• Garuda to start Australia-Jakarta-London Kangaroo Route in November

    Garuda Indonesia will launch its own take on the Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, with a stopover in Jakarta, in November this year. Flights will commence on November 2nd and are now open for bookings. Garuda's brand new Boeing 777-300ER jet – featuring First, Execut...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

  • The other Kangaroo Routes: eight one-hop ways to get to London

    Qantas' decades-old Kangaroo Route to London via Singapore is now history, with the Qantas-Emirates alliance anointing Dubai as the new stopover. It's a win for travellers heading to UK and European destinations other than London. With some 30 European cities just a single Emirate...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2013 30 Comments

  • London Gatwick: Qantas' new business traveller alternative to Heathrow

    According to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Australians are booking flights into London's second airport at a rate of knots under the new Qantas-Emirates alliance, which offers direct flights from Dubai to Gatwick and several other UK airports as alternatives to Heathrow. Calling Gatwick one of Qan...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2013 9 Comments

  • British Airways revamps Europe tickets, cuts free checked luggage

    British Airways is shaking up European fares from its London Gatwick hub, with new "no bag" tickets on sale now for flights from 26 February. The airline insists the basic luggage-inclusive ticket price will remain the same under the new regime, with passengers seeing new "hand baggage only" far...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2013 14 Comments

  • BA moves Australia flights to Heathrow T5: what's in it for you

    British Airways will switch its Sydney-Singapore-London services from Heathrow's Terminal 3 to the newer Terminal 5 in April this year, after its joint venture alliance with Qantas winds up at the end of March. The Red Roo and new partner Emirates will remain in the familiar confines of T3,...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2013 1 Comment

  • Etihad's London Heathrow airport chauffeur service

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad is extending its airport chauffeur service to economy passengers arriving at London's Heathrow Airport. It's the same signature service enjoyed by the airline's first and business class travellers. You'll be met by your driver in the arrivals hall, helpe...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2013 4 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines shuffle London flights

    Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines are shaking up their London Heathrow flights, with Cathay offering more of its newest business class seats and SQ swapping around its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 jets. The 2013 changes come into effect in July for Singapore Airlines and October for Cathay Pac...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2013 8 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic: no business class on 'Little Red' flights in UK

    Virgin Atlantic is gearing up for UK domestic flights from London to regional economic hubs Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester, but they won't sport business class -- the Airbus A320 jets are filled from tip to tail with economy seats. Virgin will lease the planes needed for these flights from I...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2012 10 Comments

  • What the Qantas-Emirates alliance means for London and UK travel

    Business travellers heading from Australia to the UK and Europe will be the big winners in the Qantas-Emirates alliance, which has now received tentative approval from the Government's competition watchdog.  Not only does the partnership deliver a dramatic boost to the number of f...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2012 6 Comments

  • Star Alliance gets London Heathrow's newest digs in Terminal 2

    Travellers on Star Alliance airlines to London's Heathrow airport will enjoy the brand new Terminal 2 when it opens in 2014. The new T2 will be almost exclusively dedicated to Star partner airlines, in a welcome move to consolidate flights by the alliance's massive list of members from term...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic's new London-Scotland flights start March 2013

    Virgin Atlantic will begin flights to Scotland's financial capital Edinburgh and key North Sea resources hub Aberdeen from London Heathrow from March next year. The UK regulator awarded Virgin all twelve of the competition-boosting landing slots up for grabs at Heathrow, following the merge...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • MAS gears up for double daily A380 flights on London-KL

    Malaysia Airlines will switch its second daily Kuala Lumpur-London flight from a Boeing 747 to a new Airbus A380 this month, following the airline's A380 debut earlier this year on that same route. The move is made possible by today's arrival of the third MAS A380 from Airbus HQ in Toulouse...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2012 6 Comments

  • Pullman opens first London hotel at St Pancras Eurostar station

    The first Pullman business hotel in the UK has opened, right next to Eurostar hub St Pancras International. It's a conversion of the former Novotel next to the railway station. Pullman is the business brand from Accor, better known for its Sofitel, Novotel, MGallery and Mercure locations in Aust...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2012 1 Comment

