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Qantas completes the longest commercial flight in history

Qantas recently broke the record for the longest commercial flight in history, taking 49 passengers and crew from New York to Sydney non-stop in 19 hours and 16 minutes. Passengers included researchers who were measuring the effects that the 10,066-mile flight had on those on board. The flight signifies the potential for similarly long-haul services moving forward.


UK MICE Business Increasing

MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) in the UK is big business… and in fact is much bigger than the global average. A study undertaken by CVENT has found that UK planners generally organise larger events with 33% for more than 500 attendees compared with a global average of 22%. 25% of all UK planner activity also involves staging parties for more than 500 guests, compared with a global average of 19%.

And in the UK we’re doing more with less, as UK planners have access to a smaller share of budget compared with their global counterparts, who on average receive 13% more. It also found UK respondents typically organise more events in general – more conferences, training sessions, fundraisers and trade shows – than the global average.

The full report makes for interesting reading and is available to download from CVENT.

And of course, if you’re looking at ways to ease the burden on your event planning, our partners at Zen Meetings & Events are able to support you.


KLM recycling plastic bottles

As part of it’s aim to reduce waste by 50% by 2030, airline KLM is going to be sending it’s plastic bottles to be recycled into plastic pellets which can then be re-purposed for 3D printing. The airline’s engineering and maintenance team uses 3D printing to create bespoke parts that help improve maintenance and repair time frames. Now, the tonnes of plastic bottles removed from aircraft at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol every year will be turned into the filament required to print these parts.#

You can find out more on the KLM website.


American Airlines launching New Zealand flights

American Airlines is planning to launch the first non-stop service from Los Angeles to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand from October 2020 in partnership with Qantas. The service will run three times a week, and is set to bolster the existing New Zealand to Los Angeles seasonal route, plus another new route between Dallas Fort Worth and Auckland also launching October 2020.