Airbus H145M

Belgium places order for 17 Airbus Helicopters

Helicopter news

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]

Paul McKinlay

Former Airbus Broughton head awarded OBE in King’s Birthday Honours

Aviation engineering news

The former head of Airbus’ wing manufacturing facility in Broughton, North Wales has been awarded an OBE for services to Welsh Industry in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2024. Paul McKinlay oversaw the Flintshire site’s growth into a global manufacturing site which builds the wings for all Airbus airliners, except [read more]

Easyjet Terminal Scene

Airports could increase passenger revenue if journey streamlined

Airport News

Research carried out by AeroCloud has found that 82% of passengers would spend more in airports if their journey through the airport was smoother and more streamlined. The intelligent airport management platform provider surveyed 2,000 people and over two thirds said that if they could move through check-in and security [read more]

Air Transat (Image: TransportMedia UK)

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]

Qatari Boeing F15QA

Qatari F15QA to display at RIAT amid raft of aircraft confirmations

Air show news

The latest raft of aircraft announcements for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) has led the show selling out on Saturday with only a few Friday and Sunday tickets left available. Among the latest aircraft to be confirmed is the Boeing F15QA Ababil, built exclusively for the Qatari Air Force [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]

Cosford Air Show (Image: Pete Harrison)
Air show news

RAF Cosford Airshow set to wow crowds this Sunday

The RAF Cosford Airshow, the only airshow organised by the Royal Air Force, is set to wow crowds this Sunday with the weather set to be dry and with light winds. The annual show is held at RAF Cosford in Shropshire and has already sold out, bar a few hospitality [read more]

London City Airport (Image: UK Aviation Media)
Airport News

DfT reimposes 100ml liquid limit at airports with next generation security

The Department for Transport (DfT) is reimposing the 100ml liquid limit at the six UK airports where it had been lifted in what it described as temporary measure. As of 0001 on Sunday 9th June 2024 travellers using Leeds Bradford, London City, Aberdeen, Southend, Newcastle and Teesside airports, where the [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]

Military aviation news

The silent hero of D-Day which landed the first troops

80 years ago today Britain and its allies began the fight back against the Nazi occupation of Europe with a massive landing of troops on French beaches, An event known as D-Day. Thousands of troops were landed by sea on the morning of the 6th June 1944 but, they weren’t [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]

Aer Lingus A330
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]

ULA Starliner on the Atlas V rocket (image: NASA)
News

ULA Starliner launch scrubbed in final minutes before launch

The launch of Boeing and Lockheed Martins Starliner capsule was scrubbed in the final few minutes before launch yesterday due to a ground support equipment issue which has also led to the cancellation of its back-up launch slot due today. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Starliner was due to carry [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]

Airport News

Just Stop Oil planning mass disruption of summer holiday travel at airports

Activist group Just Stop Oil (JSO) is planning to target airports around the UK including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester in a summer campaign aimed at disrupting air travel. The group, which pays volunteers for their activism, is planning to stage disruption inside airpot terminals and airside by [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]

British Airways Boeing 777-200 G-VIIB (Image: UK Aviation Media)
Aviation engineering news

Virgin and BA call for ‘radical collaboration’ on sustainable aviation

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have together called for “radical collaboration” between Government, aviation fuel providers and the wider aviation industry to help the industry reach its net-zero target of 2050. The call came at the recent Sustainable Skies Summit 2024, held at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, during [read more]

A BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane fly in formation (Image: UK Aviation Media)
Aviation safety news

Princess of Wales leads tributes to RAF pilot who died in Spitfire crash

The Princess of Wales has led tributes to the pilot who lost life in the crash of a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) spitfire crash yesterday at RAF Coningsby. Kate is the honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningbsy, home of the BBMF, after taking over the role from her [read more]

A Supermarine Spitfire of the BBMF (Image: UK Aviation Media )
Aviation safety news

Pilot killed as BBMF Spitfire crashes in field near RAF Coningsby

A Spitfire belonging to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has crashed in a field near RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire killing the pilot. Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident at around 13:20 this today with a Lincolnshire police spokesman calling it a “single occupant aircraft”. [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]

Air sports news

“Parachute stall” caused fatal Ombersley Court amateur balloon accident

A “Parachute stall” was the most likely cause of a fatal hot air balloon accident in Worcestershire last year according to the Air Accident Investigations Branch who published their report in crash today. The amateur made hot air balloon DB-6R (registered as G-CMFS) was taking part in a competition event [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]