Delta orders 15 additional A220 aircraft, converts order on 35

Delta orders 15 additional A220 aircraft, converts order on 35

Delta Air Lines has ordered an additional 15 Airbus A220 aircraft and converted 35 A220-100s to the larger variant. The deal increases Delta’s A220 commitment to 90 aircraft, which includes 50 of the A220-300 variant. The Atlanta-based carrier expects to take delivery of its first A220-300 in 2020. The aircraft will be configured with 130 seats in a three-class configuration, including first-class, economy, and Delta’s larger “Comfort+” extra-legroom economy product. “These additional A220 aircraft will continue…

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Heathrow and Gatwick to invest in anti-drone technology

Heathrow and Gatwick to invest in anti-drone technology

Heathrow and Gatwick airports will invest millions of pounds in anti-drone technology to prevent a repeat of the disruption caused at Gatwick last month. A spokesperson for Gatwick said the airport had spent £5 million on new defences after flights were grounded and the airport was repeatedly forced to close following a series of drone sightings between 19 and 21 December. The disruption caused mass cancellations and delays at the Sussex hub, affecting about 1,000 flights…

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VINCI Airports to buy £2.9bn stake in Gatwick

VINCI Airports to buy £2.9bn stake in Gatwick

VINCI Airports has signed an agreement to acquire a 50.01 per cent stake in London Gatwick Airport from Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) in a deal worth £2.9bn. GIP, which acquired Gatwick in 2009, will continue to operate the remaining 49.99 per cent of the airport after the transaction is completed later this year. Nicolas Notebaert, chief executive officer of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports, said: “As Gatwick’s new industrial partner, VINCI Airports will support…

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ANA unveils first Airbus A380

ANA unveils first Airbus A380

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways’ first Airbus A380 aircraft rolled out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany yesterday, bearing the airline’s unique Hawaiian blue sea turtle livery. The “Flying Honu” aircraft – which took 21 days to paint – will enter service for ANA on 24 May 2019, operating on the airline’s Tokyo Narita – Honolulu route. ANA will become the first Japanese customer to operate the A380 when the aircraft is delivered next March….

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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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