9 MAY 2016

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Emirates adds to China roster

Ease of connection between Emirates’ six UK gateways at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle and China were highlighted last week as the airline launched two new routes.

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Inverness regains LHR link

Inverness and the Highlands celebrated last week after being reconnected to Heathrow with the start of a new BA service.

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COMMENT: Boeing speaking softly

US president Theodore Roosevelt had a phrase to describe his foreign policy. It was “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Some of that seems to have rubbed off on Boeing. Considering 2016 is its 100th anniversary of being in business, it has so far been speaking very softly indeed.

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Airport ‘dithering’ attacked

Continuing delay in plans for airport expansion is putting the UK’s future at risk, MPs said last week.

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Canadian long-haul to Delhi

Plans for a non-stop service between Vancouver and Delhi, a distance of 11,149km (6,020nmi), have been announced by Air Canada starting on 20 October in time for this year’s Diwali festivities.

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Germania shows its colours

Aviation enthusiasts have an opportunity to see Germania’s special 30th-anniversary livery in all its glory today (9 May) when the Berlin-based airline lands its one-of-a-kind B737 at Gatwick.

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LCY's First Class lounge

London City Airport has opened a First Class lounge available to all to provide a “seamless experience” from kerb to aircraft steps or vice versa on payment of a £180 fee.

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Marriott brand opens in US

Marriott International’s Delta Hotels and Resorts has opened its first branded property in the US.

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New SIA cabins for Auckland

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has introduced new First and Business Class cabins on its Auckland service as it celebrates 40 years of flying to New Zealand.

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Olympic launch for LATAM

The Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group last week unveiled a new aircraft design as part of the consolidation between Chile’s LAN Airlines and the Brazil-based carrier TAM and their affiliates.

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SATA rebrands Azores service

SATA International has rebranded its airline operation as Azores Airlines with a new logo designed to resemble the tail fin of a whale and representing all the islands in the group, one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.

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Thomas Cook Airlines' LA debut

A distinct foodie air permeated Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight from Manchester to Los Angeles on Tuesday, with celebrity chef James Martin joining the occasion.

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ON TOUR: Go Dutch – it’s the windmill weekend

John Burke, who speaks Dutch, has written about the Netherlands over many years in such diverse publications as ‘Travel Trade Gazette’ and  ‘Investors Chronicle’. 

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MOTORING UPDATE: Honda Civic Type R

On Test with Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers

A Meaningful Machine


There have been two new Honda Civic arrivals in recent times, first the purposeful and conventional road-going versions in extensively face-lifted forms, and now the long-awaited Civic Type R.

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AND FINALLY: With deference to the two Ronnies

Not four 'andles

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Icelandair adds Montreal

A new connection between the UK and North America opens on 19 May when Icelandair begins a seasonal service to Montreal.

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Lima heads new BA services

The only direct flights between London and Peru took off last week as British Airways inaugurated a three-times-weekly operation between Gatwick and Lima.

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Liverpool opening for Pullman

Pullman Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its first UK new-build property in Liverpool.

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More services for IndiGo

Indian domestic carrier IndiGo has launched a major expansion of its network this month with 14 new flights across key cities.

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Premium Economy for Delta

Delta Air Lines plans to enter the international Premium Economy market next year with a “Comfort+” product, becoming the first US-based carrier to make the move.

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Royal occasion for DXB

The 60 major international airlines operating out of the new Concourse D at Dubai International Airport (DXB) have celebrated its official opening with a royal reception given by Dubai Airports chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

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SilkAir spreads its wings

Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary, SilkAir, is planning to launch two new destinations, Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, later this year.

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Travelodge's Chinese welcome

Chinese visitors to the UK are being given a special welcome at Travelodge’s latest hotel at Bicester, Oxfordshire.

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Wi-fi roll-out for BA

British Airways will start rolling out high-speed in-flight wi-fi on its long-haul flights over the next three years.

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