Monday Briefing: 9 October 2017

Here’s our weekly aviation business briefing for the week beginning Monday 9 October 2017.

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Monarch Notice
Monarch Notice
The big story last week was of course the collapse of Monarch (Financial Times) which now joins bmi British Midland, Flyglobespan, XL Airways, and Zoom in the great airline graveyard in the sky. The Civil Aviation Authority fielded an impressive rescue to operation to bring passengers back to the UK. As of Saturday 7 October 56,000 Monarch customers have returned to the UK.

It now falls on KPMG to complete the administrative process. As no buyer could be found, it is near certain that the Monarch brand will not take to the skies again.

One asset that will be of interest to buyers will be Monarch’s slot portfolio at London Gatwick. easyJet will be keen to solidify its market leading position at the airport. BA parent company International Airlines Group will also be keen to stop this happening. Both bid for Flybe’s London Gatwick holding of 25 slot pairs in 2013. easyJet won and was able to significantly increase capacity at the airport as a consequence. However, according to the Financial Times doubts have been raised as to whether the administrator can sell the slots or has to forfeit them.
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Concorde: A Supersonic Story

BBC4 takes a look back at the much-loved Concorde at 9pm on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

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Concorde
British Airways Concorde, Pictured by LondonAirTravel at the BA Engineering Base, London Heathrow

It is almost 15 years that Concorde ceased commercial operations. However, the First Lady of aviation is still held in huge affection by passengers all over the world.

Concorde may sit stationary on the airfield at London Heathrow, but its delta wings and imposing needle nose still have the ability to turn heads.  Concorde more than holds its own against younger next generation aircraft in terms of presence on the tarmac.

In advance of the new Bristol Aerospace Museum opening on Tuesday 17 October which will house one of the Concorde aircraft, next week, BBC4 will take a look back at Concorde with Concorde: A Supersonic Story.

The BBC promises rare footage and a cast of engineers, frequent flyers and celebrities (including Dame Joan Collins naturally…) to tell the story of one of the most elegant and elusive aircraft ever made.

It premiers at 21:00 on Tuesday 10 October 2017. It will be also be available to stream / download for 30 days from the date of broadcast for viewers in the UK.

Also available on the BBC iPlayer’s “From The Archive” section is Perpetual Motion Concorde which was first shown on the BBC in 1994.

BA launches London Heathrow – Almeria

BA will fly from London Heathrow to Almeria on Tuesdays and Sundays for the summer season.

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Almeria (Image Credit: British Airways / Almeria Tourist Board)
Almeria (Image Credit: British Airways / Almeria Tourist Board)

BA is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Almeria in Southeast Spain. The airline will fly to Almeria from London Heathrow Terminal 5, twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will operate from Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.

The new route is an addition to a growing portfolio of summer seasonal European routes for BA at London Heathrow which also includes Malaga and Murcia and a number of routes in France and the Greek islands. It is likely that more summer seasonal routes from all of BA’s London airports will be announced in the coming months. Please see here for our full guide to summer seasonal routes at London Heathrow.

Flights to Almeria will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft, in a two class, Club Europe business and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

easyJet and Ryanair also fly to Almeria from London Gatwick and Stansted respectively.

London Heathrow – Almeria

Flight BA420 Depart London Heathrow 13:15 – Arrive Almeria 17:00 (Tuesday, Saturday)
Flight BA421 Depart Almeria 17:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:35 (Tuesday, Saturday)

Update October 2018

This route will return in 2019, but from Gatwick. Flights will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between Sunday 31 March and Saturday 26 October 2019. The new flight numbers are BA2790 and BA2791.

Aer Lingus launches Dublin – Philadelphia

Aer Lingus will fly direct from Dublin to Philadelphia four times weekly from Monday 26 March 2018.

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Philadelphia’s Independence Hall (Image Credit: C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®)
Philadelphia’s Independence Hall (Image Credit: C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®)
Aer Lingus is to fly direct from Dublin to Philadelphia from late March 2018. The airline will fly to Philadelphia International Airport four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The route launches on Monday 26 March 2018.

This is the latest addition to a growing portfolio of transatlantic routes for Aer Lingus from Dublin. It has just launched Miami. It has also launched Los Angeles, Hartford, Newark and Washington Dulles in recent years.
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Dear BBC, Why oh why oh why…..

Why do the BBC and other news outlets always use the same contributors for big aviation stories?

