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Old February 13th, 2015, 12:39 PM   #181
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The Recently Completed Rail Works MAN...


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Although it looks as though the major work is finished the OLE is still earthed and there is still work ongoing.

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Old February 14th, 2015, 02:00 PM   #182
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In an interview, Cathay Pacific boss Rupert Hogg talks to Alex Bell about the airline’s direct flights between Manchester and Hong Kong and its ambition to move to a daily service

Flights from Manchester to Hong Kong have now been in operation for two months.

With that in mind Business Week caught up with Rupert Hogg, the chief operating officer of airline Cathay Pacific during his visit to Manchester.

In an interview at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city centre, Hogg spoke of the vital importance of the service to both Manchester and Hong Kong.


How has it gone so far?

We are really pleased. Passenger load factors have been up in the low 80s (%), which is what we like to see and all the signs are right for a new route. It takes us about a year to bed in a new route.

You start getting the full mix of connecting passengers coming off Flybe, for example, tourists and students coming from Manchester and Greater Manchester, the Northern Powerhouse if you like. And, of course, small, medium sized enterprises in business that link to China and to Asia, north and south as well.

Going forward, are you optimistic about the flight?

The reason we think we’ll do well in this market is because, even if you are not going beyond Hong Kong, a non-stop product from Hong Kong to Europe works particularly well, timing-wise. If you are leaving Hong Kong you leave just before 1am and you are in Manchester for 6am.

It is 10-12 hours depending on the weather and the winds, so you can get a sleep and you are in during the Manchester business day. Going the other way, you leave at midday from Manchester and get in at 7am to Hong Kong.

For businessmen going back and forwards during the week, you lose half a working day. Flying at the weekend becomes even more significant. It’s a particularly good schedule.

What is the demographic? Who has been using the flights so far?

Statistically, I can’t answer that at the moment. It is not something we will have collated at this stage. But we would expect the UK to make up 50% of this flight. There will also be a lot of people coming in from Hong Kong and southern China, too.

How is your relationship with Manchester Airport?

It’s great, and I’m not just saying that. As a city Manchester is a very energetic going places type of place. The airport authority here is really good. I know that because although they have never pitched to me, I’ve seen the powerpoints they had pitched to our teams before we started flying to Hong Kong.

If you are in aviation, there are some exciting things going on at Manchester in terms of a cluster of like-minded businesses that need to be close to an airport or a multi-mobile hub. mAirport City is really interesting to us. Manchester is a big airport, there are a lot of people connecting.

Tourism wise, do you find many people at the Hong Kong end picking up on Manchester’s sporting offer?

I don’t want to wade into a debate about which football club is best. But Manchester United have done an amazing job over the past 20 years of building a fan base in China and Hong Kong, and all over Asia. That’s a big draw in itself.

There are a lot of people who come over here to study whose parents did too. A lot of Chinese people live here – I think it is 3% of the population here that is Chinese. We came with a party of people from Hong Kong and I think all of them had been to Manchester in one way or the other.

How important is Manchester to your airline?


It’s a watershed for us in two ways. Our fleet replacement programme is virtually finished. All of our long haul aircraft is basically brand new and super efficient. The average age of our long haul aircraft is four years or under. Flying to Manchester was a pivotal moment for us. An area we want to expand in, though, is Europe. Manchester is the first plan within the European expansion. We have just announced that we are going to fly to Zurich in March. And we are going to fly to Dusseldorf in September. We fly to several places in Europe. But in addition to our 777 fleet, which we are flying in here, there are the Airbus A350-900, the equivalent of the Dreamliner, if you like.

We have 22 of those coming in two years so we get the first in 2016, with the rest by the end of 2017. In 2018 and 2019 we will get 26 of the larger version of the A350-1000. We are getting the firepower if you like to start serving Europe a bit more comprehensively. This gives an alternative to Heathrow and that’s not just an airport alternative.

What is the challenge going forward for the Manchester Hong Kong route?


