A. Lange & Söhne’s 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” piece auctioned

A.Lange & Söhne’s 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” piece auctioned

A. Lange & Söhne’s exclusive 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” steel version was sold off recently at the Phillips spring auction in Geneva. Dedicated to the luxury brand’s founder Walter Lange, this collector’s watch was auctioned at a price of CHF 852,500 (₹58,092,885). The proceeds from this sale are going to the Swiss-based Children Action Foundation.

This unique 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” features sweep-seconds mechanism, a black enamel dial and a stainless-steel case.

Limited editions 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” available in white gold, pink gold and yellow gold colours will also go on sale in autumn.

A. Lange & Söhne CEO, Wilhelm Schmid says, “The result went well beyond our expectations. I’m particularly pleased that we can make a major contribution to Children Action’s important work, just as Walter Lange intended. The fact that the watch auctioned for such a high amount is not only a reflection of the increased value of A. Lange & Söhne watches but also the worldwide community of collectors’ huge admiration for Walter Lange.”  alange-soehne.com

A. Lange & Söhne’s exclusive 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” steel version was sold off recently at the Phillips spring auction in Geneva. Dedicated to the luxury brand’s founder Walter Lange, this collector’s watch was auctioned at a price of CHF 852,500 (₹58,092,885). The proceeds from this sale are going to the Swiss-based Children Action Foundation.

This unique 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” features sweep-seconds mechanism, a black enamel dial and a stainless-steel case.

Limited editions 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” available in white gold, pink gold and yellow gold colours will also go on sale in autumn.

A. Lange & Söhne CEO, Wilhelm Schmid says, “The result went well beyond our expectations. I’m particularly pleased that we can make a major contribution to Children Action’s important work, just as Walter Lange intended. The fact that the watch auctioned for such a high amount is not only a reflection of the increased value of A. Lange & Söhne watches but also the worldwide community of collectors’ huge admiration for Walter Lange.”  alange-soehne.com

Japan Airlines’ flights from Paris are getting a new menu

Japan Airlines Paris-Tokyo menu

First and business class passengers on Japan Airlines’ flights from Paris to Japan will be getting a new summer menu starting June 1, 2018, developed by the chef of Paris-based Michelin-starred Restaurant Pages, Ryuji Teshima.

 

The new menus are the latest in the airline’s JAL Bedd Sky Auberge concept, which have also seen unique menus offered on routes in North America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.

 

Passengers will be able to experience the new menus until August when travelling on flight JL046 from Paris to Tokyo Haneda.

 

Both the first and business class menu feature largely the same dishes, though first class passengers will have a wider selection of dishes to choose from.

 

Avant amuse

  • Poutargue (mullet roe), radish and shio koji (Japanese seasoning) – First class

 

Amuse bouche

  • Croque madame with truffle – First and business class
  • Potatoes from Noirmoutier, iberico ham and anchovy sauce – First and business class

 

Hors-d’oeuvre

  • Lobster, peach, seasonable vegetables and Xeres vinegar – First class
  • Imperial caviar from Sologne, Royale of Edamame – First class
  • Smoked salmon, salmon roe, buckwheat pancake and whipped cream – First and business class

 

Main dish

  • Beef filet, foie gras, truffle, shiitake mushrooms and corn – First class
  • Blue shrimp, octopus, saffron rice and seasonal vegetables – First class
  • Cod fish, tomatoes, shio koji (Japanese seasoning) with tomato sauce – First and business class
  • Steak Hache Royale with truffle, shiitake mushrooms and corn – Business class

 

Japan Airlines flies from Paris to Tokyo Haneda once a day with its four-class Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

These cities have the cheapest five-star hotels in the world

Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Given a choice, most business travellers would presumably prefer to always stay in five-star properties when on a work trip.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Higher costs and strict corporate travel policies often can mean five-star properties are passed over in favour of more reasonably priced midscale hotels.

Indeed, midscale hotels continue to be a mainstay for business travellers across Asia, as a poll of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers conducted last year indicates.

Asked which category of hotel you normally stay in for work trips, 50 per cent of you said midscale hotels, while 42 per cent said upscale/luxury. This left just 8 per cent that typically stayed in budget properties.

And cost tends to be a major factor in determining where travellers plan to stay. According a recent Skyscanner survey, which questioned some 800 travellers from Hong Kong, location and price were major factors for more than 80 per cent of respondents, while just under half cited the hotel’s rating as affecting their decision.

With this in mind, wouldn’t it be good to know the cities in which you can actually get a five-star experience for a three-star price?

