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2 MAY 2016
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The Langham Place, Mongkok (Hong Kong), has been rebranded to Cordis, Hong Kong. Cordis derives its name from the Latin term meaning "heart."
This month’s ON THE SOAPBOX is about drones and written by aviation enthusiast Brian Donohoe. Retired (“by public demand”, as he says) after 23 years on the front line as an MP, he now happily flies model helicopters in a controlled environment. He has recently negotiated a contract to arrange training of pilots of Drones for Professionals and continues to have a keen interest in all things connected to aviation.
A petition organised by Ryanair urging the EU to step in to stop further industrial action by French air traffic controllers is nearing its million-signature target after another strike last week disrupted services for the third time in a month.
Qatar Airways will mark a new chapter in its history of operations to the US by flying the superjumbo A380 on its maiden Doha – Atlanta service on 1 June. It will be a one-off operation, with the regular daily service using the B777.
With a heavy security presence, the departure hall at Brussels Zaventem airport partially reopened yesterday (1 May).
The move comes 40 days after two suicide bombs killed 16 people and destroyed part of the building.
"We are back to the familiar scene of our passengers in the departure hall," said Arnaud Feist, the airport chief at a sombre ceremony on Sunday to mark the occasion attended by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways, has cut its growth plans because of the effects of the Brussels terrorist attacks, chief executive Willie Walsh said on Friday.
The A350-900 is to become the new flagship of Philippine Airlines’ long-haul fleet after the carrier last week finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus covering the firm order for six of the aircraft, plus six options.
Editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg reports on a voyage that took him and his wife Linda from Hong Kong to Cape Town in 23 days. See also CRUISE NEWS MAY 2016.
A special edition from BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg, dedicated to Cunard’s Queen Victoria.
Etihad last week announced its strongest annual financial results to date, with a net profit of US$103m on total revenues of US$9.02bn. The figures marked the airline’s fifth consecutive year of net profitability.
A new route between Humberside Airport and the important business destinations of Aalborg and Billund in Denmark has been officially launched, with 25 VIP guests from Denmark arriving on the first flight.
Hilton Worldwide has opened its fifth hotel in Russia with the launch of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tyumen, the first by the group in the region.