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5 JULY 2021
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The Cromwell Green event really did have impact and keeps getting repeated on TV. The letters tell their own tale.
Huw Merryman (47), the Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle, has been Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee from January 2020, having been a member since September 2015 soon after he was elected to the House. He studied law at Durham University before qualifying as a barrister. His last legal role was as Managing Director of a team of lawyers tasked with unwinding the Lehman Brothers' European estate following the financial services firm's collapse in 2008. He has proved to be an astute leader of a non-partisan group during one of the most extraordinary Parliaments of all time.
Speaking to the Reuters news agency Aer Lingus Chief Executive Officer, Lynne Embleton, said that she needs several hundred million Euros in additional liquidity due to continuous disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
She does not expect the easing of Irish travel curbs to provide significant relief.
Last week should have been party time for American Airlines (AA), again the world’s largest airline. Circumstances did not allow for celebrations.
It may have been a cargo flight but British Airways has completed its first-ever net zero carbon flight with fuel provided by a mix of sustainably sourced waste materials such as cooking oil. BA has ordered 1.2m litres of the fuel.
Newquay Cornwall Airport has welcomed a limited British Airways service from Heathrow this summer but it stops at the end of the season according to the airline.
Hong Kong has banned passenger arrivals from the UK.
According to The Telegraph, British Airways is reviewing its Gatwick (LGW) operation.
During the Willie Walsh era it has also retreated from Birmingham and Manchester operations and if LGW were to go its only non-Heathrow base would be the British Airways City Flyer (BACF) franchise at London City Airport.
With 11 destinations, KLM's Africa network is now restored to its 2019 level. In winter 2021, Mombasa (Kenya) will be added.
If ever there was a confidence builder for an airline United has shown the way with the largest in its history.
Following the success of its Qsuite on the A350 fleet, Qatar Airways is introducing a revised Business Class for its Boeing 787-9s. The Boeing Dreamliner is slightly narrower than the XWB Airbus.
Dublin-based airline Ryanair has published some encouraging figures for the month of June.
The Brits are again at sea.
BTN is pleased to report that the UK’s cruise industry has slowly crept back into action.
And take a look at Fred Olsen sails again in this week's BTN.
SwissportALD, the joint venture set-up between Swissport – owners of Aspire Lounges and world’s largest provider of ground handling – and Airport Dimensions, have acquired the distinctly upmarket No1 Lounges portfolio in the UK.
Now divorced from its former de Havilland Canada operation and CRJ business Bombardier has announced the largest business jet order of the year.
An in-depth investigation has been opened into the planned acquisition of Air Europa by International Airlines Group (IAG) over worries that the deal may stifle competition on Spanish domestic and international routes.
As first reported in AND FINALLY AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft is making substantial progress.
Today’s monthly cruise issue coincides with the maiden voyage of Fred Olsen’s MS Borealis, the former Holland America Rotterdam joining the Ipswich-based company’s fleet.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey has been quick off the mark in promoting the island, taking in Alderney, Herm and Sark.
After filing for the US Chapter 11 in May 2020 Hertz Global Holdings, Inc has returned to normal business. What has been termed a “standstill” arrangement has not affected international business, which itself has been in an effective hibernation.
Even with the pandemic ibis, part of the Accor French hotel group, is expanding in the UK.
Driving to or from Cornwall & Devon, the Ibis Bridgwater is more a 4-star hotel than 3-star, and also offers 24hr room service via an app. From London 150 miles and St Ives 140 miles, it is an oasis from one of Britain’s busiest motorways (described by your Editor as “horrid” on a Friday afternoon southbound).