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Cabin crews

Virgin Atlantic to open external hiring window

Virgin Atlantic to open external hiring windowLONDON - Virgin Atlantic has opened applications to recruit 400 new cabin crew to take to the skies in its red uniform in summer 2022. Still, the airline remains cautious about future staffing needs. The additional roles will be part of an initial 6-month fixed term contract with the view to extend.»
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Pandemic

Wizz Air and Gatwick push to end slot relief

Wizz Air and Gatwick push to end slot reliefLONDON - The UK is about to decide whether or not to extend slot relief for airlines. 56 percent of people surveyed who are planning to fly in the next 12 months are concerned about airfares increasing if airport slot rules remain the same, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Gatwick Airport and Wizz Air. »
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Airlines

British Airways and Qatar Airways broaden network access

British Airways and Qatar Airways broaden network accessLONDON - British Airways and Qatar Airways extend their joint business. The news follows British Airways’ relaunch of daily services to Doha, with the airline’s first flight taking off from Gatwick this month, giving customers access to Qatar Airways’ expansive global network with connections to over 100 destinations.»
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Additional A350s

Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet team up

Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet team upLONDON - Virgin Atlantic bolsters its fleet with two additional Airbus A350-1000 aircraft on lease and a new partnership: Easyjet will funnel passengers into Virgin Atlantic longhaul services through connecting flights from and to airports in Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast in 2022.»
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BA Euroflyer

British Airways to ramp up Gatwick base to 18 aircraft

British Airways to ramp up Gatwick base to 18 aircraftLONDON - British Airways has revealed initial destinations for its new Gatwick subsidiary BA Euroflyer, which will start flying from March 2022. Tickets to 35 short-haul destinations went on sale Tuesday. British Airways will operate the routes as the BA Euroflyer AOC remains pending.»
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Project NAPKIN

Hydrogen ATR 72-600 could serve all domestic routes

Hydrogen ATR 72-600 could serve all domestic routesLONDON - A UK aviation consortium featuring representatives from airports, manufacturers and academic institutions have released interim findings on the viability of achieving zero emission flight in the UK. Three aircraft from 9 to 48 seats could provide the technical platform for hydrogen flights.»
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Tighter travel restrictions

British Airways cuts winter schedule

British Airways cuts winter scheduleLONDON - British Airways slashed more than 2,000 flights from its schedule through the winter season as the UK tightens travel rules. From Tuesday 4:00 GMT everyone from the age of 12 will be required to produce a negative PCR or antigen test taken within a 48 hours pre-departure window.»
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Airlines

British Airways to source "industrial-scale" SAF from 2022

British Airways to source LONDON - British Airways will use sustainable aviation fuel produced on a commercial scale in the UK after signing a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66. Thousands of tonnes of SAF will be produced at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery near Immingham and will be supplied to British Airways early 2022. »
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Airlines

British Airways to suspend Hong Kong service

British Airways to suspend Hong Kong serviceLONDON - British Airways temporarily suspended all flights to Hong Kong to review "operational requirements" of the destination. According to media reports, British Airways crew members were quarantined in Hong Kong November 20th after a test upon arrival returned a postive result.»
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Charges

British Airways mulls partial Heathrow pull-out

British Airways mulls partial Heathrow pull-outLONDON - A steep 50 percent surge in passenger charges at London Heathrow makes British Airways question the size of its future operations at the UK's biggest airport. Heathrow fees are already among the highest in the world and continue to rise, IAG chief executive Luis Gallego told reports Monday in London.»
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Airports

Heathrow Airport starts recruitment drive

Heathrow Airport starts recruitment driveLONDON - Heathrow has begun recruiting for over 600 new frontline roles as the restart of transatlantic travel and easing of international restrictions boosts confidence in the aviation sector’s recovery. The reopening of the US travel markets stimulates demand in the core business of the airport.»
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80:20

Wizz Air and airports call for reinstatement of slot rules

Wizz Air and airports call for reinstatement of slot rulesLONDON - A coalition formed of Gatwick, Belfast International, Edinburgh Airports and Wizz Air have written to Transport Secretary urging him to reinstate the "80/20 Use it or Lose It" airport slot rules to ensure "that UK consumers once again benefit from effective choice of destination and airline".»

Short News

CAA sets interim price cap at Heathrow

LONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is holding firm the price cap that Heathrow Airport (HAL) can charge its airline customers in the period from 1 January 2022.»

