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Delta diversifies transatlantic network in 2016 with four new Summer routes

Delta Air Lines is leveraging its position of strength in Europe, thanks to its transatlantic joint venture partners, to launch four new routes in Summer 2016 that will benefit its mid-size, and inland hubs in the U.S., a bold game-changer in strategy as it currently concentrates the vast majority ...
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New Priority Pass Lounge in T5 at London Heathrow


While I usually make a beeline to one of the British Airways lounges when traveling through Heathrow's Terminal 5, lately I have been doing more intra-Europe economy class on BA (only 4,500 miles for flights under 600 miles). Having lost my AA Executive Platinum status, that means no more BA ...

Inspired by British Airways: London to Kuala Lumpur

British Airways has produced amazing short videos in the past.  Before I include links of those, this one just came to me in an email yesterday from Heathrow and I think it looks stunning.  I wasn't aware they were starting a new route to Kuala Lumpur and I am not sure what the appetite is ...

Sunday Morning to LHR on London Underground

You would think that at the world's busiest airport for international passengers, London Heathrow, with flights around the clock, there would be reliable subway service early enough in the morning to catch the hundreds of dawn departures. Not so on Sundays...when the first Piccadilly Line ...
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Virgin Atlantic revamps network, focuses on transatlantic and Delta JV

U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS) is reshuffling its network strategy following last month's stated intentions to withdraw from several long-haul routes and pull the plug on its short-lived narrowbody operation, Little Red. Most of these changes can be traced to Virgin's plan to return to ...
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A Weekend in England with My Best Friend

I do not talk much about my friends, but you should know a little bit about John, one of my closest friends of more than 15 years. He never did especially well in high school and skipped college, but he is the shrewdest, smartest, and most successful businessman that I know. Quite frankly, who needs ...
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Passengers Steal Baby Strollers at London Gatwick

One of the things I love about Frankfurt Airport is that Lufthansa has coffee stations set up around many of its gates -- areas which offer complimentary self-serve coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Not to denigrate other cultures, but it just shocks me to see these stations orderly, clean, and still ...

Hilton London Tower Bridge - A Review - Great London Hotel and VIP benefits!

 I get to London a lot and I’m always searching for the best hotel for the money. As a Hilton Diamond, I look for a hotel that will provide the best benefits. On my latest trip I gave the Hilton London Tower Bridge a try, and I was impressed, it is a very modern, well run hotel with great ...
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Heathrow Free Zone

As a frequent traveler to London, one of my frequent challenges is getting around.  Often I'll find hotels at Heathrow at very reasonable prices, which is a great place to stay if you have an early morning flight the next day.   One of the little known things about the area around Heathrow ...
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Lufthansa's First Class Terminal & LH901 FRA-LHR - Oz Fest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt ...
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Review: Hilton London Metropole

Overview: An OK conference hotel
Strengths: Many very new rooms
Weaknesses: Huge size, location
Whereas properties like the Peninsula make the approved list in Asian countries, when traveling for business in London, employees of my firm are limited to some fairly mediocre hotel ...
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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – London (A Marriott Property)

Overview: An acceptable mid-range hotel in London
Strengths: Iconic public areas, size of rooms
Drawbacks: A few service lapses (though nothing major), rooms uninspired
Unlike my last visit to London, for my most recent trip, I had the benefit of a bit of advanced planning. I carefully ...

The Guoman Tower Hotel – London

Overview:  A moderately priced hotel, best for short stays
Strengths:  View of the Tower Bridge, price
Drawbacks:  Location (relative to business locations), quality of rooms, quality of food offerings
A last minute business trip brought me to London for several days last ...

Hyatt Regency London “The Churchill”

I have been a Hyatt fan for a long time and I have always heard good things about the Hyatt Regency in London. My trips to London have been for business and the rates at the Hyatt were always out of what I could spend so I would pick the Hilton London Tower Bridge or Hilton Paddington; both very ...
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London

The best part of being stuck in London for a week during the volcanic ash cloud situation last year was being able to eat at all my favorite places in the Kensington area. All places are within walking distance of our nearest tube stop, Gloucester Road on the Circle, District, and Piccadilly Lines ...

Heathrow Express

I wrote earlier this autumn about Seattle’s fairly new light rail system.  At the other end of the spectrum in airport rail-based mass transit is the Heathrow Express.  Whereas Seattle’s service is highly subsidized, and also used for local transit, the Heathrow Express (HEX) ...

British Airways Arrivals at London Heathrow (LHR)

New York to London is one of the most heavily traveled international business routes in the world.  There are over 20 services daily on this route – BA alone operates eight each day.  Their oneworld partner, American, runs several more each day.
For many business travelers from ...

Not the best day to arrive at Heathrow?

Uh oh.  My current schedule has me landing at LHR Wednesday morning.  It appears that could be trouble...arriving during a labor (labour?) action by a number of UK unions, including the border officers.

BAA (the privately owned airport operator) has publicly written to all the carriers advising of 12 hour queues and are asking carriers to run flights at 50% loads.  Their letter is here.  Not good.

Barring the action getting called off, I think I may call off my trip!