Entries by Barry

Airlines attack decision not to freeze long-haul duty rate in the UK

The UK press dedicate parts of their budget coverage to criticism from IAG of the Chancellor’s announcement that long-haul Air Passenger Duty will increase. Short-haul APD will be frozen until 2020-21. An IAG spokesperson is quoted as saying: “It’s ironic that this Brexit budget has undermined Britain’s global competitiveness by uppping Air Passenger Duty, the world’s highest […]

Cello Aviation ceases operations

Cello Aviation, based in the UK, has ceased trading immediately, according to an announcement made on Friday. The British charter airline was based at Birmingham Airport and primarily operated private and VIP charters with two specially configured aircraft. The airline had a B737 and Avro RJ100. It also operated wet lease and full charter flights […]

Take off for the world’s longest flight 

Singapore Airlines have launched the world’s longest nonstop passenger flight from Singapore to New York this week. The 10,400-mile flight, that will take up to 19 hours, will be flown by a long-range Airbus A350-900 aircraft with all premium seating. 

Passengers stranded after Primera Air collapses

Primera Air filed for bankruptcy at midnight on 2nd October, leaving between 2,500 and 5,000 customers stranded The airline has blamed late deliveries of A321 aircraft and a range of operational problems, and last night posted a message on its website saying: “On this sad day, we are saying goodbye to all of you.” Simon Calder from the Independent […]

Qantas eyes direct UK-Sydney flights

Qantas expects to place an order at the end of next year for aircraft that will be able to fly non-stop from Sydney to London as the Australian airline bets on strong passenger demand for direct routes. Alan Joyce, Chief Executive said Qantas had always specialised ‘in super long-haul’ given its geographic location. “We now have the […]

Nigeria Air relaunch grounded  

Nigeria has suspended plans to relaunch its national airline two months after the attempt to revive the carrier was announced. Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika broke the news on Twitter after a cabinet meeting, saying ministers had made ‘the tough decision’ to suspend the project. No reason has been given for the about-turn. The airline, which was set to […]

Investors demand change as Ryanair survives revolt  

Ryanair has suffered a ‘major shareholder revolt’, with nearly a third refusing to back the re-election of its chairman, and leading City institutions publicly criticising its corporate governance. There are growing concerns about the independence of the chairman and the management’s ‘souring’ employee relations, 29.5 per cent of shareholders voting at Ryanair’s annual meeting in Ireland yesterday […]

Emirates said to seek Etihad takeover to create world’s largest airline 

Online news outlets are suggesting Emirates is looking at taking over ‘unprofitable’ Etihad, in a move that would create the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic. Journalists claims that talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Dubai-based Emirates acquire the main airline business of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, which would keep its maintenance arm. […]

2018 APAS X Beijing Capital Airlines A320 & A330 SIM check roadshow in USA

APAS (Asia Pacific Aviation Services) has announced that along with our airline partner Beijing Capital Airlines, they are arranging worldwide Roadshow Presentation and a Company Simulator check for A320 and A330 pilots, and the First Stop will be in the USA in this upcoming November! APAS state – “Amazing pay and commuting contracts on offer, […]

Airline on collision course with pilots over strike  

Flybmi pilots in the Balpa union have been balloted over strike action. The threatened strike follows a wave of industrial action that forced Ryanair to cancel hundreds of flights over the summer.  Flybmi operates more than 600 flights a week across 10 European countries. It has a fleet of 19 Embraer jets and employs more than 400 staff and […]