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- London Heathrow Airport has plans to build a third runway, but these have come under great controversy. With a projected rise in passengers increasing to 67%, to accommodate 50 million extra passengers, the limit set by the UK Government of 25% for sustainable growth could be exceeded, reducing zero-waste projections by the year 2050.
- Hamburg Airport had been closed on Wednesday following the discovery of a World War Two bomb nearby the airport. As a result, no flights were being departed or landing, meaning flights inbound had to hold nearby Hamburg, or divert to other airports such as Hannover. - Although the bomb is reported to not be near any runways, as a safety precaution, they closed the airport.
- TAM Bolivia was grounded by the Bolivian government on the 23rd September until further notice. The airline was deemed not to have the correct certifications to be operating commercial flights, and the decision was made by the Telecommunications and Transportation Regulation and Control Authority (ATT). TAM Bolivia was ordered to cancel all commercial operations, and needed to make the necessary "administrative adjustments".
TAM Bolivia was born from a civilian department of the Bolivian Air Force in 2016, and prior provided passenger and cargo services to remote locations within Bolivia since 1953. TAM fell under heavy fire from regulation, since it was used to the strict regulations affiliated with civilian airlines, due to it being military owned.
- The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) expects that the Boeing 737 MAX will not return to service until February 2020. Boeing has been carefully watching what they say in terms of the return of the MAX aircraft. - Not too long ago, the SWAPA took legal action against Boeing concerning the grounding of the MAX, wishing to claim compensation of about $100 million. Boeing defended the claim and called it "merit-less".
Boeing is still required to submit the final version of its MCAS software and any necessary training to come with it to the FAA, which will be required for further simulation testing and certification, which SWAPA predicts will be late October to mid-November.
- The Airbus A220, previously the Bombardier C-Series has received a new airline customer!
Air Austral, a small carrier located in the Indian Ocean in Reunion has made a firm order of three A220-300s, making them the first carrier in the Indian Ocean region to order A220s. - Air Austral flies to destinations including India, Madagascar, South Africa and even long-haul routes to Paris. With a current fleet of only 8 aircraft, the recent order will bump the fleet up to 11 aircraft, to join their ATR 72-500's, B737-800's, B777-300ER's and B787-8's.
"The economic and operational performance of the A220 opens new possibilities for the development of our regional network from our main base, Reunion Island - in an efficient and rational way. - The 132-seat capacity module, which is more flexible, will allow us to increase our frequencies while offering more comfort to our customers and crews." - Marie-Joseph Male, Air Austral CEO.
New Routes, Planes & Liveries:
- Australian carrier Qantas will be operating its first Project Sunrise test flight from New York to Sydney on Friday. Using its Boeing 787-9, Qantas hopes that they will gain more of an insight into the effects of physical and emotional impact ultra-long-haul flights have on passengers and crew.
The flight will become the world's longest flight, with a flight-time of nearly 20 hours. The flight will depart from New York on Friday, and will land in Sydney on Sunday morning. - Qantas already operates a Perth to London Heathrow non-stop service, which started earlier this year.
- Qantas has also just received its 10th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. - Named "Longreach", the aircraft was brought into the paint shop for a special centenary livery.
- Norwegian Air Shuttle has announced that it will be increasing its Summer 2020 flights between the United Kingdom and the United States, with the flights taking place from the 29th March 2020.
London Gatwick to San Francisco will run daily, increased from just five times weekly.
London Gatwick to Denver will now run four times a week, running at the moment at three times.
London Gatwick to Tampa will run three times a week, compared to two times weekly.
- Canadian airline Air Transit has also announced the increase of flights during the Summer 2020 season. - They will be launching the first direct flight between Montreal and San Diego, with a frequency of three times a week, operated by the Boeing 787-800 and Airbus A321.
- TUI will be ending their Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights from East Midlands as of the 27th and 28th October 2019. - TUI currently operates flights from East Midlands to Cancun and Orlando Sanford using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, however, these flights will be operating out of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with the new routes starting on 3rd May 2020.
- Air Malta has retired its final Airbus A319. The last revenue flight of the aircraft was from Leipzig to Malta. - The Airbus A319 is the only one within Air Malta's fleet, with the Chairman of the airline stating that they were starting to transition to the Airbus A320neo family.
- Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has stripped CEO Dennis Muilenberg of his role as Chairman of the organisation, ensuring that this decision will help Muilenberg to focus on the running of the company. The decision was made by the board of directors and Boeing senior leadership in an attempt to give more strength to the company and the governance and safety management processes.
Rebrands & Merges:
- Announced on Tuesday, regional UK airline Flybe will be rebranding as Virgin Connect in 2020.
Flybe was bought out in February, and Flybe stated that: "As Flybe, we have been connecting passengers across the UK and Europe for 40 years, and as we embark on an ambitious transformation, Virgin Connect will continue our work as Europe's Largest Regional Airline. As part of the extended Virgin family, Virgin Connect will reflect the innovation and entrepreneurship of Virgin's wider brands, putting our customers first and offering better value."
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