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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...

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...