Travellers are now much closer to a door-to-door experience as Amadeus Selling Platform’s latest module enables travel agents to sell airport express tickets as they book a flight or hotel. Heathrow Express is the first to launch this tool with Airtrain in Brisbane to follow in 2016. For many travellers, arriving at a destination airport is the easy part - working out how to get to the city centre once there is often an altogether different story.
Virgin Trains has announced a £21 million train refurbishment programme for its fleet of 45 trains on its east coast route. This investment will mean that the company will have committed more than £40 million to improving its train fleet since it launched its east coast franchise in March, as part of its plans to invest £140 million over eight years.
SilverRail Technologies and the Expedia group have signed a strategic technology partnership to power Expedia’s global expansion in the rail business. Rail is an increasingly popular mode of regional transport throughout Europe and Asia. According to Phocuswright, rail is now the fastest growing sector in travel, with over €30 billion in rail tickets sold in Europe alone.
Travelport has announced travel agencies in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics can now earn commission on Heathrow Express tickets booked through Travelport Smartpoint. The announcement follows the launch earlier this year of Travelport’s industry-first solution, offering airport express services to travel agencies through a plugin on its Travel Commerce Platform.
Authorities in France are investigating why several children were on board a TGV train which crashed during a test run. The train was carrying 49 railway technicians when it derailed, caught fire, and plunged into a canal.
Passengers travelling between Gatwick Airport and London will soon be able to use pay as you go, rail minister Claire Perry has confirmed today. The news follows an agreement between the government, Transport for London and the operator, Govia Thameslink Railway.
On the eve of its 21st birthday, Eurostar has unveiled its very own gin designed by Business Premier culinary director Raymond Blanc in partnership with artisan producers, Silent Pool Distillers. Named Toujours 21, the bespoke gin encapsulates Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures.
The Newcastle-headquartered Go-Ahead Group has appointed a new chief financial officer. Patrick Butcher joins the company from Network Rail, where he has been group finance director since 2009, leading capital raising activities in public markets for the organisation prior to its reclassification last year as a public sector company.
All the road, rail and helicopter services that Lufthansa UK passengers can take advantage of when using Frankfurt and Munich airports are to be operated under a single Lufthansa Express brand name. Be it with high-speed ICE trains, modern long-distance buses, limousines or helicopter services, Lufthansa and its various transport partners offer customers a wide range of travel options to or from the airline’s two airport hubs to further enhance their overall travel experience.
Virgin Trains has announced it has created a brand new ale christened ‘Hop on Board’, available to those on east coast routes. To coincide with its launch, Virgin is trialling a brand new glass – the ‘Hoptimist’ pint glass - that is forever “half full” to celebrate the new beer’s arrival.
After nearly six months of running its new all year round direct service between London and the South of France, stopping at Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, Eurostar reports that the route has proven to be a great success. Since launch on May 1st this year, the service has carried over 110,000 passengers - exceeding expectations.
Virgin Trains has unveiled its new look for its staff working on its east coast route. The new red hot uniform features fresh micro checked shirts and blouses, bright and bold red ties and scarves, plus waistcoats and jumpers – helping both staff and customers to connect with the Virgin brand.