12 OCTOBER 2015
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It was an occasion when the Seekers’ 1965 hit The Carnival is Over could appropriately have been played again. On 30 September, just two weeks ago, British Airways operated a scheduled passenger service using a Boeing 737 for the last time, flying from Gatwick to and from Turin. Aviation enthusiast and self-confessed ‘eccentric globetrotter’ Michael Bartlett reports.
Hilton Worldwide has opened its 12th hotel in Japan, the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, and its sixth in the Kanto region alongside Hilton Tokyo, Conrad Tokyo, Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, Hilton Tokyo Bay and Hilton Narita.
The marginally Labour-controlled Redbridge Borough Council has released a statement supporting the Mayor of London’s refusal to grant permission for the development of London City Airport. It has somewhat missed the boat in that an increase in flight numbers has already been approved, the problem being that the current Mayor, Boris Johnson, has refused permission for the building work to accommodate the expansion. The airport’s appeal has been set for next March.
Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of the International Airlines Group, is among latest speakers to be announced for the AOA UK Aviation Conference next month in association with BATA, BAR UK and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
When the opportunity to visit Shanghai again via Lufthansa and its new Premium Economy product arose it was clearly a trip not to be missed. True it was just a few days after getting back from Hanoi (see BTN 5 October) but a comparison of the two great Far Eastern cities could be made. Comparing the airlines is not required. They don’t compete on direct routes.
On Test with Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers
A four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Madrid is being launched by Cathay Pacific next June in a further expansion of its European network. It will be the only direct link between the two cities, both important business and financial centres.
Travellers in south-west England and East Anglia have been promised better connections with the rest of the world after Flybe signed a five-year deal with the Regional and City Airports group for an Embraer 195 twinjet to serve Exeter and Norwich from next March.
The new flagship of the SWISS fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER long-haul twinjet, is to enter revenue service over the 2015/16 winter schedules, operating between Zurich and New York.
Ritz-Carlton has been named in a new survey as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand. Results of the study were released this week by London-based consultancy Luxury Branding, based on an independent analysis of 2.25m online consumer-generated reviews on TripAdvisor.