BA Relief Flight to the Philippines

BA Relief Flight to the Philippines

Following the devastating damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan, British Airways has offered aid agencies a relief aircraft to fly emergency aid and supplies to the Philippines. A Boeing 747 freighter with capacity for up to 120 tonnes of cargo is scheduled to fly out to the stricken country on Monday, November 18. It will be carrying much-needed aid from Oxfam, Save the Children, The Reina Sofia Foundation and UNICEF to provide relief to the worst affected regions of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which has devastated parts of the archipelago, leaving thousands dead and millions more affected by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Iberia, sister company to British Airways, both owned by IAG group today (November 15) flew six tonnes of medicines on behalf of The Reina Sofia Foundation from Spain to London to join the relief flight. The British Airways Boeing 747 freighter aircraft will fly from IAG Cargo’s base at Stansted, loaded with supplies from Oxfam, Save the Children and The Reina Sofia Foundation, to Billund in Denmark. Supplies from UNICEF will be loaded onto the aircraft, it will then collect further supplies from Sharjah in the UAE, before going on to its final destination of Cebu in the Philippines. Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “The impact of Typhoon Haiyan has had a devastating impact on the people of the Philippines and their situation is desperate. British Airways is providing a fully crewed Boeing 747 freighter to fly urgently needed supplies to help those most in need. “It’s vital we play our part to do what we can to support...
Muze Restaurant opens at MO DC

Muze Restaurant opens at MO DC

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is pleased to announce the launch of Muze Restaurant on December 2, 2013.  The all-day dining restaurant, formally Sou’Wester, will highlight the hotel’s oriental heritage and feature approachable cuisine that blends the best of local bounty and produce with flavours from South East Asia. Developed under the direction of Executive Chef Didier Pouzier and new Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell, the menu will include an international collection of familiar and flavourful dishes presented with a distinctive Asian-inspired twist. “We are thrilled to debut Muze to our guests, local clientele and the dynamic DC food scene,” said General Manager Adriaan Radder.  “After much consideration, and in response to our guests’ preferences, we do believe that Muze will provide a diverse menu that showcases cuisine that reflects our ‘East West Kitchen’ concept, complemented by universal dishes that our leisure and business travelers can enjoy.” Menu highlights include: Confit Lamb Shoulder & Soy Roasted Sunchoke, Black Bean Veal Cheek & Heirloom Carrot, Ahi Tuna Crudo, Rockfish Miso Cauliflower & Dill Juice and Tempura Blue Prawns.  Hand-crafted cocktails and a diverse wine selection complete this engaging dining experience. “We are fortunate to welcome Chef McDonnell to help drive the new concept for Muze,” said Director of Food & Beverage Andreas Wieckenberg.  “I am confident that his creativity, leadership and international experience will further ignite the excitement for Muze among our colleagues and guests.” Chef McDonnell joined Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. in mid-September 2013. Previously, he was the Chef de Cuisine at Rogue 24 in Washington D.C. and was instrumental in managing the day-to-day kitchen operations, menu creation and supervision of all off-site events,...
Heathrow noise table

Heathrow noise table

Heathrow today launches its ‘Fly Quiet programme’, becoming the first UK airport to list airlines according to their noise performance. Every three months a Fly Quiet table will take the top 50 Heathrow airlines (by number of flights per quarter) and list them according to six noise related criteria. The airlines receive a red/amber/green rating for each criterion, as well as an overall score which allows airlines to understand how they are performing in relation to other airlines. If they are not meeting the minimum performance targets, Heathrow will work closely with them to improve their rating. Heathrow has some of the world’s toughest rules and regulations on noise. As a result, airlines use their quietest aircraft around 15% more on Heathrow routes. The aim of the programme is to ensure this trend continues by encouraging airlines to use the quietest aircraft available and to fly them in the quietest possible way. Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Sustainability Director, said: ‘We are at the forefront of international efforts to tackle aircraft noise and are committed to continuing to reduce the number of people affected by noise. The launch of the Fly Quiet programme signals our firm commitment to being transparent about aircraft noise and our progress in reducing its impact on local communities whilst still safeguarding the vital connectivity and economic growth that Heathrow provides.’ By publishing the table each quarter, Heathrow aims to recognise good performance, provide airlines with regular feedback, identify more specific areas to be targeted for improvement, establish minimum performance targets and provide further insight into airline performance. John Stewart, chair of noise campaign group HACAN said;...
“Best Hotel in the World”

“Best Hotel in the World”

The legendary, 137-year-old Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been voted the “2013 Best Hotel in the World” by readers of The Times, UK, recently. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok clinched the top spot for its “first-class service, elegant suites and sumptuous food” which is available at the hotel’s nine restaurants. “We are delighted to receive this accolade.  It serves to motivate and encourage our entire team to continue to strive for the service excellence for which we are renowned”, said General Manager Amanda Hyndman. To experience Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s exemplary service, rooms and dining, the hotel has launched a “Discover Bangkok Package” which comprises a carefully curated itinerary to make the most of the city while luxuriating in the hotel’s extensive amenities. In addition to two nights luxury accommodation the package includes alfresco breakfast at the Riverside Terrace, lunch at Sala Rim Naam Thai Restaurant and limousine airport transfers.  The package also offers a variety of “Journeys” tailored to individual interests and preferences ranging from cultural, heritage, artistic, to culinary and wellness and spa. All “Journeys” include an evening meal at the hotel and a 90-minute Thai massage at the award-winning Oriental Spa, itself a romantic...
MO introduce free internet

MO introduce free internet

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group today announced that it will offer its exceptional high-speed internet service on a complimentary basis to guests who create an online profile and book published rates through the luxury hotel company’s website mandarinoriental.com. Creating an online profile ensures that guests’ preferences and needs are better met across the portfolio. Booking accommodation at rates published on mandarinoriental.com also benefits guests, as the Group promises that rates offered online are the best available anywhere. If a better rate can be found it will not only be matched, but guests will receive a further 10% reduction. In return, guests can enjoy complimentary access to exceptional on-line connectivity via superior bandwidths for up to six personal devices at every participating Mandarin Oriental hotel worldwide. “At Mandarin Oriental we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, and in this digital age, we understand that fast internet connections are essential. With the added benefit of being able to seamlessly connect up to six devices in the comfort of their room, our guests can work comfortably and efficiently”, said Michael Hobson, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. As an extension, guests who book Mandarin Oriental’s Best Available Rate via selected travel agency partners will also receive complimentary high-speed internet...