Luxair, Luxembourg’s one-third government-owned private carrier, is rationalizing its regional-airline fleet and route system to improve productivity and profitability. “We’re restructuring everything, including the network,” Luxair executive vice president Martin Isler told AIN.
London City Airport
Expansion plans for both Biggin Hill and Southend Airports promise important benefits for business aircraft operators making for the UK capital. Both airports are prefixed “London,” but unlike some others that make similar claims they are in fact physically closer than many.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has presented Embraer with a type certificate for its E-195 airliner, the largest airplane in its stable and the last member of the company’s flagship E-Jet family. The approval comes a little more than two weeks after Brazil’s new certification authority granted its approval and clears the way for deliveries to the 195’s first European operator, FlyBE.
Airbus’ A318, and the A318 Elite executive version, are undergoing approval to make 5.5-degree steep approaches, such as that used into London City Airport. The steep approach approval, which included flight trials by the A318 into London City in mid-May, will enable the type to fly into airports that are constrained by surrounding obstacles or restrictive noise limits.
At press time, London City Airport was expecting to have received a total of 7,000 business aviation movements last year–a level of traffic it had not been projected to reach until 2007. Business aircraft, which are handled through the Jet Centre FBO, now account for 10 percent of all traffic at London City.
Raytheon Aircraft is trying to obtain approval for the Hawker 400XP to use London City Airport. The aircraft has already made a test flight into the downtown London airport in a bid to convince the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that it can handle the 5.5-degree steep approach and 4,300-foot runway.
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.
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