Monday Briefing – 28 October 2019

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Dreamflight, London Heathrow, Sunday 27 October 2019
Dreamflight, London Heathrow, Sunday 27 October 2019 (Image Credit: British Airways)

Welcome to our Monday Briefing for the week beginning 28 October 2019.

European Airlines Third Quarter Results

Air France-KLM and IAG announce their third quarter results this coming Thursday, 31 October 2019. Lufthansa follows next Thursday, 7 November 2019.

In the case of IAG we know that results will be severely impacted by the three days of planned industrial action by BA pilots in September. Protests in Hong Kong will also have had an impact.

Last week Qantas stated that the collapse in traffic to Hong Kong had cost the airline AUD$25 million. Qantas also cited weakening demand and the global trade war having an impact on cargo volumes.

Whilst any significant announcements are likely to be reserved for IAG’s Capital Markets Day next Friday, IAG will be asked by investors about the state of industrial relations at BA and its response to the planned departure of LATAM from the Oneworld alliance.

“Airline Maps”

British Overseas Airways Corporation World Jet Routes Map
British Overseas Airways Corporation World Jet Routes Map

A new book chartering the history of the airline map is published this coming, Wednesday 29 October 2019.

“Airline Maps” published by Particular Books features archive route maps from airlines such as Air France, British European Airways and British Overseas Airways Corporation.

The authors Mark Ovenden and Maxwell Roberts have given an interview to Citylab.

Dreamflight Takes Off

Dreamflight, London Heathrow, Sunday 27 October 2019
Dreamflight, London Heathrow, Sunday 27 October 2019 (Image Credit: British Airways)

The annual “Dreamflight” departed London Heathrow for Orlando yesterday, Sunday 27 October 2019.

Founded in 1986 by former BA staff members Patricia Pearce MBE and Derek Pereira, Dreamflight is a registered charity that raises funds to charter a BA Boeing 747 carrying hundreds of children with a serious illness or disability on a once in a life time trip to Orlando, Florida.

Approximately 200 children travel on each annual flight together with BA cabin crew and a dedicated medical team, including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who are on hand 24 hours a day throughout the trip. The flight is also supported a team of BA volunteers who assist with its departure at Heathrow.

Since the first flight in 1987 around 6,000 children have flown on Dreamflight. There’s more information at Dreamflight.

In case you missed it

Air New Zealand is to suspend its last remaining route from London from October 2020. (London Air Travel)

As airlines resume flights to Milan Linate airport, BA opens its “refreshed” lounge. (London Air Travel)

Also of note this week:

TWA85: “The world’s longest and most spectacular hijacking” (BBC News)

A brief history of in-flight entertainment. (Telegraph Travel)

Ken O’Toole, Chief Executive of Stansted airport on its long-haul ambitions. (The Times)

How airlines deal with clock changes. (Virgin Atlantic)

Eurostar passengers reflect on 25 years of cross-channel services. (The Guardian)

Late post publication updates:

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