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Old September 29th, 2017, 11:44 AM   #501
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EasyJet increasing by one aircraft from 12 to 13 based.

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Old October 2nd, 2017, 10:52 AM   #502
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"Monarch Airlines goes bust"...



"UK scheduled and chartered carrier Monarch Airlines has gone into administration, following failed last-minute talks with the Civil Aviation Authority around the renewal of its package holiday licence.

A statement on the gov.uk website said that:
“Administrators were appointed to Monarch Airlines Ltd and Monarch Travel Group Ltd went into administration on October 2, 2017.

“All Monarch flights have been cancelled with immediate effect, and the government has pledged to work with the CAA, who are leading the repatriation effort, to bring back all passengers currently overseas who were booked on a Monarch flight home to the UK.

“The government is organising special flights back for passengers who are affected, at no cost to them.”

The government said it had begun “an unprecedented repatriation effort to return 110,000 passengers affected by the failure of Monarch”, with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling referring to it as “the country’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation”.

“Together with the CAA, we will work around the clock to ensure Monarch passengers get the support they need,” Grayling added.

Nobody should underestimate the size of the challenge, so I ask passengers to be patient and act on the advice given by the CAA.”

The statement said that passengers “should expect to be flown home as close as possible to their planned departure dates and no earlier, and to prepare for disruption to their journeys”.

It also warned that “some passengers may need to extend their stay abroad – and others may be flown back to different UK airports, with coaches available to take them to their destination airport”.

The Monarch Airlines website now redirects to a CAA page offering further advice."

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Old October 2nd, 2017, 11:40 AM   #503
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"British Airways parent targets Monarch assets as airline ceases operations"...


"International Airlines Group reportedly interested in acquiring Monarch's take-off and landing slots, fleet and crew.

International Airlines Group reportedly interested in acquiring Monarch's take-off and landing slots, fleet and crew.

Some 300,000 future bookings have been cancelled as a result, with around 110,000 Monarch customers stranded overseas.
The government has launched its biggest ever


Some 300,000 future bookings have been cancelled as a result, with around 110,000 Monarch customers stranded overseas.
The government has launched its biggest ever"

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Old October 2nd, 2017, 02:54 PM   #504
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As I see it, the main players for Monarch's assets will be IAG and EasyJet. IAG may want to expand Vueling and it's fleet is a good match to Monarch's. Easyjet the same.
In addition, both airlines would be interested in the prime Gatwick and MAN slots that are available.
Easy are currently eyeing up (part of) Air Berlin though so perhaps to buy both would be too much at this time.

Hopefully any purchase would be made quickly with employees getting new jobs as part of the deal.
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Old October 2nd, 2017, 03:47 PM   #505
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As I see it, the main players for Monarch's assets will be IAG and EasyJet.
I agree on those 2 (in some combination) as I think Easyjet is interested in Gatwick more than the other airports.

And the 737 Max aircraft coming from next year can be offloaded to anyone who will hire Ryanair pilots away from Ryanair.
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Old October 2nd, 2017, 03:52 PM   #506
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I agree on those 2 (in some combination) as I think Easyjet is interested in Gatwick more than the other airports.



And the 737 Max aircraft coming from next year can be offloaded to anyone who will hire Ryanair pilots away from Ryanair.


I’m curious to see whether they will reveal how Monarch planned to transition their fleet from Airbus to Boeing. Did Monarch plan to let the airbus pilot go when they began to phase out the A320 family, or was their plan to retrain and pay for the new type ratings for the new B737 MAX fleet. I guess we may never find out Monarchs intentions.
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Old October 2nd, 2017, 09:53 PM   #507
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I’m curious to see whether they will reveal how Monarch planned to transition their fleet from Airbus to Boeing. Did Monarch plan to let the airbus pilot go when they began to phase out the A320 family, or was their plan to retrain and pay for the new type ratings for the new B737 MAX fleet. I guess we may never find out Monarchs intentions.
Monarch would retain all their Pilots to the 737.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 11:47 AM   #508
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"EasyJet targets former Monarch staff"

"EasyJet will hold recruitment days for Monarch cabin crew in the coming weeks.

The low cost carrier said there were opportunities for 100 cabin crew in Luton, 400 in Gatwick as well as a number of direct entry captain roles.

A number of roles are also being advertised at easyJet’s London Luton airport headquarters.

Tina Milton, head of cabin services for easyJet, said: "Many of us know people who worked for Monarch and so we are really pleased, as our recruitment drive is still open, to be able to offer opportunities to those affected.

"We will be holding recruitment days for Monarch cabin crew both in Luton and Gatwick this week with 500 positions still available. We know the Monarch crew will be a great addition to the easyJet team and look forward to meeting many of them this week."

