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Business Traveller February 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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So what do you think should be done about drones? If you visit our website, businesstraveller.com, you’ll see that we’ve been covering this subject for many years, and warning about their potential dangers for nearly as long. The combination of a drone and a low flying aircraft, either on the approach to an airport or departing, is a frightening one, yet airports have been caught napping. Ironically, meeting an extremely well-informed member of the Heathrow staff in early December, I asked whether they ever worried about drones. The answer was they didn’t. They had measures in place. Then later that month came the Gatwick chaos, followed by the thankfully much shorter disruption at Heathrow in January. They worry now. Prior to those incidents, the main concern was that someone would either inadvertently…

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GRAHAM BOYNTON A journalist for 40 years, Graham was editor of Business Traveller in the 1980s before being recruited to help launch Conde Nast Traveler in the US. He subsequently returned to the UK as group travel editor of the Telegraph Media Group and is now a freelance writer and co-founder of the African wildlife NGO Community Conservation Fund Africa. This month he writes about Nashville’s booming business scene; page 30. DAVID PHELAN David has been analysing the latest gadgets for around 20 years, during which time things have changed quite a lot – although less than you might think. He’s based in London but travels to tech launches regularly: the past couple of months have seen him visit San Jose, New York and Las Vegas, and he has been relying on fitness…

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air france plans joon closure

AIR FRANCE HAS SIGNALLED the beginning of the end for its short-lived subsidiary, Joon. In a damning verdict, Air France said that “the brand was difficult to understand from the outset for customers, for employees, for markets and for investors”. Joon was launched in 2017 with a remit of targeting “young working clientele, the millennials (18- to 35-year-olds), whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology”. Business Traveller reviewed the brand’s A340-300 business class service on a flight between Paris CDG and Cape Town in April last year. airfrance.co.uk…

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british airways retires last b767

NEARLY 30 YEARS AFTER IT TOOK DELIVERY of its first Boeing B767, BA has retired the last of the aircraft. The final flight was between Heathrow and Larnaca in Cyprus. The first of British Airways’ 28 B767s joined the fleet in 1990, having been selected over rival Airbus’s A300-600. They were used on routes to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. The B767s completed more than 425,000 commercial flights, initially in a long-haul configuration and latterly for short-haul services such as Frankfurt and Larnaca as well as on some domestic routes. BA’s final B767 commercial flight took place on aircraft G-BZHA, which first flew in 1998 and has covered about 23 million miles. It visited Larnaca 900 times in its life but its most popular route was Athens, for which…

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mclaren launches 720s spider

MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE HAS UNVEILED its “most accomplished convertible supercar ever”. The 720S Spider is based on the design of the 720S Coupé and features a new carbon-fibre roof system that takes only 11 seconds to raise or lower, making it the fastest-operating convertible roof in its class. It goes from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7.9 seconds. Two new exterior colours have been introduced with this model – Belize Blue and Aztec Gold. From £237,000; deliveries start next month. You know you want to… cars.mclaren.com…

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4 new shanghai hotels

INTERCONTINENTAL SHANGHAI WONDERLAND Taking nearly ten years to develop, the property opened in November. Situated in a former quarry, half an hour’s drive from Hongqiao airport, the lowest section of the 18-storey resort is 80 metres below ground. It has 336 rooms and suites. ihg.com THE ANANDI HOTEL AND SPA Part of the Leading Hotels of the World collection, the Anandi opened in July last year. Located in the Hongqiao district near the Suzhou River, it has 325 rooms and suites, and eight villas. The hotel’s principal feature is its 100-plus healing programmes including therapeutic spa treatments, yoga and meditation practices. lhw.com BULGARI HOTEL SHANGHAI Comprising a former government building from 1916 and a 48-storey tower surrounded by gardens, this hotel is on the banks of the Suzhou River near the Bund district. It has…