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Emirates Expands Glasgow Flights


Emirates will upgrade its 2nd daily Dubai flight from Glasgow Airport by introducing the 364 seat Boeing 777 aircraft on the route from 1st January 2013.

The inclusion of the 2nd daily Boeing 777-300ER, which replaces the Airbus A340-300, will result in a weekly increase in passenger capacity of more than 650 seats, as well as an extra 70 tonnes of cargo capacity in both directions every week. The second Boeing 777-300ER will also result in a constant product across the 2 daily flights to Glasgow with First Class Private Suites and lie-flat Business Class seats now offered on both flights.

Emirates was recently unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay. They have also secured naming rights to the Emirates Arena, Glasgow’s latest world-class sporting facility.Car Hire Dubai

Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ UK VP, said: “As a result of the popularity and success of the second daily flight to Dubai, the upgraded service will be bigger and better. It is not only great news for all our customers in Glasgow, but also for the Scottish economy.

“It highlights Emirates’ continued investment and support for the area since we launched the route in 2004, and comes hot on the heels of Emirates being unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“No-one can be in any doubt that growth remains a key objective for Emirates here in Scotland. We can now seamlessly connect even more Scottish passengers to our extensive route network, without them having to travel via London or other European airports – and we are doing so in style with our Boeing 777-300ER.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Emirates’ twice daily service to Dubai is of huge economic importance to Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, and it is no surprise that the second service has proved extremely popular since its launch earlier this year.

All types of the new aircraft are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system which provides 1400 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies, TV programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world. Passengers travelling in Economy Class are provided with a generous baggage allowance of 30 kg, First Class and Business Class passengers baggage allowances are 50 kg and 40 kg respectively.

Since 2004 the Glasgow service has carried almost two million passengers and over 46 million kg of cargo to and from the Middle East and beyond, helping companies across the region to export their goods across the globe.

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Ryanair announces 2% credit card fee


Ryanair has announced that in order to comply with the UK Office of Fair Trading’s recent ruling on credit card fees it will bring in a 2% credit card processing fee on all new credit card bookings made from 30 November, to cover credit card payment costs.

Ryanair’s 2% credit card fee can be avoided by using debit cards (including Ryanair Cash Passport cards) or German ELV transfer.

In addition, Ryanair’s €6/£6 admin fee will apply to all new bookings made from 30 November, except those bookings made using a Ryanair Cash Passport in Ireland, Germany and Spain, where administrative fees can be avoided until 1 February, 15 February and 21 March 2013, respectively. This will bring all of Ryanair’s European operations in line with its UK procedures, following the OFT’s ruling.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara, said:

“Ryanair continues to deliver the lowest fares and a no fuel surcharges guarantee to all our passengers. However, to cover our credit card processing costs and to comply with the UK OFT’s recent ruling, we are introducing a 2% credit card handling fee from 30 November 2012. Passengers can avoid credit card fees by paying for their ultra-low fares with a debit card or a German ELV transfer.

From 30th November, admin fees (€6/£6) will apply to all new bookings, except bookings made with a Ryanair Cash Passport card in Ireland, Germany and Spain where Cash Passport cardholders can continue to avoid admin fees until 1st February, 15th February and 21st March respectively.”

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Europcar extends van rental range to major UK airport


Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is making van hire more accessible with the inclusion of 5 major UK airports to its van rental network. The decision to add airport locations to the Europcar Van network has been motivated by an growing demand from both businesses and leisure customers for vans at these key commercial locations. It also demonstrates the growth in logistics business originating from airports.

“In the last year we have seen significant growth in van rental by logistics companies”, explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “We believe this is largely due to the huge upturn in online and home shopping over the last year or so. But we think it’s also attributable to the fact that logistics companies want the flexibility of van rental – rather than ownership – so that costs are matched to demand. In addition, these new airport locations increase accessibility of vans for our leisure customers.”

Europcar Vans are now available at the company’s Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham and Newcastle locations.

