Ryanair cancels German flights ahead of strike
Ryanair says it will cancel 150 flights out of 400 scheduled to fly to and from Germany on Wednesday due to a 24-hour strike by pilots and cabin crew. The row over pay and conditions follows a series of strikes over the summer, with walkouts in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.-Read more here.
Around 1.3 million air passengers `suffered severe delays´ in just 12 months
Around 1.3 million air passengers suffered severe delays in just 12 months, according to a new study. More than 13,000 flights to or from UK airports were delayed by at least three hours in the year to June, consumer group Which? said. This is equivalent to nearly 3,500 passengers a day. – Read more here.
Hackers steal bank data from almost 400,000 BA customers
A massive online breach at British Airways left hundreds of thousands of customers with their bank data stolen. The airline confirmed last night that 380,000 payment card details were “compromised” in the August peak. BA is urgently investigating the customer data theft from the ba.com – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Wednesday 12th September 2018
— GolfVictorSpotting (@GolfVictorSpot) 11 September 2018
C-FOCA: Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER (Originally With Canadian) – more images and info here: https://t.co/SVP7IJJRm2 #aircanada #boeing767 #yyz #planespotting #aviationphotography pic.twitter.com/X3DllJRxzZ
— It’s About Airplanes (@AirplanesAbout) 10 September 2018
Airline News – Friday 7th September 2018
Ryanair amends controversial new baggage policy
Ryanair has amended its controversial new baggage policy to allow 2 million customers who had already booked flights to stow their wheelie cases for free.Last month Europe’s biggest budget carrier announced wheelie cases under 10kg would no longer be allowed in its cabin from November.-Read more here.
Easyjet has record summer as passenger numbers increase by 5.6%
The airline flew 460,000 more people despite no significant rise in load factor. Easyjet flew 5.6 per cent more passengers year-on-year in August 2018, according to its latest results. The low-cost airline saw 8.68 million people board its flights last month compared to 8.22 million the previous year.– Read more here.
Norwegian unveils transatlantic flights sale
Norwegian introduced a two-week transatlantic winter fares sale today from the UK and Ireland. Rates start at £140 one-way from Gatwick to Boston and Chicago with a further nine routes also offered at discounted rates. The airline has also included premium cabin seats in the sale with fares starting at £415 – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 7th September 2018
For those who’d like to get a first glimpse of the new livery, we’re expecting a special arrival back in Exeter at around 4:00pm 👀 pic.twitter.com/fZ2I8EITrE
— Flybe ✈ (@flybe) 7 September 2018
— Christiaan✈Broersma✈ (@BroersmaChris) 6 September 2018
Airline News – Friday 31st August 2018
CAA reports decline in airline passenger satisfaction
Overall passenger satisfaction with flying has fallen, according to the CAA’s latest UK Aviation Consumer Survey. Passengers were found to be particularly unhappy with how airports and airlines respond to disruption and delay. The survey also suggests significant regional differences in consumer satisfaction with people in Wales.-Read more here.
Ryanair brings in new rules on cabin bags
Ryanair is tightening the rules on what passengers pay to take luggage onto the plane, in order to “speed up boarding”. From November, passengers will still be allowed to take one “small personal bag” into the cabin, as long as it will fit under the seat in front.– Read more here.
Airlines ‘fiddling with flight times’ to avoid paying passengers compensation for delays investigation claims
A comparison has found that despite advances in air technology, flights are actually getting longer. But, is it all a ploy to avoid paying you compensation? Flights are on average 35 minutes longer than a decade ago, a report has revealed, that claims airlines are – Read more here.
Jet2.com ranked ‘most punctual’ UK airline
Jet2.com outperformed all other UK airlines for on-time performance in 13 out of the previous 14 months, according to latest OAG statistics. The carrier achieved 82.4% punctuality for May, 82.6% in June and 85.4% for July.Jet2.com performed better than any – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 31st August 2018
Air Canada Rouge #AC1900 taxiing in Toronto for a runway 23 departure to Athens.
— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) 29 August 2018
#AirAstana demonstrates #strong #traffic and #revenue #growth in the first half of 2018 https://t.co/n0lOdGXbEZ … via @50skyshades pic.twitter.com/MIKhDgOSfQ
— Tatiana Obrazcova (@TObrazcova) 30 August 2018
AIRLINE NEWS: Norwegian Air Argentina: The New Airline Set to Improve Your Next Trip to South America https://t.co/OZWUhYjcm6 pic.twitter.com/bSRjqqBxFI — Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) 28 August 2018
Airline News – Tuesday 14th August 2018
The ‘least punctual airline’ revealed:
Wizz Air is reported to have the worst punctuality record of the busiest airlines operating from UK airports.The Hungarian low-cost carrier’s UK departures were an average of 23 minutes late in 2017, according to Press Association analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data.- Read more here.
Norwegian passenger numbers hit a new record
Norwegian reported a new passenger record in July as it carried almost 3.8 million passengers in a single month. The total number of passengers increased by 13 percent compared to the same month the previous year. The load factor was 93 percent.– Read more here.
Right to care- your rights explained when your flight has been delayed.
Under the EU Regulation 261/2004, if your flight has been delayed or canceled by up to 3 hours or more, you could be owed compensation. Here’s a quick guide on what you’re entitled to whilst you wait – Read more here.
