Entries by Barry

British Airways subsidiary operates to wrong airport

WDL Aviation ‘filed wrong flight plan’ The wet-lease flight which landed in Edinburgh instead of its scheduled destination of Dusseldorf has attracted considerable media coverage. The aircraft – a 96-seat BAE-146 regional jet – was operated by German charter operator WDL Aviation on behalf of BA CityFlyer. WDL filed the wrong flight plan with the […]

Boeing ‘fix’ for 737 Max

Boeing has issued changes to controversial control systems linked to two fatal crashes of its 737 Max planes in the last five months. But it’s still not certain when the planes, that were grounded worldwide this month, will be allowed to fly. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accidents reports the worldwide […]

Expected loss for easyJet

easyJet will release a trading update on Friday ahead of its first-half financial results in May. Britain’s largest airline operator suffered a £15 million hit in the first quarter from disruption caused by rogue drone flights in and around Gatwick airport, which affected 82,000 customers and resulted in more than 400 cancelled flights. Half-year figures […]

Another spanner in Rolls’ works

The pressure on Rolls-Royce over its troubled Trent engines increased yesterday when Singapore Airlines revealed that it had grounded two Boeing 787-10s, report The Daily Telegraph and The Times. Articles cite engines wearing out faster than expected as the reason for Singapore’s decision, adding to Rolls’ woes. Rolls has put a £1.5bn price tag on resolving problems with […]

Flybe cancels dozens of flights

Regional carrier Flybe has cancelled dozens of flights this morning for what it describes as “operational reasons”. The airline reports that five flights from Belfast City Airport and four from Birmingham are among those affected, along with departures from Southampton, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle. The airline said it would like to “sincerely apologise for any […]

Latest Air France news

Au revoir to Air France’s Joon? The new boss of Air France-KLM may consider closing Joon, the group’s newest airline, reports Reuters. The article, also published on ThePointsGuy blog, quotes an Air France source as saying CEO Benjamin Smith “has made clear he doesn’t understand the positioning or identity of Joon”. Joon was launched last year aimed at […]

IT outage causes hundreds of US flights to be delayed

Hundreds of flights were delayed and tens cancelled as Southwest, Delta, United, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines were impacted by the outage. The issue stems from a computer program called AeroData, which is used to calculate the weight and balance of flights before takeoff to determine flight plans and make fuel calculations, according to the Federal […]

Ryanair ‘the new coal’ as airline enters Europe’s pollution top 10

Ryanair has become the first non-coal company to join Europe’s top 10 carbon emitters, according to EU figures. The Irish airline, which transports 130 million people a year, declared 9.9 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, up 6.9% on last year and 49% over the last five years, according to raw data in the […]

Emirates profits slide

Emirates has posted an 86% fall in profits, following rising oil prices and currency devaluations. The Dubai-based carrier recorded a profit of just $62m in the six months to 30 September, compared with $452m in the same period last year.

Virgin pilots balloted over industrial action

The Financial Times reports that Virgin Atlantic’s largest pilots’ union — which the airline has yet to recognise — has started to ballot its members about industrial action that could lead to strikes over Christmas. The Professional Pilots Union said anger at the airline’s recent review of pilot benefits was “merely a symptom” of its dissatisfaction […]