13 OCTOBER 2014


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Aeroflot’s first foreign pilot

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.

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Budapest Airport’s first service to Georgia

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.

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London - St Petersburg with Transaero

On 29 October, Transaero Airlines is set to launch a twice-weekly direct scheduled service between Heathrow and St Petersburg. It is the first time the route has been operated by the airline.

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Business Travel News is this week brought to you by guest editor Steve Bridgewater.

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COMMENT: Ebola risk prevention

Ebola – a disease we can wash our hands of?

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Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines alliance

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.

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BA links London & Washington with Super Jumbo

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.

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Birmingham backs Gatwick

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.

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Bye-bye Little Red

Virgin Atlantic has announced its intention to cease its Little Red operation next year.

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easyJet orders more A320s

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.

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Eurostar’s bubbly world record

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.

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Qatar and S7 codeshare

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.

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TAM and LAN transfer to Sao Paulo’s T3

Last week TAM and LAN began transferring their international operations to the new Terminal 3 at Guarulhos International Airport, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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ON TOUR: Vienna - a mouth-watering and visual feast

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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MOTORING UPDATE: Lexus Hybrid IS 300h SE

On Test with Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers

Lexus Hybrid IS 300h SE

A Truly Exceptional Car!

To get to know a modern motor car, one has to spend a lot of miles behind its wheels to learn all the systems, though I suggest it only takes a short time to appreciate a very special car.

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AND FINALLY: non-liquid water

We were recently sent the attached Twitter-ism, which made us chuckle. Technically she’s right!

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Abu Dhabi reports record figures

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.

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Aviation Club & London City

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.

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Boeing to increase 737 production

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.

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Cimber to close (again)

It was announced this week that Danish airline Cimber will cease operations during spring 2015, with the loss of 130 jobs.

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First A350 on schedule for delivery

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.

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Record number of peak flights for easyJet

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.

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Scottish airports opt for CUPPS

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.

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Ten new Next Gen 737s for Alaska Airlines

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.

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