5 FEBRUARY 2018

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Bloomsbury hotel

YTL Hotels is investing in a multi-million-pound interior refurbishment of The Academy, 21 Gower Street, in the heart of Bloomsbury, within an easy walk of London’s West End. 

Expected to be completed in April The Academy will also become part of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Grant Shapps MP

No general aviation (GA), no airlines either.

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Air Belgium is a start-up

Hong Kong is the first destination for a new airline called Air Belgium with an end of March introduction target date.

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Bournemouth and the A340

European Aviation of the UK has signed an agreement to acquire ten Airbus A340 aircraft from Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

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CAA in seat allocation review

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a review of airline allocated seating polices after conducting consumer research that showed the current approach to allocated seating is causing confusion.

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Cape Town and Singapore Airlines

The popularity of Cape Town has been further underscored with the news that Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be increasing flight frequency to meet growing travel demand.

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Cycling and London

Design work is to begin on the next generation of the controversial cycle routes in inner and outer London.

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Lufthansa’s new colour scheme

In an age of instant news it is difficult to keep things under wraps, especially when it is Boeing 747-8.

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New Singapore hotels

Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas has announced the latest project in the group’s expanding portfolio with its first two city hotels in Singapore; Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell.

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Ryanair and the pilots' union

BALPA (British Airline Pilots' Association), has signed an agreement with Ryanair as the sole representative body for Ryanair employed pilots in the UK.

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St Helena news

Travellers to and from St Helena could be offered a special charter flight from the UK over the 2018 Christmas holiday period.

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The future of Business Aviation RAeS

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is staging what it terms The Future of Business Aviation on 24 April at its London HQ.

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Virgin Atlantic new Upper Class

Manchester has been chosen by Virgin Atlantic for the introduction of a new passenger offering in March.

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FEBRUARY CRUISE NEWS: Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

Europe’s largest cruise show returns to London Olympia on Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 February.  Go to this site for discounted tickets at £5 and reader code "Business2018".

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AND FINALLY: Sunbed space. You must be joking.

And you think you have a deck space problem

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Bizav on Brexit

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in co-operation with the British Business Aviation Association (BBGA) and Clyde & Co published its Brexit analysis last week.

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British Airways lounges

Customers with British Airways travelling from Innsbruck, Ibiza and Seville can now benefit from access to new lounges.

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China “step change” says IAG

To coincide with Theresa May’s visit to China last week International Airlines Group (IAG) has urged the Prime Minister to fulfil the Government’s promise to introduce a new ten-year visa for Chinese visitors that it made over two years ago.

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Classic Car Show ExCel London

The date of the London Classic Car Show and its sister display Historic Motorsport International at ExCeL is not far away (15-18 February).

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London corporate jet conference

The mood at the 2018 Corporate Jet Investor conference in London this year reflected an industry confident enough to announce its positive outlook on business aviation after a long period of uncertainty writes Alison Chambers.

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Qatar and the USA

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has confirmed that the US and Qatar have reached “understandings on civil aviation” aimed at addressing the concerns of US major airlines about alleged subsidies to Gulf carriers.

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Stansted to Washington

Following the announcement of flights from Stansted to Boston, New York and Toronto later this year (see BTN  30 October 2017) Primera Air is to introduce a five times weekly Stansted to Washington route from 22 August. 

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Visually impaired passengers at Birmingham

Birmingham has become the first airport on the UK mainland to fit an audio description unit for the visually impaired in one of their disabled access toilets.

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