Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft
Civil Aviation

New Derry to Manchester air link starts this Winter

Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) has announced it will launch a new air link between the Northern Irish airport of Derry (LDY/EGAE) and Manchester (MAN/EGCC). Starting the 1st December 2021, the flight will operate three times per week using a Boeing 737-800. Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason Mc Guinness, said: [read more]

Alitalia A330 at Cardiff Airport

Goodbye Alitalia, hello Italia Transporto Aero

In the history of airlines ceasing operations, Italian flag carrier Alitalia is perhaps most noticeable for simply the amount of time it’s taken to get to the point that it is finally going. The airline has been given bailout after bailout and has been in the final stages of ‘extraordinary administration’ [read more]

Civil Aviation

Ryanair announces new route from Leeds Bradford

Ryanair (FR/RYR) has today announced a new twice-weekly route from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA/EGNM) to Poznan, Poland. The new winter route starts on 4th December 2021 and operates until March 2022. Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason Mc Guinness, said: “As Europe’s No.1 airline, Ryanair remains committed to re-building Europe’s aviation [read more]

Aer Lingus launches its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean, which will create up to 120 new jobs. Pictured at the event Senior Cabin Crew Member Elizabeth Murphy.
Civil Aviation

Aer Lingus to launch transatlantic flights from UK next week

Aer Lingus’ UK based subsidiary, Aer Lingus UK (EG/EUK), is set to begin transatlantic operations for the first time next week as it launches its direct service from Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) to Barbados. The airline, which is based at Manchester Airport, will see Aer Lingus compete with Virgin Atlantic on [read more]

Air Transat (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Civil Aviation

Direct Toronto flights set to resume from Manchester

Air Transat (TS/TSC) is set to resume its weekly direct flight to Toronto, Canada from Manchester next week as it returns to the airport for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic all but grounded air travel in the UK. The popular route will operate from Terminal One at the [read more]

Civil Aviation

Airbus reports 40 deliveries in September

European airframer Airbus has reported 40 aircraft deliveries to 25 customers in the month of September 2021. The number brings the year to date to 424 aircraft to 74 customers. Some of the recent deliveries include the first Airbus A220 to French national carrier Air France. Airbus has also recently [read more]

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 at Bristol Airport (Image: TransportMedia UK)

Refund law not clear enough says regulator

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said that the law about airline refunds lacks clarity as to who is liable if a flight operates but the passenger can’t travel for legal reasons. The statement was made as the CMA closed its investigation into British Airways and Ryanair over the [read more]

British Airways Airbus A380-800 G-XLEC (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Civil Aviation

British Airways confirms A380 to return to skies this autumn

British Airways (BA/BAW) has confirmed that its Airbus A380 superjumbos will return to the skies in November after being grounded by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Airbus A380 is the sole remaining four-engined airliner type in the British Airways fleet after the global pandemic saw the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet retirement [read more]


Jet2 boosts A321neo order

Leading UK holiday airline Jet2 (LS/EXS) has boosted Airbus’ order books by adding an additional 15 A321neo aircraft to its order. The airline had ordered 36 of the single-aisle airliner to replace its ageing Boeing 757 and 737 fleet. This increase brings the total ordered by Jet2 to 51. Jet2’s [read more]

Air Travel

New Routes

All aboard the Ryanair Marrakesh express!

Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) has today announced two new routes for Winter 2021/22 including Edinburgh (EDI/EGPH) to Marrakesh and Manchester (MAN/EGCC) to Lviv. The new Edinburgh route will operate twice-weekly from the 18th of October to the Moroccan city and will be perfect for those seeking some winter sunshine [read more]

British Airways Airbus A380-800 G-XLEC (Image: TransportMedia UK)

US to open borders to vaccinated travellers from UK

The US Government has confirmed that it will allow fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK and Europe to enter the US from 8th November. Announced last month, but without a confirmed date, the new rules will see the US Government relax its current regulations and allow passengers that have had both [read more]

