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The editor-in-chief says that there is no “Letter of the Week” this week as he has been overwhelmed by the favourable comment to his retirement suggestion. In the meantime he soldiers on.  BTN IS FOR SALE. Comments still welcome.

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Ibis Bridgwater

Driving to Cornwall this summer?  What about stopping at Bridgwater to view and try out the latest Ibis global concept.

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DO CHECK DAILY.  The travel ban varies all the time. Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines will be added to the list 04:00 Friday 9 April.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Willie Walsh – chairman and chief executive, IATA

Best known as CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) retiring in September 2020 after serving as CEO since its inception in 2011, Willie Walsh was CEO of British Airways (2005-2011) and CEO of Aer Lingus (2001-2005). He began his career in aviation at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot.

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Airline bookings. A preview

Following our review of forward bookings in last week’s issue, BTN has now taken a look at the booking situation for a typical day (Wednesday 28 July) from London to Belfast, New York and Palma Nova Majorca.

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Alaska Air officially joins oneworld

Oneworld has a 14th full member – Alaska Air. The airline had received a formal invitation to join the global alliance in July 2020.

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Bamboo Airways into Heathrow

Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways has secured slots to operate flights to operate into London’s Heathrow airport.

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Birmingham boom

It may not be well known in the United Kingdom but AnadoluJet, founded in 2008, is a low-cost subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, operating 41 Boeing 737-800s in a 180-seat configuration.

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Boeings for Norse Atlantic

Norse Atlantic Airways, as featured in last week’s BTN has quickly leased nine Boeing 787s from AerCap according to Flight Global.

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IATA praises antigen tests

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to accept best-in-class rapid antigen tests in fulfilment of Covid-19 testing requirements following the publication of new research by Oxera and Edge Health, two British specialist consultancies.

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International travel – complete the form

The British Government is being extremely zealous regarding the Covid-19 rules and regulations.

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United into JFK

After nearly six years United Airlines is back at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), operating direct service to the airline's west coast hubs – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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British Airways has invested in ZeroAvia – a leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation – in an effort to accelerate the development of 50+ seater aircraft capable of running on zero emissions hydrogen-electric power.

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As this issue of Business Travel News is published (Monday 5 April) the British cruise industry waits with bated breath to see what the Prime Minister has to say in terms of international holidays later on today, and the results of the deliberations of the Global Aviation Taskforce on Monday 12 April.  Deep-sea cruising is currently banned but from Monday 17 May hospitality is allowed and so is cruising in domestic waters. (See in this week’s BTN MONDAY UPDATE BY THE PM)

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Two travel quotes from Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Travel News Update by Aspire

The April Travel News Update (TNU) by Aspire, the sister publication of Business Travel News, was published last week, essentially aimed at the business and leisure traveller passing through the 50 Aspire airport lounges around the globe.

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Air Canada and Air Transat deal collapses

It is not a real surprise but the Air Canada takeover of Air Transat has collapsed, one of the largest aviation casualties of Covid-19.

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Cessna SkyCourier

Textron Aviation's Cessna 408 SkyCourier turboprop, seen as a potential competitor to the ubiquitous DHC Twin Otter, is making significant milestones as it begins a flight test phase certification programme.

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Driving on the Continent

If you are a Brit living abroad, or indeed resident in the UK but planning a driving trip on the Continent, the rules have changed.

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Heathrow for JetBlue

JetBlue Airways appears to have secured 270 slots at London’s Heathrow airport for the summer travel season, as it launches low-cost transatlantic narrow-body services from the US East Coast.

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MG in iconic breakthrough

One of the world’s great sports car brands is about to reveal it is thinking for the future at the Shanghai Auto Show 21-28 April.

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Visit Guernsey

The Bailiwick of Guernsey has been virtually free of Covicd-19 for most of the last year due to the strictest border controls in the British Isles, with the exception of the Isle Man.

Life has gone on much as usual except for the lack of visitors and the resultant collapse of the holiday business.

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Which? and motorway service stations

Gloucester and Tebay services have been named Britain’s best service stations, while Bridgwater, Somerset, has been ranked the worst, according to a new survey from Which?

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World’s largest aero engine

Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest aero-engine, ‘UltraFan’, which will help redefine sustainable air travel for decades to come.

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