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Regus opens third Heathrow work Hub


Flexible workspace opens in Terminal 3

Global workspace provider Regus has today opened a third Regus Express location at Heathrow. The new Regus Express facility is located in Terminal 3 and is an exciting addition to the company’s global network of 3,000 high quality, convenient work locations which are used each day by millions of business customers. Regus’ other Heathrow hubs are located in Terminal 5 and Terminal 2.

The new 5,000 sq ft Terminal 3 facility is located just before security up a level from the Virgin check in area. The space houses twelve meeting rooms of various sizes, as well as a drop-in business lounge - a quiet, professional space offering ergonomic seating, free, secure Wi-Fi, shower facilities and complimentary refreshments.

This is the latest milestone in the roll-out of the Regus Express format - professional workspaces and office facilities at key transport hubs such as airports, railway stations and motorway service areas. The launch follows the roll-out of Regus Express facilities at Gatwick Airport, Birmingham Airport, as well as Heathrow in the UK, and locations across the globe including Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Mumbai and Sydney International Airports.

Richard Morris, UK CEO at Regus, comments: “The growing Regus Express network is making business travel much more productive for our customers across the globe and we’re delighted to announce that we have further extended it at the UK’s hub airport.

“Our strategy is to continually expand our global network and diversify the type of location we offer, making it even more convenient for our members to work flexibly and productively, when and where it suits them.”

John Arbuckle, Head of Property at Heathrow said: “The opening of the third Regus Express Business Centre is a fantastic milestone for us; we now offer business and meeting facilities in all terminals at Heathrow. This makes travelling even more convenient, providing customers with a quiet haven in between destinations to concentrate and relax.”

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It appears the Chinese only want to fly into London, London, London
 

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https://news.sky.com/story/serious-accident-between-two-vehicles-on-heathrow-airfield-11250025

Two airport vehicles collided at the airport this morning causing the death of one man. This has caused some disruption to flights as an investigation is carried out.

One or two unsympathetic responses on PPRuNe this morning moaning about unnecessary delays with one numpty describing it as a minor incident. I wonder if he'd feel that way if it was a loved one of his who had been killed.

The matter has to be investigated thoroughly and efficiently and it will take some time. Not only will the coroner expect that but so too will the family and they are entitled to that. Any possible criminal offence also has to be looked into. It can't be done in five minutes.
 

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Revealed: Key British Trade Routes Already Full


  • New data reveals that some of Britain’s most important trading routes from Heathrow are virtually full
  • Britain’s exporters risk being held back by limited cargo space on key routes to China, Japan, India, the US and the UAE
  • To secure Britain’s global trading future post-Brexit, expanding Heathrow is now more important than ever
Britain’s exporters risk being held back by a lack of access to key trading markets, new data has revealed today. As Britain prepares to leave the EU, the data shows that key routes from Heathrow to Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Tokyo Haneda and Dubai are virtually full and unable to accommodate further growth in trade. Combined, these six routes alone account for nearly 18% of Heathrow’s total cargo volumes.

The data underscores the importance of expanding Heathrow at pace to ensure that Britain can thrive as an outward looking trading nation after Brexit. Heathrow is already the UK’s largest port by value – bigger than Felixstowe and Southampton combined – and handled over £106bn worth of goods last year. Access to global markets through Heathrow is particularly important for high-value goods and SME exporters and with 33% of the UK’s non-EU exports already going through Heathrow, it is absolutely critical that Britain has the additional runway capacity at the airport to support further export growth to key markets.

Expanding Heathrow will double the airport’s cargo capacity and support up to 40 new long-haul trading links, helping to ensure that British exporters can reach new customers in fast-growing markets around the world.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director Expansion

“Expanding Heathrow couldn’t be more important for Britain’s future, as we’re already seeing some of our most critical trading routes reach capacity. If we want Britain to thrive as a global trading powerhouse after Brexit, we need to get on with expanding Heathrow now. That starts with the Government taking advantage of the consensus in Parliament and scheduling a vote in Parliament before the summer. With new capacity at our nation’s global gateway, we will unlock the trading opportunities that will underpin a prosperous future for all of Britain in the decades to come.”

