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Traveleads E News Bulletin, Issue 18

Welcome to the January Newsletter and a Happy New Year from everyone at Traveleads. This month we have all the latest travel news and offers. For further details on any of the items featured please contact your friendly Traveleads teams on 0113 2457745 or 0131 7184000.

Scandinavian Airlines' long-haul premium economy offering, Economy Extra, has been named the world's best in a new survey by Global Traveler. Over 36,000 frequent travellers participated, of which almost all travel in a service class other than Economy. SAS came in first place in the category Best Airline for Premium Economy with its Economy Extra class. Economy Extra is available on all long-haul flights between Scandinavia and Asia and the US.
From the 26th March 2012 Lufthansa will be expanding its presence in the dynamic Chinese market. For the first time Lufthansa will offer flights from Frankfurt (FRA) to Shenyang (SHE) and onwards to Qingdao (TAO). In addition to the new services to these two major cities in North-eastern China, Lufthansa will fly to Beijing (PEK), Hong Kong (HKG), Nanjing (NKG) and Shanghai (PVG).
KLM will launch a new twice weekly business service to Luanda, the capital of Angola, effective the 5th March 2012, operating on Mondays and Fridays. KLM conveniently fly from 15 UK regional airports including Aberdeen, Manchester and Newcastle into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol where travellers can experience seamless transfer to Luanda. Altogether, Air France and KLM are offering 4 weekly frequencies to Luanda allowing travellers to depart with one carrier and return with the other for added flexibility.
Vietnam Airlines has arrived at Gatwick Airport, a significant new entry for the airport, and major step forward for the airline. Vietnam Airlines plans to operate twice weekly from Gatwick to Hanoi, and twice weekly to Ho Chi Minh City using a Boeing 777-200ER, with three cabins, Economy, Deluxe Economy and Business Class. The continued expansion from bases in Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow, to the UK demonstrates Vietnam Airlines growth in the long haul markets. The new four times weekly service is planned to expand to daily by the year 2014.
Virgin has officially launched its international airlines V Australia and Pacific Blue under the new brand, Virgin Australia. The establishment of one brand and identity for Virgin Australia's domestic and international operations is a key part of the company's strategy to become the airline of choice in Australia. New designs will be revealed in 2012, showcasing a clean and contemporary look in line with the Virgin brand, recognisable for its style, innovation, quality, value for money and exceptional service.

BMI News Update

Business Class to the Riviera from £159

BMI customers travelling to Nice this winter can enjoy the full Business Class service from London Heathrow for an economy price of only £159 return for travel until 29 February 2012. Business Class customers can take advantage of the 30 Minute Check-in promise, the Premium Check-in zone and 'The Great British Lounge' facilities. On-board a dedicated crew serve to 2-2 formation seats, with the middle seat left free for comfort. This offer is available up to 31 January 2012 for travel up to 29 February 2012 and is subject to availability and change.

Exclusive Offer for Diamond Club Silver Status

BMI is offering you the opportunity to join their frequent flyer programme, Diamond Club. When you join at Blue status, and once your application is accepted, you will be upgraded to Silver membership status for a year and your card will be sent out to you. You could be enjoying preferential benefits such as access to exclusive business lounges, an additional 20kg baggage allowance, premium Check-in desks at London Heathrow, 25% extra destinations miles bonus each month and discounts and upgrades with our car hire partner. Contact us to apply.

Choose BMI for Moscow

BMI offers a double daily direct service from London Heathrow to Moscow Domodedevo. Together with Moscow carrier Transaero, a total of four flights a day in each direction offer more frequency on the route than any other airline partnership. BMI services are operated using a newly refurbished Airbus A321 aircraft, which offers a business seat with 50 inches pitch and a width of 21 inches. A complimentary food and bar service is offered to both Business Class and Economy passengers.

BMI Chauffeur Drive for Free

When booking an eligible Business Class fare you can automatically benefit from BMI's free Chauffeur Drive service. A chauffeur will collect you from within 50 miles of Aberdeen, Belfast City, Dublin and London Heathrow, within 70 miles of Edinburgh and within 80 miles of Manchester and drive you in comfort and style, directly to the airport ready for your BMI flight. Once at your destination, a chauffeur will greet you in the airport arrivals area and take you to your chosen location. Please contact us for full terms and conditions.

