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13 OCTOBER 2014
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Russia’s flag carrier Aeroflot welcomed its first non-Russian pilot when Klaus Rohlfs, a German citizen, made his debut as an Aeroflot captain flying from Moscow to Prague in late September.
Wizz Air began its new twice-weekly service from Budapest Airport to Kutaisi (Georgia) on 30 September, supporting the expansion of its home base in its own route network.
Business Travel News is this week brought to you by guest editor Steve Bridgewater.
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have confirmed the launch date for their alliance will be 6 January 2015, and codeshare flights are now on sale on both airlines’ services between New Zealand and Singapore.
First and Club World (business class) customers heading to Heathrow on British Airways’ newly launched A380 service from Washington have the added bonus of enjoying the airline’s re-launched lounge at the US Capital’s airport.
During the recent UK Conservative Party Conference, the CEOs of Birmingham and Gatwick airports stood side by side and announced that Birmingham is backing Gatwick’s expansion plans.
Virgin Atlantic has announced its intention to cease its Little Red operation next year.
easyJet has placed an order for 27 additional Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aeroplanes.
The Eurostar rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe kick-started its 20th anniversary celebrations last week by setting the Guinness World Record for the Largest Champagne Tasting Event.
Qatar Airways and S7 Airlines are set to strengthen their relationship with the launch of new codeshare arrangement between the two oneworld member airlines, further expanding travel opportunities for customers.
Last week TAM and LAN began transferring their international operations to the new Terminal 3 at Guarulhos International Airport, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Steve Bridgewater reports:
When it comes to city breaks, Vienna must surely take some beating. Its central location means it’s easily accessed from most European countries and it is only a two-hour flight from the UK. It’s easy to navigate around, is awash with places to eat and you’ll never be short of something to see or do.
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Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 24.8% in the month of August. A total of 1,920,934 passengers passed through the airport in August 2014, compared with 1,538,632 in the same month in 2013.
Declan Collier, Chief Executive of London City Airport, is the Guest of Honour of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom on Wednesday 22 October. Once again the venue is the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall.
Boeing has announced that it will increase production of its 737airliner programme to 52 aeroplanes per month in 2018 in response to strong market demand worldwide.
It was announced this week that Danish airline Cimber will cease operations during spring 2015, with the loss of 130 jobs.
The first Airbus A350 XWB destined for launch customer Qatar Airways is progressing well and is on schedule for delivery before the year’s end.
On 8 October, easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, announced its peak summer schedule for 2015 by placing a record number of flights on sale.
Scotland’s Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have signed agreements to install Rockwell Collins’ ARINC vMUSE Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) workstations throughout their sites.
Alaska Airlines has announced an order for ten Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) aeroplanes, building on Alaska's all-Boeing fleet.
The purchase, which brings Alaska's total Boeing jets on order to 74, means the airline's customers will enjoy expanded service from its Seattle hub and a commitment to a locally manufactured fleet.