8 JULY 2019
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It is an unfortunate consequence of having a free press that those who make the most noise often get the biggest headlines, usually with far less justification than those who just quietly get on with the job.
With climate change in the headlines and the UK government committing to a "Net Zero" carbon target for the country by 2050, UK aviation industry bodies came together last week to reaffirm their commitment to a greener future.
After 25 years and two delays, Carlisle Lake District Airport (CAX) opened officially to scheduled commercial flying last week with special features including free parking and a free minibus shuttle from Carlisle train station.
A UK Aviation Skills Charter is to be introduced by the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) in a bid to create a common path for the various industry initiatives that are now under way, and feed into the DfT’s UK Aviation Strategy 2050 Green Paper.
Keeping up the pressure on its transatlantic rivals, Delta Air Lines last week detailed its forthcoming service improvements in its new-look international Main Cabin, the carrier’s name for Standard Economy.
A rebrand for Flybe is expected shortly after the European Commission on Friday removed the final hurdle in the sale of the airline to Connect Airways by granting official approval of the deal.
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Following the announcement of a new Master Plan, London City Airport (see BTN 1 July) has confirmed the following dates and venue for a series of presentations on taking the airport forward from 2020 to 2050.
Work on Beijing's new multi-billion dollar airport, Daxing, has been completed ahead of schedule and the facility is set to be inaugurated on 30 September, heralding the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic of China on 1 October.
Bookings have opened for Manchester Airport’s new private terminal, PremiAir, for selected dates from 11 November. With packages starting from £50, the facility will be open to passengers travelling with partner airlines regardless of ticket class.
Sde Dov, the small regional airport on Israel's coast just north of Tel Aviv, has finally, and controversially, closed.
NATS Holdings, formerly National Air Traffic Services and commonly referred to as NATS, is the main air navigation service provider in the UK. It inherited the traditions of the UK air traffic control system, founded at Croydon Airport, the world's first air traffic control regime.
SEAT has what some might call an obsession in naming its cars after Spanish municipalities (with the exception of Mii – a rebadged Volkswagen Up equally peculiarly titled). Arona we dealt with in May (See the road test) and now review Leon, called after a city in Northern Spain, south west of Santander.
We are being very serious!
Flights between Abu Dhabi and two major Chinese cities, Shanghai and Chengdu, plus services to Seoul all won upgrades from Etihad last week as the airline introduced larger aircraft to accommodate growing demand.
On schedule for delivery later this month and entry into long-haul commercial service on 1 October, British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 (below) took its first flight last week, a 6hr sortie over France and the Bay of Biscay.
A renewed focus on private aircraft by Bombardier, which was reported last week to have sold its regional jet business to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has been followed swiftly by a revamp of the company’s best-selling Learjet.
Passengers on a new non-stop seasonal service by Air Canada between Montreal and Bordeaux can have an en-route taste of their destination with wines from the region served on board.
Passengers who shop at airport duty-free outlets could be spending up to 150% more than if they bought from online retailers, according to new research from personal finance comparison site finder.com
A new four-times-weekly service to Porto and resumption of flights to Khartoum have been announced by Emirates. The daily flights to Khartoum are restarting today, 8 July, after being suspended a month ago because of political unrest in Sudan.
On target and set to open as planned in 2021, Luton Airport’s DART fast-transit system went on show last week as officials showed off progress to date and stressed the eco-friendly benefits of the cable-driven system.
London-based event organiser Connections is creating an invitation-only international private community next year for senior executives in the high-end travel industry.