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Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China announced that it will add a second daily flight to its Beijing-London Heathrow service on October 26.  The additional flight will operate using Airbus A330-200 aircraft and the carrier will also begin using A330-200s on its other flight connecting the two cities as of October 26.
The airline’s new flights will depart Beijing at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in London at 5:50 p.m.  From London, flights will depart at …

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Qatar Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday.  The carrier currently has nine more superjumbos on order.
Qatar plans to put the plane into service on its route between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow, followed by its Doha-Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine plane that had its first flight in 2005 and entered commercial service in …

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic announced multiple changes to its schedule including the discontinuation of service to several major cities.
Virgin will add an extra daily flight between London Heathrow and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles.  In addition, the airline will add an additional seasonal flight between Heathrow and Miami during the winter, as well as an additional flight to San Francisco and Atlanta during the summer.
Virgin will also …

Etihad Takes 49% Stake in Alitalia

Etihad Takes 49% Stake in Alitalia

Etihad Airways announced it has reached an agreement under which it will acquire 49% of Alitalia, the flag carrier of Italy, at a news conference.
Under the agreement, which is scheduled to close by the end of the year, Etihad is taking a 49% stake in the airline for €387.5 million as well as a €112.5 million stake to acquire 75% of Alitalia Loyalty Spa, the entity which operates MilleMiglia, the …

Crossing the Pond: Assessing British Airways’ Competition in First and Business between London and New York

London Heathrow from the air

New York-London is one of the busiest markets for business travel. The route links two of the world’s most important financial hubs and it is also the busiest intercontinental route in the world. In 2012, over 3.6 million passengers flew from London Heathrow to New York.
The competitive nature of the route has made it necessary for airlines to continually practice one-upmanship, and this has resulted in the introduction of many …

FBI: Passenger Threatened to Kill Flight Attendants, Blow Up Plane on BA Flight to Los Angeles

FBI: Passenger Threatened to Kill Flight Attendants, Blow Up Plane on BA Flight to Los Angeles

A Hawaiian man on a flight earlier this week from London to Los Angeles threatened to kill several flight attendants and blow up the plane, according to federal agents.
The FBI charged Kevin Lee Mosele, a 20-year-old man from Hawaii, with interfering with a flight crew on a British Airways flight.  Mosele was said to have been intoxicated, and caused numerous disturbances and issued several threats before eventually being restrained while …

Farnborough Day 3: Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus Report 150+ Orders at Airshow

Farnborough Day 3: Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus Report 150+ Orders at Airshow

The Farnborough International Airshow, which opened Monday, continued as tens of thousands of people, including airline executives and aircraft manufacturers, flocked to an airfield in rural England to see the aviation industry’s newest planes and place orders for them.
The biggest news Wednesday was Qatar Airways’ order for 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The order includes the purchase rights for an additional 50 and the total value of the announcement is $37.7 …