Airline & Travel News: Airline News - Europe
Oct 27, 2008
Air traffic control surveillance using automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast as a sole means has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency. At present only a small fleet of "pioneer airlines" is suitably equipped to benefit from this, says Eurocontrol, adding that the sole-means ATC surveillance clearance applies in areas that have no radar cover.
This is the first fully operational - rather than trial - clearance for ADS-B use in Europe, and represents the first step in a programme that will see aircraft and air navigation service provider equipage with 1090MHz ADS-B extended squitter become mandatory by 2015. Then it will become the primary surveillance mode for air traffic management and for pilot air traffic situational awareness and airborne separation assistance. Oct 22, 2008
British Airways, Atlanta
British Airways announced that it will move its Atlanta originating flights to London Heathrow Airport from London Gatwick Airport starting March 29, 2009. The move to Heathrow, made possible through the Open Skies agreement signed last March between the USA and European Union, will provide Atlanta passengers the experience of arriving, departing or connecting through Heathrow's Terminal 5, the newest and most technologically advanced airline terminal in Europe. In addition, Terminal 5 boasts a myriad of shops and restaurants plus the exclusive Galleries Lounges for premium customers. For customers making connections through Terminal 5, the facility provides a convenient transit to other British Airways destinations on the carrier's global network. British Airways operates a daily evening Boeing 777 flight from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport to London that arrives the following morning. Return westbound flights from London depart in the early afternoon and arrive back at Atlanta the same afternoon. British Airways aircraft operate in a four-class configuration: First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller economy class. For more information, visit www.ba.com. Oct 24, 2008
Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines
Lufthansa was the only carrier to confirm its interest in bidding for Austrian Airlines Group by the Tuesday deadline, Austrian competition authorities confirmed yesterday. However, the sale of the state's stake in the flag carrier remains up in the air following the suspension of AAG's shares and owing to Lufthansa's...