This review was revised 18 October
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30 NOVEMBER 2015
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Virgin Trains has launched a £21m refurbishment programme for its fleet of 45 trains on the east coast route. The first new-look model enters service in two weeks (14 December) when the company begins its new service between Sunderland and London.
At last week’s Airport Operators Association gathering at London's Hilton Metropole, BTN asked Willie Walsh, the introductory speaker, if he could assess, as a former pilot, the merits or otherwise of the two Heathrow runway schemes. Mr Walsh turned away from the questioner and replied “NO”.
American Airlines has kept its licence to operate a new daily service on the important business route between Los Angeles and Haneda Airport in Japan despite objections from its main rival, Delta.
Flybe has applied to the Ministry of Defence for permission to operate from RAF Northolt. The timing is interesting with the cabinet committee meeting this week to discuss the Airports Commission’s report on R3, a new runway for the South East. Northolt is not part of the review but its location and possibilities cannot be ignored. The response from the MOD is non-committal. (See COMMENT today and 19 October for the full background).
The future of UK airport capacity and regional air connectivity following the publication of the Airports Commission’s final report is to be the subject of a special seminar at the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in London next Thursday, 3 December.
The British scheduled airline aviation industry gathered last week at London’s Hilton Metropole under the auspices of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) with the support of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Ethiopian Airlines has made history by rostering an all-female crew on a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok. It was the first time in the airline’s 70-year history in which all the crew, including pilots, maintenance team members and air traffic controllers, were women.
Australian Vincent Hodder has joined Flybe as chief revenue officer following the departure today (30 November) of chief commercial officer Paul Simmons to join Malaysian Airlines.
Business forums will take centre stage in February at the fifth Singapore Airshow, the largest of its kind in Asia and regarded as one of the most important aerospace exhibitions in the world.