Cyber Security: Protect your assets says the TV industry as aviation firms take computer hits...


Guard your assets!


Following several recent computing failures in the aviation industry, news reaches us that television and post production media industry concern over cyber security has accelerated in recent months, following a series of hacks and the leaking of high-profile TV shows.

Ann-Marie Corvin of Broadcast magazine talks to post-production houses about what they are doing to combat the problem:
 
With vast amounts of data coming in and out of facilities on a daily basis, it’s easy to see why they are under increased pressure to ramp up their cyber security.

The Farm Group head of IT Adam Morris likens a typical post house to “an open-door hotel on top of a data centre” with “a myriad of security angles to cover”.

Ten episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black were recently leaked in advance of their release date, following a ransomware incident at the show’s audio supplier, Larson Studios. Under pressure, the facility paid $50,000 (£40,000) to the hackers, only for their client’s shows to be leaked anyway.

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CAA GETS TOUGH ON RYANAIR CANCELLED FLIGHT SHAMBLES


 

Julian Bray writes: Rather than editorialise the CAA Press Notice; here it is in full. Remember the CAA can only take collective industry action and will not be involved in individual cases, but clearly the ground is shifting as Ryanair have until the close of business to day to be in compliance...


The support airline passengers are entitled to during disruption - including information about their rights and financial compensation - is set out in European Commission regulation EC261/2004. More information on your rights during delays and cancellations is also available from the  CAA website


Civil Aviation Authority Statement on Ryanair and other regulatory matters
• Legal steps to ensure Ryanair changes its policy on paying flight delay compensation
• CAA takes enforcement action to ensure UK passengers are protected with essential consumer rights
• Latest enforcement phase follows successful CAA action against Jet2, Aer Lingus and Wizz Air

As part of its on-going campaign to safeguard the rights of UK air passengers, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched enforcement action against Ryanair.

This action follows a review by the regulator that found Ryanair is not complying fully with European consumer law designed to support passengers following flight disruption.


 Ryanair is now required to make policy changes or face the prospect of further enforcement steps leading to court action, if the airline remains non-compliant.

This is the latest phase of enforcement activity following the CAA's comprehensive 
six month review of airlines' policies in relation to the support they offer to disrupted passengers.

The review was designed to ensure that airlines comply with the European regulations, as confirmed recently by the UK courts, safeguarding passengers' rights and providing for compensation as a result of flight disruption.

The CAA investigated the largest 15 airlines operating in the UK, representing 80 percent of all passenger traffic and published its first compliance report earlier this year.

In its initial response to the CAA, Ryanair set out how it was dealing with flight delay compensation claims where delays have been caused by a routine technical fault.


In addition, the airline confirmed its treatment of claims received from customers dating back up to six years from the disrupted flight.

Following a further review of the information presented to the CAA by Ryanair, as well as additional information provided following formal requests for further information and analysis of passenger complaints data, the CAA has concluded that:

It is not satisfied that Ryanair is dealing with compensation claims for disruption caused by routine technical faults in line with applicable consumer law - this is despite the UK Court of Appeal (in the case of Jet2.com v Huzar) clarifying how such claims are to be treated and assurances given to the CAA by Ryanair; and,

• Ryanair is attempting to impose a contractual two-year time limit, from the date of the flight, for passengers to issue compensation claims at court - despite previously publicly committing to a six year time limit and in spite of the UK Court of Appeal (Dawson v Thomson Airways) ruling that passengers have up to six years to issue such claims at court.

The CAA is pursuing legal action under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002, mandating Ryanair to change its policies to give its passengers the support and compensation they are entitled to.

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA, said:
"The law is clear that compensation must be paid if a flight is delayed for more than three hours by a routine technical fault. It is also clear that air passengers have up to six years to issue a compensation claim at court. This position was reaffirmed by the Court of Appeal last year.

"The CAA is committed to protecting the rights of air passengers and we are determined to ensure all airlines comply with this regulation.


That is why we are announcing this latest action against Ryanair today as our recent work has shown that they are not complying with this consumer law.

Our review of airline policies has already led to Jet2, Aer Lingus and Wizz Air changing their position. We will do everything in our power to ensure that passengers are receiving the support they need, and are legally entitled to, during and after disruption.”

