25 JUNE 2018

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Alitalia marches on

Despite its political and financial troubles, Alitalia indicated last week it is looking to the future by unveiling at the opening of Milan Men’s Fashion Week new uniforms from Alberta Ferretti for ground staff and flight crew.

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SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Heathrow for Britain

The story of Heathrow’s third runway reaches an important milestone later today (Monday 25 June) when the government’s national policy statement goes before Parliament. 

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Airlines UK: Now or never

As the parliamentary vote on Heathrow expansion looms today, Airlines UK, the industry association that represents UK carriers, added its voice to the debate with chief executive Tim Alderslade saying there can be no turning back if the vote is lost.

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BA in PR disaster

British Airways passengers who tried to take advantage of heavily discounted flights to Tel Aviv have lost out, according to Jewish Weekly.

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Cathay's high-tech newcomer

Technology was in the air last week as Cathay Pacific welcomed the first of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft as the newest member of its fleet and then flew it from Airbus HQ at Toulouse to Hong Kong using a blend of biofuel.

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EasyJet fares pledge

Fares lower by up to 30% and new UK and European routes will result from an expanded Heathrow because it would allow the entry of low-cost carriers to the airport at scale for the first time, according to easyJet.

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Flybe fighting back

Results which saw an adjusted loss of £19.2m for the year to 31 March, three times more than in 2016/17, but an improvement in loss before tax to £9.4m and group revenue up 6.4% to £752.6m were reported by Flybe last week.

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Gatwick details latest investment

Further details of Gatwick's new five-year capital investment plan worth £1.11bn (BTN 18 June) were announced last week amid predictions passenger numbers will grow to nearly 53m by 2023.

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More routes for Wizz

Four new winter routes are joining the Wizz Air network from the carrier’s Luton base in October following what it says has been a year of “massive” growth and marking the next phase of growth for its UK operations.

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Rotterdam flights pegged

Future development at Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands is being put on hold amid controversy over airspace reorganisation, which has been delayed until autumn next year.

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United Dublin celebration

Celebrations to mark 20 years of non-stop flights between Dublin and New York Newark by United Airlines have been taking place at Dublin Airport. 

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Weiss to take over at Virgin

Virgin Atlantic’s top job is changing hands on 1 January with current chief commercial officer Shai Weiss taking over from Craig Kreeger as CEO. Kreeger will stay in the role until the changeover.

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Which? award for Jet2

The low-cost sector has joined the elite world of the Which? Awards with Jet2 becoming the first airline to be named Travel Brand of the Year by the consumer organisation.

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ON TOUR: In awe of Loch Awe

On a much-delayed return to Scotland, Richard Cawthorne discovers plenty to admire in a small corner of Argyll

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AND FINALLY: Woman pilots, Part II

Following our tale of the Lotus female flier (BTN 11 June), we turn to the story of a woman pilot’s response to two male passengers after they made comments about her on a flight.

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Airbus facing Brexit backlash

A backlash against Airbus over its threat to quit Britain if there was no Brexit deal was gaining ground over the weekend after it emerged the company had asked MPs for fresh government funding just hours before.

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Bombardier riding high

The first production-line installation of the new Atmosphère cabin is scheduled to be unveiled by Bombardier at Farnborough next month on a CRJ900 which will form part of a new order for 20 of the aircraft announced last week from Delta Air Lines.

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Ethiopian new airline plans

Plans to launch new African airlines in Chad, Guinea, Mozambique and Zambia by the end of the year have been outlined by Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, with a start likely to be made this week.

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IHG introduces new brand Voco

A new upscale hotel brand called Voco, with its first property set for Australia, is on the way from Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) as it bids to strengthen its offer in the upscale market, estimated to be worth US$60bn (about £45bn) by 2025.

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KLM Economy Class upgrade

An upgraded Economy Class service is being offered by KLM from next week aboard its intercontinental flights.

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Norwegian - Lufthansa?

The prospect of a takeover of Norwegian by a larger airline group was revived last week after Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said his airline was “in contact” with the carrier.

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Radisson Nantes upgrade

New meeting and events facilities have been unveiled at the Radisson Blu Nantes hotel in western France following a €400,000 upgrade in response to what the property says is increasing demand from business travellers.

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Vancouver revamp takes off

The largest expansion programme in more than two decades has taken off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) with the start of the next phase of a multi-year capital improvement programme including a revamp of the Pier D international terminal.

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