Business class only carriers are entering a period of expansion. The first French all-business class airline L’Avion is to add a second daily service to its route between Paris Orly and New York Newark airports.
The Daily Telegraph
Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling is to meet industry leaders today to discuss his widely criticised 80% hike in capital gains tax.
The International Monetary Fund is to become the world’s top expert on green taxes and will soon start advising individual countries, including the UK, on whether to introduce environmental levies.
Airlines are battling over new US routes. Air France-KLM and US airline Delta yesterday trampled on the toes of rivals Virgin and British Airways as they unveiled plans to start flights to American cities from Heathrow for the first time.
A row among European governments has forced the EU to postpone plans for tackling climate change until the new year. The European Commission was due to announce proposals on how to cut CO2 emissions by 20% on December 5.
Crews at Flybe are refusing to fly on a range of passenger jets because they are leaking poisonous fumes into the cabin. Staff say their lives are being put at risk on the airline’s fleet of BAE146s, after two stewardesses collapsed on a flight and seven crew members were taken to hospital.