The ‘Best airport in London’ revealed
The study by The Original Tour, analysed open data from all six London airports along with data from the UK Civil Aviation Authority to find this result. Each of the six main airports that service London were given a percentage rating based on flight delays, queueing times, travel fares and connection times – and Luton came out on top.– Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Tuesday 14th August 2018
N925AT: Delta Air Lines Boeing 717-200 (Started Life With TWA) – more images and info here: https://t.co/nlVEiUUrvk #delta #boeing717 #yyz #planespotting #aviationphotography pic.twitter.com/J5dKtC79ev — It’s About Airplanes (@AirplanesAbout) 10 August 2018
Airline News – Thursday 2nd August 2018
More Ryanair cancellations loom as German pilots vote to strike
Ryanair’s passengers are facing more flight cancellations and disruption after the low-cost airline’s German pilots voted to strike over a pay dispute.The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said 96% of the airline’s pilots in Germany voted for industrial action. The union is giving the Irish carrier until 6 August to make an offer to avoid a strike, VC said. It will give 24 hours’ notice before it calls a strike.- Read more here.
THE 10 BEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD REVEALED
Singapore Airlines swept the board at this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards, winning the coveted Airline of the Year award. The Asian carrier also won World’s Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and Best First Class Airline seat in the aviation industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, which began in 1999. EasyJet scooped the Best Low Cost Airline in the UK award, while Lufthansa was ranked the Best Airline in Europe. Lufthansa was the only European carrier to make the top 10 Best Airlines list, coming in seventh place – Read more here.
Wizz Air announces three new routes from Liverpool to Romania.
Low- cost carrier Wizz Air has announced it will offer three new routes to Romania commencing later this year. Flights are scheduled to depart from Liverpool John Lennon airport to the capital Bucharest, and cities Cluj and Iasi by the end of October. The new routes bring Wizz Air’s total from Liverpool to seven, including services to– Read more here.
Drunk passengers warned of hefty fines in UK aviation campaign
Drunk passengers have been warned they could face fines of up to £80,000 should a plane have to divert because of disruptive behaviour. Ministers have backed a campaign from the aviation industry to tackle problem drinking, which airlines say shows no sign of abating, despite previous initiatives. Early morning bar openings and duty free sales at airports have been blamed by airlines for a series of costly and potentially dangerous incidents in the air.– Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 2nd August 2018
Wizz Air today announced additional expansion out of @LPL_Airport offering three new routes to Bucharest (3x weekly from Oct 30), Cluj-Napoca (2x weekly from Oct 29) and Iasi (2x weekly from Oct 29). This will bring their total operations from LPL to 17 weekly flights. #AvGeek pic.twitter.com/3qnK6rLj33
— James Field (@AvGeekJames) 27 July 2018
Airline News – Thursday 19th July 2018
Ryanair cancels 600 flights over cabin crew strike
Irish airline Ryanair has cancelled up to 600 flights over two days next week due to a strike by cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain. It will affect almost 50,000 passengers who had booked to fly to or from those three countries on Wednesday 25 July and Thursday 26 July. Ryanair apologised for the disruption.It has already contacted the affected passengers and said if customers have not received an email or SMS text, they should expect to travel as scheduled.- Read more here.
Millions expected to jet off for summer sunshine
As millions prepare to leave for even more sun on their summer holidays this week, the CAA forecasts that this year’s busiest single day for flights departing UK airports will be July 27th with 8,841 flights. CAA research has also revealed that millions of UK holiday-makers will leave booking their annual break until just days before they plan to jet off, with one in ten people questioned in a survey admitting bagging a last-minute package holiday. While many of these travellers will have secured their summer holidays months in advanc…– Read more here.
CAA finds improving services for disabled travellers at UK airports
More UK airports are offering better assistance for disabled passengers but Birmingham, Gatwick and Stansted have failed to meet expectations and Manchester is ranked ‘poor’ for the second year. Those are the main findings of in an annual report published by the Civil Aviation Authority today into accessibility at the UK’s top 30 airports. The report finds high levels of satisfaction – Read more here.
Press Release: CDRL partners with Hunt ADR to launch new arbitration and conciliation scheme for members of ABTA, The Travel Association
CDRL is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Hunt ADR to provide the arbitration and conciliation scheme for disputes between consumers and members of ABTA, The Travel Association. Managing Director of Hunt ADR, Gregory Hunt, said “I always look to collaborate and when it came to case management, in my view, the CDRL system is the best on the market, and it made sense to combine our resources and work together. Working with CDRL will, I believe, provide consumers and members of ABTA with the most comprehensive arbitration service available today.”– Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 19th July 2018
Today, Norwegian reported its second quarter earnings for 2018 with a net profit of NOK 300 million, despite the highest growth in the company’s history: https://t.co/mOHhueNv07 #flynorwegian pic.twitter.com/5tOPX0WatC
— Norwegian (@Fly_Norwegian) July 12, 2018
C-FJQL: Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321-200 (New In 2016) – more images and info here: https://t.co/oB6BUKsLqh #flyrouge #aircanada #yyz #airbusa321 #planespotting #aviationphotography pic.twitter.com/j1PGBQyFsx — It’s About Airplanes (@AirplanesAbout) 12 July 2018
17-07-2018 #EIGDW @Ryanair @Ryanair_ES #ryanairpilots #b738 @Boeing at @ACE_Aeropuerto #Lanzarote #planespotting by @ACE_spotter #controladoresACE #avgeek @ENAIRE @FundacionENAIRE pic.twitter.com/d4QDnUAThz
— Lanzarote Airport (@ACE_Aeropuerto) 17 July 2018
Airline News – Monday 9th July 2018
Hand luggage rules: Latest travel update on banned items from cabin baggage
HAND luggage rules are extremely strict when it comes to what passengers are allowed to bring with them onboard. What are the current restrictions and regulations that the UK government have issued? Hand-luggage-only passengers are increasing in number as cheap airlines offer no-frill tickets. This means not being allowed a bag in the hold without paying an additional fee. Britons instead cram everything they need for their holiday into one small suitcase to take into the cabin.- Read more here.
