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Another day and another set of photos to go on National Trust social media. 6th time. Oh and potentially in the members magazine. One day I'll take some plane photos.....
Slightly freaked out. Put the Xmas tree up, turned on the lights, recorded a video of them then replaying it I noticed an orb appearing at the end. Yay, I could have a haunted flat!

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EL AL returns to London Stansted to boost route network
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EL AL returns to London Stansted to boost route network EL AL Israel Airlines is to return to London Stansted when the carrier launches a new five-times a week service to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. The airline, which last operated scheduled services from London Stansted in 2009, begins flights on 28 June and will initially operate until 3 September using a 166-seat Boeing 737-800 offering business and economy classes. Fares start at £280 return and can be booked at www.elal.co.uk, by calling 020 7624 9708 or at local travel agents. Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 and...
Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21
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Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21 Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21 Award-winning airline will operate scheduled flights to Iceland for the first time Twice-weekly flights will operate from October to November and mid-February to April Only company to operate to spectacular Iceland and the Northern Lights from Birmingham Airport 30th January 2020: Jet2.com has today announced that it will be launching scheduled flights to Iceland from Birmingham Airport for the very first time...
Turkish delight as new airline announces Istanbul link from London Stansted
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Turkish delight as new airline announces Istanbul link from London Stansted AnadoluJet, the low-fare arm of flag carrier Turkish Airlines, has announced a new direct flight between London Stansted and Istanbul. The daily service will launch on March 29 with flights departing Stansted at 11:50am and arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 5.40pm. On the return leg, flights depart Istanbul at 8.45am and touch down at Stansted at 10.55am. We are delighted that AnadoluJet is launching flights to Istanbul from London Stansted this spring. Flights between London Stansted and Turkey...
Eastern Airways to develop major network from Teesside
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Airline to develop major network from Teesside International A network of Flybe franchise routes linking Teesside International Airport with the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland, including London and Dublin, have today been announced. Services will be launched by Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, connecting Teesside with London City, Belfast City, Cardiff, Dublin, Southampton and the Isle of Man, alongside the existing Aberdeen route and the summer Jersey service by Flybe. Flights to London City and Southampton will be twice daily, Dublin and Belfast City six times a...
Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer
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Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer Direct flight to Halifax launching in June with WestJet Service takes only six hours so will be the quickest route to North America Four flights per week on Boeing 737-700 with two classes Excellent onward connectivity including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton Route set to benefit more than 1,600 companies in the North West that do business with Canada Manchester Airport today revealed its quickest ever trans-Atlantic route will launch later this year. Direct flights to Halifax, Nova...
Embraer E-Jets return to Eastern Airways' fleet
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Embraer E-Jets return to Eastern Airways' fleet ern Eastern Airways is re-entering the E-Jet market with the return of the Embraer 170 aircraft type to its fleet. Eastern Airways, which operates flights from Southampton Airport, is re-entering the E-Jet market during January with the initial return of the Embraer 170 aircraft type to its fleet. The UK regional airline is seeing significant growth in the ad-hoc charter market for 70-100 seat jets, and the first of these aircraft will be delivered later this month. The Embraer 170-100 LR jet has a range of over 1,800 miles and is powered...
Birmingham Airport welcomes new route from Aegean Airlines
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Birmingham Airport welcomes new route from Aegean Airlines From 3rd June 2020, Aegean Airlines will be flying direct from Birmingham Airport to the Greek capital of Athens – a brand new route for the airport this year. Aegean Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance group, joining seven Star Alliance airlines already operating from Birmingham Airport including; Austrian Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines. During the summer season, Aegean Airlines will operate a twice-weekly service to Athens from Birmingham Airport on both Wednesdays...
Austrian Airlines Launches New Route From Birmingham to Vienna
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Austrian Airlines Launches New Route From Birmingham Austrian Airlines has become Birmingham Airport’s newest airline, with direct scheduled services to the Austrian capital of Vienna and onward connections across Asia and Europe. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, which forms part of the wider Star Alliance group and joins six Star Alliance airlines which already operate from Birmingham Airport. These airlines include Air India, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, SWISS and Turkish Airlines. The new service improves the choice of connections for passengers travelling...
Biman Bangladesh Airlines launches Manchester services as new partnerships with Bangladeshi cities are announced
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines launches Manchester services as new partnerships with Bangladeshi cities are announced Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate from Manchester Airport to Dhaka and Sylhet three times per week. Service will cater for more than 70,000 people of Bangladeshi origin in the North. New link is announced between Manchester and the two Bangladeshi cities, with delegations to travel in each direction. Partnership will promote commercial ties and knowledge sharing. The launch of a direct air route between Manchester and Bangladesh will be the catalyst for a new era of...
Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability
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Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability Rolls-Royce has started manufacture of the world’s largest fan blades, for its UltraFan® demonstrator engine that will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability. As a set the composite blades have a 140-inch diameter, which is almost the size of a current narrowbody fuselage, and are being made at the company’s technology hub in Bristol, U.K. The milestone also marks the official start of production of parts for the demonstrator. UltraFan will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability, offering a 25 per...
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Flybe bailout thoughts...?

