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A350 club gains Hong Kong Airlines

A short-lived operator at Gatwick, Hong Kong Airlines, has become the latest operator of the Airbus A350 XWB, the 15th carrier in total. 

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Belfast v Dublin

The battle for passengers between Belfast and Dublin international airports moves up a gear from today (11 September) as the Northern Ireland facility embarks on phase two of a major advertising campaign to lure business away from the south.

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BN Islander sale

It has been in production since 1985 and with 1,280 built is arguably Britain’s most successful airliner.

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Chatting to Delta

Delta has become the first US airline to offer video chat with its reservations team. The pilot project gives customers another channel of choice to connect with Delta for assistance.

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Peru’s major airport to expand

Jorge Chavez International Airport (LAP), the airport of Peru’s capital, is to be expanded significantly.

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Business Travel News has been nominated for the Travel Media Awards “Trade Publication of the Year”, sponsored by ITALIA

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COMMENT: London Assembly gets Northolt wrong

Last week the London Assembly passed a formal notice “to campaign against RAF Northolt (NHT) becoming a commercial airport.”

It was introduced by Andrew Boff, an unelected Conservative member who lives in Hackney and whose past history includes failures to gain election in local and parliamentary voting. 

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London City balloon regatta

At 07:00 yesterday (Sunday 10 September), 27 hot air balloons lifted off from London City Airport as part of the 2017 Ricoh Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.

It is the first time the regatta has launched from London City Airport, this year forming part of the 30th birthday celebrations for the airport. The balloons remained airborne above London for more than 1hr, travelling north-eastwards from the airport in the London Borough of Newham at around 1,000ft over Dagenham, Hornchurch and Upminster, before dispersing and landing.

The festivity is just one of the events leading up to the anniversary which actually takes place 26 October. Next week we will be detailing “30 Years Serving the Capital” by Business Travel News editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg.


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Air Berlin gets EU backing

Much to the misgiving of Michael O’Leary (see last week’s BTN COMMENT EXTRA) and his claims of a “stitch-up”, the European Commission has backed the German government’s €150m loan to Air Berlin.

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Heathrow logistics hub

Following the government decision that Heathrow is the preferred site for expanded airline operations in south-east England, more than 120 sites from across Britain have applied to help to build the development.

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Keyless cars for hire

Goldcar, the major European mainland car rental operator, has launched ‘Click'n Go’, a digital system for hiring and returning keyless cars. Users can pick up their rental vehicles by just using their mobile phones.

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Pardubice arrives

There used to be a time when Michael O’Leary would find (welcoming) airports keen to attract Ryanair which he would then rename. 

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ON TOUR: Suzhou

As China opens up to visitors, many of its most-cherished but least-known treasures are becoming known for the first time.  BTN  this week takes a look at Suzhou (or Soochow), a city about  60 miles west of Shanghai, known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens situated on the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Tai. It is ideal for a break if you are in Shanghai for business, or an additional destination if on a tour. 

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You may ask where did Peugeot come up with the name 2008 for its new, and most attractive SUV.

Simple really.

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AND FINALLY: Still being built

What is the world’s longest running production passenger aircraft?

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El Al introduces 787 at Heathrow

The first of El Al’s 16 Boeing B787 Dreamliners will showcase tomorrow (Tuesday 12 September) at Heathrow as it makes its debut on the carrier’s Tel Aviv service. VIP visitors will gain access via the airline’s new King David suite in Terminal 4.

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New CEO for International Transport Forum

The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has a new secretary-general, Dr Young Tae Kim, a Korean national. He is the first non-European to lead the global body.

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Pilatus to cease production

The single engine Pilatus Porter PC-6 is to cease manufacture having been produced in Stans (Switzerland) without interruption since 1959. With a maximum of 10 passengers, and normally a pilot flying solo, the aircraft has performed in a variety of roles, in scheduled services, utility work and for the military.

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Ryanair changes allowances

From 1 November Ryanair will change its boarding rules regarding luggage. The hold allowance will go up from 15kg to 20kg, the industry standard (although many follow the IATA recommended 23kg), with the current hand carry-on bags service modified.

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Sunset Strip hotel

The Jeremy West Hollywood hotel, the newest offering on the Sunset Strip, has welcomed its first guests.

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Tallinn Airport tram

The Tallinn tram system has finally arrived at the Estonia capital’s international airport. The ride to the city centre is 17min and the cost is €2 each way.

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Virgin Atlantic joins wi-fi club

It has been a long time coming but Virgin Atlantic has joined the wi-fi club, certainly the first British airline. 

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White Horse, Surrey

Just over 10 miles from Gatwick, and in the middle of the small market town of Dorking, the historic White Horse Hotel has undergone a substantial refurbishment programme, and is due to re-open in November.

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Whitechapel hotel

London’s Whitechapel is about to have a hotel. Situated just behind the Royal London Hospital, and called New Road after the street where it is located, the property is a short walk from Whitechapel Station for the Elizabeth Line in the future and currently served by Overground, District and Hammersmith and City lines.

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Wizz fare lock

Fare Lock is a new service from Wizz Air that will allow passengers to lock the fare selected for a specific flight with the bundle of their preference for 48 hours.

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