Norwegian launch new seats that are slimmer – but have more leg room
NORWEGIAN has introduced new slimline seats, which are also lighter than older models, on their new fleet of planes which will offer more leg room for taller passengers. Norwegian will introduce the new seats on their fleet of Boeing 737 Max’s. The new seats will be 16.8 inches wide with a 30 inch pitch. The average seat width is approximately 17 inches…– Read more here.
New measures to protect 10 million extra holidays a year
The government has introduced new consumer protections that will protect an extra 10 million package travel holidays a year and save consumers tens of millions of pounds a year.The Package Travel Regulations ensures consumers that book package holidays through travel websites enjoy same rights as those who book with a travel agent – Read more here.
Airport parking is extortionate, says RAC
Anyone taking friends or relatives to the airport this summer – or picking them up – is likely to be shocked by the cost of parking, says the RAC. It claims more than half of the UK’s airports have increased their charges since this time last year. Amongst the worst offenders are Luton and Stansted, both of which have raised some of their charges by more than 10%, the RAC says. However the two airports near London deny .– Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Monday 9th July 2018
.@Fly_Norwegian has been named “Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2018” for the fourth consecutive year at the 25th annual @WTravelAwards The event took place on Saturday at the Europe Gala ceremony in Athens 🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/bgOSkBFm4z — Travel Tom (@thetomstokes) July 7, 2018
Airline News – Thursday 28th June 2018
Ryanair launches flash sale on autumn flights with prices from £6.99
There’s nothing like booking a holiday to lift your spirits, and Ryanair just gave us the perfect excuse to start planning our next break – without having to make a big dent in our summer holiday budgets. The budget airline has launched a flash sale and slashed prices on its autumn flights, with one million cheap seats to be found from as little as £6.99 each way.- Read more here.
Cheap flights: British Airways cancels hundreds of £200 bookings to Dubai and Tel Aviv
BRITISH AIRWAYS is cancelling hundreds of bookings to Tel Aviv and Dubai after cheap tickets were mistakenly issued. How will the airline’s move affect your travel plans? British Airways has had to tell thousands of customers that their bookings will not be honoured after low-cost fares were erroneously sold by online travel agents.Tickets to Tel Aviv and Dubai were…– Read more here.
Wizz Air offers British Airways passengers alternative cheap flights to Tel Aviv after pricing blunder
Hundreds of British Airways passengers were left disappointed after the airline cancelled tickets to Dubai and Tel Aviv that were mistakenly sold for £200. However, Wizz Air has stepped up to help out customers looking for alternative flights – and for a similar bargain price. The budget airline is offering affected BA passengers the change to bag special return fares to Tel Aviv for £160 or £80 one way if they choose. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 28th June 2018
CityJet, Hibernian eye competing for Aer Lingus Regional ops: Competition for Aer Lingus Regional services currently operated by Stobart Air routes is set to increase once the current contract expires in the next few years. According to the Irish… https://t.co/XbFOCJNkzG pic.twitter.com/Tjt3p4avOT — ch-aviation (@chaviation) June 17, 2018
Ryanair’s shorter free check-in window has kicked in. Get it WRONG and you could be charged £55/seat. Here are our top Ryanair tips: https://t.co/5lnHXjAhfR pic.twitter.com/YelDG8qPdJ — Money Saving Expert (@MoneySavingExp) June 26, 2018
Airline News – Thursday 21st June 2018
WARNING: Passengers face £2,000 fine if they do this while boarding a flight
PASSENGERS have been warned of a certain drinking rule onboard their flights which, if broken could see huge fines issued of up to £2,000 before the flight even takes off. Ryanair passengers who buy alcohol in duty-free face huge fines if taking it onboard. Anyone who attempts to drink their bought booze on the plane could be fined due to breaking the law.- Read more here.
Cheap flights: British Airways cancels hundreds of £200 bookings to Dubai and Tel Aviv
BRITISH AIRWAYS is cancelling hundreds of bookings to Tel Aviv and Dubai after cheap tickets were mistakenly issued. How will the airline’s move affect your travel plans? British Airways has had to tell thousands of customers that their bookings will not be honoured after low-cost fares were erroneously sold by online travel agents.Tickets to Tel Aviv and Dubai were…– Read more here.
RANKED: The 13 best airlines in the world in 2018
The best and worst airlines in the world have been revealed by flight compensation company AirHelp — and some of them are surprising. The company’s sixth annual AirHelp Score rates airlines based on quality of service, on-time performance, and claim processing in order to produce an overall score. The highest ranking airlines prove that customer service is key — and you don’t need to provide a luxury service to get it right.– Read more here.
Emirates looks to windowless planes
Emirates Airline has unveiled a new first class suite on board its latest aircraft that features virtual windows. Instead of being able to see directly outside, passengers view images projected in from outside the aircraft using fibre-optic cameras. The airline says it paves the way for removing all windows from future planes, making them lighter and faster. Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said the images were…-Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 21st June 2018
Flying this wknd has been one delay after another, but the view from the plane sure makes up a lot #fly #klm #Tegel #Schiphol #views #sunsets pic.twitter.com/PlZEeOBPkz — Thomas Meddens (@THRM) June 10, 2018
Bonjour NICE. La ligne Nice-Montréal avec Air Canada rouge ouvre ce matin. 120 destinations en Amérique du Nord vous attendent. pic.twitter.com/Nj25JxqcQX — Nonanta Frederic (@FredericNonanta) June 8, 2018
Airline News – Wednesday 13th June 2018
Airline passengers can now claim up to £600 for delayed connecting flights outside the EU
AIRLINE passengers can now claim flight delay compensation when delayed for over three hours on connecting flights outside the EU, according to a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on flight delay compensation means that passengers who are denied boarding, delayed more than three hours or have a cancelled flight on non-EU connecting flights are – Read more here.
Flight secrets: Why passengers who do THIS before takeoff could delay the plane.
