6 JUNE 2022


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It would seem that the lack  of loos on the Elizabeth line has not gone down well.



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ON THE SOAPBOX: Zaher Deir, CEO, AeroBid

“Four problems that executive aviation needs to fix now”, says Zaher Deir of Aerobid.

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Shapps and the travel industry. *

Last week the travel plans of holidaymakers across the country were left in disarray because of mass flight cancellations by airlines and lengthy airport queues.

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Airbus v Qatar Airways continued

The forthcoming International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting (IATA AGM) at Doha (19–21 June) could be set for a confrontation between Qatar Airways and Airbus.

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Aviation Club + Boeing

Readers are reminded that booking for the Boeing/Stan Deal Royal Automobile Club (RAC) lunch Thursday 16 June will close today week (Monday 13 June).

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BA and the US *

Last week British Airways (BA) ramped up its operations to the United States taking the number of destinations up to 26.

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Comair stops flying

South African British Airways (BA) franchisee Comair has been grounded once again as it seeks to secure fresh funding.

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JetBlue delay

Boston will not be starting on the planned dates, JetBlue citing delays on the delivery of the Airbus A321LR used on the service.

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Premium comfort for KLM

KLM has unveiled a new cabin class.

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Ryanair quiet

Ryanair’s Boeing 737-8200 “Gamechanger” aircraft is setting new standards for noise reduction and environmental performance at Stansted.

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Terminal 4 to reopen *

Heathrow will reopen Terminal 4 on Tuesday 14 June.  It is the terminus for the Elizabeth line and on the Piccadilly line.

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Virgin and tattoos *

Tattoos can now be worn by cabin staff on Virgin Atlantic according to a new guidance by the airline.  Whether this attracts more customers, or puts some off remains to be seen.

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The highlight of European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2022 (EBACE) in Geneva? asks Alison Chambers.

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Cruise operators may tout Dover (80 miles from town) and Southampton (just about the same) to gullible Americans as London’s cruise port.  They are misleading their clients!

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AND FINALLY: A Putin joke

He dies and goes to hell, but after a while, he is given a day off for good behaviour.

So he goes to Moscow, enters a bar, orders a drink, and asks the bartender:

“Is Crimea ours?”
     “Yes, it is”.
“And the Donbas?”
     “Also ours”.
“And Kyiv?”
     “We got that too”.

Satisfied, Putin drinks, and asks:

“Thanks, how much do I owe you?”

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Anniversaries galore *

June 2 may be synonymous with the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II but it is not the only 70th anniversary we celebrate.

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Barcelona Radisson

Following the review of Barcelona by Jeff Mills, Radisson has added to the city’s hotel collection.

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China bans Russian aircraft?

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has reportedly banned Airbus and Boeing aircraft operated by Russian airlines from entering Chinese airspace.

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Damaged Luggage

You are more likely to have your luggage damaged when flying with Ryanair than any other airline, according to data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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London again tops

With aircraft filling up Airport Council International Europe (ACI) has published the actual airport passenger throughput for April. 

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Marriott Istanbul

The opening has been announced of JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea, south of the city in the Atakoy district. It complements the established JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus in the city centre.

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Nepal air crash

With its challenging terrain Nepal has suffered another air crash, this time a De Havilland Twin Otter of Tara Airlines, all 22 on board lost. 

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Self-driving buses?

A new £40m competition to kick-start commercial self-driving services, such as delivery vehicles and passenger shuttles, has been launched by the Government.

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Tourist tax postponed

The city of Venice (Italy) is postponing the introduction of a tourist entrance fee for day visitors until early 2023.

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Wizz Doncaster problems *

Whilst its name has not hit the National headlines as much as other carriers Wizz, a British registered airline, has at short notice cancelled a large number of flights at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport (DSA).

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