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EasyJet: cameras will end ash bans

Nighy checks out the new First suite

BA first class has star appeal

ACTOR BILL Nighy gave his backing to the new British Airways First suite during a reception with chief executive Willie Walsh at the Halycon Gallery in London. New features in first class include a wider bed,

personal wardrobe, personal electronic blinds, a 15in screen for in-flight entertainment, USB port, noise-cancelling headsets and amenity washbag by designer Anya Hindmarch. The cabin was launched earlier in the year but

the official event was postponed due to the ash cloud crisis. Walsh also officially introduced the airline’s new marketing director Kerris Bright, formerly of AkzoNobel and Unilever, who has joined the company after a year-long recruitment search. First-class fares start from £3,237 for returns to Dubai.

Emirates goes wild in Birmingham

EMIRATES IS highlighting the destinations it offers from Birmingham with a range of designs on the airport’s monorail system. The airline flies twice daily from Birmingham to Dubai and on to destinations in Africa and the Far East. Trains will be emblazoned with a Chinese

ceremonial dragon or African safari animals for six month. The designs will then be changed to highlight other Emirates routes to Australia and the Far East.

20 11.06.2010

Chris Gray. USING INFRA-RED cameras to detect ash in the atmosphere could make volcanic eruptions no more hazardous than thunderstorms, easyJet has predicted. The airline has unveiled plans to

fit infrared cameras to the tailfins of up to 12 aircraft by the end of the year, in a move that chief executive Andy Harrison said could end any disruption caused by ash clouds. EasyJet has invested £1 million in trialling the technology and aims to have one camera installed within two months on an Airbus A340, which will carry out tests in areas of the world where there are active volcanoes. The cameras can detect ash up to 60 miles ahead of the aircraft and between heights of 5,000ft and 50,000ft. Pilots will then have up to six minutes to take action to avoid the ash. EasyJet chief executive Andy Harrison said he hoped other airlines would follow easyJet so

EasyJet’s Andy Harrison

hundreds of aircraft were fitted with the cameras.

This would allow accurate mapping of ash in the atmos- phere so the industry did not need to rely on computer projec- tions that were not necessarily accurate, he added. “The technology will give us a huge leap forward. Thunder-

storms are hazardous but nobody grounds planes because of a thunderstorm, because there is an accurate map of where they are and the pilot has weather radar that can see them a long way out,” said Harrison. EasyJet has linked up with the Dr Fred Prata of the Norwegian Institute for Air Research to promote the technology.

Harrison said no airlines would be excluded

from using it, and insisted easyJet was not intending to get a commercial advantage by having aircraft that would allow it to fly when other airlines were grounded.

Jet2: Newcastle-NY Xmas flights

NEWCASTLE IS to get its first flights to New York after announced special Christmas shopping services. The airline is to run two services from Newcas- tle International to New York’s Newark airport during December. Jet2 will also repeat its Christ- mas flights to Newark from Leeds Bradford air- port. Departures will be on December 2 and 9. Tickets went on sale last week starting from £359 return.

Sister company Jet2holidays is also selling packages with three nights’ hotel accommoda- tion from £599 per person.

Newcastle has been hoping to attract a scheduled transatlantic flight for some time, and although the one-off Jet2 flights are a long way from a regular service, it was welcomed as a “significant boost” by airport managing director Dave Laws.

Jet2holidays managing director Steve Heapy with a look-a-like of Sex in the Citystar Sarah Jessica Parker

“The continued expansion of Jet2 services

from Newcastle is great news for passengers in the region,” said Laws. “It demonstrates the confidence and commit- ment Jet2 has to Newcastle and the north-east.”

020 7921 8003 Chris Gray

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