14 SEPTEMBER 2020
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This is the up to date current list as issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Was the Rod Eddington appointment of Willie Walsh the correct one at the time?
Next Wednesday (09:30) Alex Cruz, Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways, part of IAG, will be live online as he appears before the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/a0c71083-bc4e-4337-913b-872878116350
IAG’s Chief Executive Willie Walsh finally stepped down last week following the AGM. His departure had been delayed from March as he attempted to deal with serious staff unrest following the closure of its Gatwick operation for the whole of the summer, threatening the London City services, and making massive redundancies.
Whilst no firm services have been announced between Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi International the travel trade has been building up expectations of connection travel through the UAE hub.
Today sees the introduction of a new regional service from Teesside to Heathrow (T2) initially with a single lunchtime return flight.
IAG has a new Chief Executive following the departure of Willie Walsh.
IAG, the parent company of British Airways, has launched a €2.74bn rights issue raising fresh money from existing shareholders including 25.1% shareholder Qatar Airways. This is fully underwritten by a group of banks which ensures that IAG receives the funds even if the share price falls.
Following the success of the General Aviation group at Westminster (APPG-GA) members in both Houses have now created a similar collective to cover business travel.
With Pakistan International Airlines still banned from Europe (see BTN 24 August) Virgin Atlantic has confirmed new services to both Lahore and Islamabad from Heathrow, and Islamabad from Manchester.
Whilst clearly not oblivious to what is going on elsewhere Wizz Air UK continues to lay down markers and expand its British operations.
Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in the whole of England.
Fancy a very, very, fast and aggressive sports saloon with just about room for five, a true Italian Express. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio could be just that car.
With its own Heathrow services temporarily on hold, Air Astana has teamed with Lufthansa to offer departure times optimised to meet its arrivals into Frankfurt from Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester.
Duxford this coming weekend has been cancelled due to new Government rules concerning Covid-19. Other crowd-pulling events also have been negated.
The leading group for business aircraft operations in the United Kingdom, BBGA, is holding a webinar to discuss the impact of Brexit on the aviation industry.
Now open is the Hampton by Hilton London Ealing, situated on the Uxbridge Road about half a mile from Ealing Broadway station and its connection to Heathrow.
Following his words on Zoom to the Aviation Club, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye is clearly seeking every opportunity to emphasise the crisis situation the airlines and airports are in, and the effect on the nation.
Now available, the OAG seat capacity report compares August to September and provides a fine review of the current airline/airport situation.
German airline seat manufacturer Recaro, always an innovative organisation, (see BTN 9 March) has come up with a low-cost Covid-19 seat protection scheme.
One of London’s great hotels, The Savoy, will re-open on Thursday 24 September.
It could well be that the name Thomas Cook, meaning travel, might well be back for the Christmas holiday booking season.