The CAA is now completing its second compliance report which is reviewing a further 16 airlines' policies and which is due to be published by the end of the year.

If any of these airlines are found to be in breach of consumer law, the CAA will not hesitate to use its powers to launch further enforcement action to ensure that their passengers receive the legal rights to which they are entitled.

 -------------------------

• Following the CAA's first comprehensive review of airline policies, the regulator took action against three major airlines, namely Jet2, Wizz Air and Aer Lingus. 


 • In August we announced that enforcement action had been successfully completed, with two of the airlines (Jet2 and Aer Lingus) agreeing to change their policies to fully comply with the law. In respect of the third airline, Wizz Air, it has refused to remove its two year contractual limit on claims, and the CAA has now referred this matter to the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection, which is the local regulator best placed to take forward this enforcement action. 


 • Phase two of the CAA's comprehensive review of airline policies, has assessed a further 16 airlines and will be published later this year. The CAA is committed to also publishing details of any future reviews and related enforcement action.


 • The support passengers are entitled to during disruption - including information about their rights and financial compensation - is set out in European Commission regulation EC261/2004. More information on your rights during delays and cancellations is available from the 
CAA website


 • The CAA's first review looked at the policies of the 15 airlines operating in the UK with the highest passenger figures. This covered over 80 per cent of the UK's aviation market.

 • As well as the airlines previously mentioned, other airlines included in the review were: British Airways, easyJet; Emirates; FlyBe; KLM/Air France; Lufthansa; Monarch; Thomas Cook; Thomson Airways; United Airlines; and Virgin.


 • The CAA is using its formal powers under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to resolve the issues identified for the benefit of consumers and to ensure that airlines operating in the UK treat passengers fairly when adhering to the requirements under EC261/2004.


 • The review was carried out as part of a new enforcement approach that places the onus of compliance on airlines, with the CAA targeting enforcement resources specifically at problem areas.


 • The CAA's regulatory enforcement policy is available 
here.

 • While the CAA is not an ombudsman and does not have the power to force airlines to pay individual passengers' claims, it can take action in the collective interest of consumers for breaches of consumer law.

 • The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: ensuring that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.




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PLAYBOY FOUNDER HUGH HEFFNER and his big black bunny....

Obituary: Hugh Hefner

 Julian Bray recalls his time on Heffs Big Black Bunny DC9 assisted by playmate Barbie Benton       

Julian Bray writes: I well remember BBC Radio 2 Late Night Extra Producer Chris Searle ( Searle was later move to TV and one of the stars of That's Life) telephoning to say I should investigate reports of a big black bunny in the VIP area of Heathrow Airport. It was of course Hugh Hefner's huge DC9 aircraft decked out in late 60's luxury and waiting to greet me was Playboy Playmate Barbie Benton his then close companion and in charge of the Big Black Bunny on its trip to London. She graciously welcomed me on board as we walked the length of the 'plane. It was difficult to miss the fur covering on the huge oval double bed, naturally it too had a safety belt with a huge buckle in the middle. Bathroom arrangements were interesting, with what was a first for me...

Barbie Benton claimed that literally everything was done together, hence the twin loos side by side... Heff liked his stewardesses properly dressed, the uniform was a wet look leather sculpted costume draped around the aviation bunnies.

As if on a mission, Barbie expertly guided me back to the bedroom.
 
We had missed Heffs pride and joy! The recessed professional cinema 35mm film widescreen projector and the library of first run films in metal canisters!
 
Clearly you need something to while away the long hours at 35,000 feet when snuggled down and strapped into the bed (for safety reasons) with a playmate - or two.

No contest, it would be the best that Warner Brothers had to offer on the not so big screen at the end of the oval bed and the sound pumping out of eight stereo hidden speakers, bliss.   
 

