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Stratford for Hotel Indigo

IHG has announced the opening of Hotel Indigo, in Stratford upon Avon, marking the brand’s debut in the heart of the historic market town. World famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare it is just 25mi south of Birmingham Airport.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Rob Gurney, CEO oneworld

With the IATA AGM starting at Seoul, Korea next Saturday it seemed a good opportunity for Rob Gurney, CEO of oneworld, to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the global alliance’s launch.  Gurney joined oneworld in 2016 from Emirates, where he served as senior vice-president commercial operations for the Americas for a short period.  The majority of his 25-year career in the industry has been with oneworld founding members British Airways and Qantas. 

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Airbus celebrates its 12,000th aircraft

An A220 bound for Delta Air Lines was labelled Airbus 12,000 at a ceremony in Mirabel (Canada), a recognition of how multi-national the European plane maker is and how important the new addition to the Airbus family it is.

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Business aviation goes green

A little piece of aviation history was made last week at EBACE, Europe’s business aviation gathering, when 27 business jets in the 60-strong line up in the static display arrived fuelled by sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

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Cambridge Airport to close

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, has said in a statement that it is to close Cambridge Airport by 2030 and turn the site into a 12,000 home housing estate. 

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Eurostar autism initiative

A 360deg virtual guide to help travellers with autism has been launched by Eurostar after the rail company worked with the charity Ambitious About Autism to review its travel experience for autistic passengers.

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Gatwick doubles up

Travellers to and from East Anglia and North East London to Gatwick are quickly benefiting as Govia Thameslink doubles its services from Cambridge via Peterborough to two per hour. 

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LNER Azuma

Our railway expert Andrew Sharp was on the inaugural press and trade LNER trip from Kings Cross to Peterborough and back.  These are his comments.  See also in last week's issue Azuma bows in for LNER.

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Luggage tracker for IATA

BTN will be testing “Hanno the Navigator” a luggage tracker to and from Seoul later in the week.  Unfortunately editor in chief Malcolm Ginsberg is taking a direct Korean Air flight from Heathrow and so no connecting problems.

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Luton Airport gains new chairman

Keith Ludeman has been appointed chairman of Luton Airport (LTN).  He is the current chairman of High Speed One (HS1) Ltd and former CEO of Go-Ahead Group Plc.

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World Aviation Festival

London Islington’s Business Design Centre, not far from Kings Cross/St Pancras international station is again the venue for the World Aviation Festival 4-6 September.

The list of speakers so far released is impressive.

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ON TOUR: Madeira Not a tropical island

How many hotels can you stay in around the globe where the walk down for breakfast is worthy of a relaxing classical garden experience. 

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AND FINALLY: Everyone gets stuck in the traffic

A much respected little old lady on her way back from Sainsbury's last Wednesday had a problem.

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American scraps oversize fees

As the busy summer travel period quickly approaches, American Airlines has announced changes to its policies regarding oversize sports and music equipment eliminating oversize bag fees for common sports and musical equipment.

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August Hotel Antwerp opening

Antwerp has a new and original boutique hotel called August.

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Aviation minister presents

Tuesday 2 July sees the newly appointed aviation minister Baroness Vere delivering a keynote speech on the future of the air transport industry.  The "only-by-invitation" event takes place on the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons. 

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easyJet to recruit

EasyJet has announced that recruitment for its 2019 Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Programme will begin on 3 June.

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Hilton 100 years

It is 100 years since the first Hilton hotel opened its doors in Cisco, Texas, and this year hotels around the globe are marking the milestone.

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Level to Las Vegas

Barcelona based IAG member carrier Level is to launch flights between Paris Orly and Las Vegas later this year.

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London to Guernsey

Blue Islands has launched new year-round daily flights to Guernsey from Southend Airport.  All passengers in the Departure Lounge waiting for their flights were gifted bags of chocolate fudge from Guernsey Gourmet Foods to celebrate the new route.

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Longer range A220

Airbus has announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range with H2 2020 delivered aircraft.

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Ryanair in dive

Following a none too impressive set of results by easyJet (see BTN 20 May)  arch rival Ryanair has also come up with some disappointing figures.

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Val Shawcross and Heathrow

The former London deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross is set to lead the independent Heathrow Area Transport Forum (HATF), said to ensure an open and transparent review of proposals to improve transport around Heathrow.

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