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28 NOVEMBER 2016
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Final arrangements are in hand for the 12th Aviation Festival Asia (AFA), which will be taking place in Singapore on 23 and 24 February next year at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The future of air services in Scotland was under scrutiny last week after Flybe and Loganair said their franchise agreement was ending after 10 years because of a failure to agree “future operational standards and commercial arrangements”.
Disappointment was the word most heard last week after the Autumn Statement failed conspicuously to address Air Passenger Duty (APD), but disbelief would be more appropriate. How can the government not take notice of such a torrent of criticism from an entire industry? And not just any industry, but one whose contribution to UK plc has long been beyond question?
Europe's largest twin-engine passenger jet, the $356m Airbus A350-1000, took to the skies for the first time on Thursday, performing a 3hr test flight from the Airbus complex at Toulouse.
A 66% reduction in operating losses in 2015 over 2014 was revealed by Dublin-based CityJet over the weekend as it published its latest results. The 2014 figures in turn showed an improvement of 38% over its previous year loss.
London is preparing to welcome its newest luxury hotel when the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square opens in the restored former headquarters of the Port of London Authority on 26 January.
Waterside is again the home of IAG, chief executive Willie Walsh confirming its return from rented accommodation in Heathrow’s World Business Centre in an AOA conference speech. No explanation was given but with British Airways contributing to 89% of the group's earnings according to the latest accounts clearly it is still ‘mañana’ for true Iberia profits. Presumably it is a cost cutting move.
A major expansion of long-haul services which will double the number of its routes to North America by next July is on the way from German carrier Eurowings. All the flights will use Cologne/Bonn Airport, with connecting services from Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
A major upgrade to its Doha – Cape Town service was announced last week by Qatar Airways with the introduction of a 412-seat Boeing 777 on the route to replace the airline’s 254-seat B787.
Atlantic Star Airlines has released a video of last month’s successful tech stop by an Avro RJ100 jet at St Helena Airport (BTN 31 October) as part of its continuing campaign to have the airport declared safe for commercial services.
The fashion begun by JetBlue for bespoke liveries (BTN last week) has spread to Hungarian carrier Wizz Air, which has created a special colour scheme to highlight Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a spot-the-plane competition to go with it.
Malcolm Ginsberg and Andrew Sharp sum up a successful – and very busy – AOA Conference 2016
In his keynote address, transport secretary Chris Grayling outlined the process for Heathrow R3 – first a statement of national significance for consultation and approval by parliament and then an application for planning consent (which would not, however, deal with the principle of the runway).
Alison Chambers reports from this year’s SETops Conference at London Oxford Airport
The imminent arrival of Single Engine Turboprops flying in commercial operations IFR – on the air operator certificates of established operators – is one of the bright spots in European business aviation right now.
A new name entered the Far East skies officially last week as Dragonair was rebranded as Cathay Dragon, bringing the airline closer to Cathay Pacific in a launch that officials say will give passengers a more seamless travel experience.
A 33-year presence in Qatar for KLM ends on 26 March when the airline says it is suspending services between Amsterdam and Doha.
The first of seven new-generation A380 super-jumbos for the Emirates fleet between now and the end of April has arrived at the carrier. It is the 85th of its type to join the airline.
The fourth Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation MRJ-90 flight-test aircraft, seen as a possible contender for services into London City Airport, made its first flight in Japan last week.
GE Aviation veteran Kevin McAllister has been named as the next president and CEO of Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division to succeed company vice-chairman Ray Conner in the role after Conner retires at the end of next year.