BA upgrades London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro, adding First Class and a Boeing 777-300 aircraft

British Airways has announced it is to upgrade its London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro route from a three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft to a four class Boeing 777-300 aircraft from Sunday 27 October 2013.

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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BA confirms further changes to London Gatwick short-haul timetable for Winter 2013 season

British Airways has confirmed further changes to its London Gatwick short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts on 27 October 2013.

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International Airlines Group still intent on pursuing 100% ownership of Vueling

International Airlines Group is clearly not satisfied with owning over 90% of Vueling. Although this gives IAG full control of Vueling for all practical and accounting purposes, the airline group is clearly intent on having 100% ownership of Vueling. On Friday, IAG made a further offer for the remaining 9% of Vueling’s shares listed on the stock exchange in Spain.

As stated before, IAG has been coy about its intentions regarding Vueling, save for stating it will remain a separate subsidiary in the IAG group. However, IAG is clearly very keen on pursuing full ownership and control of the airline.

easyJet to expand further at London Gatwick airport as Flybe sells take off and landing slots

easyJet is to expand further at London Gatwick airport next year as Flybe has today announced it is to sell to easyJet its portfolio of 25 take off and landing slots at the airport for £20m.

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BBC2 to go behind the scenes at London Heathrow next month with “Airport Live”

The BBC has announced that it is to go behind the scenes at London Heathrow airport next month with “Airport Live”. Over four consecutive nights from Monday 17 June to Thursday 20 June, the BBC will be live from the control tower and airport terminals of London Heathrow.

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Virgin Atlantic reports another year of heavy financial losses

Virgin Atlantic has reported another year of heavy financial losses. The airline has today published its financial results for the year ended 28 February 2013.

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New & Noteworthy: Virgin America and easyJet report financials

Here are a few new & noteworthy items for today, Tuesday 15 May:

Virgin America publishes its quarterly results. The Cranky Flier delves into the numbers. (The Cranky Flier)

easyJet publishes solid half year results. The airline is evaluating an order for next generation short-haul aircraft (easyJet Investor Relations)

easyJet to also offer fast track security for business passengers at 27 airports. (easyJet Media Release)