17 FEBRUARY 2020
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The ownership of the Heathrow (LHR) slots has been brought into sharp focus by Flybe dropping both Newquay and Guernsey to Heathrow for the summer season, as reported by BTN last week.
Indications of a shareholder rift at Air Italy emerged last week as the Qatar Airways-backed carrier said it was suspending operations from 25 February and was entering liquidation.
A £2m package to support airfields, help general aviation businesses to grow and support science and engineering training to workforces is being launched by the government this spring.
A new US West Coast international alliance between American Airlines and Alaska Airlines was announced last week with both carriers promising major benefits for passengers as a result.
In what at least one industry commentator called “an amazing coincidence”, British Airways last week, a day after Virgin Atlantic announced its new route to Cape Town, (see this issue), said it was launching an extra service of its own to the South African capital (below).
The company that produced the CSeries, now known as the A220, Bombardier of Canada, relinquished its interest last week after Airbus increased its share in the programme to 75%.
A new, daily seasonal service between Heathrow and Cape Town is being launched by Virgin Atlantic next winter, followed closely by British Airways (see this issue).
A five-times-a-week service between Stansted and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport is being launched this summer by El Al Israel Airlines. The carrier last operated scheduled services from Stansted in 2009.
A stark warning of the dangers of the UK falling behind other airports in the race to offer the best connections to global markets was sounded last week by Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye.
Confusion over the actions of Flybe (BTN 25 November 2019) and the future of flights between Newquay and London was partially resolved last week after British Airways stepped in on the Heathrow service.
The world’s longest non-stop flights moved a step closer at the weekend amid Australian media reports based on an emailed internal memo that Qantas is preparing to go ahead with Project Sunrise but at the cost of a possible union confrontation.
Forward planning has begun for the 2020 World Aviation Festival taking place from 23–25 September at ExCeL, London. Organised by Terrapinn, the event is claimed to be the No 1 world gathering of its kind.
A “meaningful reform” of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to maintain the UK’s global competitiveness and support the country’s net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 was called for last week by ABTA.
A scale model technological demonstrator of a new aircraft design that is claimed to have the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft was unveiled last week by Airbus.
The means by which the aviation industry can work together to promote its efforts to continue to reduce its carbon footprint will be a key topic for discussion at this year’s European Regions Airline Association (ERA) conference in Malta next month.
Fast flying action and special events to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day will be features of this year’s Duxford Air Festival over the bank holiday weekend of 23–24 May.
Saying it with flowers last week just in time for St Valentine’s Day, Ethiopian Airlines marked its one-year anniversary of flights from Manchester by donating Ethiopian rose bushes and blooms to three iconic gardens across the North of England.
A new 5-star property in Oman, the Royal Tulip Muscat Hotel (below), has opened under the auspices of the Al Kalbani Group. Managed by the Louvre Hotels Group, it boasts a modern design and convenient location in the Al Ghubrah neighbourhood.
Poland’s third-largest city, Lodz, has been selected to host the Routes Europe 2021 development forum on 26–28 April next year at the Expo-Lodz convention centre. The event will be hosted by Lodz Airport and Poland’s Air Navigation Services agency and Civil Aviation Authority.