23 MAY 2016

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Cathay A350-900 on way

The first new aircraft type to enter Cathay Pacific’s fleet in 20 years is scheduled to arrive next Friday, 27 May, when the airline takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 in Toulouse.

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Cork to host ACI 2017

Cork Airport has been chosen to host the ACI Europe Regional Airports Forum next May following a bidding competition.

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COMMENT: Egyptair MS804

Led by Flight International magazine's David Learmount, who on TV has consistently refused to commit himself to the reason for the Egyptair Airbus A320 disaster, the media has for once been steadfastly reluctant to focus on a cause.

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Air India self check-in

Self check-in, allowing passengers to skip queues and go straight to a dedicated baggage-drop counter, has been introduced by Air India at 26 domestic airports, including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.

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China Southern on the march

Direct return flights between the Chinese city of Guangzhou and the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc are being launched by China Southern Airlines from 6 July.

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EasyJet loan plan for new pilots

Loan funding to enable aspiring pilots to train for jobs at easyJet through CTC Aviation is to be underwritten by the airline.

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Egyptair A320 lost

Egypt sent a submarine to the Egyptair crash site last night (Sunday) as efforts intensified to locate the A320’s two black boxes, thought to be several thousand metres down in the Mediterranean.

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Emirates’ new seat is a hit

The latest-generation Business Class seat to be fitted on Emirates Airlines’ Boeing 777s has proved a big hit with visitors to this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai.

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LGW arrival for Air Canada

Air Canada rouge inaugurated its newest route on Friday with the arrival at Gatwick of Flight AC1924 non-stop from Toronto.

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New-look Aberdeen on way

The first phase of Aberdeen International Airport’s £20m terminal redevelopment is under way.

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Progress on Alitalia upgrade

“Strong progress” was reported by Alitalia last week as the airline issued an update on its plan launched 18 months ago to reshape its operations “to compete effectively on the global aviation stage”.

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Santiago debut for BA

British Airways is launching the only direct flight between London and Chile’s capital, Santiago, next January.

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VLM to restructure

A restructuring programme aimed at cutting losses this year and returning the company to profit in 2017 is being instituted by Belgian regional carrier VLM after it applied last week for bankruptcy protection.

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ON TOUR: Another part of South Africa

Getting on the tourist map. Port Elizabeth.

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AND FINALLY: The Sound of Julie

To commemorate her birthday, actress and vocalist Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).

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Barclay NY reopens restyled

One of New York’s best-known hotels, the Barclay at E 48th St, has reopened after a US$180m, 20-month top-to-bottom renovation with more than 420,000sq ft of redesigned interiors.

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Corinthia's Brussels debut

The long-dormant former Astoria Hotel in the centre of Brussels has been acquired by Corinthia Hotels as its first property in the Belgian capital.

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Edinburgh boost for Virgin trains

A new timetable from Virgin Trains with 42 additional trains connecting London and Edinburgh every week entered service last Monday as part of a £140m investment programme on the East Coast route.

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Happy 12th for Wizz

Wizz Air was in celebration mood on Thursday as it marked the 12th anniversary of its first flight with details of new aircraft capacity and routes and a new website.

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Oman for Manchester

A new UK route with daily flights between Manchester and Muscat is being planned by Oman Air from 1 April next year.

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Stobart on pole for Carlisle

Management changes at Stobart Air will not affect the carrier’s plans to operate scheduled flights from Carlisle, Stobart Group chairman Andrew Tinkler said last week. Services would be operating by this time next year, he added.

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Virgin Oz unveils new cabins

A new international Business Class cabin, a new product called Economy Space+ and major improvements to the Premium Economy cabin were unveiled on Monday by Virgin Australia.

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Walsh wins LHR Hub backing

Remarks by International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh on the future shape of Heathrow have won backing from a top financier.

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