13 JUNE 2016
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The hopes of the Irish were carried into Europe on Wednesday when CityJet, the official airline partner of the Football Association of Ireland, used the inaugural flight of its new Superjet SSJ100 to Paris to carry the national football team to Euro16 (see BTN 6 June).
Delta Air Lines is to double its Scottish network from summer 2017 with a non-stop service operated in conjunction with Virgin Atlantic Airways between Glasgow and New York JFK.
As part of the British Overseas Territory that also includes Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Helena could reasonably be seen as a tiny remnant of empire, a bit like the Falkland Islands but with better weather.
The first British and Irish Airports Expo was held at the NEC Birmingham last week, filling the Pavilion Hall at the exhibition centre with 149 participating companies and 2,500 visitors over the two days of show/conference. Paul Hogan, CEO of organiser PPS Publications, said it had already established itself as the biggest airport gathering in Europe yet.
Joint-venture partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are responding to growing demand on routes to and from London by adding more than 50 daily seats from Seattle as well as adding service from Portland to Heathrow next year.
Exeter-based Flybe made a profit of £2.7m (£35.6m loss previously) in its April-March financial year, but warned that “The current industry environment remains challenging, however, for a number of reasons. These include the threat of terrorist activity, industrial unrest in France which accounts for 12% of Flybe’s seat capacity, consumer uncertainty fuelled in part by macro-economic volatility and in part by anxiety ahead of the EU referendum.” CEO Saad Hammed refused to enter either camp at last week’s Birmingham Airport Expo (see in this issue).
A second runway at Gatwick could be operational by 2025 subject to a government decision on the matter by October and planning consent within this parliament, David Cameron was told last week.
Scheduled flights between the US and Cuba are expected to begin from September after six US carriers led by American Airlines were given the go-ahead last week by the US Department of Transportation.
Sheldon Hee is the new Singapore Airlines (SQ) general manager for the UK and Ireland. With the airline 17 years, he was previously vice-president marketing communications and development and replaces Wilson Yong, who has returned to the airline’s Singapore HQ.
With the motoring correspondent away on a cruise, your editor-in-chief was keen to take up the offer of a day out at the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) Test Day held as usual at the Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford.
During a four-hour period, he drove 10 cars, mostly on the 6.4km twisty hill course, and from time to time also on the high-speed banked track, Brooklands style, limited to 100mph.
On Test with Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers
Peugeot 3008 Allure HDI 115
There’s no better business plan than producing cars that lots of people want to own.
That’s exactly what Peugeot has achieved with its 3008 Crossover model that over 580,000 buyers world-wide has snapped up since it broke cover in 2009 – of this total 56,323 have gone to UK buyers.
New-style ‘Sky Suite’ Business Class seats are entering service with Japan Airlines this month as the company puts its revamped B777-200ER on the international route between Tokyo and Bangkok on 18 June.
Virgin Trains has launched an entertainment system allowing passengers to watch films and TV programmes on demand using their own devices. The service is free and not dependent on mobile data systems, using the trains’ built in wi-fi via an on-board server host.
The impressive new Genting Hotel at Resorts World National Exhibition Centre Birmingham is now fully open. It is within a self-contained shopping and leisure resort comprising of 18 bars and restaurants, 50 retail outlets, an 11-screen IMAX cinema, conference centre and casino. Adjacent is the Genting Arena, established as one of the UK’s leading concert venues.
In a first for UK airports, Heathrow last week launched its presence on Weibo, the social-media platform known as the “Chinese Twitter” and used by more than 600m people across the world.
Moscow will have a fourth international airport from next month.
A new low-cost and socially-conscious long-haul airline called Pop – standing for ‘People over Profit’ – is aiming to start operating flights from Stansted to Amritsar and Ahmedabad next winter.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts has marked the opening of its first hotel in Saudi Arabia – the 438-room Conrad Makkah, in the heart of the Holy City and overlooking the Sacred Mosque, Al Masjid al Haram, and the Holy Kaabah
It marks the addition of the second Hilton Worldwide brand into the city and 11th hotel in the kingdom.