PM asks for US President to assist in Bombardier row
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she is “bitterly disappointed” following a decision by in the U.S. to impose heavy duties on Bombardier Inc’s CSeries jets.
The aircraft, which are partly made in Northern Ireland, are at the centre of a row in which Boeing has accused Bombardier of discarding its new CSeries passenger carrier in the U.S. market as well as being unfairly subsidized by Canada.
May had called upon U.S. President Donald Trump to solve the dispute that has put around 4,200 jobs at risk. A spokeswoman for the department said: “Boeing’s position in this case is unjustified and frankly not what we would expect of a long-term partner to the UK – as well as damaging the wider global aerospace industry.”
Shannon Airport still ‘highly commended’ at annual awards
Despite not scooping the top prize at the annual World Routes Marketing awards, Shannon Airport has been honoured at the ceremony held in Barcelona.
The Airport beat three other airports to the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the under 4 million passengers category, and was narrowly beaten by Nuremburg Airport to the ‘Best Marketing of Airports’ prize.
The World Routes Marketing awards acknowledge new air route successes around the world and are one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the aviation industry. Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy stated: “We’re pinching ourselves again as to be on the podium five years in a row is great achievement by any standards.”
Researchers have found that passenger satisfaction at US airports is at an all-time high.
The J.D. Power 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study measures overall traveller satisfaction at North American airports and queries six factors: facilities, accessibility, security, baggage claim, check-in, and food, drink and retail.
People were pleased that even smaller airports have found ways to address the challenges of construction projects and increased passengers numbers.
Michael Taylor, Travel Practice Lead at J.D. Power, said: “Despite these difficulties, airports are responding with new technology and old-fashioned personal skills to win over harried travellers.”
First passenger to cargo aircraft conversion complete
Alaska Air Cargo has introduced the first converted Boeing 737-700 cargo aircraft, which is the first of its kind in the world. The plane, converted from an all-passenger to an all-freight aircraft, has now entered commercial service and carried goods from Seattle/Tacoma to the state of Alaska.
It took 19 months to complete the conversion and the plane was first flown from Tel Aviv to Belfast on September 6th, and then on to Maine and North Carolina for scheduled maintenance. Alaska will receive two more converted 737-700 freighters, allowing the all-cargo fleet to carry 15% more capacity.
Netflix is hoping to make travelling more pleasant by allowing users to stream TV shows and films whilst travelling by air. It hopes to partner with airlines and put plans in place to improve in-flight Wi-Fi, which could even lead to free or cheaper onboard Wi-Fi.
Netflix is set to offer a ‘bandwidth-efficient’ mobile streaming service to airlines globally from 2018 and also believes it could help carriers save up to 75% in bandwidth costs. This follows the move to offer downloads for offline viewing last year, something that has pleased frequent fliers.