Bristol Airport
Airline news

Runway lights fail at Bristol Airport prompting diversions

The runway lights at Bristol Airport (BRS/EGDD) have failed this evening causing flights to be diverted to other airports including Cardiff. Bristol Airport confirmed the outage at 2024 local time saying: “Our runway lights suffered a failure this evening, which means flights are currently unable to land or take-off. Our [read more]

The Blades Aerobatic Team (Image: 2Excel/The Blades)
Air show news

2Excel calls time on Blades Aerobatic team

2Excel Aviation has confirmed that 2022 was the last full season of operations for The Blades Aerobatic team which has been a popular addition to many air show display lists since their 2006 debut. One of the reasons cited is the “continued degradation of the air show circuit, with more [read more]

Executive Jet
Aviation safety news

Fly Legal Day aims to challenge illegal charter flights

On the 21st of January 2019, Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala died when the plane he was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff in crashed in the English Channel. The aircraft was a small twin-engined private aircraft flown by pilot John Ibbotson in a hastily arranged charter flight, arranged by a [read more]

Emirates Airbus A380 at London Gatwick (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Airline news

Europe’s busiest airports and how far you fly from them

When it comes to how busy an airport is it’s very easy to look at the number of flights or passenger numbers but what about where those seats go? How important is that airport to the worldwide market? That is exactly what Cirium’s analytics on the fly tells us in [read more]

Uzbekistan Airways Airbus A320neo Family
Airline news

Airbus gets12 aircraft order from Uzbekistan Airways

European airframer Airbus has won an order for 12 A320neo family aircraft from Uzbekistan Airways (HY/UZB), the national airline of Uzbekistan. The order is made up of eight A320neo aircraft and four of the longer A321neo aircraft which all be fitted with the Airbus Airspace cabin. Ilhom Makhkamov, Chairman of [read more]

NASA has selected Boeing and its industry team to lead the development and flight testing of a full-scale Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) demonstrator airplane.
Aviation engineering news

NASA awards sustainable flight contract to Boeing

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded a contract for the development and flight testing of a full-scale Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) demonstrator aeroplane to Boeing. The demonstrator will test technologies as part of the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD) program and will inform future designs that could lead [read more]

Delta Airlines A220
Airline news

Delta firms up 12 aircraft A220 order

Delta Airlines (DL/DAL) has firmed up an order for 12 more Airbus A220 aircraft from Airbus bringing the total A220 order for the airline to 119 aircraft. The US-built A220s have received strong support from Delta Airlines, with the US carrier becoming the type’s largest operator since it received its [read more]

Swansea Airport (Wiki/CC BY SA2.0)
Airline news

Is Swansea Airport set to have scheduled flights for the first time in over 22 years?

Well according to the operators Swansea Airport Ltd, yes! From the end of March 2023 an as-yet-unnamed airline is set to launch flights between Exeter and Swansea. The last commercial airline to use Swansea Airport was Air Wales which ceased its operations there in 2004 to focus on Cardiff Airport. [read more]

London Southend Airport
Airline news

Easyjet to relaunch Southend to Amsterdam and additional Faro routes

Low-cost carrier Easyjet (U2/EZY) is set to relaunch its popular route from Southend (SEN/EGMC) to Amsterdam starting from 24th May 2023. The service will operate four times per week and will be the fourth destination that the carrier operates from the airport following its return. In addition to the Amsterdam [read more]

An American Airlines Boeing 777 (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
Aviation engineering news

Air traffic predicted to return to pre-pandemic levels by June

Global air traffic is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by June of this year, around a year ahead of original predictions, according to airliner leasing specialist Avolon. The Dublin, Ireland-based operation says the sector is set to thrive in 2023 after 2022 saw a 70% recovery of air travel [read more]

A United Airlines Boeing 777

Single file change caused FAA outage grounding thousands of flights

The outage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NOTAMs system which caused thousands of flights to be delayed or cancelled last week was reportedly caused by an engineer swapping one file. The FAA said that the results of the preliminary analysis of the outage showed “that a data file was [read more]

Yeti Airline's ATR crash
Aviation safety news

Nepal ATR crash: video shows moments leading up to fatal crash

A video posted on social media appears to show the final moments of a Yeti Airlines flight which crashed near Pokhara, Nepal. The flight was operating from Kathmandu and of the 72 people on board the aircraft, at least 68 have been confirmed dead. The aircraft involved was a 15-year-old [read more]

A350 Dragonfly demonstrator
Aviation engineering news

Airbus tests next-level pilot assistance technologies

Airbus UpNext has begun testing next-level pilot assistant technology on an Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The wholly-owned Airbus subsidiary is testing a system known as Dragonfly which includes the ability to autonomously divert the aircraft in flight with automatic landing and taxi ability. Airbus says that the technologies were able to [read more]

The Boeing 777-9 lines up on Runway 24 at Farnborough (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
Aviation engineering news

Boeing releases 2022 commercial aircraft order and delivery figures

US aerospace giant Boeing has released the figures for its commercial aircraft orders and deliveries in 2022 showing a positive recovery for the singe-aisle 737 Max product line. In total the company received orders for 561 Boeing 737 Max family aircraft including several new customers including ANA, Delta Air Lines, [read more]

United Airlines Boeing 777 (File Image)

US Flights resume after FAA computer outage

Flights are now resuming after a computer outage with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) caused a nationwide grounding of flights from US airports. American Airlines and United both confirmed to passengers waiting for flights that there was a nationwide system outage and as a result, they have delayed departures. American [read more]

All four Wizz Air Airbus A321 parked at Cardiff Airport (Image: Mark Parsons)
Airline news

Wizz Air deals huge blow to loss-making Cardiff Airport

Low-cost airline Wizz Air has confirmed that it will be closing its base at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) after a year of operations plagued by cancellations, failures and bad press. The two winter routes to Milan and Bucharest will end earlier than planned on 25th January and all further operations from [read more]

Virgin Orbit Cosmic Girl (Image: Virgin Orbit/Defence Imaging)

Virgin Orbit suffers second stage ‘anomaly’ on way to orbit

Just minutes after completing the first successful launch of a satellite from the UK, news has emerged that an anomaly may have prevented Launcher One from reaching orbit. No details have been confirmed yet but Virgin Orbit tweeted “We appear to have an anomaly that has prevented us from reaching [read more]


Virgin Orbit makes history with first-ever satellite launch from the UK

Virgin Orbit made history tonight when the rocket “Launcher One” was successfully dropped from its Boeing 747-400 mothership over the Atlantic. The Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl N744VG (formerly known as G-VWOW with Virgin Atlantic) swapped passengers for rockets as it left Spaceport Cornwall, Newquay just after 10 pm this evening. [read more]

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