Shareholders pour money into Virgin Atlantic

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic Airways has received 400m pounds in new investments from its shareholders, Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines.»

UK urges customers to redeem ATOL vouchers

LONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority is advising holidaymakers issued with refund credit notes during the COVID-19 pandemic to redeem their credit as international travel continues to open up.»

China to ease operational restrictions on Finnair

HELSINKI - In their regular negotiations on 16-17 November 2021, Finland and China agreed that flights from Finland to Shanghai could be increased. The number of weekly routes will be raised from seven to 14.»

American Airlines and British Airways offer free testing

LONDON - American Airlines and British Airways announced a collaboration global COVID-19 testing provider Qured to offer complimentary test kits to support the swift return of international business travel.»

NATS and Heathrow continue partnership

LONDON - NATS and Heathrow have had a long and successful relationship, working together to operate the world’s busiest and most efficient dual runway airport before the impact of the Covid pandemic. The partnership is extended now.»

BA and Virgin take off to New York

LONDON - Formation flight into the new beginning of travel: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic departed London Heathrow Monday for their first flights in the U.S. under relaxed immigration rules.»

Avianca registers in the UK

NEW YORK - Avianca is in final court proceedings to close its Chapter 11 restructuring. The airline will move its legal residence to the UK.»

Emirates to recruit 600 pilots by early 2022

DUBAI - Emirates ramps up hiring to support "accelerated recovery". The six months recruitment drive includes vacancies for 3,000 cabin crew, 1,200 technical staff, 1,200 airport service and ground staff - and 600 pilots.»

IAG names new CFO

LONDON - International Airlines Group (IAG) announces that Steve Gunning has decided to stand down from the role of Chief Financial Officer and leave the group after the release of the company’s full year 2021 results.»

British Airways returns Airbus A380 to active fleet

LONDON - British Airways is returning the Airbus A380 to service. The A380s will be phased-in on the European network from November before first intercontinental flights.»

Jet2 frames deal for additional A321neo aircraft

MANCHESTER - British holiday airline Jet2 adds 15 more Airbus A321neo aircraft to its order tally.»

Logan Air add routes for summer 2022

LONDON - Loganair continues to build its network and UK-wide connectivity as it adds three further routes to its Summer 2022 programme.»

National Express and Stagecoach plan merger

LONDON - Competition between air, rail and road transportation on domestic routes ist heating up as the two largest UK passenger transportation companies are about to merge.»

Ryanair cracks down on British investors

DUBLIN - Ryanair no longer accepts new British shareholders since Brexit. The airline is now cracking down on investors who disregarded the provisions.»

UK puts CAA in charge for noise control

LONDON - The Secretary of State for Transport has announced the Government's intention to wind down the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) at the end of September 2021.»

Corona controls delay flights in July

BRUSSELS - Data from airlines in July shows the average delay per flight on departure was 11 minutes, definitely better than 18 minutes in July 2019. However, not all types of delay are down.»

First A220 for Air France completes production flight

MIRABEL - On Thursday 26 August, the Airbus A220, sporting the Air France colours, made its production flight. »

New Helsinki entrance to open in December

HELSINKI - Finavia will open the entrance to Helsinki Airport and the updated traffic arrangements for passengers on December 1st.»

Helvetic completes the renewal of its Embraer fleet

ZURICH - Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways took delivery of its twelfth latest-generation Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft. »

Jet2 mulls fleet switch to Airbus

MANCHESTER - British leisure airline Jet2 mulls replacing at least part of its Boeing 737-800 fleet by new Airbus A320neo aircraft.»

Court confirms end for PPF cap

LONDON - A legal victory by British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), potentially worth a total of more than 35 million pounds for 170 union members, spells the end for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation cap.»

British holiday bookings to Spain soar

MADRID - British holiday bookings to Spain have increased 400 percent since the government has lifted mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers.»

British Airways 787 landing gear retracts on ground

LONDON - A British Airways Boeing 787-8 aircraft is undergoing repairs after its landing gear retracted on ground. The incident seemed highly avoidable.»

Emerald Airlines speeds launch date for Aer Lingus

DUBLIN - Aer Lingus fills the Stobart Air void: Emerald Airlines is stepping in earlier than expected on regional hub-feed services.»

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