21 FEBRUARY 2022


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A good selection of serious readers' letters this week.  BTN has chosen this slightly lighter one concerning dining and would like to make the point that eating out has improved immensely over the years. Some of us can recall the Lyons Tea Rooms! www.btnews.co.uk/article/18696

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Battery driven train *

It may be some way off but trains, driven by battery power only, look like they are on their way.

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COMMENT: Job vacancy at the DfT *

John Holland-Kaye withdraws.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has advertised in the normal channels for a Director General for Aviation, Maritime & Security.

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Manchester United to fly on Aeroflot *

Fresh from their pulsating victory over Leeds United yesterday Manchester United, plus Club Directors and support staff, are due to fly to Madrid on Tuesday on long-time sponsor Aeroflot.

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Airlines UK dinner

The Guest of Honour at Airlines UK 2022 dinner is Aviation Minister Robert Courts, Member of Parliament for Whitney and a lawyer.

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Beam arrives

Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) now has a new name ‘beam’ (business, events, accommodation, meetings).

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British Airways and New York

As it increases its marketing efforts from the New York region British Airways (BA) is launching a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Heathrow (LHR), its third daily flight on the route.

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Darwin on the map

Qantas will keep flying its double daily direct flights from Australia to London via Darwin following ongoing uncertainty around the reopening of the West Australian border.

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Delta CEO at Aviation Club

Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer of Delta Airlines, is the Guest of Honour at the Aviation Club lunch Tuesday 15 March.

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Greek connections for easyJet

Sky Express has become the latest carrier to join the Worldwide by easyJet connections service.

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More A220s for JetBlue

An additional order from JetBlue for 30 Airbus 220s brings the total order book for the Canadian designed single aisle narrow-bodied aircraft up to around 700.

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Qatar Airways and Dublin

From the end of March Dublin Airport will gain more flights to the Qatar Airways Doha hub as it accommodates a rising demand for international travel.

The airline, which already operates a daily service to the Qatar capital, is adding three more flights, on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

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Singapore Air Show

Last week the Singapore Air Show’s opening day featured senior industry leaders speaking at the Aviation CEO Forum, organised by FlightGlobal with partners Experia Events and CFM International.

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Western Australia to open

The state’s decision to reopen its borders on 3 March comes as the rest of Australia prepares to reopen to international arrivals on Monday (21 February) for the first time in nearly two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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ON TOUR: New Delhi. A city built to impress

BTN’s Editor-at-Large, Jeff Mills, explores India’s capital city.

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AND FINALLY: Duxford arrival

The former Queen’s Flight BAe 146 ZE701 has arrived at Duxford (Goodbye 146 in last week's BTN).

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A brand new aircraft

The first production model of a completely new aircraft is rare these days, particularly with the pandemic.

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Cork is back

The Swissport/Aspire lounge at Cork Airport reopened last week, and Club Aspire at Heathrow T3 too.

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Electric London City *

London City Airport has opened its first electric car charging stations.

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Free guided Israel tours

As globally the tourist and conference industry struggle get people into the air various forms of initiative are beginning to emerge.

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Library in the sky

The first in-flight movie was in 1921 on Aeromarine Airways, showing a film called Howdy Chicago to its passengers as the amphibious aeroplane flew around Chicago.

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Social media and airlines

American Airlines was the most talked about airline company, with 20% share among the top ten airlines discussed during the second half of last year (H2) according to Global Data, the analytics platform.

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Sunflower disability and BA

British Airways has partnered with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to become the first UK airline to formally recognise the symbol.

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The Travel Festival

BTN contributor Simon Calder, Travel Correspondent for The Independent, will be joining the morning panel session at the new Travel Festival at London’s Royal Geographical Society, Sunday 27 March.

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Travel Hashtag Piccadilly

Tuesday 1 March is the day.

Two of BTN’s familiar contributors, Chris Tarry (Ctaria) and Ian Dockreay (Equator Learning) will join Sir Rocco Forte as panellists for Travel Hashtag at Granaio, Piccadilly, London.

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