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14 DECEMBER 2020


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Chuck Yeager

An ‘All American Guy' who might have been a cowboy in an earlier era, Chuck Yeager has passed away aged 97.

His real claim to fame was being the first person to fly faster than sound although a World War II ‘ace’.

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BA and Hydrogen-powered aircraft

British Airways has teamed up with Zerovia following the First hydrogen-electric passenger plane flight.

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Olympia and Hyatt

BTN does not normally look too much into the distant future and with Covid-19 with us 2021 business travel is still problematic.  2024 is a long way off but Olympia and Hyatt are already working on the massive redevelopment of the Victorian exhibition centre site on London’s Hammersmith Road.

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Visiting the UK: information for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

HEATHROW AIRPORT has received the green light to build a third runway after the Supreme Court ruled the Government's decision to give the go-ahead was lawful. 

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Updates from the Travel Corridor list

Check before travelling over the holiday period.  Things have a habit of changing.  Botswana and Saudi Arabia have been added to the exempt list and the Canary Islands removed.  The 14-day isolation for incoming passengers not using the travel corridors has been reduced from 14 days to 10.

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COMMENT: From BTN's Editor-in-Chief

Finding words to describe 2020 is not easy.

BTN would prefer to forget the last nine months although in truth many harsh lessons have been learnt.

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Aerospace Business in France post Brexit

On Tuesday 8 December the Aviation Club of the UK hosted a Webinar on pursuing business in France in the aftermath of Brexit.  It is one of a series which the Club will continue into the new year.

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Air Show cancelled

Bowing to the inevitable.

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Al Baker stars at Expo

Qatar Airways’ Group CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, was the star performer at last week’s FTE-APEX Virtual Expo.

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Aviation Club 2020 finale

The London-based Aviation Club of the United Kingdom completes its most eventful year ever when the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, delivers the final club lunch speech of the year on Tuesday (15 December).  It will be in the form of a free to subscribe Webinar.

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Brexit and Aviation Bird & Bird with the details

On Wednesday afternoon International law firm Bird & Bird hosted a timely Webinar with key figures from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) discussing the current state of negotiations with the EU for a post-Brexit aviation deal.

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Drone delivery by air

A pioneering drone delivery flight has paved the way for a new lifeline connection with the Isles of Scilly and opened up the prospect of drone operations between airports across the UK, reports Business Cornwall.

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Emirates updates the A380

According to its own website Emirates has 115 Airbus A380s in service with eight pending delivery.  To date 243 of the Super Jumbo have been delivered new to 14 airlines with most of them grounded.  A single A380 ex-Singapore Airlines has been operated by Hi-Fly of Portugal but that is reported as ‘disposed of’ at the end of a successful lease.

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Heathrow and Frankfurt figures

Frankfurt suffers worse than Heathrow.

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ICAO security summit

Friday 18 December is a date to put in your diary if you are interested in air travel and security.

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RAF goes sustainable

Algae, alcohol and household waste will power RAF fighter jets under bold MOD plans to slash carbon emissions, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced.

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Vistara London to Mumbai

The market between Heathrow and Mumbai will become increasingly congested when Vistara joins the route on 16 January.

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ON TOUR: Free places to visit this Christmas

This Christmas will be different from any other Christmas we have ever known.  But how can you make the best of what is, for most, a rather unsatisfactory situation in terms of going out and at the same time educating the children?  Sharon Ross reports.

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A car to put the woes of 2020 behind you.

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CRUISE NEWS: December 2020

First UK 2021 cruise ready to go.

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Welcome to the 2020 Business Travel News ever popular year-end quiz.

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AND FINALLY: Last flight for BOAC

Last Friday (11 December) saw the final departure of a British Airways Boeing 747.

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FTE APEX Virtual Expo

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DfT General Aviation survey

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its survey of airfield operation in respect of executive aircraft, club and training flying, and light aircraft collectively known as General Aviation (GA).  It is likely that the Minister himself, as a private pilot, would have had some input.

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Four Seasons Bangkok

Just in time for the holiday season the Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is opening on 18 December 2020.

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Hilton Manchester Northern Quarter opens

Perhaps not ideal timing but the Hampton by Hilton Manchester Northern Quarter opened last week.

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Remote air traffic control row

Whilst the London City Airport NATS remote air traffic control awaits certification Highland & Island Airports (HIAL) is developing a system of its own.

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Southampton Airport plus BA

A decision on controversial plans to extend Southampton Airport’s runway has been delayed.

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The Londoner to open

Next year 21 April has been set for The Londoner Hotel to open in Leicester Square.  It is bound to become an icon.

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TUI makes record loss

It surprised no one when Europe’s biggest travel company reported a record €3.2bn loss, the pandemic all but wiping out the summer holiday market.

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UK consumer spending and airlines

A particularly interesting and timely insight into consumer trends is provided by Barclaycard’s monthly data on consumer spending in the UK reports Chris Tarry, BTN’s resident analytical guru.

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Warsaw opening for IHG Group

International Hotel Group (IHG) has opened two new properties in Warsaw.

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Wizz Air and charters

Hungarian airline Wizz Air is expanding into the charter market.

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Women in Aviation

We Can’t Afford to Lose Them  

Kelly Murphy of Emerald Media USA reports.

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