7 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Jochen Rindt

Fifty years ago last Saturday (5 September) Gold Leaf Team Lotus driver Jochen Rindt was killed at Monza, just outside Milan, in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: John Holland-Kaye

JHK requires no introduction for regular BTN readers.  He has been CEO of Heathrow Airport since 2014.

This is the full speech he gave to members of the Aviation Club, and friends, via Webinar, last Wednesday (2 September), delivered in firm but non-confronting manner which is his style.  It is much longer than a usual SOAPBOX but worth taking in.  Let us hope that members of the Government will have time to digest his words.

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APD to be suspended?

The Whitehall rumour mill was active over the weekend following a Monday embargoed statement from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee which highlighted the Government’s plans to publish a strategy for the recovery of the aviation sector during the autumn. 

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BA winter domestic programme

British Airways cuts back on frequencies.

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Blue Islands expands flights

Jersey-based Blue Islands is expanding its operations from Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton airports.  At Jersey flights connect to Guernsey.

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Chinese domestic flights

Domestic air travel in China is expected to fully recover by early September according to ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company.

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Emirates and flydubai

With Abu Dhabi and Qatar as competing hubs Emirates and flydubai have announced that customers of both airlines can once again access a wider range of connecting flights.

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London City Airport

The build-up of services from the East London airport continues but at a slow rate.

LOT returns but only from Vilnius (VNO).  Warsaw (WAW) waits.

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United Airlines Covid map for the US

A new interactive Covid map has been introduced by United Airlines on its website which allows customers to filter and view destinations relative to Covid-19.

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Virgin gets the all-clear

As suggested in BTN 31 August Virgin Atlantic has confirmed the completion of the £1.2bn recapitalisation of the airline and holiday business.

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Willie Walsh and The Times

Not normally a friend of The Times Willie Walsh, the outgoing IAG Chief Executive, delivered a confrontational piece for the famous Thunderer column last Wednesday (2 September), a newspaper he has not cultivated since joining British Airways in 2005. 

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ON TOUR: Cruise the Severn Seas

Are you a frustrated cruiser sitting at home anxiously waiting for the next time you can board a ship? 

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SEPTEMBER CRUISE ISSUE

Very sad to say this is very much a non-cruise cruise issue.  Whilst all the operators issue dates for 2021, with some very attractive offers, in truth nobody knows when deep sea cruising will begin although there are exceptions.  Plenty of news but no actual cruising except BTN on Edward Elgar. See ON TOUR Cruise the Severn Seas.  For a full update go to Cruise Lines on the Web to check.

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AND FINALLY: Luton just confuses

Last week BTN noted that Berlin Schönefeld is dumping its present IATA three-letter code (SXF) for the more sensible BER.  It will of course become Terminal 5 when Willy Brandt finally opens. 

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A guide to travel recovery by Travelport

Travelport Worldwide Ltd is a UK-headquartered tech company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with an annual turnover of over $2.5bn in 2018.

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Collins Aerospace mobile phone check-in

Part of Raytheon Technologies, Collins Aerospace has introduced what it claims is the first to offer a full contactless experience through airports.

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DHC Dash 8 “World’s First”

As it ramps up its marketing the resurrected De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, announced last week that the Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft has been recertified to meet the latest noise emission standards set by ICAO Chapter 14.

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Jersey and its Covid-19 rules

The largest of the Channel Islands goes its own way when it comes to dealing with the pandemic.

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KLM model flies

The scale model of the Flying-V – the energy-efficient aircraft of the future – has flown for the first time.

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Luton’s new Chief Commercial Officer

Jonathan Pollard is to leave the airport by the end September, switching to Gatwick, and will be replaced by another Jonathan.

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Slots agreed – nearly

Facing the most difficult winter season in aviation history, airlines and airports have agreed to abide by a set of conditions, together with slot coordinators, under which an extension of the waiver of the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule can be applied for the entire 2020-2021 winter season.

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Southend to Bergen

Widerøe has started a weekly Monday service between Bergen (Norway) and Southend using a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400. 

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Wizz and Doncaster

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the former RAF Finningley, and also at one time Robin Hood Airport, is to gain further Wizz Air destinations and a second Airbus A320 based at the airport.

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World Aviation Festival

Bookings have opened for something that has never been attempted before, a three-day continuous international video convention.

The virtual World Aviation Festival takes place globally 23−25 September preceded by a pre-summit series of events. 

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