EasyJet is also holding drop-in recruitment information sessions at its Training Academies in Luton and Gatwick between 10am-4pm from Tuesday October 3 until Friday October 6."

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Old October 4th, 2017, 12:02 PM   #509
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"Virgin Atlantic reaches new heights in Manchester"

Posted 11:30 Wednesday 27 September 2017

"Airline has announced its biggest ever season of flying from Manchester

Airport – with over 350,000 seats available to book now

Larger aircraft will operate on both New York and Atlanta routes

Increased Atlanta seats allows even more customers to connect to over 200 US destinations thanks to partnership with Delta Air Lines

Virgin Atlantic has announced its biggest ever season of flying from Manchester Airport, with nearly 40,000 more seats available to book in 2018. Flights are on sale now and with fares starting from £452*, customers need to get in there quick to bag the best deals.

Flights to both New York JFK and Atlanta have been upgraded and will now be operated by both the A330 and the largest aircraft in Virgin Atlantic’s fleet, the Boeing 747, which boasts 455 seats per aircraft, providing even more opportunity for holiday-makers and businesses across the North West to get to the US than ever before. In total the airline will now offer over 350,000 direct seats between Manchester and US airports – all of which include complimentary food and drink on board, and access to Wi-Fi.

Virgin Atlantic now flies to seven US and Caribbean destinations direct from Manchester, including the trio of new routes launched this year to San Francisco, Boston and New York. There are also easy one-stop connections to over 200 destinations including Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa and Cancun thanks to the airline’s partnership with Delta Air Lines via Atlanta and New York JFK.

Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented;

“2017 was a landmark year for Virgin Atlantic in Manchester, as we launched our hat-trick of new routes and coined the phrase ‘ManFran’ when we introduced the city’s first flight to San Francisco. We’re delighted to see that customers in the North West are enjoying our unique flying experience, and 2018 is set to be even better with the introduction of an improved schedule which provides more seats on the most popular services, and will see more of our iconic 747s aircraft and a fully Wi-Fi connected fleet.”

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said:
“To see Virgin Atlantic increase capacity on two of its most popular routes is incredibly pleasing and something which our passengers will welcome I am sure.

“The airline has an excellent selection of routes across America from the UK’s global gateway in the North, which as well as offering great holiday destinations, has also unlocked a wealth of economic opportunities for the region, most notable the carrier’s San Francisco service.” "

https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en...anchester.html
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Old October 26th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #510
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Extra SAS capacity next summer:

Oslo:

New SK4609/4610 flight on Mondays and Friday's. Some A320 usage too. Makes OSL up to 9 weekly.

Copenhagen:

3rd daily Mon-Thu re-instated using a mix of either Air Nostrum CRJ1000 or SAS A320. The morning flight also increases to a full A321 usage.

Stockholm:

A 2nd daily flight is added on Sat/Sun to make 14 weekly rather than 12. B737/A320 used.

There are the usual reductions in peak summer, but, that's quite a healthy increase from SAS.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 06:43 PM   #511
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Thomas Cook introduce a new route to Marrakech from November 2018. Will be 2 weekly on Tue/Sun.

Morroco has seen a very large increase of flights in the past 12 months.

We have had Royal Air Maroc introduce flights to Casablanca, which will increase to 4 weekly next March.

Then Easyjet and a Air Arabia Maroc have both introduced 2 weekly flights to Agadir each. This is in addition to the 2 weekly flights TUI have.

Easyjet and Thomson also serve Marrakech 2/3 weekly each.
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Old October 30th, 2017, 02:24 PM   #512
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A view of the new multi million pound redevelopment at MAN...

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Old November 1st, 2017, 02:44 PM   #513
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"Finnair to offer an extra 2,700 seats between Manchester and Helsinki over the Winter season"

"Airline to add more than 2700 seats between Manchester and Helsinki from December 2017 to March 2018

Finnair has announced that it will be increasing capacity between Manchester and Helsinki by 12 per cent, more than 2,700 seats, during the busy winter schedule in response to passenger demand.

From December certain flights operated by Embraer aircraft will be flown on larger capacity Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.

Finnair flights departing from Manchester are ideally timed to connect via the airlines’ hub, Helsinki Vantaa Airport, to five additional Lapland airports".

Full story....https://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/ne...-winter-season
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Old November 6th, 2017, 11:49 AM   #514
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"Full impact of Manchester-Beijing flights revealed"

"Direct flights between Manchester and Beijing have generated a boom in trade and tourism between the North and China, according to a major new report that is launching as a UK ministerial delegation heads to Shanghai for 'Northern Powerhouse Day' at the China International Industry Fair.

Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that Manchester Airport had secured the UK's first direct service to China outside of the South East during his state visit to Britain in October 2015, and Hainan Airlines' flights began in June 2016. Now a newly released study, entitled 'The China Dividend: One Year In', has found that the connection is generating a significant economic reward or 'China Dividend' for the Northern Powerhouse.

The study by the economic consultancy Steer Davies Gleeve is being promoted as the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken into the economic and social impact of a new, direct, long-haul route between two countries.

The 80-page report comes as a ministerial delegation from the UK government heads to Shanghai to promote trade and investment opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse. Led by trade minister Baroness Fairhead and Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry, the group will meet with prospective investors and trading partners at the China International Industry Fair where the impact study will also be presented.

The report found that in its first year of operation, the Hainan Airlines route brought a range of benefits:

The route has carried 90,000 passengers between Manchester and Beijing, 15 per cent higher than forecast and prompting an increase in frequency to a daily service between the two cities

The value of goods exported by businesses across the North from Manchester Airport to China has increased by 265 per cent to almost £200m per month

The pipeline of inward investment projects has increased with enquiries from China to Manchester property and investment agents doubling

The number of Chinese students enrolling at the University of Manchester is double the rate of other UK universities

Chinese tourists' contribution to the region's visitor economy has doubled to £138.7m per year

Lord Jim O'Neill, the economist who coined the 'BRIC' phrase to describe the high-growth markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China and was a driving force behind work to reinvigorate the northern economy, has written the report's foreword.

He said: "This is the first time that anyone has been able to pin-point so accurately the benefits of long-haul connectivity between two countries and this fascinating report shows that the upside is far wider than one may think. It helps to boost skills and knowledge and strengthen civic ties, as well as grow the economy in more obvious ways, such as through export volumes, inward investment and tourism.

"China remains a bigger economy than the other BRIC nations in aggregate and even at a growth rate of 6 to 7 per cent, it will create the equivalent of another India before the decade is out. At the earliest opportunity, further direct connectivity is needed in order for the UK to realise its ambition of China becoming one of its top three trading partners. This report makes clear why that is the case and should be essential reading for policymakers."

Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group and chairman of the Manchester China Forum, said: "This is the clearest evidence yet of how important international connectivity is to the growth ambitions of the North and UK as a whole. Manchester Airport is committed to playing an active role in creating a vibrant and globally competitive Northern Powerhouse.

"We are demonstrating that through our £1bn investment to transform the airport, which will help attract more long-haul services like the Hainan Airlines route to Beijing. One of the more important findings in this report is the significant amount of demand this route has stimulated for travel both to and from the UK and coupled with the right support from government further direct long-haul routes between the Northern Powerhouse and the world will ensure that the region can reach its full potential.""

https://www.insidermedia.com/insider...ights-revealed
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Old November 7th, 2017, 03:47 PM   #515
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"Manchester Airport Group Appoints CommonTime to Deliver Mobile Suite"


Manchester Airport Group (MAG) has awarded CommonTime a contract to develop 22 mobile applications that will support a number of key operational requirements, including airfield safety inspections, audits and risk assessments.

As UK airport operators face mounting pressures to create and implement digital strategies, the most forward-thinking organisations are seeking not only to utilise mobile in order to improve the passenger experience, but also to unlock new process efficiencies. It is these new efficiencies that CommonTime will work with Manchester Airport Group to deliver.

Head of Airfield, Safety & Compliance for Manchester Airport Group, Chris Wild, said of the project, “I am extremely pleased that Commontime were selected by the Manchester Airports Group after a rigorous tender process. Commontime not only displayed a comprehensive product to meet our needs, they presented a product and ethos that will allow us to develop a tool which can naturally grow & evolve.

I was energised by the can do attitude and limitless possibilities the team at Commontime can provide. I am really looking forward to working with Commontime and creating a strong partnership.”

Accessed via a single hub application console, the apps will include an airfield occurrence report, an aircraft turnaround audit and a hotspot inspection form. These processes currently require significant re-keying and administration. The development of an app-based, mobile solution will significantly improve both the accuracy of data captured and time-management across the team.

In addition, Manchester Airport Group will benefit from enhanced safety intelligence that enables instant trend analysis. Such data will allow a real-time picture of operational risk to be built, ensuring that safety standards at Manchester Airport are continually improved.

Ian Knight, CEO of CommonTime, commented, “The CommonTime Infinity platform is perfectly suited to rapidly building and deploying the European Airside Inspection forms that Manchester Airport Group are seeking to develop. Once live, it will be possible to develop additional forms and change processes in an agile environment, with a short turnaround time. This means that Manchester Airport Group will be able to realise significant cost savings in auditing process and improve access to records that will benefit the entire airfield operations team.“

To be deployed at Manchester Airport - the UK’s Global Gateway from the North, which handles 26 million passengers per year - the app will provide the airport a consolidated operational capacity. This will include improvements in the capacity to quickly capture & investigate actions associated with safety occurrences, collaborate with airlines, complete internal audit activity and manage operational effectiveness.

http://www.aviationpros.com/press_re...r-mobile-suite
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This is really good news - I wonder when Shanghai will launch...
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Old November 8th, 2017, 12:12 PM   #517
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"Singapore Airlines celebrates one year anniversary of Manchester-Houston route"

"Singapore Airlines today celebrates the one year anniversary of its transatlantic Manchester to Houston route.

