Intelligence – December, 19 2014

Intelligence – December, 19 2014

British Airways carries more than 40 million customers a year and serves them 35 million cups of tea, 36.5 million meals and 3.7 million bottles of wine. … Air France is now offering private suites in the new La Premiere cabin on board Boeing 777-300s on long-haul flights to Singapore and Jakarta, and beginning in the first quarter of 2015, on flights between New York and Dubai. … Emirates announced they are spending 500 million dollars on their wine program as part of a strategy to secure the best vintages well before they are ready to be consumed, which includes stockpiling 1.2 million bottles of wine in their cellar in Burgundy, some of which will not be ready for consumption for another decade. … The Taj Group of hotels has become the first hotel chain in India to offer free WiFi at all of its properties. … International business travel magazine Global Traveler has named United Airlines the 2014 airline of the year and Marriott the 2014 hotel of the year. … Select Delta Diamond Medallion members connecting through New York (LGA), Seattle (SEA) and Detroit (DTW) can access Delta’s Porsche service to their connecting gate. Members are added to the priority list based on a variety of factors including connection time and the day’s flight operations. … Lufthansa announced they will launch a new Airbus A340-300 service five times weekly between Frankfurt and Tampa beginning in September 2015. … Alaska Airlines announced it will offer daily, nonstop flights between Seattle and Washington Dulles International Airport starting March 11, 2015. … Aimia, operator of the Aeroplan loyalty program, expects its Canadian business will stabilize in 2015 after the increase in growth that followed last January’s switch in credit card partners levels off. The bank added more than 300,000 new Aeroplan cardholders in 2014. … Finnair has announced a new service three times weekly between Helsinki and Chicago O’Hare beginning June 2015. … Air France, in partnership with Orange, will offer paid connectivity service on board two Airbus A320s on short- and medium-haul networks beginning in the summer of 2015. … Delta is increasing flights from New York JFK to Athens International Airport for the 2015 summer season to five flights weekly from March 30, 2015 and then expanding to daily service on May 2, 2015. … Etihad’s A380 service took flight on Dec. 27 with an inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to London. Etihad plans to take delivery of four A380s in 2015, three more in 2016 and an additional two in 2017. Etihad also plans to begin A380 service from Sydney to New York (JFK). … United’s recent promotion of at least a 35 percent bonus on purchased miles, increasing depending on those who took advantage of the bonus, was a big success with United selling an excess of 22 million miles in just 72 hours allowing over 4,500 flyers to get a 100 percent mileage bonus when purchasing miles. … American Airlines says that over the next two years, they will be revamping Admiral Club lounges offering better food options and refreshing the amenities offers. … Emirates Skywards and S7 Priority programs are now earn and burn partners.

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