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Holliday appointed to sales role with Thomas Cook Group Airlines

Holliday appointed to sales role with Thomas Cook Group Airlines

Thomas Cook Group Airlines has appointed Emma Holliday as national account manager for Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Condor, in an expansion of its trade sales team. Holliday has spent 25 years in travel with roles in account management, overseas operations, and travel retail management.

Norwegian breaks transatlantic crossing record

Norwegian breaks transatlantic crossing record

Low-cost airline Norwegian has set a new record time for the fastest ever transatlantic flight by a subsonic passenger aircraft using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Norwegian flight DY7014 from New York JFK to London Gatwick on Monday January 15th completed the full duration of the flight in five hours and 13 minutes – the fastest transatlantic flight recorded on a subsonic commercial aircraft.

United to add premium economy on international routes

United to add premium economy on international routes

United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz has said the company will introduce a premium economy product this year on international routes. Branded United Premium Plus, the new cabin will give passengers more space, comfort and amenities.

Pope marries LATAM cabin crew on-board Santiago flight

Pope marries LATAM cabin crew on-board Santiago flight

In an unprecedented moment, pope Francis delivered the sacrament of marriage to two cabin crew members onboard LATAM flight LA1250 from Santiago to Iquique in Chile earlier. The ceremony was witnessed by Ignacio Cueto, chairman of LATAM Airlines Group’s board of directors, and Monsignor Mauricio Rueda, both of whom are part of the delegation accompanying pope Francis on his visit to Chile and Peru.

Ryanair UK pilots vote to accept pay offer

Ryanair UK pilots vote to accept pay offer

Pilots at all 15 Ryanair UK pilot bases – including London Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have voted to accept pay increases of up to 20 per cent. Following the decision, increases will be paid next week in the January payroll.

Emirates ensures Airbus A380 survival with 36 plane order

Emirates ensures Airbus A380 survival with 36 plane order

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chief executive, Emirates Airline, and John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

TWA Hotel set to be reborn at JFK International Airport

TWA Hotel set to be reborn at JFK International Airport

Work is well underway to turn the legendary TWA Flight Centre at JFK International Airport into the world-class, 505-room, TWA Hotel. Closed to the public since 2001, Eero Saarinen’s internationally-revered mid-century modern landmark will be ushered into a new life, mirroring its 1962 design aesthetic and delivering an on-site airport hotel.

AirHelp launches automatic airline compensation checker

AirHelp launches automatic airline compensation checker

AirHelp has launched the world’s first tool for travellers to check their eligibility for compensation from flight disruptions up to three years in the past. The feature also allows users to visually map out their journeys directly from their mobile devices into an adventure map for social sharing.

Price takes up chief marketing role with bmi

Price takes up chief marketing role with bmi

bmi has appointed Antony Price as director marketing & customer with immediate effect. Price brings over 20 years’ aviation experience and has held senior leadership positions with Air New Zealand and British Airways, most recently being general manager sales for the former, based in Auckland.