Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic project is due to start making commercial flights to the edge of space within the next two years. The programme’s chief pilot, David Mackay of Salisbury, is due to be the man at the controls when the first ever mission takes off. He has described how passengers will be taken […]
Air France is denying that inadequate pilot training was the cause of the 2009 disaster which saw one of its passenger jets crash into the Atlantic killing the 228 crew and passengers on board. Air accident investigators claim that the pilots did not know how to deal with repeated stall warnings and a rapid descent. […]
Cruise companies are reviewing their Antarctica schedules as the price of fuel is set to rise dramatically. As of the beginning of next month, ships travelling to the Antarctica will no longer be powered by heavy fuel oil because of regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organisation. Instead, all craft will have to switch to […]
Singapore Airlines is working with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and planemaker Airbus to find out what went wrong with one of the engines on an A380 superjumbo recently. Just 20 minutes into a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong the pilot reported experiencing vibrations and a surge in one of the aircraft’s Trent 900 engines. He […]
A report is due Friday which will outline the exact causes of the 2009 Air France disaster. The incident occurred after the flight was en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro on 1 June. All 228 people on-board lost their lives after the jet crashed into the Atlantic. Previous reports have confirmed that the […]
Flybe has announced that it plans to take advantage of growth opportunities across Europe by setting up three new divisions. The airline will now be made up of Flybe Europe, Flybe UK and Flybe Aviation Support. The carrier’s chairman and CEO, Jim French, said by creating the separate divisions the airline would be better positioned […]
Holidaymakers returning to the UK from Ibiza have described their terror after the Jet2 plane they were travelling on experienced engine malfunction which caused a blaze. The Boeing 738 was carrying passengers to Manchester when the technical problems meant an emergency landing in Majorca was requested. The pilot managed to bring the plane down safely […]
Travel operator Thomas Cook is hoping that Competition Commission approval for a merger with the Co-op and Midlands will reverse its financial problems in the UK. Over the past year the firm has issued a number of profit warnings as the travel market in the UK suffers from a lack of consumer confidence and troubles […]
British Airways has issued an apology to passengers on-board a flight to Heathrow from the US for a lack of in-flight entertainment in its first-class cabin. Among those who did not get to watch films such as The Fighter, The Tourist and Gnomeo and Juliet were royal newlyweds William and Kate. According to a source, […]
Air Canada has been reprimanded in a federal court after staff spoke English to a French-speaking couple. Despite being able to speak English, Michel Thibodeau, and wife Lynda, said they were not happy after they were greeted in English at both check-in and at the boarding gate for a flight from Ottawa. The judge in […]
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