7 AUGUST 2017

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Cathay's new man

An aggressive campaign for further growth in the UK and Europe is on the cards at Cathay Pacific with the appointment of James Ginns as the new London-based general manager for the region.

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EasyJet in ITV spotlight

A two-part ITV documentary,  Inside the Cockpit, focusing on how easyJet pilots progress from initial recruitment through training and on to flying passenger aircraft with paying passengers aboard premieres next Monday, 14 August, at 21:00.

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Parking spreads its wings

Leeds-based airport parking price-comparison company Looking4Parking.com has made its first business acquisition in the southern hemisphere with the purchase of Melbourne-based Airport Parking Australia.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Yelena Ageyeva-Furman, A. T. Kearney

IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY

Yelena Ageyeva-Furman is a senior principal at the management consultancy A. T. Kearney. Here she reviews a study commissioned by Amadeus, the originator of the global distribution system (GDS) and still the largest provider of airline IT.

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Aeroflot bounces back

A key objective in a 15-year recovery programme launched by Aeroflot in 2010 has been achieved ahead of schedule according to new figures, with the airline regaining a place among the world’s top 20 leading carriers by passenger traffic.

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B737 MAX 8 joins flydubai

The first Mid-East carrier to take delivery of the Boeing B737 MAX 8 stepped forward last week when flydubai became the owner of the first of 75 of the advanced single-aisle aircraft it is adding to its fleet.

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Crystal Skye bows in

A special-edition Boeing B777-200LR named Crystal Skye became the newest member of Crystal AirCruises’ expanding fleet last week at an official handover ceremony at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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Embraer jet goes military

A business jet has joined the UK´s Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme after Embraer delivered the first of five Phenom 100s on order to Affinity Flight Training Services.

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Istanbul’s eco-ambitions

The Istanbul New Airport project in Turkey aims to become the first and largest infrastructure project outside North America to obtain sustainability verification from the UK-based Envision system.

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JAL signs on with Vietjet

A significant formal partnership agreement with the aim of improving customer convenience and the quality of a wide range of operations and services while enhancing the corporate value of both companies has been signed by Japan Airlines (JAL) and Vietjet.

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Loganair's new colours

A bold new look with tartan tails for the aircraft and original tartan uniforms for cabin crew and ground staff was revealed last week by Loganair as it also reported a boost in passenger numbers for July at a record 80,000, 18% up on last year.

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Move to cut airport queues

A scheme introduced to help business travellers from non-EU countries to fast track journeys through UK airports is being extended to families to ease queues which have been building this summer because of enhanced security procedures.

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Qatar drops AA bid

Moves by Qatar Airways to buy a stake of up to 10% in American Airlines have been dropped by the Mid-East carrier, but it says it will continue to investigate alternative investment opportunities in the US and elsewhere.

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ON TOUR: The view that launched an empire

Back home for a visit to Norfolk, BTN's Richard Cawthorne catches up with a fast-growing hospitality company and explores some of the properties in its portfolio

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AUGUST CRUISE NEWS

This month’s Cruise Review BTN goes ultra-luxury, but before that can we ask London-based readers to put in their diaries two events for early next year.

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AND FINALLY: All in a day’s work

A Ukrainian pilot applauded as a hero last week after he landed a damaged Airbus A320-200 although barely able to see the runway through the shattered cockpit windscreen told reporters it was all in a day’s work.

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American's $1.6bn investment

A continued investment in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with more than US$1.6bn committed over the next five years to improve Terminals 4 and 5 was announced last week by American Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

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AOA conference dates

Registrations for the annual conference, exhibitions and awards dinner of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) have opened. The gathering is on 30-31 October at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel, not the Paddington Metropole.

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CAA in ATC probe

Air traffic control operator NATS (En Route) Plc, known as NERL, has been cleared by a CAA investigation into complaints from Ryanair and Stansted Airport that it breached its air traffic services licence and the Transport Act 2000.

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Docklands’ double celebration

As London City Airport (LCY) approaches its 30th birthday in November, one of the operations that played a part in its development launched celebrations for an anniversary of its own last week.

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Gatwick £1.5bn facelift

A £1.15bn capital investment programme over the next five years, with £240m earmarked for 2017-18 alone has been announced by Gatwick to cater for planned future growth while maintaining its record levels of passenger satisfaction.

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JetBlue’s snack attack

A new move in the airline catering war in the US has been introduced by New York-based JetBlue, which is known for its unlimited free brand-name snacks and has now brought in more choices with “EatUp” nibbles to buy on flights longer than 2hr.

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New Twin Otter public debut

The 100th production Series 400 Twin Otter has been on display from the manufacturer, British Columbia-based Viking Air, for the first time at the 2017 EAA Airventure airshow in Wisconsin.

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Seattle joins Thomas Cook line-up

A new Manchester – Seattle service is joining the summer 2018 long-haul flight programme at Thomas Cook Airlines from next May, reinforcing the carrier’s position as the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester with the most US routes.

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