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Guernsey registers Challenger 601 as 2-SEXY

Guernsey has registered 1993-build Bombardier Challenger 601 msn 5125 as 2-SEXY. The aircraft is managed by Hangar8 on behalf of private owners, and is based at Oxford Kidlington Airport. Previous to being registered in Guernsey, the aircraft was on the Cayman Islands register as VP-CEI, and based in Moscow. “A unique 2-REG registration allows private business aircraft owners to create...

Virgin Atlantic terminates Little Red operations outright

Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) has completely terminated its 'Little Red' operations as of Saturday, September 26. Research indicates the project's remaining trio of A320-200s has already been returned to Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) with EI-EZW (cn 1983) and EI-DUB (cn 55) now in Shannon while EI-EZV (cn 2001) is now in Dublin Int'l. Launched in 2013,...

Passenger Who Tried to Open Plane Door at 30,000Ft "Thought It Was a Toilet"

A passenger who was banned for trying to open a jet door at 30,000ft claims he mistook it for the toilet. James Gray was fined EUR600 by KLM after the incident on an Edinburgh to Amsterdam to flight, and was told he can't fly with them for five years. He says airline staff accused him of trying to open the door of the plane, but he insists he only touched the handle after confusing it fo...

British Airways: Fury As Airline Regains Monopoly on Flights Between Heathrow and Scotland

British Airways this weekend regains its monopoly on flights connecting Scotland with Heathrow for the first time since 1982. The final Virgin Atlantic flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Europe's busiest airport depart on September 26, following heavy losses by Sir Richard Branson's airline. The Virgin flights, badged Little Red, were operated by the Irish airline, Aer Lingus. The l...

London City Airport Frustrated by Mayor's U-Turn as Sale Looms

London City Airport, offered for sale by its U.S. owner, has seen its growth plans fall victim to a political spat over the expansion of the U.K. capital’s Heathrow hub, Chief Executive Officer Declan Collier said. Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to veto a 250 million-pound ($380 million) proposal for aircraft stands, a taxiway and arrivals terminal, seven years after...

New partnership of Private Jet Services and Arise Air

Private Jet Services (PJS) has formed a new strategic partnership with Arise Air. Under the new agreement, all Arise Air employees will work from the PJS corporate headquarters in New Hampshire. Bryan Ellis, president of Arise Air, will act as the new director of Executive Aircraft Operations for PJS. In this role, Ellis will oversee all executive jet vendor relationships and sourcing f...

Heathrow’s noise footprint is smaller than ever before, CAA report

Analysis from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), commissioned by Heathrow as part of their on-going Noise Action Plan commitments, shows that average noise contours annually are smaller than they have been since 2006. The launch of the report comes on the first week of Heathrow’s Steeper Approaches trial, the UK’s first attempt to adopt this approach to reduce noise for people on the...

Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing After Engine Stops Mid-flight

Passengers endured a terrifying ordeal after their flight was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine failed. MEP Catherine Stihler was on Flybe's BE6938 from Shetland to Inverness when she saw the engine stop in midair. She tweeted: "Emergency landed in Kirkwall. An engine failed. Very very scary." The Saab 340 turboprop operated by Loganair under contract from...

FLYING Smart opens new base at Biggin Hill

FLYING Smart has opened a new base at Bigin Hill. The facility was inaugurated in conjunction with the BGAD event held on 15 September at Biggin Hill. The company also became a Daher TBM authorised distributor. “We congratulate David on the opening of FLYING Smart’s new headquarters, which will be the TBM sales and demonstration centre in the British Isles.” Nicola...

BBA Aviation Eyes Acquisition Of Landmark

British aircraft services company BBA Aviation is reported to be in talks to acquire US competitor Landmark Aviation, which could be valued at more than USD$2 billion including debt. BBA is participating in a sale process for Landmark Aviation, which is owned by private equity firm Carlyle and has attracted several bidders, including buyout firms. Landmark Aviation has been exploring a sale...

Helitech Organizers Expect Busy Show in London

The organizers of Helitech International, scheduled to take place at London’s Excel exhibition center from October 6 to 8, are expecting the show will draw as many exhibitors and visitors as in 2013, the last time it was held in London. Two years ago, before it made a continental incursion into Amsterdam last year, the event attracted a record 220 exhibitors and 5,600 visitors. This year for...

Google Urges Airlines to Reap Rewards From Mobile Disruption

, encouraged airlines to embrace mobile and the opportunities created by disruption, and the growth of mobile. "In the airline industry we think about disruption in a bad sense. My flight was disrupted and my bag was lost, [it's a] bad experience for our passengers. But there's also something to do [with disruption] to minimize the costs for our businesses," Friesen said. &quo...