Engineering & MRO

The First Airbus Wing Of Tomorrow prototype
Engineering, Leasing & Finance

Airbus completes first “wing of tomorrow” prototype

Airbus has reached a major milestone in its “Wing of Tomorrow” programme with the completion of the first full-size prototype. The composite wing cover and was produced at the National Composite Centre in Bristol before being assembled by a team at Airbus’ Filton site. The wing cover was then shipped [read more]

An Airbus A350-1000XWB touches down at Farnborough (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Engineering, Leasing & Finance

Airbus targets more efficient flights

Airbus, along with partners Air France, DSNA, and french air navigation provider ANSP is working towards the development of more efficient gate to gate flying as an interim measure ahead of more efficient aircraft. The project is part of the Albatross initiative and will demonstrate the feasibility of implementing more [read more]

Military Aviation

BN2T-4S Islander
Engineering, Leasing & Finance

Britten-Norman eyes export for ex-MOD islanders

Isle of Wight based Britten-Normal has acquired a number of BN2T-4S Islander aircraft that have served with the UK’s Ministry of Defence under a short-term urgent operational requirement. The aircraft have been operating in a surveillance role under the military designation Defender 4000 (D4K) both in the UK and overseas. [read more]

RAF anniversary Puma (Image: Crown Copyright 2021)

Puma anniversary marked by 10 aircraft flypast

The 50th Anniversary of the RAFs Puma Helicopter fleet is being marked with a fly past around the UK on Wednesday 7th July. The formation is due to depart RAF Benson at 10am before marking its way up the eastern side of England to RAF Scampton. After a short break [read more]

General Aviation

A typical flight tracking scene from FlightAware
General Aviation

FlightAware agrees sale to Collins Aerospace

The leading flight tracking website, FlightAware is to be sold to Collins Aerospace for an undisclosed amount after the Raytheon Technologies-owned company signed a definitive agreement to purchase the privately-owned business. FlightAware has been a market leader since it was created in 2005 and its flight tracking technology is used by [read more]

Air Safety

Two killed in Goodwood crash

Two men have been killed when the light aircraft they were in came down near Goodwood yesterday evening. The accident occurred just after 4:30pm yesterday and despite the best efforts of the emergency services the two men, 65 and 58, were pronounced dead at the scene. Local Fire & Ambulance [read more]

Air Sports

Ben Murphy of Great Britain performs during the finals at the seventh round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States on October 7, 2018.
Air Sports

WCAR Air Race to operate on Carbon Net-Zero fuel

The World Championship Air Race (WCAR) which launches in 2022 has announced the aircraft will operate on a new carbon net-zero aviation fuel. WCAR has partner with Prometheus Fuels to use its Titan Fuel Forge™ technology to create ‘fuel from air’. It does this by reclaiming atmospheric carbon through a [read more]

The Wales National Airshow held annually at Swansea Bay
Air Sports

Wales Airshow cancelled for 2021

Organisers of the Wales Airshow have announced that the 2021 event has been cancelled. The airshow was due to take place in July along Swansea seafront but like many events, has fallen victim to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Airshow organisers Swansea Council say that the event will now return 2nd [read more]

Air Sports

Red Arrows return to UK & where to see them in 2021

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) The Red Arrows returned to their UK home at RAF Scampton earlier this week after gaining their Public Display Authority (PDA) for 2021. The team has been undergoing pre-season training in Greece to perfect their routines and before this years display routines were [read more]

Air Safety

Air Safety

Teesside Airport closed after light aircraft crash

Teesside Airport (MME/EGNV) will remain closed until at least Monday morning following a light aircraft accident that has left one person with serious injuries. The incident happened this morning and is believed to have involved one of the based General Aviation aircraft, Grumman American AA-5 Traveler G-BBSA, which crashed just [read more]

Air Safety

Two killed in Goodwood crash

Two men have been killed when the light aircraft they were in came down near Goodwood yesterday evening. The accident occurred just after 4:30pm yesterday and despite the best efforts of the emergency services the two men, 65 and 58, were pronounced dead at the scene. Local Fire & Ambulance [read more]


