British Airways has announced it will increase flights from UK regional airports to some of the top European holiday hotspots for the summer of 2018.
In May this year, British Airways launched seven new summer-only routes from Manchester Airport and four from Birmingham and Bristol airports.
From May 2018 there will be extra weekend flights from Manchester to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, with Mykonos flights operating on Saturdays instead of Fridays, an extra weekend flight from Birmingham to Palma and an extra weekend flight from Bristol to Malaga.
Additional summer routes include flights from Manchester to Alicante and Nice, from Birmingham to Malaga and Florence and from Bristol to Ibiza, Palma and Florence.
For snow and ski lovers, British Airways is also launching new winter-only services from Manchester to Salzburg and Chambery on December 15.
All flights operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating allowing every customer to have an aisle or window seat.
British Airways currently operates up to 10 return flights a day between Manchester and London Heathrow and a weekly service to London City Airport.
WestJet today issued the following statement from President and CEO Gregg Saretsky regarding the outcome of the unionization vote among its Boeing 737 pilots.
“We are pleased that the majority of our pilots who voted have voted against union representation. Our model of cooperation and employee representation through the WestJet Pilots’ Association has allowed for the continued success of our pilots and our airline. Despite the positive outcome, there is continued work that needs to take place to better understand some of the issues for our pilot group and we can now turn our efforts to that goal.”
Meanwhile WJPA issued this statement:
Today the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) released the official results of the vote to unionize WestJet pilots. The results demonstrate decisive support for the WJPA: over 684 eligible pilots, representing 55 per cent of WestJet pilots who voted, showed their support for the WJPA by voting no to the WestJet Professional Pilots Association acting as their bargaining agent in matters of collective bargaining with their employer.
“WestJet pilots were offered a clear choice—continued representation by the WJPA or unionization,” said Captain Paul Ysselmuiden and Captain Michael Wesolowski , co-chairs of the WJPA. “These results demonstrate decisive support for the WJPA to continue to lead more than 1,500 pilots into the future.”
The WJPA strongly believes that WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots are stronger when they are part of one team. Moving forward, the WJPA will continue to effectively advocate on behalf of all WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots.
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-GQWJ (msn 35505) with the Tartan tail is pictured on the taxiway at Glasgow, Scotland.
Loganair (Flybe) (Glasgow) flight BE 6821 to Glasgow on January 2 did not operate as planned. According to this BBC report, the Flybe flight, operated with a SAAB 340B (G-LGNL, msn 246) with 25 passengers and three crew members, was caught in a crosswind as it was attempting to take off. The SAAB 340B, after lifting off the runway, veered left and came to rest off the runway. Two passengers were taken to the hospital and two others received minor injuries according to the report but declined medical assistance.
Loganair is a Flybe franchise and operates under the Flybe brand.
Stornoway is a town on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Stornoway is the largest town in the Western Isles and often receives stiff winds from the adjacent Atlantic Ocean.
The airline issued this short statement:
On departure from Stornoway Airport the 8.30 am flight BE 6821 for Glasgow left the runway during take off. The SAAB 340 aircraft was carrying 25 passengers and three crew members.
All passengers and crew were safely evacuated and returned to the airport’s terminal. Two passengers sustained minor injuries and have gone to the local hospital. A full investigation is now underway to ascertain the cause of the incident and the Air Accident Investigation Branch has been notified.
Jet2 (Jet2.com) (Leeds/Bradford) is adding three new destinations from Glasgow for the next summer season. The three new destinations will include Murcia (Spain), which will take off every Monday and Friday from May 24, 2013. Flights to the Eastern Med’s Croatian resort, Pula, will start on June 18, 2013. Finally, the airline will operate weekly flights to Menorca starting on May 25, 2013. Jet2 will fly to 19 destinations from Glasgow in the summer of 2013.
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw. Boeing 737-377 G-CELU (msn 23657) in the special Scotland motif departs from Glasgow.
British Airways (London) is planning to retire its last Boeing 757-200 from revenue service on October 30, visiting Shuttle cities on the last day. An Ian Allan special enthusiast charter flight from London to Manchester is also being planned for November 6. BA will paint the last 757 in this delivery livery to celebrate over 17 years of faithful service. The last three 757s currently in service are G-CPER, G-CPES and G-CPET (besides those operated by OpenSkies).
Update: Boeing 757-236 G-CPET (msn 29115) entered the paint shop on September 26 and is expected to be rolled out at London (Heathrow) on October 3 in the retrojet color scheme.
Copyright Photo: Vernon Murphy. The first Boeing 757 on the first day of revenue service at Glasgow. The pictured 757-236 G-BIKB (msn 22173) was the first to arrive on January 15, 1983 and entered revenue service on February 8, 1983. G-BIKB also displays the original 1973 livery.
Copyright Photo: Fred Seggie. Jetstream 31 (3102) G-UIST (msn 750) is pictured at Glasgow on August 10, 2008. The fleet adopted this attractive Atlantic Airlines (now West Atlantic) color scheme in 2003 when the owners of Atlantic Holdings acquired Highland Airways. However in March 2007 Highland Airways underwent a management buyout from Atlantic Holdings led by A. Mossman but retained the livery until the end.
Highland Airways (UK) (Inverness) went into receivership (bankruptcy protection) today (March 25) and has suspended all operations.
The airline was established and started operations in 1991 as Air Alba, operating for four years as a flying school. The company was renamed Highland Airways in February 1997 and expanded into scheduled operations. It was operating eight BAe Jetstream 31s, two Jetstream 41s and a single Britten-Norman Islander.