Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 (Image: UK Aviation Media)

Qatar Airways voted World’s Best Airline for 2024

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Qatar Airways has been voted World’s Best Airline in the 2024 Skytrax World Airline Awards along with best Middle-East airline, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best Business Class Seat. The Qatari state owned airline took the top spot for its high level of service and overall performance. Singapore Airlines [read more]

TAP Air Portugl Airbus A321neo

Head to the Azores via Portugal and save 25%

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UK passengers looking to escape to the idyllic Azores can save up to 25% on the cost of the flights if they include a stopover in Portugal with TAP Air Portugal. TAP Air Portugal’s popular and award-winning stopover programme allows travellers to explore the mainland for up to 10 days [read more]

Domus III Hangar

Farnborough Airport opens sustainable Domus III hangar

Airport News

Farnborough Airport (FAB/EGLF) has officially unveiled its 17,000sq ft Domus III hangar facility offering state-of-the-art facilities with sustainability built in. The new facility is part of a £55m investment in infrastructure by the airport which will create jobs in the local area and generate growth. Domus III is a 300m [read more]

First Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Jaipur

Etihad adds 11th Indian destination from Abu Dhabi

Airline news

Leading Middle Eastern carrier Etihad has launched flights to Jaipur, India from its hub at Abu Dhabi bringing the 11th Indian destination to the airline’s network. The new four-times-per-week service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Jaipur is not served by any destination from [read more]

Avolon Liveried A321neo
Aviation engineering news

Avolon raises $750 million from new credit facility

Dublin, Ireland-based leasing specialist Avolon has raised $750 million from a new credit facility with a syndicate of seven banks. Avolon which specialises in next-generation airliner leasing such as the A320neo family will extend the lessor’s lending capacity providing more opportunities in the airline sector. The latest credit line, which [read more]

Finnair A350 Business Class Cabin_Moodlights
Airline news

Finnair completes the rollout of its new long-haul cabin

Finnish flag carrier Finnair has completed the rollout of its brand new long-haul cabin layout on its Airbus A350 and A330 aircraft including entirely new business class and redesigned premium economy and economy cabins. Getting the new cabin fitted to its entire long-haul A350 and A330 fleet in just two [read more]

Airbus H145M
Helicopter news

Belgium places order for 17 Airbus Helicopters

The Kingdom of Belgium has placed an order for 15 Airbus H145M helicopters for its Army and two additional H145s for its Federal Police through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. The deal also includes options for a further three helicopters for the Federal Police. “We are proud that Belgium [read more]

Air Transat (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Airline news

Air Transat launches UK to Canada summer sale

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]

Air India Boeing 787
Airline news

Air India to launch Bengaluru to London Gatwick service

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]

Groundfoce Portugal Menzies
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]

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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]