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OK-TVR, B737-800 on return to Travel Service after lease to Oman Air at Prague summer 2016.The aircraft in now thought to be with Smartwings.
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KLM ,Embraer E175, registration PH-EXK taxiing at Inverness, Scotland.
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Aircraft Registration OK-TSH, Boeing B737-800 of Smartwings, taken at Funchal back in 2017. The aircraft is now 20 years of age and currently in storage.
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Leeds/Bradford Airport New Terminal - Accentuating The Positive
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Leeds/Bradford Airport New Terminal - Accentuating The Positive The Leeds Bradford Airport Support Group has issued this open letter regarding the above captioned subject. Views shared by many others, including those 1300 or so who lodged letters of support with the council, the 1600 who signed the LBA Support Group petition and the 75% of readers in the recent Wharfedale Observer poll who voted in favour (over 500 readers voted). These are significant figures. This is actually a very complex issue. The Chief Planning Officers Report is a clear, concise and thoroughly researched...
Regional Express launches into Melbourne-Sydney market
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Rex launches into Melbourne-Sydney market From today onwards, travellers can fly the popular Melbourne-Sydney route on Regional Express Airlines. The domestic carrier will initially operate three return services and will grow to nine arrivals and nine departures each day by the end of the month – adding approximately 3,000 seats per day to Australia’s busiest flight path. Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Lorie Argus said Rex’s capital city expansion gives Victorians more choice and flexibility. “We’re delighted to see Rex move into the major city market, it means lower fares for...
Manchester has joined the likes of Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Airport to urge aviation gets the support it needs
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Manchester Airport joins five other Northern hubs to call for the Prime Minister to provide vital support to help travel sector recover from pandemic Manchester has joined the likes of Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Airport to urge aviation gets the support it needs Unprecedented joint intervention warns many of the North’s vital connections are at risk Tens of thousands of jobs across the UK on the line without support UK’s recovery will be held back if connectivity in the North isn’t protected Still months to go before passengers might return to the UK’s third biggest airport...
BAC welcomes new Virgin Australia services
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BAC welcomes new Virgin Australia services Brisbanites will have more opportunities to travel from Brisbane Airport (BNE) following Virgin Australia’s commitment to bolster its domestic network over the Easter holidays. There will be an additional 25 domestic flights each week across five destinations - Cairns, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine), Launceston, and Hobart. Gert-Jan de Graaff, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) Chief Executive Officer, welcomed Virgin Australia’s commitment to tourism recovery and says it was good news not only for Brisbane Airport, but for the...
Heathrow prepares for safe restart of travel and trade in 2021 - Results for the year ended 31st Dec 2020
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Heathrow prepares for safe restart of travel and trade in 2021 - Results for the year ended 31st Dec 2020 Keeping passengers and colleagues safe – We have only been able to remain open throughout the pandemic by maintaining high safety levels. We helped to develop international standards for safe travel through airports and invested in cutting-edge COVID-secure technologies and testing facilities for up to 25,000 passengers a day to help restore international travel safely. Annual loss of £2bn underlines the devastating impact of COVID-19 on aviation – Passenger numbers collapsed to...
Heathrow launches blueprint for zero carbon domestic flight in drive to build back better
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Heathrow launches blueprint for zero carbon domestic flight in drive to build back better Heathrow has successfully pitched two carbon-cutting concepts to Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge The forward-thinking concepts could support efforts to level up and build back better, in the year the UK hosts the COP26 climate change conference Challenge aims to safeguard the UK’s advantage in aerospace R&D, reduce costs, cut emissions and create an economic boost from new forms of mobility Heathrow will work with cross-sector consortium to understand how to bring these concepts to life...
CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal
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CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal One of the UK’s biggest business organisations, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has said it will support Bristol Airport’s expansion appeal. Ben Rhodes, CBI South West deputy director said: “Bristol Airport is one of the key drivers of prosperity for North Somerset, Bristol, and the South West, supporting nearly 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributing around £1.7bn to the regional economy,” “The increased connectivity which Bristol Airport’s expansion would deliver can be an important part of a South West economic...
Southwest Shows Chicago Some Love With Inaugural O’Hare Service
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Southwest Shows Chicago Some Love With Inaugural O’Hare Service Daily nonstop flights to five U.S. cities start on Valentine’s Day Southwest Airlines gave the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) a Valentine's Day gift this morning with the launch of the Dallas-based carrier's first-ever service at O'Hare International Airport. “Southwest's decision to expand its operations to O'Hare underscores the strength of Chicago's aviation market and the key role the City will play in the recovery of an airline industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," Mayor...
Worldwide Airport Expansion...?
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Worldwide Airport Expansion There has been huge hype over the last year regarding airport "expansion" in the UK. Environmentalists claim airport expansion will make it impossible to reduce co2 they claim is causing climate change. Expansion in the UK is relatively small in comparison with that seen in the rest of the world. China is currently building new airports at a rate of 8 each year with a total of 74 new airport reportedly opened by the end of 2020. The building continues and Chengdu Tianfu airport due to open later this year is expected to handle in the region of 40 million...
Airbus updates production rate planning for its A320 Family
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Airbus updates production rate planning for its A320 Family Airbus is updating its production rate planning for its A320 Family aircraft in response to the market environment. The new average production rates for the A320 Family will now lead to a gradual increase in production from the current rate of 40 per month to 43 in Q3 and 45 in Q4 2021. This latest production plan represents a slower ramp up than the previously anticipated 47 aircraft per month from July. The A220 monthly production rate will increase from four to five aircraft per month from the end of Q1 2021 as previously...
January traffic through Malta International Airport drops 91%
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January traffic through Malta International Airport drops 91% Malta International Airport started what is set to be another challenging year for the aviation industry with a drop of 90.7 per cent in January passenger traffic. During the month of January, 38,938 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport, with this monthly total being comparable to the traffic handled by the airport in three days in January 2020. The airport’s weakest traffic result since its reopening in July 2020 comes in the wake of the implementation of new travel bans and more stringent requirements in...
UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses
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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses Laboratory tests demonstrate 99.9% disinfection rate with every tray treated immediately before each passenger uses it System - provided by Smiths Detection - sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the exiting hand luggage screening system Treatment already in use at Gatwick and will be rolled out to eight security lanes - six for passengers and two for staff - by end of next month Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat...
MAG CEO: Government inaction is hurting airports like Manchester
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MAG CEO: Government inaction is hurting airports like Manchester Chief Executive of Manchester Airport’s parent company calls for an end to “sluggish, illogical and chaotic” approach to quarantine Passenger numbers this Bank Holiday weekend expected to be less than a quarter of volumes seen last year “Catalonia is closer to Cheshire than it is to Gran Canaria.” Charlie Cornish repeats calls for regional approach to travel restrictions ahead of Cabinet meeting expected this week This time last year, airports across the UK were gearing up for what is usually one of their busiest days...
Largely grounded route network continues to strangle UK economy
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Largely grounded route network continues to strangle UK economy Over 860,000 passengers travelled through Heathrow in July, down 88% on the previous year. This reflects a slight uplift in passenger traffic, since the start of this crisis, driven by the Government’s creation of the first ‘travel corridors’ on July 4th. More than half of these passengers, over 480,000, ventured to European destinations to make the most of the 2020 summer season, quarantine free. The vast majority of Heathrow’s route network (60%) remains grounded, requiring a 14-day quarantine on arrival, preventing the...
New Managing Director appointed at London Stansted
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New Managing Director appointed at London Stansted Steve Griffiths, currently Chief Operating Officer at London Stansted, has been appointed Managing Director of the airport. Steve, who joined London Stansted in October 2018 from Transport for London, will be responsible for the day-to-day airport operations, including security, airfield operations, passenger experience, terminal operations and asset maintenance. Ken O’Toole, Stansted’s Chief Executive Officer who has led the airport since August 2017, will become Chief Development Officer for the airport’s owner, Manchester Airports...
Heathrow unveils further measures to keep the UK’s front door COVID-secure
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Heathrow unveils further measures to keep the UK’s front door COVID-secure Heathrow rolls out raft of anti-viral measures at key touchpoints to protect passengers, reducing the risk of transmission when travelling Some of the measures being rolled out include UV cleaning robots, anti-viral disinfecting wraps and sealants and 100 hygiene-technicians The airport has conducted an overhaul of the entire passenger journey setting out plans for more contactless travel and virus-busting trials The news follows the Government’s launch of air bridges which will allow Brits to travel to low-risk...
Heathrow statement on efforts to protect jobs at the airport
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Heathrow statement on efforts to protect jobs at the airport Commenting on the ongoing efforts to protect jobs at the airport, a Heathrow spokesperson said: We are in talks with our unions about the impact of COVID-19 on our business. These talks are in the early stages and we will continue to explore options – no decisions have been made. Our main priority is to protect jobs and we have put forward an initial proposal that we believe is fair, gives colleagues choice and reflects the severity of the situation we all face. Despite the trade unions recognising the need for change, they are...
Manchester Airport Launches Safe Travel Measures As Airlines Begin To Resume Flights
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Manchester Airport Launches Safe Travel Measures As Airlines Begin To Resume Flights UK’s third largest airport introduces a range of safe travel measures. Masks, temperature checks and bookable security slots all in place to allow safer travel. Additional airlines and routes continue to resume each week. Terminal Three set to re-open on 1st July to help passengers keep their distance. For full information on the airport’s Covid-19 measures and advice see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus Manchester Airport is advising customers of a range of new safety measures, as flying resumes...
Birmingham Airport Welcomes The Return Of Flights As New Safety Measures Introduced
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Birmingham Airport Welcomes The Return Of Flights As New Safety Measures Introduced Birmingham Airport is welcoming the return of passengers following a period of reduced demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Services have recommenced with easyjet, Air France, Wizz Air, Loganair and Lufthansa, as well as increased flying from KLM and Ryanair. Further domestic and international flights are set to restart from 1st July 2020. Passengers travelling from Birmingham Airport will experience a number of new measures which are being implemented for both their safety and wellbeing, and that of our...
LBA Support Group – Statement on Leeds/Bradford Airport's Planning Application
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LBA Support Group – Statement on Leeds/Bradford Airport's Planning Application The proposed plans for a new terminal for Leeds Bradford Airport make absolute economic sense. The areas surrounding the airport will benefit from the construction of a new terminal at a time when jobs are at significant risk due to the impact of Covid-19, providing an immediate boost to the local economy. LBA serves two of the largest cities in the UK, (Leeds being the UKs 3rd largest city by population) and the majority of the wider Yorkshire region, yet it lags behind in 15th place by passenger throughput...
A day in the life of Leeds University hypocrisy
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A day in the life of Leeds University hypocrisy The doctorate rebellion and curbing "airport expansion" Leeds Universities where the latest round of anti airport doctorates come from have spent the last couple of decades expanding their campuses and encouraging large numbers of foreign students from around the world to flock to Leeds to study, use our transport networks, our airport, our city's facilities and services. Leeds University "part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), compromising of 23 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents" In their elaborate...
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Cardiff airport to recieve financial support from the Welsh Government
Aleq The WG has now chosen to help CWL and itself as airport owner and its country by providing a level of financial support (over £80 million - 50% more than it paid for CWL even taking inflation since then into account) which is over ten times the amount provided to any English airport by the UK government package during the pandemic. If the UK government offered CWL a support package up to £8 million that it is offering English airports that would have been nowhere near the £80 million-plus that the WG considers is necessary to ensure CWL's survival. The WG would still have had to find the bulk of the money itself. When the WG bought CWL it was, or should have been, aware of the commercial realities. Unlike a private sector airport that would normally have to close if it becomes financially unsustainable the government-owned CWL owners can always dip into public funds when things become tough, as it is now...


