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18 DECEMBER 2017
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Marking the debut of the brand in Colombia, Hilton luxury brand Conrad Hotels and Resorts has opened an oceanfront property in Cartagena. With 109 rooms and suites and more to come, it becomes the third Conrad in Latin America.
Leasing former Air Berlin aircraft, taking over other assets of the failed airline including slots and offering jobs to former flying crew are among the results of easyJet acquiring part of Air Berlin’s operations at Tegel Airport.
A new Business Class product called simply Biz is being introduced on selected long-haul flights by Eurowings when the summer flight schedule starts in 2018. The carrier says it is the first low-cost airline to make the move.
The fate of Austrian budget carrier Niki, which filed for insolvency last week, was still in the balance at the weekend after founder and former Formula One champion Niki Lauda was reported to have offered to buy the airline back.
The first Swiss business jet has passed a major milestone after obtaining type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US-American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Business Travel News and its staff would like to wish all our readers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. We are back on Monday 8 January but in the meantime do try the holiday quiz and even put an entry in. The results will be published on 8 January. You may have forgotten some of these airlines existed.
A firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft with options of up to 100 more aircraft was signed last week by Delta Air Lines and Airbus. Deliveries are set to begin in 2020 and run to the end of 2023 to replace smaller, less technically advanced aircraft.
Team England will be flown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast by Etihad Airways, an airline synonymous with sport and the carrier for thousands of athletes, coaches and supporters from around the world.
The programme to expand Heathrow has taken a significant step towards delivery with the launch by the airport of the first 10-week phase of public planning consultation on the project set for the new year.
Six very special racing cars will deliver the sound of thunder as they take to the Grand Avenue at the 2018 Historic Motorsport International show at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands from 15-18 February.
Future plans for 2018 including the first non-stop services linking Manchester with the three main Scottish islands of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles were unveiled by Loganair last week.
Luton Airport held a press conference last week. Nothing wrong with that except that there was not a representative of the airport in sight. The gathering was hosted by London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL), a company owned by Luton Council (see BTN 11 December). The local press were for the most part compliant and only Business Travel News asked any questions after the 30min briefing. We were told an unnamed technical team was helping the council.
Significant progress in the battle against carbon and noise emissions from aircraft operations was reported last week by the Sustainable Aviation coalition of UK airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and the air traffic service provider.
Detailed plans of Heathrow’s terminals are now available on Apple Maps after the airport collaborated with the digital giant to give passengers a powerful new tool to enable them to navigate through the airport and find what they are looking for.
Fiat 124 Spyder v Mazda MX-5
For the holiday edition of Business Travel News' monthly cruise feature, we interviewed Nick Wilkinson, vice-president and managing director UK&I and MEA for Norwegian Cruise Lines. There is also a news update on what is happening in the industry, a few cruise bargains, and the result of a visit to Europa 2, Douglas Ward’s top cruise ship.
Wecome to the 2017 Business Travel News popular year-end quiz.
Once again a very big thanks to Rob Simpson of AIR BRITAIN in helping put it together and to our prize supplier, easyjet for a return flight for two anywhere on its extensive system, and to Crecy Publications Ltd, for three second prizes of any of their aviation titles. This year we are also giving away three copies of the commemorative book LONDON CITY AIRPORT - 30 Years Linking the Capital, written by BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg.
Two more heavyweight executives at Airbus are leaving, the company announced on Friday, headed by chief executive Tom Enders, who will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2019.
What is claimed to be the fastest rebranding of its kind has seen easyHotel open in Newcastle with a property centrally located between the city centre and the quayside and an 8min walk from Central Station.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation last week praised transport secretary Chris Grayling for his “enthusiastic response” to its campaign to ensure the general aviation sector is safeguarded in future plans for the UK airline industry.
Final plans are in hand in the US for the launch of a new “low-cost, high-tech” airline which aims to fill gaps in the market internationally and between highly-populated US cities using high-capacity Boeing B747s.
Travellers using London City Airport now have a wider choice of hotel in the area following the opening of the ibis London Canning Town, opposite Canning Town station and a key element in the newly-established Hallsville Quarter.
Passport holders aged 16 or over can now use the latest and most convenient way to renew the document online. The service, which takes an average of 10min to complete, has previously been available only to those over the age of 26.
Supporters of a plan to restore Plymouth Airport, which is currently mothballed, for future use as a general aviation facility have said they are optimistic of a successful outcome to their campaign.
Efforts for all parts of the UK to be connected to the UK’s global hub at Heathrow are being ramped-up by the Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA), under chairman Neil Pakey.
Two more luxury city properties have been added to the line-up at InterContinental Hotels, joining the new InterContinental Perth City Centre, the brand’s sixth opening in Australia, announced last week (BTN 11 December).