To book or for further details on any of the BMI products please contact us on 0113 245 7745 or 0131 718 4000.

Air France La Première: A Totally Unique Experience

For a totally unique experience Air France's La Première is the only way to travel. The exclusive personal service starts the moment you arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. La Première Lounge provides an exclusive setting to enjoy meals, unwind in the relaxation area or work peacefully. La Première staff escort guests from the moment they arrive in Paris to the moment they board their flight, with an individual vehicle taking them directly to the aircraft, where once on board, they are introduced to the crew.

A quiet, spacious cabin reserved for a select few features comfortable seats that turns into real beds, measuring 2-meters long and personal 10.4" video screens. The attentive service and refined elegance of the cabin design provide a unique travelling experience.

Passengers will enjoy a unique culinary experience that embodies pleasure and elegance, with creative 'A La Carte' menus compiled by eminent Michelin Star Chefs. Menus are in step with every season and each ingredient is selected with care giving intense flavours and seasonal harmony. La Première also features a wine cellar compiled by Olivier Poussier, one of the world's top sommeliers. Complete freedom is guaranteed so passengers can choose to eat whenever is most convenient to them.

For more information or to book La Première contact us on 0113 245 7745 or 0131 718 4000.

Cathay to Offer Premium Economy for 2012

Cathay Pacific will progressively introduce its new Premium Economy Class to its long-haul flights from March 2012, and will be available to book from April 2012 onwards. Premium Economy passengers can expect great value for a great product, with a range of tailored products on the ground and in the air to provide a new kind of experience when traveling with Cathay Pacific.

A new Economy Class seat on the majority of long-haul aircraft will be introduced from March, providing more space and enhanced comfort. The new Premium Economy product will feature a quieter, more spacious cabin than the existing Economy Class with between 26 and 34 seats. The seat pitch will be 38 inches, six inches more than Economy Class, and the seat itself will be wider and have a bigger recline. It will have a large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, 10.6-inch personal television, in-seat power outlet, multi-port connector for personal devices, and extra personal stowage space.

On the ground, travellers will enjoy priority check-in at dedicated counters and priority boarding before Economy Class passengers. There will also be an increase in baggage allowance from 20kg to 25kg.

In the air, passengers will also receive an environmentally friendly amenity bag with dental kit, socks and eyeshade. Larger pillows and noise-cancelling headsets will be provided to enhance the onboard experience. Improved catering will be provided too, and drinks upon boarding.

Fancy an event with a difference? Brigade is the perfect destination for your next event, located in the heart of London Bridge at the old Fire Station. It offers private dining with 4 themed rooms, a wine tasting lounge and event space for up to 100 guests. The Cook School offers the chance to create dishes like a top chef and is perfect for team building with prices from £75. For client lunches or after work cocktails the Bar&Bistro is the ideal location, with live kitchen action in full view. So, why not try De Vere Venues hottest new destination?
Host your next meeting at Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre and take advantage of a great value day delegate rate of £29.50 per person. Choose from two contemporary conference rooms, accommodating up to 35 delegates, and enjoy unlimited tea and coffee, a sandwich buffet lunch, room hire, flipchart and stationary, car parking and a convenient location in Leeds city centre. For availability, terms and conditions please call us on 0113 245 7745.
Hilton Worldwide has confirmed it has reached an agreement to re-brand and operate the Mint portfolio of 8 hotels. Transition dates started in December and will finish with the Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre on the 13th Feb 2012. Guests at newly rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Amsterdam, Tower of London, London Westminster, Leeds and Manchester, and New Hilton Garden Inn locations in Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham will benefit from the characteristic qualities and signature amenities representative of the Hilton Worldwide brand.

Congratulations to the lucky winners of last months competition, who won a pair of tickets to the Northern Ballet's production of Beauty & the Beast and a stay at the luxurious Hotel Missoni Edinburgh. If you weren't lucky this time remember to keep an eye out for more fantastic competitions in 2012.

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