It is early days. To be frank it hasn’t been unexpected and it hasn’t been as big a challenge as we might have thought. We are quite experienced at launching new destinations and new frequencies. The first thing you have to do is make sure your product is announced and distributed and picked up in all the global distribution systems. That’s half the battle. If you are the only non-stop service in town, your flights comes up first. But you need to make people aware beyond that, which is the job of our local sales force.

There are lot of businesses here already doing business in China. We have always done quite well in this market even though we weren’t flying here. People would go and connect at Heathrow, so what we are doing is taking a market that we already enjoyed some presence in and giving them a better option.

Have you got it right so far?

I think we have done it right. We got the right aircraft and the right schedule. We want to get up to daily and we will do that as and when we have aircraft available. And then we will keep building the awareness at the other end of the route to people who want to come, to not just Manchester, but this part of the UK.

As and when the demand builds, we will look to keep increasing services...

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Old February 14th, 2015, 11:22 PM   #183
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SQ Upping the Game At MAN

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Old February 16th, 2015, 12:37 PM   #184
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Aurigny seem to have slightly bumped up frequency for the summer.

3 flights on Mondays - extra being GR672 at 0930
3 flights on Saturdays with the extra being GR674 at 1400 from 6th June to 26th Sept
3 flights on Sunday with GR676 at 1435 from 7th June to 27th Sept (GR670 at 0800 replaced by GR672 at 0930)

And we've a 6th Air Canada Rouge frequency for the summer - non-op on Tuesdays
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Old February 16th, 2015, 09:19 PM   #185
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I've heard that Egyptair is sending another narrow-bodied aircraft to Manchester...

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Old February 16th, 2015, 09:42 PM   #186
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That correct fields...EgyptAir will be returning to MAN in Jul this year after a short break, initially 3 times weekly, then upping the frequency in September to 5 weekly, already bookable apparently, good to see then back.
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Old February 18th, 2015, 12:51 PM   #187
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easyJet flies to Funchal from Manchester...


easyJet has commenced services MAN-FNC twice weekly, Monday and Saturday, services will be operated by A320.

A special welcome was arranged for the first passengers arriving in Funchal from Manchester last week with easyJet. Passengers were offered flowers upon arrival for the new twice-weekly service, which began on 14 February.

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Old February 18th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #188
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Old February 18th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #189
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Hainan Still On The Cards...

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Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines will launch three new services to the US this year.

The airline received authorisation from the US Department of Transportation on Friday to run routes between Shanghai and Seattle, Shanghai and Boston, and Beijing and San Jose.

The four-times weekly Shanghai-Seattle service will start on June 22 and will be operated by an A330-200 with 222 seats, with 36 in business configured 2-2-2, and 186 in economy configured 2-4-2.

A B787-8 Dreamliner will be rostered onto the three-times weekly Shanghai-Boston route, which launches on June 20. The aircraft contains 213 seats in two classes — 36 in a 2-2-2 configuration in business, and 177 in a 3-3-3 configuration in economy.

The five-times weekly Beijing-San Jose route will begin on June 15 and also will be operated by a B787-8 with the same layout. The service will fly everyday except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 12:00 PM   #190
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Go-ahead given for Airport City warehouse project...

Once complete in early 2016, the new building - called ALPHA - will offer units from 17,500 to 35,000 sq ft


Planning permission has been secured for a 130,000 sq ft logistics facility at the £800m Airport City project.

Located at Airport City Manchester’s Global Logistics site, the new-build property known as ALPHA is designed to meet growing demand for small to medium logistics units. Construction will start in the coming weeks.

Once complete in early 2016, the new building will offer units from 17,500 to 35,000 sq ft arranged in a single terrace.

Each will feature bespoke office space and have its own fenced and gated yard with dedicated car parking and HGV delivery access.

Lynda Shillaw, MAG’s divisional property CEO, said: “We are seeing healthy demand for logistics property at Airport City and the ALPHA development is an exciting addition to the range of products available to occupiers.

“ALPHA has an unrivalled location at Manchester Airport, with direct links to over 210 global destinations and with great access to the UK’s motorway network, enabling rapid movement of goods to market across the country.