FLIGHT secrets: Cabin crew are privy to all sorts of behind scenes information about flying that most passengers will not know about, even if they are regular fliers. And now a flight attendant has revealed there is one thing any unsuspecting passenger could do which would delay the plane. But it isn’t sinister behaviour, and in fact is something everyone does without thinking.– Read more here.
Ryanair to launch new base at Southend Airport.
Europe’s biggest budget airline has announced a new base at Southend Airport in Essex – taking on its arch-rival, easyJet, and sounding a warning to Stansted, its main base. Ryanair will base three aircraft at Southend from summer 2019, with nearly 60 weekly flights to 13 destinations in eight countries. Most of the routes are to holiday destinations, serving Alicante, Barcelona, Reus, – Read more here.
On board the new airline for millennials, with quinoa galore and the weirdest safety video in the sky
an airline designed for “millennials”? It’s a bit of a toe-curling sell – and what does it even mean? Naturally, I had to find out. Joon, which launched in December 2017, is Air France’s new self-proclaimed “little sister” and bills itself as being “personalized, tailor-made and flexible” – all the things you’re yearning for, apparently, if you’re currently aged between –Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Wednesday 13th June 2018
Air Astana took delivery of the airline’s second Airbus A321neo aircraft. The new aircraft offers 179 seats in a two-class layout (Business 28/Economy 151). Similar to its first A321neo, this aircraft is equipped with the latest In-Flight Entertainment system on all seats. pic.twitter.com/DQxEJGkUGM — Air Astana (@airastana) 5 June 2018
First time with new livery Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER, C-FITU taxies to RWY16 as flight AC879 to YYZ/ Toronto It just got upgraded to a 77W yesterday ZRH, 19.06.2018 @AirCanada @Easyspotting @zrhspot @Schmidy_87 @planesonthenet pic.twitter.com/6zNGMpo4xn — Michael Ettlin (@ZRHworker) 19 June 2018
Airline News – Thursday 31st May 2018
Flight fares could become more expensive as airlines face growing costs
RYANAIR flights have become more expensive for travellers wanting to take baggage, as recent costs for hand luggage have increased to £7 from £5, according to Which? The original charges were brought in earlier this year. The budget airline announced in January hand luggage was only permitted for passengers who – Read more here.
The world’s longest flight is launching in October (but there’s a major catch)
The world of aviation is awash with oneupmanship and superlatives – biggest, fastest, most spacious, and anything else that can be crammed into a headline. So it should be no surprise that, this week, the question as to what is the world’s longest flight has pinged on the radar for the third time in just over a year.– Read more here.
Norwegian launches booking temperature map
Norwegian has launched a brand-new feature on its website that allows customers to find their next destination based on their preferred temperature. Holidaymakers now have another simple way to choose from more than 40 destinations served by Norwegian from the UK by selecting a temperature range on its new route map to filter destinations.– Read more here.
Don’t take your own food onto planes because it obstructs luggage scanners, Government advises airline passengers
Don’t take food onto planes because it obstructs luggage scanners, the Government has advised airline passengers for the first time. New Department for Transport guidance states that “food or powders should be packed into hold baggage where possible”. Many passengers take their own food when they fly to avoid paying the premiums charged by airport retailers or airlines. –Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 31st May 2018
Airline News – Thursday 10th May 2018
New holiday law will force many online travel agents to deliver better service.
Rule change from July extends package holiday protection: ‘if it looks like a package, you’re covered’ . Ten million British travellers each year stand to benefit from a change in EU rules to extend package holiday protection. Europe’s Package Travel Directive takes effect in the UK from 1 July.- Read more here.
Holiday spend declines for first time in five years
A trend towards cutting back on consumer spending on holidays will lead to a busy lates market with ‘many deals around’, according to Deloitte’s senior travel partner Graham Pickett. Speaking at this week’s Barclays Travel Forum, Pickett, who is Deloitte’s global head of travel and aviation, said that, while ‘consumer confidence remains high, leisure spending is dwindling’. – Read more here.
Wizz Air reaches 30 million passenger milestone
Wizz Air has reported a new passenger record, with more than 30 million passengers carried in the past rolling 12 month-period. The same time, the low-cost carrier has seen its operations across Europe increase by 24 per cent compared to the previous year.- Read more here.
Ryanair app now supports Google Pay
Ryanair has announced that its Android app now supports Google Pay. The move provides customers with even more ways to book and pay for the lowest fares on the Ryanair app, which has been downloaded over 31 million times to date. Ryanair customers with Google Pay accounts now have an easy, secure and private way to pay for their Ryanair flights using Google Pay, ensuring even faster bookings.– Read more here.
Crackdown on airline ‘hidden’ fees
Airline passengers will be protected from “hidden” fees on flight tickets under government plans for a crackdown on unexpected charges. Additional charges for booking fees, seat reservations, luggage and leg room that do not become apparent until later on in the booking process are to be considered in a new aviation strategy from the Department for Transport. Airline passengers will be protected from “hidden” fees on flight tickets under government plans for a crackdown. –Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 10th May 2018
“Sunsets & airplanes… some of the things that I heart most ❤️” So do we 😍 Thanks to (https://t.co/WGvfX5cwth) for sharing this amazing sunset shot on #Ryanairstories pic.twitter.com/4G8sKSIwlR — Ryanair (@Ryanair) 9 May 2018
Airline News – Tuesday 20th February 2018
Norwegian sets transatlantic speed record AGAIN
Norwegian sets transatlantic speed record AGAIN: Dreamliner races from New York to London in just 5 hours and 9 minutes thanks to monster jet stream that pushes it to 799mph. The Norwegian flight beat its previous best time by four minutes. The flight left JFK on Thursday February 8 and was almost an hour ahead of time. The fastest ever transatlantic passenger flight was by Concorde in 1996. – Read more here.
