The biggest business travel stories of 2014

30 Dec 2014 by Jenny Southan

From new aircraft to long-awaited openings, Business Traveller looks back at this year’s milestones.

Airport expansion

Heathrow Terminal 2 opens

Doha’s Hamad International airport begins operations

New planes

Virgin receives Europe's first B787-9

Qatar takes delivery of first A350 XWB

New seating

Air France unveils new fully-flat business seat

Lufthansa launches new premium economy seat

Ryanair moves to allocated seating

Etihad’s the Residence, and other new products

Air Canada reveals new long-haul cabin

BA unveils new short-haul cabin interior

New hotels

Marriott opens North America’s tallest hotel

Shangri-La the Shard

Park Hyatt New York

Peninsula Paris

Moxy Milan

Bloc Gatwick

Raffles Istanbul


Starwood reveals SPG Keyless technology

Virgin Atlantic tests Google Glass at Heathrow

BA trials Happiness Blanket

Air Berlin launches seat upgrade auctions

United and Easyjet introduce passport scanning apps

Emirates provides free onboard wifi

Thistle and Hilton unveil room selection service

Jenny Southan 

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