Loganair switches Stansted for Southend in London-Derry route

Loganair switches Stansted for Southend in London-Derry route

London’s Southend Airport has announced that Loganair’s existing flight between Stansted and Derry-Londonderry will be switching to Southend later this year. Loganair took over the Stansted-Derry service in February after Flybmi ceased operations in February. Loganair already operates flights from Southend airport to Aberdeen, Carslisle, Glasgow and Stornoway, with the addition of the Derry route leaving Dundee as the only destination the airline will still serve from Stansted.  Flights between London and City of Derry…

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Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic has become the second British airline to take delivery of an Airbus A350-1000 this week, with the official handover of its first aircraft taking place in Toulouse. The delivery comes days after long-haul rival British Airways introduced the type into service last week. In a post on Twitter, Virgin Atlantic welcomed G-VLUX — dubbed “Red Velvet” — to its fleet. Welcome to the family, Red Velvet 🍰✈️ We can’t wait to fly our…

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Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interior

Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interior

Virgin Atlantic has released a CGI video of its new cabins set to debut with the A350-1000, the first of which will be delivered later this week. The video shows Virgin’s latest “Upper Class” business class product, which will feature 11 rows of semi-enclosed suites arranged in a 1-2-1 pattern. Each suite will be 20 inches wide and recline to an 82-inch lie-flat bed, in addition to a deployable privacy screen, as shown in the…

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BA pilots vote overwhelmingly for strike action

BA pilots vote overwhelmingly for strike action

British Airways pilots have overwhelmingly voted in support of industrial strike action, a ballot by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has revealed. The union, which represents pilots in the UK, announced the results on Monday afternoon, with a 93% vote in favour of industrial action on a 90% turnout. The dispute at British Airways relates to pay, profit sharing, and a so-called share save programme, according to the union. In a statement, BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:…

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Connect Airways appoints new CEO as it awaits Flybe merger approval

Connect Airways appoints new CEO as it awaits Flybe merger approval

Connect Airways, the consortium that purchased Flybe in February, has appointed former Virgin Atlantic’s customer chief Mark Anderson as its chief executive. Connect Airways, which was founded by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Aviation and Cyrus Capital Partners to purchase Flybe, is currently waiting for approval of its merger from the EU commission, which is expected in July. Anderson joins Connect Airways from his current role of head of Virgin Atlantic’s customer experience, which he has held…

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British Airways first A350 rolls out of paint shop

British Airways first A350 rolls out of paint shop

British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 was spotted this week rolling out of the paint shop in Toulouse, France, adorning the airline’s Chatham Dockyard design. British Airways will become the second European and UK-based airline to operate the largest A350 variant, following Virgin Atlantic, which is set to launch the A350 this summer on its London Heathrow-New York JFK service. British Airways currently has 18 A350-1000s on order, with delivery of the first aircraft expected this summer. Another…

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British Airways winter 2019 long-haul service updates

British Airways winter 2019 long-haul service updates

British Airways has released a series of scheduled changes for selected long-haul flights operating from London Heathrow this winter. The updates reflect the 2019/20 winter season from 27 October 2019 and also include changes to operating aircraft. The changes are detailed below: London Heathrow – Austin effective 29 Oct 19; day 2 service operated by 777-200ER instead of -300ER London Heathrow – Bangalore 27 Oct 19 – 31 Dec 19; 787-9 replaces 3-class 777-200ER London Heathrow – Boston BA203/202 on…

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British Airways unveils new Club Suite

British Airways unveils new Club Suite

British Airways unveiled Monday its new ‘Club Suite’ business class seat, confirming that the product will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July. The new business class will offer flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with a suite door for greater privacy and direct aisle access for all passengers. In addition, each seat will feature 40% more storage, a vanity unit and mirror, wifi, inflight entertainment screens of up to 18.5″ with gate-to-gate…

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BA to complete heritage livery set with Negus design

BA to complete heritage livery set with Negus design

British Airways revealed Thursday the fourth and final design in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary – a Boeing 747-400 painted in the Negus design. G-CIVB entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport last Saturday where it is being repainted with the first version of the Negus livery which adorned the British Airways fleet from 1974-1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA which formed the airline known today….

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EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in EU airspace. The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX 8 model in less than five months. The move follows similar steps by regulators in several European and Asian countries and airlines in Brazil and Mexico….

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