Airline News - Europe.


Jan 7, 2008

Air France

Air France has begun selling seats on its nonstop flights between Los Angeles and London Heathrow, which begin March 30. Here's a sampling of other routes that open skies will bring us in 2008. U.S. airlines were quick to jump at the opportunity to fly in and out of Heathrow, a major gateway to European cities both large and small, as the open-skies agreement calls for such airlines as British Airways and American Airlines to loosen their grips on their protected positions at the airport. Dec 31, 2007


Bmi will add a second daily London Heathrow-Moscow Domodedovo frequency and an eighth daily LHR-Manchester flight on March 30. Its summer timetable also will see the suspension of daily LHR-Inverness service and seasonal flights to Alicante and Nice. Jan 4, 2008


Bmi has today January 3 announced that from the start of the summer schedule on 30 March the daily service from Heathrow to Inverness will be cancelled and flights between Heathrow and Leeds Bradford will reduce to four-times daily with the suspension of the late evening flight. The summer-only services to Alicante and Nice will not operate in 2008. Despite these cuts, bmi has doubled the number of services between Heathrow and Moscow Domodedovo from 30 March and the new timetable will also see additional flights between Heathrow and both Manchester and Durham Tees Valley. Bmi is offering passengers with reservations on cancelled flights a full refund or rebooking on alternative routes. Jan 3, 2008


New UK cabin bag rules. Bmi is to introduce new cabin baggage rules from next Monday Jan 7, as restrictions are lifted at certain UK airports. The one-bag rule has infuriated business travelers for some time, with laptops in particular providing a specific source of frustration, but this new regulatory environment should ease the situation. Jan 2, 2008

British Airways

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways both have expressed interest in establishing their own transatlantic all-premium operations. A British Airways spokesperson told this website that the carrier intends to reveal its plans next week and to launch service in the middle of this year. Jan 3, 2008

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Some all business-class carriers plan to expand. Three startup carriers that operate all business-class flights say they plan to expand in 2008, and British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will experiment with a similar format, The New York Times' Joe Sharkey writes...

To continue reading