23 JULY 2018
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Historic aircraft will be back in the air over London on 18-19 August when the 2018 Biggin Hill Festival of Flight celebrates 100 years of the RAF with a salute to “The Few” and a glimpse of the future.
A sun-drenched Farnborough. Some of us can remember wet events and canvas hospitality. Things have moved on and the whole operation is a credit to ADS Group, a worthy successor to the SBAC.
But it is not perfect.
EasyJet easily stole the show on the Wednesday of Farnborough week with the mid-morning arrival from Gatwick of its first Airbus A321neo with transport secretary Chris Grayling and new CEO Johan Lundgren on board. The A321 offers 235 seats against 189 on its A320 sibling.
Italy’s new transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, confirmed last week the Italian government wanted to keep control of Alitalia with 51% of the airline, but left the door open for easyJet among others to bid to be a minority partner.
In a crowded gala ceremony at London’s iconic Langham Hotel, airline leaders and top airline management from across the globe gathered to receive their 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards recognised for their clarity of process and independence, the 'Oscars of the Air'.
Future connections to Birmingham airport were in the spotlight at Waterfront’s “UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration” conference and it’s not all good news, writes Andrew Sharp.
At an informal press conference on board easyJet’s first A321 en-route to Farnborough (see A321 neo) chief executive Johan Lundgren was questioned regarding Heathrow and the airline’s attitude towards the airport. He was quizzed concerning the use of steps instead of an airbridge, easyJet being the airline highlighted by BTN previously (See issue 21 May)
The first Boeing B737 MAX to join the fleet at Indian carrier Jet Airways has entered service. The B737 series has been the backbone of Jet Airways’ fleet since the airline began operations in 1994 with the then-latest B737-300s.
A direct flight linking Guangzhou and Rome was launched by China Southern Airlines last week, extending its route network to seven major European cities. The carrier already serves Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The first stage of a search for “innovation partners”, an initiative launched by Heathrow to encourage fresh thinking around how the airport delivers the third-runway expansion project, was completed last week.
With its biggest expansion to date at Manchester for winter 2018, easyJet has reached a key milestone with the launch of its 1,000th route. Operating to Bordeaux, it is one of 16 new services from the UK now on sale. Flights begin in November.
Any report on this year’s biennial Farnborough Air Show (FAI 2018) must start with the opening by prime minister Theresa May last Monday morning. With Brexit on most people’s minds, she confirmed the UK could remain part of EU organisations critical for the aerospace industry, typically the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). "By working closely together, government and industry have ensured we remain at the forefront of civil aviation and that our air power is second to none," she said.
"Today I want us to build on that, and ensure not only that we retain our prominence, but that in an increasingly competitive industry we make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead."
Results of a government study by Britain’s first general aviation champion, Byron Davies, on the future of UK airfields will be known shortly, transport secretary Chris Grayling said last week.
The Brexit White Paper is welcome confirmation of UK aviation proposals but agreement on the implementation period and ratification are vital, according to the Airport Operators Association (AOC).
A four-a-week non-stop service between Hong Kong and Seattle starting on 31 March next year and a codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines offering extensive connections across Europe have been announced by Cathay Pacific.
With a combined fleet of close to 100 aircraft and annual revenues of around €700m, what is claimed to be the largest pan-European regional airline group has been set up by CityJet of Dublin and Valencia-based Air Nostrum.
A new FBO facility in the Seychelles is on the way from ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, opening on 1 August at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé and operated by ExecuJet in partnership with Euro Aviation.
A door-to-door luggage check-in service to reduce airport waiting times for passengers has been launched at Heathrow by Finnair in a three-month trial in partnership with luggage specialist AirPortr.
Passengers, staff and residents from the local area can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick in what officials claim is the first scheme of its kind for an airport.
Governments and air navigation service providers across Europe have been asked by IATA to address the region’s airspace bottlenecks, as new data revealed that delays so far this year have more than doubled compared to 2017.