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Air Transat launches UK to Canada summer sale

Airline news

Canadian airline Air Transat has today launched a summer sale on flights from the UK to Canada for travel between June and October 2024. For those looking to visit Quebec’s largest city Montreal flights from London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK) are available from £349 return if you book before 2nd of July. [read more]

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Air India to launch Bengaluru to London Gatwick service

Airline news

Air India will launch a direct service between Benglauru to London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK) from late summer this year to meet growing demand for travel between the UK and the Bangalore region of India. The new service will operate five-times-per-week using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which includes Air India’s business class [read more]

Airbus A321XLR Complete
Aviation engineering news

Airbus delivers 53 aircraft in May 2024

European aerospace giant Airbus delivered 53 aircraft to 34 customers in May 2024 maintaining its strong delivery record for the year. Wide-body deliveries included four Airbus A350s (3x -900 1x -1000) to customers including Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and Air France. Two A330-900s were also delivered to ITA Airways [read more]

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Airport News

Menzies Aviation increases Portuguese market share with acquisition

Edinburgh headquartered Menzies Aviation has completed the acquisition of a 50.1% stake in Portuguese ground handling agent, Groundforce Portugal. Groundforce Portugal handles around 100,000 aircraft turnarounds every year across five airports and its acquisition goes Menzies Aviation a 65% share in Portuguese market. Airports include Lisbon, Porto and Faro on [read more]

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Airline news

Aer Lingus launches flash transatlantic sale

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus (EI/EIN) has launched a flash sale on transatlantic flights from Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) for passengers looking to jet off to the Caribbean or North America. Aer Lingus flies direct to three transatlantic destinations from the North-West to England hub, New York JFK, Orlando and Barbados. [read more]

Airline news

Oneworld alliance welcomes 15th full member airline

The Oneworld alliance, which includes British Airways, has welcomed Fiji Airways as its 15th member airline. The Fijian flag carrier has been a Oneworld connect partner for the last 5 years developing links with other Oneworld airlines but now becomes a full member. Fiji Airways offers Oneworld a gateway to [read more]

My Lounge at London Luton Airport
Airport News

New My Lounge opens at London Luton

Airport lounge specialists Airport Dimensions in partnership with Swissport have opened a new lounge at London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW) called My Lounge. My Lounge will be operated by No1 Lounge, which opened at the airport last year, and will help the airport meet increased demand for lounge access with a [read more]

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 at Bristol Airport (Image: UK Aviation Media)
Airline news

easyJet and Ryanair amongst airlines fined over extra charges

Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair are amongst the airlines that have been fined almost €150 million by the Spanish Government over charges for passengers for extras such as carry-on luggage and reserving seats. The move is the biggest sanction against the industry ever issued by the Spanish authorities and sees [read more]

Tui Airways UK Boeing 737-800
Aviation safety news

Pilots failed to notice autothrottle had not engaged on TUI 737

According to a special bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) both pilots of a TUI Boeing 737-800 failed to notice that the autothrottle had disengaged during take-off from Bristol Airport (BRS/EGGD). The pilots were operating a flight using a TUI Airways UK Boeing 737-800 (G-FDZS) from Bristol to [read more]

Kirkwall Airport (Image: HIAL)
Airport News

Scottish regional airports report steady growth

Airports owned by Highlands & Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) have seen a 3.5% growth in passenger numbers for the 2023/24 reporting period. Of the 11 airports owned by HIAL t Inverness saw passenger numbers rise by 5.6% to 792,150 with Wick John O’Groats airport growing an impressive 22.2% to 11,224 [read more]

Features

Turbulence: keep your seat belt fastened

There is no doubt that severe turbulence is effecting more and more flights. Climate change discussions aside, increasing incidents of severe turbulence is a fact!  How can we prevent the most serious consequences of inflight turbulence in this rapidly changing climate if we are to continue flying around the world? First, passengers should pay [read more]

Sqn Ldr Mark Long (Image: RAF/Crown Copyright)
Aviation safety news

Spitfire crash pilot named as Sqn Ldr Mark Long

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has named the pilot who died in yesterday’s Spitfire crash as Squadron Leader Mark Long describing him as “a great friend, colleague and a passionate, professional aviator.” San Ldr Long’s Spitfire crashed on the perimeter of RAF Coningsby, where the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight [read more]

Airline news

JetBlue begins Edinburgh to New York flights

US low cost carrier JetBlue (B6/JBU) has started its new service between Edinburgh and New York with the inaugural flight taking off yesterday. The new daily service is operated by an Airbus A320neo featuring JetBlue’s “Mint” cabin featuring 16 Mint Suites offering a fully lie-flat bed. Operating into New York [read more]

EAS selects Airbus to design and build Vigil, a space weather monitoring satellite
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ESA selects Airbus for space weather mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus to design and build a space weather forecasting satellite known as Vigil for what will ESA’s first mission in its Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme boosting space safety. Once in orbit, Vigil will provide vital early warning abut space weather, particularly solar [read more]

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Turbulence: keep your seat belt fastened

by Roy Elks in Features

There is no doubt that severe turbulence is effecting more and more flights. Climate change discussions aside, increasing incidents of severe turbulence is a fact!  How can we prevent the most serious consequences of inflight turbulence in this rapidly [read more]