These are the cities with the least, and most expensive five-star properties in the world. Who knows, on your next trip you may just be able to convince your travel manager to book you in somewhere a little more fancy than usual.

Least expensive five-star hotels in the world

Destination Average price per night (US$)
Kuala Lumpur $127
Istanbul $140
Warsaw $153
Ho Chi Minh City $153
New Delhi and NCR $166
Manila $166
Bangkok $191
Mumbai $191
Doha $204
Lisbon $217
Shanghai $217


Most expensive five-star hotels in the world

Destination Average price per night (US$)
Maldives $980
Amsterdam $662
Paris $624
New York $522
Tokyo $522
Cancun $522
Hawaii $510
Barcelona $484
London $484
Koh Samui $408

Source: Skyscanner 2018 data

British Airways launches Marrakech route from Heathrow

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British Airways launches Marrakech route from Heathrow

New four times weekly flight to morocco starts from October 28, 2018

British Airways has announced new flights to Marrakech, Morrocco from London Heathrow Terminal 5 from October 28, 2018.

The four times weekly service will depart on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The new service is in addition to the eight times weekly Gatwick to Marrakech flights.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: “Marrakech adds another exciting destination to our leisure network at Heathrow and is a fantastic starting point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to discovering the amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many medinas. Marrakech is one of the key tourism destinations in north Africa, so we’re excited to serve it from two of our London airports.”

British Airways has a number of increases in flights this winter including Prague (27 to 34 per week), Budapest (20 to 23 per week) and Barcelona (46 to 53 per week), as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar (9 to 13 per week), Larnaca (7 to 10 per week) and Malaga (4 to 6 per week).

 

 

Indian aviation on its way to decongestion

Delhi flights cancelled for Republic Day preparations

Indian aviation on its way to decongestion

The government has approved plans to upgrade existing terminals, expand current airport buildings and inaugurate new airports

Yesterday, Hindustan Times (HT) published a report on Indian airports’ capacities, based on government documents accessed through the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

It reads: “At least 25 of the 50 busiest airports in India are already operating beyond their capacity, while almost all the others will reach optimal capacity in 2018-19 with the aviation industry growing at an unanticipated 18-20 per cent every year.”

During peak hours, airports in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune function beyond or to their full capacity.

On May 2, Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, had tweeted that the next five years will see airports in Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad being upgraded.

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He also posted renditions of the upgraded terminals at Chennai and Lucknow airports.

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“The infrastructure work should have been planned years ago. Now when the situation has reached the alarming stage, government has started expansion again. The focus should be now on new technologies such as biometric access, self-check-in to reduce congestion while the expansion work should continue alongside,” D Sudhakara Reddy, founder of the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) told HT.

By launching NABH (or NextGen Airports for Bharat) Nirman, the government aims to increase the total capacity of its airports to one billion trips per annum, which is five times the current capacity. This includes inaugurating new airports in addition to expanding current ones. Sinha announced that the initiative will require ₹3 lakh crore investments.

Work on Delhi airport’s (DIAL’s) terminal expansion is already underway. On completion in 2021, DIAL’s capacity will increase to 85 million passengers per annum. It currently has a capacity of 70 million passengers per annum. In 2017-18, it handled 65.7 million passenger traffic.

Mumbai airport (MIAL) has a capacity for 45 million passengers per annum and reported receiving 48.5 passenger traffic in 2017-18. Work on the Navi Mumbai terminal has begun recently and will take at least three years for completion, to take the load of MIAL.

Bangalore Airport (BIAL) is functioning at 30 per cent beyond its capacity of 20 million passengers per annum. Currently, to handle the situation, it is upgrading its infrastructure with additional check-in counters and enhancing security screening. These are just a few examples at BIAL that is turning to technology and digital initiatives to reduce congestion.

Pune, Goa and Ahmedabad are some other cities who will receive a second airport. At least six more airports will be inaugurated within the coming months taking the total number of India’s operational airports to 100.

Emaar Hospitality Group launches summer deals across its three hotel brands

Emaar Hospitality Group launches summer deals across three hotel brands

Emaar Hospitality Group has introduced a host of summer offers at its properties this season. Special rates, complimentary stays and entertainment packages are being offered across Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts and Rove Hotels.

Guests can stay an extra free night upon booking for two nights at hotels under Address Hotels + Resorts, and Vida Hotels and Resorts. This includes Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Marina, Address Montgomerie, Palace Downtown, Vida Downtown and Manzil Downtown. In addition, guests can avail of special prices starting at AED 198 (₹3,670) per night at five Rove Hotels in Dubai–Rove Downtown, Rove Dubai Marina, Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, and Rove Trade Centre

Guests can also pick from one of the two “Live It Up” packages that offer two different itineraries. These are offered at all three hotel brands as well. The first package includes visits to two tourist spots in Dubai and is priced at AED 143 (₹2,648), and the other one includes visits to four tourist spots in Dubai and is priced at AED 217 (₹4,019).

