9 AUGUST 2021


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Worldwide jet fleet

The active airline fleets worldwide continue to expand according to CH Aviation research.

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COMMENT: Share prices. An air of uncertainty

They say that bookmakers always win.  

The London Stock Exchange is something of a gamble too with the participants some really expert with a deep knowledge and understanding of their particular interest and others true punters, often using other people’s money.  Is Virgin Atlantic about to join?

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Green for Go

The UK Government has made a number of changes to the traffic light travel list, including the removal of quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated arrivals from France.  Qatar and the UAE have moved to ‘amber’. At very short notice Mexico is ‘red’.

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Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines

Emerald Airlines has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to operate its regional flights.

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Air France winter 2021/22

The French national airline has been quick to put in place its winter schedule.

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BA and Noble Caledonia

British Airways has come to an exclusive deal with specialist small ship operator Noble Caledonia to charter aircraft from London City Airport (LCY) to connect with various cruises.

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Canadian airline flies again

Air Transat has operated its first passenger flights in six months, with President and CEO Annick Guérard saying that the carrier was “thrilled to finally reunite with our travellers.”

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Delta ramps up

After the easing of quarantine rules for American travellers, Delta Airlines is ramping its service into Heathrow this autumn.

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Glasgow return for Emirates

With the UAE no longer ‘red’ Emirates has announced it is restarting services to Glasgow.

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JetBlue starts

Thursday afternoon 12 August at 14:05 should see the maiden departure of JetBlue Airlines from Heathrow nonstop to New York JFK flying a narrow-bodied Airbus A321LR jet.  Arrival is set for 17:28 (all times local).

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Lufthansa lies flat

It’s not new, Air New Zealand used to offer something similar on its former London route.  Lufthansa guests travelling in Economy Class on selected long-haul flights now have the option of booking a Sleeper’s Row at the check-in or at the boarding gate.

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Scotland – Wales air link

Loganair, now the UK’s largest regional airline, has launched a direct service linking the capital cities of Scotland and Wales.

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ON TOUR: Days out for kids

With school holidays looming up Business Travel News brings you some useful and most popular possibilities for FREE days out.

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A car for the future.

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AND FINALLY: Not an old photograph

This is a very recent image of Eridge Station, East Sussex, shared by Spa Valley, the preserved railway whose steam trains operate to and from Tunbridge Wells West and Southern’s services that run between London Bridge and Uckfield.

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Aspire for Perth (Australia)

With the option of a nonstop flight from London, Perth (Western Australia, might well become the first Oz route from the UK to start when Canberra eventually changes the rules.  With no intermediate landings the Australian authorities should be able to monitor passengers with ease.  

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Best and worst service stations

Northgate Vehicle Hire has published its annual service station update, with perfect timing.  The school holidays and lifting of most restrictions means that the Motorway system is exceptionally busy.

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Charge to enter Europe

British nationals will have to pay a visa waiver fee to enter Europe’s Schengen Area from next year.

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China Covid problems

China has imposed strict domestic travel restrictions, amid a fast-growing spread of the more contagious Delta variant of coronavirus in the country, reports FlightGlobal.

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Montreal flights

Air Canada has resumed passenger flights between Heathrow and its Montréal hub.  There are currently no British Airways services.

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New Glasgow hotel

The 4-star Maldron Hotel has opened on Renfrew Street, Glasgow, in the heart of the city’s shopping, restaurant and theatre district.

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Salon Prive

The annual Salon will take place at Blenheim Palace 1–5 September.

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Virgin advanced check-in

Revealed on Friday was one of the most advanced check-in systems yet seen, and one that will surely be copied by airlines.

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Wizz recruits

Claiming to be Europe’s fastest growing airline, Wizz Air it is ramping up pilot recruitment across its network.

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