26 JUNE 2017

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Delayed boarding claims

Flight delay compensation company AirHelp has launched what it says is the world’s first app-operated boarding pass scanner designed to automate and remove the hassle from the compensation claim process for passengers experiencing delay or cancelled flights.

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InterAirport takes shape

Preparations are in hand for Europe’s 21st international exhibition for airport equipment, technology, design and services, which will open its gates at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany from 10–13 October.

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YOTEL Boston

Arriving in Boston (US) last week was YOTEL, the innovative hotel group, with 326 cabins.

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COMMENT: The World’s best Airlines

AirHelp, a technology company founded in Silicon Valley in 2013, has come up with its fifth airline ranking review since it established its reports in 2015.

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Airlines UK backs ADT move

Passing of the final stage and approval of the Air Departure Tax (ADT) Bill in the Scottish Parliament was welcomed last week in a statement from Airlines UK, the industry body that represents UK carriers.

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Brexit ferry boost

In what is seen as a mark of support exactly a year after the Brexit vote, Brittany Ferries has confirmed the order for a new cruise ferry with a budget of around £175m. It will operate on what is the company’s busiest route from Portsmouth to Caen with a planned arrival in spring 2019.  At 42,000 gross tons, she can carry up to 1,680 passengers and comes with 257 cabins, two cinemas, restaurants, boutique shopping and expansive passenger lounges. The capacity includes 130 freight trailers, or 550 cars and 64 freight trailers.

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C Series full-flight simulator

While Bombardier announced no new orders for the C Series at the Paris Air Show, it was able to confirm jointly with CAE the certification of the first Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the aircraft type. Lead operators Air Baltic and SWISS, however, were quick to praise the product. To date, 14 aircraft have been delivered, with 342 on firm commitment.

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Expansion at Southend

New routes to Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester are highlights of the winter schedule starting from 29 October at  Southend Airport, operated through Stobart Air’s franchise partnership with Flybe.

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Grayling at Aviation Club

Fast-moving political events including last week’s protests following the Grenfell Tower fire and plots against Theresa May promise to make the Aviation Club UK’s next lunch even more topical than usual.

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Hong Kong copies Gatwick

Gatwick Airport has received an accolade with the announcement that Hong Kong is to copy its famous air bridge.

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Ryanair and ‘claims chasers’

A ruling by Liverpool County Court upholding Ryanair’s policy requiring EU261 cases involving “claims chasers” to be heard in the Irish courts has been welcomed by the airline.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills neighbourhood has welcomed its new Waldorf Astoria, just opened at the  intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards as the group’s first new build on the US West Coast and second in California.

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Wizz Luton expansion

Claiming to be the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, Wizz Air last week opened a base at Luton Airport, its first in the UK. The airline will base one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport, increasing operations to 42 routes from Luton, including three new services to Tel Aviv (Israel), Prishtina (Kosovo) and Kutaisi (Georgia).

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ON TOUR: Trying to keep cool at Paris

Scorching temperatures at last week’s Paris Air Show did not detract from what turned out to a surprisingly buoyant 52nd biennial edition.  The unprecedented 36oC+ heat was a boon for indoor exhibitors, all busier than usual as guests sheltered from the strong rays into the air conditioned halls and chalets. (Ice cream sellers and indoor cafés were busy too.)  Alison Chambers reports for Business Travel News. Images by www.billypix.com

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AND FINALLY

This is a proper AND FINALLY as it depicts the final last arrival of one of Britain's most unique 'airliners'.

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Alitalia US bankruptcy filing

Italy’s flag carrier goes to court today (26 June) for a hearing into its application for so-called Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US in a bid to keep its leases at New York JFK. Alitalia is currently surviving on an Italian government loan as it seeks buyers.

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Aviation strategy for forum

Developing a UK aviation strategy, expansion at Heathrow and the future of airport capacity across the UK will be among subjects under discussion at a Westminster Business Forum in central London on Thursday 14 September.

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Firnas targets short-haul market

UK start-up airline Firnas Airways has revised its launch plans and says it will now begin operations during the second half of the year as a short-haul operator serving UK domestic and European routes.

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Gatwick to Buenos Aires

Norwegian has really put the cat among the pigeons with the announcement that it will introduce a Gatwick to Buenos Aires route on 14 February. It will be flown by a two-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner year round, initially four times weekly.

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Kate to rescue at check-in

Autonomous mobile kiosks that can move themselves to areas where extra help is  needed in an airport have been unveiled by SITA Lab, the strategic technology research arm of SITA.

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Master plan unveiled for Liverpool Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) has set out its vision of future developments and continued expansion of its business through to 2030 and to 2050 as it launches its updated airport master plan as part of a four-week public consultation starting this week with an open evening and a series of exhibitions.

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Oxford and light aircraft

Oxford Airport is enticing recreational flyers of light general aviation aircraft to visit the airfield with a series of new incentives valid until October.

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Travel Service joins A4E

The Czech Republic’s biggest airline company, Travel Service, whose portfolio includes the Smart Wings brand plus charter and business jet flights, has become the latest recruit to the Airlines for Europe (A4E) group.

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