Transatlantic Shuttle Service Created

Summer 2011 will see the joint business between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia deliver more benefits to customers as schedules are coordinated across the North Atlantic and more destinations are launched.

From March 27, American Airlines and British Airways will effectively create a transatlantic shuttle service between the top US-UK routes by aligning the timing on their schedules.

The biggest change is on the Heathrow – New York route. Previously, of the 11 daily flights to New York, five left Heathrow at almost exactly the same time, leaving gaps of up to three hours between services.

Now flights will depart every hour, on the hour between 1pm and 8pm from Heathrow. There will also be a maximum of only an hour and a half between morning departures.

Chicago flights inbound to London previously had four flights departing the Windy City at similar times around 5pm and 8pm. Now the flights will be evenly spaced, departing at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The 9am and 9.45pm slots will remain as they were.

Two of the three Miami flights from London clashed around 10am, and these have now been split to leave at 10am and 11am. The 1.30pm has moved to 1.35pm.

The joint business will also now give customers the chance to fly direct between New York (JFK) and Budapest starting from April 5, and between Chicago and Helsinki, both seven times a week on American Airlines from May 1.

British Airways will launch daily services to San Diego from June 1, marking the airline’s return to the route after eight years.

The British carrier will also increase its services from Gatwick to Cancun from two to three a week from March 27.

Iberia is starting the only direct flight between Spain and California; flying between Madrid and Los Angeles three times a week from March 28, with an additional flight between July and September. Iberia will also launch new flights between Barcelona and Miami three times a week from March 29.

Enjoy one night with Elvis

Fans of The King have an opportunity to enjoy One Night with Elvis at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) next month.

The event will take place on Friday May 6th and promises to deliver an Elvis Presley tribute show like no other, as award-winning performer Lee ‘Memphis’ King will be in town.

King is considered a cut above the average Elvis impersonator, as he was previously named the world’s top tribute artist at the prestigious Collingwood Elvis Festival in Canada.

Songwriter and actor PJ Proby, who made demo recordings for Presley in the early 1960s, will also feature as a special guest at the Bournemouth event.

With an authentic big-band sound and dramatic multimedia projections surrounding the stage at the BIC’s Tregonwell Hall, One Night with Elvis looks set to be a memorable evening for all devotees of the Mississippi-born rock’n’roll icon.

The show will begin at 18:30 BST and tickets are now available to buy online, priced at £18 and £19.50 plus booking fee.

Elvis enthusiasts can browse a selection of Bournemouth hotels at, which recommends the Royal Bath Hotel Bournemouth.

For more information on this event, visit or contact the venue on 0844 575 3000.

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A green adventure

The Green movement is well underway for both companies and consumers but the adventure tourism industry may just be seeing a revolution. Expedition Director Jim Martin of Out For Adventure Wilderness Tours based out of Quathiaski Cove in British Columbia says he has noticed a marked difference in the average consumer decision tree that is as focused on the eco-portion of the adventure they are booking. While adventure travelers surf the net they are looking for solid green ethics to go along with a great adventure.

This could well signal a change in the habits of adventure tourism forcing companies to take a hard look at their operation. “Consumers are are better informed now and want to see a real effort to be as green as possible.” says Expedition Director Jim Martin.

The Pure Orca Base Camp is designed to be as close to zero impact as possible. For the eco-friendly traveler who has come to British Columbia to see Killer Whales in the wild it’s a choice that you don’t have to justify.
Featuring canvas cabin tents and cots the camp is comfortable, clean and about as environmentally friendly as it can be with no permanent structures, all waste is removed and after the season is over you can’t hardly tell the area was used. You will find yourself on a shoreline that the Northern Resident Killer Whales call home, surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of British Columbia.

Even transportation to the camp is in the most efficient manner – paddle power. You will paddle your sea kayak into camp and gain more from the experience because of it.  Out For Adventure Wilderness Tours Ltd. eliminated their long water taxi runs back in 2008. “We just couldn’t justify running a water taxi when we could easily use a van. Water taxis use tremendous amounts of fuel and tend to be very intrusive to wildlife.” says Martin.

Back in 2008 OFA minted a new environmental policy to always use the most efficient method of transportation. In an industry where full size 15 passenger vans are the norm, OFA also uses mini vans in their fleet for smaller groups.

The Pure Orca Base Camp experience begins at $645.00 Canadian funds and runs from mid June to mid September. Trips are offered in three or four day versions and begin in Campbell River, British Columbia.

Out For Adventure Wilderness Tours Ltd is a leader in British Columbia sea kayaking adventures and also offers sea kayaking in Ontario, Canada. Out For Adventure Wilderness Tours Ltd. has offices in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at