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4 DECEMBER 2017
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Plans for a “new-concept” Business Class rolling-out on regular routes for the first time in 2020 with the introduction of the Boeing B777-9 were unveiled by Lufthansa last week.
Efforts by Kenya’s government to transform Nairobi into an aviation hub received a boost last week when the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a US$160m (about £118m) loan for the expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
John Holland-Kaye became CEO of Heathrow Airport Ltd in July 2014 after successfully masterminding the construction and opening of T2. He joined the company as commercial director in May 2009 from Taylor Wimpey Plc, having held a number of positions including operations director of Taylor Woodrow Developments and commercial director of Taylor Woodrow Inc.
It’s been an eventful and exciting year for our industry. Since the government’s decision last October to back Heathrow expansion, we’ve been getting on with delivering Britain’s new runway – working with airlines, improving our plans and preparing our supply chain and skills strategies.
Now we are looking ahead to the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Melbourne-based Jetstar has issued a lengthy statement on its website giving passengers in Bali an update on scheduled flights after the Bali volcano caused flight disruption last week.
A new booking system designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses has been unveiled by East Midlands Trains. The operator says it will help SMEs to speed up the searching and booking process through a dedicated online portal.
This is the time of the year when traditionally football clubs get involved with the local community. It fosters goodwill for the club and adds to the sparkle as Christmas approaches.
Claimed to be Europe’s largest facility of its kind, the new Paris Convention Centre has been officially inaugurated within the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition complex, which is undergoing a ten-year renovation project which began in 2015.
A memorandum of understanding for a strategic cooperation agreement to pursue commercial opportunities and provide more options for travel between Russia and Japan was signed last week by Aeroflot and Japan Air Lines.
Airbus has poached a Rolls-Royce executive to replace John Leahy as head of sales. Eric Schulz, currently president of the civil aerospace division at Rolls-Royce, will join his new company at the end of January.
We have a somewhat different CRUISE NEWS this month covering a recent trip on Celebrity Eclipse by editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg across the Atlantic and along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Just pen pictures, nothing more. That is all that can be accomplished with very short visits. Cruising will also appear in the last issue of the year 18 December. Please also read NOVEMBER CRUISE NEWS, written on the way into New York.
Customer service for passengers from China arriving at or departing from Heathrow has been boosted with the introduction by British Airways of Mandarin-speaking representatives at Terminal 5.
The only non-stop service between Taiwan and the UK touched down at Gatwick on Friday as Sky Team alliance member China Airlines completed a 13hr flight from Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport with its new Airbus A350-900.
Paris Orly has been chosen by International Airlines Group (IAG) as the next base for its low-cost long-haul brand Level. The carrier, which launched from Barcelona earlier this year, will replace IAG’s existing Open Skies airline, launched by BA in 2008.
The countdown to the launch by Qantas of non-stop B787 Dreamliner flights between London and Australia next March continued last week as the airline began welcoming passengers to a spacious new London Lounge at Heathrow.
The island city of Xiamen has joined the portfolio of Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts with the opening of a 325-room “urban resort” described by the company as “a lifestyle destination” for business and leisure travellers.
The much-anticipated Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has opened its doors as the first new-build, international luxury hotel to open in Sydney’s Central Business District this millennium.