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Boeing MAX cleared by the UK CAA

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.

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The latest Travel Updates from Government

Flights within the UK are still unrestricted although strong precautions are being taken and Scotland has its own rules. 

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COMMENT: The UK currently has no 'travel corridor' arrangements with any other country

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.

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Aerion pushes on with supersonic jet

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.

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Air charter growth

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%.

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Air Europa sold

Subject to approval by the EU the Iberia subsidiary of IAG is to become the owner of Air Europa later this year. 

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Airlink flies on

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.

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Airport support scheme

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. 

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Aviation Club welcomes Jonathan Hinkles

Loganair chief executive speaks on Wednesday 17 February.

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Brexit: The new rules *

Doing business with Europe has changed.

New rules need to be followed on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

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DHC Dash 8 – The end?

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.

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EasyJet and Wizz results

Both easyJet and Wizz published their provisional fourth quarter results for 2020.  Both are listed on the London Stock Exchange, the figures are grim.

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Flights banned for UAE

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.

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Swarming Drones

A swarm of 20 drones has recently completed the largest collaborative, military-focused evaluation of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the UK.

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CRUISE NEWS – February 2021


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Cruising update list

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.

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Fly the Tube – Not the London one.

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Travel News Update

Aspire Executive Lounges monthly Travel News Update for February has been published and is only a click away. 


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Coventry site for ‘airport’

The long-time dream of the flying car may be nearer than we thought.

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Do you own an hotel?

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.

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Driving in the EU

The Department of Transport (DfT) has issued a clarification update.

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Flybe to fly again?

The return of Flybe to the skies has moved a step closer with the new owner registering its first aircraft.

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Israeli flights banned

Israel has banned passenger flights in and out of the country, the government has announced, with immediate effect. A review was expected today.

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Latest road information

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.

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Lufthansa catering

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.

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Northolt changes hands

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.

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Park now – pay later

Motorists in a hurry to catch their Great Northern, Southern or Thameslink train, can now park at the station and pay for their parking up to 24 hours later.

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