Being located at Airport City means unrivalled access to the international market place, boosting export opportunities and opening up exciting new opportunities, whether you are a local business, or a global businesses looking to establish a presence in the north west.”

The announcement of ALPHA follows the planning application submitted in December by MAG Property with leading logistics property specialist Stoford for the creation of a 260,000 sq ft logistics unit at Airport City.

Earlier last year, international logistics company DHL took occupation of a brand new and bespoke facility totalling 37,308 sq ft.

Constructed in less than nine months, the new DHL Service Point, was the first the first business to locate at the flagship Enterprise Zone development.

The Global Logistics site forms part of a wider £800 million, 10 year, Airport City development by MAG that will transform Manchester Airport from a regional transport hub into an international destination in its own right.

The first of its kind in the UK, it will compete with successful airport cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

The appointed agents working on the scheme are CBRE and JLL.

Airport City sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone

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Old February 19th, 2015, 07:42 PM   #191
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Iraqi Airways Ready to Fly to MAN...

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The UK boss of Iraqi Airways today said the carrier’s new service from Manchester can be a hit with business and leisure travellers alike.
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The airline is launching two new routes into Sulaymaniyah and Erbil from March.

The area surrounding Erbil has been the scene of several waves of attacks from ISIS in recent days, before being repelled by airstrikes.

But Saad Al-Lhafaji, UK general manager of Iraqi Airways, said he was confident the troubles would not hinder the success of the new services.

And that is down to the strong Kurdish community there is in the north west and beyond.

He added: “Our experience tells us that even in the worst scenarios, people will still want to visit their home county and their friends and family.

“The north of England and the west Midlands has a big Kurdish community but we think the area will also be attractive to investors and business travellers as well.”

Late last month, the M.E.N. revealed talks were underway about the Iraq routes from Manchester Airport.

Now, the two services have been confirmed.

The flight to Erbil will depart Manchester Airport on a Wednesday at 22:00 and the flight to Sulaymaniyah will leave on a Sunday also at 22:00.

Both routes will be operated by a brand new Boeing 737-800 with capacity for 162 passengers and return fares will start from £383.

Ken O’Toole, pictured, chief commercial officer at Manchester Airports Group, said: “We are pleased to welcome Iraqi Airways to Manchester Airport and further increase the options and choice for passengers travelling to and from the Middle East.

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“Manchester is now the only airport outside of London to offer these routes with Iraqi Airways, and confirms the national role played by our airport. With Manchester already having two runways and a catchment area of 22 million people living with two hours of the airport, we have the capacity to support airlines that have ambition to grow in the UK.”
Mr Al-Khafaji added: “We are looking forward to working with everyone at Manchester Airport to offer passengers the opportunity to fly direct to Iraq. With a strong Kurdish community across the region in the north and West Midlands, we are sure the route will prove to be popular.

“This is the first ever direct flight service between Iraq and Manchester.”

Iraqi Airways, founded in 1945, is one of the oldest Middle Eastern carriers and offers a mix of domestic and international services to over 40 destinations.

Erbil is the largest city and capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, and Sulaymaniyah is a city in southern Kurdistan.

Late on Tuesday, ISIS jihadis engaged in an ‘hours long’ battle near to the towns of Gewr and Makhmour, south west of Erbil

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easyJet upgrades summer capacity...


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LOW cost airline easyJet is adding additional seats on some key routes out of Manchester Airport including across its new routes for this.They include Pisa, Porto, Split and the Greek island of Kefalonia. The additional capacity equating to 15,000 extra seats signifies a high level of demand amongst customers for a range of summer sun destinations. easyJet now offers 38 destinations from Manchester. Ali Gayward, commercial manager at easyJet, said: “The extra capacity will help to ensure that we are able to continue...
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 07:46 PM   #193
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AF JFK-CDG (A380) diverted to MAN this afternoon, due crew hours...a/c has since gone tech in MAN, Emirates A380 (one of two daily) also in photo...

