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 with the Avro RJ100 aircraft.

It is suggested that the TUI contract in Dublin cost the airline combined with no fuel hedging and rising fuel costs with the compensation required due to EU261 regulation on CLJ operated 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 estimates around 60,000 travellers will have their bookings cancelled. The airline announced last month that it planned to launch routes from Madrid to New York, Boston and Toronto for as little as EURO 149 each way. 

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 aircraft to do it and be more competitive than the hub carriers by having the direct service,” he added.

The company opened talks with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus about an aircraft that could fly the 21-hour trip from Sydney to London last year. Boeing is offering the wide-body 777-8X, while Airbus pitched its A350-1000, said Mr Joyce.   

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 be called Nigeria Air, was launched at an international air show in the UK in July, and was due to start flying in December.  

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 refused to back the re-election of David Bonderman.

It claims that investors are increasingly concerned about Mr Bonderman, who is 75 and has chaired the company for 22 years. As a result of the shareholder revolt, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has hinted he might stand down. He said the board wants him to stay as chief executive for five more years after his deal ends in 2019: “I’m not sure whether I want to sign up for another five. The board suggests I should sign up for a longer period. It’s not going to be a difficult conversation. I’m happy to stay for another couple of years.” 

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.

An Emirates spokeswoman said the company doesn’t comment on speculation, as did a spokesman for Etihad.

The piece notes that were a transaction to go ahead, the enlarged airline operation would be bigger than that of American Airlines Group, which has a market value of $19.2bn. 

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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 was sold by British Airways’ parent IAG to the Bond brothers for £8m in 2012. 

Flybmi said: “The pilots and company are currently in discussions, and we are confident that a mutually acceptable outcome will be reached.”   

Final call to end misery of flight delay compensation

A long-running campaign continues by consumer group Which? calling for airline passengers to be automatically compensated for delayed flights, rather than having to claim what they are due.

Their research suggests that 13,076 flights arrived more than three hours late in the year to June, which would trigger an EU261 pay out if it was within the airline’s control.

Norwegian, Thomas Cook and TUI had the highest percentage of severely delayed long-haul flights, at 1.7, 1.6 and 1.4 per cent respectively.

Industry body, Airlines UK said: “Long delays on affect a minority of overall journeys and are often due to factors outside of an airline’s control. When things do go wrong, compensation can be easily claimed directly from the airline when due.”