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More 787s for China

In a week of significant orders, Boeing and China Eastern Airlines on Thursday finalised a deal for 15 B787-9 Dreamliners, valued at nearly US$4bn at current list prices.

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Read Cordis for Langham Place

The Langham Place, Mongkok (Hong Kong), has been rebranded to Cordis, Hong Kong. Cordis derives its name from the Latin term meaning "heart."

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Star celebration for SAA

South African Airways is celebrating a decade as a member of Star Alliance. It was the first African airline to join the global network in 2006.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Brian Donohoe, former MP and drone supporter

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.

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Air traffic strikes and Ryanair

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.

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Atlanta salute by Qatar

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.

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BA heads for Billund

A new direct route from Heathrow to Billund, Denmark’s second-largest airport, is being launched by British Airways tomorrow (3 May).

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Brussels Airport reopening

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.

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Celebration for La Compagnie

French airline La Compagnie was in celebration mood last week as it marked the first anniversary of launching its Business Class-only service between Luton and New York Newark.

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IAG reins in after attacks

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.

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PAL unveils new flagship

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.

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The suitcase that finds itself

A sophisticated beacon device called Track&Go that can be built into suitcases to allow users to track their luggage easily and privately has been introduced by Samsonite.

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ON TOUR: Queen Victoria round the world

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.

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A special edition from BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg, dedicated to Cunard’s Queen Victoria.

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We never worked this one out.

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Another record year for Etihad

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.

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Bombardier lands Delta order

An order from Delta Air Lines for up to 125 C Series aircraft was confirmed by Bombardier last week.

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Denver greets new airport link

A 37km (23mi) fast-rail link connecting downtown Denver and Denver International Airport has been officially opened.

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Humberside goes Danish

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.

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IATA warns on capacity

Capacity is beginning to outstrip demand and airlines are seeing load factors dip as a consequence, IATA has warned.

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Prague for Birmingham

Another new airline has joined the ranks at Birmingham Airport with the start of a five-times-weekly service to Prague by Czech Airlines.

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Russia expansion for Hilton

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.

Double Tree is one of 15 Hilton brands.

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St Helena opening postponed

Concerns over windshear raised by the first Comair B737-800 flight into the new St Helena Airport have forced a postponement of the planned royal opening next month.

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Xiamen boosts Boeing fleet

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines, China's only all-Boeing carrier, have finalised an order for 10 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $960m at list prices.

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