28 MARCH 2022
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With Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Ginsberg sampling Virgin Voyages Valiant Lady former Travel Weekly Editor Jeff Mills has produced this week’s BTN.
On 18 February a book arrived on my desk for review called ‘Defying Hitler’. It was put aside for later reading and not really for BTN.
Delta has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321 neo, with the aircraft set to enter service in May this year. The carrier had originally expected to receive its first A321 neo in 2020, but will now take delivery of 26 of the aircraft this year, with a total commitment for 155 through until 2027.
British Airways has introduced a full web page explaining its facemask policy and listing the routes. It is well worth a read.
Plans to reform refund rules for passengers taking flights in the UK could slash average compensation and weaken a deterrent against delays and cancellations, according to consumer group Which?
EasyJet has joined Jet2, Tui and Virgin Atlantic in relaxing its mask-wearing policy. From yesterday (27 March), passengers and crew will no longer need to wear masks on board flights if they are not a legal requirement at either end of the route.
All Boeing 737s operating in India have been placed under ‘enhanced surveillance’ after one of the aircraft type crashed in China. The Indian aviation regulator says it has sent out teams ‘to monitor flight procedures, air worthiness and operations’, according to a report by the BBC.
Passengers using Gatwick Airport can now choose from a range of more than 30 long-haul destinations this summer, including Bangkok, Islamabad and Quebec, following the reopening of the airport’s South Terminal yesterday (27 March).
London City Airport (LCY) has reported its fourth consecutive busiest week since the start of the pandemic, with March passenger numbers set to be up 40% on February’s figures.
KLM says it is expanding summer capacity on European routes by 10% over last year to almost match 2019 pre-pandemic levels.
Air Canada is resuming a summer seasonal service between Edinburgh and Toronto with flights operating six times a week between 1 June and 2 October and four a week from 3 October until 29 October.
New flights to Vietnam from Heathrow started last week (23 March) operated by Bamboo Airways.
It has been a busy time for the business aviation fraternity and not just in terms of flying. March kicked off with Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) 2022 in London and continued through to the British Business Aviation Association’s annual conference at Luton Hoo writes Alison Chambers.
Former British Airways executive Garry Copeland has had to stand down as a Non-Executive Director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over what is said to be a potential conflict of interest. He had been on the Board for seven months.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its 78th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place in Doha (Qatar), sponsored by Qatar Airways, 19–21 June this year.
Virgin Hotels, the US-based hotel brand, has announced that reservations are being taken for its first European property.
Flights on one of the UK’s newest airlines, Flybe, are now on sale with discount fares and introductory offers to many new destinations.
Hong Kong plans to lift its flight ban on nine countries this week, signalling a shift from its ‘zero Covid’ policy.
A phased reopening of Manchester Airport’s Terminal Three has started after shutdown during the pandemic. It begins with the terminal being used for arriving passengers travelling with a limited number of airlines.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that P&O Ferries’ move to sack almost 800 workers without notice last week appears to have broken UK employment law.
Most Covid travel restrictions are to be lifted by Singapore from Friday this week (1 April), when the complex Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VLT) scheme involving dedicated flights for double-jabbed passengers and multiple tests will be abolished.