24 JUNE 2019
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The top job at Philippine Airlines (PAL) changed hands last week after the carrier announced the retirement of long-serving president and COO Jaime Bautista and installed Vivienne Tan, daughter of the company's billionaire owner Lucio Tan, as officer in charge.
The following feature article appeared in the London Evening Standard on Wednesday, 19 June.
Flights to Croatia from London City Airport (LCY) took off for the first time last week with British Airways introducing a three-times-weekly summer service to Split scheduled to operate until September.
Following up on its £3.2bn order at the Paris Air Show last week (see this issue), Virgin Atlantic has entered the battle over slots at Heathrow, saying it should be given 150 of the new allocation that will become available after the airport is expanded.
A letter of intent with Boeing for 200 B737 aircraft from British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) was one of the big stories from Paris last week, although IAG was also one of the buyers for the Airbus A321XLR.
Joining last week’s flurry of A321XLR orders, future transatlantic contender JetBlue said it was converting 13 aircraft in its existing Airbus A321neo order book to the new version for delivery from 2023.
While most attention at the Paris Air Show last week was focused on the unveiling of the Airbus A321XLR and subsequent rush of orders (see this issue), KLM Cityhopper was signing a $2.5bn deal with Embraer for 15 firm E195-E2s plus 20 purchase rights.
British Airways' London City Airport-based Cityflyer has published figures which show that the Docklands airport is fast becoming the preferred holiday getaway point for many in the metropolis.
A big increase in long-haul traffic was a major contributor to continued growth at Gatwick over the past 12 months, with the airport last week reporting a 6.1% boost in revenue to £811m for the 2018-19 financial year.
The search is on for a new chief executive for Air New Zealand after Christopher Luxon said last week he was stepping down from his role in September after seven years in the job.
The Paris Air Show threw up surprises – and nostalgia – last week, writes Alison Chambers. Nostalgia came in the return of the de Havilland brand and logo Viking Aircraft has adopted for the Dash 8 series acquired from Bombardier.
A reduction in carbon footprint in the past 12 months of more than 970 tonnes of carbon dioxide – equivalent to flying an aircraft 210 times around the world – was claimed last week by Southampton Airport.
A £3.2bn firm order for 14 Airbus A330-900neos, with an additional six as options, was announced by Virgin Atlantic last week in a move the airline said reaffirmed its commitment to flying “the cleanest, greenest fleet in the sky”.
Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs, is perhaps surprisingly a relatively new tradition. While the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by Charles II and his wife, the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid-19th century that the concept of "afternoon tea" first appeared.
A first hotel in Jamaica for the AC Hotels by Marriott European lifestyle brand opened last week with a 219-room property in Kingston. The brand was founded by hotelier Antonio Catalan in 1998 in Spain, joining Marriott International in 2011.
A dual reward scheme has been launched for the first time in the European travel industry with French-owned Accor Hotels and Air France-KLM saying they are strengthening their partnership with a programme for their whole global loyalty customer base.
Aviation enthusiasts gathered at Sion Airport in Switzerland last week for the unveiling of a new zero-emission electric aircraft, the Bristell Energic, developed by Bern-based technology company H55.
Spain’s Costa del Sol has gained a major new conference centre with the opening by Hilton of the Higuerón Hotel Malaga. Part of the Curio Collection portfolio, it is near the city centre and 12km from Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport.
What are claimed to be the world's first basic Business Class fares have been launched by Emirates on selected routes and flights. The idea could be extended if the trial proves a success.
A fourth destination from Gatwick was added to the Wizz Air portfolio this month with the carrier beginning daily services to and from Gdansk. Flown by 230-seat A321s, the 1,299km sector joins Budapest, Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca.
In a continuing expansion across Europe, Hyatt is opening the first hotel in its newly-acquired Alila division in western Switzerland in 2023 with a new property in La Gruyère. It will have 85 rooms and 27 residences and incorporate a wellness retreat.