27 JUNE 2016

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Boeing in Iran Air deal

A tentative agreement to sell aircraft to Iran was announced by Boeing on Tuesday after Iran Air said it was considering introducing the B737 and B777 to its fleet subject to government and US approval.

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VLM files for bankruptcy

Belgian regional carrier VLM filed for bankruptcy last week. In a statement the company said: "We are sorry to have to inform you that VLM Airlines NV has filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday 22nd June 2016. All flights are cancelled with immediate effect.”

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COMMENT: Brexit and Heathrow

David Cameron, PM, is to go by the start of the Tory party conference which begins on 2 October.

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‘Wait and see’ over EU vote

UK airlines and others in the industry were rallying round yesterday in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, with companies adopting a wait-and-see attitude to future events.

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AA flight evacuated

Passengers had to use an emergency slide to escape from an American Airlines aircraft parked at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 yesterday (Sunday) after smoke was seen coming from its tail.

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Bombardier for Biggin

Montreal-based Bombardier Business Aircraft is opening a wholly-owned service centre at London’s Biggin Hill Airport before the end of the year.

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Donald Trump in the UK

BTN was invited to the flying visit last Thursday, 23 June, of presumptive US presidential candidate Donald Trump at his refurbished Turnberry golf course and luxury hotel. We sent Northpoint Aviation’s Basil O’Fee down from Inverness.

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Emirates boost for Auckland

Three months after launching the route with a B777-200LR, Emirates is increasing capacity on its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380.

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First A350 for Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery tomorrow (28 June) of an A350XWB, the first Airbus aircraft in its fleet and the first of its kind in Africa.

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Heathrow hails ‘quiet’ 787

A record number of Boeing 787 Dreamliners using Heathrow has markedly improved the airport’s noise record over the first quarter of 2016, say airport officials.

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Oman Air is Extreme!

Cardiff Bay was the venue last week for the UK round of the Oman Sail Extreme Sailing series of ‘stadium’ races at venues around the world. Previously, Muscat and Quingdao (China) had hosted this year’s series, which, after eight races, completes in Australia in December. 

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Top airport award for Glasgow

Glasgow Airport, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has been named the best in the category of those handling between 5m and 10m passengers.

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Walsh warning over airports

The International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia among others, could abandon Gatwick and stop growth plans at Heathrow if plans for new runways at either airport go ahead.

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ON TOUR: Well met at Olympia

John Burke has visited conference and exhibition centres worldwide over the past four decades while writing about business travel.

Here he reports on this year's Meetings Show.

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AND FINALLY: Heathrow fatality

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Brooklands' Concorde salute

Brooklands Museum’s Concorde, G-BBDG, will droop her nose on 26 July for the first time in almost 35 years.

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Conrad opens in Philippines

Hilton Worldwide has opened its first Conrad property in the Philippines, with the unveiling of the Conrad Manila.

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Dublin expansion for KLM

KLM is expanding its medium-haul network with twice-daily flights between Dublin and Amsterdam from 30 October as part of its new winter schedule.

It is the first time for 50 years that the airline has served the Irish capital.

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Economy Plus for Brussels

Lufthansa Group member Brussels Airlines (SN) is introducing an Economy Plus product from next Friday (1 July) on long-haul flights to Africa and North America.

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Ibis Styles joins LHR hotels

Heathrow last week welcomed a new place to stay in the shape of the ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport Hotel.

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More flights for St Helena

A chartered Bombardier Challenger business jet arrived at St Helena’s new airport last Monday to become the sixth fixed-wing aircraft to land there since the facility opened in April.

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Novotel flagship takes shape

AccorHotels’ new flagship Novotel in London’s Canary Wharf will open to guests by the end of this year, the company said last week.

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Shangri-La says it with flowers

Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel has celebrated its 45th anniversary by opening a 7m (23ft) tall open-air orchid greenhouse sculpture in the heart of its 15-acre estate.

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UAE departure tax due

Departure taxes are being introduced at UAE airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from 30 June to help fund future projects.

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