Heathrow Airport unveils carbon neutral growth plan

Heathrow Airport unveils carbon neutral growth plan

Heathrow Airport has revealed its plan for ‘carbon neutral growth,’ outlining the role it will play on four key areas to reduce emissions from the addition of a third runway. Published today, the plan builds on the momentum of technological change in the aviation industry to make travel more sustainable, with the four key areas including cleaner aircraft technology, improvements to airspace and ground operations, sustainable aviation fuels, and carbon offsetting methods. On aircraft technology,…

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UK and US announce post-Brexit open skies agreement

UK and US announce post-Brexit open skies agreement

Transport Secretary, Christ Grayling, announced last week a new open skies agreement between the UK and the US, which the government says will safeguard flights across the Atlantic following Brexit. The new deal will ensure that aircraft flying out of the UK will be able to continue operating in the US and have access to the same facilities, enabling for a smooth transition once a formal British withdrawal from the European Union is complete. In…

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KLM and Qantas sign codeshare agreement

KLM and Qantas sign codeshare agreement

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Australian carrier Qantas have signed a codeshare agreement, allowing both airlines to expand their network into each other’s markets. The agreement will see Qantas place its code on KLM’s Singapore – Amsterdam service, and in return, KLM will codeshare on flights from Singapore to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. At the same time, Qantas frequent flyer members will be able to earn points and status credits on the codeshared flights to Amsterdam, as…

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Virgin Atlantic to operate first biofuel commercial flight

Virgin Atlantic to operate first biofuel commercial flight

Virgin Atlantic is set to make history later today (2 October), operating the first commercial flight fuelled by biofuel. VS016 from Orlando to London Gatwick will takeoff at just before 8 pm local time, fuelled using biotech firm LanzaTech’s first batch of jet fuel made with recycled waste industrial gasses. The flight, operated by one of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of 747-400 aircraft, will be the first to be powered using a blend of jet fuel…

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Primera Air files for bankruptcy

Primera Air files for bankruptcy

Scandinavian airline Primera Air announced Monday it has filed for bankruptcy, with operations set to cease immediately. In a company email leaked on social media, Director of Flight Operations Anders Ludvigsson stated that the airline will follow legal procedures and enter administration on 2 October. The airline later published a press release confirming the contents of the email to be true. The airline, founded in 2009, said over the past two years, a series of “unforeseen…

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UK-EU flights could be hit in event of no-deal Brexit

UK-EU flights could be hit in event of no-deal Brexit

Flights between the UK and the EU could cease if Britain crashes out of the bloc without a deal, the government has said. In its latest set of notices in the event of a “no deal” scenario, the government said flights could be disrupted because the EU-issued aviation licences would not be valid and airlines would have to seek individual permissions to operate within respective states. Under current laws, all British pilots licences are issued…

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Singapore Airlines receives first A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines receives first A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range) aircraft, moving the airline one step closer to reclaiming the title of the world’s longest nonstop passenger flight. The next-generation widebody, 9V-SGA, departed from Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters at just past 6 pm on 22 September, arriving at Singapore Changi Airport 16 and a half hours later at 4:30 pm the following day. Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900ULRs, which will be used to…

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BALPA calls for Ryanair CEO to step down ahead of AGM

BALPA calls for Ryanair CEO to step down ahead of AGM

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has made a statement on behalf of Ryanair staff ahead of the airline’s annual general meeting, urging its shareholders to replace CEO Michael O’Leary and Chairman David Bonderman. The union, which represents the pilots employed by Ryanair in the UK, described the relationship between Ryanair management and pilots as “utterly dysfunctional,” putting the continued success of the company at risk. BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “The industrial unrest…

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EasyJet converts UK pilot licences to Austria in preparation for no-deal Brexit

EasyJet converts UK pilot licences to Austria in preparation for no-deal Brexit

EasyJet will shift 1,400 British pilot licences to Austrian ones in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. The move comes as Brexit negotiations continue without significant progress, pushing the UK further to a no-deal exit from the European Union. “Depending on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, UK-issued pilot licences after the UK leaves the European Union could be no longer valid within the EU,” easyJet’s director of PR, Anna Knowles, said. She added that the…

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Farnborough Airshow: Day 2 & 3 Roundup

Farnborough Airshow: Day 2 & 3 Roundup

Days two and three of the Farnborough Airshow were a step down from the order-packed frenzy on Monday, though both Airbus and Boeing were able to secure some sizable orders, with regional manufacturers Embraer and ATR also celebrating a successful two days. Day 2 Tuesday kicked off with an order for five 747-8Fs and 29 777Fs by Russian Volga Dnepr, followed by Belavia placing a leasing deal with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for four 737…

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