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26 OCTOBER 2015
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Major long-haul expansion for 2016 was announced by Aer Lingus last week, with the number of transatlantic routes growing from nine to 12 and transatlantic seat capacity reaching 2+m for the first time.
An aviation era came to an end last week as US Airways flew its final flight, an Airbus A321 service departing from San Francisco and heading for its home state of Pennsylvania.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, has a commitment to employing more women pilots. That was the theme of her inaugural British Air Transport Association (BATA) lecture. Nothing wrong with that. Ms McCall had a clear message to deliver and she made the most of it. Her comments follow a report, also published last week, that only 6% of registered UK engineers and technicians are female.
History is being made today (Monday 26 October) as Chiltern Railways opens service between Oxford and London, the first new rail line for more than 100 years between a major British city and the capital.
Described as the ultimate in privacy, the First Class Kosmo 2.0 Suite made its debut as Korean Air launched its newly-refurbished Boeing 777-300ER on the daily service between Heathrow and Incheon yesterday (Sunday 25 October).
Top speakers from the transportation industry and allied fields have been recruited for the 2015 European Aviation Conference, hosted by the Centre for Air Transport Management and being held this year at Cranfield University on 18-20 November.
Amsterdam is to be the inaugural destination for Singapore Airlines’ new-generation Airbus A350 fleet, the company announced last week. Services are expected to begin by next April.
There was an upbeat mood in Berlin as the European regional airline fraternity celebrated their 35th annual get together. This despite the persistent gloomy rain clouds and disappointment that the city’s stunning new Brandenberg Airport was still not open (the new schedule is mid 2017 – as long as they don’t lose that deadline and have to re-apply for planning permission, observers warned).
With third-quarter profits more than doubling this year, Norwegian is keeping up the pace and continuing to expand its international operations by signing an agreement for 19 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
After a seven-year absence, British Airways will launch daily direct Boeing 777-200 flights from Gatwick to New York on 1 May, making it the only carrier to fly to the US destination from all three of London’s main airports – Gatwick, Heathrow and London City.
Bombardier’s all-new C-Series CS100 aircraft has successfully completed more than 90% of its certification programme and is now in the final stage of flight testing, the company said last week.
Following the successful launch of its brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on UK routes in September (see BTN 22 September), national carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced its schedule for winter 2015-2016, including a new additional weekly nonstop to Ho Chi Minh City.