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Air Côte D’Ivoire places Airbus A320 order

Air Côte D’Ivoire places Airbus A320 order

Air Côte D’Ivoire, the national airline of Ivory Coast based in Abidjan, has signed a firm order for two A320neo and two A320 aircraft. The agreement makes Air Côte D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo. The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes Air Côte D’Ivoire a new customer.

Europcar launches hunt for Arsenal fan of the season

Europcar launches hunt for Arsenal fan of the season

As the football season draws to a close, Europcar, the official car rental partner of Arsenal Football Club is on the lookout for the team’s ‘most loyal’ fan. The fourth and final ‘Fan of the Season’ competition is looking for those fans whose dedication and unwavering support sees them cheering on their team come rain or shine.

African hospitality gathers in Durban for INDABA 2016

African hospitality gathers in Durban for INDABA 2016

Over the next three days Tourism INDABA, owned and hosted in conjunction with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Tourism, will once again cement its position as Africa’s top travel show. This global trade show, boasts the widest variety of tourism products - from Namibia on the Atlantic coast, to Tanzania and Mozambique on the Indian Ocean shore; down the Nile from Egypt through the East Africa Community, moving inland past Malawi and Zimbabwe to the seat of the continent, South Africa.

Norwegian launches door-to-door service in UK

Norwegian launches door-to-door service in UK

Low-cost airline Norwegian has launched a new airport transfer booking tool for all UK passengers flying Norwegian. Passengers can now arrange a direct door-to-door collection and drop-off service upon arrival or departure. From today, passengers can search over 1,500 suppliers on Norwegian’s website to book airport transfers to and from Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester airports.

Amadeus reveals strong performance in first quarter

Amadeus reveals strong performance in first quarter

Amadeus IT Holding has reported adjusted profit for the three months to March 31st grew 17 per cent, to €245.6 million. This was supported by a revenue increase of 13.2 per cent, to €1,120 million, and EBITDA growth of 15.2 per cent, to €448.8 million. Free cash-flow generation at the leading technology partner for the global travel industry expanded 17.9 per cent in the quarter, in the context of a robust capital structure, with leverage at 1.43x EBITDA.

China Eastern Airlines places latest Airbus A350 order

China Eastern Airlines places latest Airbus A350 order

China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family.

Sofitel London Gatwick appoints Globy Ouseph as general manager

Sofitel London Gatwick appoints Globy Ouseph as general manager

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Sofitel London Gatwick has appointed Globy Ouseph as general manager of the 518 bedroom hotel, the only premium hotel directly linked to the North Terminal at London’s Gatwick Airport. With over 12 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Ouseph joins Sofitel London Gatwick, managed and operated by Arora Hotels, from his most recent positon as hotel manager at the 605-room Sofitel London Heathrow, also part of the Arora Group.

LATAM carries Olympic flame to Brazil ahead of Rio 2016

LATAM carries Olympic flame to Brazil ahead of Rio 2016

LATAM Airlines has successfully carried the Olympic flame from Switzerland to Brazil and will now aid the transport of the torch on a relay across the country. The aircraft used for the delivery was the first to feature LATAM Airlines’ new logo and the aircraft also featured a special trademark identifying it as the carrier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.

Four Seasons launches new private jet culinary journeys

Four Seasons launches new private jet culinary journeys

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced three new Four Seasons Private Jet journeys taking off in 2017. The itineraries are headlined by Culinary Discoveries, a first-of-its-kind journey developed in partnership with one of the world’s best restaurants, Copenhagen-based Noma, and its acclaimed head chef René Redzepi.