IHG opens its first Even Hotels property

As Intercontinental Hotels Group launches its new Even Hotels lifestyle brand, guests can now enjoy a stay in the group’s first Even Hotels property – Even Hotel Norwalk in Connecticut.

With 129 rooms to choose from, dining and social areas, convenient public workspaces and a “three-zone” gym, the property follows the brand’s concept of encouraging wellbeing by focusing on offering a good range of facilities to exercise, eat, work and rest.

In the future IHG is planning to open Even Hotels properties in Rockville, Maryland; Brooklyn, New York; and midtown Manhattan.

Warsaw home to largest Hampton by Hilton outside US

As Hilton Worldwide opened the new 300-room Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre, Warsaw has become home to the largest Hampton by Hilton hotel outside the US.

Set close to the city’s central train station, the new property offers guests a convenient location to explore Warsaw, as well as an opportunity to take advantage of such features as free wi-fi, a business zone with computers and printers, a fitness centre and 24-hour snack area.

During their stay guests can also benefit from 32-inch high-definition television and a desk with ergonomic chair in every room.

New Iberia flights to Colombia and Lan Colombia codeshare

Iberia is to increase its presence in South America with an increase in the number of frequencies between Madrid and Bogota. As of 09 August 2014 passengers travelling on the route will be able to take advantage of two additional flights a week and starting from September the airline will also be offering three extra flights every week for a total of ten weeks.

Thanks to Iberia’s new codeshare agreement with Lan Colombia, once in Bogota passengers can enjoy easy access to other parts of the country and connect to such Colombian destinations as Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and more.

Air Canada’s Maple Leaf lounge now at Terminal 2

Air Canada passengers travelling from Heathrow’s Terminal 2 can now pass the time before their flight at the airline’s new Maple Leaf lounge, located in the terminal’s Departures Area 2B zone.

Opened on 24 June 2014, the new 700 sqm facility gives passengers an opportunity to take advantage of free wi-fi, a business centre with Dell PCs, printers and scanners, a spa-inspired shower area and three reclining pods with personal TV screens, USB ports and noise-cancelling headsets. As for the dining options guests can benefit from a cooking station where a chef prepares meals on request, a bistro-style restaurant area and a bar.

The Maple Leaf lounge is open from 6am to 10pm and is available to Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K members, Star Alliance Gold members and Business Class passengers with confirmed same-day travel on an Air Canada or Star Alliance flight.

Virgin announces inaugural Dreamliner service to Boston

As Virgin Atlantic celebrated its 30th birthday on 22 June 2014, the airline also unveiled that passengers travelling between London Heathrow and Boston will be the first to experience flying on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The new service is set to launch on 28 October 2014 and will be available six times a week. In the future the airline is also planning to introduce the new Dreamliner on routes between London Heathrow and Washington, Newark and New York JFK.

With the carrier’s first Dreamliner to be delivered in late September, Virgin Atlantic will be the first European airline to use the larger B787-9 version of the aircraft.

The Queen opened Heathrow’s new Terminal 2

23 June 2014, marked a special date in the history of Heathrow’s new Terminal 2, as the Queen officially opened the new £2.5 billion building. The long-awaited opening ceremony was attended by over 1,000 people including new staff members and people involved in the terminal’s construction. The Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip and during the visit also unveiled a commemorative plaque, as well as meeting with Heathrow and Star Alliance executives, architect Luis Vidal and designer Richard Wilson.

French strike leads to flight cancellations

Passengers travelling from the UK are advised to check the status of their flight before leaving home as the French air control strike continues, forcing Ryanair, EasyJet and British Airways to cancel flights.

With 160 of today’s Ryanair flights to and from the UK being cancelled, the strike affected 15% of the airline’s schedule for 25 June 2014. The issues also caused inconvenience for EasyJet passengers travelling to and from France, as the airline had to cancel 20% of its flights in and out of the country scheduled for today. British Airways experienced less problems in comparison to the other two airlines, however, today the carrier still had to cancel a total of 14 short haul flights.