This review was revised 18 October
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9 FEBRUARY 2015
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Built as the Verta hotel, and opened in September 2010, the Crowne Plaza London – Battersea has joined the ranks of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group). The rebranded 78-room property is sited by the London Heliport and is located close to Clapham Junction, one of the UK’s busiest railway stations with easy connections to both the centre of London and Gatwick Airport.
French aviation entrepreneur Frantz Yvelin last week unveiled La Compagnie to the UK, as he put it “a boutique airline”. (See BTN 19 January)
CityJet, the independent regional airline centred on London City Airport, has announced that its founder, Pat Byrne, is to re-join the Board as Chairman.
Some would say 40
Back in 1971 the Roskill Commission recommended Cublington – not a million miles from the current HS2 track in Buckinghamshire, as the site for a new London airport. Politics intervened and Edward Heath’s Conservative government went for an alternative option Maplin, east of Southend. In July 1974 Howard Wilson’s Labour administration cancelled the project on a cost basis.
Roll on nearly 40 years and the incoming coalition led by David Cameron stopped the then current BAA Heathrow third runway scheme to alleviate London’s chronic runway shortage just at the point when it was very likely to happen. The Labour party had supported the project.
“Yes Minister” then took over and a classic parliamentary solution was found.
Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana has introduced an Economy Sleeper Class product on its Boeing 757 services from Astana to Heathrow and Frankfurt. Paris is to be added on 29 March 2015.
International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, last week committed to serving London to Ireland routes for five years in a bid to win backing from the Irish Government for its takeover of partly state-owned airline Aer Lingus.
A hotel in Surrey has taken inspiration from its racing-car heritage to create a family package that gives children a licence to drive parents round the bend this February half-term (14-22 February 2015).
BTN recently reported on the excellent Etihad Airways wi-fi connectivity service, probably the best system tried to date (See BTN 5 January: Flying at the Front End)
This has been confirmed in terms of passenger acceptance, the airline witnessing a dramatic surge in internet and mobile phone usage in 2014, a rise of 80% over the previous year.
Newham Council has finally given London City Airport the go-ahead for a £200m expansion.
easyJet, now the UK’s largest airline, has launched a new aircraft livery – the first change to the look of the airline’s iconic white and orange fleet since easyJet.com replaced the call centre telephone number on the fuselage in 1998.
Already the second largest operator at Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv (TLV) easyJet is to introduce an initially three times per week service from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on 30 March.
With the Corporate Jet Investor conference opening today (9-10 February) at London’s Royal Garden Hotel next week, the International Bureau of Aviation (IBA), a UK-based independent consultancy, looks at the trends affecting the business aviation sector in 2015 and how executive jet values are performing. The conference coincides with the certification by the UK CAA of the Embraer Phenon 300 at London City Airport, now the smallest jet to use the executive facility at the popular dockland airport. (See also London City go ahead in this issue)
On Test with Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers
Much More Than a Compromise
Currently in its 11th year, the Aviation Festival Asia at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre has confirmed the list of speakers for the event which takes place 12-13 February. Expected are over 500 event attendees from more than 36 countries.
The occasion is co-located with five events: 11th annual World Low Cost Airlines Congress, 2nd annual Aviation IT Show Asia, 2nd annual AirXperience Asia, Air Retail Show Asia and The Aviation Interiors Show Asia.
Confirmed speakers include:
The London-based Aviation Club of the United Kingdom kicks of its 2015 programme next Wednesday (11 February) with CAA Chair Dame Deirdre Hutton as Guest of Honour.
State-controlled regional airline Eurolot, an offshoot of LOT Polish Airlines, is going into liquidation after struggling with financial problems.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) last week released Premium Economy, its newest class of travel, for sale with the official introduction date fixed for 29 August.
It is up, up and away for Ryanair or at least it should be. Europe's largest airline in terms of passengers carried has raised its earnings for the third time in as many months. It now expects to make up to €850m profit for the year ending in March. That is up from a previous maximum of €830m.
UK charter and airline sub-charter specialist, Titan Airways, has taken delivery of the first of two additional Airbus A320 airliners.
Officials in Taiwan say they are investigating why both engines on a TransAsia Airlines ATR 72-600 were not functioning when it crashed on 4 February killing around 40 passengers and crew. Fifteen were saved which says a great deal for the integrity of the fuselage, the aircraft filmed by a driver as it crashed over a main road.
A ‘limited service’ hotel opened in the London docklands last week. The 130-room Tune Hotel Canary Wharf, the global company’s sixth UK property, is in fact more accessible from Westferry DLR station than Canary Wharf, but the whole complex is only a short walk away.