18 MARCH 2019
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In the rush to judgment that follows any air accident, theories of all kinds abound. So it has been over the past week as the industry has attempted to come to terms with the fate of two new Boeing B737 Max 8 aircraft crashing within a matter of five months.
Orders for 40 state-of-the-art aircraft – 20 Boeing B787-9s and 20 Airbus A350-900s – primarily to replace four-engine aircraft and with delivery dates between 2022 and 2027 were announced by Lufthansa Group last week.
The RAF Museum Hendon has introduced one of the most innovative exhibitions in its history. Visitors can now take a virtual reality ride on an Avro Lancaster to attack the Möhne Dam.
As previewed last month (BTN 18 February), Heathrow’s 2018 series of 11 Business Summits kicks off this week with a gathering for the South West region at Saltash in Cornwall on Wednesday (20 March).
Professor Andrew McNaughton, senior adviser to HS2, presented a robust case for the controversial project at the UK Rail Summit in London last week, writes Andrew Sharp.
As promised last week on delivery of the aircraft from the manufacturer, fast-growing Wizz Air on Friday welcomed its first brand new Airbus A321neo to the tarmac at Luton Airport (BTN 11 March).
A second weekly flight between Cape Town and the south Atlantic island of St Helena is being launched by SA Airlink for the regions summer season, with a technical stop in Walvis Bay.
A second hotel in Germany for the Whitbread group has opened in Hamburg with the arrival of a Premier Inn in the city centre. The group says it plans to operate around 20 hotels in the country by the end of 2020.
Gatwick and Leeds Bradford are among six airports around the world taking part in a trial project from Priority Pass to give members of its airport lounge programme access to express lanes at security and passport control.
The 2019 edition of the Propliner Annual will be published on Monday 15 April.
An upgraded Economy Class featuring a new-style seat and enhanced meals has been unveiled by Qatar Airways. The airline also announced at this year’s ITB Berlin it was adding seven new routes to its global network.
Selected passengers at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport now have a new relaxation area available with the opening of the latest Star Alliance-branded lounge. It is the group’s eighth – others include Los Angeles, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Rome Fiumicino.
“If we don’t focus on the grass roots aviation we can’t foster the next generation into aviation."
Flushed with pride at the success of its so-called “inimitable talking toilets”, Virgin Trains, far from being drained of ideas, is coming out of the closet and moving to the next stage of development – finding a new voice for the chatty loos, hopefully without provoking a chain reaction.
As one of the last airlines likely to be putting a new Airbus A380 into service, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has set Wednesday (20 March) as the date for the delivery ceremony for the first of three superjumbos it has on order from the manufacturer.
Citizens from seven new countries – the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea – will be able to use e-gates at UK airports and Eurostar terminals from June, chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed last week.
Rome and Frankfurt are gaining more Dreamliner services from Abu Dhabi from 1 June when Etihad Airways extends operations. Rome will gain a new two-class B787-10 Dreamliner, the largest variant of the aircraft, on the scheduled daily morning service.
A new low-cost carrier (LCC) came into being last week for Japan Airlines (JAL) with the company officially naming its subsidiary ZipAir. First flights using a Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner are due to take off in summer 2020.
More facilities for business travellers are on the way as London North Eastern Railway (LNER) prepares for its new Azuma trains to enter service on 15 May on the London King’s Cross – Leeds route.
More than 2,200 flights operating into and out of Saarbrücken International Airport have now been handled by air traffic controllers at Germany’s Remote Tower Control (RTC) Centre at Leipzig, 450km away.
In what airport CEO Ken O’Toole called “fantastic news”, Emirates is to launch a second daily flight between Dubai and Stansted from 1 July. It means the airline’s passengers will now have 11 daily flight options to and from three London airports.