Bmi, Sheraton, the Business Travel and Meetings Show, Vueling, British Airways and Iberia
Bmi sells Heathrow slots
Bmi has confirmed that it has sold some of its slots at London Heathrow Airport.
The UK carrier, which was taken over by the Lufthansa Group earlier this year, controlled about 12% of the slots at the hub.
The slots, six pairs, are understood to have been sold to Lufthansa's wholly owned subsidiary SWISS which is starting a six times a day service between London and Geneva on January 10.
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, bmi's new ceo, said that despite the sale, the airline still had enough slots to run a good network out of Heathrow.
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Starwood's Edinburgh Sheraton to get revamp
The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh will undergo a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2010.
Due to be completed by July, the renovation will see the number of rooms increase from 260 to 268 bedrooms, as well as the creation of a Grand Suite and a new Club floor. All of the bedrooms will be redecorated.
The Sheraton Grand will not close while the work takes place - the hotel has two wings which will be done in separate phases.
The hotel, which has some of Edinburgh's largest conference spaces, will also celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2010.
Part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts has invested $6 billion in a global three-year overhaul of its hotels.
BTMS appointment service goes live
BTMS Connect, the new online appointment service set up by the Business Travel and Meetings Show (BTMS) has gone live.
The service enables visitors and exhibitors to set up meetings in the run up to its show on February 9-10, 2009 at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London.
David Chapple, event director, said: "BTMS Connect is a hybrid of Facebook, LinkedIn, Match.com and Twitter - it's all of the good things about each of these sites rolled into one but designed for trade show visitors."
Vueling doubles passenger numbers
Vueling, the Spanish low cost carrier, carried 743,888 passengers in November, more than double the amount it carried in November 2008.
The airline, based at Barcelona and 20% owned by Iberia, said its load factor during the year had risen by 2.3% to 67.6%.
Vueling, which merged with rival Spanish carrier Clickair this year, said it had also doubled the number of its flights during the year from 2,999 to 6,131 and its fleet from 16 to 35.
Sanchez-Lozano joins BA board
Rafael Sanchez-Lozano, Iberia's managing director and chief operating officer, has joined the BA board as a non-executive director.
Under the terms of the BA-Iberia merged announced last month, the Spanish carrier is allowed to appoint one director to the UK airline's board.