3 JUNE 2019

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Four Seasons Boston

Now open is the all-new Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, in the heart of the chic Back Bay neighbourhood, just steps from Symphony Hall, Newbury Street, Copley Plaza, and a 10min walk to Fenway Park, home of the Red Socks.

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Virgin Trains wi-fi upgrade

All Virgin Trains’ customers will now be able to enjoy free wi-fi and greater access to its entertainment hub BEAM on board with the completion of a major upgrade programme on its fleet of 56 Pendolinos trainsets.

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30 Years Serving the Capital

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COMMENT: Slots are a problem

In Alison Chambers' report on the recent EBACE aviation conference in Geneva she notes the concern with aircraft operators regarding slots becoming less available at what is one of the world’s most important executive jet airports (see ON TOUR in this issue). Newcomer airlines such as Vueling and Wizz are seemingly gaining priority over established business aircraft operators. 

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IATA fights climate change

After two days of discussions and briefings the IATA AGM in Seoul wound up yesterday (Sunday 2 June 2019) with Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr taking on the role of chairman for the next 12 months from Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker.  It was announced that the 2020 gathering would take place in Amsterdam 22/23 June.

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Airbus to upgrade inflight broadband

London-based Inmarsat, a world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has announced a contract with Airbus Defence & Space (Airbus) to develop a pioneering new generation of satellites for its Global Xpress (GX) network, which will mark a transformative step-change in inflight broadband capabilities for airlines across the world.

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Audi electric joins up with Addison Lee

Addison Lee Group, the global premium branded mobility partnership, has joined forces with car maker Audi for a six-month pilot partnership that will see the recently launched e-tron all-electric luxury SUV added to the group's fleet as it moves towards a zero-emissions future.

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Boeing 777X review

Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing president, was the key speaker at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference 29 May in New York.  He discussed the 777X  programme, and MAX (see separate article in this issue).

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Hi Fly and the A380

The Aviation Club of the United Kingdom’s lunch on Wednesday 12 June at London’s Institute of Directors will feature as guest speaker Paulo Mirpuri, president and CEO of Hi Fly.

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MAX update

Both Boeing and the US Department of Transportation have set up teams to review their certification protocols, following two fatal 737 MAX 8 accidents in five months.

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Star Alliance Heathrow connections

The Star Alliance Connection Service is now available at Heathrow assisting passengers with tight connections between two Star Alliance member airline flights.

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Zurich Airport hotel

Radisson Hospitality AB, part of the Radisson Hotel Group, has announced the opening of the Radisson Hotel Zurich Airport following a comprehensive reconstruction and rebranding.  It was previously the Park Inn by Radisson.

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ON TOUR: EBACE

Fuel for thought

EBACE 2019 started in the UK this year before flying off to Geneva. Alison Chambers reports.

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JUNE CRUISE NEWS

Virgin Voyages breaks cover

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AND FINALLY

What do the Mary Rose and the Boeing B737 have in common?

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Hilton More on the 100 years

Last week The London Hilton on Park Lane, the first UK Hilton hotel, hosted an exhibition for guests and visitors as part of the 100 years of Hilton celebrations.

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Airspace modernisation

Mark Swan has been appointed to head the newly created Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG), which the Government has tasked with coordinating the airspace changes needed to modernise the UK’s airspace.  Mark is currently group director of Safety and Airspace Regulation at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and is a member of its Board.

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Christine goes from Flybe

Officially leaving on 15 July Christine Ourmières-Widener has resigned from her post of CEO at Flybe, the regional airline. 

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Indian comeback for Virgin

Mumbai is to return to the Virgin Atlantic daily schedule from 29 October after four years and will complement the airline’s long-established route between London and Delhi.

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London to Stornoway air route

For the first time ever, travellers can now fly directly between London and Stornoway on the island of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

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Older vehicle target for Heathrow

Heathrow’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (the Heathrow ULEZ) has been announced and is to target older, more polluting passenger cars and private hire vehicles by 2022.

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Paris CDG and Star Alliance

Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport has unveiled a completely updated Star Alliance salon. The 980sq m facility offers seating for more than 220 guests and features stylish elements inspired by Parisian design and architecture.

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Record air traffic movements

In April, NATS handled 212,675 flights in UK airspace, an increase of just under 2% compared to April 2018.

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Stobart into the red

Warwick Brady, the former easyJet senior manager, and chief executive of the Stobart Group since May 2017, has released the results for the year ended 28 February 2019. 

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Tel Aviv for security summit

Hosted by Israel Airports Authority (IAA), the ACI Europe Security Summit will bring together senior airport security experts, agencies and senior administrators in Tel Aviv to address the current security issues facing the aviation industry.

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