Manchester Airport nears 28 million passenger record
Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) is nearing a 28 million passenger record for the rolling 12 month period thanks to continued growth at the North of England hub. January’s passenger figures saw the UK’s 3rd largest airport hit 27,790,196 for the rolling 12 months, an increase of 7.45% compared the previous period. – Read more here.
Air Canada expects Air China joint venture in the spring
Air Canada’s chief executive on Friday said a joint venture with Air China, expected to be wrapped up this spring, would help it compete more “aggressively” in the Pacific market, after the Canadian carrier reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit. The two carriers already have agreements for passengers to use each other’s lounges and codesharing services but a full joint-venture would expand such collaboration, in a boost to Air Canada which is facing yield pressures on flights to China and Hong Kong. – Read more here.
Ryanair makes pledge to become ‘plastic free’ on all flights by 2023
Airline vows to eliminate use of nonrecyclable plastics on aircraft and at head offices and bases. Ryanair has pledged to become “plastic free” in the next five years, with the airline set to trumpet its relative green credentials as part of its ongoing makeover. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has famously suggested shooting environmentalists, and repeatedly denies climate change is driven by carbon emissions, which aviation produces in abundance. – Read more here.
The low-cost airline changing the way we fly
On Wednesday, the first ever budget flight from London to South America departs from Gatwick airport. Fares on the 14-hour Norwegian Air Shuttle flight to Buenos Aires start from £259 one-way. The seats are tightly packed and food and luggage cost extra, but the no-frills model of flying, so well established on short-haul routes, is becoming increasingly common on intercontinental flights. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Tuesday 20th February 2018
Where are we taking you on your next adventure ? ✈️
Where are we taking you on your next adventure ? ✈️ . Thanks to (https://t.co/t6xNaHcuH9) for this amazing shot 😍 .#Ryanair #Ryanairstories pic.twitter.com/kSxdgdm5j1 — Ryanair (@Ryanair) 19 February 2018
See more unique EU culture and heritage with a
#PortugalStopover on the way to your final destination!
See more unique EU culture and heritage with a #PortugalStopover on the way to your final destination! https://t.co/h64VxytkFm (cm_lisbonspotter) pic.twitter.com/m1CLQn0xgp — TAP Air Portugal (@tapairportugal) 20 February 2018
Airline News – Wednesday 10th January 2018
Airline Safety: 2017 Was Safest Year In History For Passengers Around The World, Research Shows
In a year when more people flew to more places than ever, 2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers. The Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, has released its Civil Aviation Safety Review for 2017. It reports only two fatal accidents, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of 13 lives lost. – Read more here.
CES 2018: Jetpack Aviation’s chief has fear of heights
A former commercial pilot who has carried out about 500 jetpack test flights has admitted that he does not like heights. “I can look out of the window of an aeroplane no problem,” David Mayman, chief executive of Jetpack Aviation, told the BBC. – Read more here.
UK Home Office considers reigning in airport drinking
British newspapers have described the proposal to bring airport licensing under the power of local authorities as a ‘crackdown’ and the end of ‘the early morning pint’. The trade body representing British airlines has welcomed the news that the Home Office may bring fresh measures to bear over concessions in UK airports in a bid to cut the number of incidents caused by excessive drinking. – Read more here.
Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones
The Dutch engineer behind the idea for circular runways at airports has revealed plans to build a test runway for unmanned delivery drones. Henk Hesselink is collaborating with Valkenburg airport, a disused naval base near The Hague, which has ambitions to become a drone innovation centre. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Wednesday 10th January 2018
Take your moment and enjoy!
Spectacular cloud time lapse flying over Mount #Fuji ✈️🗻
Air France Airbus A340-300 arriving at the famous Sint Maarten Intl. Airport
Very honoured to have my photo on a wall at Toronto Pearson Airport Central Deicing Facility.
Very honoured to have my photo on a wall at Toronto Pearson Airport Central Deicing Facility. Air Canada’s first Boeing 787-8 in new colours & deicer Snowball 50 which has decals in memory of “Billi” Vestergaard of Vestergaard Company killed Dec 2016. #PearsonPOV #winterTO pic.twitter.com/WgGUeEhHCy — Tom Podolec (@TomPodolec) 8 January 2018
Airline News – Friday 22nd December 2017
Boeing to unveil mystery plane that will ‘change the future of air power’
Boeing, one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers, is poised to unveil a “robust” new plane that will be “changing the future of air power”, the company claims. – Read more here.
Lockheed Martin joins AS2 supersonic jet project
US aerospace giant to co-develop Aerion AS2, a 12-seat executive jet projected to ply routes between Europe and the West Coast of the US at speeds up to MACH 1.4. – Read more here.
The statistics that show why Norwegian has rattled BA – and how the A380 is falling from favour
The era of low-cost, long-haul flying is upon us – and new figures have revealed just how much pressure aviation upstarts such as Norwegian are putting on traditional carriers like British Airways. – Read more here.
Special delivery: Pizza, parcel-slinging drones inch closer to reality
America’s airspace watchdog sets out rules to green-light skies filled with Amazon bots. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 22nd December 2017
A7-APH @qatarairways #A380 arriving at Heathrow
A7-APH @qatarairways #A380 arriving at Heathrow @iLove_Aviation @Airplane_pic @Aviation_Pics @Aviation_plaza @planesonthenet @swissspotter @ZRHworker @a380fanclub pic.twitter.com/TV0G7XkOzR — Pat Murphy (@patmurphy747) 20 December 2017
The beauty of the #A380 #Cockpit
The beauty of the #A380 #Cockpit and #wingviews Reg: G-XLEJ #BritishAirways On our way to Singapore #BA011 #FL390 #BA #Speedbird @Airbus pic.twitter.com/uN2IgwNSFi — mariabonita (@flybyday63) 17 December 2017
Airline News – Thursday 7th December 2017
Revealed: The world’s best airlines, according to you – has BA kept the top spot?
