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businesstraveller.com MARCH 2019


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BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL
Belmond reopened the former Cadogan
hotel in Chelsea last month, four years
since its closure. The 54-room hotel, home
to more than 400 works of original art,
underwent a US$48 million renovation
and includes a restaurant overseen by
Adam Handling and access to the private
Cadogan Place gardens. belmond.com

THE BILTMORE
The Millennium hotel in Mayfair, which
shut in July last year, will reopen as the
Biltmore this spring after a multimillion-
pound renovation. The first European
Hilton LXR property will see the addition
of an al-fresco terrace, cocktail bar and
fitness suite. hilton.com

STRAND PALACE HOTEL
This West End stalwart is in the midst of
a multimillion-pound refurbishment, with
almost all of its 785 rooms now reopened.
Ground-floor renovations promise a new
private dining room and bar by early
summer, with all works to be completed by
April next year. strandpalacehotel.co.uk

AMBA VICTORIA
The Grosvenor hotel next to Victoria
station, owned by GLH, will be
rebranded as Amba Victoria after
renovations are finished. The Grosvenor
Arms restaurant and Tea Lounge have
reopened, while the rest of the hotel
including guestrooms will be completed
by the end of 2019. amba-hotel.com

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AIRBUS HAS SAID IT WILL STOP
production of the A380 superjumbo in
2021 owing to lack of demand. The final
blow came in February when Emirates
reduced its outstanding orders for the
aircraft. Qantas also cancelled an
outstanding order for eight A380s. The
double-decker aircraft has struggled to
compete with more fuel-efficient and
longer-range models.

BRITISH AIRWAYS IS PAINTING a series of
aircraft with retro liveries in celebration of
its centenary year. The first aircraft to receive
a commemorative paintjob is a B747 jumbo
(registration number G-BYGC), which has
been given the 1964-1974 era British Overseas
Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery. It will
serve B747-operated routes until it is retired
in 2023. BOAC, the predecessor of BA,
combined with British European Airways to
form the British Airways brand in 1974.

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