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Old February 23rd, 2015, 10:30 PM   #194
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Fab photo of the 2 A380s at MAN, thanks for posting
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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:07 AM   #195
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Thomas Cook Airlines looks to Up MAN-JFK Service...

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Thomas Cook Airlines UK in Summer 2016 season plans to add extra weekly flight on Manchester – New York JFK route, with 4 weekly operation, instead of 3. Summer 2016 operation begins on 07APR16. Planned schedule as follow.

MT848 MAN1130 – 1350JFK 330 x237
MT849 JFK2130 – 0925+1MAN 330 x237

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Tailwind Heading to MAN...

Another Turkish Airline to add to the MAN fold...Tailwind will operate the following service...

MAN-ERN (ercan)

TWI197 ECN 0700 MAN 1135
TWI198 MAN 1235 ECN 2050

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So all in all a comprehensive collection of Turkish operators heading our way this Summer; Turkish, Corendon, Pegasus, Onur, and Tailwind, and Freebird.
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"Better rail services become a reality between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport station..."


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Passengers made the first journeys on an electric train between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport station this morning (5 March).

The 0616 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport service was the first train to use the newly electrified route following the completion of work by Network Rail.

The completely revitalised Northern trains have had extensive work done ahead of their maiden journeys with striking new look exterior paintwork, as well as refreshed and modernised interiors which include new paintwork and improved seating for a more comfortable journey.

Newly-installed on-board information technology means customers will be better informed about their journey while travelling via new digital screens and automated audio announcements to support the conductor.

The trains launched today are first of a new fleet of 20 trains which will be rolled out on the route in coming months. The electrification of the line means that passengers are able to travel on electric trains which are quieter, more reliable and have more space.

Network Rail recently completed the electrification of the route between Newton-le-Willows and Liverpool Lime Street which linked the previously electrified section between Manchester and Newton-le-Willows.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “This first electric train to travel between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport signifies the completion of the latest stage of a much bigger electrification programme in the north west.

“When the north west electrification upgrades and network improvements are completed in 2019 they will deliver significant, long term benefits to passengers across the north of England.”

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"Manchester Airport hopes to pass 30m mark by 2025"...

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MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish also says improvements to the rail network are key to the firm's growth - but admits HS2 is a 'huge opportunity and a huge risk

Manchester Airports Group boss Charlie Cornish says he hopes 30 millions people will jet in and out of the region within 10 years.

The airport this year reached its pre-recession milestone of 22m passengers and is aiming to hit the 23.5m mark next year.

And he said: "In three years, Manchester Airport will be vastly different to what it is today and in three years, it will be hugely different."

He added: "Manchester Airport will handle about 23.5m passengers next year and has the potential to grow to 55m. In 10 years, it will be 55m-plus."

Mr Cornish was speaking at the Greater Manchester Business Conference, at which he also said improving the customer service experience and making better use of technology will also be key to the gateway as it grows.

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He hailed the success of Cathay Pacific's direct route to Hong Kong, launched in December, and said the carrier was already looking at increasing the service to a daily one.

It is currently running at 80 per cent capacity each time it flies, he added.
Mr Cornish said: "In airline terms, Cathay Pacific is considered to be a premium airline and Hong Kong is as interesting to us as Beijing or Shanghai because the access points are as great, if not greater, to other Chinese cities."

Mr Cornish also spoke of the importance of rail links to Manchester Airport.

He said: "If you have got northern cities linking to Manchester Airport, that allows Manchester Airport to operate more as a true northern gateway and will give people very quick and very efficient access to us.

"That will lead to the opportunity for more long haul flights and, in turn, the creation of economic wealth....
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Airport boss in customer pledge amid growth drive...

MANCHESTER Airport must modernise to remain the “northern gateway” to all corners of the globe and challenge the inaccurate perception that the London airports are the best for long haul connectivity.This is according to Manchester Airport Group (MAG) chief executive Charlie Cornish who was addressing the Great Manchester Business Conference at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s facility The Point, Old Trafford.“We consider the airport to be an international gateway and a global connection point for the north.

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