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August 16, 2017



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Airberlin CEO Blames Insolvency on Long-Delayed New Airport

Airberlin's CEO, Thomas Winkelmann, blamed the long delays in the opening of a new Berlin airport for the airline’s insolvency. In an interview published in Die Zeit, he said, “We have Berlin in our name, are the prime carrier here and have designed our whole concept based on transfer traffic at this new airport. That is not possible at Tegel; my predecessors made that painful experience.”

Reuters | Related Ryanair lodges complaint over AirBerlin “conspiracy” – Business Traveller



Virgin Atlantic Signs Content Deal With Stand-Up Comedy VOD Platform

NextUp, an online video-on-demand platform for stand-up comedy, has secured a distribution deal with Virgin Atlantic. The airline will feature NextUp originals as part of its in-flight entertainment content portfolio. Virgin Atlantic has chosen to initially showcase performances from comedians Brennan Reece, Tom Ward and Colin Hoult (as Anna Mann), with more content to be added later this year.

Television Business International | Related Virgin Atlantic Sells Stake To Air France-KLM, Strengthens Alliance With Delta Air Lines – Forbes



First Made-in-USA Airbus A320 Takes Off

The first US-built Airbus A320 has completed its first flight. The aircraft was assembled at the Airbus A320 assembly site in Mobile, Alabama, and will soon join the Spirit Airlines fleet. Until now, the manufacturing plant has exclusively built the larger A321ceo, but Airbus plans to begin assembling the newer A320neo family aircraft by the end of the year.

Airways Magazine | Related Taking flight: How an Airbus jetliner is made in Mobile –



Four Dutch Airports, Including Amsterdam Schiphol, Are Going Wind-Powered

Four Dutch airports managed by Royal Schiphol Group will become fully wind-powered as of next year under a 15-year agreement with Eneco, a sustainable-energy supplier. The deal covers Amsterdam Schiphol, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Lelystad airports. “Together, the airports consume around 200 GWh [per year], which is comparable with the consumption of 60,000 households,” Royal Schiphol Group said.

Air Transport World | Related South Africa just opened the continent’s first solar-powered airport – Quartz



Might Airlines Go Vegan, Just for the Health of It?

Six percent of Americans are vegan, up from one percent in 2014, according to a GlobalData study published in June. Is this trend reflected in the airline catering industry? Research conducted by a vegan food blogger in 2015 found that over 30 airlines offer either vegetarian or vegan options, but more are joining the list. Last month, Air India switched to an all-vegetarian menu for economy-class passengers on domestic routes, while JetBlue added vegan options in June.

APEX Media | Related Switch to Vegetarian Food on Air India Causes an Uproar – The New York Times  



British Airways Adds Winston Churchill’s Favorite Port to Club World Menu

British Airways has added Graham’s Six Grapes, a brand of port claimed to have been Winston Churchill’s favored fortified wine, to its Club World business-class drinks menu. “At altitude it holds its flavor well, thanks to its good structure, and with the long lingering finish, it will wonderfully complement the dessert and cheese selection on flights,” British Airways’ head of Catering, Colin Talbot, said.

Business Traveller | Related British Airways confirms £4.75 M&S sandwiches will replace free in-flight food – The Telegraph



Qantas Plans Lounge Overhaul at Melbourne Airport

Qantas is planning an extensive refurbishment of its domestic business-class and Qantas Club lounges at Melbourne Airport. Renovations could begin before the end of the year and are expected to be completed by mid-2018. According to Australian Business Traveller, the new floor plan has “less clutter” and a “greater variety of seating and tables, plus more room to move between them.”

Australian Business Traveller | Related Name That Plane: Qantas Is Crowdsourcing Monikers for Its Dreamliner Fleet – APEX Media





Lufthansa Airbus A380 at Munich Airport. Captured by (via Instagram).

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