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ZeroAvia 19-seat Dornier 228 hydrogen-electric powered aircraft took to the sky as part of the HyFlyer II project

We are one step closer to a zero-emission flight - ZeroAvia took to the skies for the maiden flight of its 19-seat Dornier 228 testbed aircraft, retrofitted with a full-size prototype hydrogen-electric powertrain on the left wing of the aircraft. The flight took place from the company R&D facility at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire, UK, and lasted 10...

London Stansted runway to be fully resurfaced

London Stansted single runway is to be fully resurfaced in a five-month programme. The work on the 3km long runway, which will be managed by engineering firm Lagan, will take place at night to minimise the impact on the local community and airport operations. Over the course of the project, approximately 50,000 tonnes of asphalt will be laid over an area the size of 25 football pitc...

BT Group backs Altitude Angel to make the UK a global leader for commercial automated drone operations

Digital at BT has entered into a £5 million deal with Altitude Angel to accelerate and support plans for Skyway corridor development - UK drone superhighway, set to be the largest and longest network of its kind in the world. UTM is the software platform and infrastructure needed to allow drones to fly safely, without a pilot, over large distances. The £5 million de...

British Airways unveils its new uniform to more than 30,000 colleagues

British Airways unveiled a new uniform to take the airline into its next chapter. The collection of garments, created by British fashion designer and tailor Ozwald Boateng OBE, will be worn by more than 30,000 of the airline’s colleagues from Spring 2023. Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, commented: “Our uniform is an iconic representation of our brand, something...

Next phase of hydrogen-electric test flights - ZeroAvia got CAA green light

UK's Civil Aviation Authority has granted a permit to fly for ZeroAvia Dornier 228 aircraft, which has been retrofitted with its prototype hydrogen-electric powertrain. ZeroAvia secured the permit to fly following an extensive ground testing campaign and a rigorous review of the full development program. It means that ZeroAvia can now begin the first test flights of its 600...

Equinox launches Clean Sky Index of top global sustainable operators

Equinox has launched the Clean Sky Index, an initiative that empowers clients to control how their travel impacts the environment. The effort allows travel buyers choice to favour private and commercial aircraft operators when it comes to booking, thus taking concise action towards reducing their travels environmental impact. The Clean Sky Index Equinox, through its private charter Equi...

Scotland ACS Aviation expands with two new Tecnam P-Mentor aircraft

Scottish flight training academy ACS Aviation ordered two P-Mentors to be added to their current fleet to expand their fleet capabilities in 2023. The company will also become the first Tecnam aircraft service centre in Scotland offering specialist aircraft maintenance and technical support to its customers. The move follows a period of high growth for ACS Aviation where a record number of gr...

World first net zero transatlantic flight to fly from London in 2023

In 2023, one of Virgin Atlantic’s flagship Boeing 787s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, will take off from London Heathrow and make the journey to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport – a journey made by thousands of people for business, family, and leisure every week. But this will be no ordinary journey.  When fully replacing kerosene, SAF can slash lifecycle carbo...

In support of UKSAR2G Search and Rescue programme Bristow to purchase six AW139 helicopters

Bristow Group signed a contract to procure six AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to support the Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation programme by the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Aircraft’s deliveries are expected to start in 2023 and to be completed in 2024, joining an existing fleet of nine AW189 super medium twin engine SAR helicopters as part of the UKSAR2G...

Expansion in UK market with eVolare -Lilium signs binding contract including pre-delivery payment for up to 20 aircraft

Lilium announced a contract with eVolare, a subsidiary of Volare Aviation, one of the UK largest helicopter and private jet operators. This partnership includes a firm commitment for ten Lilium Pioneer Edition Jets, with an option to purchase an additional ten Lilium Pioneer Edition Jets. eVolare will be Lilium lead partner and launch operator in the UK for sales of the Lilium Jet t...

IADA adds The Jet Business to its membership

London-based The Jet Business has joined the International Aircraft Dealers Association. Founded by CEO Steve Varsano, the company’s corporate aircraft showroom is the first of its kind, located in the heart of London on Park Lane, across from Hyde Park. The Jet Business joins the elite global ranks of other IADA-accredited dealers, which are active in all areas of the world, many...

Expanded Bombardier London Biggin Hill Service Centre inaugurated

Bombardier inaugurated its expanded London Biggin Hill Service Centre. Located at the bustling London Biggin Hill Airport, the newly enhanced London Biggin Hill Service Centre has grown to nearly 250,000 square feet, adding a suite of new maintenance and modification capabilities and full-service interior finishing capacity for its family of Learjet, Challenger and Gl...