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ON THE SOAPBOX: Jeff Mills *

All change.

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From BTN's new owner *

As Malcolm plans to use next week's newsletter to look back on his 50 years in travel, I wanted to use this slot this week to explain what will happen when Head for Points takes over Business Travel News from Monday 10 October writes Rob Burgess.

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Airbus at the Aviation Club

The next Aviation Club lunch takes place at the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Wednesday 12 October.

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Aircrew wanted

The shortage of aircrew continues worldwide.

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Alice flies

The Israeli-designed Alice electric aircraft has made its maiden nose-up hop.

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Bahrain International Airshow

After a four-year break the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) is returning to the aviation calendar.

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De Havilland news

One of the oldest names in aviation still building aircraft, de Havilland (albeit the Canadian version) has announced plans to establish a brand-new assembly and support operation in Western Canada.

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EVA Air dining *

With a new innovative scheme Premium Economy and Economy passengers on EVA Air will soon be able to enjoy the same meals as those travelling in Business Class.

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FlyBe and Heathrow *

Heathrow will see a further expansion of FlyBe de Havilland Dash 8 Heathrow services this winter with the introduction of flights to George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) and the Isle of Man (IOM) from 30 October.

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Frequent Traveller Awards

London’s Mayfair Hotel was the venue for this year’s Frequent Traveller Awards last Thursday 22 September.  An annual event it is held to recognise the companies and teams that create, manage, and design inspiring loyalty programmes for all travellers.

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Hahn Air

Just to avoid confusion Hahn Air is not an airline, as such, and has no connection with the new British carrier Hans Airways.

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London's Transport Commissioner resigns

More crisis for Transport for London (TfL).

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Lufthansa goes private

Lufthansa has been returned to the private sector following the sale of a stake taken during the pandemic by the German government.

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Private jet boom

The use of private jets continues to boom and is now well above the pre-pandemic figures according to Wingx Global Market Tracker in a report.

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Radisson Blue Perth Scotland

A famous one-time British Transport Hotel, and a Grade II listed building, has re-opened featuring as the Radisson Blu Hotel Perth (Scotland).

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TNU - Travel News Update

Travel News Update by BTN (TNU) will debut 1 November.

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Trains to Manchester

Avanti West Coast is increasing its services as the first stage in a recovery plan to step up the timetable on its network.

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Transport Ministers are named

The highly visible and personable Robert Courts is no longer UK Minister of Aviation and follows Grant Shapps out of the Department for Transport (DfT) as new Prime Minister Lizz Truss sweeps away the old guard.

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Travel Conference

ABTA has revealed the full agenda for the 2022 Travel Convention, the UK travel industry’s leading event, which will take place in Marrakech from 10-12 October.

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Which? and the new Transport Minister

Consumer publication Which? has been very quick to officially request a meeting with the new Secretary of State for Transport (see in this week’s BTN Transport Ministers named).

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World Airline Awards

Returning to the Langham Hotel London, and the first since Paris 2019, the Skytrax World Airlines Awards took place last Friday (23 September).

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ON TOUR: Los Angeles re-visited

I recently needed to visit Los Angeles (LA) for a short stay.  It was an expensive outing but it had to be done writes Malcolm Ginsberg.

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AND FINALLY: Airborne ukulele

What would George Formby make of it? And they were perhaps lucky that Frank Skinner was not around! 

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