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Stansted Airport appeal, the latest
Aleq In 2018 STN's local authority - Uttlesford Distriict Council (UDC) - then Conservative-dominated voted to approve STN's planning application that would allow the airport to grow from 35 mppa to 43 mppa. The following year the Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) won control of the council and members voted to return the application to the planning committee (I didn't know they could). This time they rejected the application despite their own planning officers recommending approval as did independent legal advice. MAG, the STN owners, mounted an appeal and the public enquiry element of the process began last month before three planning inspectors. According to MAG's QC at the enquiry an opposition group calling itself Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) was the driving force behind UDC's decision to revisit and subsequently reject the application. SSE has now fallen out with UDC which it says... .


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Airport Construction & Expansion. What's happening and where
Aleq If anything, what we are seeing in the UK is largely a renewal of infrastructure already in place rather than new airports. Plans proposed by UK airports amount to a drop in the ocean compared with places like the U.S, India, China and Africa. In 2019 Beijing opened new Daxing International Airport which has the world's largest single terminal designed to handle more than 100 million passengers annually. Even if the UK closed all it's airports it would be futile economically and environmentally. The difference with China though is they are planting hundreds of millions of new trees across the country as part of a carbon offsetting program. .


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Dazz needs our help with his Lego™ idea!
Aleq Hi fellow Avgeeks! What is it? I built a cockpit made of LEGO modelled off the Boeing 747. I am in the process of updating the interior colors and instrument panels to reflect the 400 model, so please don't yell at me lol. It took a month to do this so a lot of love went into it. How can avgeeks help? I submitted it to the Lego Ideas program where it could be made into an actual Lego set if it reaches 10K votes. As I'm writing this, it has 1.3K votes still a few votes to go. It would be awesome for fellow avgeeks to help support this and appreciate all the support it can get.


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More Wizz Expansion From Liverpool
Aleq This being their 12th new route from Liverpool and the fact Wizz have moved away from the Manchester idea must be a boost for Liverpool Airport. So they are now serving both Black Sea resorts, hopefully they will look at other destinations and establish a base. Easyjet have not shown much creativity from Liverpool for sometime so frankly Wizz has plenty of destinations they could plumb for. Of course Ryanair who are still 4 aircraft based and EasyJet which is reduced to 6 I think, may well react, however I don't feel Wizz would be intimated by them as their base at Luton illustrates.


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The Greatest Diversion Days Of Manchester Airport?
Aleq 8th February 1992 when the massed ranks of 747s came to Manchester, Woke up and heard the Nigerian A310 on frequency 121.025 being transferred to approach, Me and my brother made a relative beeline for the airport (as best you can when you've a 30 minute bus journey). He read the registrations and I noted them down. Here's the log I made and an indication where all the diversions parked.


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