“This is all about choice”, added Ken McCall. “We know that there a number of businesses operating in and around these airport locations. Therefore, by adding vans to our fleet at those branches, we are simply giving these businesses the same range of choice as organisations operating down-town.

“We also understand that consumers want easy access to hire vans, which is why opening at these airport locations, with their extended opening hours and easy transport links, is a perfect fit for our customers”

All Europcar vehicles are less than 12 months old, making it the most youthful van fleet in the country. The vans are also fully maintained to manufacturer standards, ensuring they run efficiently and Europcar’s corporate customers benefit from a fleet they can rely on.

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Europcar introduces Range Rover Evoque to Fleet


Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is set to bring fleets and businesses travellers more choice in executive travel, with the addition of the fashionable Range Rover Evoque. Available at selected branches around the UK, corporate customers will be able to drive in comfort and style as these new vehicles come onto the Prestige from Europcar fleet later this year.

The Range Rover Evoque is already receiving critical acclaim for its contemporary design, combined with the space and luxury interior that only a top class 4×4 can deliver. Adding it to the Prestige from Europcar fleet makes it accessible to businesses that may need a 4WD or want to create a more stand-out impression.Compare Car Hire in the UK

“Over the next few months we will be adding more great prestige vehicles to our Prestige from Europcar fleet, ensuring our corporate customers have access to some of the most desirable cars on the road today,” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group.

“The convenience of prestige car hire, available from many of our national network of locations, means business travel doesn’t have to be stressful and tiring. And the new additions planned for our Prestige fleet reinforce our commitment to this sector of the business travel marketplace.”

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Avis announce new 2013 models for fleet


Compare car hire with Car Hire AssistantAvis Car Rental have reported that the new 2013 model-year vehicles have started moving into Avis locations across the United States. “From compact vehicles to luxury sedans, SUVs and convertibles — we’ve got you covered,” said Tom Gartland, president, North America, Avis Budget Group. “Our 2013 fleet features a wide range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers to fit every occasion, from business to leisure.”

The Avis 2013 retinue includes top Chrysler, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles in addition to makes and models from other vehicle manufacturers, including:

BMW — BMW’s first roadster with a retractable hardtop, the Z4, and BMW’s 740i sedan join “Avis Cool Cars,” a collection of fun-to-drive vehicles. Available in January, the Z4 features rear-wheel drive and a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The 740i sedan has a 315-horsepower 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine, and joins the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series cars already in the fleet.

Cadillac — The most acclaimed luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade, is now available in the Avis fleet. The vehicle seats up to eight passengers and features a 403-horsepower, 6.2-litre V8 engine that “moves from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.” The Escalade also boasts a rear-view camera, tri-zone climate control and a roof-mounted luggage rack. The all-new Cadillac XTS arrives this month. The luxurious front-wheel drive sedan features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 304-horsepower and an eight-speaker Bose® sound system.

Chevrolet — The internationally acclaimed Chevy Spark makes its début in the United States and in the Avis 2013 fleet. The five-door, four-seat sub-compact car is rated 38 miles per gallon (highway) and is perfect for navigating around large cities. Beginning this month, the redesigned Chevy Malibu will also be available for rent. The LS model features a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and an estimated 34 miles per gallon (highway).

Ford — Joining Avis Cool Cars are two hybrid vehicles that each boasts 47 miles per gallon (city and highway). These include the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford C-MAX, the all-new five-passenger multi-activity hybrid.

Infiniti — With three rows of seating, the Infiniti JX35 crossover vehicle comfortably seats seven passengers. The JX35 also boasts two panoramic moonroofs, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a power rear liftgate and tri-zone automatic temperature control. The JX35 will be available in January.

Volvo — The front-wheel drive Volvo XC60 crossover comfortably seats five passengers. In addition, the rear seat backrests fold down and provide more than 67 cubic feet of cargo space. The XC60 rolls in this December.

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