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11 MARCH 2019
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Growing demand for pilots in Europe has persuaded Airbus to extend its cadet training facilities with its own flight academy and add ab initio to its portfolio.
The headline is tempting, but the key speeches at last week’s AOA (Airport Operators Association) annual dinner were not completely Brexit-free. With a turbulent week approaching (beginning tomorrow), how could they be? However, with the industry still in an upward spiral, there was plenty more to discuss and the Grosvenor House dinner provided plenty of food for thought as well as the other kind.
Engineering facilities at Gatwick are due to be given a lift later this year with the opening of a new 60,000sq m service hangar which is being constructed as a joint project between the airport and Boeing.
A busy spell lies ahead this year for the Aviation Club with easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren as guest speaker at the next monthly lunch on 20 March. The same day will see the club’s first Young Aviation Professionals (YAP) event of 2019.
Shareholders in Flybe last week agreed to the sale of the airline to the Connect Airways consortium consisting of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Air and Cyrus Capital, leaving them with just 1p per share.
Speculation that US carrier JetBlue is about to launch routes from Boston and New York to the UK grew last week as the company said it was planning a staff meeting on future plans on 10 April – one day before CEO Robin Hayes addresses the Aviation Club in London.
Hailing the arrival of “a new, approachable luxury hotel offering to Edinburgh”, InterContinental Hotels (IHG) has opened the first of its luxury Kimpton brand properties in Scotland in the shape of the Kimpton Charlotte Square.
A new corporate identity is being rolled out from today, 11 March, for London City Airport (LCY), reinforcing its position at the heart of Docklands and its commitment to serve the capital. The aim is to “reflect a more dynamic, vibrant and contemporary look, synonymous with modern London”.
New bedding, amenities and menus for passengers flying First Class with British Airways are being introduced from 31 March as part of the £6.5bn revamp of customer service under way by the airline. No renaming it Concorde Class, as suggested by BTN.
London City, Southampton and Bristol are among airports in Europe to figure for the first time in a major awards programme run by Airport Council International (ACI). Results for 2018 were announced last week, with Dublin also among first-timers and Newcastle repeating previous success.
The first of a huge new fleet for Wizz Air of new-generation Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft was handed over by the manufacturer to the carrier last week at a ceremony in Hamburg. Wizz is the largest customer worldwide for the two types, with 256 on order.
Tim Huppler and Jane Stanbury head out to the frosty landscapes of the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Just a 90-minute drive from downtown Montreal are the Eastern Townships of Quebec. This undulating landscape of agriculture, forest, national park and mountains is a world away and delivers a unique Quebecois linguistic and cultural experience. Tourists are as likely to bump into the likes of the Clintons, Nicole Kidman, Sir Anthony Hopkins or various royals, as local Quebecois who own hidden forest cottages.
Just over 15 months ago the Kia Stinger arrived in the UK with an astonishing display at Newquay – Cornwall Airport (NQY). Flybe’s Q400s had to clear the runway for a five-seater saloon out to prove it was quicker than the Bombardier prior to getting airborne, and with far greater acceleration than the Canadian turboprop. 150mph top speed and 0-60mph in 4.7sec was recorded.
Pacific island flag carrier Air Vanuatu has signed a firm order with Airbus for two Airbus A220s and two A220-300s.
It is the airline’s first order with Airbus and makes it launch customer for the A220 in the Pacific region.
Commercial and business flights are scheduled finally to start using Carlisle Lake District Airport from 4 July for the first time since 1993 with Loganair adding to its recent burst of activity with services to Southend, Belfast City and Dublin.
Dining US West Coast-style has arrived at Dublin Airport and ten new jobs created with the opening of SoMa restaurant in Terminal 1, taking its inspiration from the South of Market and Mission District in San Francisco.
Concerns over the safety of the new-generation Boeing B737 Max 8 rippled round the world yesterday (10 March) after Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 to Nairobi crashed 6min after take-off from Addis Ababa and full of fuel.
A change of format for the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow will see the traditional public weekend scrapped to make the gathering a five-day event, with the trade show opening its doors to the public on the Friday.
More eco-friendly ground handling vehicles are on the way at airports after a £200,000 fleet of eight new £200,000 hybrid petrol/electric plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4s arrived at Glasgow last week.
Anniversary celebrations are being held this month and next at Korean Air as the carrier marks 50 years in the air, with events including a mass gathering for staff in Seoul and a reception at Korean’s London office.
An airport lobby group has responded to the start of the High Court legal proceedings by several local authorities against Heathrow expansion with a clear message: “Get on and build the third runway.”