19 FEBRUARY 2018


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Birmingham to Amritsar

Air India is introducing a twice weekly non-stop service to Amritsar from Birmingham Airport with the inaugural flight launching Tuesday (20 February). This will be the UK’s only direct service to Amritsar.

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Duxford says “Kids go free”

Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford has published its programme for the 2018 air show season with much emphasis on the RAF Centenary.

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COMMENT: Heathrow and easyJet?

New easyJet boss Johan Lundgren has made his first major decision since taking over from Carolyn McCall last December reversing her “No Heathrow” policy.  To be fair to the lady she was not against the airline going into Europe’s number one international airport but had a ‘wait and see’ attitude.  (see in this issue)

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Air accident investigation

Academics at Cranfield University have developed the first competency framework for aircraft accident investigators, which aims to distinguish the ‘great’ from the ‘good’ in this highly-specialised and demanding field.

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Chile Mandarin Oriental update

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new urban resort in Chile that is currently under development in Viña del Mar, close by to Valporosa.  The property will be a natural partner to Hotel Santiago, in the nation’s capital, which the Group manages, following a face-lift later in 2018, and the rebranding as Mandarin Oriental Santiago.

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EasyJet adds Heathrow

Heathrow has been added to easyJet’s ‘wish list’ for when the expanded airport is expected to open in 2026.

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Grand Central Hotel Belfast

Hastings Hotels has released the first artist’s impressions of how the inside of the new £53m Grand Central Hotel will look when it opens its doors in June 2018.

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Perth Airport expansion

From the aircraft to the landside taxi collection point in just 30min must be some kind of record for a major international airport, but that is possible at Perth where they have a fully automated passport control and baggage collection system. 

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Pilatus first jet delivered

In a ceremony at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, Colorado (USA), the initial production PC-24 twin jet was handed over to lead customer PlaneSense who has six on order.

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Remote control tower introduced

Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the German air navigation service provider,  has successfully completed onsite testing of the Frequentis Remote Virtual Tower  solution for Saarbücken Airport, with control services provided 400km away.

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Singapore Airlines’ debuts new A380

Last Saturday (17 February) saw the debut of Singapore Airlines’ latest new A380 aircraft, with its eagerly awaited new cabin products first highlighted in BTN  6 November 2017.

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St Helena flights update

The 5 February issue of Business Travel News announced the possibility of a direct flight from the United Kingdom to the South Atlantic island of St Helena over the year end holiday period.

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MG ON TOUR: Perth Western Australia

Regular readers of Business Travel News with know that the Editor in Chief has been looking after the weekly bulletin whilst the editor has taken what he terms is a “short sabbatical”. 

Last Malcolm Ginsberg finally caught up with Richard Cawthorne at The Loft, a congenial bar situated on the first floor of the Intercontinental Hotel Perth, Australia, sited right in the centre of what is quickly becoming the Dominions third largest city. It proved to be an ideal spot to get ready a handover of the publication. 

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AND FINALLY: Was the captain 'politically correct'?

On an Australian domestic night flight the captain came up with the following.

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Amsterdam by Eurostar

The long-awaited direct Eurostar service between London and Amsterdam will be launched in April. 

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Düsseldorf expansion for Eurowings

Eurowings is to massively expand long-haul offering in and out of Düsseldorf with a fleet of seven Airbus A330-200s.

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Flight compensation continued

In last week’s issue (see BTN 12 February) we noted a new delayed flight compensation scheme offered by FlightDelayRepay to be underwritten by airlines, sales organisations and operators.  More information has emerged.

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From City to Southend

A new face at Southend Airport is Bernard Lavelle – previously sales director at London City.

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Harvey Crush

Harvey Crush, a popular founder member of the Aviation Club, has suddenly passed away aged 79.  He retired as a Circuit Judge in 2001.

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Istanbul threatens the Gulf

Analysis by forecast company ForwardKeys has revealed that the major airports in the Gulf – Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi – are all losing market share of transit passengers to Istanbul.

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Qatar Airways to Canberra

Canberra has become the latest entry point into Australia for Qatar Airways (QR).

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Seoul Airport move for Korean

Incheon Airport Passenger Terminal 2 (T2) has officially opened. Korean Air, the nation’s largest flagship carrier, has now relocated its operations to T2. 

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World’s busiest airports 2017


The top 20 busiest airports in the world in 2017, based on Sabre's preliminary passenger numbers.  Sabre once part of American Airlines, global provider of airlines reservation and booking systems and is based at Southlake Texas

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