29 APRIL 2019

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Fairfield opens its 1,000th

On the heels of saluting the St Regis Hong Kong as its 7,000th property (BTN 15 April), Marriott International has opened the 1,000th location for its Fairfield by Marriott brand, the second in its portfolio after Courtyard by Marriott to reach this figure.

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COMMENT: How far do you go with political correctness?

What’s with the latest fad “gender neutral”? Have we gone definition mad?! 

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Department of Transport late news

After being universally accepted as one of the best aviation ministers in recent times Baroness (Lizz) Sugg has become Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development.

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Airbus reshuffle complete

Guillaume Faury has been officially confirmed as the new CEO of Airbus following the retirement after seven years in the job of Tom Enders.

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Airlines UK policy seminar

An overview on “Enhancing the passenger experience”, asking how industry and the government can deliver for the consumer, will be the theme of the latest Airlines UK Policy Seminar on 16 May in London.

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Concern over Eastern Airways

Fears were growing at the weekend over the future of UK regional carrier Eastern Airways after its Texas-based parent company Bristow Group was reported to be facing financial problems.

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EBACE 2019 takes shape

The countdown is on for one of the leading events in the business aviation world, the 2019 edition of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), being held this year in Geneva from 21-23 May.

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Emirates extends India reach

As confusion over the future of India’s Jet Airways continues, Emirates has moved to expand its reach into the sub-continent by signing a reciprocal codeshare agreement with SpiceJet.

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FlyBosnia eyes London

London and Frankfurt are among destinations being considered for future air service by FlyBosnia, a privately owned startup from Bosnia and Herzegovinia, which last week announced its first scheduled international route between Sarajevo and Kuwait.

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Gatwick new help for the blind

Blind and visually-impaired passengers using Gatwick, which has established itself as a leader in helping disadvantaged passengers, can now call a professionally trained agent to help them 24hr a day using the cameras on their mobile phones.

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Heathrow goes passport-free

A high-tech revolution at Heathrow means passengers flying from the airport will no longer have to show passports or boarding passes at check-in from this summer as facial-recognition facilities that have been on trial go permanent.

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It's official: United's new livery

As predicted (BTN 22 April), a new livery was unveiled last week for United Airlines but a day early after details were leaked. The company said the new look reflected its “ongoing brand evolution” while staying true to United’s 93-year history.

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Pittsburgh joins BA family

Celebrations have taken place to mark the launch of British Airways’ year-round non-stop flights between Heathrow and Pittsburgh.

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PwC in hotels warning

A surge in room supply, slowing global and UK economic growth and ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit is expected to provide a challenging environment for hotel trading in the UK this year, a new report says.

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ON TOUR: Lübeck - centre of the marzipan universe

Thinking of going to Hamburg for a long weekend? It’s a fine city which we will not deprecate, but if you have the time BTN highly recommends adding on a 48hr stay in nearby Lübeck, once the centre of Europe in commercial terms as the leading city of the Hanseatic League. 

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AND FINALLY: British Airways sets new record

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Air France A350 sets date

The route between Paris CDG, Mali and Abidjan will be the first to see Air France’s new Airbus A350 when the aircraft enters service on 23 September. The flights are scheduled to run until 8 December.

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British Airways drops Paris

Flights between London City Airport and Paris Orly operated by BA CityFlyer are to stop from the end of May. The airline said in a statement: “We have made some changes to our network for summer 2019 for operational and commercial reasons.

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JetBlue plots longest route

In a possible dress rehearsal for its predicted transatlantic launch, US carrier JetBlue has hailed the impending delivery of its first Airbus A321neo by announcing it will begin non-stop service between New York and Guayaquil in Ecuador next winter.

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Loganair names East Midlands routes

Scheduled services from East Midlands Airport introducing two new routes to Brussels and Inverness are being launched by Loganair on 2 September in a  further expansion following flybmi halting operations.

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Porto welcomes Vila Foz

Known for its colourful architecture, restaurants and active creative scene, the northwest Portugal coastal city of Porto has welcomed a new boutique property, the 68-room Vila Foz Hotel and Spa. Housed in a 19th-century manor house, it is opening early next month.

Overlooking the Atlantic, the  building is in Porto’s affluent Foz do Douro neighbourhood, known for its wide range of restaurants and chic boutiques, as well as the 17th century Castelo do Queijo fortress.

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Scots air tax decision under fire

Airline and airport representatives have reacted after the Scottish government said plans for Scotland to have its own version of an Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax have been delayed again, this time until at least April next year.

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Thomas Cook Airlines luggage deal

Thousands more passengers travelling through Gatwick can now check-in their baggage from the comfort of their homes with Thomas Cook Airlines joining the roster of carriers that have signed up with the specialist Airportr service.

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