Hugh Hefner with his girl friend Barbi Benton and London Playboy Club bunnies
Heff with his then girlfriend Barbie Benton on a visit to London

For some 20 years, Playboy Magazine dominated its market, with circulation peaking at over seven million in the early 1970s,  a survey suggested that a quarter of all male college students in America were buying the magazine. It contained the finest contemporary writing in the magazine market, with Saul Bellow, Arthur C Clarke, Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal were among the regular contributors.
Hugh Hefner and Bunnies with the Big Bunny DC9
Heff at London Heathrow Airport in the early 1970's with his arm around girlfriend  and playmate Barbie Benton surrounded by UK Playboy Club  bunnies..
As the excellent BBC obituary says: At this time Hefner was living a life of luxury and indulgence in his two Playboy mansions, accompanied by an ever-changing cast of celebrities and pneumatic girlfriends, and shuttling between them in his personalised DC9, the Big Black Bunny.

But few hacks in the UK can say they were shown Heffs twin holed loo. 'Its a little hidded' chirped Barbie, even she was lost for words, as was Late Night Extra producer Chris Searle..."We'll run the tape as it is, all 20 minutes of it, no edits, just as you Julian recorded it, a full UHER tape spool and we'll back it with a Woolworths recording of a distorted violin playing 'A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody' 

Presenter John Benson just threw his script in the air, and walked out of the gallery...muttering darkly.

Hopefully the programme audio recording has been preserved somewhere.  Should also mention, the other BBC radio news reporter on duty that night during the 'Late Night Extra' programme was a young chap, by the name of John Simpson. Wonder whatever happened to him?

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NEW COMPUTER GLITCH HITS MAJOR AIRLINES AMADEUS GLOBAL RESERVATION SYSTEM



A computer glitch of the type that wiped out British Airways for a few days back in the summer, has now knocked out the powerful global Amadeus Computer Airline reservation system. Amadeus software systems manage reservation, ticketing and several other check-in desk functions.

British Airways, Qantas, Southwest, Lufthansa and several USA airlines are among its customers. 

Passengers reported problems at several major airport hubs including London Gatwick and Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Melbourne Australia and some USA airports. 
A passenger management system program: Amadeus Altea passenger management system, was the prime cause however  technicians claimed the problem had been quickly identified, resolved and there were no further reported delays.

An Amadeus spokesman said: "During the morning, we experienced a network issue that caused disruption to some of our systems.

"Amadeus technical teams took immediate action to identify the cause of the issue and restore services as quickly as possible. That action is ongoing with services gradually being restored. 

"Amadeus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers."

The rival global airline reservation system Galileo is said to be unaffected, both systems were introduced in the 1970's and contain a high element of legacy data. which needs constant monitoring.



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RYANAIR ANNOUNCES A NEW ROUND OF CANCELLATIONS AND 25 PLANES MOTHBALLED. CAA OPENS INVESTIGATION

In a shocking new move, Ryanair is now cancelling a further 18,000 flights affecting 400,000 bookings between November this year and right through to March 2018.
All London / Scotland flights are cancelled.
Civil Aviation Authority now investigating compliance issues over rebooking flights with other airlines.



In a new and unexpected round of cancellations over 30  routes ( and possibly a few more) have been effectively mothballed over the quieter winter period, including all flights from London to Scotland.

Other carriers already service most of the routes, cancelled by Ryanair so this will reduce overall and possibly surplus capacity.

The airline has confirmed it is removing 25 of its 400 planes from service resulting in 2 million fewer passengers carried than was originally scheduled in the year to March 2018. Effectively this is 129 million down from 131 million.

In the year to March 2019, Ryanair now says it will carry 4 million fewer customers than planned, with the number falling from 142 million to 138 million.

The additional 400,000 cancellations, is in addition to the  315,000 bookings cancelled earlier this month. Those affected will additionally get a 'bonus' voucher designed to cover the cost of another later Ryanair flight.....

It is estimated the cancellation and compensation costs budgeted for will be in the region of  €25m. The move is designed to "eliminate" they say all risk of further flight cancellations.

A complicating factor is that Ryanair has been forced to make and additional cancellation round as their pilots have nearly all refused to surrender part of their holiday in return for an extra payment (at the end of next year) £12,000 with certain retention conditions.

The delays announced earlier  (and explained on this link)were caused by management "messing up" pilots' rotas said the airline.

