16 DECEMBER 2013

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Air Tahiti’s first ATR-600

Air Tahiti has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-600 in a bid to modernise its fleet. The aircraft is part of the firm order for seven latest-generation ATR aircraft ordered in August 2010 and December 2012 (three ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s).

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Alaska Airlines boosts routes

Alaska Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Salt Lake City and Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose (California) from 9 June. It will also add a third nonstop flight to its existing service between Salt Lake City and Seattle.

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Endeavor Air’s CRJ900

On 10 December Bombardier Aerospace delivered the first CRJ900 NextGen regional jet to Delta Air Lines’ subsidiary Endeavor Air.

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New Leeds Bradford-Southampton route

Eastern Airways is to expand its route network in the New Year to include services between Leeds Bradford International Airport and Southampton.

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Southwest at LaGuardia

Southwest Airlines has acquired twelve take-off and landing slots (for six round-trip flights) at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

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COMMENT: A final observation for 2013

A good year or bad year for business travel?  That is the question.

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Air traffic control delays

Travellers flying from Britain’s airports were subjected to delays on December 7 when a fault at the National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) centre at Swanwick led to problems at many major airports.

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American orders up to 150 Embraers

On 12 December Embraer announced it had received a firm order for 60 E175 jets from American Airlines, Inc. The contract also includes options for another 90 airframes, taking the total order potential up to 150 aircraft.

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Boeing forecasts record year

Boeing has released its seventh annual aircraft finance market forecast, projecting that investors and financiers in the major aircraft finance markets will deliver balanced liquidity to fund what is expected to be another record global jetliner production year in 2014.

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Canadian MAX commitment

On 11 December Air Canada announced commitments, options and rights to purchase up to 109 Boeing 737 MAXs. When finalised, the firm order for 61 737 MAX 8s and MAX 9s is expected to be worth US$6.5 billion at list prices.

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First ATR 72-600 for Garuda

On Monday 2 December Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, celebrated the inaugural take-off of its very first ATR 72-600.

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New routes for BA's A380 and 787

British Airways is extending the number of routes operated by its new A380 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft and increasing frequencies.

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Spirit of Seattle

In celebration of its 80th anniversary and growing presence in Seattle, Delta Air Lines has named its latest Boeing 737-900ER aircraft as the 'Spirit of Seattle.'

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World's best business hotel

The Peninsula Shanghai has been recognised as the world's top business hotel for the second consecutive year by US-based Travel+Leisure magazine.

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Christmas Book Review

As you may have gathered reading this week’s BTN the Editor in Chief is away on holiday. 

Via Minerva’s excellent internet system he sends this report on two books which you might consider for a holiday read: “Tony Ryan, Ireland’s Aviator” by Richard Aldous, and the Sir Alex Ferguson autobiography (part three actually). Both were presents rather than single-minded purchases.

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MOTORING UPDATE: classic Jaguar sports cars

On Test with Phil Weeden of Kelsey Media

Three generations of Jaguar sports car

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CHRISTMAS CRUISE

Minerva in the Caribbean and Cuba

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BT NEWS CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Can you identify the 30 aircraft in these photos from the Aeroplane's archive collection?

Entries please to quiz@BTnews.co.uk

First prize is a pair of tickets for an Apollo Victoria Theatre performance of 'Wicked', the spectacular West End musical that subverts the well-worn story of Oz and to explain how the Good and Wicked Witches earned their reputations long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.

 

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777X wind tunnel testing

Just weeks after the project was formally announced, Boeing has begun low-speed wind tunnel testing on the Boeing 777X, with the work being undertaken in the UK.

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Airbus signs agreement with MIT

Airbus has signed a research agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to explore the use of digital manufacturing in aerospace.

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Big Bombardier boost

On 12 December Bombardier Aerospace announced a deal with American Airlines for 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft along with options on an additional 40.

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Don’t forget Lydd…

As the Government-appointed Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, prepares to publish its interim report into how additional runway capacity can be provided to help the UK maintain its status as a global air travel hub, Lydd (also known as London Ashford Airport) has underlined its credentials.

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Kuwait Airways’ 25 new Airbus airliner

Kuwait Airways, the National airline of Kuwait, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to buy ten Airbus A350-900 and fifteen A320neo Family aircraft.

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Sharklet Airbus for Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines will become the first European airline to operate an A320 family aircraft with production-retrofitted Sharklet wingtip devices.

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‘Nanook’ and ‘Seawolf’ honoured

Mascots and school colours from two of Alaska's most heated collegiate rivals, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will soon be featured on two of Alaska Airlines' Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

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AND FINALLY: inflight safety video with a difference

Buckle up to get down! Virgin America has enlisted the help of musical directors and choreographers as well as lyricist Todrick Hall to give its inflight safety video a special musical quality.

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