2 APRIL 2018
BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.
The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
© 2018 Business Travel News Ltd.
Just weeks away from launching its new base at Birmingham Airport with direct low-cost services to New York, Toronto, Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and Crete, Primera Air says it has been given a warm welcome by the Midlands business community.
A new 5-star property has opened in the Omani capital in the shape of the Kempinski Hotel Muscat, spread over 6km of coastline in the Al Mouj district and featuring 310 rooms and suites.
Levelling the commercial playing field for the UK’s smaller airports
Neil Pakey has been chair of the RABA Group since June 2016, and has had a varied career in airport senior management in the UK, Canada and Ireland. During service with Manchester Airport in the 1990s, he was seconded to the European Commission’s air policy division for three years, helping to put together the single aviation market.
Last Sunday (1 April 2018), and on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force, the de Havilland Aircraft Museum was presented with an Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for its work in preserving the only surviving WWII de Havilland Mosquito prototype. Its pioneering bonded composite construction is still in use today.
Passengers travelling with children are being given greater freedom to choose how they fly as Air New Zealand plans enhancements to its award-winning Economy Skycouch.
Qantas Boss Alan Joyce was in sparkling form as he addressed a crowded Aviation Club lunch at the Institute of Directors last Tuesday. Please also see 5 March BTN for a technical insight.
Competition in the trans-Pacific market is set to increase following regulatory approval for a joint-venture partnership between Delta Air Lines and Korean Air which the carriers said offered passengers “world-class” benefits across one of the region’s most comprehensive route networks.
Connections between Glasgow and Germany were given another boost last week with the launch of a new daily flight to Frankfurt by Lufthansa. The airline already flies Glasgow – Munich five times a week. Both routes use the Airbus A320.
Pilots’ lobbying organisation the European Cockpit Association last week slapped down suggestions of a shortage in the profession in Europe, saying media headlines and rumours were misrepresenting the situation.
A new ‘Jet Traveler Report 2018’ compiled by Wealth-X, the intelligence and data research company, reveals the majority of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) – those with a net worth over US$30m – are more likely to use on-demand charter services or membership programmes than to fly in their own private jet. writes Stephanie Taylor.
Osaka (Japan) and Perth (Western Australia) are top of the list to see scheduled services by Singapore Airlines’ first Boeing B787-10 next month after the carrier took delivery of the first of the manufacturer’s newest and largest Dreamliner model.
This week’s ON TOUR is effectively a two-part read.
BTN has recently visited Brisbane, stopping for the day as part of an Australian East Coast cruise. Interest is focused on the 21st Commonwealth Games with its 18 sports, 275 events and 70 countries participating. However, the games are not taking place in Brisbane, 1hr by road to the North, but centred on the city of Gold Coast, noted for its popular suburb, Surfers' Paradise.
The international airport transit hotel brand Aerotel, part of airport services company Plaza Premium Group, will open its first property in Europe and sixth globally at Heathrow this month.
A new biometric boarding system at the departure gate has been introduced at Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida for passengers flying with British Airways to Gatwick.
More global connections and a tie-up with Thomas Cook Airlines were announced by easyJet last week, meaning more than half its flights and 53m easyJet customers a year can connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in one booking.
In a trial that could be a first step toward widespread use of autonomous vehicles on airfields across the world, Gatwick is planning to be the first airport to use the high-tech transports to shuttle staff around.
Heathrow Express services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport will continue to operate until at least 2028 under a management contract between Heathrow Airport and FirstGroup subsidiary Great Western Railway (GWR), writes Andrew Sharp.
A new enhanced Business Class offering, including dine on demand, joined the line-up from Heathrow last week as Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air brought in its new daily service to and from Larnaca.
In one of his first international conference appearances as easyJet CEO, Johan Lundgren is joining the line-up of senior industry figures due to speak at the 2018 Aviation Festival at the Business Design Centre in London from 5-7 September.
Independent airport lounge membership programme Priority Pass, part of the UK-based Collinson Group, has signed an exclusive partnership deal with Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at New York’s JFK International airport.