Strong wind accompanying record storms in Britain, which experts said produced the worst tidal surge in the North Sea for 50 years, forced several airline pilots to conduct go-around maneuvers as they attempted to land. One amateur video recorded two landing attempts (Emirates and Brussels Airlines) at Birmingham Airport in central England, where gusts exceeding 50 mph were reported.
Merger talks between Virgin Express and SN Brussels Airlines–the renamed regional successor of bankrupt Sabena Airlines–came to a crashing halt in late February when Virgin chairman Richard Branson and investors in the Belgian regional failed to agree on a price and the would-be company’s management structure.
The successor to Belgium’s Sabena Airlines unveiled its new name last month as talks continued between shareholders in Sabena regional subsidiary Delta Air Transport (DAT) and Virgin Express to save the country’s flag carrier from extinction. Shareholders chose the name SN Brussels Airlines mainly because it allows the financially strapped carrier to retain the Sabena logo and its SN code for flight numbers.
A recent slew of new announcements from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has reminded the industry that the BAE146/ Avro RJ jetliner family has not gone away. New lease packages to regional airlines, the possibility of a new production line and some innovative conversion packages all suggest that the four-engine jets still have some life left in them.