12 JUNE 2017

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Boeing in new Iran coup

A final deal was announced on Saturday for Boeing to supply Iran’s third-largest carrier, Aseman Airlines, with 30 B737 MAX jets with another 30 following delivery of the first batch.

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Manchester's pop-up shop

Midlands' shoppers are being given a virtual-reality look at the Manchester Airport of the future and an overview of its new US routes at a pop-up shop in the Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, from Wednesday (14 June).

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Stansted's Celebrity package

An exclusive VIP air charter service out of Stansted for Celebrity Cruises passengers is being extended into its third year in 2018. The Jet Set Sail programme operates from Stansted’s private jet terminal in partnership with Titan Airways.

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COMMENT: Jane Middleton, Airlines UK

In the aftermath of the election, Jane Middleton, chairman of the trade body for British airlines, discusses the way forward. 

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Alitalia continues expansion

As the debate over the future shape and ownership of Alitalia continues, the airline says it is continuing to expand its long-haul network and will re-start daily flights between Rome and New Delhi in October after a nine-year break.

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CityJet takeover?

CityJet is looking at acquiring another European carrier, chief executive officer Pat Byrne has told the Irish Independent newspaper.

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Heathrow back on film

The wonders of flying and the way air travel can bring people together from all over the world are portrayed in Heathrow’s latest online film, Wonderers, which was released last week.

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IATAís security call

A resolution reaffirming the airline industry’s commitment to safety and security and calling for greater collaboration between government and industry stakeholders “both to protect passengers and crew while minimising disruption” was a key development at the IATA agm last week.

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Monarch launches B737-800

In an early start to converting its fleet, Luton-based Monarch Airlines has taken delivery of a Boeing B737-800 NG. The ex-Pegasus Airlines aircraft will be based at Birmingham Airport and is scheduled to enter service later this month.

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New Vancouver link welcomed

Gatwick’s new three-times-weekly link to Vancouver operated by Air Canada Rouge has been welcomed with a traditional water salute at the beginning of a seasonal operation that will run to 7 October.

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Paris rivals square up

Boeing and Airbus as expected will be chasing the headlines at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, which begins next Monday, 19 June, and runs to 25 June at the Exhibition Centre of Le Bourget.

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RwandAir bows in to UK

Arrival of the first direct flight between Rwanda and the UK has been welcomed at Gatwick with a traditional water arch salute as the RwandAir aircraft taxied to the gate at the airport’s North Terminal.

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Warsaw welcome for Indigo

InterContinental Hotels has extended its footprint across Poland with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Warsaw-Nowy Swiat, named for its location on one of the main historic thoroughfares of the city.

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ON TOUR: Brilliant Bergen

Hertfordshire-based photographer Brian Arnopp, a regular visitor to Norway, reports on his latest trip to the country’s second city 

The film The Song of Norway and a drive from Welwyn Garden City to North Cape in the 1980s in an old yellow VW Beetle left me with enduring love of this Scandinavian outpost.

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JUNE MOTORING: Millbrook group test

SMMT NOTES THE UK EURO FIGURES

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AND FINALLY: This isnít your captain speaking

In news which might not gladden the heart of anyone with a fear of flying, Boeing says it is planning to develop commercial aircraft that can go where it's going without pilots. The company says it will test the technology next year.

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AMG to the rescue

Carriers facing financial turbulence and increasingly challenging market conditions in the future now have a new source of assistance in the form of the Airline Management Group (AMG), founded by Peter Davies, former turnaround CEO of Brussels Airlines, Caribbean Airlines and Air Malta.

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Flybe moves to counter loss

A reduction in fleet size is being planned by Flybe after the airline reported a pre-tax £19.9m loss for last year. The company however has strengthened its commitment to Scotland with six routes now on sale.

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Lufthansa UK winter growth

More flights from Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin from the start of the winter timetable on 29 October are being added by Lufthansa in response to passenger demand from the UK and Ireland.

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More access at Gatwick

New accessibility facilities including world first hoist equipment, specialist toilets and sensory rooms are being installed at Gatwick, marking the first anniversary of the airport’s award-winning Hidden Disability Lanyard service.

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Penzance in heliport dispute

Skybus regional carrier owner the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has lodged a judicial review over a council planning decision in February to allow a £2m heliport at Penzance.

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Pothole blackspots named

Surrey, Hampshire and Essex have been revealed as the UK’s worst counties for pothole problems.

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St Helena on the verge

Commercial air service to and from the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena has moved another step closer with the selection by the island government (SHG) of SA Airlink (BTN 20 February) as preferred bidder for the provision of flights.

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XLR in Birmingham takeover

A “significant expansion in operations” is under way at executive aviation specialist XLR following its acquisition of Marshall Aviation Service’s 24/7 corporate jet centres at Birmingham Airport.

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