30 MAY 2016

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E190-E2 first flight

Embraer of Brazil on Monday announced the first flight of the next-generation E190-E2 narrow-body twinjet, months ahead of schedule and below the expected weight.

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Montreal gets new hotel

Opening this summer, Montreal’s newest boutique hotel, William Gray, is adding 127 guestrooms and suites to the city’s bedstock, plus more than 10,000sq ft of event space.

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One of BTN's staff members had his car broken into last week while parked in a meter bay outside London's Royal Albert Hall. He was targeted after leaving his iPad switched on underneath the rear luggage area. SWITCH YOUR SERVICES OFF. In this IT world location is very easy to monitor! Not only the Apple device but also his passport was taken and other items. All very inconvenient.

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COMMENT: A fishy smell from Europe

The general odour of fish surrounding some of the tactics being employed by those who wish Britain to remain in the EU becomes more apparent by the day.

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Delta launches EDI JFK

Competition between airlines serving the Scottish market intensified on Friday with the launch by Delta Air Lines of year-round non-stop service between Edinburgh and New York-JFK.

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EasyBags at LGW

The world’s largest self-service bag drop opened at Gatwick on Tuesday as easyJet unveiled its new check-in area in the North Terminal.

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Gatwick Las Vegas date set

Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to start a twice-a-week service between Gatwick and Las Vegas on 31 October using a 291-seat B787 Dreamliner.

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Heathrow return to ITV

Television fame beckons for staff at Heathrow when the second series of ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ begins on ITV tonight (30 May).

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La Compagnie to get new aircraft?

Following the success of its routes from Luton and Paris Charles De Gaulle to Newark New York, French boutique airline La Compagnie is considering acquiring a new long-range Boeing 737-800 fitted with around 70 seats.

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New trains for commuters

A new future for commuters was unveiled by Thameslink at Blackfriars station in London on Tuesday in the shape of the new Siemens Class 700 train,  writes Andrew Sharp.

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Pittsburgh may beckon for BA

Having pulled out of Pittsburgh (PIT) in 1999, British Airways could be making a comeback in spring 2017 to what was once the steel capital of the world.

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Stansted's four-city sell-out

The first British Airways flights from Stansted Airport will be off to a flying start this weekend with all the summer destinations fully booked.

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UK Cape Town by Lufthansa

Lufthansa is resuming its UK – Frankfurt – Cape Town route this winter with a three-a-week service on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting on 2 December.

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ON TOUR: The Battle of Jutland

BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg was taken as a small boy to a ‘Navy Days’ at Portsmouth around 1950 and boarded HMS Vanguard, Britain’s last battleship. He has also visited the USS North Carolina (Wilmington) and USS Missouri (Pearl Harbour). An invitation to Portsmouth again was not to be turned down.

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AND FINALLY: Brexit flower power

The editor-in-chief took his wife to the Chelsea Flower Show last week.

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Air India resumes LHR NYC

Business travellers will have a new transatlantic option from August when Air India plans to restore a fifth-freedom service between London and New York.

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Cathay warning over future

The airline industry is facing a worldwide wave of consolidation in face of economic turbulence, according to Cathay Pacific Airways chairman John Slosar.

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Diamond days at Manchester

Lufthansa has been celebrating 60 years of flights from Manchester reaching new heights with passenger figures for the first four months of 2016 showing 4% growth compared with the same period last year.

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First SSJ100 for CityJet

CityJet has become the first European customer for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) following a delivery ceremony at SuperJet International’s premises in Venice.

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Inflight wi-fi boost

Passengers expect broadband services to be offered as standard during flights and more than half prefer in-flight connectivity to in-flight meals, says a new report.

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Latin America hots up

Growing interest and increasing competition in the Latin America market is continuing to be reflected in new air services.

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London transport post for Shawcross

Lord (Andrew) Adonis has turned down the opportunity to become London’s transport guru under new mayor Sadiq Khan.

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Radisson Blu 12m revamp

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh, part of the Carlson Rezidor group, has completed a £12m investment programme which has transformed the whole property.

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Two more for Marriott portfolio

Marriott International is celebrating two major new openings this month: the Marriott Bonn World Conference Hotel on the banks of the Rhine in Germany, and the Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun in South Korea.

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