The summer offers are valid until September 30, 2018.

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Emaar Hospitality Group has introduced a host of summer offers at its properties this season. Special rates, complimentary stays and entertainment packages are being offered across Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts and Rove Hotels.

Guests can stay an extra free night upon booking for two nights at hotels under Address Hotels + Resorts, and Vida Hotels and Resorts. This includes Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Marina, Address Montgomerie, Palace Downtown, Vida Downtown and Manzil Downtown. In addition, guests can avail of special prices starting at AED 198 (₹3,670) per night at five Rove Hotels in Dubai–Rove Downtown, Rove Dubai Marina, Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, and Rove Trade Centre

Guests can also pick from one of the two “Live It Up” packages that offer two different itineraries. These are offered at all three hotel brands as well. The first package includes visits to two tourist spots in Dubai and is priced at AED 143 (₹2,648), and the other one includes visits to four tourist spots in Dubai and is priced at AED 217 (₹4,019).

The summer offers are valid until September 30, 2018.

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United offers “Dinner with the Queen”

United B747-400

United Airlines has launched a Mileage Plus auction for members to experience a once-in-a-lifetime weekend getaway including dinner in the shadows of one of its retired B747 “Queen of the Skies”.

United’s final revenue flight for its B747 jumbo aircraft took place in November 2017 between San Francisco and Honolulu, the same route flown by the first United 747 back in 1970.

The auction is offering five packages (each for two people), including:

  • return economy domestic tickets for Memphis
  • two nights Marriott hotel accommodation
  • access to the Aircraft Disassembly Center which is currently home to several of United’s retired B747 jumbos
  • a champagne toast in the first class cabin of a United B747
  • dinner under the belly of the aircraft

The event will take place during the weekend of June 1-3, and the auction runs until May 24. When Business Traveller checked on the evening of May 21, bidding had reached over 400,000 miles per package.

In July the carrier will also auction off items from three of its retired B747s, including tail numbers and windows.

For more information on the auction visit exclusives.mileageplus.com/747-400

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas to become Waldorf Astoria property

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Hilton has announced plans to rebrand the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas under its Waldorf Astoria brand from August.

In a press release the hotel group said that “Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property with plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with brand touches and improvements”.

The move follows the recent sale of the hotel (and the adjacent residential units) by CityCenter, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International for US$214 million to an undisclosed buyer.

Business Traveller reviewed the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas last year, with writer Jenny Southan calling the hotel “a sophisticated sanctuary for guests who want to get away from the madness of Las Vegas”.

Hotel review: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Features include Adam D Tihany-designed interiors, Twist restaurant by three-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, an outdoor swimming pool and 2,500sqm spa.

Commenting on the rebranding Martin Rinck, global head, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Hilton  said:

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of a Waldorf Astoria in the western part of the US, and in the heart of such a dynamic, internationally beloved city like Las Vegas.

“Paired with the recently opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the brand’s recently announced properties in San Francisco and Antigua, the signing of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas builds on the brand’s exciting trajectory and impressive growth story.”

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Flybe to return all Embraer 195 aircraft

Flybe

Regional carrier Flybe has confirmed it is to return all of its Embraer 195 jets, as part of plans to reduce the size of its fleet to around 70 aircraft.

The airline said that a review had concluded that the Bombardier Q400 – which already makes up the bulk of Flybe’s fleet – “is the best core aircraft for its current and future needs”.

The carrier says it will return all nine of its leased E195 aircraft by 2020, but will continue to operate the smaller E175 on longer and busier routes. Indeed Flybe will take delivery of four new E175s fitted with winglets in 2019.

The airline said that as part of its strategy “to reduce its overall fleet and to concentrate on profitable routes only”, it will slim line its fleet numbers from a peak of 85 aircraft in May 2017, to “around 70” by early 2020.

In a statement Flybe said that the Q400 turboprop would remain as the backbone of its fleet “for the foreseeable future”, extending their service lives “where economic”.

“The Q400 is faster than the alternative turboprops, with a performance close to jet aircraft over the relatively short sectors that Flybe operates,” the carrier said.

“In addition, with excellent operating economics including turboprop fuel efficiency, it is cheaper to operate than similar-sized jet aircraft, and has a much smaller noise footprint.”

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