Swiss has taken the title of best short-haul airline in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards, based on the opinions of almost 90,000 readers, while Singapore Airlines has been named number one for long haul. – Read more here.
Bournemouth airport bought by Rigby Group as ‘mini-conglomerate’s’ aviation ambitions take off
Bournemouth airport has been acquired by Rigby Group, as the privately held business steps up its plans to grow its aviation interests and become what it calls a “significant player” in the “vital regional airports” market. – Read more here.
The 10 Best Airlines In The World
When it comes to air travel, competition is fierce between the carriers ferrying us around the world. But which is the best? And, more importantly, how about the worst? – Read more here.
A supersonic jet startup just landed a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines
Denver-based startup Boom Supersonic has won a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines in its push to build a supersonic passenger aircraft it claims will be faster, quieter and more affordable to fly than the Concorde. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 7th December 2017
Instrument Panel – read to learn
Sky full of stars Boeing 767 more than 12000m above the Atlantic
Giant Airbus A340-313 touch the MOON
This is a picture of the space shuttle leaving earth taken from the ISS
Airline News – Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Brexit: UK has ‘vast amount’ of work to do to ensure planes aren’t grounded after EU departure
Aerospace manufacturing in the UK would also be hit hard by a no-deal Brexit, leading industry figures told MPs. – Read more here.
EasyJet profits fall after ‘difficult year’ for aviation
EasyJet’s profits have fallen during what the airline called a “difficult year for the aviation industry”. – Read more here.
Iata urges countries to adopt new global aviation security plan
Countries are being urged by Iata to swiftly implement the first Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) to stay ahead of threats to flying. – Read more here.
Ludicrous first class cabins and gardens on Mars: seven things we learned from the Dubai Airshow
Fully enclosed private suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, virtual windows and seats inspired by Nasa (and designed to simulate the feeling of weightlessness that astronauts experience on board spacecraft) were among the new innovations unveiled by Emirates for its first class cabins. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Incredible view from the 737 cockpit ✈️
Delta 737 departing from LAX ✈️
#Rossiya’s new big cat: #B777
An overview of Shenzhen airport. Photo by Ma Bo Ming
Airline News – Friday 10th November 2017
NASA builds a hybrid jetliner that can travel 10% farther than traditional planes with the same fuel
Nasa is developing a hybrid jetliner harvests air flowing along the body of the plane to create power. The futuristic jet could have more thrust with 10 per cent increase in efficiency, paving the way for the next generation of super-efficient air travel, experts claim. – Read more here.
The man who built an aeroplane on his Mumbai rooftop
Seven years ago, Amol Yadav announced to his family and friends that he would build an aeroplane on the roof of a boxy apartment building in the teeming Indian city of Mumbai. – Read more here.
Instagrammers are hiring a grounded private jet to get the perfect shot
A company in Moscow is renting out a grounded private jet as a photography studio for aspiring travel “influencers” to pretend they’re living the luxury lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of. – Read more here.
Awesome prototype planes: 1949 to 2017
Aircraft manufacturers have produced some magnificent planes throughout aviation’s history, and while many have ruled the skies, some have barely left the ground. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 10th November 2017
Airbus with major presence at @DubaiAirshow
#Airbus with major presence at @DubaiAirshow #DAS17 https://t.co/x3wji9HqcL @Airbus @AirbusLIVE @AirbusDefence @AirbusHeli @AirbusSpace pic.twitter.com/KHqwyn7RRg — Airbus PRESS (@AirbusPRESS) 7 November 2017
A golden hour arrival at Schiphol for this Cathay Pacific A340-313 in 2005
Airline News – Friday 3rd November 2017
Which airline was just voted the best in the world for the fifth year running?
The world’s best airline for 2018 has been announced – and the winner is no stranger to the accolade, picking up the top gong for the fifth time in a row. – Read more here.
Airline plans to weigh passengers before they can board aircraft
A European airline will now ask passengers to step on the scales before they board an aircraft – but Finnair promises it’s not to penalise overweight passengers. – Read more here.
Air Mediterranean’s inaugural flight touches down at Stansted
Stansted Airport welcomed its latest airline as Greek carrier Air Mediterranean’s inaugural flight touched down from Athens yesterday. – Read more here.
A double bed and Lalique crystal: Singapore Airlines’ new first-class Suites revealed
Following an $850m investment and four years of development time, Singapore Airlines has unveiled its new premium cabin products, including new first-class ‘Suites’ that are set to drastically redefine the in-flight experience enjoyed by the airline’s most valuable passengers. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 3rd November 2017
Airline News – Friday 20th October 2017
£3m fund will ‘revolutionise’ UK airport security, putting an end to laptop hassle
The Government will unveil on Friday a £3m fund to “revolutionise” airport screening so that passengers are no longer required to remove their laptops from their hand luggage during security checks. – Read more here.
Stobart Aviation ‘on track for growth and profitability’
Stobart Aviation, which owns the regional carrier Stobart Air as well as Southend and Carlisle airports, is poised “to grow and create significant value”. – Read more here.
There have been more US astronauts than BA Concorde pilots
Aerospace Bristol: the new £19m aviation museum where Concorde is the star. – Read more here.
