24 JULY 2017
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Slovenia’s national carrier and Star Alliance member Adria Airways is setting up a new Swiss subsidiary to take over Darwin Airline SA, the Swiss company that has been operating under the name Etihad Regional in various European countries.
A potential powerful new force in Middle East aviation emerged last week after Emirates and flydubai announced an “extensive partnership” that officials said would see the two airlines join forces to offer customers new travel options.
Last Monday’s issue of Business Travel News in many respects predicted the announcement on Friday of the government’s aviation strategy White Paper proposing to make best use of existing runway capacity in the South East. Reader's own comments at the end of the article make the point too.
The dispute between British Airways and members of its mixed-crew cabin staff who belong to the Unite union worsened last week after a further 14-day walk-out was called for next month.
The first group of easyJet pilots on the first airline-supported BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (PAPP) degree have graduated. The course, designed specifically for pilots, was launched in 2013.
The largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas region arrived last week with the opening by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) of the 44-storey, 596-room Holiday Inn Express Waikiki.
Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid International Airport last week became the last of ten to be exempted from the laptop ban on US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
Paris Orly, Prague and Reykjavik are being added to British Airways’ network from London City airport from October. The Paris Orly service is transferring from Heathrow, with three flights a day on weekdays and one a day at weekends.
Arriving passengers at Heathrow Terminal 3 have a new lounge to welcome them with the opening by the Plaza Premium Group of its latest facility as part of continued expansion at the airport.
Inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin is to be the first American tailfin hero to be honoured by Norwegian as the airline prepares for a big increase in flights between Europe and the US this summer.
New service between Atlanta International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International from next July is spearheading Delta Air Lines’ further expansion into Asia. It will be Delta’s fourth US gateway to Shanghai after Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles.
A Bombardier CS100 of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) was at London City Airport for the first time last week for trials before the aircraft enters commercial service with the carrier next month.
Having in the past enjoyed some aviation firsts including British Airways’ introduction of the Boeing B757 and CityJet’s scheduled flights from Cambridge to Dublin, flying enthusiast Mike Bartlett, known as the Mad Monk and holder of a Guinness World Record for number of airlines flown (278), joined Wizzair’s inaugural from Luton to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv.
Budding pilots and aviation fans can try their hand at flying a Boeing B737-800 after the company Flight Experience London (FEL) officially opened its flight simulator cockpit doors to show enthusiasts what goes on at the front end of a commercial jet.
Swiss–based manufacturer Pilatus has handed over the 1,500th PC-12 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS), a long-standing customer for the model. The aircraft has become a Pilatus bestseller, and is used all over the world.
A new airline aimed at the millennials – working 18-35 year olds whose lifestyles are said to revolve round digital technology – is being launched this autumn by Air France under the name of Joon.
The first new bedrooms to emerge from the launch phase of an ambitious refurbishment project have been unveiled at the award-winning Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg.
Passengers parking their cars at Gatwick have been advised by officials to use only airport-approved operators after a non-approved company failed to return vehicles to more than 100 customers.
Seven new winter destinations are joining the Lufthansa network from October as the airline continues to expand its European network. Pamplona, Genoa, Bari and Catania will be served from Frankfurt, and Nantes, Glasgow and Santiago de Compostela from Munich.
New bases at Stansted, Birmingham and Paris CDG are being opened by the Scandinavian-based airline Primera Air ahead of the launch of direct flights to New York and Boston next year.
Baggage handling has acquired new significance at Doha’s Hamad International Airport with Qatar Airways becoming the first airline to achieve compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 at the hub.