25 APRIL 2016

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Dalian on growth trail

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).

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Lounge goes green for Virgin

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.

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Munich's new satellite terminal

A new chapter for Munich Airport begins tomorrow (Tuesday) with the opening of a new satellite terminal, Germany's first midfield facility of its kind.

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COMMENT: Stop the lasers, stop the drones

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.

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Airbus opens Asia centre

A new Airbus training centre for Asia, a joint venture between the planemaker and Singapore Airlines, opened in Singapore last week.

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Birmingham adds China links

Two new direct flights to China starting in July have been landed by Birmingham Airport.

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Edinburgh – Helsinki takes off

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.

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Garuda orders A330-900neos

A US$5.75bn order for 14 A330-900neos from Airbus was announced last week by Garuda Indonesia

The deal replaces an existing order for seven A330-300s.

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Israel bid to boost traffic

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.

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Malaysia's Mueller resigns

The future direction of Malaysia Airlines was cast into doubt last week after chief executive Christoph Mueller resigned “for personal reasons”. He will leave in September.

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Norwegian eyes Cork-Boston

The Ireland-based arm of Norwegian Air has been granted tentative approval to operate low-cost transatlantic flights between Ireland and the US.

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Stansted £600m upgrade

Plans are about to be unveiled for a £600m long-term upgrade of the terminal infrastructure at Stansted Airport.

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ON TOUR: Aviation Interiors Expo, Hamburg

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.

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AND FINALLY: Whisky galore

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.

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Aviation academy for Norwich

The Aviation Skills Partnership has begun building work on a state-of-the-art £12m aviation academy at Norwich airport.

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BA jet in 'drone strike'

Police are investigating a suspected incident of a drone hitting a British Airways aircraft last Sunday (17 April) as the jet was about to land at Heathrow.

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Brussels greets Radisson Red

The world’s first Radisson Red property, described by operating company Rezidor as a new hotel philosophy and lifestyle brand, has opened in Brussels.

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Eurostar’s eco-message

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”.

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Jet2 joins A4E lobby

The new Airlines for Europe (A4E) lobbying group, which was launched in January, is widening its scope by creating a working group to tackle consumer issues.

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Monarch takeover rumours

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.

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Salt Lake joins Delta family

Delta Air Lines launched its latest non-stop from London yesterday (Sunday) with the take-off of its new flight between Heathrow and Salt Lake City.

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Virgin America Mk II?

The US could see a successor to Virgin America taking to the skies, according to its founder, Sir Richard Branson.

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Wizzair joins LGW line-up

Gatwick has joined Hungarian carrier Wizzair’s list of destinations with the airline launching its first flights from the airport on 18 June with a daily service to Bucharest.

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