20 NOVEMBER 2017


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FAA: Partnerships are key

The importance of building partnerships with stakeholders to continue advancing America’s global leadership on aviation was stressed last week by the head of the US Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta.

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Frankfurt's green facelift

Passengers using Frankfurt Airport now have a range of new facilities to enjoy with the completion of a major facelift for Departures Hall B at the heart of Terminal 1. The area is now brighter and more open, with green “oases” adding to the atmosphere.

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Wizz Air boosts Airbus

An order for 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft from Wizz Air gave Airbus cause for celebration at the Dubai Air Show.

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A Christmas present for air travellers (& aviation enthusiasts). 

London City Airport 30 Years Serving the Capital  is available now. And if you already have a copy, why not add a review? The book is not only a history of the airport but the tale of the past 30 years.  


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COMMENT: One-upmanship in the air

It comes to something when  The Daily Telegraph, with its famously aspirational readership, returns from the Dubai Air Show with the headline “First Class is getting increasingly ridiculous”. We think the paper is being tongue in cheek. As the actor Sid James once said on the subject of money: “If you’ve got it, spend it; if you haven’t got it, make it.” We see nothing wrong in those with it spending it on travelling First Class, and clearly nor do the airlines as they indulge in their latest game of “luxury one-upmanship” (to quote the   Telegraph  again).

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Airline 2018 bows in

Airline 2018, a dedicated airline and airport networking event, is making its debut next April at Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands. It has been developed by Global Travel Investments (GTI), a specialist in aviation gatherings.

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CityFlyer seeks captains

Experienced pilots with existing commercial or military experience are being sought by BA CityFlyer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Airways, in a campaign to attract new captains.

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Delta link with Korea approved

In a move hailed by the carriers as a significant milestone in the creation of a leading joint venture between the US and Asia, America’s Department of Transportation on Friday approved a formal partnership between Delta Air Lines and Korean Air.

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Farewell (almost) to the Queen

Airlines around the world are saying their farewells to the Boeing B747, the so-called Queen of the Skies and original “Jumbo jet”, as new fleets arrive to take its place.

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Gulf Air names new CEO

The former head of Croatia Airlines, Krešimir Kučko, has been appointed CEO of Gulf Air with immediate effect. He replaces Maher Salman Al Musallam, who left earlier this year.

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Loganair joins easyJet programme

In a new development in the “Worldwide by easyJet” programme launched a few weeks ago (BTN 9 October), flights by Loganair have now gone on sale on the Luton-based airline’s website.

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Rail timetable heads for record

Improvements to Britain’s rail network mean a record number of around 100,000 schedule changes will be coming in next May,  writes Andrew Sharp. Train timetables normally change in May and December; the number of changes in May this year was 14,500.

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Southend’s seasonal celebration

A checklist of 13 new destinations for passengers to travel to has been issued by Southend Airport as it celebrates a busy season ahead.

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Tel Aviv debut for Setai

New York-based Nakash Holdings, part of the Jordache Jeans empire, is introducing its luxury Setai hotel brand to Tel Aviv early next year. It will be the hospitality group’s second property in Israel and the third in the world.

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ON TOUR. The fun and frustration of air travel

There are probably very few travellers who sing the praises of airlines, aircraft, airports and the travel industry in general more than the “eccentric globetrotter,” Brother Michael Bartlett, a sometime contributor to BTN.

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Great value for a small car!

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AND FINALLY: Not lost, merely delayed (and politically correct!)

Business Travel News  has been reliably informed that the term 'lost bags' should no longer be used. 

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$27bn order heads Dubai deals

The largest single-aisle jet order by number of aircraft and total value from a Middle East carrier set the seal on a successful week for Boeing at the Dubai Air Show when the manufacturer and flydubai signed a landmark agreement for 225 B737 MAXs.

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Aer Lingus heads for Seattle

A new service to between Dublin and Seattle as part of a 2018 summer schedule boasting 3.7m seats between the UK and Ireland and seamless connections to 13 North American destinations was announced last week by Aer Lingus.

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Airlines UK dinner date

Bookings are now being taken for the 2018 Airlines UK annual dinner in central London on 24 January, with transport secretary Chris Grayling due to deliver the keynote speech at the start of another busy year for UK airlines and the aviation sector.

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EgyptAir signs with Bombardier

Almost submerged in the competing Airbus and Boeing deals at the Dubai Air Show was an announcement by Egyptair that it had issued a letter of intent for up to 24 Bombardier CS300s to serve domestic and regional routes.

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First Andaz for SE Asia

Hyatt Hotels has extended the reach of one of its leading brands with the opening of Andaz Singapore, the first property in the division to open in South East Asia and the 17th example worldwide.

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Kimpton moves into Asia

Three management contracts to introduce the luxury boutique hotel brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to South East Asia and China have been announced by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

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SkyTeam opens Vancouver lounge

Global airline alliance SkyTeam has officially opened its latest branded lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), marking the group’s first such facility in the Americas and seventh worldwide.

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US affair with Cuba cools

The love affair between US carriers and Cuba faltered further last week when Alaska Airlines became the latest to announce it was cutting services. The company will terminate its daily Los Angeles – Havana schedule on 22 January.

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