This review was revised 18 October
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14 JANUARY 2019
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A project to build a 300mph 500hp all-electric aircraft that can fly from London to Paris on a single charge has been unveiled last week by Rolls-Royce. Media reports yesterday said the company aims to launch a single-seat demonstrator (below) by the end of next year.
Flybe’s CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener put a brave face on last Friday's (Flybe flies on in this issue) announcement that her airline had been saved from possible extinction. The rescue package announced was the good news involving airport and airline group Stobart, Virgin Atlantic and American private-equity fund Cyrus Capital.
Confirming a record year in 2018, Heathrow announced last week it handled 80m passengers over the 12 months to December, 2.7% more than its previous best performance in 2017.
A new initiative, Unite to Inspire, to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to prepare them to become the next generation of aviation professionals has been launched at Biggin Hill Airport.
Sir Terry Morgan, previous chairman of Crossrail, appeared before the Greater London Authority Transport Committee last Wednesday (9 January). This attendance was requested after he failed to attend the committee just before Christmas (See Khan v Morgan BTN 7 January 2019).
Fifteen more Airbus A220s, formerly the Bombardier C Series, have been added by Delta Air Lines to its initial order with Airbus for 75 of the state-of-the-art aircraft.
Glasgow Airport is about to help to create Scottish aviation history following confirmation that Emirates is to introduce Scotland’s first scheduled A380 superjumbo service.
The future of Flybe has been assured but under a different name after a new consortium called Connect Airways consisting of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital agreed to buy the regional carrier for £2.2m. See also COMMENT in this issue.
As predicted (BTN 3 December 2018), Air France is axing its low-cost sister carrier Joon, with parent group Air France-KLM saying the brand had been “difficult to understand for passengers, staff, markets and investors”.
Polish airline LOT last week became the latest carrier to introduce services at London City Airport (LCY) with twice-daily flights to Warsaw. At the same time, Flybe began an operation to Newcastle, also with morning and evening rotations.
An industry first as the pioneer low-cost airline to introduce free wi-fi on intercontinental flights is being claimed by Norwegian with the roll-out of basic and premium high-speed connectivity on its Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner and B737 MAX aircraft.
Despite the growing popularity of the ‘boxset binge’, when it comes to settling in and switching off during a flight the likes of a Game of Thrones marathon is being overlooked in favour of a good film, research by holiday company TUI has revealed.
Over the past year, The China Guide (TCG), a Beijing-based travel organiser, has put together customised private tours in China for thousands of travellers from the UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, Canada and Australia.
A pilot cadet training programme for use by a worldwide network of partner flight schools has been certificated by Airbus and the French Civil Aviation University, ENAC.
Fare levels should remain stable on many of the world’s major air routes this year according to the latest forecast in the Air Monitor 2019, published by American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
The Coastal West Sussex Partnership has announced its support for Gatwick’s masterplan but highlighted the need for the airport to contribute to the local economy.
In a busy period for the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, the company has joined forces with Boeing in a strategic partnership while celebrating further significant order-book success for its aircraft.
Twice-weekly direct flights between Gatwick and Turkey’s capital and second-largest city Ankara were launched last week by Turkish Airlines, with services on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The full opening of the new Istanbul Airport for passenger flights, initially scheduled for this month, has been delayed for a second time and will now be on 3 March, according to press reports.
In a week of good business news for airports, Stansted was among those reporting a record-breaking year in 2018 with 28m passengers, up 8.1%. Emirates’ daily service to Dubai led airline development, while Spain, France and Germany recorded top growth.
Commercial flights at Eilat’s new Ramon International Airport are due to start next month, on 4 February. The first phase will see domestic services by Arkia and Israir, with international flights to follow. A full operation is expected from 2 April. (Also see BTN 12 November 2018)