17 SEPTEMBER 2018

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Lufthansa catering

In order to make travel easier for those customers in a hurry, Lufthansa has now developed a smart solution called "Delights to Go".

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COMMENT SPECIAL: British Airways and hacking

British Airways needs to get itself a new IT supplier, and fast. On Thursday the company admitted that bank details of 380,000 passengers had been hacked. The breach occurred on 21 August. Private financial information remained available to the hackers for more than a fortnight. Some customers, BA concedes, may already have had money stolen from their accounts, depending on the skill of the criminals.

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Aeroflot takes more SSJ100

Aeroflot and the United Aircraft Corporation have signed an agreement for the delivery of a further 100 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100).

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Aviation Club and Udvar-Hazy

It was a packed Aviation Club, plenty of bankers and city types, but not that many airlines, who last week came to London’s Institute of Directors to hear Steven Udvar-Hazy, the doyen of the aircraft leasing business. 

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Delta unveils Airbus 220-100

Last week saw the rolling out at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec, plant, of the first of 75 Airbus A220 Delta Air Lines has on order.  Formerly called the C Series the A220 is now unique in being produced by one aircraft company and sold and supported by another.

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Dublin to Lisbon

Lisbon is to go four times daily from Dublin starting 1 April 2019.  At present it is served by a 06:45 Ryanair departure and one at 18:45 by Aer Lingus, an arrangement that seems to suit both airlines.

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Grayling recruits Williams and Collier

Keith Williams, the former chief executive of British Airways, has been recruited by transport secretary Chris Grayling to head a review of Britain’s railway systems.

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Morgan asked to consider his position by transport chief

Sir Terry Morgan, the chairman of Crossrail, refused to contemplate resignation when asked to consider his position by Caroline Pidgeon,  Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, at a testy public meeting in City Hall London last week. Now officially the Elizabeth Line, it was due to open in December 2018. No new date has been set yet for the opening.  (See BTN 3 September “Year’s delay for Crossrail”)

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Northolt update

BAe Systems has been awarded a four-year £42m contract from the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of the Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) fleet of four BAe 146 jetliners operated by 32 (The Royal) Squadron from RAF Northolt in West London.

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Norwegian drops Singapore

Singapore from Gatwick has become the first Norwegian Airlines major long-haul route to close, with the carrier confirming that no bookings would be taken after a final LGW departure on Thursday 10 January with the closing return Friday 11 January 2019. 

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Toulouse job swap

He did not have to move far from a physical point of view.

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World’s busiest air routes revealed

Currently taking place in Guangzhou (China), World Routes 2018 was the launch pad for the publication of the 2017 world airline statistics.

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ON TOUR: Philadelphia

Among America’s East Coast cities, New York and Boston have traditionally commanded the most attention. That could be about to change, as Richard Cawthorne reports

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AND FINALLY: Railway on time

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Air Albania maiden flight

The maiden flight of Air Albania, the country’s first national airline company, a joint venture with Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY), took place last Friday (14 September).

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Airport slots – changes at ACL

Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) has announced the appointment of Edmond Rose as the company’s new CEO, effective immediately.

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Bombardier and the Q400 aircraft

While there has been much emphasis on the C series aircraft and its reincarnation as the Airbus A220, Bombardier’s passenger aircraft division has been quietly concentrating on a product line that now consists of the Q400 turboprop and CRJ Series jet.

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France invests in TGV

Much to everyone’s surprise (given the country’s budgetary constraints) the French government has approved five new sections of high-speed rail track.

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Hawaii to London via Boston

A new Hawaii – UK routing has opened up with the introduction of a five-times-weekly service by Hawaiian Airlines between Boston and Honolulu (HNL) next April.

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Heathrow hotel openings

Arora Group has announced that it has entered the final stage in the two-year construction of its two linked Heathrow Terminal 4 hotels.

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Luxury Travel Fair

Back once more at London’s Olympia is the Luxury Travel Fair 1−4 November, again with the support of Condé Nast.

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Priority Pass new lounges

There are new lounges aplenty with Priority Pass and we highlight a few.  Please however note that some lounges are not open 24 hours and it is easy to be caught out if connecting late night or early morning.

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Ryanair and London

Michael O’Leary himself was on hand last week to launch Ryanair’s summer 2019 flight programme, the largest ever through the nation’s capital.

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