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  • Airbus has delivered its first US-manufactured A220 aircraft to Delta Air Lines.

    The former Bombardier C series was only initially produced at the Mirabel Quebec plant with major components constructed at the Belfast Northern Ireland factory.
  • Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker wound up a fine Airlines 2050 morning last Monday with some strong words on what he called “the illegal blockade” of his home country by some neighbouring states.  

    He had led off summarising the a…
  • A long and well researched piece by the experienced aviation journalist John Arlidge in yesterday’s Sunday Times has cast doubt on the recertification of the Boeing MAX by the FAA and its European counterpart EASA.

    The latest variant on the o…
  • Ryanair is to dramatically cut flights between November and March due to the European coronavirus travel restrictions.

    In a Stock Market statement Ryanair said it anticipates that this winter it will operate % of the capacity it flew last year, dow…
  • Latest adjustment sees selected destinations remain cancelled or continue to be served at reduced frequencies. Planned A380 service resumption has been postponed to 1 December at the earliest, in latest update.
     
    Additional changes remain high…
  • Tomorrow Tuesday (20 October) will see József Váradi, founder and CEO of Wizz Air live via Zoom at a virtual Aviation Club lunch 12:00 noon (BST).  There is no charge for members and their guests.

    Wizz Air was born in 2003 compe…
  • This is the up to date exempt list as issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel
  • The appointment of the London-based boss of Aer Lingus, Sean Doyle, as BA chief is an astute move by the board of IAG, which hopefully will bring its rewards in time.

    Doyle’s big problem is the shadow created by his fellow Irishman Willie Wal…
  • United Airlines is expected this week to operate a scheduled flight from Heathrow to New York Newark with a number of volunteer passengers taking part in what is termed “The Common Pass System”, World Economic Forum sponsored.

    Using th…
  • Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet has finally confirmed Friday 4 December for the introduction of a weekly service from Delhi to Heathrow.

    The following day Mumbai begins, also weekly (see BTN 10 August). 

    It is expected to use a tw…
  • Aer Lingus Chief Executive Sean Boyle has re-joined British Airways replacing Alex Cruz as Chief Executive.

    Previously the BA Director of Network, Fleet & Alliances, he was appointed by owner IAG to run Aer Lingus in January 2019.

    As…
  • The only British (?) airline still not flying, Norwegian Air UK has indicated a March 2021 return of long-haul Gatwick services with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.

    The airline suspended all its Gatwick flights in March and has given no indication…
  • It may come as a surprise to readers but Heathrow has extensive off-site commitments besides the nearly 5sq miles of the actual airport. The airport’s landside operations team has taken delivery of five bespoke Mitsubishi Shogun Sport for patrolling and…
  • Two years after it first opened, Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) at Dubai South is looking forward to reopening when given the go-ahead.  In London the Greenwich ‘Flight Experience’ centre is now functioning again.

    EFTA is …
  • In an announcement to the London Stock Exchange last Monday (12 October) International Airlines Group (IAG) announced changes to its senior management team with immediate effect.

    Alex Cruz, British Airways Chairman and Chief Executive, has stepped…
  • The cruising industry, and the airlines, are watching tentatively as deep-sea cruising gets under way in Italy.

    First away was MSC, now joined by Carnival Lines Costa and sister German company AIDA.  All three are operating seven-day itinerari…
  • The opening of Hotel Indigo in Bath marks the IHG brand’s 18th hotel opening in the UK.  Set in a beautiful honey coloured Georgian terrace built in the 18th century, the 166-room Grade I listed building has hosted famous figures from history includ…
  • British Airways will probably treat this as from the previous era, and just a single day's loss during the Covid-19 pandemic but a £20m fine announced last Friday by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is clearly a warning to others.  Do not…
  • It may have been done at pubs prior to the pandemic, and maybe also at other airports, but Teesside International is now offering what is calls ‘OrderNext’, an initiative for passengers to order food and refreshments in a safe Covid-secure way whil…
  • One of a number of speakers with essentially the same message, Virgin Atlantic boss Shai Weiss used the ABTA Travel Convention to criticise the Government for its lack of support for the industry and the way it has dealt with the quarantine restrictions.
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