The 34 suspended Ryanair routes from November to March 2018:

1. Bucharest - Palermo18. Sofia - Castellon
1. Bucharest - Palermo2. Chania - Athens18. Sofia - Castellon19. Sofia - Memmingen
1. Bucharest - Palermo3. Chania - Pafos18. Sofia - Castellon20. Sofia - Pisa
1. Bucharest - Palermo4. Cologne - Berlin18. Sofia - Castellon21. Sofia - Stockholm
1. Bucharest - Palermo5. Chania - Thessaloniki18. Sofia - Castellon22. Sofia - Venice
1. Bucharest - Palermo6. Edinburgh - Szczecin18. Sofia - Castellon23. Thessaloniki - Bratislava
1. Bucharest - Palermo7. Glasgow - Las Palmas18. Sofia - Castellon24. Thessaloniki - Paris
1. Bucharest - Palermo8. Hamburg - Edinburgh18. Sofia - Castellon25. Thessaloniki - Warsaw
1. Bucharest - Palermo9. Hamburg - Katowice18. Sofia - Castellon26. Trapani - Baden Baden
1. Bucharest - Palermo10. Hamburg - Oslo18. Sofia - Castellon27. Trapani - Frankfurt
1. Bucharest - Palermo11. Hamburg - Thessaloniki18. Sofia - Castellon28. Trapani - Genoa
1. Bucharest - Palermo12. Hamburg - Venice18. Sofia - Castellon29. Trapani - Krakow
1. Bucharest - Palermo13. London Gatwick - Belfast18. Sofia - Castellon30. Trapani - Parma
1. Bucharest - Palermo14. London Stansted - Edinburgh18. Sofia - Castellon31. Trapani - Rome
1. Bucharest - Palermo15. London Stansted - Glasgow18. Sofia - Castellon32. Trapani - Trieste
1. Bucharest - Palermo16. Newcastle - Faro18. Sofia - Castellon33. Wroclaw - Warsaw
1. Bucharest - Palermo17. Newcastle - Gdansk18. Sofia - Castellon34. Gdansk - Warsaw

List research courtesy CITYAM

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FRENCH AIRBUS MANGLES THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS 'LAMINARITY' REDUCES FRICTION AND CUTS CO2 AS WELL


Flight Lab 

No sooner is Mr Dyson is in the news, then we hear of another application featuring 'Blade' technology, only this time its not a trendy hand dryer but the Airbus A340-300 prototype flying with some interesting wing attachments as a test bed for the investigation of friction reducing potential of laminar flow wings.


Essentially the technology is designed to reduce wing airflow friction by 50percent, and as a bonus reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5percent.

Airbus said in its statement, the laminar-flow “BLADE” test demonstrator aircraft (A340-300 MSN001) has made its successful maiden flight for the EU-sponsored Clean Sky “Blade” project. The aircraft, took off from the Tarbes aerodrome in southern France and after a series of successful tests it landed at Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, after being airborne for three hours and 38 minutes.

The BLADE project – which stands for “Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe” – assesses the feasibility of introducing the technology for commercial aviation. Dubbed 'Flight Lab' it is the first test aircraft in the world to combine a transonic laminar wing profile with a true internal primary structure.

The technical bit is also seen attached to the outside the aircraft, fitted with two representative transonic laminar outer-wings, while inside the cabin a highly complex specialist flight-test-instrumentation (FTI) station is installed.

“We began by opening the flight envelope to check that the aircraft was handling correctly,” says  Airbus Flight-Test Engineer, Philippe Seve. “We achieved our objective to fly at the design Mach number, at a reasonable altitude and check everything was fine. We also checked that the FTI was working as expected, to identify further fine-tuning for the next flights.”

Blade’s prime task is to measure the tolerances and imperfections which can be present and still sustain what is termed 'laminarity'.

Airbus say they will simulate every type of imperfection in a controlled manner, so that at the end of the campaign the tolerances for building a laminar wing will be fully known. The 'Flight Lab' will perform around 150 flight hours in the coming months.

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US applies punative 220% price hike on Bombardier C-series jets to scupper deals with US domestic airlines following Boeings furious complaint


What a shabby deal! List price plus a protectionist near 220% Trump Import Tax on top for US customers!!!!

