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23 NOVEMBER 2015
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Jim McAuslan, general secretary of BALPA, and Bob Schumacher, managing director UK & Ireland for United Airlines, have joined the line-up of speakers for the UK Aviation Conference.
There’s nothing like a debate over ministerial perks to get the fur – ahem – flying. This time it’s David Cameron’s jet. Reports last week said the PM and senior ministers are to get a refitted RAF A330 tanker aircraft to transport them on official visits. (see Cam Force One)
Avios, which operates the British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus frequent-flyer schemes, is to operate a relaunched Aer Lingus loyalty programme called AerClub from next spring.
British Airways hit back last week at a report accusing it and Lufthansa of burning more fuel and emitting more environmentally-damaging CO2 than any other carriers flying between Europe and the US.
Luxury cruise line Crystal is acquiring a Boeing B777-200LR to join its previously-announced B787-8 Dreamliner in offering holidays around the world under its expanded brand extension Crystal Luxury Air.
Bournemouth is losing its Flybe presence next year after an “exhaustive review” by the airline of its route network. The company began operating from the airport only on 29 March this year.
Lufthansa (LH) and Singapore Airlines (SQ) have strengthened their commercial links in a move widely interpreted as a way of combating the increasing power of rival Gulf carriers on Europe – Asia routes.
A Premium Economy Class aimed at long-haul business travellers is under consideration by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under plans by chief executive Christoph Mueller to return the company to profitability.
Reno, Nevada, USA-based Aerion Corp has announced that Texas-based Flexjet, will be the inaugural fleet purchaser of its Supersonic Business Jet, AS2.
With the Airport Operators Association annual conference opening today (as noted elsewhere in BTN, and for the first time the airline industry organisations involved too) we feature another side of the air travel business, the actual hardware.
Alison Chambers reports from the Dubai AirShow.
Lufthansa’s 14th Airbus A380 was given a VIP send-off on Wednesday when it starred in an official naming ceremony performed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Freshly christened Deutschland, the aircraft took off next day on Lufthansa’s Frankfurt – San Francisco service.
BTN's Andrew Sharp, former director general of the International Air Rail Organisation, reports on the “Delivering High Speed Rail” conference
Readers will know of BTN’s interest in reopening Silvertown Station, historically on the North London Line and now on the southern (Abbey Wood) branch of Crossrail – and very convenient for London City Airport. Crossrail is unwilling to contemplate this now: if the decision is reversed, it will be a retrofit (and therefore could be expensive).
A new Business Class cabin on its long-haul A330-220 fleet and an increase in Premium Economy seats from 40 to 68 have been announced by resurgent Hawaiian Airlines in response to growing competition on the Auckland – Honolulu route.