took first place with Birmingham having the second lowest prices to four destinations and the lowest prices for flights to Dubai. London Heathrow was positioned third, Edinburgh fourth and London Gatwick fifth cheapest.

Nadine Hallak of commented "The most highly searched destinations were predominantly long-haul, so people are no doubt going further to save on ground costs this summer, in destinations where they get more value for their Pounds. We also found that average prices for long-haul are actually cheaper from London airports, while regional airports offer better fares to short-haul destinations like Spain and Portugal,"

However, the cheapest flights to long haul destinations such as Bangkok. New York and Dubai were all found to be cheapest from London Heathrow.

Emirates introduce the finest tableware to its first and business class cabins

Emirates Airlines have made attempts to make its in flight experience even finer with the introduction of elegant white Royal Doulton bone china on which to serve its meals. Passengers will also use contemporary Robert Welsh cutlery when dining on board.

The upgardes were launched in July and will be introduced on its fleet of A380's from 1st August. Emirates cabin crew have also been through  extensive traing in order to familiarize staff with new products and service philosophy.

Terry Daly, Divisional Senior Vice President, Service Delivery said: “We are constantly seeking new ways to not only delight, but also surpass the high expectations of our discerning customers. By taking a fine dining experience they may have had as a benchmark, we at Emirates continue to innovate and raise the bar."

UK's first Adagio 'aparthotel' to open in iconic Liverpool store

Liverpool's iconic Lewis's store is to be turned into an aparthotel opertaed by French Chains Accor and Adagio. The store closed in May 2010 and the new scheme will provide 129 rooms in a combination of studios and one-bedroom apartments. The hotel will also feature a business centre, gymnasium and food outlets.

Completion is expected by the end of 2012.

CityJet launch concierge service through twitter app

CityJet have announced plans to create a concierge service driven solely through twitter. The service will operate on a trial basis from 1st August for two hours from Monday to Friday.
The @CityJetTwitterFeed will provide information on arrivals and departures and assistance with hotel, taxi and restaurant bookings.

They aim to deal with all requests within 15 minutes.

Christine Ourmieres, chief executive of CityJet, said: “Twitter has become the ‘go to’ tool for customer service within the travel industry but we wanted to add value to the experience and offer a personal service where possible. The majority of our passengers are business travellers and the Twitter Concierge taps into their need for a swift, efficient and seamless travel service. It sits comfortably alongside our 15 minute check-ins and convenient flight schedules.  If the trial proves successful, we will extend and build on the Concierge service.”

Good luck!

Fuel price rise could wipe out Antarctica cruises

Impending fuel regulations could make operating cruises to Antarctica too expensive for cruise ship companies.

The changes which come into effect on 1st August will ban cruise ships from using heavy fuel oil and will be forced to a more expensive marine gas oil. The heavier type of fuel is more damaging to the environment and even more damaging if a leak was to occur.

The added cost will be passed on to passengers in a highly competitive market which has seen Gills Cruise operatoes enter liquidation last week

Singapore Airline A380 forced to return to departure airport

A Singapore Airline A380 bound for Hong Kong from Singapore was forced to return minutes after take off after an engine shut down.

The plane was carrying 368 passengers and return after one of its four engines shut down during the aircrafts ascent.

The A380 was operating with a Rolls Royce Trent 900 engine which was changed once it returned to Singapore Airport. it is the same type of engine which forced a Qantas A380 into an emergency landing last November.