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4 JULY 2016


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Choose your own room

London accommodation group glh Hotels has launched what it says is the world’s first online booking site that lets guests choose the exact room they want to stay in, before making a reservation.

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Internet coup for Lufthansa

The first Lufthansa short- and medium-haul aircraft with broadband internet on board will take off in October, the airline said last week, with the entire A320 family fleet expected to have the technology installed by mid-2018.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer – customers

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Without doubt the world's most successful aircraft salesman, John Leahy has been with Airbus for more than 30 years. With Farnborough starting next Monday, he reflects for BTN on the past and looks into the future with great confidence. 

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Air Astana heads for Tehran

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana on Thursday launched a new non-stop three-times-weekly service between Almaty and Tehran, using a 197-seat Embraer 190 with nine seats in Business Class and 88 in Economy Class.

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BA delays Tehran launch

Flights to Tehran by British Airways due to start on 14 July have been put back to September, the airline said last week.

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Bellew moves up at Malaysia

Ryanair’s former director of flight operations, Peter Bellew, was appointed last week as CEO and group managing director at Malaysia Airlines. He joined the company from the Irish carrier last year as chief operating officer.

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Daylight US flights for ANA

ANA said last week its new services between Haneda – New York and Haneda – Chicago announced in May and starting on 30 October will be daytime flights with departures between 10:00 and 11:00 and arrival times at about 21:00.

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Istanbul flights resume

Flight arrivals and departures resumed on Wednesday at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport following Tuesday’s terrorist attack which killed more than 30 people and injured over 100 more.

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More West Coast from United

United Airlines is increasing the frequency of its flights between Heathrow and its US West Coast hubs at San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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MS804 inquiry moves forward

The inquiry into the cause of the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 into the Mediterranean in May moved up a gear on Saturday after investigators said they had succeeded in accessing data from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).

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Runway decision delayed again

A decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick was put off again last week following David Cameron’s resignation.

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Tianjin arrives at Gatwick

A new link to China was forged last week as Tianjin Airlines’ first flight from the UK took off from Gatwick for Chongqing and Tianjin.

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ON TOUR: Venice and the Dalmatian Coast

Jeffrey Singer is an occasional contributor to BTN, a seasoned traveller and a surgeon in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC and an instructor at Arizona State University.  ALSO SEE CRUISE NEWS JULY

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This month’s issue comes to readers as the cruise season reaches its UK peak, with virtually every operator offering a round-the-British-Isles trip. BTN will be reporting on such a journey next month, visiting Kirkwall, where on the longest day of the year the sun sets at 10:29, and Dublin, south but to the west, at 21:57. Guernsey, which does not have a dock, will play host to 111 ship visits in 2016, with up to 170,000 passengers and crew visiting St Peters Port by ship tenders. See also ON TOUR Le Lyrial.

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AND FINALLY: It’s a dog’s life

Ever ready to give credit where due, BTN salutes Vancouver International Airport.

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Atlantic Star – postponed

The airline set up to provide air services between the UK and St Helena has cancelled its October start date.

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Boeing's second century

A “Centennial Experience” pavilion celebrating 100 years of aviation technology milestones will be a feature of Boeing’s presence at the Farnborough International Airshow which starts next Monday (11-14 July).

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EasyJet in post-Brexit talks

Industry sabre-rattling following the Brexit vote intensified last week after easyJet said it was lobbying the government and the EU to ensure the continuation of a “fully liberal and deregulated aviation market” within the UK and across the continent.

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Manchester party for Delta

Delta Air Lines last week began celebrating 25 years of service to Manchester since the inaugural flight touched down from Atlanta on 27 June 1991, when it formed part of the company’s largest period of international growth.

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Meetings accolade for Lisbon

Lisbon has strengthened its position as one of the world’s top destinations for international meetings and congresses by moving into the top 10 in the annual International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) city rankings for 2015.

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Norwegian ‘confident’ of US bid

The US Department of Transportation (DoT) on Thursday agreed to continue to review a foreign air carrier permit application for Norwegian’s British-based subsidiary Norwegian UK (NUK).

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Party time for Emirates

Emirates celebrated its 25th anniversary of serving Heathrow on Thursday after carrying more than 20m passengers on the route to and from Dubai since 1991.

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Qatar Executive on show

Two luxury aircraft from the Qatar Executive fleet will fly the Qatar Airways colours at Farnborough.

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Vietnam extends visa waiver

A visa-exemption programme for UK passport holders travelling to Vietnam is to be extended by a year.

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