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Nov 10, 2008

Safety regulators are preparing to finalize an update to the 'blacklist' of airlines banned from European Union operations, as early indications suggest EU carriers might be included for the first time. Ukrainian operators feature on the current blacklist and other states on the continent - notably Bulgaria - have worked to avoid a carrier ban. Nov 9, 2008

Bmi, Manchester

Bmi declined comment on rumors that it intends to cancel long-haul operations from Manchester. CEO Nigel Turner will inform unions about the restructuring and make a formal announcement Wednesday. Bmi presently flies to Chicago O'Hare, Las Vegas, Antigua and Barbados from MAN. Nov 4, 2008 11/4/2008

Bmi, Manchester, London

Bmi will discontinue long-haul operations from Manchester next year and transfer the two A330s currently based at MAN to London Heathrow. It will stop flying from MAN to Chicago O'Hare on Jan. 14 and to Las Vegas, Barbados and Antigua following the mid-April Easter holiday."Long-haul services from Manchester have never performed to the levels that we had hoped and we see little prospect of change or improvements in their performance," bmi CEO Nigel Turner said. "In sharp contrast, a number of our mid-haul routes from Heathrow, including Cairo and Amman, are performing extremely well. They have clear potential for further growth." The carrier launched long-haul service from MAN in 2001, primarily because of its inability at that time to serve the US from LHR owing to Bermuda II. Nov 6, 2008

British Airways OpenSkies, L'Avion, Boeing

British Airways' premium transatlantic operation OpenSkies is intending to reconfigure the aircraft of French counterpart L'Avion as part of the carriers' integration. OpenSkies operates two-class ex-British Airways Boeing 757-200s while L'Avion has single-class all-business 757-200s with 90 seats. Speaking to Flightglobal ahead of a Royal Aeronautical Society event in London, OpenSkies managing director Dale Moss said: "In the course of the next couple of months, we will reconfigure these aircraft," says Moss, adding: "We will put a decal on L'Avion [aircraft] saying 'OpenSkies/L'Avion.' Nov 6, 2008

British Eagle International

Operators of a vintage Douglas DC-6 have been blocked from conducting a commemorative service to London Heathrow, owing to congestion concerns at the hub. Sporting the colors of British Eagle International Airlines, the DC-6 had been due to commemorate the carrier's last flight - from...

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