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Heathrow’s cargo performance takes off in February



  • Heathrow welcomed a record 5.4 million passengers in February, an increase of 2.4% on last year
  • Emerging markets were a key source of growth with South Asia up 12.7% and Latin America up 6.5%, boosted by airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to Heathrow
  • Domestic routes also grew strongly in February, up 3.6% as regional airline FlyBe carried an extra 17,000 passengers in the month
  • Trade through the UK’s biggest port by value jumped by 5% in February on the back of growth in North American and East Asian markets, securing Heathrow’s 19thconsecutive month of record cargo growth
  • The record cargo performance is increasing the strain on Britain’s global trading infrastructure and underscores the need to expand Heathrow at pace. New analysis released in February revealed that six of Britain’s key trading routes, accounting for nearly 20% of the trade through Heathrow are already full – including Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda, Delhi, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Dubai
  • Heathrow published its first Export Climate Index which tracks the health of the UK’s export economy. The new report revealed that UK exporters are in their strongest position since 2000 – a positive sign as the UK approaches the anniversary of article 50 being triggered

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“Today’s figures show that Heathrow is filling up fast – if we don’t act soon to expand our nation’s global gateway, the UK will only fall further behind our European rivals. A prosperous, global-trading Britain needs an expanded Heathrow now.”

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Airbus and Heathrow celebrate 10th anniversary of first A380 flight to London



Heathrow and Airbus are celebrating the 10th anniversary of A380 operations at the airport, which began on March 18th 2008 with the arrival of the first A380 - a Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 from Singapore Changi airport, making Heathrow one of the first to welcome Airbus’ iconic double decker.

Heathrow is now the world’s busiest A380 airport by number of A380 operators, serving 78 million passengers a year. Every day, some 50 A380 flights carry 10% of Heathrow’s daily passenger traffic on a choice of nine airlines* to reach 15 global destinations.

Passenger traffic doubles every 15 years and the A380 is and remains the best solution for absorbing growth by using aircraft slots more efficiently; especially where airport capacity is limited. Like no other aircraft, the A380 unlocks growth in a comfortable and eco-friendly way. The A380 is also a good neighbour and won a UK noise abatement society award in recognition of its low noise operations, generating 50 per cent less noise energy on departure than its nearest competitor, as well as up to four times less when landing

Simon Eastburn, Director of Airline Business Development at Heathrow said: “It’s been fantastic to see nine of our airlines welcome the Airbus A380 over the past decade. Ten years from first flight, this pioneering aircraft has helped us reduce noise and improve efficiency whilst supporting continued passenger demand for long haul routes. This is one of the most popular aircraft for many passengers so we look forward to celebrating this milestone with them.”

To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Airbus and Heathrow will surprise passengers landing at Heathrow on select A380 flights from 18 to 28 March with A380 goodies. Ten lucky passengers will also receive VIP packs to continue their journey to London in style, including complimentary Porter service at the airport, Heathrow Express Business First tickets to Central London or WeKnowLondon Chauffeur Drive to winners’ chosen address, and a £250 WeKnowLondon voucher.

To date, more than 200 million passengers have enjoyed the A380 experience. According to a survey carried out by Epinion, 98% of A380 passengers would recommend flying on the A380 to their friends and family, and 60% are willing to make an extra effort to fly with the aircraft.*

As the smoothest, quietest flight, it offers unparalleled comfort in all classes. A modern feat of engineering and design, the A380 is the universally recognised benchmark. It provides airlines with a canvas to create the most outstanding business and first classes in the air, with amenities like showers, beds, bars and lounges.

Flying with the world’s leading airlines on over 120 routes and 60 destinations, the A380 is the passenger’s favourite. Airbus’ iconic superjumbo jet offers more personal space and the widest seats in the sky in all classes, including economy class.

Building on passengers’ excitement around the flagship A380, Airbus launched the first booking assistant of its kind in 2016: iflyA380.com. In January 2018, following the website’s success, Airbus unveiled the iflyA380 app, which enhances the website with more choices, features and content and new possibilities to interact with the A380.

David Dufrenois, Head of A380 Market Development at Airbus, said: “The A380 is essential to the operations of Heathrow, which is today the first hub in the world for long haul traffic. As 70% of long haul-traffic connects through hubs, the unique A380 offer strengthens Heathrow’s passenger appeal over other airports."

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EI are wet leasing a few aircraft to BA for the summer season. They are operating rotations to DUB and HAM from T5. EI normally operate from T2 for their own flights.

The issue is after taking in all the Monarch slots at LGW BA really don’t have enough aircraft or crew. Quite a few operators are being wet leased for LGW including Titan, Germania etc. Also BA have sub leased a few slots to QR who are using them to start the LGW-DOH service.
 

