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Airlines with the best and worst on-time performance


Nothing sours the start of a vacation or trip back home like that dreaded word.

Unfortunately, most issues are beyond your control. But you can potentially save time and stress by choosing an airline based on its on-time performance record.


How Glasgow got ready for the superjumbo

The world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft will begin regular services between Glasgow and Dubai on Tuesday, but bringing the superjumbo to the airport has meant big changes.

More than £8m has been spent to prepare Glasgow for the arrival of the Airbus A380 double-decker jet.

The engineering programme has involved changes to the airfield layout and the building of Scotland’s only triple air bridge.


Nobu to open second London hotel

Nobu Hospitality has announced plans for its second London property, to be located on Portman Square close to Marble Arch Underground Station.

The lifestyle brand will be taking over the existing Radisson Blu Portman Hotel (exterior pictured above) – when Business Traveller called the reservations team at the property this morning, they confirmed that the current hotel will be closing on April 18.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is scheduled to open in 2020, and will feature 239 rooms and suites (down from 272 currently), as well as a Nobu restaurant, and meeting space including a ballroom.


Burj Al Arab v Jumeirah Beach – how do the two hotels compare?

How luxurious can a hotel possibly be?

I was determined to find out the answer to that question on a recent trip to Dubai. I planned to stay at two well-regarded hotels by Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, a Dubai state-owned luxury hotel chain.

The first was the Burj Al Arab, a $1 billion hotel shaped like the sail of an Arabian dhow ship. In just the last year, it was named the Best Hotel in the World by The Telegraph’s ULTRA Awards and given a Five-Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide. When it first opened, a journalist was supposedly so enamoured with the Burj that she exclaimed that it must be a seven-star hotel, a rating that does not exist.

The second was the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, a family resort next door shaped like a cresting wave. It was renovated last year with a new lobby, guest rooms, and restaurants.


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