ExcelAire (Stand Nos. 908/200) has received UK Civil Aviation Authority approval to operate its Embraer Legacy 600s into London City Airport (LCY) and is offering charter services effective immediately.
Next month London City Airport (LCY) will officially open its purpose-built Jet Centre for business aircraft. One month later it expects to take delivery of a new Falcon 900EX that the airport management will operate in the executive charter market, as well as for the airport’s private owner, Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond.
London City Airport (LCY) has decided to go it alone with the development of a new business aviation facility, having failed to reach agreement with any of the 10 or so FBOs known to have bid for a contract. In a statement, privately owned LCY said that it intends to open the Jet Centre early next year. In 1999 there were about 2,500 business aircraft movements and around 7,000 annually are expected by 2010.
Embraer’s 37-seat ERJ-135 regional jet last month won JAA approval to fly the steep approach into London City Airport. The certification marks Embraer’s first successful bid to approve an airplane for operation into the downtown airfield, where noise restrictions limit access to aircraft and pilots capable of demonstrating safe execution of its 5.5-degree glideslope.
British Airways last month announced plans to create a business-class service from London City Airport (LCY) to New York via Shannon, Ireland. The airline was forced to incorporate a tech stop due to payload restrictions associated with LCY’s 3,934-foot-long runway. British Airways said it will acquire Airbus A318s configured with 32 business-class seats to operate the service.
Magnetic interference was responsible for “significant navigation problems” a NetJets Hawker 800XP experienced on takeoff from London City Airport (LCY) 15 months ago, according to a UK AAIB report released last month.
A UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch report issued this month indicates that magnetic interference at London City Airport (LCY) was responsible for “significant navigation problems” a Hawker 800XP experienced after takeoff. The incident occurred on Oct. 31, 2006, and prevented the crew from complying with the standard instrument departure while on a flight to Brussels.
London City Airport (LCY) has decided to go it alone with the development of a new business aviation facility, having failed to reach agreement with any of the 10 or so FBO groups known to have bid for a proposed build-and-operate deal.
This Raytheon Hawker 800XP operated by UK charter firm Markoss Aviation has been approved to operate at London City Airport. The UK Civil Aviation Authority requires that the aircraft type and individual operator’s aircraft and crew get clearance to use the downtown gateway’s 5.5-degree steep approach. Markoss is based at nearby Biggin Hill Airport and its 800XP is currently the only UK-based example of its type approved for London City.
Final bids to buy the UK’s London City Airport (LCY) were lodged on September 12 and a deal was expected to be agreed upon around press time. According to LCY managing director Richard Gooding, the sale will release new funds for further investment at the privately owned, downtown gateway.