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27 JULY 2015
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TAM Airlines of Brazil is to become the first airline in North or South America to operate the Airbus A350 XWB. The lead aircraft is expected to arrive in Brazil in December with the first commercial flight scheduled for January 2016 from São Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport to Manaus in the heart of the Amazon region.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a ‘drone code’ after several near misses when drones buzzed passenger jets using British airports.
Prime Ministers will never admit a mistake, especially if they are still in power. About-turns are not part of the vocabulary. David Cameron is therefore to be complemented on what looks like a change of appreciation regarding the air transport industry.
The Aviation Club of the UK has celebrated its 25th anniversary in the House of Lords Members Dining room at the Palace of Westminster.
Effective 3 October British Airways is to cease its four times weekly service to Entebbe International Airport (Uganda), stating that the service is no longer commercially viable. Ugandan originating passengers have of late been opting to fly via the Middle East, even though the journey time is longer.
Luton-based easyJet said last week that it expects annual profit to rise from £581m to between £620m and £660m, despite the “uncertain macro and operational environment caused by the situation in Greece and events in North Africa and the various threats of industrial action.” Air traffic industrial problems in France have not helped matters either. The shares still hover around the 1,750p figure, compared with 500p just three years ago. All staff participate in a bonus scheme.
Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer at Flybe, is to leave the company in mid-January 2016 to take up a role with Malaysian Airlines based in Kuala Lumpur. See also "easyJet and Flybe financials"
It may still seem some way off but the first of the new Gatwick Express carriages is on test. The full trains are due to enter service in 2016, replacing the 1980s-built 442 units which have been operating since 2008, and are part of a massive investment in new trains by Govia Thameslink Railway.
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary may well be keeping an eye on Norwegian Air Shuttle as it swung to an operating profit in the second quarter, as its bet on the long haul market turned profitable for the first time.
There is no room for returning MP Boris Johnson in Prime Minister David Cameron’s new Aviation Committee, signalling that expansion of the Heathrow is likely to get the green light.
With its long-term future not under doubt, the sole engine provider for the Airbus A350, Rolls-Royce has been under pressure after successive profit warnings and with it a reduction of staffing.
Ryanair has banned passengers bringing duty-free alcohol onto its UK to Ibiza flights in an effort to stamp out drink-related problems on board.
Special Correspondent Ken Brookes visits the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford Airfield near Cambridge, UK. He also took the photographs.
In spite of the problems in its home country Greek airline Aegean continues its strategic development enhancing its flight network with two new additional routes to Riyadh and Teheran. The company inaugurated the new route to Riyadh on 20 July and added Teheran as a destination on 22 July.
Boeing has released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add 38,000 aircraft to the global fleet over the next 20 years.
According to the results from various surveys business travel is expected to increase by over 7% during 2015.
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to resume flights to Sydney after more than a 15-year gap. Previously the service went via Brisbane operating a Boeing 747 in a two-class layout, the aircraft with a First Class section open to Business Class passengers on a first come first served basis.
American Airlines has issued a statement on the change of status of the US Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Embassy in Washington.
Since we are into the (UK) holiday period it seemed a good time to publish some Air New Zealand (ANZ) ideas on overcoming flight fatigue. New Zealand is far from anywhere and with certain Pacific islands you can fly to the day before!
A ‘ghost airport’ in Spain which cost €1bn to build has been sold at a bankruptcy auction for €10,000 with completion in September.
Budapest-based Wizz Air, now the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced a new simplified process for flight changes. Under the new simplified process, passengers can change the date or the routing of their flight by paying a change fee of 50% of the fare they paid for their original ticket, plus any difference in fares and baggage fees between the original and the new flight.