28 MAY 2018
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New concerns over pilot shortages were raised last week in a new report from UK-based aviation recruitment specialist AeroProfessional saying too little collaborative action was being taken, specifically in the EU, to address the crisis.
Final details of the Joint Venture Agreement between Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways which sees a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic currently owned by the Virgin Group sold to Air France-KLM for £220m were released last week.
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Next Monday IATA begins in Sydney, Australia. BTN will be covering what could be a very lively gathering.
It was appropriate that yesterday, Sunday 27 May 2018, was the day chosen by some of Britain’s top business groups to add their heavyweight voices to the demand for the government to table a vote on Heathrow expansion.
Japan’s first customer for the Airbus A380, All Nippon Airways, saw the first of the three it has ordered make its debut at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse last week as the aircraft left the final assembly plant for the next stage in construction.
More choice for passengers visiting Moscow was announced by British Airways last week with the addition of Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) to its schedules.
The company that runs Dublin and Cork airports is seeking expressions of interest for a company or consortium to design and build, finance and operate a new 400-bedroom terminal-linked hotel at the Dublin facility.
A partnership agreement between Glasgow Airport and Shanghai Airport Authority has been signed that will see the two work together to petition Chinese carriers to establish a direct air link between the west of Scotland and the Chinese city.
Delegates were reminded at last Wednesday’s Transport Times UK Infrastructure Summit that the National Infrastructure Commission will shortly publish its first report.
"It will be truly ground-breaking, offering an analysis of the UK's long-term needs, assessing national policy and looking across several key sectors," promised commission chair Sir John Armitt, who gave the keynote speech at KPMG’s Canary Wharf headquarters.
An extensive Vienna-based European network called City Shuttle beginning with the winter schedule 2018/19 and including a new direct service to and from Dublin is in the planning stages at Niki Lauda’s new airline LaudaMotion.
A surface-to-air missile belonging to the Russian armed forces shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing B777-200ER, over Ukraine in July 2014, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) confirmed last week.
The pressure group Airlines 4 Europe (A4E) last week intensified its campaign calling on the EU to keep Europe’s skies open after another damaging strike by French air traffic controllers.
The incoming Italian populist government has confirmed it intends to halt the sale of Italy’s insolvent national carrier Alitalia, part of the Sky Team alliance, as part of its own economic plan for the Mediterranean's largest economy.
From next Sunday (3 June) and the following two days, Sydney, New South Wales, will be the centre of the aviation universe, where the mighty, in the form of mega-carriers, will rub shoulders with tiny short-haul operators, all of them members of IATA, the International Air Transport Association.
The first Grand Hyatt hotel in Greece is due to open next autumn in Athens with a 310-room property centrally located on Syngrou Avenue in the Koukaki district, close to golf courses, restaurants and within walking distance of Filopappos Hill.
Daily non-stop flights between Heathrow and Brunei International Airport are being launched on 28 October as a result of national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines dropping its Dubai stopover.
Another multinational hotel group division has opened for business in Europe with the arrival of Delta, part of Marriott International, marking its official debut with a property in Frankfurt.
Uncertainty over whether a summit between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un will take place after all has put talks on air services between North and South Korea back in limbo despite a visit by UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) officials earlier this month (BTN 7 May).
Transport secretary Chris Grayling last week challenged the aviation industry to develop solutions for Heathrow expansion that provide value for money and benefit passengers.
Aviation high-tech kept up its momentum last week with Qantas launching a new technology platform and the Sky Team alliance making it easier for frequent flyers to use their miles to book reward travel across multiple member airlines.
Greeted by a celebratory water-cannon salute, Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Gatwick has launched a double-daily service by Boeing B787 Dreamliner, making the Sussex airport the airline’s sixth gateway into the UK and second to Heathrow.