Jet2.com awarded 5-star rating by OAG for on-time performance
Leisure carrier Jet2 is today ranked as one of the most punctual airlines in the world. The airline was awarded a 5-star rating by air travel intelligence company OAG with an on-time performance of 87.5% of flights running on time. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 20th October 2017
The best office ever
Airbus and @Bombardier announce #CSeries partnership agreement
Leaving the confines of Costa Blanca
Leaving the confines of Costa Blanca. A nice view of Benidorm with Peacock Island (Bird sanctuary) in the shot far right#AVGeek#pilotlife pic.twitter.com/pHEB8YLwH0 — Ibz (@Barbell_737) 17 October 2017
Me and my bird, the @Airbus A321
Airline News – Friday 13th October 2017
Wizz Air forms UK company in case Brexit has no aviation deal
Wizz Air has confirmed that it has established a company in the UK to ensure its flights between Britain and the EU will continue in the event of no aviation deal after Brexit. – Read more here.
There’s a solution to the airport capacity problem in the UK, and it isn’t Heathrow
The good news is there is a solution to the UK’s capacity problem. There is spare capacity in airports all across the UK. – Read more here.
This airline finally replied to a passenger nine years after he tweeted them to suggest a new route
An airline has replied to a potential passenger nine years after he suggested it start flying to Hawaii. It was back in May 2008 that David Raatz first tweeted Southwest Airlines to ask for the new route. – Read more here.
Brexit ‘no deal’ spells disaster for UK aviation, says Balpa
A Brexit ‘no deal’ would spell disaster for UK aviation, pilots’ union Balpa warned. The British Airline Pilots Association intervened after prime minister Theresa May suggested that this was now an option. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 13th October 2017
Here comes the sun ☀️
Nothing compares with the view from our Airbus A350 seat.
Nothing compares with the view from our Airbus A350 seat. We’ll welcome the newest member as the global launch customer of the #A350_1000. pic.twitter.com/WEyu5y5UMv — Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) 12 October 2017
#DYK our @Airbus A380 floral installation in Dubai Miracle Garden is made of over 5 million flowers? #MyDubai
#Throwback flying inside the @BoeingAirplanes 777-300ER while flying above Sudan.
Airline News – Friday 6th October 2017
What’s the point of scrambling a fighter jet – and would one ever shoot down a passenger plane?
There is something incredibly jarring about seeing a commercial aircraft, packed to the rafters with sunseekers, flying alongside a fighter jet. – Read more here.
Boeing just made a big bet on drones and electric planes
Boeing announced that it is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences. The lesser-known company specializes in cutting-edge aviation technologies, including electric airplanes, vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) airplanes, and unmanned aerial vehicles. – Read more here.
UK’s aircraft sector soaring as deliveries reach £17bn this year
More than 100 aircraft were completed in August this year, bringing the total value for the UK industry to £17bn since the start of the year. – Read more here.
Jet2 adds 250,000 summer seats
On the back of announcing 55,000 extra winter seats earlier this week, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added 250,000 summer seats to meet increased demand at Birmingham Airport. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 6th October 2017
Concorde: Beautiful, magnificent – never to be seen again
Always check the rearview mirror for traffic
There is a KLM A330 in among all the condensation and cloud at Schiphol
Artificial birds of the sky , a beautiful evening image
Airline News – Friday 29th September 2017
EasyJet puts its weight behind plans for electric planes
EasyJet is backing plans to develop commercial passenger aircraft powered by electric batteries instead of conventional aero engines. – Read more here.
Worldwide airport chaos after computer check-in systems crash
Air passengers have been suffering major disruption at airports around the world after computer check-in systems crashed. – Read more here.
EasyJet and Lufthansa in talks to buy Air Berlin’s aviation business
Air Berlin’s creditors have picked German flagship carrier Lufthansa and Britain’s easyJet as possible buyers for the insolvent carrier’s aviation business and will negotiate with them for the next three weeks. – Read more here.
France’s bizarre new ‘airline for millennials’ unveils flights to Brazil and Seychelles
A new airline aimed at millennials has unveiled its first destinations, with the Air France sister project launching flights to Brazil and Seychelles from May next year. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 29th September 2017
Airline News – Friday 22nd September 2017
Trump supersizes America’s most famous aeroplane
Trump’s Air Force One looks similar to the one that Obama flew. But plans for a bigger one are now under way. – Read more here.
The incredible near miss that wasn’t
In skies over Surrey, the incredible near miss that wasn’t: Heartstopping moment two passenger jets appear to come perilously close as they cross paths over Heathrow. – Read more here.
Flight path changes over Edinburgh Airport put on hold by aviation authority
Plans to alter flight paths above Scotland’s busiest airport have been put on hold for now following a decision by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 22nd September 2017
Early morning in Dubai
Good morning from Heathrow!
Good morning from Heathrow! Where in the world are you flying to today? Tweet us your destination! ✈️ (Photo credit: https://t.co/7BvqTg6Hf2) pic.twitter.com/jp245O1vwK — Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) 21 September 2017
Boeing just passes in front of craters
Airliner Boeing 737 passes in front of the SUN
Airline News – Friday 15th September 2017
Ryanair ramps up challenge to Lufthansa in German carrier’s own back yard
The Irish low-fares carrier, which has called for action to prevent Lufthansa taking over assets from troubled rival Air Berlin, is adding 34 new routes from the German airline’s hub at Frankfurt Main airport to give a total of 38 for next summer. – Read more here.
First-class fun or aviation disaster? Our take on Icelandair’s in-flight theatre
If in-flight entertainment leaves you a little cold, you may be interested to hear about Icelandair’s latest initiative: immersive theatre at 30,000 feet. Yes, really. – Read more here.
Will flying cars ever take off?
Are we close to a new era of commuting to work in personal air and land vehicles (that’s flying cars to you and me)? It is an appealing idea: the freedom of the skies, no traffic jams and maybe no vehicle tax. There has been a flurry of news suggesting it is about to come true. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 15th September 2017
The Famous Princess Juliana International Airport Saint Martin
Concorde: Beautiful, magnificent – never to be seen again
Airline News – Friday 1st September 2017
Planes fuelled by waste could take off from British airports
As part of plans to promote clean alternative fuels, the government is offering funding for projects in the UK to develop low carbon waste-based fuels for planes and lorries, with matching funding from industry. – Read more here.
