5 JUNE 2017
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Details of a new First Class product and a range of other new features in the Business and Economy Class cabins to be showcased at the Dubai Air Show in November were revealed last week by Emirates.
All 20,000 cabin crew at Lufthansa are being issued with iPad Minis over the next few weeks as another step in the airline’s year of digitisation. Each pad, known as a cabin mobile device (CMD), has an app giving fast access to seating plans and other passenger information.
Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world – named Airline of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2015 and runner up in 2013, 2014 and 2016 by global industry audit Skytrax. Born in Doha, he is a graduate in Economics and Commerce and worked at various levels in the Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways’ group chief executive in 1997. Al Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity prior to his appointment and now flies 199 aircraft to more than 150 destinations across six continents.
On 31 May 1987 Captain Harry Gee landed a Brymon Airways de Havilland Canada Dash 7 at what had been recently named London City Airport.
Cabin staff at odds with British Airways are threatening a new four-day walkout from 16 June in the long-running dispute over mixed-crew pay as the airline copes with the aftermath of last week’s IT failure.
With features including more than 1,800sq m of flexible meeting space and a 24hr administrative centre, Hilton luxury brand Conrad Hotels & Resorts is making a pitch for business travellers at its new Conrad Guangzhou.
Russia took another step toward competing with the Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 MAX in the twin-engine short- to medium-haul aircraft market last week with the first flight of the Irkut MC-21 following its roll-out last month (BTN 8 May).
In the latest improvement in year four of its “Always Getting Better” programme, Ryanair said last week passengers who buy an allocated seat for their flights can now check-in up to 60 days in advance.
Last week SWISS introduced the Bombardier C Series 300 with 145 seats on to its Geneva – Heathrow route, marking the arrival of the brand new Canadian aircraft at Europe’s busiest international airport. Last July, the airline introduced the smaller 125-seat Dash 100 version on the Zurich – Manchester route (See BTN 18 July 2016)
ON TOUR : Widening the reach at EBACE
The over-riding theme from this year’s EBACE Show in Geneva, played out under clear blue skies, was of an exciting industry widening its reach, writes Alison Chambers. Aircraft sharing and affordable new aircraft models were among the hot topics. Another was FBOs opening their doors to commercial airline passengers so they could have a taste of the time-saving, stress-free benefits of biz av.
TULIPS FROM AMSTERDAM
There is no better time to visit the Netherlands (Holland does not actually exist today as a country as such but is the name given to the most westerly regions including Amsterdam) than the spring, when the flowers are at their best. Make the climax of your trip a half-day minimum at the Keukenhof Gardens, just outside Amsterdam, surely the world’s greatest collection of tulips.
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Development of a new aviation strategy for the UK and a review of the draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on airport expansion will be subjects under the microscope at a special seminar in London on 14 September.
A fund managed by 3i Group plc (“3i”) last week took formal ownership of George Best Belfast City Airport – on the same day the airport’s new route was launched to Reykjavik with Icelandair, which will open up connections to North America.
Fingerprints are replacing IDs at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in the US in the first phase of a plan by Delta Air Lines to introduce biometric boarding passes, initially for members of its Sky Club loyalty programme.
Level, Europe’s newest low-cost carrier, took to the skies last week as owner IAG said it was looking at adding more European cities to the schedule next year with the arrival of three more Airbus A330s to the fleet.
Competition between low-cost carriers operating in Europe is accelerating as Norwegian, in the same week as the launch of IAG’s Level (see this issue), announced it is to begin flights between Rome and three US cities from November.
Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has signed up Qatar Airways to become the first major Middle East airline to select the new GX Aviation in-flight broadband system.
Configured with just 32 seats, a new all-Business Class Airbus A318-100 leased from British Airways has joined the fleet at Stansted-based charter carrier Titan Airways and will be available from this month.