23 MAY 2022
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On Tuesday the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) officially opens, London’s first major public transport improvement since the opening of the Victoria line in 1969, 53 years ago.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) an unnamed source familiar with the investigation has claimed that the crash of the China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 on 21 March was possibly caused by a pilot deliberately.
Luton Airport based easyJet says that capacity will be "near 2019 flying levels" this summer, while annual easyJet holidays passenger numbers are on course to exceed a million for the first time.
EBACE 2022 (European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) kicked off yesterday (Sunday 22 May) at Palexpo Geneva with prime Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) highlighting their commitment to sustainability and becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Major annoucements are expected later today.
In spite of her limited public appearances, and always of an enquiring mind, Her Majesty the Queen visited the Paddington Elizabeth line station last Tuesday (17 May) to mark the completion of the transformational new railway ahead of its opening to passengers.
Boeing has formalised a commitment made by International Airlines Group (IAG) for the 737 MAX 800 at the 2019 Paris Air Show with a firm order for 50.
From today (Monday 23 May) there are once again daily direct services between Western Australia and London.
Whilst the long-awaited opening of the Elizabeth line is the current Transport for London (TfL) news event other important actions have been undertaken by the capital’s public service provider over the last week or so.
The UK government has blocked Russian airlines from selling off their landing slots at UK airports and in particular Heathrow. It says the lucrative slots are worth up to £50m.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange Wizz Air is expanding again.
ON TOUR: Carnival Pride was covered last week. This is a reassessment of the Carnival voyage.
This was to be the final page of London City Airport – 30 Years Serving the Capital (by Malcolm Ginsberg), the official and definitive history of LCY published 5 November 2017 exactly 30 years after its the official opening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. At the very last moment the Airport Director asked for it to be removed. Monday 23 May 2022 it is published for the first time.
Malcolm Ginsberg, owner and Editor-in-Chief of Business Travel News (Business Travel News Ltd), is to step down at his 80th birthday in October.
With Farnborough coming up (begins Monday 18 July) The Aviation Club of the United Kingdom has invited Stan Deal, Executive VP of The Boeing Company and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to the RAC London for its next lunch, Thursday 16 June.
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) chose the opening day of European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) to announce the opening of an ACJ TwoTwenty creative studio at Toulouse.
Once only second to Air India on the subcontinent Jet Airways has secured all permissions to begin operations once again. The country’s aviation regulator, DGCA, has granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the airline that was grounded over financial woes.
Pieter Elbers (52), who surprisingly stepped down as KLM’s Chief Executive in January of this year, is to replace retiring IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta from 1 October.
French/Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR has made the first flight of the ATR 42-600S Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) variant of its ATR 42-600 aircraft.
Routes Online reports that buoyed by strong domestic demand and an appetite for international leisure travel, the latest figures published by Eurocontrol show that traffic within Europe has now recovered to about 85% of 2019 levels with Greece, Norway, Spain and Turkey exceeding 90%.
The British government has put out a statement emphasising the steps being taken in the aviation and transport industries backing up the slots at Heathrow issues highlighted in this week's BTN.