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Not so easy this week but Richard Wiggins deserves a mention on the way he has dealt with the addition to the letters BA.


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Face mask problems *

Have you the right face mask?

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Stewart Wingate, CEO. Gatwick Airport

Stewart Wingate has been CEO of Gatwick Airport since 2009 (at the time of the breakup of the old BAA, joining from Stansted Airport where he had been Managing Director.  Whilst investor group Global Infrastructure Partners have remained as shareholders since that time (with others) as of now the French engineering group Vinci controls 50.1% of the shares, Gatwick its largest airport.

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Chaos at Heathrow *

The Home Office has finally agreed that Heathrow Airport queues last Friday (3 September) were “unacceptable”, some people waiting five hours to pass through Border Control.

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Aer Lingus – a British airline

A new ‘British’ airline has arrived – Aer Lingus (UK).

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Aviation Club lunch – Live

The first face-to-face gathering of the airline industry for 18 months will take place at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London. on Thursday 16 September. 

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BA and Concorde (room)

British Airways has opened its Concorde Room (specifically for those flying in First) at New York JFK and Heathrow.

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British Airways Gatwick

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different result.  This will be the fifth or sixth time BA has attempted this.  It has never worked.  Will BA ever set up a successful low-cost airline?  The answer is no!” 

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Emirates A380

A Manchester arrival and Toulouse departure.

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Jet2 and Airbus

Airbus has confirmed an initial order by Leeds Bradford Airport based Jet2.com for (with options) 36 A321neos.  The airline currently operates 80 Boeing 737 series.

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Kabul Airport

Some domestic flights have resumed at Afghanistan's international airport in Kabul with the state-run Ariana Afghan Airline (FB) operating flights to three provinces.

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LATAM is back

European services resume.

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Ryanair briefing *

In a presentation last week to announce the Ryanair expanded London winter UK programme CEO Michael O’Leary was at pain to tell the assembled media how well the airline had treated its workers over the pandemic.  “Pilots and cabin staff are now back on full pay,” he said before turning to other subjects.

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South African Airways

Thursday 23 September will see South African Airways and Comair return to scheduled passenger flying after one year’s grounding due to financial difficulties not helped by Covid.

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ON TOUR: Zero-emission private jets

BTN’s Editor-at-Large, Jeff Mills, looks at JetClub as it eyes a sustainable future with Bye Aerospace’s ‘eFlyer 800’ electric aircraft. The advent of a proper commercial electric aircraft is still speculation rather than fact, but a search for ‘electric aircraft’ in BTN will also reveal other projects.

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AND FINALLY: No MAX departures

Boeing problem.

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Travel News Update by Aspire

The September Travel News Update by Aspire has now been published.

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Bucharest hotel opening

The Romanian capital of Bucharest has a new 5-star property, The Marmorosch Bucharest, part of Radisson Autograph Collection.

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London’s new 5-star hotel

The Pan Pacific London has finally opened, a stunning 5-star property.

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New Embraer for LCY

Flying on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines, a Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight into London City Airport (LCY) on Thursday 2 September.

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Pre-book BA Economy food *

If you want any Economy class (Euro Traveller) cabin service on British Airways short-haul flights it needs to be pre-booked via an app in the airline’s latest cost cutting move.

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Salon Privé

With so many exotic cars at last week’s Blenheim Palace Salon Privé annual concours, the really big news was most unexpected.

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Stirling Moss Memorial Day

Never been to Brooklands?  Next Sunday (12 September) might be the perfect day to visit the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and help celebrate the life of renowned and much loved Sir Stirling Moss, the first President of the Brooklands Trust Members.

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Toronto City Airport

Air Canada is back at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Porter Airlines passengers are going to find life more comfortable. 

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Virgin Atlantic’s social space

Heathrow to Orlando is set to be the first route for the airline’s latest A350 featuring a new interior.

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