31 AUGUST 2015

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Birmingham to Antwerp

From its base at Antwerp the Belgium regional airline VLM is to launch a three times weekly, Monday, Wednesday and Friday service to Birmingham on 5 October. 

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Heathrow to Salt Lake City

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will strengthen their trans-Atlantic network next year with the introduction of new non-stop Delta services next year from Heathrow to Salt Lake City and Edinburgh to New York-JFK.

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Myanmar airport delay

A long-delayed airport project in Myanmar has been postponed again, by four years this time, because of a delay in securing funds.  (See also ON TOUR plus AND FINALLY)

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Please note that today, Monday 31 August, is a BANK HOLIDAY in England and Wales.

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COMMENT EXTRA: More about Boris

From time to time  Business Travel News  offers the COMMENT column to readers who have a special point to make.  Following our headline last week “Is the Mayor out of control?”  Gareth Knight, Chairman of the West Ham Conservative Association, makes his point about a man who some see as a future Prime Minister.

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Aircraft for sale

Want to buy the world’s oldest twin jet still flying, or perhaps a passenger aircraft where you can still see the pilot at work.  Mike Collett, owner of the Classic Air Force has decided to put his collection up for sale selecting international auction house Bonhams to offer five great 'planes from another era at the Goodwood 'Revival Meeting' sale, Friday 12 September. 

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Aircrew required

If you want an airline job there are presently some fine career opportunities, both on the flight deck and in the cabin.

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Brooklands goes 4D

Opened to critical acclaim last year with its spectacular Napier-Railton race experience, Brooklands Museum’s 4D Theatre, now features two additional rides – an aerobatic sortie with the Royal Air Force’s renowned Red Arrows display team, and a riveting ride around the famed Le Mans circuit with Mike Hawthorn in his D-Type Jaguar.  The two extra rides help to bring to life the fascinating connections between Brooklands motorsport and aviation.

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CSeries update

London City Airport awaits the first test arrival of a Bombardier CSeries aircraft with great expectations.  The aircraft is seen as the future for the airport with New York, Moscow and the Gulf States as potential non-stop destinations.

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Edinburgh to Helsinki

Finnair is to launch flights between Edinburgh and Helsinki three times a week from April 2016.

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IATA boss to retire

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position.

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Labour and Heathrow

The Financial Times reports that possible Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has come out against a third runway at Heathrow overturning the current support from the party.  It seems he wants to line himself up with Boris Johnson.

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Liverpool to Edinburgh

Flybe is to introduce new daily mid-morning service to Edinburgh from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) commencing in late October.

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Ryanair and car hire

Having ditched Hertz as its in-house car rental supplier (see  BTN  6 July) Ryanair has announced a new partnership with CarTrawler, a leading travel-technology platform and online aggregator of car rental services.

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ON TOUR: Yangon (Rangoon)

Up to very recently visiting Myanmar (previously Burma) was something of a headache – now with e-visas and many more flights, that is no longer the case.  Luke King reports on what to expect in the former capital and still main commercial city, Yangon or Rangoon from the times of British Empire “The Garden City of the East”.

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AND FINALLY: Airline check-in

And you thought Heathrow T1 was bad!

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Aircraft cabin widths

The fact that British Airways is adjusting the layout for its latest Boeing 787s (see in this issue BA gets wider) has prompted  Business Travel News  to take a look at Economy class seating in the current widebodies.

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BA gets wider

The Times reports that British Airways is “inching forward” towards a more comfortable cabin in its Economy class offering on the new Boeing 787-9 fleet.  (See Aircraft cabin widths in this issue)

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CAPA LCC Congress Bangkok

Now established over 20 years and once called Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, CAPA is holding a one day Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Congress at the Shangri-La Bangkok 15 September.

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Ghana Marriott

Marriott International has announced the opening of the Protea Hotel Select Takoradi, its first establishment in Ghana.

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Jodel flies Plymouth

The Jodel 120 trapped at the closed Plymouth Airport departed on Friday (28 August) Flyer Air Portal reports (see BTN 20 August). Hopefully it is not the last aircraft to use what was once called Roberough. 

Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc (SHH), leaseholder of the airport, had agreed to let Martin Ferid, the aircraft's owner and pilot who made the landing, return and fly the aircraft out.

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Lufthansa back to Tempelhof

It may have closed somewhat prematurely but Berlin’s iconic Tempelhof Airport is still part of Lufthansa with the famous 1930’s terminal building still in place.

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Sheraton Grand

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has introduced the Sheraton Grand, a new premier tier that recognises exceptional Sheraton hotels and resorts for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences.

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Wedding dress flights

With many UK couples looking for reliable weather and lower wedding costs, the trend for getting married abroad is increasing. 

It is estimated that 1.5m people in the UK travelled abroad in 2014 as a wedding guest or as part of the wedding party, according to ABTA.

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