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10 JUNE 2019


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Gatwick’s noise footprint shrinks

Improved operational procedures, including smoother descents that reduce drag and use less power, the phasing out of the noisiest aircraft and the introduction of new, quieter aircraft reduced the size of Gatwick’s noise footprint by 7% in 2018, compared to the previous year, according to the annual noise exposure contour analysis carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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COMMENT: The British Prime Minister

The forthcoming election of the British prime minister (to hold that position in theory at any rate until 5 May 2022), is of vital importance to the airline industry.  By that date physical work should have started on Heathrow R3, having already cleared parliament, and the airport itself all electric in terms of infrastructure transport.  Britain’s largest and most important gateway would be well on its way to serving 90m passengers as the airline hub of Europe.  Airlines would still be clamouring to get in.

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Airline demand slows

IATA announced at its Soul AGM a downgrade of its 2019 outlook for the global air transport industry to a $28bn profit (from $35.5bn forecast in December 2018). That is also a decline on 2018 net post-tax profits which IATA estimates at $30bn.

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BA tops Heathrow charts

British Airways has topped Heathrow’s ‘Fly Quiet and Green’ league table in Q1 2019, as its short-haul fleet works to improve punctuality while reducing fuel burn.

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British aircraft manufacturer's name revived

The famous name de Havilland has been revived with the news that Longview Aviation Capital Corp, owner of Viking Air, has completed the purchase of the Q Series (formerly Dash 8) aircraft programme from Bombardier, creating a new de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

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British-Irish Airports EXPO

The fourth British-Irish Airports EXPO takes place at London Olympia next Tuesday/Wednesday 11/12 June with an early 09:00 start running until 17:00.  Heathrow Airport once again hosts the event.

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Cuba ban

Nearly 800,000 passengers could be immediately affected by new dictates from the US president Donald Trump forcing American cruise ships to cancel Cuban port visits.

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Duty free dropped by airline

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has become the latest carrier to announce plans to remove inflight duty free sales, as part of a target to cut emissions by 25% by 2030.

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French air tax

France is to propose a new tax on flights in Europe to encourage travellers to switch to what it believes is polluting forms of transport, a source in the transport ministry told the news agency AFP.

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Oneworld adds more connectivity

Airline alliance oneworld has announced an expansion of its digital platform, allowing more customers to check-in and receive boarding passes for linking flights on one carrier’s app or website.

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Qantas Sunrise project

The Sunrise project by Qantas to link Sydney and London non-stop is making progress and the airline board is expected to make a decision by year end for a start in 2023.

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World Travel Awards – Madeira

Last Saturday night (8 June) at the magnificent Belmond Reid’s Palace the World Travel Awards (WTA) took place.  Leading travel industry figureheads from across the continent attended thhe event held at the world famous hotel overlooking the Madeira capital Funchal .

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ON TOUR: 40 years of innovation

Malcolm Ginsberg, editor in chief, first became involved with the motoring business 50 years ago, firstly as a part-time reporter for Autosport, and head-hunted by the then World Champions Lotus as PR Manager.  A subsequent change to aviation has not diminished his interest in cars, a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and a regular attendee at the annual SMMT test day at Millbrook, the industry engineering and test facility near Bedford.

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JUNE ROAD TEST: Citroen Berlingo

There was a time, ages ago, when car manufacturers literally badged their cars to suit the market, the classic example being the original British Motor Corp (BMC) Mini, with Oxford producing the Morris version and Longbridge an Austin.

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AND FINALLY: Care for husbands

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Bristol Airport to expand

North Somerset Council has received a planning permission application from Bristol Airport seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12m passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

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Change for airport rules on liquids

Passengers will soon be able to keep liquids and laptops inside cabin baggage when passing through security at Heathrow after the airport revealed plans to install next-generation 3D computed tomography (CT) security equipment.

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Fokker comeback with KLM?

KLM and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) are partnering on a new vision, aimed at making aviation more sustainable. 

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Future of Aviation (Dockland’s Style)

On Thursday 20 June (18:30 to 21:30), and rather grandly titled the Future of Aviation, London’s early morning business newspaper, City AM, and the Royal Albert Dock, will host with what essentially is a networking event to promote the fast-developing new business district opposite London City Airport.

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Heathrow luxury hotel

A first property in the English countryside for the Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, was revealed last week in the shape of The Langley in the heart of Langley Park near Iver in Buckinghamshire about 8 miles from Heathrow T5.

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Loganair East Midlands

Calling itself “Scotland’s Airline” Loganair, Britain’s longest established air carrier, is quickly building up a foothold in some of England’s most important regional airports.

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The disabled and airlines

Global airlines have committed themselves to improve the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide.

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The House – Heathrow T4

What was once the Etihad lounge at Heathrow T4 opposite Gate 10 is now fully up and running.  Part of the No1 Lounges Group it welcomes cardholders from Dragon Pass as well eligible partner airline clients.

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Young Aviation Professionals (YAP)

The Aviation Club of the United Kingdom is progressing with its scheme to encourage young aviation professionals to get involved with the industry at informal networking events.

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