Want to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of business travel? Here’s our quick round-up of the latest business travel news from around the web.
Airbus unveils A380 aircraft upgrade
Airbus has unveiled plans for an enhanced version of its A380 superjumbo aircraft.
The A380plus will have a new wing design with 80 extra seats “with no compromise on comfort”.
British Airways IT failure will cost £80m
The IT meltdown that hit British Airways last month will cost the airline £80 million, the chief executive of its parent company IAG has said.
Speaking at the group’s AGM Willie Walsh said the figure was “an initial assessment”, and the market would be updated “at an appropriate time” with more details.
Dubai moves into top 10 for international meetings
Dubai has moved into the top 10 destinations globally for international meetings, according to the latest report from the Union of International Associations (UIA).
The report ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year.
Roaming charges end in EU
The EU hailed a “great success” last week after roaming charges for mobile phone users in member countries were abolished. It means mobile phone calls, texts and access to data will cost the same as in the UK.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.”
American Airlines drops plans to cut seat pitch to 29 inches
American Airlines has abandoned plans for a 29-inch seat pitch, just weeks after it was announced.
The airline planned to reduce main cabin seat pitch from 31 inches but will now cut it to 30 inches.
Hyperloop: Liverpool to Manchester in 6 minutes?
Travelling between the North of England’s six major cities in just 47 minutes could become reality with a revolutionary new transport system on the shortlist of Elon-Musk inspired global challenge.
Hyperloop One is the company behind a futuristic super-fast transport system, which uses electric propulsion to accelerate a passenger or cargo pod through a low-pressure tube at speeds of up to 700mph.