"Apart from any special treatment that the government might be affording Flybe, I think the main point that O'Leary is making is that because the government is being so secretive about it, hiding behind the commercial confidentiality screen, it's impossible for those who are paying (ie the British tax payer) as well as competitor airlines (that also pay taxes and presumably remit their APD collections to the government on time) to know exactly what help the government is providing. The fact that Ryanair, easyjet and Jet 2 don't operate the regional services that Flybe does and wants to continue (with the help of all tax payers even those climate change worriers who are anti-aviation which is ironic) suggests that such routes are inherently unprofitable. I can think of a number of domestic routes that would provide regional connectivity that aren't operated and probably never will be (some have been tried in the past and failed) so if Flybe gets the government money it wants some potential inter-regional air routes will remain unoperated. Significant distant regions that will still be left unconnected with each other by air include, for example, West Country-East Anglia and West Midlands-Tyneside. That is unless the government envisages a major pan-UK aerial transport system connecting everywhere with everywhere else that it is prepared to pay for (or more accurately we tax payers will have to pay for). Highly unlikely as that would cost the Exchequer a lot of money and damage any climate change credibility the government might hope to exude."......

A runway extention for Bristol...?

"It's certainly physically possible to extend the runway at the eastern end of the airfield although any type of extension would require the A38 to be dropped into a 150-metre long tunnel, and it's likely that even the most modest option would impact in some way on Felton Common which is beyond the A38. In its current master plan, pubished in 2006, the airport set out a number of options for extending the runway, all at the eastern end of the airfield - the land beyond the western end of the runway falls away significantly and any extension there would require major civil engineering. Although the promised new master plan has not materialised despite public consultations that began two years ago the airport has already said that a runway extension is not being considered. Presumably the reasons it gave in 2006 for maintaining the status quo are still in place.".....

Downloadable copy of the BHX winter timetable 2019-2020

"Find attached my compiled timetable for Winter 2019-20. all subject to change, missing charter flights not included are TUI to Sharm El Sheikh, Titan santa flights to Ivalo, Freebird Sunday charters to Dubrovnik, and as of yet no schedule for the expected return of Turkmenistan. enjoy!"......

Cardiff Qatar Doha stats breakdown...

"In what was a relatively easy exercise thanks to Jerry's monthly breakdowns in the CAA stats thread, I thought I'd have a quick add up and see what the rolling total for the past year has been on the Doha route. Just out of curiosity.
Nov 2018 - 5221
Dec 2018 - 6449
Jan 2019 - 6641
Feb 2019 - 5435
March 2019 - 6106
April 2019 - 7884
May 2019 - 4997
June 2019 - 6077
July 2019 - 10558
August 2019 - 11714
September 2019 - 9030
October 2019 - 7387
That would give a rolling year total on the route to the end of October of 87,472. Hopefully by the two year anniversary of the route we will be looking at a total comfortably into the 90's. It's strange how poorly May has performed for both years it has been in operation.".....

Cardiff airport public transport options...?

"With the T5 running at a 200k+ loss, would there be any possibility of the Welsh gov coming to some sort of agreement with Megabus? Stagecoach, who own Megabus, run the BRS flyer and that has been an unmitigated success. London Victoria to Cardiff runs regularly, via Bristol, UWE frenchay, Cardiff university and Cardiff... a 15 mile extension to that route would link the airport with some of its most crucial markets as well as London itself. The Welsh Gov owns the busses for the T5, which could be deployed elsewhere on Traws cymru's cross country routes. The Megabus website is a force in of itself and at least two or three full time jobs in a coach seat booking stand in arrivals could also be created. I only think of this because of my recent visit on a trip to Edinburgh using the T5 to Cardiff. Every time I've used the service there seems to be some sort of embarrassment or issue. I've seen drivers talking to tourists who can't speak English by just raising their voices and repeating themselves slowly in something fresh out of a dodgy 70's comedy. Nearly every time, my last visit included, the bus pulls up with a line of passengers waiting... And the driver just gets out, lights up a cigarette and leaves the queue standing blowing smoke across the waiting passengers. ".....

Leeds Consultative Committee Summary

"Today was the December meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee, so for what it is worth, here is my somewhat brief summary. The meeting included a very informative presentation by the CEO, Hywell Rees, who having been at LBA 6 months has now had time to assess the task and who is now getting down to the job. He:- Made the point that LBA was under-loved and had been subjected to significant under investment by previous owners. Don't we know it? Advised us that he has authorised significant investment (in the £ Millions) over this winter to resolve some of the main problems with airport infrastructure - notably a 7 figure sum to replace the Jet2 check in (Hall B) baggage belt equipment which broke down frequently last summer. Also additional security scanning equipment with additional lanes. Also additional works (where feasible) within the terminal area and outside, to enhance not only the customer experience but also rectify issues experienced by air crew. Also enhanced snow clearing capability and snow clearing plan and action to resolve an issue with icing up of the South Side apron outside the Multiflight hangars, which (on some days) has caused Jet2 difficulties in getting aircraft out of or into the hangars. These works will commence in January, and I am not sure if it is relevant or not but there is a crane on the apron today which appears to have reduced parking capacity, as a Ryanair arrival this afternoon ended up parked on the Eastern Apron among the many inactive Jet2 aircraft"......

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