YourVillas Announce new Consortia Deal

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Your Villas Ltd the up and coming Villa and apartment club supplier have successfully signed a partnership with a large European Travel Consortia. The Consortia comprises of Travel Agency’s & Tour Operators, in total 1,396 independent members (travel organisations), across Europe. As part of the Consortia,will be able to share ALL of the members properties, in excess of 250,000  and many new destinations. YourVillas will be introducing these through their website over the next couple of months. Regular property, destination …

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British Airways zero’s in on Aer Lingus with Ryan air’s help

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Ryan Air is keen to off load their nearly 30% holding in Aer Lingus to British Airways holding company IAG,  It is expected that the bid will have to rise to above  Euro’s 2.50 per share. It’s Willie Walsh’s aim to bring Aer Lingus into the IAG fold after his spell with Aer Lingus and their Spanish subsidiary Futura, strategically it makes sense and British Airways have routed their London City US routes via Eire, where US customs can be …

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Greybull takeover of Monarch Airlines will prove to be a very good deal

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Greybull’s timing on the Monarch deal will be proved as fantastic deal for investors and will be seen as a very bad decision by the Mantagazza family who paid  £70M to take it off their hands,  I believe it will be viewed as a similar decision to when BT sold O2 to Telefonica. the reason for this is that aviation fuel has halved in price and Monarch had to unravel their hedging position on fuel, so unlike other airlines who …

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Another Carnival brand is affected by bad news

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I saw a BBC reporter on TV last week reporting regarding allegations of sexual abuse of a child by a Cunard employee; she was standing outside the Carnival office making the report.  Although the lead story was about the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the Italian coast leaving at least 16 people dead and 19 missing.   This reporter did not make the link between Cunard and Costa Concordia e.g. that link being Carnival.  Typical lazy reporting from a young green …

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AirAsia X blames APD for decision to cancel Gatwick Service

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AirAsia X  the Malaysian airline is to withdraw its services from London Gatwick and Paris to Kuala Lumpur at the end of March. CEO Azran Osman-Rani said the decision was down to continued high fuel prices, weakening demand and “exorbitant government taxes”. “The implementation of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the escalating Air Passenger Duty taxes in UK, which will rise yet again in April 2012, has forced our decision to withdraw our services to Europe,” he said. Gatwick Airport …

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Thomas Cook Flight Crew to strike?

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Thomas Cook Airlines cabin crew have decided to strike after redundacies were announced.  They  voted in favour of industrial action over 498 job losses. In a consultative ballot, the members of the Unite union decided to take industrial action over the  redundancy plans. This followed a break-down in talks with the company’s management over its refusal to improve the redundancy terms.  At the moment, Thomas Cook Group are offering two weeks per year redundancy pay. Unite is demanding a minimum of …

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BAA to sell airport – good news story

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At last BAA has been forced to announce it is to sell one of its Scottish airports, Edinburgh Airport will be sold following the Competition Commission’s order that it must dispose of one of its Scottish hubs.   The airports operator announced today that it had decided to keep Glasgow and sell-off Edinburgh, Edinburgh the largest Scottish airport measured by passenger numbers. It’s good news for Edinburgh residents but not Glasgow. As you know I have been a critic of BAA for …

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Mobile Phones & Internet access on planes is not wanted

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In a surprising survey less than 5% of passengers want in-flight mobile and internet access according to a survey by a leading flight search engine, Fly.com. The survey, which asked over 1300 frequent travellers, found that more than 30% of travellers would actually be put off airlines offering these services. Amongst objections raised included disturbance from people talking on phones and interruptions from emails and social networking sites while travelling. Meanwhile, 62% of travellers are still concerned about the safety risks …

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Fear of flying courses, flying phobia

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If you have a fear of flying and find the idea of jetting away as an in surmountable challenge, then there is a solution to your problem. Virgin operate courses and will take you on an aircraft, give pre flight support and actually fly you on a aircraft with in-flight support courses are not cheap at £249, but if it solves a problem which can cause such, distress and partnership problems.    Please see link  

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London St Pancras to Germany High speed rail service announced by DeutscheBahn

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After a successful test run, German rail operator DeutscheBahn (DB) plans to start a full inter-continental service in 2013 through the Channel Tunnel from the Eurostar terminal at London St Pancras.   Brussels will be used as the connecting point, high-speed services will be provided to Amsterdam & Rotterdam and also Frankfurt & Cologne. The chairman of the DeutscheBahn (DB) Management Board, Dr Rutiger Grube, said, “By making full use of the opportunities afforded by the liberalisation of the European rail …

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