1 FEBRUARY 2021
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Following similar decisions by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada, the Boeing 737 MAX has been approved for UK airline operations by the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
At the present time only five aircraft have been delivered in the UK, to TUI, the lead UK operator. No service date has been given. IAG and Ryanair are amongst the many European airlines with the aircraft on order.
Flights within the UK are still unrestricted although strong precautions are being taken and Scotland has its own rules.
The announcement by the EU that it was stopping vaccine supplies to the United Kingdom due to alleged contract failure was attacked by all interested parties. At least Brussels had the sense to quickly back down.
Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, has commenced work on its new state-of-the-art campus which will host production of the AS2 business jet from 2023.
Reporting on its 2020 business, Reigate, UK-based ACC Aviation says that in spite of the pandemic, it has seen air charter sales growth up 200%.
Subject to approval by the EU the Iberia subsidiary of IAG is to become the owner of Air Europa later this year.
Although South Africa’s land borders are closed until at least mid-February, Airlink, the independent airline, continues to serve Southern Africa’s main commercial centres with its comprehensive flight schedule and air route network.
The UK Government has finally opened a support scheme for commercial airports and ground handlers who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Loganair chief executive speaks on Wednesday 17 February.
Doing business with Europe has changed.
New rules need to be followed on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.
At one time outselling its fierce rival, the Franco/Italian ATR series, it looks like the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash 8 is to stop production.
Both easyJet and Wizz published their provisional fourth quarter results for 2020. Both are listed on the London Stock Exchange, the figures are grim.
The Government has taken the urgent decision to ban direct flights to the UK from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Burundi and Rwanda to prevent the spread of the new variant originally identified in South Africa into the UK.
A swarm of 20 drones has recently completed the largest collaborative, military-focused evaluation of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the UK.
Here is a list of sea and river cruise lines offering a service for UK customers. For up-to-date information please click on the company’s website.
Aspire Executive Lounges monthly Travel News Update for February has been published and is only a click away.
The long-time dream of the flying car may be nearer than we thought.
The chief inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) is inviting anyone with knowledge and experience of the Home Office’s use of hotels and barracks as contingency asylum accommodation to comment and make a submission.
The offer remains open until 19 February.
The Department of Transport (DfT) has issued a clarification update.
The return of Flybe to the skies has moved a step closer with the new owner registering its first aircraft.
Israel has banned passenger flights in and out of the country, the government has announced, with immediate effect. A review was expected today.
Highways England has awarded Sopra Steria the National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) contract to provide round-the-clock real-time traffic information about England’s busiest roads.
Seen as a head-to-head challenge to British Airways, Lufthansa is upgrading its catering for all flights over 60min.
Unlike the Heathrow-based airline meals can only be ordered in the air. There is no web-based facility.
Universal Aviation, the American-owned Stansted FBO (Fixed Base Operator) has taken over the civil aircraft handling at London’s RAF Northolt Airport (NHT) on the Western Avenue (A40) seven miles north of Heathrow.
The contract was previously with London City Airport’s Executive Jet Centre.