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Lufthansa strike to continue into weekend

Lufthansa strike to continue into weekend

As the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced a continuation of their strike for Saturday, Lufthansa has put a special flight schedule into effect. On LH.com, passengers can verify whether their flight will be operating as scheduled. The strikes will affect all long-haul flights operated by Lufthansa.

Korean Air reveals network changes for summer 2017

Korean Air reveals network changes for summer 2017

Commencing April 2017, Korean Air will introduce direct flights from Incheon to Barcelona, the second largest city of Spain next to Madrid and one of the most visited cities in Europe, both by tourists and business travellers. As the cultural centre of Catalonia, Barcelona has several internationally acclaimed cultural attractions such as the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), the Picasso Museum, the Miró Foundation and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

McAllister to lead Boeing Commercial Airplanes

McAllister to lead Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Boeing chairman Dennis Muilenburg has named Kevin McAllister president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding company vice chairman Ray Conner in the role. Muilenburg also appointed Stanley Deal president and chief executive of Boeing Global Services, a new business unit to be formed from the customer services groups within the company's existing commercial airplanes and defence, space and security business units.

UK government warned on Heathrow emissions

UK government warned on Heathrow emissions

The Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK government the decision to allow expansion at Heathrow Airport must be consistent with the commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from aviation are a relatively small but increasingly important source of UK greenhouse gas emissions - making up six per cent of total emissions in 2014.

JetSmarter adds Dubai to portfolio of private jet destinations

JetSmarter adds Dubai to portfolio of private jet destinations

JetSmarter has launched of the first-ever shared, private JetShuttle flight that will connect Europe and the Middle East. The service offers members single-seat trips on flights between Dubai and London. For the first-time in the private aviation industry, travellers will be able to reserve seats on direct, scheduled flights between three continents – North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Flybe reveals first European crew base in Dusseldorf, Germany

Flybe reveals first European crew base in Dusseldorf, Germany

Flybe has announced plans to open its first European crew base in February 2017 having secured an agreement with Dusseldorf Airport. Germany is becoming an increasingly important market for Flybe, which now offers six routes to Dusseldorf. These are from Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Manchester and Southampton with the latest route from London City having started last month.

TUI approves Etihad leisure airline joint venture

TUI approves Etihad leisure airline joint venture

TUI AG‘s supervisory board has given the green light today for further steps with the goal to create a new European airline joint venture with Etihad Aviation Group. TUI Group’s supervisory body approved the plan to contribute its German leisure airline subsidiary TUI fly GmbH to a joint venture with Etihad.

First Airbus A350-1000 takes to skies as testing begins

First Airbus A350-1000 takes to skies as testing begins

The first A350-1000 took off this morning for its maiden flight at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 10:42. The A350-1000 is Airbus’ largest and most powerful twin-engined airliner ever – and the world’s most fuel efficient large wide-body plane. Equipped with specially developed Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofans, the A350-1000’s first flight is taking place over south-western France.

Ryanair severs ties with momondo over breach of contract

Ryanair severs ties with momondo over breach of contract

Ryanair has revoked a licencing agreement with momondo following what the airline terms a “breach of contract”. Ryanair had granted a non-exclusive licence to momondo to display its fares for price comparison purposes, one of a number of travel websites including SkyScanner, Hipmunk and Dohop licenced to do so.

Oman Air welcomes latest Boeing 737- 800 to fleet

Oman Air welcomes latest Boeing 737- 800 to fleet

Oman Air has received a new Boeing 737- 800. This was the sixth brand new Boeing 737-800 joining the young Oman Air fleet this year as part of the airline’s expansion plan. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman Air has operated B737s for many years and the aircraft provide the backbone of the airline’s long and medium haul fleet.

Best of British as BA launches own brand gin

Best of British as BA launches own brand gin

British Airways is introducing its very own exclusive brand of gin for premium customers. The specially made tipple – British Airways Gin – will only be served to the airline’s First customers, from the bar of the prestigious Concorde Room at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. It has been blended for British Airways following extensive taste tests with First customers at the Concorde Room bar in London, by the award-winning Cambridge Distillery, the world’s first ‘gin tailor’.

Gatwick unveils investment plans as passenger number rise

Gatwick unveils investment plans as passenger number rise

Gatwick Airport has announced its biggest-ever annual investment in development projects. The investment of £250 million for the forthcoming financial year is part of the airport’s £1.2 billion transformative capital investment plan to be spent over five years. Projects include the expansion of both North and South Terminal departure lounges and shopping facilities as well as a transformed railway station, working in conjunction with Network Rail, and more on-airport parking.