30 APRIL 2018
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Passengers were treated to a novel experience when Icelandair welcomed its first new Boeing B737 MAX 8 with a special celebratory flight that took a circular route over some of Iceland’s most stunning landscapes and sights.
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Drones: Current Disruption and Future Disruptor
Aleks Kowalski is a co-founder of Consortiq, a specialist drone consultancy with an emphasis on safety within this fast-growing division of the aviation business. In addition, he is an airline captain on the A320 and sits on the government's BEIS Drone Industry Action Group. Here, he discusses where we are with drones as of now and the current risks to aviation, but also the pace of drone development and how it could affect business travel in future. See Drone near collision in this issue.
Concern over drones straying into flight paths intensified last week after it was revealed an aircraft carrying 160 passengers narrowly missed being struck as it took off from Heathrow.
A main contractor is set to be appointed this autumn so work can begin on Dublin Airport’s new North Runway project, operating company daa said last week. Chief executive Dalton Philips said it was “the most important thing Ireland will build in a generation”.
The Ultra Long Range version of the Airbus A350 XWB, designated MSN 216, completed its first flight successfully last week, clearing the way for it to enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines (SIA) in the second half of this year.
Passengers with a little time to spare as they wait for flights at Frankfurt Airport can now relax in style in a new €1.5m roof terrace just opened atop the transit zone of Terminal 1 with a view of the bustling activity at Germany’s largest aviation hub.
A former office block is set to become one of Gibraltar’s top hotels with the InterContinental group signing up with property developer Roquebrook to bring its boutique Indigo brand to the British Overseas Territory.
Car manufacturer Lexus is extending its influence beyond the automotive world into global luxury lifestyle with the opening at Brussels Airport last week of a 700sq m premium lounge with seating for 175 guests.
After four years of major renovations, one of Lyon’s most iconic buildings, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, was officially inaugurated on Friday at the start of a special festival lasting until 21 June.
British Airways owner IAG was caught up in an unintended business tangle last week after Norwegian Air said other unnamed companies had expressed interest in it following IAG’s purchase of a minority share with a possible view to a takeover (BTN 16 April).
A third UK departure point after Gatwick and Edinburgh joined the roster at Icelandic carrier Wow air last week with the company’s inaugural flight from Stansted to Rejkjavik, which connects with Wow’s new long-haul route to Detroit.
On Tuesday morning (1 May) a Qatar Airways A350 XWB will land at Cardiff International Airport after a non-stop 7hr 15min flight from Doha inaugurating a daily service to the Welsh capital. It is something of a homecoming, the Principality hosting the Airbus site at Broughton, where wings for the entire family of Airbus commercial aircraft are made.
A major recruitment drive is in progress in China by British Airways as the carrier moves to double the number of Chinese cabin crew on its flights to and from the country so it can better serve its Chinese customers.
In what it calls part of its “strategic business alignment”, Eastern Airways, a franchise partner of Flybe, is to take over operating the Aberdeen – London City route next Monday, 7 May.
Mobile ticketing allowing passengers to go from booking to boarding in a matter of minutes, and without the need for a paper ticket, has been extended by Great Western Railway across its network after a regional trial.
Memorandums of understanding for the delivery of 40 Russian Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) passenger aircraft to Iran have been signed by Moscow and Tehran. The announcement was made by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft president Aleksandr Rubtsov.
A firm order for 10 new Bombardier Q400 turboprops for Ethiopian Airlines was announced on Friday, with deliveries scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year.
Regulators have cleared the way for a breakthrough in inflight communication by Qatar Airways, which has become the first airline in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard.
Options for 25 Boeing B737 MAX 200 aircraft, dubbed “the Gamechanger” and valued at more than US$3bn at current list prices, were exercised by Ryanair last week.
Improved entertainment options for passengers via an expanded personal device option available on all aircraft with DIRECTV live streaming have been introduced by United Airlines after a three-month installation programme.
Services from Manchester to Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges are being launched by newly-revitalised Belgian carrier VLM from 1 October, serving Antwerp twice daily Monday to Friday, with daily flights over the weekend. The Ostend-Bruges service will operate once a day.