Weekly travel update September 23rd

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Travel News 23 Sep 2016

Lots of activity around the world in the travel industry over the past week: in airline news, Lufthansa Group and Air China signed commercial joint venture. In hotel news, Marriott and Starwood completed their merger while Accorhotels, Hilton and Four Seasons keep on opening luxurious hotels worldwide.

Fly Kiss to launch Luton services to France

Start-up carrier Fly Kiss is to launch flights from London Luton airport to three French destinations this November.
The airline will offer a four times-weekly service between Luton and Clermont-Ferrand, and three times-weekly flights to Brest (with an onward connection to Strasbourg). 

Hilton opens first Montenegro property

Hilton Worldwide has opened its first hotel in the Balkan state of Montenegro.
The Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora is located in the country’s capital and features 180 rooms, a rooftop indoor and outdoor bar, a lobby level restaurant, bar and cigar club, and a sixth floor executive lounge overlooking a park.

British Airways to sell Marks and Spencers food on short haul

British Airways will sell Marks and Spencer’s food on board its short haul flights from January 2017. Rumours about the supplier being Marks & Spencer now appear to have been confirmed.

British Airways to open First Wing at Heathrow T5

British Airways will open its new First Wing at Heathrow T5 next year, providing dedicated access to the carrier’s lounges for First passengers and Gold Executive Club customers. The new facility will be located next to the existing First check-in area at the terminal, and will see two new dedicated security lanes added, as well as a walkway taking premium passengers directly through to the Galleries First Lounge and onto the Concorde Room.

Lufthansa Group and Air China sign commercial joint venture

The Lufthansa Group and Air China signed a wide-reaching partnership agreement in Beijing which will enable the two aviation groups to jointly operate all connections between Europe and China as part of a commercial joint venture. This means that the two companies will successfully implement what they agreed to do as part of a memorandum of understanding in summer 2014. The joint venture aims to significantly expand their mutual code-sharing connections and enhance their commercial partnership.

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts have completed their merger.

The new hotel company now has 30 hotel brands and will operate or franchise more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms.For business travellers, from today, Marriott Rewards is offering a status match for SPG members enabling them to transfer points between the programmes.

Accorhotels to open Mercure London Hyde Park

Housed within four grade II listed town houses, the Mercure London Hyde Park will be within walking distance of Paddington and Lancaster Gate underground stations. It will have 72 rooms, including three suites, a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.

The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has opened in Tribeca.

The five-star property is Four Season’s 99th location. The hotel has 189 rooms and suites and 159 private residences, and is within walking distance of Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and the Oculus, and less than an hour from New York’s major airports.