18 APRIL 2016
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Rumours circulated in the industry this week that Delta Air Lines is about to order more than 100 Bombardier C Series aircraft as it moves to modernise part of its fleet by replacing up to 116 McDonnell Douglas MD88s.
Corporate travel departments, key businesses and travel agents are among the target audiences for a Hainan Airlines roadshow this spring to promote its new non-stop service between Manchester and Beijing, which starts on 10 June.
They call it the airport at the end of the world and no wonder. St Helena is a dot in the South Atlantic, 1,950km (1,210mi) west of the border between Namibia and Angola in south-west Africa and 4,000km (2,500mi) east of Rio de Janeiro. It is about 16km (10mi) long and 8km (5mi) wide and had a population as of the 2008 census of precisely 4,255, though presumably a few more now.
Members of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom are reminded that the annual general meeting takes place at 11:00 at the Institute of Directors in London on Thursday 28 April followed by the usual lunch. Andrew Swaffield, CEO of Monarch Airlines, is the guest speaker.
A capacity increase of 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi for this summer has been announced by British Airways with the introduction of a Boeing 747-400 on the route.
Two incoming top executives at Delta Air Lines had a special welcome last week when the company reported a pre-tax income of US$1.56bn for the first quarter of 2016. The result represented a US$966m increase over Q1 last year.
Dubai has overtaken Heathrow to become the world’s third busiest airport according to new figures for 2015 and is considered certain to take the top spot within the next decade if current growth rates continue.
To applause from the audience in the St Pancras Hotel, Andy Malcolm, chair of Luton Airport, this week announced plans for a new mass passenger transit system connecting the airport to the Parkway station, writes Andrew Sharp.
Last week, BTN's editor-in-chief paid a fleeting visit to the French island of Reunion, off the coast of Madagascar, where the only evidence so far as to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 just over two years ago was discovered. To put it in perspective, it is now 70 years since American Amelia Earhart was lost on a record-breaking flight over the south-western Pacific Ocean. She was in radio contact until the final moments. The aircraft has never been found.
Passengers on American Airlines’ Flight 90 from Chicago to Heathrow on Friday were treated to a surprise send-off with gifts and a commemorative photo album as the carrier launched celebrations to mark its 90th birthday.
Plans to build a second runway by 2020 at a cost of €320m have been confirmed by Dublin airport, nine years after planning permission was given. The project had been shelved because of the economic slowdown and a drop in passenger numbers.
Swiss International’s first B777-300ER arrived in Hong Kong last Monday to a traditional water salute and ribbon-cutting and a welcome party including officials from the airline, the airport authority and the consulate general of Switzerland.
Vietnam Airlines (VN) is increasing its Heathrow – Vietnam Dreamliner service to daily from 23 June, with a new Thursday flight to Hanoi. There will now be three flights a week to Ho Chi Minh City and four to Hanoi.
Virgin Trains will be celebrating today (Monday) with the official opening of its refurbished First Class lounge at King’s Cross in London, the latest of eight lounges on the east coast network where Virgin has undertaken a major overhaul following 6% growth in First Class travel on the route.