British ATC provider NATS announced last week that a new system that uses time intervals rather than distance to separate arriving and departing aircraft should be in full operation at London Heathrow Airport next spring. The dynamic time-based separations (TBS) system is expected to reduce aircraft delays while increasing an airport’s landing acceptance rate by accounting for wind-speed changes that current distance-based separation ignores.
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The UK Government’s Airports Commission reported last Tuesday that the best way to add new capacity in the southeastern part of the country, around London, would involve adding a runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick, although it kept open the possibility of an all-new airport in the Thames Estuary. “All scenarios lead to the need for at least one net new runway,” commission chairman Sir Howard Davies declared.
The world’s three leading airline alliances have signaled their unwillingness to relocate from London Heathrow Airport in the event that a government-appointed commission proposes the development of a second hub airport for the UK capital.
The European Commission approved the proposed merger of US Airways Group and American Airlines parent company AMR Corporation on Tuesday, eliminating one hurdle to the companies’ plan to create the world’s largest airline.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s preliminary report on the May 24 incident involving a British Airways Airbus A319 at London Heathrow (LHR) appears to point to inadequate ground maintenance and pre-flight checking. In a special bulletin issued on May 31, the AAIB confirmed that the fan cowl doors on both engines had been left unlatched after maintenance. Just after liftoff, both engine cowlings separated from the aircraft, causing damage that eventually led to one engine fire and shutdown.
British Airways bid farewell to its three remaining Boeing 757s on Saturday, October 30, with a special farewell tour around the UK. To commemorate the day, the airline repainted one of the aircraft, G-CPET, in vintage BA livery from 1983. That airplane visited Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh during its final day in British Airways service from London Heathrow. The other two 757s flew from Heathrow on Spanish services.
British Airways posted another record loss for its fiscal year ending March 31, as the recession, labor strife and adverse winter weather conspired to negate the some £1 billion ($1.435 billion) in cost savings the company managed to implement during the period. Losses before taxes totaled £531 million ($762 million), compared with the preceding fiscal year’s record loss of £401 million ($575 million).
British Airways posted another record loss for its fiscal year ending March 31, as the recession, labor strife and adverse winter weather conspired to negate the some £1 billion ($1.435 billion) in cost savings the company managed to implement during the period. Losses before taxes totaled £531 million ($762 million), compared with the preceding fiscal year's record loss of £401 million ($575 million).
Airbus has delivered the first of two A318 aircraft equipped with “steep approach” capability to British Airways, the manufacturer announced today. The A318 is the largest commercial aircraft certified to land at London City Airport (LCY), from where BA plans to launch transatlantic service to New York JFK Airport on September 29. This will be the first scheduled airline route from LCY to a destination outside of Europe.
Aviation safety officials probing the British Airways (BA) Boeing 777 accident at London Heathrow in January are continuing to focus on the fuel system. They want to know why the airplane lost power on final approach to LHR. The 777, on a long-range flight from Beijing to London, touched down 1,000 feet short of the paved surface of LHR’s Runway 27L before coming to rest astride a taxiway junction near the threshold.
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