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  • 2Excel Aviation, a fully-fledged air operator and a member of Airlines UK, has been performing some very low-level flights.

    G-OSRA and G-OSRB (seen here) are among the last 727s to come off the Boeing production line and were originally built as fr…
  • Jayne O’Brien, well known to the British travel trade, has joined jetBlue as head of marketing and loyalty, responsible for the airline’s brand, marketing and advertising, e-commerce, and the TrueBlue loyalty programme. With the airlines expected …
  • If you were thinking of taking a cruise from Vancouver towards Alaska this autumn forget it.

    The Canadian Government is extending its ban on cruise ships through February 2022 because of Covid-19.   

    The decision is another se…
  • ABTA is the internationally recognised voice of the British travel industry, its members employing 2.6m staff. ABTA has more than 4,300 travel brands in Membership, providing a wide range of leisure and business travel services, with a combined annual UK turno…
  • The saga that is Flybe moves on with the CAA setting a date for a hearing to revoke the airline's operation licence for 26 February.

    This will be a private Zoom investigation with a public transcript available at a later date.  

    W…
  • It is all change at Southend Airport with owner Stobart Group becoming Esken and chief executive Warwick Brady moving on.

    The airport remains open for cargo, engineering and general aviation activities.

    Synonymous with the trucking comp…
  • The Boeing MAX will return to airline service with Southwest on 11 March, following an extensive internal retraining programme and a series of validation flights without passengers.

    The low-cost carrier said that it would initially operate the B737…
  • A multinational information technology owned by the travel business SITA announced the launch of ‘Health Protect’ – an industry solution, to help airlines, airports, governments and passengers safely and securely share information on health t…
  • Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is still confident in the Airbus A380’s future and expects the carrier’s ‘Project Sunrise’ ultra-long-haul flights to kick off in three years’ time Flight Global reports.  The fact that Australia is lite…
  • Johnathan Hinkles, CEO of Loganair, is guest of honour at an Aviation Club Zoom lunch on Wednesday (17 February).

    Loganair is based at Glasgow Airport.  Whilst serving the Scottish islands to the far north of the United Kingdom it has in rece…
  • The middle seat is sacrosanct with Delta Airlines.

    They have been blocked off from April 2020, the airline continuing with the rule until at least 30 April. It is the only US airline to have this policy.  It also provides more space for trave…
  • Unheralded Heathrow Airport raised its passenger taxes by £8.90 on Saturday 6 February.

    In  a statement the airport put its case without specifically mentioning the pandemic, the underlying cause of its loss of revenue.

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  • The public could suffer when a row between Heathrow Airport and its customers is resolved The Times reports.

    Heathrow has asked the regulator for a one-off £1.7bn increase in charges from airlines that use the hub.  Any direct support f…
  • An economics and law graduate from the University of Buckingham and School of Management at Cranfield University Phil Mathews has been CEO of ACC Aviation since 2018.  He started his career in air charter with the USA’s Flight Time Corp and spent m…
  • Southampton Airport is a target for Humberside Airport-based Eastern Airways’ expansion this summer.

    From Southampton the airline (normally) provides services to Belfast City, Dublin, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester and Teesside International airp…
  • In spite of the Australian Open Tennis tournament starting today (8 January), with the overseas sports circus descending on Melbourne, the chances of easy travel to ‘down under’ this year seems remote.

    AFP reports that Australia plans t…
  • Under the latest controversial directive this has to be done by 15 February but an earlier request from the chief inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) asked for accommodation proposals by 19 February.  (See BTN 1 February)
    UK residents retu…
  • Once the thriving connection to Heathrow and the world, its success and failure in many ways mirroring the city it is named after, Plymouth City Airport could be closed forever reports Plymouth Live.

    Once the home of Brymon Airways, and later Air S…
  • New government suggestions pose a problem for cargo aircraft operators.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened a two-stage consultation programme seeking views on the night-time operation at certain major airports beyond 2022, and also in th…
  • Only seen intermittently these days when duty calls to host a government media briefing Transport Minister Grant Shapps appeared before the House of Commons Transport Select Committee last Wednesday.

    He was given a fairly soft grilling on the whole…
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