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Simon Calder
Simon Calder (Image Credit: BBC Breakfast News)

It has been another big week for aviation news in the national media. Following the controversy surrounding Ryanair’s cancellations to its flying programme, today’s morning headlines led with the suspension of flight operations by Monarch.

Whenever there is an aviation story leading the national news a familiar question appears in our social media feeds. Namely, why do Simon Calder from The Independent and other contributors always appear on the BBC, Sky News and other media outlets!?

First, let’s get one thing clear. This is not intended to be a criticism of Simon Calder. He is a hard-working travel journalist with decades of experience who has survived a tumultuous time in print media. Simon is clearly used by broadcasters because he is reliable, can perform well on camera and is trusted by the audience.

Rather this is an attempt to explain how news media operates and why broadcasters in particular use a narrow pool of contributors.
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Monday Briefing: 2 October 2017

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Ryanair Press Coverage
Ryanair Press Coverage – UK Newspapers
Here’s the first of our weekly round-up of aviation business news, published every Monday at 07:00 UK time.

A major theme in European aviation this year has been another wave of consolidation in Europe. This time it has been forced by Air Berlin, Alitalia and Monarch entering into administration procedures.  easyJet, International Airlines Group, Norwegian and WizzAir have all been identified as potential buyers for Monarch’s short-haul business. However, the main value to these airlines will be its slot portfolio at London Gatwick.  Full details of the Civil Aviation Authority’s plans to bring stranded passengers back to the UK are on its website.

It’s been another bad week for Ryanair. The airline has announced the cancellation of some 18,000 flights over the winter season. These include the suspension of London Gatwick – Belfast and London Stansted – Edinburgh & Glasgow from Wednesday 1 November 2017 to Saturday 24 March 2018.
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BA launches London Heathrow – The Seychelles

British Airways will fly direct from London Heathrow to The Seychelles twice weekly from Saturday 24 March 2018.

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British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA has today announced a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to The Seychelles. The airline will fly to Seychelles International Airport twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Saturday 24 March 2018 until Saturday 27 October 2018.

The route will be operated by a four class Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner with First Class, Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy, and World Traveller economy cabins. Flights will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

This will be the only direct route from London to The Seychelles. It will also be the first time BA has flown to The Seychelles in approximately 15 years. It previously flew to The Seychelles via Nairobi.

This is one of many former routes that BA has reinstated thanks to the Boeing 787. Others include Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Santiago. BA is also due to launch Nashville in May of next year.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

London – The Seychelles

Flight BA63 Depart London Heathrow 17:50 – Arrive The Seychelles 07:00 (Wednesday, Saturday)
Flight BA62 Depart The Seychelles 09:00 – Arrive London Heathrow 16:20 (Thursday, Sunday)

(Precise timings may vary by season.)

BA has also prepared a PDF briefing.

Update March 2018:

BA has since confirmed that the route will now operate year-round.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Wednesday 13 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Wednesday 13 September.

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Hurricane Irma – Miami Beach (Image Credit: CNN)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida and The Caribbean on Wednesday 13 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurrican Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2156 St Kitts and Antigua to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2157 London Gatwick to Antigua and St Kitts is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is is scheduled to operate.

Norwegian

Flight DY7045 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is scheduled to operate.

Flight DY7046 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS15 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS16 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Tuesday 12 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Tuesday 12 September.

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Hurricane Irma – Miami Beach (Image Credit: CNN)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida and The Caribbean on Tuesday 12 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurrican Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA226 Atlanta to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA227 London Heathrow to Atlanta is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2156 Tobago and Antigua to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2157 London Gatwick to Antigua and Tobago is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is cancelled.

Norwegian

Flight DY7057 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight DY7058 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight VS103 London Heathrow to Atlanta is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS104 Atlanta to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS27 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS28 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Monday 11 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Monday 11 September.

Hurricane Irma - Naples (Credit: MSNBC)
Hurricane Irma – Naples (Credit: MSNBC)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida, The Caribbean and Atlanta on Monday 11 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurrican Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA226 Atlanta to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA227 London Heathrow to Atlanta is cancelled.

Flight BA253 London Heathrow to Nassau and Grand Cayman is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA252 Grand Cayman and Nassau to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is cancelled.

Flight BA2168 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2169 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is cancelled.

Norwegian

Flight DY7045 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is cancelled.

Flight DY7046 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight VS103 London Heathrow to Atlanta is cancelled.

Flight VS104 Atlanta to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS15 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS16 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight VS27 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS28 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight VS63 London Gatwick to Havana is cancelled.

Flight VS64 Havana to London Gatwick is cancelled.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.