Travel Industry News 24 October 2022

BA CityFlyer to trial flights to Aberdeen

Flight timings vary but are optimised for Scottish travellers heading to London, with morning flights down to London and an evening return to Aberdeen.

The flight numbers are BA2210 and BA2211 and the route is scheduled to start on 1st November and initially for a 3-month trial between November and January 2023. The last day you can travel is currently 21st January

Delta expands air-rail programme in Europe

Delta Air Lines has expanded its Air + Rail programme, which enables passengers to book flights and train ticket under a single booking.

The programme has now been expanded to include connections from Brussels, Manchester (for flights operated by Virgin Atlantic), Rome Fiumicino and Zurich airports to more than 20 destinations. Customers can use one Delta ticket booking for journeys from:

  • Brussels airport to Breda and Rotterdam in the Netherlands
  • Manchester airport to seven UK cities
  • Rome airport to four Italian cities
  • Zurich airport to seven cities in Switzerland

Delta will also add services from Geneva airport next summer to coincide with the launch of the airline’s nonstop flights from New York JFK in April 2023.

Air + Rail can be booked through Delta’s website when arranging the airline ticket, and those flying in Delta One will benefit from first class tickets as standard.

Virgin Atlantic Launches SAF Program for Corporate Clients

U.K. long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic is the latest carrier to launch a corporate sustainable aviation fuel program allowing clients to contribute towards the cost of the fuel.

Virgin Atlantic said the SAF program would be available to corporate clients of “any size or location”

The airline said the move would allow business travel clients to “better understand their emissions” from flights through a “robust CO2 methodology,” which can be used in corporate carbon reports.

In February 2022, Virgin Atlantic announced its first supply of SAF in the U.K., with the arrival of 2.5 million litres of the sustainable fuel from supplier Neste Oyi at London Heathrow. The airline has set a target of using 10 percent SAF to power its flights by 2030.

Travel news as a glance:

  • British Airways moves 12 long haul routes from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3
  • United Airlines to add a 2nd daily Heathrow to Los Angeles flight for Summer 2023
  • Cathay Pacific to resume first class flights to London
  • RwandAir to launch direct flights to London Heathrow