Weekly travel roundup September 30th

Travel News 30 Sep 2016

For week ending September 30th

Lots of activity in Ireland and around the world in the travel industry over the past week: in airline news, Delta announces a new route from Dublin to Boston, in hotel news, Accorhotels has launched its new brand Jo&Joe aiming at combining the best of private-rental, hostel and hotel formats. Here’s a roundup of other travel news for the week ending today.

Delta announces 757 to Boston daily for May 26-Oct 28 2017

Delta Air Lines is to expand its route network from Dublin with a daily B757-200 service to Boston next year from May 26 until October 28, in three class configuration. The service will offer customers convenient connections to 60 destinations within North America, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ryanair flight makes emergency landing at Dublin Airport

A Ryanair flight has made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport last Wednesday. At 2.40pm, flight FR-817 was flying from Edinburgh to Dublin when the crew declared an emergency over the Irish Sea. The issue, believed to be an oil temperature indication light flashing in the cockpit, began when the flight was close to Belfast, leading to the pilots dropping to 10,000 feet.

Accorhotels launches Jo and Joe brand

Accorhotels has launched a new brand Jo& Joe to combine the power of three different hospitality concepts: hoping to appeal the Millennials, the brand “blends the best of private-rental, hostel and hotel formats.” It aims to have 50 properties by 2020, including popular locations  like  Paris, Bordeaux, Warsaw, Budapest, Rio and São Paulo.In general, Jo and Joe properties are described as “a vibrant living space, a home that is open to the external world and designed to meet the expectations of Millennials and all those who value sharing, spontaneity and experience”. Rates are expected to start at EUR 25 per night

Air Berlin to downsize

In a bid to stem its losses Air Berlin has taken the dramatic step of downsizing its operations. By next year, Germany’s second largest airline will have transferred up to 40 Airbus A320 aircraft to rival Lufthansa. Some 1,200 staff face redundancy. Air Berlin (which is 30 per cent owned by Gulf carrier Etihad) has been a loss-maker for years.  It would appear that Etihad has decided “enough is enough.”

British Airways launches Buy on Board with Marks & Spencer

The decision means that in the economy cabin on all short-haul and domestic flights from Heathrow and Gatwick from January 11, 2017, passengers will have to pay for all food and drink supplied by Marks & Spencer. The food provided will be selected from existing “M&S Food on the Move” range and all items have been priced under £5. The drinks (including soft drinks and alcohol) will also be chargeable. Short haul business class (Club Europe) will continue to retain complimentary menu and receive free food and drink.

American Airlines Begins free preferred seat access for corporate travellers

American Airlines launched a website last Monday giving corporate travellers access to economy cabin preferred seats at no charge regardless of status. The website enables corporate travellers to reserve window and aisle seats usually set aside for frequent travellers.

Brussels Airlines launches Armenia service

Brussels Airlines will launch flights to Armenia from March 31st next year. The new route will be served by an A320, flying from Brussels airport to the Armenian capital city Yerevan once a week, with a second flight to operate in July and August.

Qatar Airways and British Airways announce joint business agreement

Doha-based Qatar Airways and our own British Airways have announced they will work together and co-operate on schedules via their respective hub airports. It’s a way in which Qatar Airways can develop the number of transfer passengers using Doha. It will enable it to better compete with local rivals Etihad of Abu Dhabi and Emirates of Dubai.

Heathrow plans to squeeze additional 5% capacity from existing runways

Heathrow claims to have the potential to expand by adding up to 5% more flights on its existing two runways. This would allow up to 25,000 additional air traffic movements on the current runways in early 2021, if the London hub is granted government permission for a third runway.