Launched on 30 October in the year that Singapore Airlines also celebrated 30 years of flying from Manchester, the route is the first and only transatlantic flight that the airline has ever operated from the UK and helps demonstrate its long-term commitment to the North-West region.

The route has had a busy 12 months, demonstrated by a few fun facts":...

http://mediacentre.manchesterairport...houston-route/
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"Singapore Airlines celebrates one year anniversary of Manchester-Houston route"

"Singapore Airlines today celebrates the one year anniversary of its transatlantic Manchester to Houston route.

Launched on 30 October in the year that Singapore Airlines also celebrated 30 years of flying from Manchester, the route is the first and only transatlantic flight that the airline has ever operated from the UK and helps demonstrate its long-term commitment to the North-West region.

The route has had a busy 12 months, demonstrated by a few fun facts":...

http://mediacentre.manchesterairport...houston-route/
Awesome! I'm so glad they has done extremely very well. Keep it up the great work!
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Old November 9th, 2017, 01:35 PM   #519
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"Influx of foreign students sees Manchester Airport's passenger numbers rise"

• September sees 2.8m passenger use the UK’s global gateway in the North

• Growth attributed to thousands of students jetting into the Northern hub to start university

• Foreign students arrived from across the globe including Far East, Middle East and USA

• Rolling annual passenger numbers now at more than 27.6m

An influx of students arrived into Manchester Airport during September ahead of the start of the new term at universities across the North of England.

Thousands of international students arrived from around the globe, boosting passenger numbers at the UK’s third largest airport.

Students arrived from the Far East, Middle East, USA and all over Europe to some of the 25 universities inside the airport’s catchment area.

Representatives from 18 different institutions were on hand to welcome students to the UK, including the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Huddersfield, York, Liverpool, UCLAN, Bolton, Manchester and Bangor.

Following the summer peak period, lots of passengers also took advantage of cheaper prices to make the most of the last of the Mediterranean sun.

More than 2.8m people travelled through the airport’s three terminals in September. It sees the airport’s annual rolling total reach 27.6m people, a year-on-year increase of 11%.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “One of the key selling points of the Northern Powerhouse is the fact there are so many universities providing world class education and research.

"Giving international students quick and easy access to the towns and cities they have chosen for their studies is an example of Manchester Airport playing its role as the UK's global gateway in the North.

Full story....http://mediacentre.manchesterairport...-numbers-rise/
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Old November 10th, 2017, 11:54 AM   #520
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"Airport looks for new retailers and F&B outlets as part of its £1bn transformation"

Manchester Airport has unveiled a marketing campaign to attract new retailers and F&B outlets as part of its £1bn transformation programme.

The ‘We are changing’ campaign comes after construction work on Terminal Two started this summer at the UK’s third largest airport.

The transformation programme will see Terminal Two more than double in size creating 60 new units in over 167,000sqft of retail space. With more than 27 million passengers and continued growth, the airport is looking to fill the space with a range of new Food & Beverage and retail outlets.

As well as high street retailers, the airport is keen to have a wide range of independent and local brands. With retail units to suit all sizes, a new market area is also proposed for pop-up food stalls and smaller independent F&B outlets.

Two industry events will be held in Manchester in November. One will be held for existing retail partners on the 14th November whilst on the 21st November the airport is inviting interested retailers to meet the team and find out more about the exciting opportunities the development will offer. The event will be held at the Midland Hotel between 11am and 3pm.

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, said: “The transformation programme is a hugely significant investment for the airport as we look to create a facility that will give our passengers a world class experience. As part of this, we have a chance to create a unique retail environment that will be memorable and engaging for our customers.”

The campaign is inspired by Manchester’s heritage and the journey the airport is undertaking. The marketing literature features the distinctive colours of Factory Records as well as famous quotes and lyrics from local bands.

Events are invite only, so for interested retailers please contact: Sarah Wrigley, Retail Marketing Manager on [email protected]

MAN-TP will provide millions of passengers and airlines with facilities that combine state of the art services with excellent customer service. With the new development complete, the airport will be able to grow alongside a thriving northern economy to handle 45 million passengers a year, an increase of almost 20 million compared to today. The new terminal building is expected to be operational by 2020.

http://mediacentre.manchesterairport...ransformation/
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