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Strong start to 2018 - Results for the three months ended 31 March 2018



  • Record start to the year – Passengers and trade flowing through Heathrow soared to record highs, as Heathrow climbed the global airport rankings coming in as the seventh best airport in the world and retaining the top spot in Western Europe for the fourth year running at the annual Skytrax Awards
  • Better service at lower cost – Passenger satisfaction with Heathrow is at its highest level, supported in Q1 by Heathrow’s investments in winter resilience which kept the UK’s hub open during one of the worst winters in recent years while delivering lower operating costs per passenger
  • Robust financial health – Lower operating costs per passenger and higher retail spending resulted in strong revenue growth of 3.8% to £680 million and increased Adjusted EBITDA by 5.2% to £402 million. Underpinned by a successful financing strategy that raised over £350 million in global markets
  • Phasing out single-use plastics – Heathrow is aiming to lead the aviation industry in cutting single-use plastics, the first step of which is Heathrow’s plan to recycle up to 13.5 million of the single-use coffee cups used at the airport annually
  • Milestone moment for expansion – As Heathrow begins to design its preferred expansion masterplan, the airport called for the public to submit innovative ideas on how to further improve the project. The move follows the backing of the northwest runway by the Transport Select Committee and thousands of people participating in Heathrow’s first planning consultation. Parliament is expected to vote on expanding Heathrow this summer, with the latest polling showing 75% of MPs back the project

John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow, said:

“We’re delighted that passengers are choosing Heathrow in record numbers – it’s is a strong signal that we’re delivering value for money. We’re within touching distance of Parliament voting on expanding Heathrow and now more than ever we’re committed to developing and delivering a hub airport that Britain can be proud of for generations to come.”
 

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Off to Aussie?

I thought you would be going via Doha from CWL haha!
No, we tried. I posted in one of the threads a few weeks ago that timings, days and a couple of other things didn't work out for us from CWL in the end. We also got a first-class package with our long-haul travel specialist from LHR - with Emirates again. In recent years we've flown from Gatwick with Emirates. Hopefully, we shall use Qatar sooner rather than later because I've read many excellent reports about their product.
 

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No, we tried. I posted in one of the threads a few weeks ago that timings, days and a couple of other things didn't work out for us from CWL in the end. We also got a first-cass package with our long-haul travel specialist from LHR - with Emirates again. In recent years we've flown from Gatwick with Emirates. Hopefully, we shall use Qatar sooner rather than later because I've read many excellent reports about their product.
I'm just as guilty and live closer to CWL than you do!

I'm flying out of LHR and back into CWL with Qatar.
 

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I'm doing it the opposite way! Fly out of CWL and return to LHR!
 

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All access drama – ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ – takes off



Viewers are invited behind the scenes at Heathrow over the next six weeks as popular TV series ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ (HBBA) launches into its fourth season. The series looks into the lives of colleagues who work tirelessly to get over 200,000 passengers and on average 5,000 tonnes of cargo through the airport, all in a day’s work.

Operating the airport at close to capacity is no easy feat for the 76,500 colleagues who work at Heathrow. This year, it took a 14-strong crew 1,200 coffees to get through over 500 hours of filming, across three months, producing three hours of gripping television drama that shows UK audiences exactly how it’s done.

Launching this Wednesday at 8pm on ITV, ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ will dive into the drama, pride and excitement of running the best airport in Western Europe across six episodes. Not one day is ever the same at Heathrow so the crew found themselves stretched across arrivals, departures and the airfield, shadowing colleagues as they go about their daily tasks and respond to unexpected calls to duty. This series, crews spent most of their time filming in Terminal 2, a clear audience favourite having been recently voted the ‘World’s Best Airport Terminal’ by passengers.

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said:

“Returning for a fourth series, ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ is a project that encapsulates our dedicated network of colleagues who work around the clock to deliver a world-class airport service. The documentary gives millions of people a glimpse into the operations of one of the world’s busiest airports and I can tell you from experience, there is never a dull day.”

ITV welcomes back previous season favourites and debuts new faces of the operation, many of whom live locally to Heathrow. The series will star colleagues from Spelthorne, Berkshire and Richmond upon Thames, to name a few.

Audiences can go further behind the scenes on Heathrow’s new dedicated HBBA websitewww.heathrow.com/hbba launched this month. There, viewers can find more information on Heathrow facts and figures, the stars of the show and career opportunities available at the airport, as well as have the chance to win two return business class tickets to Malaysia, with Malaysia Airlines.
 

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Heathrow brings a taste of the royal wedding to arriving passengers



With just five days to go until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, Heathrow is celebrating the pair saying ‘I do’ by welcoming passengers who arrive during the ceremony on Saturday 19 May with a regal fanfare.

Inspired by the happy couple’s wedding cake, Heathrow is serving 1,000 handmade ‘royal’ lemon and elderflower cupcakes to inbound passengers, who will also be greeted by the sight of a Queen’s Guard, Beefeater and patriotic bunting, as well as the sounds of a Royal Trumpeter

cupcakes will be handed out across each of the following terminals on Saturday 19 May:

  • Terminal 3 from 10am – 12pm
  • Terminal 4 from 10am – 12pm
 
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