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Air New Zealand chief executive to resign

January 31st, 2012 : Written by Ethan Phillips

The chief executive of Air New Zealand has announced that he will be leaving the airline. Rob Fyfe, the Kiwi national carrier’s flamboyant and successful figurehead, said on Monday that he would step down from his role at the end of 2012 at the same time that his Presidency of global airline network Star Alliance [...]

Flights diverted due to solar storm

January 30th, 2012 : Written by Emily Fletcher

Several airlines diverted flight paths late last week amid the largest solar storm in nearly a decade. Delta Airlines, Air Canada and other North American carriers said on Thursday that several transpolar long-haul routs had to be shifter further southward in the effort of avoiding disruptions to radio transmissions, which resulted in flights lasting about [...]

Climate change to transform UK into holiday hotspot

January 27th, 2012 : Written by Emily Fletcher

A new report has claimed that warmer temperatures in the UK will make it a holiday destination over the next 40 years. The news comes via a recent study released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which said that over the next several decades Britons will be less likely to travel abroad [...]

Aer Arann pilot arrested for alcohol suspicion

January 26th, 2012 : Written by Austin Mitchell

A pilot was arrested minutes before takeoff at Bristol airport this week over suspicion that he had consumed alcohol during a stopover. The captain of Aer Lingus Regional flight ATR72, operated by Aer Arann, was set to fly 24 passengers from Bristol to Ireland last week before authorities boarded the plane and administered the pilot [...]

BA to resume Tripoli service

January 25th, 2012 : Written by Oliver Graydon

British Airways service to Tripoli International Airport is to re-launch in the spring. The airline said in an official statement released on Monday that its route between Heathrow airport and the Libyan capital would recommence flights on 1 May, more than a year after the service was put on hold as a result of the [...]

Summer package slump for Thomas Cook

January 24th, 2012 : Written by Lydia Hills

Tour operator Thomas Cook has reported a significant drop in summer holiday bookings. The company said on Tuesday that bookings during the two weeks leading up to 13 January saw a 33 per cent decrease despite being a key booking period for travel operators. However, the firm disputed reports in the Financial Times claiming that [...]

SIA A380s undergo EU prompted checks

January 23rd, 2012 : Written by Ethan Phillips

Singapore Airlines is currently checking its A380s for cracks following a warning from European officials. Several of the company’s A380 routes are currently being flown by other types of aircraft after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) warned airlines worldwide that new sets of cracks could be present on the model’s wing sets. A spokesman [...]

7200 arrested amid drink driving crackdown

January 20th, 2012 : Written by Esme Bennett

The 2011 Christmas drink-driving crackdown in England and Wales saw more than 7,200 people arrested, new figures have shown. Statistics from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) show that some 157,000 individuals were administered drink-driving tests between 1 December and 1 January. Of those, drivers 25 years of age and younger had higher offending [...]

BA to unveil London 2012 dove design

January 19th, 2012 : Written by Emily Fletcher

British Airways is to repaint its aircraft in a new dove design to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics. Designed by Pascal Anson of Brighton, the artwork will be rolled out on the British Airways fleet beginning in April and will remain on the company’s planes through the remainder of the year. The carrier also said [...]

Britons to watch holiday spending in 2012

January 18th, 2012 : Written by Emily Fletcher

A recent survey has revealed that British consumers will be exceptionally cost-conscious regarding holiday travel in 2012. According to recent figures from Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance, some 28.9 million Britons plan to spend a grand total of £22.1 billion on holiday travel over the next 12 months. Although that number appears to be fairly generous at [...]

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