Bombardier C-Series List price plus 220% premium for US markets?


A furious Northern Ireland based Canadian subsidiary Aerospace firm Bombardier has described the US Department of Commerce's shocking preliminary ruling - essentially marking up the delivery price of a new C-series passenger jet to USA customers by an astonishing circa. 220percent, as  quote "absurd".

It's all because heavily subsidised (in the milspec department!) US company Boeing bleated that Bombardier correctly applied for and used 'unfair state subsidies from the UK and Canada' enabling the firm to employ 4,100 people and this helping Bombardier to win a major order with a US domestic airline.

Stunned managers in Northern Ireland said Boeing was seeking to use US trade laws "to stifle competition."

Julian Bray Aviation expert comments:  "Its a natural position to brag about a huge debut order of 125 for the innovative C-series Bombardier passenger jet with a US domestic airline Delta, and although Boeing abandoned the Delta market some years ago; possibly this was the last straw for the US Boeing Company currently nursing an ever decreasing order book, and experiencing supply chain problems for its rival jet and wider bodied unfashionable product lines.

What is not realised is that The US Department of Commerce preliminary ruling against Bombardier will also directly hit some 800 small component manufactures in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, in addition to Bombardier Northern Irelands' 4,000 plus workforce where complete wing sections for the new C-series is assembled.  

If the ruling is finally confirmed in February, expect widespread cautionary redundancy notices to be issued almost immediately.  It is as brutal as that. 

Politically Mrs May is unlikely to retaliate,  apart from being 'bitterly disappointed' however Defence Minister Michael Fallon is now belatedly suggesting all UK Government contracts with Boeing will have to be reassessed, together with two new contracts. 

Mr Corbyn on his last conference and triumphal big final speech day, will probably bury his nose in a book, but don't expect this to be a major consideration at any of the party conferences, but possibly the shape of things to come post brexit! 

It has to be said many US subsidiaries now established in the United Kingdom, have taken advantage of development subsidies, but Boeing chose to stay silent..."    

Bombardier in a statement just released that the ruling against it was "divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion dollar aircraft programmes"...

The Belfast firm claimed it had created a "superior aircraft" more efficient and comfortable, however Boeing was trying to prevent "US passengers from realising these benefits, irrespective of the harm that it would cause to the US aerospace industry and the cost to airlines and consumers". 

The whole issue will be considered by the US International Trade Commission for a final ruling in February. Watch this space ...


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CAMBRIDGE AIR CRASH CAUSED BY AN INCORRECT WING SETTING SAYS AAIB REPORT

 
 
 
A Cessna light aircraft crash in which a man died and another was seriously injured,  was caused by an incorrect wing flap setting, an Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has found.

The 58-year-old pilot was killed on 17 October 2016 at Bourn Airfield, near Cambridge.

The air accident report found the flap setting resulted in "excess drag" during take-off, and affected the climb of the plane so much that it went into a nose-dive and then impacted on the ground.

The AAIB commented  that it was one of a number of incidents where a pilot had mistakenly used the wrong wing flap setting and the AAIB recommended that particular mention of this should be made in training.
The pilot was described at the time of the crash as "meticulous" and "experienced".

Source; BBCNEWS, AAIB


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INSOLVENT AIR BERLIN SETS CUT OFF DATE FOR NEGOTIATIONS AS 'BATTLE' FOR SLOTS AND CREWS HOTS UP...

Latest: Lufthansa & easyJet set to scoop up insolvent airberlin ...

A Christmas cracker for one lucky bidder (including easyJet) awaits...
 
 
Air Berlin’s creditors are favouring the German Lufthansa and the Uk's easyJet as preferred buyers for the insolvent carrier’s aviation interests and are to enter into a three week negotiation period.

The news emerged in a statement issued by Air Berlin. However other assets including the maintenance unit will probably reside with other bidders. The failed airline has circa 8,000 employees and operates a leased in fleet of over 144 aircraft.

Air Berlin was declared insolvent after major financial supporter and shareholder Etihad pulled out in August. Industry insiders suggest that Lufhansa who have 38 wet leased (crew and plane) Air Berlin aircraft and are said to be in the market for some 30 to 40 short haul planes.

