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19 FEBRUARY 2018


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Amsterdam by Eurostar

The long-awaited direct Eurostar service between London and Amsterdam will be launched in April. 

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Düsseldorf expansion for Eurowings

Eurowings is to massively expand long-haul offering in and out of Düsseldorf with a fleet of seven Airbus A330-200s.

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COMMENT: Airbus engine problems

The problems associated with the introduction of the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engine version of the Airbus A320neo will be sorted in time.  For those with long memories, when the aircraft itself was first flown it was certainly not trouble free.

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Air accident investigation

Academics at Cranfield University have developed the first competency framework for aircraft accident investigators, which aims to distinguish the ‘great’ from the ‘good’ in this highly-specialised and demanding field.

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Airbus engine problems

Airwise reports Pratt & Whitney is working on a mitigation plan to fix a new problem with its PW1100G GTF engine that powers some Airbus A320neo aircraft.

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Birmingham to Amritsar

Air India is introducing a twice weekly non-stop service to Amritsar from Birmingham Airport with the inaugural flight launching Tuesday (20 February). This will be the UK’s only direct service to Amritsar.

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Duxford says “Kids go free”

Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford has published its programme for the 2018 air show season with much emphasis on the RAF Centenary.

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Grand Central Hotel Belfast

Hastings Hotels has released the first artist’s impressions of how the inside of the new £53m Grand Central Hotel will look when it opens its doors in June 2018.

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Perth Airport expansion

From the aircraft to the landside taxi collection point in just 30min must be some kind of record for a major international airport, but that is possible at Perth where they have a fully automated passport control and baggage collection system. 

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Pilatus first jet delivered

In a ceremony at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, Colorado (USA), the initial production PC-24 twin jet was handed over to lead customer PlaneSense who has six on order.

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Remote control tower introduced

Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the German air navigation service provider,  has successfully completed onsite testing of the Frequentis Remote Virtual Tower  solution for Saarbücken Airport, with control services provided 400km away.

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Singapore Airlines debuts new A380

Last Saturday (17 February) saw the debut of Singapore Airlines’ latest new A380 aircraft, with its eagerly-awaited new cabin products first highlighted in BTN  6 November 2017.

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St Helena flights update

The 5 February issue of Business Travel News announced the possibility of a direct flight from the UK to the South Atlantic island of St Helena over the year-end holiday period.

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ON TOUR: Perth Western Australia

Regular readers of Business Travel News will know that editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg has been looking after the weekly bulletin while editor Richard Cawthorne has taken what he terms a “short sabbatical”. 

Last week, the two finally caught up at The Loft, a congenial bar situated on the first floor of the new Intercontinental Hotel in Perth, Western Australia), sited right in the centre of what is quickly becoming the Dominion's third largest city. It proved to be an ideal spot to prepare a handover of the publication. 

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AND FINALLY: Was the captain 'politically correct'?

On an Australian domestic night flight the captain came up with the following.

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Chile Mandarin Oriental update

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new urban resort in Chile that is currently under development in Viña del Mar, close by to Valporosa.  The property will be a natural partner to Hotel Santiago, in the nation’s capital, which the Group manages, following a face-lift later in 2018, and the rebranding as Mandarin Oriental Santiago.

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Flight compensation continued

In last week’s issue (see BTN 12 February) we noted a new delayed flight compensation scheme offered by FlightDelayRepay to be underwritten by airlines, sales organisations and operators.  More information has emerged.

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From City to Southend

A new face at Southend Airport is Bernard Lavelle – previously sales director at London City.

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Harvey Crush

Harvey Crush, a popular founder member of the Aviation Club, has suddenly passed away aged 79. He retired as a circuit Judge in 2001.

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Istanbul threatens the Gulf

Analysis by forecast company ForwardKeys has revealed that the major airports in the Gulf – Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi – are all losing market share of transit passengers to Istanbul.

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Qatar Airways to Canberra

Canberra has become the latest entry point into Australia for Qatar Airways (QR).

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Seoul Airport move for Korean

Incheon Airport Passenger Terminal 2 (T2) has officially opened. Korean Air, the nation’s largest flagship carrier, has now relocated its operations to T2. 

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World’s busiest airports 2017

The top 20 busiest airports in the world in 2017, based on Sabre's preliminary passenger numbers.  Sabre, once part of American Airlines, global provider of airlines reservation and booking systems and is based at Southlake,  Texas

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