12 SEPTEMBER 2016
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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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.