20 JULY 2020

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Protect historic aircraft

Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport calling for the creation of a dedicated organisation to support owners of historically important aircraft to ensure they are protected for future generations.

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COMMENT: London City Airport

Where next as LCY tiptoes back into operation?

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BAs Boeing Jumbos final curtain

British Airways announced last week, not surprisingly, that the Boeing 747-400 has probably flown its last scheduled commercial service, another casualty of Covid-19.

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easyJet and the pilots' union

No strike threat yet.

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Emirates

Unlike its fellow Gulf State airline Qatar Airways (see in this week's BTN), Emirates is putting its Airbus A380s back into service.

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Heathrow and Covid-19 protection

Hygiene-technicians are the latest innovation being introduced by Heathrow.

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Jet2 is flying

As reported in BTN 22 June, Jet2 is up in the air with a restricted programme from Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle airports.

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Manchester Airport reopening

All three terminals are now operating at Manchester Airport.

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Norwegian Gatwick long-haul

British-registered airline Norwegian has opened up its reservation system for long-haul flights to and from Gatwick Airport beginning January through March.

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Qatar grounds A380

Claiming to be one of the few global airlines to have never stopped flying throughout the Covid-19 crisis Qatar Airways has grounded its ten-strong Airbus A380 fleet.

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Ryanair flight change fee

Airline to change its rules.

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Virgin Atlantic recapitalised

For the time being a Heathrow Airport only airline Virgin Atlantic has reached a major milestone towards securing its future by announcing plans for a private-only solvent recapitalisation of the airline. 

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ON TOUR: Southampton to Exeter

Alison Chambers takes a look at two of the south coast's local airports and considers the future for regional aviation.

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AND FINALLY: The Boeing 747 was a big leap

Downwards!

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Airbus A380 freighter

Airbus cancelled the development of the A380-800(F) without ever having built a single aircraft. 

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Airspace modernisation

Airspace modernisation plans are pushing ahead in spite of the impact from Covid-19 pandemic.

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American airlines

Forbes Magazine in US airlines exposé.

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ATOL protection

With an announcement by the Department for Transport that it will extend the Air Travel Organiser's Licence (ATOL) protection for refund credit notes, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is providing further guidance for consumers.

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British-Irish EXPO speakers

With the cancellation of the World Aviation Festival, the British-Irish EXPO at ExCeL London in October is expected to be the first proper gathering of the commercial aviation industry since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.

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Cruise rules update

Following the BTN update in last week’s BTN The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has tried to clarify the situation regarding river ships.

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Level flattens

IAG appears to be running down its Level low-cost operation.

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One hundred more Travelodges reopen

Travelodge is accelerating its reopening programme with a further 100 properties available last week and more on a daily basis.

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Routes postponed

Inevitably, the Routes unique gatherings of airlines and airports have been postponed, that is both the Asia and World versions planned for later in the year.

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