15 OCTOBER 2018

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Airbus promotion for Faury

Guillaume Faury has been named by Airbus to replace Tom Enders as CEO from next April. Faury, 50, joined as president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft eight months ago with his appointment continuing a senior management reshuffle yet to be completed.

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Newquay lands SAS link

Twice-weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays between Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) and Copenhagen (CPH) are to be launched next summer by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) using 90-seat CRJ900s, with multiple onward connections to Europe and beyond.

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COMMENT: Counting chickens

Norwegian Air’s CEO and founder Bjørn Kjos was quick to make the most of last week’s revelation by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that his airline had beaten British Airways to become the biggest non-US carrier on transatlantic routes to and from the New York area.

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AOA gains Grayling

The annual conference, exhibition and awards dinner of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) takes place on 29-30 October at County Hall, Westminster, with transport secretary Chris Grayling heading a list of almost two dozen top-level speakers.

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A second runway for Gatwick?

Gatwick makes public a second runway consideration?

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Atlantic traffic shock

With a third daily London – New York JFK service starting from 28 October, Norwegian last week hailed new figures showing it had overtaken British Airways as the biggest non-US airline on transatlantic routes to and from the New York area.

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BA goes to Boateng for uniforms

Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng, well known for bringing a modern contemporary twist to his creations, has been commissioned as the latest in a gallery of top British designers to develop uniforms for British Airways.

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Brooklands free entrance

Do you live in the Weybridge area, Surrey, Berkshire or South West London and have an interest in cars, aviation, and even pedal cycles?

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Delta expands

As the first Airbus A220-100 planned for delivery to Delta Air Lines made its maiden flight last week, the US carrier showed further signs of expansion with an increase in travel options between the US and Heathrow for next summer.

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Double cheer for Loganair

In a double celebration and just over a year since it began “flying solo”, Loganair last week landed a top industry award and signed a major interline agreement with Emirates to open the Dubai carrier’s global destination network to its passengers.

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Farnborough heads for NBAA

Significant growth throughout 2018 will be reported by Farnborough this week at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition in Orlando.

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Gatwick opens sensory room

A sensory room offering a relaxing, private and fully-interactive environment to calm passengers who may feel overwhelmed in busy and unfamiliar airport surroundings has been opened at Gatwick in a first for a UK airport.

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London City Airport and the Elizabeth Line – Continued

Crossrail was the theme of a Policy Forum for London seminar on 11 October.

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Norwegian opens up in Argentina

Six domestic routes in Argentina allowing passengers to fly affordably from Buenos Aires across the country are on the way from Norwegian’s local subsidiary (BTN 10 September), with flights to Córdoba, Mendoza, Iguazú, Bariloche, Neuquén and Salta.

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Singapore's ultra-long-haul

All eyes were on Singapore Airlines last week as the airline resurrected the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight, with an Airbus A350-900 ULR (Ultra Long Range) service between Singapore and New York Newark.

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ON TOUR: ERA at Edinburgh

After the sunshine of the Eastern Med in 2017, the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) gathered in the Athens of the North – Edinburgh – for its 2018 annual general assembly. Alison Chambers reports.

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ON TOUR EXTRA: Flying BA from and to London

Alison Chambers here offers a BTN special. For ERA, she needed to fly to Edinburgh from Gatwick and back into London City.

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AND FINALLY: What’s in a name?

In addition to hosting a suitably lavish gathering at the British Museum a few weeks ago (BTN 1 October), Korean Air had a fresh take on its 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Academy unveils new interiors

New London boutique property The Academy, the latest addition to the YTL Hotels UK portfolio, has unveiled details of its multi-million-pound interior redesign by the New York company Champalimaud.

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Aer Lingus gains new CEO

British Airways director of network, fleet and alliances Sean Doyle was named last week as the new chief executive of Aer Lingus. He replaces Stephen Kavanagh, who steps down on 1 January 2019 but remains on the airline board as a non-executive director.

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Roll up for Propliner 2019

Contributions are now being sought by editor/publisher Tony Merton Jones for the 2019 Propliner annual, which is planned to make an appearance in April following the success of the 2018 edition, which sold in higher numbers than either of the previous two years.

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Top line-up for Accelerate

Close behind the AOA conference (see story in this issue), another of the key industry gatherings of the year takes place at the Hilton Tower Bridge in London on 14-15 November with the arrival of the Accelerate: Aviation 2018 conference.

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Two more routes for Dublin

Moscow and Calgary are joining the route network offered by Dublin Airport, with Aeroflot opening service to the Russian capital from 28 October and Canada’s WestJet launching direct Dublin – Calgary flights next summer.

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Wizz Air baggage challenge

A “new and transparent” baggage policy aimed at easing boarding and guaranteeing all passengers can take one free carry-on bag into the aircraft cabin on all flights is being introduced by Wizz Air from 1 November.

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