12 SEPTEMBER 2016

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Delta-Korean partnership boost

SkyTeam alliance founding carriers Korean Air and Delta Air Lines are strengthening their partnership by expanding codeshares to more than 100 US and Canadian destinations and 30-plus cities across Asia by the end of the year.

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Las Vegas first for delegates

An industry first is being claimed by the Conference Center of Las Vegas after it opened a facility offering on-site overnight accommodation available exclusively to clients for up to 200 attendees.

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United all set for Havana

Daily non-stop flights to Havana from New York Newark and Saturday non-stop service from Houston are to be launched by United Airlines on 29 November, the carrier announced last week.

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COMMENT: Transport for who?

The following paragraph contains words that will probably set alarm bells ringing in the heads of seasoned observers. It reads: “London (Labour) mayor Sadiq Khan has announced his appointments to a new slimmed-down Transport for London (TfL) board which the news release says “better represents the diversity of the capital”.

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Anarchists take over London City Airport

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Heathrow refines plans

New Heathrow chairman Lord Deighton has told The Times that the airport is considering dropping its controversial M25 tunnel scheme as it refines plans for a new runway. 

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APD What happens next?

Willie Walsh (IAG) was the lead speaker at a special press briefing held during the Global Aviation Festival in London last week. He was ably supported by respective CEOs Carolyn McCall (easyJet) and Bjørn Kjos (Norwegian). The session was organised by Airlines for Europe (A4E), whose managing director, Thomas Reynaert, chaired the gathering.

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BA counts cost of glitch

In a week when Delta Air Lines revealed a technical problem earlier this summer will cost it US$150m, British Airways was counting the cost yesterday of a major computer malfunction early on Tuesday which caused check-in chaos for hundreds of passengers.

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Inflight wi-fi under scrutiny

A guide comparing different airlines’ wi-fi and connection offerings to help passengers to plan ahead was released last week by Airport Parking and Hotels (APH).

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Jock Lowe praises Heathrow MP

Following last week’s Business Travel News ON THE SOAPBOX by Virendra Sharma, Member of Parliament for South Ealing, in which he dramatically changed his pro-Gatwick views, Jock Lowe, chief protagonist for the extended-runway scheme called Heathrow Hub, has pitched in to praise Sharma’s courage in promoting London's major airport.

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KLM keeps faith with Durham

A long-term agreement between KLM and Durham Tees Valley Airport was renewed by the airline last Tuesday as it welcomed what it described as a “very encouraging performance” on its service to Amsterdam with a 5% growth in passenger numbers in the 12 months to June.

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La Compagnie blames Brexit

French boutique airline La Compagnie ran into trouble last week for attempting to blame the decision to halt its Luton – New York all-Business Class flights on Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

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More investment at Southampton

Changes to the pick-up and drop-off facilities have been introduced at Southampton Airport as part of a full review of facilities following completion last year of the five-year £20m-plus redevelopment.

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US milestone for Aer Lingus

A new daily service between Dublin and New York Newark was launched on 1 September by Aer Lingus, marking a new milestone for the carrier’s fast-growing transatlantic network.

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Vietnam eyes more XWBs

A memorandum of understanding between Vietnam Airlines and Airbus for 10 more A350-900 aircraft was signed in Hanoi on Tuesday by the carrier’s president and CEO, Duong Tri Thanh, and his Airbus counterpart, Fabrice Brégier.

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ON TOUR: The Seychelles

Island enthusiast Richard Cawthorne renews acquaintance with an intriguing destination far out in the Indian Ocean.

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MOTORING UPDATE: Fiat 500C

Let’s face it, if your budget is around £15,000 and you want a real open-top car, and a brand new one at that, the choice is limited. The MINI convertible starts at £18,615, the new MX-5 is more and, sadly, Peugeot dropped its popular cc series with the coming of the 208.

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AND FINALLY: Cheeky flybe

Advertising may sometimes be a bit of a bummer but we’re rather taken by flybe’s latest effort on behalf of its “cheeky winter flight sale”.

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China in view

The first China – Europe Aviation Symposium, hosted by Midas Aviation and the Centre for Aviation Research at the University of Surrey, headed by Dr Zheng Lei, was held last week in Guildford.

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CS100 success for SWISS

The first six weeks of operations of the Bombardier CS100 in service with SWISS have been “very pleasing”, the Montreal-based manufacturer announced last week.  Bombardier said the two CS100s had collectively flown nearly 400 revenue-generating flights, and accumulated almost 600 flight hours.

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Emirates A380 for NZ

A five-times-weekly A380 service between Dubai and New Zealand from 30 October was announced last week by Emirates.

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Hotel Jen adds in China

Shangri-La’s Hotel Jen brand is to open a third property in mainland China in January with a presence in the Beijing World Trade Centre development in the city’s central business district.

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JetBlue expands at Boston

Fresh from starting service between Fort Lauderdale and Cuba (BTN 05 September), JetBlue on Thursday announced plans to expand its presence at its Boston hub, where it is the largest airline, by more than 40%.

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Norwegian adds four US cities

Flights between four US cities – Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark and Oakland – and Barcelona are being planned by Norwegian Air from next summer as the carrier sets about increasing its profile in North America.

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