13 JANUARY 2020
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Gloucestershire Airport near Tewkesbury has witnessed the latest step in Rolls-Royce’s future aviation ambitions with the unveiling of what the company is aiming to be the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.
Autonomous robots are being deployed on a trial basis by British Airways at its home at Heathrow Terminal 5 this year to help passengers to find their way through the airport.
Flybe is expected to operate its normal schedule on Tuesday following the late breaking news Sunday night that the airline was having financial troubles.
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British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) is to have a new chief executive following the not-unexpected statement Willie Walsh is to retire. It is still a bit of a surprise – Walsh had hinted several times he was ready to depart, but failed to make the jump.
An “outstanding” performance last month and nearly 15,000 passengers carried on the Antwerp – London City route after four months of flying have put Air Antwerp on track for a successful 2020, the airline said last week.
A €400m (£339m) loan last week from the Italian government to Alitalia will be the last, the carrier has been told. Industry minister Stefano Patuanelli said there would be no more state intervention and the airline could close by mid-2020 if it fails to find a buyer.
More than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest new products and innovations are lined up for this year’s Business Travel Show at Olympia London from 26-27 February.
Elizabeth Line services between Paddington and Abbey Wood through central London are expected to start in summer 2021, according to the latest update from Crossrail last week.
Now fully open is the Sky by the Water on the top floor of the Genting Hotel, the only 5-star property in the Birmingham NEC airport and railway station complex.
Last October, BTN reported the exciting opening of Arora’s Hilton Garden Inn T2, an impressive 14-storey 3-star hotel right in the centre of one of the world’s busiest airports. The holiday period was a chance to overnight before a flight.
UK airline schedules were returning cautiously to near-normal over the weekend as tensions over the latest Iran-US flare-up eased following Iran admitting responsibility for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian Airlines Boeing B737.
More than 5m passengers travelled through London City Airport (LCY) last year, making it the busiest 12 months in the history of the facility. The total of 5,100,025 was a year-on-year increase of 6.3%.
More network expansion is in the air at Singapore Airlines (SIA) with non-stop Airbus A350-900 services set to begin later this year three times a week between Singapore and the carrier’s latest European destination, Brussels.
It’s been quite a year for Hilton celebrating 100 years since Conrad purchased his first hotel in Cisco, Texas. In 1925 the Dallas Hilton became the first hotel to use the Hilton name. As a listed company it now operates 17 brands covering 5,757 properties with close on one million rooms in 113 countries and territories.
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Special technology is being harnessed by American Airlines to remove one of the stresses of travelling for foreign language-speaking passengers by becoming the first airline to introduce the Google Assistant’s interpreter mode in its airport lounges.
Described as “catering to discerning well-heeled travellers who seek to find a balance in life”, Pan Pacific Hotels’ first property in Europe is scheduled to open in London in autumn this year.
EasyJet’s director for France and Italy, François Bacchetta, is joining easyHotels in the spring as chief executive officer. He will replace interim CEO Scott Christie, who took over after the resignation last year of Guy Parsons.
Lufthansa Group member Austrian Airlines, with direct scheduled services to Vienna and onward connections across Asia and Europe, has become Birmingham Airport’s newest carrier.
Four popular destinations in eastern Europe have joined the Wizz Air line-up of destinations served from Edinburgh Airport, with a special send-off for the inaugural flight to Budapest. Warsaw, Gdańsk and Bucharest are the other newcomers.
An eight-week public consultation to finalise its expansion plan is being held by Heathrow between April and June this year. The move follows the CAA’s decision to cap early spending on the project.
More frequent services, more seats and quicker journeys are being promised by rail company Great Western Railway (GWR) after track and equipment improvements meant it could begin operating trains under electric traction between Cardiff and London Paddington.
A partnership with English Premier League club Newcastle United is the latest move by Loganair to continue its expansion in north-east England, with former club captain, Scotland international and club ambassador Bobby Moncur kicking off the deal.