Good Week

Richard Branson
The publicity addicted Virgin boss enjoyed an orgy of media coverage when he launched the interior for his planned SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft in New York last week. The billionaire, who did round-the-clock interviews starting at 02:00, rarely passes the opportunity to plug his other business interests – in one instance talking up the environmental benefits of using railways rather than flying. Sir Richard owns the UK’s Virgin Trains.


More than 2,300 workers at the aeroengine giant’s Derby, UK plant were due to begin industrial action on 29 September after the Amicus union rejected an offer of a 3.5% increase on salary plus a one-off £500 ($935). The union says the offer is inadequate “given the company’s hugely increased profits”. The action includes a withdrawal of co-operation, an overtime ban and a halt to temporary working arrangements. Rolls-Royce says it is already a “premium payer”.

Bad week

“Lufthansa is holding the equivalent of 11 flights a day to New York over Germany because of congestion.”

Lufthansa chief executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber pressing the case for the proposed European Single sky



Source: Flight International