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British Airways

Pilots are in demand and whilst the days of British Airways' sponsored courses are well behind us now, it is clearly a worthwhile and financially attractive career for young people to consider. Whilst every expanding budget airline around the globe is looking for flight deck crew, the world of executive aviation is also in the recruitment mood. Typically NetJets Europe is in the market for over 100 pilots. Their requirements are a minimum of 1,500 hours total flying time, 500 hours multiengine, a valid EC passport allowing unrestricted worldwide travel and full European ATPL. As the company puts it, "Pilots should also have a strong motivation to deliver excellence". In the executive aviation business you often actually meet your passengers. NetJets Europe employs more than 500 flight deck crew and has a fleet of over 85 aircraft, ranging from the little Citation Bravo to the $44m Gulfstream 550; an ultra long-range aircraft capable of nonstop travel from London - Singapore. February 12, 2006

BA Connect

BA Connect has unveiled it first aircraft in the new color scheme, an Embraer 145 used on routes out of Birmingham. On Tuesday (7 February) David Evans, managing director of the British Airways subsidiary, will confirm at a news conference a new route to Belfast City Airport, competing directly with bmi. BA Connect also flies to Aberdeen, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Lyon, Madrid, Milan (Malpensa) and Paris CDG and has a seasonal switch between Nice (summer only) and Geneva (winter only). Mr. Evans is also expected to discuss the rise of Coventry Airport in competition with Birmingham and his expectations for BA Connect. Feb 6, 2006

Eastern Airways

Newcastle now has an alternative route to London with the opening last week of a four times weekdaily service by Eastern Airways from the local airport to London City. The route is currently operated by a single class Dornier 328 turboprop with a flight time of 1 hour 15 minutes. The airline points out that whilst the very popular Saab cruises at a lesser speed than typically the Airbus A320 series aircraft used by British Airways into Heathrow, LCY is not subject to the congestion both on the ground and in the air at London's major international airport. Rob Andrews and the Newcastle Falcons rugby team took the first ever flight southbound. Feb 6, 2006

Swiss International

Swiss International, under its new Lufthansa management, is beginning to take on a more aggressive role. On the long haul front, daily service between Zurich and JFK will double. Within Europe, service on the Zurich - London City route is to be expanded to 7 flights daily (compensating for a loss of Heathrow frequencies). A new daily midday flight is being added on the Zurich - Athens and the Zurich - Budapest routes, bringing both of these operations up to three flights daily. February 12, 2006


We very rarely publicize awards, as there are too many of them, and particularly in one specific case, not even creditable. However when it comes to the US-based magazine Air Transport World (ATW) they do carry respect, having been established 32 years, the award winners always deserving. Airline of the year goes to Cathay Pacific, Regional Airline of the year VLM (effectively based at London City) and the technology achievement award to Embraer for the 170 series aircraft. February 12, 2006


WiderOe, part of the SAS Group, is to connect Edinburgh and Newcastle to Bergen (Norway). From 27 April the new services will complement Wideroe's existing double daily flights from Aberdeen to Stavanger and Bergen. Wideroe will operate four direct flights a week from Edinburgh to Bergen and twice-weekly flights from Newcastle. All services will be operated by Dash 8-300s 50-seat aircraft. Just as with a great many carriers Wideroe now allows passengers to book their trips as two separate flights. One advantage is the ability to take the cheapest fare possible on the way out, when a fixed day of travel is known, and then go up to a higher price band for flexibility on the return. This is ideal for business people who are not sure of their arrangements. Feb 6, 2006
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Date:Feb 13, 2006
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