More legroom with KLM Economy Comfort

KLM passengers can now enjoy more space with the airline’s new Economy Comfort zone, which offers 10 cm more legroom in comparison to the regular Economy seat, as well as providing twice as much seat back recline. A power socket for laptops or smart phones is also available on selected flights.

The new Economy Comfort has now been launched on all KLM services excluding Amsterdam-Paris. Seat features may vary depending on the aircraft.

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Nobu to launch its first European hotel in London

Nobu Hospitality is to launch its first property in Europe with the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch set to open in London in the first quarter of 2016.

Set on 10-50 Willow Street the new East London property will offer 156 rooms, as well as such facilities as banqueting and meeting rooms and a fitness centre.

Currently Nobu Hospitality’s portfolio includes hotels in the Americas, Middle East and Asia.

Raffles to launch first hotel in Istanbul

As of 01 September 2014, guests travelling to Istanbul will be able to enjoy a stay at the first Raffles Hotels and Resorts property in Turkey. Set in Zorlu Center development in Besiktas, the new Raffles Istanbul will offer a choice 132 rooms and 49 suites with views of Bosphorus.

Guests will also be able to benefit from the signature Raffles butler service and take advantage of such facilities as a ballroom, two restaurants and bars and indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel will also feature a rooftop heliport and the renowned Raffles spa, which is set to be one of the largest in Istanbul at 3,000 sqm.

The property will offer unique design with both local and international art featured throughout the hotel. Guests will also be able to find out about Istanbul’s latest events from the on-site “art concierge”.

Oneworld passengers to have access to Qatar Airways new Doha lounges

Following Qatar Airways to move to Doha’s Hamad International Airport starting from 27 May 2014, the carrier has confirmed that the new first and business class lounges will be open to Oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programme members .

At the moment the lounges are still in construction and are set to be finished and open approximately two months after the carrier’s move. To access the new facilities frequent flyer programme members will have to have the equivalent of Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tier status.

Etihad opens first lounge in Australia

Etihad passengers travelling from Sydney can now enjoy passing time before their flight at the airline’s new lounge at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport.

Set in the terminal’s Pier C, the 798 sqm facility is Etihad’s first lounge in Australia and is open to Etihad Guest loyalty programme members, Diamond first class and Pearl business class customers, as well as to Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer Gold and Platinum members and Virgin Australia business class customers flying to Abu Dhabi.

Prior to their flight passengers can now take advantage of a wealth of facilities, such as a business centre equipped with Apple computers, wifi connectivity, USB charging outlets, shower suites, a children’s play room, prayer rooms and a relaxation zone. As for the dining, Etihad’s lounge offers both restaurant-style á la carte and buffet options, with a fine selection of food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Air Canada introduces new cabin interior

As Air Canada receives its first B787 Dreamliner, long haul passengers are soon to enjoy an improved flying experience with the introduction of new cabin interiors.

Passengers will be able to choose from 3 seat types, including International Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy, all of which will offer improved ergonomic seating, in-flight entertainment, power outlets and USB ports.

International Business Class customers will be able to choose from 20 Executive Pods, all with an 18 inch IFE screens and an adjustable seat that extends into 80 inch long fully flat bed.

Premium Economy will feature 21 seats 19.5 inches wide which will benefit from 38 inches of legroom, a seven-inch recline and IFE screens up to 11 inches. As for the new Economy Class, it will contain 210 slimline seats with 9-inch IFE system.

Flybe announces new routes to Hamburg and Oslo

Passengers planning to travel to Scandinavia this winter will be pleased to know that Flybe is to offer two new routes from Birmingham to Hamburg and Oslo starting from 26 October 2014. The new flights will operate daily and will be available until 27 March 2015.

The airline is also making changes to routes from Birmingham to Cologne, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Florence, Oporto and Reykjavik. With these summer services now becoming year-round, Flybe will be able to offer Birmingham passengers 26 routes to choose from for winter 2014/2015.

The launch of new routes and additional frequencies is set to enable the airline to increase the number of customers travelling from Birmingham by 100,000 passengers a year.

New summer 2015 services and winter 2014 frequency changes from BA

Passengers planning for summer 2015 will be pleased to know that they can now take advantage of upcoming British Airways services from London Gatwick to Bodrum, Cagliari, Dalaman, Heraklion and Rhodes. Due to launch from 26 April 2015, the new flights are already on sale.

Meanwhile, the airline has also announced additional changes to its winter 2014 services from London Heathrow, with the number of flights to Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Newcastle and Zurich set to increase and a reduction in frequencies to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Edinburgh and Tripoli. As part of the new winter schedule the number of domestic flights from London Heathrow to Manchester will also be reduced from 68 to 59 per week.

Ritz-Carlton to open hotel in Mumbai

Ritz-Carlton is to launch its second property in India, with the brand’s first hotel in Mumbai set to open its doors in 2017. Located in the city’s new business area called Worli district, the hotel will offer 238 to choose from.

The new property will also offer guests an opportunity to enjoy two restaurants, an ocean-view bar and a Ritz-Carlton Spa, as well as take advantage of banquet and meeting space ideal for weddings and high profile events.