March 1, 2021

Seven days – the week’s news in brief

Canadian airline WestJet has deployed its new Dreamliner aircraft, featuring a new business class cabin (pictured), on services between London Gatwick and Calgary.

The B787’s three-class configuration includes a 16-seat business class with lie-flat seats.

WestJet CCO Arved von zur Muehlen said it marked an “important step in our journey to become a full-service global network airline”.

The airline flies from London to six Canadian cities but services to Calgary are its largest market.

Car hire companies Avis and Hertz have announced upgrades to their respective apps this week.

Following a successful launch in the US and Australia, the new Avis App will streamline the rental process at key locations in Europe, including London Heathrow, allowing users to manage the car rental process “from start to finish”.

Features include push notifications to update customers on the location of their vehicle and pre-populated forms for future bookings.

In addition, Avis Preferred members will be able to bypass the rental desk completely and change or upgrade their vehicle as they approach a rental location.

Meanwhile Hertz says its news app will deliver a faster and more personalised rental experience, and include access to historic bookings and its rewards programme.

Travel management company ATPI is marking its centenary year with the launch of a new website, branding and structure, which includes the renaming of ATPI Griffinstone as ATPI Marine and Energy.

Michael McCormick is set to leave his role as Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

After ten years of service, McCormick has chosen to pursue new opportunities but will remain in an advisory role to Scott Solombrino as he steps into the position.

Two-thirds of business travellers prefer window seats to aisle seats according to new research from CWT.

In addition, a slight majority of travellers would prefer to miss their flight rather than lose their luggage.

Air Astana’s new low-cost carrier, FlyArystan, commenced services this week.

The airline has launched with six domestic routes in Kazakhstan but intends to expand internationally and grow its fleet to at least 15 aircraft by 2022.

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