From October British Airways will offer three new routes from London City Airport, Paris, Prague and Reykjavik.
Paris will be the fifth French route served by the airline that includes Bergerac, Chambery, Nice and Quimper.
The launch of services to Prague and Reykjavik will be the first time British Airways has flown to the Czech Republic or Iceland from London City Airport.
London City Airport to Reykjavik, a winter-only two weekly service, offers a gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer. Flights will begin on Thursday, November 02 2017.
BA 2228 London City to Reykjavik 0910 – 1230 Thu
BA 2228 London City to Reykjavik 1300 – 1620 Sun
BA 2229 Reykjavik to London City 1315 – 1625 Thu
BA 2229 Reykjavik to London City 1705 – 2015 Sun
Paris Orly will serve three daily weekday flights and Prague, a popular city break destination, six flights a week. Flights will begin on Sunday, October 29 2017.
BA 8751 London City to Paris Orly 0835 – 1055 Mon – Sat
BA 8755 London City to Paris Orly 1630 – 1850 Mon – Fri
BA 8757 London City to Paris Orly 2020 – 2240 Mon – Fri, Sun
BA 8752 Paris Orly to London City 0745 – 0805 Tue – Sat
BA 8752 Paris Orly to London City 0750 – 0805 Mon
BA 8754 Paris Orly to London City 1140 – 1200 Mon – Fri
BA 8758 Paris Orly to London City 1930 – 1950 Mon – Fri
BA 7339 London City to Prague 1115 – 1410 Mon – Fri
BA 7339 London City to Prague 1515 -1810 Sun
BA 7338 Prague to London City 1450 – 1545 Mon – Fri
BA 7338 Prague to London City 1850 – 1945 Sun
Bookings for all of these new services can be made through WOT Travel, either as a flight-only, or as part of an accommodation-inclusive package.
Norwegian has added a daily (except Wednesday) morning frequency to its Gatwick – New York JFK route, adding to the existing late afternoon departure from the London airport.
The new service leaves Gatwick at between 0535 and 0700 depending on the day of operation, as follows:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday – departs 0550, arrives 0850
Thursday – departs 0645, arrives 0945
Saturday – departs 0535, arrives 0835
Sunday – departs 0700, arrives 1000
The return leg leaves New York at 1115 daily (except Wednesday), landing back into London at 2315.
The new frequency adds to the existing 1705 departure from Gatwick, and 2300 service from New York JFK.
This new frequency allows travellers to experience New York City in just one day, departing on the new morning service from Gatwick and returning on the evening ‘red eye’ flight from JFK.
The new service is perfect for leisure travellers looking to tick off those bucket list experiences in 24 hours or for business travellers heading to the city for the day, if you would like some help to arrange this sort of travel, do get in touch with Paul today.
Now that Qatar Airways have introduced the world’s longest air route, between Doha and Auckland, we thought we’d share some ideas with you about how you can pass the time on a seventeen and a half hour flight. (more…)
A Pilots View from the Cockpit of a Harrowing Descent into Queenstown, New Zealand.
“Gotta have faith in your instruments and your proficiency to fly this approach. But the feeling of elation from doing well, what we’re trained to do, has it’s own reward.”
Sometimes what a pilot sees in a day, people won’t see in their lifetimes. New Zealand has some truly amazing scenery.
We hope you enjoy this landing and the scenery is spectacular, plus the soundtrack is good too!
…That is if descending into an under-cast over mountainous terrain doesn’t bother you too much!
Please contact us for the best deals on flights or inclusive holidays to New Zealand. We can quote you for just the air tickets for tailor made tours or just for accommodation in this fantastic country.
Virgin America is adding some entertainment and sparkle in to its in-flight safety videos with a funky song and dance number which could have come straight from an episode of Glee (or Fame, for those of us young enough to remember the early 1980s).
The clip has begin screening on Virgin America flights this week but has been released onto YouTube in an undoubtedly Air New Zealand-inspired attempt to spark some viral marketing voom.
So how do you compete with Betty White, Bear Grylls and a bunch of Hobbits?
You start with catchy music and lyrics created by former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall – round up a posse of singers and dancers from So You Think You Can Dance;and then sign up Hollywood film-maker Jon Chu, whose directing credits include Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (the odd one out, as it swapped singing and dancing for a lot of shooting).
OK, here’s the result: the #VXsafetydance video (yes, they built a Twitter hashtag into the name in case you didn’t realise how Cool and Hip this video is).
Virgin America repeats the familiar Air New Zealand refrain that the video is intended to make people pay attention to the safety demonstration and its potentially life-saving information.
