12 OCTOBER 2015


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AOA welcome for Commission

Britain’s airports have welcomed the establishment announced by the Chancellor last week of a National Infrastructure Commission headed by Lord Adonis.

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CityJet's Cork – LCY service

London City Airport (LCY) has welcomed the start of services from Cork by Cityjet. The airline is operating 18 flights a week, including one on Saturdays and two on Sundays.

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Frankfurt starts work on T3

Construction work on the new Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has officially begun with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by more than 400 staff.

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Malaysia fightback continues

Improvements on the ground and in the air are to be launched by Malaysia Airlines in December as part of its fightback after the tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 last year.

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COMMENT: The real cost of the new compensation ruling?

Perish the thought that  BTN  should be seen to be political, but Europe has been at it again, this time with a ruling from the Court of Justice.

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BA says goodbye Seven Three

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. 

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Etihad's new baggage rules

A new baggage policy has been introduced by Etihad Airways in conjunction with the launch of its new Fare Choices tariff structure.

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Hilton No 12 for Japan

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.

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Milan debut for Leonardo

Leonardo Hotels has acquired its first property in Italy after taking over the 4-star superior graded Hermitage, now renamed Leonardo Hotel Milan City Center.

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Redbridge and London City Airport

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.

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TAG’s Boeing 757-200

Geneva-based TAG Aviation has published details of its bespoke Boeing jet used by the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience. (See BTN 27 April)

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Violence at Air France talks

Talks aimed at settling a bitter industrial dispute at Air France resumed at the weekend and are due to continue tomorrow (Tuesday).

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Walsh in conference line-up

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.

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ON TOUR: Shanghai revisited

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.

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MOTORING UPDATE: Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi ‘3’ Auto

On Test with Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers

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AND FINALLY: Kids and driving

If you've had cause to curse the driver in front, spare a thought for the children who tend to inhabit the rear seats of our motors.

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A350 XWB joins Finnair fleet

Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide.

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Cathay moves into Madrid

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.

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Flybe in E195 deal

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.

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Istanbul threat to LHR status

Heathrow continues to rank highly among world airports in terms of connectivity but its dominant position in Europe is threatened by developments at Istanbul, says a new study.

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New SWISS flagship sets date

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.

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Qatar's Sydney launch date

Much-anticipated daily direct services by Qatar Airways between Doha and Sydney will begin on 1 March.

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Top slot for Ritz-Carlton

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.

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Vueling checks in at Liverpool

Spanish airline Vueling, part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) that includes British Airways, is introducing a three-times-weekly scheduled service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) to its base in Barcelona from next March.

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