28 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Midland Hotel Manchester

Due for completion at the end of September, the £14m refurbishment of the Midland Hotel Manchester features a stunning transformation of all the bedrooms and public areas.

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The Foreign Office Travel Guidelines

This is the up to date current list as issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel

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COMMENT: Passenger train services in Great Britain

The coronavirus pandemic has been fatal for the system of franchising railway passenger operations in Great Britain, which has run with several changes since the mid-1990s. Andrew Sharp, the former Director General of the Air Rail Organisation (IARO), reports.

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BA European services for October

Please note this is only indicative as there are regular updates to the programme.  All Heathrow flights depart from Terminal 5.

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Shapps to speak to the industry

Are we seeing a change in the Government’s approach to aviation?

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Airbus in zero emission concept

Not standing still, even in these difficult times (See Crisis at Toulouse in this week's BTN), Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035.

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Airport capital of Europe

In spite of very gloomy predictions by individual airport operators London still substantially leads in terms of passenger throughput, but based on the 2019 figures published by ACI Europe. 

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Boeing MAX comeback?

Whilst there has been no official word from Seattle it does seem likely that the Boeing 737 MAX will return into airline service by the end of the year, maybe sooner?

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Crisis at Toulouse

Airbus could go under according to Chief Executive Guillaume Faury speaking to the French media last week.

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EasyJet praised by BALPA

BALPA chiefs have paid tribute to easyJet management in what has been a remarkable series of negotiations between the airline and the pilot union.

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IATA goes virtual

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the Association’s 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place 24 November 2020 as a virtual event, hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Amsterdam.

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Jersey Airport’s free test

Whilst the mainland airports in the United Kingdom are finding government leadership with Covid-19 controls lacking, this is not the same for Jersey. 

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ON TOUR: Salon Privé – Blenheim Palace

Forget your woes if you are into motoring.

On a glorious day last Tuesday, the motoring and upmarket press were invited to a preview of the 15th Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace.

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AND FINALLY: Boys will be boys.

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Brexit - BBGA webinar

British Business General Aviation Association (BBGA) Chair and Air Law Firm Partner Aoife O'Sullivan set the tone during last week’s dedicated Brexit webinar, stating "it is not all doom and gloom. If there is a ‘no deal’ scenario, there has always been contingency legislation in the UK and Europe that can be brought back in to allow for continuity in aviation safety," she made clear.

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Business jet activities

WingX, the Hamburg-based business aircraft global market intelligence company, has published its mid-month review of executive aircraft operations.

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Electric Rolls-Royce

Now completed is the ground testing of the Rolls-Royce powered world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.

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First hydrogen-electric passenger plane flight

Cranfield University airfield in England was last Thursday (24 September) the venue of what is claimed to be the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft.

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Jet Zero Council launched

New Aviation Minister Robert Courts has announced the official launch of the Jet Zero Council.

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New Tower Bridge hotel

Now open on Tower Bridge Road, London, is Bermonds Locke, best described as an aparthotel.

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Rail franchising ends

The Government last week ended rail franchising after 24 years claiming it as the first step in bringing Britain’s fragmented network back together.

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Red Bull F1 teams fly HondaJet

A special business aircraft delivery took place at Mönchengladbach Airport in Germany recently when Formula 1 representatives from Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri collected the keys to a HondaJet Elite.

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Shell and Neste on sustainable aviation fuel

In a move which anticipates increasing desire from airlines to reduce emissions, Neste and Shell Aviation have entered into a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement.

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TUI redundancies

Europe’s biggest travel group TUI has warned that with the choice of destination largely dependent on government policy it is faced with more severe job cuts.

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