Airlines compete on Scottish Highlands and islands routes
Loganair has started operations as an independent airline for the first time in 25 years. The move has brought competition to a number of routes in the Highlands and islands. – Read more here.
Ryanair demands limit on alcohol sales at airports
Ryanair wants a ban on UK airports serving passengers more than two alcoholic drinks per person. Chief executive Michael O’Leary confirmed Ryanair has written to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) demanding a ban, saying: “There is a growing problem of drunken passengers on aircraft. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 1st September 2017
Pilot captures incredible nighttime thunderstorm at 37,000 feet
Somewhere, over the rainbow… #FridayFlyDay
Airline News – Friday 18th August 2017
Ryanair calls for two-drink limit at UK airports
Ryanair has called for a two-drink limit after an investigation revealed the number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour has risen by 50 per cent in one year. – Read more here.
CAA rates four UK airports ‘poor’ on disability assistance
The UK’s aviation regulator has told four airports, including Heathrow, that they must improve the help they give disabled passengers. – Read more here.
UK ministers consider licensing laser pointers in bid to reduce attacks
Sales of laser pointers could be licensed in an attempt to protect pilots and train drivers from attacks that could cause fatal crashes. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 18th August 2017
Boeing 737 cockpit
United A319 N807UA banking left toward the moon after departing Houston IAH
United A319 N807UA banking left toward the moon after departing Houston IAH #avgeek #UnitedAirlines #airbus #airbus319 #moonshot pic.twitter.com/ExBZvyYNfc — UnitedFlyerHD (@UnitedFlyerHD) 15 August 2017
Airline News – Friday 11th August 2017
Access to air travel
Air travel opens up the world to holidaymakers, families and business travellers. Since 2010 the number of journeys made by people requesting special assistance has increased by more than two thirds to three million a year: a record number of disabled passengers are now travelling by air. – Read more here.
Gatwick and easyjet named as Britain’s tardiest airport and airline
Flown easyJet from Gatwick over the past two summers? The chances are your plane took off or landed nearly half-an-hour late. – Read more here.
Here’s Why Brexit Could Disrupt UK Aviation
The global aviation sector is, unsurprisingly, saturated with regulations linked to security, air traffic management, safety, noise limitations and environmental impact. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 11th August 2017
What does a thunderstorm look like from above the clouds?
The best office in aviation
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Airline News – Friday 4th August 2017
EGYPTAIR looks to modernise fleet
EGYPTAIR plans to add 33 different types of aircraft and manufacturers as part of its fleet modernisation plan. EGYPTAIR CEO Safwat Musallam said in a July 28 statement the plan includes short-, medium- and long-haul aircraft. – Read more here.
Flybe announces 2018 summer schedule
Flybe has announced its 2018 summer schedule including new and extended routes. The regional airline will have 157 routes on sale between March 25 and June 17 next year. – Read more here.
Turkish Airlines Pushes Forth with Aggressive Growth Plans
Through 2023, Turkish Airlines will exceed 500 aircraft, as well as 120 million passengers. This year, we’re running through 69 million passengers. Turkish Airlines is continuing to expand to new destinations. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 4th August 2017
Stunning wing view with plane below
The 21st #A321 aircraft joined the Wizz Air
Pilot Hudson is ready for departure! #BabyPilot
The Queen of the skies such an amazing shot 747 getting de-iced
Airline News – Friday 28th July 2017
Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to Strengthen Transatlantic Partnerships
The Air France-KLM Group, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Limited announced their intention to expand their strategic partnership and offer customers access to the most comprehensive transatlantic route network via an extensive joint venture. – Read more here.
Flybe’s grip on number of seats it offers cheers investors as shares surge
Buoyant passenger growth at regional airline Flybe alongside evidence it finally has control over the number of seats it offers has helped its shares rocket. – Read more here.
Panasonic Avionics Brings Premium Entertainment and Global Connectivity to Air China
Air China, the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, has selected inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions from Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) for its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 28th July 2017
The beauty of the #NorthwestTerritories is as striking as it is untouched – Air Canada
The beauty of the #NorthwestTerritories is as striking as it is untouched. Fly to #Yellowknife on non-stop daily service from #YVR, Dec. 15! pic.twitter.com/9MYSbIz9IH — Air Canada (@AirCanada) 26 July 2017
A KLM B747 peaking out over the trees at Saint Maarten!
It’s #RyanairFotoFriday folks! Think you can beat this shot over #Athens?
It’s #RyanairFotoFriday folks! Think you can beat this shot over #Athens? Send us your best for a chance to be our cover image for the week! pic.twitter.com/oTCRHqgMgy — Ryanair (@Ryanair) 28 July 2017
— Air France (@airfrance) 20 July 2017
An Air Canada 777-333/ER passing over the PetroCanada on final at Toronto.
Airline News – Friday 21st July 2017
Air France just launched a ’boutique’ airline for millennials
On Thursday, Air France launched Europe’s newest airline, Joon. The newest offshoot of the 84-year-old company is aimed at younger clientele aged 18 to 35. – Read more here
Wizz Air eyes lower costs after banking record profits
Low-cost carrier Wizz Air reckons its plan to move to larger planes and own some of its fleet will propel earnings further after it reported record first-quarter profits. – Read more here
US airline mechanic achieves record-breaking 75 years of service
An American Airlines worker has landed in the record books after becoming the world’s longest-serving airline mechanic. – Read more here
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 21st July 2017
Record flights in UK skies
Why do plane flights curve rather than go straight to their destination?
Stunning photo of KLM plane
Air France introduce Joon