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9 APRIL 2018
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Paris has joined Gatwick (BTN last week) in launching a trial of fully-electric driverless shuttles at Paris CDG Airport, the first in France and this time including passengers.
Just like probably every other business in the UK we are concerned with the implication of GDPR from 25 May. Nothing to do with Public Relations, but an acronym for the General Data Protection Regulation.
In what it calls a “major event” for the company, widebody wet-lease specialist Hi Fly is adding the Airbus A380 to its fleet, making it the first Portuguese and fourth European airline to operate the aircraft.
Passengers flying to and from London airports were warned last week to expect delays for at least 10 days and possibly up to three weeks as Britain upgrades its outdated air traffic control system.
Ultra-long-haul flying is back in the news after Air New Zealand announced it will begin operating non-stop between Chicago O’Hare and its hub in Auckland from 30 November with three flights a week using the Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner.
Introducing a wide range of fuel-saving initiatives across its network has enabled Etihad Airways to eliminate around 195,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, the airline announced last week.
Long-haul rail travel took a major step last week as Eurostar’s first London – Amsterdam service departed from St Pancras Station for the 3hr 41min journey via Brussels and Rotterdam.
Airport specialist TAV Operation Services has inaugurated its latest Primeclass Lounge in Terminal 2 of Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s largest aviation hub. It brings the total of lounges managed by TAV to 57 in 17 countries.
Long-haul growth is in the air for Malaysia Airlines after the airline issued a Request for Information (RFI) from aircraft manufacturers. Group CEO Izham Ismail said the carrier hoped to place an order by the middle of this year.
Connections between Trieste Airport and several important Italian commercial and tourist centres have been given a major boost with the inauguration of a new rail station.
Three return flights a week between Antwerp and Scotland are joining the VLM Airlines schedule from 4 June as the airline continues its expansion by adding Aberdeen, Cologne-Bonn Airport and Rostock to its destinations list.
BTN editor Richard Cawthorne takes time out from his latest trip to Western Australia (WA) to renew acquaintance with one of the state’s top resorts, Mandurah.
The Kia Sorento SUV 4-wheel drive is a big car and if you are using one of the Gatwick Airport multi-storey car parks, be very careful, writes Malcolm Ginsberg. It is just too easy to hit the kerb when approaching a ramp and scraping the lovely 18in alloy wheels. However, once you have mastered the turning circle, the problem goes.
A new collection of 5-star boutique hotels, eco-lodges, game reserves and luxury houseboats plus a bespoke tour-operating division are now being marketed under the AccorHotels banner in a strategic partnership with the South Africa-based Mantis Group.
Continuing its largest long-haul programme to date with 2.75m seats across the Atlantic this summer, Aer Lingus has launched its new service from Dublin direct to Philadelphia with a Boeing B757 named Saint Columbanus.
A major new order for 47 Boeing B787s plus 28 options was announced by American Airlines and the manufacturer at the weekend in a move that will see the carrier more than double its Dreamliner fleet and is a blow to Airbus.
Marriott International’s portfolio of independent properties, Autograph Collection Hotels, has made its debut in Georgia with the opening of the Paragraph Resort & Spa in the Black Sea coastal resort of Shekvetili.
The modern face of commercial aviation is on the agenda for this month’s lunch meeting of the Aviation Club in London when WOW Air founder, CEO, and sole owner Skuli Mogensen takes to the rostrum on 26 April as guest speaker.
The government’s latest report last week on next steps on the future of UK aviation after Brexit met with a mixed reaction from the industry.
The paper is the last request for views before a consultation document is published this autumn.
Almost a century after the maiden flight of the world’s first all-metal civilian aircraft, the Junkers F13, regarded as one of the most significant milestones in the development of air travel, an historic replica has been granted an airworthiness certificate.
Eagle-eyed bird spotters passing through Southampton Airport recently may have noticed a species they couldn’t quite place.
It looks like a falcon to the casual observer, but the new arrival, named Robird, is an ornithopter – a type of drone designed and flown to mimic the actions of a bird of prey, and used to deter real birds from the airport.