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We got back from a whirlwind trip of under 24 hours to watch Airbus’ newest jet take to the skies. Anyone who has attended a “first flight” knows the excitement such events generate. More of our pictures here. To get you into the feel of the event we have two videos to watch. The first...
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The Embraer Phenom 300 is the world’s best selling business jet, and a new model, the 300E was introduced at NBAA this year. The 300E, with the E standing for “Enhanced” sports an elegant redesigned cabin and a new cabin management and in-flight entertainment system from Lufthansa Technik. First delivered in 2009, the Phenom 300...
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ACI World, the voice of the world's airports, has confirmed that Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) CEO and executive director, Bongani Maseko (pictured left), will become its new chairman from January 1, 2018.
He will succeed outgoing chair, London City Airport's CEO, Declan Collier, who is stepping down after two years in the hot seat.
Martín Eurnekián (pictured right), vice president of Corporación América and president of ACI Latin America and Caribbean (ACI-LAC), will serve as vice chair of ACI World after his appointment was confirmed at the organisation's World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) in Mauritius this week.
Like Maseko, his two year term begins in January 2018.
Speaking at ACI's annual assembly, Maseko, said that it "was an extreme honour to be elected chair of ACI World" and promised to give it "his best shot".
Eurnekián proved he was a man of few words by simplying saying "thank you very much" to ACI members in attendance at the annual assembly.
However, afterwards he revealed that he was proud to accept the role and expressed gratitude to ACI World's Governing Board and ACI members for their confidence in supporting his election.
Speaking about the new appointments, ACI World's director general, Angela Gittens, said: "I congratulate both Bongani Maseko and Martin Eurnekián on their appointments. Be aware that the bar has been set very high and I am used to receiving wise, strategic diection, and will expect no less from the two of you."
The UK government’s new aviation strategy should set out an ambitious plan for improving international connectivity from the country's airports as part of its vision for a new global Britain, according to MAG.
Its rallying call is in response to government proposals for the new strategy.
MAG, which operates the UK’s two largest airports with spare runway capacity, Manchester and London Stansted, is calling for improvements in road and rail access to its airports to enable them to offer passengers better global connections.
At London Stansted, MAG is calling on government to accelerate the delivery of improvements to the Stansted Express.
With faster rail access to London, MAG believes that London Stansted would attract more long haul-routes, giving passengers more choice and providing high-tech and life sciences businesses in the corridor around Stansted with better access to global markets.
At Manchester Airport, MAG is focused on ensuring that the airport is connected directly to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, so that passengers and businesses across the North and the rest of the UK can benefit from the airport’s global route network.
These improvements in global connectivity will help drive economic growth and support trade, investment and the creation of high-skilled jobs, claims MAG.
The group believes that air freight’s vital role in supporting trade and advanced manufacturing should be an important focus for the new strategy.
It claims that the government should support East Midlands Airport, the UK’s most important hub for dedicated air-freight operations, by channelling more investment in road and rail infrastructure around the airport.
MAG states that a successful aviation industry is required to deliver the government’s vision of a “truly global Britain” after the country leaves the European Union.
And it believes...
About 2.4 million people were kept informed about the impact of storm Ophelia on the Republic of Ireland’s two largest airports - Dublin and Cork – by the airports’ social media channels.
The combined reach of almost 190 social media posts from the two airports from Sunday evening, as the storm approached, until Tuesday morning, when Ophelia had passed, was about 2.4 million.
Twitter was the key social tool for Dublin and Cork airports during the storm, as their combined 164 Ophelia-related tweets were seen by 1.8 million people.
The 24 Facebook updates posted by the two airports reached a total of 556,000 people during the period.
“Social media has been a key tool for communicating with our airports’ passengers and stakeholders for several years, and is particularly useful in major weather events,” said daa’s chief communications Officer Paul O’Kane.
“During storm Ophelia, Dublin and Cork airports used our social media channels to provide passengers with the latest information as the situation evolved.”
Dublin Airport had about 180 cancelled flights on Monday, when storm Ophelia hit Ireland, but the airport remained open throughout the day and about 75% of its schedule was operational.
“Dublin Airport used its social channels to explain that the airport was open, to direct customers to information in relation to cancelled services, provide updates on ground transportation and to answer customer queries,” added O'Kane.
Cork Airport was much more affected by the storm, as it had 48 flight cancellations on Monday, which amounted to around 80% of its daily schedule.
"The importance and relevance of social media channels to our business of connecting people across the South of Ireland with the world was never more evident than during storm Ophelia", said the airport's head of...