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29 JANUARY 2018


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Air Astana and wi-fi

Rockwell Collins’ cabin system, which supports Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) service, has been installed by Air Astana across its fleet of three Boeing 767 aircraft.

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American at Los Angeles

A new Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining facilities have been opened by American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Nigel Milton – Director of Communications Heathrow Airport Ltd

The coming together of Brexit and Heathrow was inevitable.  Nigel Milton, the airport’s Director of Communications explains the philosophy of the largest ever public transport open discussion, which is about to get under way.

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COMMENT: Victory for common sense

In an announcement late Friday evening UK (and Northern Ireland) time the US International Trade Commission overturned by 4-0 votes a previous ruling from the American commerce department placing a 300% tax on Bombardier C Series to Delta Airlines.

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Airlines UK and the Minister

Chris Grayling, secretary of state for transport, was the guest of honour at Airlines UK annual dinner last week.

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Australia Day, Qantas and Perth

London’s 42-storey Leadenhall building, was the venue for this year’s Qantas-sponsored Australia Day party. 

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Birmingham Airport’s passenger experience

Work has started on a multi-million-pound programme of development works at Birmingham Airport to improve the passenger journey through the terminal and expand its retail and catering offers.

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Carlisle to London by air?

London could be linked by air this summer to Carlisle and the Lake District.  A target date of 4 June has been set.

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Dreamliner Dash 10 added

Boeing's 787-10 Dreamliner has been cleared for commercial service by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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El Al drops Up

Israel’s flag carrier El Al is to continue its expansion into North America, but will drop its low-cost brand Up after four years of service to five European destinations.  Up never served the UK.

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Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted – one airline to Cyprus

With perhaps the exception of British Airways, whose Cityflyer offspring does have limited weekend services out of Stansted, Cobalt Air has become the first airline to operate out of London’s three major airports.

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Heathrow Consultation

Tomorrow, Tuesday 30 January, sees the first of 40 consultation events (Hounslow Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4D 12:00 to 20:00) designed to brief the public in the Heathrow conurbation of the proposed expansion of the airport.

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North America with Jet2.com

British low-cost and Leeds-based airline is developing its North Atlantic product during 2018 using the eleven 235-seat Boeing 757s it has in its fleet.

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ON TOUR: Business aviation’s fine year

Alison Chambers looks back at in business aviation 2017 and considers where it might go this year.

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AND FINALLY: Airport parking problem

Somebody has not paid his parking fees.

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ABTA and sickness scams

The Financial Claims and Guidance Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons last Monday 22 January.  It is supported by ABTA.

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All change at Luton plus financial's

EasyJet's (EZ) new chief executive, Johan Lundgren, has quickly got his feet under the table kicking off his reign with a strong set of trading figures.  The airline reported a 14.4% jump in revenues to £1.1bn for the three months to 31 December. 

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BA communications director leaves

Paul Marston has left his post as director of communications for British Airways.

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CityJet and Florence

CityJet will restart its daily service from London City Airport to the Tuscan city of Florence from 25 March once again with the popular AVRO RJ85.

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Fast train to Jerusalem

The long-awaited Tel Aviv – Jerusalem express will open on 30 March, the Israeli transport minister Israel Katz has announced.

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IAG loses out over Lauda

A consortium headed by former Austrian racing driver Niki Lauda has won the battle for bankrupt Air Berlin unit Niki, an airline he founded in 2003.

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Mandarin Oriental closes

The Hotel Ritz, Madrid, part of Mandarin Oriental International Ltd, has announced that will close on 28 February 2018 for a €99m ($121m) restoration, which is expected to complete in late 2019.

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Singapore Airlines and A380

London has been confirmed as Singapore Airlines brings into service the newest Airbus A380 aircraft, featuring the airline’s recently unveiled new cabin products.

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Year end quiz

After very careful deliberation it has been decided that Henry Leoni of NATS is the winner of the 2017 end of year quiz and with it a pair of flights on easyJet.

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