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  • A major carrier within North America has failed, and hardy anybody has noticed.

    It is an airline that you cannot buy a ticket to fly on, and does not have any airport desks.

    ExpressJet Airlines operated a fleet of 84 Embraer 145 50-seat …
  • Emirates has launched an integrated biometric path at Dubai International airport (DXB). The contactless airport experience is now open to Emirates passengers travelling from and through Dubai.

    This latest piece of medical technology gives passenge…
  • Joseph Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, something of an Anglophile, was in a bullish mood for a Webinar organised by the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom last Wednesday.  The talk replaced October’s traditional lunch which would have been hosted a…
  • The New York subway now has an excellent new map showing live train services reports our train expert Andrew Sharp.  Click on a station and you can see the next few departures in real time.

    The map is geographical: if you go into a high level…
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps appearance at Airline 2050 last Monday proved to be as much a damp squib as ABTA the previous week.   (See ABTA 1 – Shapps and quarantine in last week's BTN.)

    After a prepared speech his interrogator…
  • There are fresh hopes that the mystery of the disappearing Boeing 777 can be resolved.

    A report in The Mail on Line suggests that the wreckage can be found six years after the aircraft went missing.

    Despite a four-year, $200m search the …
  • It will surprise no one that JetBlue, the New York JFK based quality low-cost operator has delayed the start-up for its London services.

    No date has been set but the carrier cites delays at Airbus for late delivery of the A321XLRs on order.
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  • The International Airline Group (IAG) results were bound to be disastrous and the quarterly figures, published last week, were in line with predictions.

    IAG combines British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL.  These results do no…
  • Or Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for that matter?

    A Minister for Travel Wanted.

    It was fairly obvious (and from day one) that the Government’s idea of allowing UK border crossing from overseas followed by quarantine would n…
  • In May 2017 BTN Editor-in-Chief was one of two British journalists to fly into St Helena for the opening of its new airport. He described the trip as fantastic.

    On 29 October 18:00 (GMT) The British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust, in collaboration wit…
  • Holidaymakers, and people with time on their hands, will be pleased to learn that TUI is introducing a Caribbean winter programme from this week.   The reduced European schedule is continued.  The airline is ranked number four (easyJet, BA, Je…
  • Energetic right up to the very end, he was working on Zoom before what proved to be a very short hospital visit, Ken Brookes has passed on.  A regular contributor to BTN, usually on air shows but sometimes cruising, Ken was an enthusiastic member of the …
  • The UAE national airline Etihad is pushing ahead with its Israel relationship and is even developing promotional material in Hebrew.

    Last Monday (19 October), in partnership with the Maman Group, the airline operated its first two-way flights betw…
  • Emirates is rolling out a redesigned onboard experience and introducing additional health and safety measures.

    First Class customers can once again have a shower at 40,000ft.

    From 1 November, Emirates' onboard dining experience will retu…
  • In spite of the problems associated with the pandemic at both ends Eurostar is to introduce a direct St Pancras – Amsterdam Centraal high-speed train service today (Monday 26 October). Covid-19 rules will be displayed and passengers are expected to adher…
  • Last Tuesday (20 October) saw the first passengers finally through the experimental Covid-19 tests at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 5 en route to Hong Kong.

    The programme, long promoted by the airport with the assistance of Collison and Servisair, offer…
  • The National media, looking for some good news, quickly took up a statement by the administrators of Flybe that the airline is to fly again “in early 2021.”

    A request by BTN for detailed information met with a sturdy reply “I&rsqu…
  • The low-cost subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airlines (CX), Cathay Dragon, was closed down with immediate effect by owner Cathay Pacific last Tuesday (20 October).  Cathay itself is owned by the Swire Group.

    “The global pandemic continues t…
  • Nothing ever goes right with Berlin Brandenburg Airport ‘Willy Brandt’ International Airport. First mooted in 1991, work actually got under way in 2006 with a planned 2011 opening date.

    It will officially open next Saturday 31 October, …
  • Only appointed as Chief Executive of British Airways a week earlier Sean Doyle was the opening speaker at Airlines 2050 Conference last Monday (19 October)

    A native of Cork, but a Londoner since first joining BA as a Financial Analyst in 1998, his…
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