“How many times have you been on a plane where nobody is watching the safety demonstration?” asks Steve Forte, Virgin America’s chief operating officer. “When you look at this video, you’ll see how it grabs people’s attention.”
Virgin America has also shared a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the making of the #VXsafetydance clip.
For those of you that travel to and within the USA, either for business and/or pleasure, you’ll know the added costs involved in taking checked baggage (i.e. baggage you have to check-in to the hold) with you. If you are doing several trips, this can add up quite significantly.
Listening to our clients, and their needs to reduce this overhead, we are delighted to announce that we have added Southwest Airlines to our portfolio of airlines we can offer tickets with, booked through our preferred partner, Jetset Flights. This partnership gives us access to the entire Southwest network right across the USA, and you don’t have to reside in the USA to book them.
What significance does this have for you, our valued clients? Well, simply put, you no longer have to pay for your suitcase to be transported when you travel. Southwest allows two, yes, that’s two pieces of checked baggage per ticketed Customer (Size and weight limitations apply). Now, just how good is that?
If you think, all the mainstream carriers, that operate within the USA, charge a minimum of US$25 per bag, each way, in economy class. So, to give you an example, a family of four, flying from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, with one of the mainstream carriers, would pay US$200 roundtrip if they each took one suitcase with them. Fly Southwest, on the other hand, and you pay nothing, that’s right, nothing, nada. The cost is included in your ticket. Simples, as a well-known meerkat might say!
So, what do you need to do, to enable us to help you? Well, it really is easy. You just tell us where and when you want to fly, how many passengers there are and their ages, and if Southwest Airlines operates that route, we will gladly offer you an air fare. There is no need to book a minimum number of flights, as it can be just a one-way sector, or as many as you like. You pay us in UK sterling, your tickets are issued (you can even check-in online, without a hassle). If you are a member of the airlines’ Rapid Rewards frequent flyer programme, then no problems, just give us your number and we will add it to the booking.
For those of you unfamiliar with Southwest Airlines, here’s a little bit of information about them.
Now in its forty second year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers each year among ninety seven destinations in forty one states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries.
History of Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines was incorporated in Texas and commenced Customer Service on June 18 1971, with three Boeing 737 aircraft serving three Texas cities – Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio and grew to become a major airline in 1989 when it exceeded the billion-dollar revenue mark. Southwest topped the monthly domestic originating passenger rankings for the first time in May 2003.
Southwest Airlines is now America’s largest low-fare carrier, serving more Customers domestically than any other airline with a unique combination of low fares with no annoying fees, friendly Customer Service delivered by outstanding People, safe and reliable operations, and an extraordinary corporate Culture that extends into the communities we serve. Year end financial results for 2012 marked Southwest’s 40th consecutive year of profitability.
On May 2, 2011, Southwest acquired Orlando-based AirTran Airways and expects to complete the integration of the two airlines by 2015.
Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,300 flights a day, whilst AirTran Airways operates more than 600 flights a day.
In late 2009, Southwest made the decision to begin installing satellite-delivered broadband from WiFi provider, Row 44, beginning with the Next-Generation Boeing 737-700 aircraft. By the end of first quarter 2013, all Southwest -700 and -800 aircraft had been equipped with WiFi. In July 2012, Southwest began testing live television via the WiFi product. It is now available on all WiFi-enabled aircraft.
Fun Facts about Southwest Airlines
Southwest has served more than 1.5 billion Customers since their inception.
Southwest has operated more than 22 million flights since their inception.
Southwest Airlines carried approximately 134 million on-board Customers during 2012; which is an average of more than 11 million on-board Customers per month.
In 2012 Southwest served 63.3 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.1 million alcoholic beverages; 37.2 million bags of pretzels; 88.3 million bags of peanuts; 22.9 million Select-A-Snacks; and 45.5 million other snacks.
The carrier consumed approximately 1.9 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2012.
In 2012, Southwest moved 199 million pounds of cargo.
In 2011, Southwest led the industry with more than 1,100 pieces of electric ground support equipment, which conserves fuel and reduces emissions.
The shortest daily Southwest flight is between Austin (AUS) and Houston Hobby (HOU) (148 miles). The longest daily Southwest flight is between Baltimore-Washington (BWI) and Los Angeles (LAX) (2,329 miles).
Southwest has 1,355 married couples. In other words, 2,710 Southwest Employees have spouses who also work for the Company
We look forward to being of assistance to you in the future and with any travel needs you may have.If there are a group of you travelling (ten passengers or more), then we would be pleased to arrange a group price quote. We can also arrange a complete aircraft charter with Southwest Airlines, so if this was ever needed, we can assist too.