26 NOVEMBER 2018
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Africa is to have a new link with Russia from next Saturday, 1 December, when the continent’s largest aviation group, Ethiopian Airlines, begins a three-a-week service to Moscow with the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.
Five of the 10-strong fleet of Airbus A380s at Air France are to be retired after a review ordered by Air France-KLM group CEO Benjamin Smith as part of his plans to streamline the airline. Smith took office on 30 September.
Good financial results for year to 30 September were reported last week by easyJet, with profit before tax up £60m over 2017 to £445m. Passenger numbers rose by 10.2% and revenue was up by 16.6% to nearly £5.9bn.
The final shape of the new Boeing B777X that will take to the skies next year has been revealed as the manufacturer last week brought together the major fuselage sections in a major production milestone known as the “final body join”.
Drivers who park in cycle lanes could be fined under a proposal contained in a package of 50 road-safety measures from the government last week designed to promote the use of bikes in built-up areas.
EasyJet’s pace-setting connections service Worldwide by easyJet has gained a powerful new recruit in the shape of Emirates, joining a line-up including Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian plus Singapore Airlines and its low-cost subsidiary Scoot.
Two new routes from Bournemouth airport to Guernsey and Jersey and midweek flights added to its recently-announced weekend Edinburgh – Guernsey service have been unveiled by Loganair for next summer.
Regional connections into Heathrow were in focus last week with Newquay and Flybe plus Inverness and British Airways competing for attention.
Images of the Polaris (business class) layout on United Airlines’ new Boeing B787-10 Dreamliners have been unveiled after the company received the first aircraft, with 14 more due for delivery over the next two years – an average of about one every seven weeks.
Debate over the future of Flybe continued at the weekend after Virgin Atlantic confirmed it was in talks over a possible takeover of the regional carrier, which has put itself up for sale (See BTN 18 November).
Krakow and Budapest were in the limelight at Wizz Air last week as the carrier announced new plans for the UK market next year, including services between Poland and Doncaster.
BTN editor Richard Cawthorne samples a hotel whose dedication to wine is only part of the story
For those with a little time on their hands we share a link with a “Fear of Flying” course and the comedian Michael Macintyre. And there is some fine singing too.
Ten additional Airbus A330-900 widebodies have been ordered by Delta Air Lines in a move the carrier says is designed to support its international growth strategy “in the near to medium term”. The deal expands the A330neo order book from 25 to 35 aircraft.
The UK Airport Operators Association (AOA) is seeking a new chairman after Ed Anderson said he is standing down at the end of his current term at the annual general meeting on 5 March next year, after 11 years.
A third brand is being added next year to the portfolio of Vietnam’s Fusion Hotel Group, which specialises in upscale spa inclusive resorts and chic city hotels, with the opening of the first Fusion Originals hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
A futuristic theme and new features designed to enhance the visitor experience and prepare industry buyers for developments over the next three years are being planned by organisers of the 2019 Business Travel Show on 20-21 February.
Plans for new uniforms for cabin and flight deck crew plus new in-flight entertainment and a loyalty programme are nearing completion at independent carrier flybmi with a scheduled launch date of January.
Rapid growth is continuing at American Airlines’ subsidiary Envoy Air, formerly known as American Eagle, with the carrier responding by nearly doubling its Embraer E175 fleet by adding 15 aircraft to an existing order of 25.
The former chairman of High Speed 1 (HS1), Rob Holden, has been appointed the new chairman of London City Airport (LCY) with immediate effect as the facility continues its £500m development programme and heads for a record 4.7m passengers this year.