Travel Industry News 24th July 2023

British Airways trials digital wayfinding tool at Heathrow.

British Airways has launched a trial of new digital wayfinding maps at its Heathrow T3 and T5 hubs.  The maps can be accessed via or via QR codes on digital screens at the airport, and as part of the trial links are also being sent out to customers travelling into Heathrow and connecting from destinations including New York JFK, Dubai, Mexico City, Atlanta, Dallas Fort Worth and Houston.  The interactive maps have been designed to help customers navigate their way through Terminals 3 and 5, with information on arrival and departure gates, the location of lounges, bathrooms and seating areas, and details on shops and their openings times.

Travellers on connecting services can input the details of their inbound and connecting flights, to be provided with an animated map and guide detailing how to get from the arrival gate, through flight connections and onto their departure gate.


Virgin Atlantic to operate first transatlantic flight using 100 per cent  SAF

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to operate the world’s first transatlantic flight using 100 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel later this year. The news follows successful ground tests using a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine.  Pending regulatory approvals and further testing, Virgin intends to operate a flight between Heathrow and New York JFK on 28 November, using a Boeing 787 aircraft powered by 60 tonnes of SAF. A Virgin Atlantic led consortium – joint funded by the Department for Transport and including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, the University of Sheffield, Imperial College London and Rocky Mountain Institute – has put together dedicated project teams working on the research, testing and operations necessary to make the transatlantic flight possible.

The 100 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel transatlantic flight will be a historic moment in aviation’s roadmap to decarbonisation.


Travel news as a glance:

  • United Unveils New Domestic First-Class Seat
  • Air France to Serve Raleigh-Durham
  • Emirates Launches Regional Charter Service
  • Turkish Airlines to Launch Detroit Service
  • Singapore’s Changi approaching pre-pandemic passenger numbers.
  • Air France to commence daily direct flights to Abu Dhabi from Paris
  • Japan Airlines will add daily flights to Doha.
  • DHL easyJet workers suspend Gatwick strike action.
  • Cathay Pacific boosts Perth route.
  • THAI grows A320 network.