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6 JANUARY 2020
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Travelodge has opened its first new-build property under the Travelodge Plus brand in Scotland with a property in Edinburgh (as previewed in BTN 14 October 2019).
Heathrow expansion is critical. This is why.
John Holland-Kaye was appointed CEO of Heathrow Airport with effect from 1 July 2014, having joined the company as commercial director in May 2009. From November 2012, he was development director and was responsible for delivering the £1bn annual investment in transforming the airport. This included the new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, which opened on 4 June 2014. Before Heathrow, Holland-Kaye was divisional CEO with Taylor Wimpey Plc, and is a former managing director of the National Sales Division of Bass Brewers. He has also worked as a strategy consultant with LEK Consulting for a number of high-profile businesses.
Designed, built and delivered from the Airbus Mirabel facility in Canada, the first A220-300 out of an order of 45 arrived at Air Canada over the festive season and is scheduled to enter service this month between Montreal and Calgary.
Deliveries to airlines have begun of the first Airbus A350s equipped with pioneering new touchscreen cockpit displays developed specially for the aircraft by the manufacturer together with aerospace electrical specialist Thales Group.
The Aviation Club UK will be hosting its second annual Dublin Dinner, part of its international events programme, on Sunday 19 January at the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, from 19:45.
A new non-stop service between Dublin and San Francisco is being introduced by United Airlines from 5 June using the Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner. Flights will operate daily in the peak summer season, reducing to four a week for the rest of the year.
Industry heavyweight Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, is stepping down next summer after more than 30 years at the head of the state-owned carrier. He will remain working for the company as an adviser.
A new link between eastern England and eastern Europe has been forged as Stansted celebrated its first scheduled flight to Moscow with the launch of a new direct service by Russian carrier Ural Airlines.
Boeing’s new CEO, David Calhoun, takes office next Monday, 13 January, with little end in sight to the B737 MAX crisis engulfing the company as it awaits Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to return the aircraft to service.
British Airways has begun its UK carbon offsetting programme, part of its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, with all UK flights having emissions offset by the airline and invested in global carbon reduction projects.
Oneworld, the airline alliance, and Moscow Domodedovo Airport have signed an agreement for the world’s first oneworld branded lounge. Domodedovo is home to alliance member S7 Airlines. Opening date will be announced later this year.
The editor-in-chief and wife spent the new year’s week on the River Danube between Vilshofen (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary) on award-winning river cruise specialist AMA’s brand new Magna ‘wide-bodied’ river cruise ship, home for seven nights. Much more on Magna with our next cruise issue Monday 3 February.
It was a superb trip and this report is no more than a ‘taster’ of the Danube and some of the communities we moored alongside as we meandered along one of the great highways of Europe. In many respects it was a typical river cruise, opening up new areas to learn about not really practical by air. This particular river cruise visited five countries in eight days. True, not for everyone, but a great way to see Europe.
Once again a very big thanks to Rod Simpson of AIR-BRITAIN for helping to put this quiz together and to our main prize supplier, easyJet, for the first prize of a return flight for two anywhere on its extensive system. The questions were not easy. But what to do for New Year 2021?
Aviation services specialist 2Excel, founded in 2005 by two Royal Air Force pilots, has become the latest carrier to join Airlines UK, the association that represents UK-registered carriers.
An overwhelming majority of the British public have a positive view of aviation, which they see as important both personally and to the UK economy as a whole, according to a new study.
New narrow-body twinjet challengers to the Boeing B737 and Airbus A320 from China and Russia both took to the air on test flights over the holiday season. China’s contender is the Comac C919, while Russia has the Irkut MC-21-300.
Last year was one of “significant progress” towards completion of the Elizabeth Line but there is still much work to do in 2020, according to the latest update just published from Crossrail. “It breaks my heart to see Elizabeth Line test trains running past just 150m from my office,” said LCY boss Rober Sinclair at the Airport Operators Association's recent annual conference.
The Chinese capital’s state-of-the-art new airport gains an important customer in March when Delta Air Lines becomes the first US carrier to move in after transferring services from Beijing Capital (PEK) to Beijing Daxing (PKX).
The final phase of an expansion of non-Schengen lounge facilities by Finnair at Helsinki Airport has been completed with the opening of a new Business Class facility following the unveiling of the new Platinum Wing lounge last summer.
Two new international routes linking Edinburgh with Hanover five times a week and Esbjerg three times a week are being introduced by Loganair in its summer 2020 schedule, along with a number of service upgrades.
A third US property for the Virgin Hotels chain has opened on Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Dallas Design District with 268 rooms – called chambers in Virgin-speak – and a fourth-floor rooftop club with pool. It is the first hotel in the neighbourhood.