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Innovative UK-based Airlines Firnas Airways launches

UK carrier Firnas Airways has launched a Gulf funding campaign in a bid to raise the US$50 million it requires for expansion. The airline’s founder and CEO, British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman, is confident Gulf investors will be keen to capitalise on an airline concept and business model that is unique in its scope and ambition. Firnas Airways will establish routes between...

UK AAIB launches investigation into fatal King Air 200 crash

UK investigators are examining how a Beechcraft King Air 200 crashed soon after taking off from Stapleford airport in Essex on 3 October, killing its two crew members. The twin-engined turboprop, registration G-BYCP (archive image below), was owned and operated by the UK’s largest charter and management company, London Executive Aviation (LEA). AirTeamImages According to the ope...

Biggin Hill gives figures for BGAD 2015

Biggin Hill is reporting that BGAD had over 700 visitors, 60 exhibitors and 20 aircraft and helicopters in the static display. The show highlighted the UK debut of the Cessna Citation Latitude; the launch of TBM dealer Flying Smart’s new sales base at Biggin Hill; Globeair’s promotion of its new collaboration with BACA and Zenith Aviation’s new charter fleet. Charter broker...

The visionary rebuilding GE from scratch to become a digital powerhouse

After 14 years at the helm, can Jeff Immelt pull off the digital transformation of the global industrial giant? An aircraft powered by one of its engines takes off somewhere in the world every two seconds. In the US, six of its light bulbs are sold every second. It employs more than 300,000 people in 175 countries. And it is the only company to have been a member of the Dow Jones’ inde...

Final Vulcan bomber flight: Crowds urged to stay away from XH558's farewell

Police warn the very last flights by the only airworthy Avro Vulcan may have to be cancelled if crowds ignore warnings to stay away from its home airport. The final flights of Britain's last airworthy Vulcan bomber may have to be cancelled because of fears a huge influx of sightseers will create havoc on roads around its home airport. Police have warned the charity which plans to stage t...

Chairmen of West Ham 'lucky not to have been on board doomed Essex aircraft'

The chairmen of West Ham United have said they were fortunate not to be on the doomed aircraft doomed aircraft which crashed in Essex on Saturday, killing two people. David Sullivan and David Gold were scheduled to fly from Stapleford Airport to the north east where their team had a Premier League match with Sunderland. The pair could have flown on either one of the two light aircraft a...

Chinese Fund Poised to Enter Bidding War for London City Airport

A secretive Chinese investment fund is understood to be poised to enter the 2 billionn bidding war for London City Airport. Gingko Tree, a division of the Chinese state's foreign exchange regulator, is believed tobe in talks with Australia's Macquarie about teaming up to make an offer for the East London airport. An agreement has not yet been reached with Macquarie. However, if Gi...

Heathrow CEO Says VW Scandal Will Help Fix His Pollution Problem

Heathrow Airport may benefit from the scandal at Volkswagen AG because it will prod the UK to clamp down on diesel pollution, helping bring London's busiest hub into compliance with European Union rules. That's the view of Heathrow Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye, who is seeking permission to build a third runway even though emissions near the airport have exceeded E...

Swissport to end Ground Handling Activities at Gatwick

Swissport has announced it has decided to withdraw from ground handling operations at London Gatwick (IATA: LGW) and that Swissport and Aviator LGW Limited (Aviator) have signed a binding agreement on the disposal of Swissport´s London Gatwick ground handling operations to Aviator. The transaction will become effective on November 9, 2015 and is including ground handling related assets, cont...

Second MD902 to assist London's Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance has confirmed its purchase of a second helicopter to support its emergency medical services (EMS) work from next year. Registered as G-LNDN, the used MD Helicopters MD 902 “is expected to be operational in early 2016”, the charity says in a 1 October statement. This will join its existing MD Helicopters Explorer, G-EHMS, which has been in use since 2000....

Incident: Logan SF34 at Rotterdam on Sep.30, 2015, Hydraulic Failure, Runway Excursion After Safe

A Loganair Saab 340B on behalf of British Airways, registration G-LGNJ performing flight LC-843 from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Aberdeen,SC (UK) with 18 people on board, was climbing out of Rotterdam's runway 06 when the crew stopped the climb at 2500 feet reporting a hydraulic failure. The aircraft entered a hold while the crew worked the checklists. The crew declared emergency reporting...

British Airways Allows Google Street View into Its Cabins

Air passengers can now take a virtual seat on a BritishAirways, business-only flight to New York by using Google Maps. Online users can experience walking up to the plane across London City Airport tarmac by moving a Google Maps marker across 360 degree photographs of the airport. Potential passengers can then climb the steps and turn right to see inside the cabin of an A318 Club World Londo...