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Business Traveller September 2019

The leading magazine for the corporate traveller. We aim to save you money and make your travelling life easier. Each edition has the latest news from airlines, airports, hotels and car hire companies, reviews of the latest gadgets, technology and accessories and destinations pieces - where to stay, what to eat, what to see, and how to behave, all delivered by our own writers and journalists around the world. In addition, loyalty programs are examined, deals and promotions collected and feature stories cover a wide range of issues such as health, security, technology, golf, automotive, financial and buying property. With editorial staff based in our offices around the globe we are uniquely placed to ensure that our different editions reflect the needs of our readers locally.

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United Kingdom
Perry Publications Limited
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Welcome to the September issue of Business Traveller. I hope you all had a chance to take a proper rest from business travel over the summer, and that your travels instead revolved around pleasure somewhere with family or friends. As experienced travellers we are used to dealing with disruption, but for various reasons it often seems like the holiday season attracts more than its fair share of troubles, and those issues can also be multiplied by the number of people we are travelling with. This year has been no exception, with everything from IT failures and strikes, as well as air traffic control and weather-related issues all causing disruption. At the time of going to press, industrial action is being threatened by airport workers and employees of various airlines, though whether…

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ANOTHER LEVEL With a 40 metre waterfall, the Singapore’s Jewel Changi takes airport interiors to new heights. (Page 26) OUTSIDE OF THE BOX Celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus, the modernist movement that revolutionised all facets of design. (Page 44) REALITY CHECK How a trio of health assessments bore surprising results for editorial director Tom Otley. (Page 58) OUR SURVEY SAYS... Turn to our guide to economy and premium economy seats for the most comfortable ride. (Page 72)…

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GARETH ROBERTS Gareth is a journalist specialising in meetings and incentives, luxury travel and the Middle East, where he lived for 15 years, dividing his time between Beirut, Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In this issue, he looks at how the Omani capital, Muscat, is raising its game to attract hotel investment and development without diluting its identity; see page 36. DEREK PICOT Veteran hotelier Derek has worked in senior positions on five continents, most recently as regional vice-president for Jumeirah’s hotels and resorts in Europe. He now consults for hotel owners and luxury developers, advising on design and trends in hospitality. In his regular column he reflects on the increasing use of robots in hotels; see page 66. PERSOLAISE Persolaise is the nom de plume of Dariush Alavi, an award-winning perfume critic and author…

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BA DEBUTS A350 BRITISH AIRWAYS’ NEXT-GENERATION A350-1000 is due to launch on the Heathrow-Dubai route on September 2, followed by Toronto on October 1 and Tel Aviv and Bengaluru later in the year. Another three deliveries are expected before the end of 2019 from an order of 18. The aircraft has British Airways’ new business class seat product, the Club Suite, on-board with its sliding door, 1-2-1 forward-facing configuration and all-new furnishings. The aircraft also has an enhanced premium economy with new amenities and dining options. Read our first impressions at businesstraveller.com by searching “A350-1000”. New-look Raffles Singapore reopens THE ICONIC RAFFLES SINGAPORE has fully reopened after a two-year renovation project. The hotel, with its distinctive white exterior and grand lobby, opened in 1887 and has seen many an illustrious guest visit during its…

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CHRIS HARDING is an architect and chair of BDP, a major international architecture practice. He has worked on projects such as the Channel Tunnel and the Armada Housing development in Den Bosch, Netherlands. Which project are you most proud of? Mandi’s Indian Institute of Technology in the foothills of the Himalayas, one of our most remote and technically challenging projects. It uses locally available materials and techniques to create a very special place for learning and research. You design all over the world. How do you preserve the customs of a region? We have a network of 13 studios across the globe and take our biggest inspiration from the people and places we design for. We strike up genuine conversations with clients (we are great listeners!) and we research local customs, the climate and…

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flight news

ASCENT WIZZ AIR will begin operations from London Luton to Moscow and St Petersburg in October, while December sees flights launch from Edinburgh to Warsaw, Gdansk, Budapest and Bucharest. Low-cost carrier JAZEERA AIRWAYS will launch daily flights between London Gatwick and Kuwait on October 27, operated by a three-class A320neo. ETIHAD AIRWAYS will add a fourth daily year-round service between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi from October 27. It will operate a two-class B787-9 Dreamliner with 271 economy and 28 business seats. DESCENT VIRGIN ATLANTIC will drop flights between Gatwick and St Lucia next year, while Gatwick to Antigua will be increased from three to four times weekly. TAP AIR PORTUGAL will withdraw its routes from London City Airport to Porto and Lisbon on October 26. The carrier said Brexit had caused “uncertainties in demand”. NORWEGIAN will…