  • InterContinental London Westminster opens: new hotel in Whitehall

    Business travellers heading to London will have another option from later this month, when the InterContinental London Westminster opens inside a historic building near Trafalgar Square. A new restaurant -- the Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar -- will join Emmeline's cocktail and champagne bar and t...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2012 1 Comment

  • British Airways confirms London-Singapore-Sydney 'Kangaroo Route'

    British Airways has pledged to continue flying the Sydney-Singapore-London route, in the face of speculation that it would abandon flights to Australia after its joint-venture partnership with Qantas concludes in March 2013. “British Airways is very proud of its long history...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2012 10 Comments

  • MAS axes Airbus A380 for Sydney, Melbourne, boosts London & Paris

    Malaysia Airlines has cancelled its planned Airbus A380 services to Sydney and Melbourne in favour of boosting superjumbo flights to Europe. The A380 was set to begin daily Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flights from November 26 this year, with Melbourne tipped to follow from March 1. Both Austr...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2012 12 Comments

  • Qantas opens Dubai-London bookings ahead of Emirates tie-up

    Qantas is putting the next stage of its historic hookup with Emirates in place this week as bookings for Sydney-Dubai-London (QF1/QF2) and Melbourne-Dubai-London (QF9/QF10) go online for travel from 31 March 2013. The revised Kangaroo Route will hop over its traditional Singapore base, land...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2012 10 Comments

  • London slated for Thai Airways' sixth Airbus A380 route

    London Heathrow-bound passengers disappointed at Thai's plans to send its fifth Airbus A380 on the Sydney route – following Frankfurt, Tokyo, Paris and Osaka – shouldn't give up hope of seeing the superjumbo heading for Britain. The UK capital is top of the list for Thai's sixth A380...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Amazon UK delivers to corner shops, newsagents near your hotel

    If you're heading to the UK, Amazon has a nifty new trick: delivery to local corner shops and newsagents, so you can arrange for a delivery before you arrive. Amazon's Collect+ option is a godsend for business travellers and opens up numerous ways to be more professionally and personally product...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Europcar trials queuebusting PIN code lockers for rental car keys

    Fed up with queues at the rental car desk? If Europcar's new Key Ready trial works out, there may be one more option to avoid waiting when it's time to pick up your ride. When booking, the Key Ready system emails you a PIN code to use when you get to the branch. The PIN unlocks a small locker co...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2012 0 Comments

  • PHOTOS: Inside London Heathrow's 'pop-up' Olympic terminal

    Heathrow Airport's newest terminal will open tomorrow -- and close three days later. It's a temporary terminal created especially for the estimated 10,000+ athletes and officials attending the London Olympics. Springing up on the site of one of Heathrow's staff car parks, this innovative 'pop-u...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • Hong Kong Airlines to axe HK-London 'all business class' flights

    Hong Kong Airlines has confirmed the closure next month of its daily 'all business class' service between Hong Kong and London’s Gatwick Airport. "The last flight from London to Hong Kong will be on September 10," Hong Kong Airlines General Manager Albert Chan told Dow Jones Newswires, sig...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • London Heathrow immigration strike on Thursday 26 July cancelled

    UPDATE | Business travellers and sports fans heading to London Heathrow this Thursday can breathe a sigh of relief: the UK Border Agency passport control officers have called off their 26 July strike. You'll just have to deal with the usual Heathrow immigration queues, not the extra-special ...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2012 1 Comment

  • New iPhone/iPad London guide app from Virgin Atlantic

    Virgin Atlantic has a new London guide iPhone and iPad app out, and it's pretty swish -- one of the best we've seen for the city. More than suggesting just things to do or places to stay, it actually succeeds in picking some "uniquely Virgin Atlantic" hotels, restaurants, and bars in London, wit...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • China Southern's Sydney-London 'Canton Route' daily from October

    China Southern will boost its Sydney-London 'Canton Route' to daily flights from October 28. The uptick to daily frequency for the service, which debuted in June as a three-times-weekly route, will help China Southern continue to win over business travellers in this twist on the t...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2012 4 Comments

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