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29 MAY 2017
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The new £20m international passenger arrivals route at Aberdeen International Airport goes live tomorrow (Tuesday) following a behind the scenes sneak preview of the facility today led by airport managing director Carol Benzie.
Boutique private aviation company ConnectJets has sealed the first UK sale of Piaggio Aerospace’s pioneering “green flying machine”, the Avanti Evo. Noted for its unusual design, the aircraft is said to deliver significant fuel savings, and cut emissions and operating costs.
British Airways had a serious IT problem over the weekend.
Major improvements to passenger facilities are on the way at Durham Tees Valley Airport under the first phase of an investment programme due to be completed by the end of September involving extensive remodelling of the departure lounge.
In what is claimed to be a world first for an airport, Gatwick has installed 2,000 indoor navigation beacons to make it easier for passengers to find their way around and avoid missing flights.
One of the airline industry’s top regulators is set to speak at the Aviation Club UK on 15 June. Michael Huerta runs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US, and is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the world’s largest aerospace system.
Twin developments in a $200m investment by American Airlines in amenities for premium passengers were unveiled last week when the company opened its renovated Flagship Lounge and new Flagship First Dining at New York JFK.
With a new Thomas Cook Airlines service to San Francisco under its belt (see this issue), Manchester Airport has also been celebrating Oman Air’s new daily flight to and from Muscat, the latest move in a fleet and network expansion by the carrier.
Long-haul flights from Madrid to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the US have gone on sale on the Ryanair website after the Irish carrier sealed a new flight partnership deal with Air Europa.
A future strategy of harnessing digital technology to further enhance the travel experience of air passengers has been announced by the Star Alliance as it returned to Frankfurt, the place of its birth, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Consolidating its position as the biggest carrier to the US from Manchester, Thomas Cook Airlines has launched a San Francisco service, with inaugural passengers treated to a US-style send-off including a giant Golden Gate Bridge cake.
Delta Air Lines began flying from Heathrow to the important business centre of Portland in the US state of Oregon on Friday, opening up a new non-stop destination for British travellers in the Pacific North West.
The 10th and final Airbus A380 superjumbo to join the Etihad Airways fleet was handed over last week, shortly after the airline announced Paris is joining London, Sydney and New York from 1 July as a year-round A380 destination.
More than 200 exhibitors and some 2,000 visitors are expected at this year’s British-Irish Airports Expo, which returns to the Birmingham NEC on 7-8 June to showcase all aspects of the industry.
Israeli carrier Arkia is to launch three-times-weekly flights between Stansted and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport from 12 June using Boeing B757s and B737s in its new logo introduced following a rebranding programme.
“Huge demand” from passengers wanting to travel on the Airbus A380 has persuaded Emirates to introduce a second daily superjumbo service between Dubai and Birmingham from 29 October. A similar move is planned in China.
A new member of the Shangri-La International Hotel Management group has opened in the Chinese capital in the shape of the 450-room Hotel Jen Beijing. It is the group’s 98th hotel globally and second Hotel Jen branded property in mainland China.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has brought its Kimpton brand to Europe with the opening of the Kimpton De Witt in the heart of Amsterdam. It is also the first example of the brand outside the Americas.
With the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) just concluded (see this issue), aircraft hangar manufacturer Rubb Buildings has been researching how the UK’s private aircraft market compares with the rest of the world.