25 APRIL 2016
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Chinese carriers are continuing to expand their global ambitions after an application by Dalian Airlines to be allowed to operate scheduled international services was approved by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC).
Rail travellers at London’s King’s Cross station can now find inner peace and enjoy the feeling of grass beneath their feet in the newly-refurbished Virgin Trains First Class lounge.
There is a world of difference between someone deliberately aiming a high-powered laser at an aircraft cockpit and a drone enthusiast unknowingly directing his machine into the path of an incoming passenger jet. Nevertheless, more vigorous action needs to be seen to be taken in both areas, and quickly.
Finnair last week celebrated its inaugural flights between Edinburgh and Helsinki with the message that the journey – which takes less than three hours – allows passengers from Scotland to take the shortcut to Asia with just one fast transfer via the Finnish capital.
A US$5.75bn order for 14 A330-900neos from Airbus was announced last week by Garuda Indonesia.
More Business Class seats to Israel are in the offing after the Israeli government last week announced a new directive designed to assist airlines interested in launching new routes to the country’s main gateway at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
ON TOUR this week is from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. It is the undisputed global showcase for seats, IFE, lighting, interior outfitting and the rest, attracting some 536 exhibitors and drawing 16,000 industry visitors. Alison Chambers reports from the show and the associated Catering and Onboard Services Exhibition.
If you need an excuse to go to Heathrow other than to catch a flight, the airport on Wednesday (27 April) embarks on its month-long annual Whisky Experience, with 300 varieties of the amber nectar (sorry Foster’s, but this is the real thing) on offer.
A special programme is being launched by Eurostar today (Monday) in a move the company says is aimed at empowering passengers, staff and local communities to “take action and engage with the environment”.
After stories suggesting flybe was seeking to run domestic services from Heathrow, two more airlines were caught up in the rumour mill last week with easyjet said to be considering a bid for Monarch. Easyjet has not commented.