Entries by Barry

The Air League offer free flying scholarships

The Air League are offering a flying scholarship to help students achieve their PPL by funding 12 hours of Powered Flight training towards the award of an NPPL. The intention of this award is to enable a person to go solo and enjoy the responsibility and achievement of solo flight. Scholars are encouraged to undertake […]

Delta announces ‘farewell tour’ for Boeing 747 

Delta Air Lines plans to fly its final Boeing 747 to former Northwest Airlines hubs next month, after the aircraft completes its last international service on December 17.  Following the final scheduled flight from Seoul Incheon to Detroit, the Atlanta-based carrier will fly the 747-400 from Detroit to Seattle, Seattle to Atlanta and Atlanta to Minneapolis as part of a farewell tour ending December […]

Airbus reveals largest-ever order 

Airbus announced at the Dubai Airshow that Indigo Partners has placed the largest-ever order for 430 aircraft, totalling $49.5 billion at list price. Indigo Partners, which owns Frontier Airlines in the US, Wizz Air in Europe, Jetsmart in Chile and Volaris in Mexico, has placed an order for 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos. Airbus says when added to the firm’s previous […]

Wataniya Airways signs for 25 A320neos 

Kuwaiti airline Wataniya Airways and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 25 Airbus A320neo aircraft through Golden Falcon Aviation, Wataniya’s aircraft provider.  This is significant news for the carrier as they only restarted operations back in July 2017, after ceasing trading in March 2011 due to financial difficulties.   In July this year it was announced that the airline […]

Westjet to launch low-cost carrier in Canada amid record profits

Westjet has announced the name and logo for its new, ultra-low-cost airline. Named Swoop, the carrier will begin selling flights in early 2018.  Westjet says Swoop will offer customers travelling within Canada a ‘no-frills, low-fare’ option. The airline will have its headquarters in Calgary and will announce further details of its routes in due course.  WestJet profit climbs 20 per […]

Lufthansa on course for annual profit above 3bn Euros 

The Financial Times reports that Lufthansa issued an upbeat view even as it posted a fall in profits for the third quarter.  It notes that shares in the airline dipped three per cent in early trading as it reported a 17 per cent decline in net profit of 1.18bn Euros, though last year’s figures for the same period were boosted by a one-off gain of 730m Euros from […]

Monarch loses slots battle in High Court 

Monarch Airlines has lost its High Court battle over “valuable” runway slots it wanted to exchange with other carriers to raise cash for creditors.  The airline ceased trading last month and its administrators’ lawyers called the slots its “most valuable asset”. The company which allocates 39 airports’ slots accepted that Monarch would have received some of […]

Flybe sees profits fall and warns of challenging conditions 

Flybe has reported a sharp drop in profits due to IT and aircraft maintenance cost issues. The group saw adjusted pre-tax profits for the six months to September 30 fall year on year from £15.9 million to £8.4 million due to an “onerous” IT contract and rising maintenance costs. Non-adjusted pre-tax profits rose from seven million pounds to £15.1 million due, the […]

Ryanair Update

Here we have (as promised) an update on the latest at Ryanair regarding the dispute with their pilot workforce. Ryanair is emailing passengers impacted by its flights cancellations offering them a £40 voucher towards a future flight. The gesture, which is on top of the EU compensation that passengers are entitled to, comes with ‘deepest apologies’ […]

Flybe incident at Belfast International Airport

A Flybe plane with 57 people on board has been forced to make an emergency landing with no nose gear in place at Belfast International Airport. The Bombardier Q-400 had taken off from City Airport at 11.07am bound for Inverness but reported an undercarriage fault as it burned fuel in a holding pattern for about […]