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Virgin Atlantic reopens

And not just Clubhouses.

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COMMENT: The End of Business Travel?

# When BTN was first established back in the 1980s our title was Air & Business Travel News (ABTN) but as the main revenue earner for airlines developed coming into the 21st century we dropped the ‘Air’.  Business travel grew and the front end of commercial aircraft evolved as the money maker for long-distance flying. 

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Airlines UK appoints Lord McLoughlin

# After completing her second three-year term as Chair of Airlines UK Jane Middleton is to step down on 1 August, replaced by Lord (Patrick) McLoughlin, a figure well known in aviation circles and former Secretary of State for Transport between 2012 and 2016.

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BA Economy food selection

# British Airways has unveiled its new inflight digital ordering platform, giving customers travelling in Euro Traveller the option to order additional snacks and drinks mid-flight, directly to their seat.

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Blue Air

Following the success of Hungarian airline Wizz Air, Blue Air (a Romanian airline) has taken steps for a listing on the London Stock Exchange.

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EasyJet financial progress

Luton-based easyJet is ramping up August capacity but is remaining cautious as majority shareholder but non-board member Stelios Haji-Ioannou remains quiet.

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Emirates to Miami

The major UAE airline last week inaugurated first ever non-stop flight from Dubai to Southern Florida.  The 15hr 30min sectors will operate four times weekly with a Boeing 777.

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IATA and Covid-19 testing costs

# International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh has waded in regarding the high cost of PCR testing which BTN highlighted last week.

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Qatar and airspace

# International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has consented to Qatar's request to establish its own Flight Information Region (FIR) thus ending the historical long-standing delegation of airspace management to Bahrain.

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Ryanair grabs Kerry route

Another former Stobart sector taken.

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TAPís problems

“Out of the frying pan into the fire.” 

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The Governmentís strategic (travel) review is imminent

# Confusion still rages.

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ON TOUR: The Costa del Sol, with style

Assuming one is double vaccinated at last we can travel to (most) of Europe without the risk of quarantine when we return.  BTN keeps up with the times and with this feature reverts to overseas holidays.

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AND FINALLY: Brexit all at sea!

Passengers be warned!

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Aspire lounges open

Inverness is the latest Aspire executive lounge expected to reopen with next Friday (30 July) the target date.

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ABTA 2021

ABTA has announced the date for this year’s travel trade annual Convention, but nothing more, in a move to ensure it is in people’s diary.

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ACL backs Government on slots

But the controversy continues.

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Aer Lingus is a British company

Rather like rival Ryanair, Aer Lingus has now registered a UK offshoot with initially a single aircraft on the British register. 

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Batteries. Going flat?

Tomorrow (Tuesday 27 July) will see the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee publish a report on its views regarding the UK’s ambition to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Jeff Bezos space trip

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Porter Airlines goes big

Its name may be synonymous with Billy Bishop Toronto Airport but Porter Airlines is about to tackle Air Canada head on with its premium product.

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WheelTug for the USA

Under development well before the current rush to reduce aircraft emissions in all aspects of aircraft operations WheelTug has now found a permanent manufacturing home.

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World Travel Market 2021

Travel professionals from around the globe can now register for WTM London 2021, which will be held for the first time in an innovative hybrid format.

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