Aspire Road Test

Rather than a detailed road test for November TNU Editor Malcolm Ginsberg has been to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) day out for 150 regional motoring press  at Oakley Hall, Hampshire.   

This is his Business Travel News review.

Audi, BMW, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Kia, Lexus, MG, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volvo all took part.

Read the newspapers

Newspapers and magazines cannot be easily sanitised and cleaned in-between use, and have been withdrawn in the UK & Ireland Aspire Lounges.

Visitors can now log into PressReader free of charge and download via the lounge wi-fi.

By clicking guests have access to 7,000 newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in over 60 languages. Readers can instantly translate articles in up to 18 languages.

You can download as many titles as you would like to read later, on the plane, on your holiday or whenever you choose.

Boeing 747 still flies

The Boeing 747 may be aviation history but Rolls-Royce, working with Boeing, have found a new use for the monster aircraft.

The Roll-Royce Flying Testbed aircraft using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) has flown from Tucson Airport in Arizona, passing over New Mexico and Texas, with a Trent 1000 engine running solely on 100% SAF while the three other RB211s used standard jet fuel.  The flight took 3hr 54min.  Initial indications confirm there were no engineering issues, providing further proof of the fuel’s suitability for commercial use.  Rolls says its Trent engines will be compatible with 100% SAF by 2023 and also called for further collaboration across the aviation sector, and with governments, to enable the transition of long-haul aviation towards net zero ahead of the goals set by the UN Race to Zero.

Night trains in London

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the Night Tube will resume on busy Central and Victoria lines on Saturday 27 November. The Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Night Tube lines will return as soon as possible.

The Night Tube offers a safe, low crime environment. More than 2,500 police and police community support officers and 500 TfL enforcement officers patrol London’s transport network, while thousands of frontline transport staff support customers and an extensive CCTV network is in place across the Tube.

Heathrow budget hotel

Claimed to be the nearest budget property to Heathrow T5, Accor Group has reopened after a redesign its Horton Road Colnbrook guesthouse as a dual branded ibis and ibis budget hotel.  It is about five minutes from the terminal, by Junction 14 of the M25, and served by a Hoppa Bus to the airport.

QM2 returns

Queen Mary 2, the flagship of Britain’s merchant navy, the only true ocean liner remaining, and arguably the world’s most famous cruise ship, is finally coming back into service.

On Monday 28 November QM2 leaves Southampton bound for Cherbourg for a shakedown cruise.  Her first transatlantic crossing leaves Southampton 22 December.  It’s Christmas at sea.

If you fancy a three-night trip the entertainment on board will be outstanding with a full day at sea to explore the ship. Cherbourg is a small pretty port, the town itself within a short distance of the cruise terminal.  Even nearer is one of the world's great maritime museums, La Cité de Mer opened in 2006 at the old terminal.  It was the last port of Titanic on her fatal voyage with a fine exhibition built around the original art deco baggage hall.   On view is Le Redoubtable, the first French nuclear submarine.  Viewers of the recent BBC series Vigil will be surprised to see the wardroom.  It’s at least as good as the Queen's Grill lounge on QM2.

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