UK signs post-Brexit air services deal with US

UK signs post-Brexit air services deal with US

The UK and US signed today an aviation agreement to ensure the continuation of flights between the two countries when the Brexit transition period ends this year. British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and the US’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, signed the bilateral agreement, which will replace the current EU agreement, set to expire on 31 December 2020. In a statement, Shapps said: “The air services agreement will allow us to continue to travel and…

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British Airways suspends Gatwick flights amid second UK lockdown

British Airways suspends Gatwick flights amid second UK lockdown

British Airways has announced the suspension of flights at London Gatwick following the new national lockdown in the UK which took effect yesterday. The carrier, which had already consolidated flights at Heathrow Airport earlier this year, says it is reducing its Gatwick operations and will pause flights at the airport until early December. “Following the government’s announcement of a new national lockdown for England [on 30 October], we have been urgently reviewing our schedule for…

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Prospects for Flybe as administrators agree sale to Cyrus Capital

Prospects for Flybe as administrators agree sale to Cyrus Capital

Collapsed regional airline Flybe will restart operations next year after its administrators agreed for it to be sold to Thyme Opco Ltd, a firm controlled by hedge fund Cyrus Capital. Flybe ceased operations in early March this year and has since been under the administration of accountancy firm EY.  Administrators from EY said they had agreed to a sale of Flybe’s business and assets, including the brand, intellectual property, stock and equipment, to Thyme Opco….

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British Airways fined £20m over data breach

British Airways fined £20m over data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined British Airways (BA) £20 million for a data breach which affected more than 400,000 customers. An investigation by the ICO found the airline failed to implement adequate security measures in the processing of signficiant amounts of personal data. This failure broke data protection law and, subsequently, BA was the subject of a cyber-attack during 2018. It took two months before BA was made aware of the breach by…

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Trip report: flying BA Club Europe during the pandemic

Trip report: flying BA Club Europe during the pandemic

After the frustration of numerous flight cancellations this summer, I was thrilled to finally get back into the air, this time onboard one of British Airways’ new A321neos on a flight from London Heathrow to Berlin’s Tegel Airport.  Germany is one of the few countries on the UK’s list of quarantine-extempt locations, so I took advantage of this and booked a short two-day trip to the German capital.  The trip was planned right at the…

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British Airways to launch Heathrow – Bermuda route

British Airways to launch Heathrow – Bermuda route

British Airways has announced the launch of a new daily route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Bermuda. From 28 March 2021, the airline will shift its current London – Bermuda service from Gatwick to Heathrow, though will continue operating the service with its fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft.  The flights will depart from London Heathrow at 14:55, landing in Bermuda at 18:25.  BA’s Director of Network and Alliances, Neil Chernoff, said: “We are delighted to…

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Flybe to be rebranded as Virgin Connect

Flybe to be rebranded as Virgin Connect

Flybe will be rebranded next year as “Virgin Connect” to bring its brand in line with co-owner Virgin Atlantic, it has been announced. Earlier this year, Flybe was bought for £2.8 million by Connect Airways, a consortium of investors consisting of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital. As part of the move, the UK regional operator will drop its purple colour scheme in favour of Virgin’s red branding.  Announcing the new name, Mark Anderson, Connect…

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British Airways and Malaysia Airlines sign codeshare agreement

British Airways and Malaysia Airlines sign codeshare agreement

Oneworld alliance members Malaysia Airlines and British Airways have signed a codeshare agreement taking effect today. BA will codeshare on Malaysia Airlines-operated flights to 14 Malaysian destinations, as well as nine destinations in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam. In return, the Malaysian carrier will codeshare on BA-operated flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Subject to regulatory approval, the codeshare will then progressively extend to other European destinations…

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Thomas Cook collapses following failed rescue talks

Thomas Cook collapses following failed rescue talks

Thomas Cook has filed for compulsory liquidation after last-minute negotiations on recapitalisation fell through. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said this morning the tour operator had “ceased trading with immediate effect.” Just days ago, Thomas Cook Group said that it was in discussions to secure a £200 million standby fund on top of a previous capital injection — a £900 million rescue package from China’s Fosun Tourism Group and other lending banks and shareholders….

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BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced today it has called off the next strike scheduled for 27 September in the ongoing dispute between British Airways and its pilots.  Last week, British Airways pilots striked for the first time in the airline’s history, walking out for two days following failed negotiations between the airline and the pilots’ union over pay.  The strikes led to the cancellation of nearly 100% of BA flights, costing the airline…

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