23 MARCH 2015

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Air Canada modernising

Air Canada is modernising its international fleet with the introduction of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. At the same time it is debuting a brand new international interior and introducing three cabins of service.

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Avios and the Apple Watch

Avios, the expanding travel award scheme for British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Meridiana Club and Flybe frequent flyer programmes, is to be the first in Europe to debut a loyalty programme app for the new Apple Watch.

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This week's Business Travel News  is brought to you by Alison Chambers and her team at Emerald Media whilst the Editor and his assistant take a well-earned holiday.  alison.chambers@emeraldmedia.co.uk

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COMMENT: Air Connectivity Matters

The market for regional air access to London has been one of UK aviation’s most contentious policy issues over the last 20 years.

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Airlines and the CAA

Three major airlines are facing legal action over alleged breaches of consumer law in their handling of passengers hit by disruption to flights.

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Courchevel Altiport – no jets

Courchevel Airport (Altiport) high up in the French Alps has enjoyed a busy winter.

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ERA meets in Rome

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) returns to Rome for its regional conference during 15-16 April.

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Ethiopian Airlines & corporate loyalty

Ethiopian gets Business savvy.

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Flybe drops LCY flights

Seven months after starting flights from London City Airport (LCY) Flybe has confirmed it is dropping its Dublin service in May.   The airline cites competition from BA on the route, while a refinanced CityJet, the incumbent carrier, is benefitting from being un-hedged on fuel, it is suggested. 

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Icelandair adds 767s

Reykjavik-based Icelandair will  replace two leased aircraft in its all Boeing fleet with the addition of two Boeing 767-300 aircraft in spring 2016.

This year the airline will operate 23 Boeing 757-200 that take 183 passengers and one 757-300 that takes 220 passengers. The company owns 22 of those aircraft and leases two that will be redelivered this autumn.

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Ryanair about face

Just days after announcing it planned to launch long-haul, low-cost transatlantic services, Ryanair has retracted its statement.

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Serviced apartments on the rise

London luxury serviced apartment specialist Cheval Residences is adding 11 new apartments to its Cheval Knightsbridge residence this month.

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South Atlantic airport

The Government of Saint Helena (a British Overseas Territory) announced this week the appointment of Comair Limited as the preferred bidder for air service provision to the Atlantic island.

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ON TOUR: Whale watching in San Diego

Continuing our west coast theme (last week was San Francisco) our roving reporter Jane Stanbury reports back from a trip to San Diego, California.

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AND FINALLY – Fast track with a difference

National Express the UK’s nationwide coach service always likes to go that bit further to ensure customers get the service they want.

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Aegean UK expansion

Greek airline Aegean is to launch two new direct flights from the UK to Larnaca (Cyprus) and Heraklion (Crete).

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AirPortr and LCY

Airportr, the luggage collection and delivery service, is expanding its offering for British Airways domestic passengers at London City Airport.

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CSeries for new Malaysian airline

As the restructuring of troubled national carrier Malaysian Airlines continues, Bombardier Aerospace announced last week at the Langkawi Maritime and Aerospace Show it had ratified a deal with a new Malaysian start up, flymojo, for 20 C Series -100s, valued at US$1.47bn.

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Etihad displays in Washington

It was a  “Who’s Who” of aviation that gathered in Washington, DC on 17 March for the 14th annual day-long US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit.

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Incentives safari style

Opening in June this year Makanyi Safari Lodge offers an ideal destination for small top end business incentive trips seeking a striking, unusual, but luxury location.

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Marimekko amenity kits for Finnair

Finnair continues to upgrade its cabin services with the latest addition being Marimekko designed amenity kits featuring on long haul flights in Business and Economy Comfort classes.

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No more lost bags

British start-up, FastTrack Company is aiming to solve the problem of lost luggage and baggage worries with the introduction of Eviate bag track and trace solution.

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Taking the ferry to France

Taking the ferry to France this summer?  Be warned.

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Visit Portugal - in Soho

Portugal is coming to London on 28 April to woo the meetings and incentive marketing industry (MICE).

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