Webb Space Telescope Ready

Webb Space Telescope arrives in Guiana ahead of launch

One of the most anticipated new pieces of Space hardware has arrived in French Guiana ahead of its scheduled launch on 18th December. The Webb Space Telescope (WST) is an orbiting infrared telescope that, Jean-Marc Nasr, Head of Airbus Space Systems, “will change the way we see the universe”. About [read more]

Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two

Virgin Galactic flights grounded after ‘mishap’

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ground Virgin Galactic flights pending an investigation into a mishap during its recent publicity flight which had, among others, Sir Richard Branson onboard. In a brief statement, the FAA said it was investigating a mishap that occurred over Spaceport America, New Mexico on [read more]


Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport News

Aer Lingus return to Cardiff Airport with two routes

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, is returning to Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) for the first time since 2016 reviving two routes to Northern Ireland and Eire. The new route to Belfast City will commence on 28th June and will operate four times per week on Monday, Friday, Saturday, and [read more]


Civil Aviation

Engine fault forces Loganair’s North Sea flight to turn around

An Aberdeen to Shetland flight was forced to return to Aberdeen International Airport following a potential engine fault Thursday morning. The 06.50 am Loganair flight LM901 (18 February), was travelling to Shetland’s Sumburgh Airport when the crew received an alert of a fault with the right-hand engine. Following the alert, [read more]

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Air Safety

Man dies in Scottish gyrocopter crash

Police Scotland has confirmed that the pilot of a gyrocopter has died after his aircraft went down near Avoch at 12:55pm. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. He was the sole occupant of the gyrocopter. A spokesperson from the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has [read more]

Northern Ireland

An Aer Lingus Regional flight operated by Stobart Air

Manchester to Belfast City route takes off

The new Manchester (MAN/EGCC) to Belfast City Airport (BHD/EGAC) t route has got underway today when the first of four daily return services took off The Aer Lingus Regional service is operated by Stobart Air using an ATR72-600. Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great to see [read more]

Loganair Embraer E145
Civil Aviation

Loganair increases Belfast City routes

Loganair (LM/LOG) is re-establishing the Belfast City to Glasgow Airport route. The service, which starts on 4th September, will operate twice-daily Monday to Friday and a single flight on a Saturday using an Embraer EMB145 Regional Jet. The routes from Belfast City to Aberdeen and Inverness are due to restart [read more]

Aer Lingus A320 at Dublin Airport
Air Safety

Aer Lingus under fire over packed flights

Irish carrier Aer Lingus (EI/EIN) has come under fire after images appeared on social media showing a packed flight from London to Belfast. The images posted on twitter by BBC NI journalist Kelly Bonner show a packed flight with most of the seats taken in breach of social distancing guidelines. [read more]

Channel Islands

An Aurigny Embraer Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Channel Islands

Aurigny Airlines joins the Jerusalema Challenge

Aurigny Airlines is the latest airline to join the Jersulema dance challenge which is sweeping across airlines around the world. You may have seen the video with some of the worlds biggest airlines that we featured recently but now Aurigny has raised the bar for the UK with this brilliant [read more]

An Aurigny Embraer Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Channel Islands

Aurigny to stay grounded until September

Guernsey-based airline Aurigny (GR/AUR) has confirmed its flights will remain grounded until the end of August. The airline says that the disruption to flights is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and that its grounding until the end of summer is in line with the Coronavirus Exit Strategy produced [read more]

Airshow News

BEA Airbus A319 to fly at Jersey airshow

British Airways has announced that its baby retro jet, the BEA Airbus A319, will fly at the Jersey Airshow this September. The specially painted Airbus A319 G-EUPJ has been painted in the British European Airways (BEA) livery as part of the airlines 100 year anniversary, BA100. BEA was was one [read more]

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Concorde: History & Development

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The collective ingenuity of the Anglo-French aircraft manufacturing collaboration set in motion a wave of unlimited potential. Instigated in the context of the necessary development of aviation in post-war Europe, the harnessing of supersonic power [read more]
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