23 OCTOBER 2017

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Bellew rejoins Ryanair

Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew has left the airline to rejoin Ryanair from 1 December as chief operations officer with a brief to ensure that the pilot rostering failure which Ryanair suffered last month will not be repeated.

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Cobalt heads for Moscow

A new route between Paphos and Moscow is being launched next Sunday, 29 October, by Cypriot airline Cobalt Air as part of its winter 2017 schedule. The carrier will serve the route twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

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First flight for A330neo

The first Airbus A330neo, a Dash-900, took off last week from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse for its maiden flight, over southwest France. It is the first to fly of three flight-test certification aircraft, powered by new-technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

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COMMENT: A cat among the corgis

For anyone in the aviation business, last week’s announcement of a partnership between Airbus and Bombardier to continue the development of Bombardier’s C Series family was a shock. In an industry known for its leaks, it was a well-kept secret, although at last year's Paris Show John Leahy said: "It was an interesting little aircraft!"

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A380 x 100 for Emirates

Rumblings of a slowdown in orders and the future of superjumbos have failed to deter Emirates, the largest Airbus A380 operator, from planning celebrations to mark the impending arrival of its 100th on 3 November.

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Airport of the year LCY

Preparations in hand to mark the impending 30th anniversary of London City Airport were given an added impetus last week when LCY was announced as the winner of the prestigious European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Airport of the Year award.

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Alitalia decision delayed

The date for a final decision on the future of Alitalia was put back last week from 4 November to 30 April next year after the airline said it had received seven offers from other carriers – including Lufthansa and easyJet – to buy parts of its operation.

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Bombardier/Airbus tie the knot

In a move that took the industry by surprise last week, Airbus and Bombardier announced they are to become partners on the C-Series aircraft programme, bringing together Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest aircraft family.

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Corinthia moves in on Brussels

Work is under way in Brussels to turn a part-listed trophy property that has stood vacant for ten years into a new Corinthia hotel, in a move the hospitality company says will inject “true 5-star glamour” back into the city.

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Flybe profit warning

With the public concerned regarding air travel after Monarch, Flybe has taken the unusual step last week of warning that higher costs will mean lower than expected first half pre-tax profits. The share price dropped to 34.38p, valuing the carrier at £76.66m.  The airline floated in 2010 at 295p.

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Qantas welcomes Dreamliner

First steps towards plans by Qantas to bring Australia within non-stop flying distance of the UK took place last week as the airline unveiled its first Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner, named Great Southern Land.

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Wizz seeks UK AOC

Anticipating Brexit, the Hungarian-based central and eastern European carrier Wizz Air has applied for a UK operating licence with plans to launch UK operations next March from an expanded base at Luton.

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ON TOUR: St Helena

Put it on your "wish list" says editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg.

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AND FINALLY: Mail & Guardian

A rather strange coming together.

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A4E in new attack on taxes

Abolishing air passenger taxes in the European Economic Area would boost European GDP by €215bn (£192bn) over the next 12 years, according to a new study commissioned by the Airlines for Europe group (A4E).

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Belfast airport jobs on offer

More than 100 jobs at Belfast International Airport are on offer at the latest airport Job Fair which takes place next Thursday, 26 October, at the Spectrum Centre on Belfast’s Shankill Road.

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China Airlines returns

After five years’ absence from London, China Airlines is returning on 1 December with the launch of a new non-stop service between Gatwick and Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei.

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Delta extends A350 reach

Prime routes in Europe and China on the Delta Air Lines network are joining the Airbus A350-900 club next year as the airline extends its flagship service to flights from Detroit to Amsterdam and Shanghai.

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Heathrow Qingdao on the way

A twice-weekly non-stop service between Heathrow and Qingdao is being launched next month by Beijing Capital Airlines using its new twin-aisle wide-body Airbus A330, shortly behind the Qingdao – Sydney non-stop already announced starting on 30 October.

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MAG plea on aviation strategy

The government’s new aviation strategy should set out an ambitious plan for improving international connectivity from UK airports as part of its vision for a new global Britain, according to airport group MAG.

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TAP-JetBlue celebration

A “huge increase” in US travellers flying to Portugal was announced last week as JetBlue of the US and Portugal’s TAP marked the first anniversary of a partnership to boost traffic.

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Thomson becomes TUI

One of the biggest names in UK travel, Thomson, last week completed its change to TUI, or Touristik Union International, reflecting its ownership by a German conglomerate which bought it in 2000.

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