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7 DECEMBER 2015
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Priority boarding and 3in-4in more legroom compared with a standard Economy seat are being promised by Alaska Airlines when it rolls-out a Premium Class section beginning next year.
Plans for 12 new hotels by 2018, including some in the UK, have been announced by high-tech hotel chain Yotel. The company says it is out to grow its bed-stock by more than two and a half times in two years.
John Spooner is chairman of RABA and managing director of Airport Direction Ltd, a specialist consultancy. He was formerly MD of both East Midlands and Manchester Airport. He is also a keen private pilot having won both the King's Cup and Schneider Trophy air races.
Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement to bring its largest Hampton by Hilton branded property to date to Stansted, the UK’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing airport.
Another 20 Airbus A321neo (new engine option) jets are on their way to Turkish Airlines after the company firmed up its commitment to purchase them on top of the 72 it already had on order.
Aviation website airlineratings.com has named Air New Zealand as the world’s best airline for the third consecutive year.
Judges praised ANZ’s continuous passenger innovations, environmental commitment, record-breaking financial performance, operational safety and staff motivation. The carrier also took the honours for best Premium Economy Class and best Economy Class.
Readers interested in the regular webinar programme from aviation industry news and data website FlightGlobal may just be in time to sign up for the latest session, which takes place tomorrow (Tuesday 8 December), starting at 15:00 GMT.
There cannot be many who can claim to have docked in the largest ship on the harbour of Monte Carlo, bigger than Azzam (590ft) owned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyanlarger, president of the UAE, much larger than Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse (530ft), and all the British Sunseeker's huddling around the waterfront
Our ‘super yacht’, all 60,000 tons of her, likewise boasts an emergency helipad, mini-hospital, casino, extensive spa and the finest of eateries. It probably scores on the live entertainment offered, and with five laps to the mile joggers will not get that giddy.
This month’s cruise news (and ON TOUR) is essentially about Crystal and Crystal Serenity in particular but we could not resist an honourable mention for P&O Australia who made history on 25 November when it simultaneously christened two new ships via social media and held its first five-ship parade in Sydney Harbour.
São Paulo-based TAM Airlines’ first A350 XWB has successfully taken off from Toulouse International Airport in France. The aircraft now progresses to the final production phase which includes further ground checks and flight tests, before delivery to TAM Airlines this month.
Five main bidders for London City Airport (LCY) have emerged after last week’s deadline for interested parties to register. The airport was put up for sale earlier this year by the present owner, Global Infrastructure Partners of the US, and is thought to be worth up to £2bn.
At least one full-service or legacy carrier will join the roster of airlines serving Stansted next year as shortage of runway capacity in the south-east begins to bite, according to the airport’s owner.