Air Berlins negotiation team have set October 12 as the cut off date for deal-making.
 
Two sources familiar with the matter had told Reuters on Thursday that Lufthansa was set to pick up a large part of the carrier.
 
In addition to the hard assets such as plans, Berlin’s prized airport slots, and operational crews have attracted interest those airlines and other investors, including former Formula One driver Niki Lauda.
 
Also, sources familiar with the matter had told Reuters earlier this week that Spanish based IAG who own the British Airways brand had expressed an interest for parts or all of Air Berlin, but this now seems not to be on the table, leaving the way clear for Lufthansa and easyJet.
 
Meanwhile, the deadline for bids for the Air Berlin maintenance unit, and its 850 employees, has been unexpectedly extended to Oct. 6.
 
The main bidders have all declined to comment on progress, but an insider suggested the maintenance unit bid indications were 'disappointing' and needed to be revised upwards.
 

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CARGOLOGICAIR FLIES UK GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES TO THE CARIBBEAN: TO FEED AND REHYDRATE ITS UK TROOPS AND UK GOVERNMENT SUPPORT STAFF



A Boeing 747-400 [Jumbo] all cargo freighter operated by British cargo airline, CargoLogicAir, departed from East Midlands Airport yesterday carrying 110 tonnes of goods. Included in the consignment was 70 tonnes of bottled water and 40 tonnes of ready-to-eat meals for UK troops delivering expert emergency assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma. 
 
The cargo flight on behalf of the UK Government to support over 1,000 British troops and Government support staff now helping to deal with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.
 
Its not known if the UK Government flight also included emergency supplies and equipment for local rescue workers and survivors as on two earlier flights chartered on behalf of the French government...

 
The flight to BarbadosGrantley Adams International Airport was organised by UK charter broker, Air Charter Service (ACS).

Onboard the CargoLogicAir aircraft were 70 tonnes of bottled water and 40 tonnes of ready-to-eat meals for UK troops delivering expert emergency assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma. 

 
This was CargoLogicAir’s third charter flight carrying goods to the Caribbean region in the last seven days. It has already delivered over 200 tonnes of relief goods for the French Government.

The earlier flights on 13 and 16 September from Vatry to Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet Airport, Guadeloupe, carried special equipment to restore power supplies on the island as well as bottled water, non-perishable food, sanitary products and other equipment to help rescue workers.

 
Dmitry Grishin, CEO of CargoLogicAir, said: “In the immediate period after a natural disaster, the first priority is to ensure a fast response to help victims and relief workers by providing basic essentials such as fresh water, food and medical equipment, and to help restore the power, water and communications infrastructure. Once some stability is restored in the region, the next phase will be to begin the huge rebuilding programme that is needed across the Caribbean, which is likely to require further air logistics support. With our network into Mexico, we’ll be able to offer more capacity, not only on a charter basis but also by utilising our regular services into the region.”

 
Howard Ebison, East Midlands Airport’s Operations Director, added: “We’re delighted to be able to facilitate CargoLogicAir’s flight which is taking goods to a stricken part of the world. The reputation we have for being a leading cargo hub combined with our central location means that we can respond quickly to such requests. I’m proud that we are playing a part in supporting British troops overseas, enabling them to receive much needed supplies to allow them to continue with their relief efforts.”

 
East Midlands Airport handles 330,000 tonnes of cargo a year. Last year it facilitated over £9bn of trade which helped UK business export to over 200 different countries around the world. Latin America, Asia and sub-saharan Africa are the three biggest regions for exports. The airport’s cargo operation is a critical piece of national infrastructure and is home to major logistics firms such as DHL and the Royal Mail.

Background: CargoLogicAir is Britain’s only all-cargo airline, headquartered at London Stansted Airport and currently operating a fleet of three modern Boeing 747 cargo aircraft capable of transporting up to 135 tonnes of cargo. Since awarded an Air Operator Certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority in January 2016, the airline has been providing global charter services, outsourced cargo capacity to other airline partners, and has recently introduced the first scheduled route linking the UK and Mexico via Atlanta and Houston.

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RYANAIR WE MESSED UP



Ryanair cancelled more than 160 flights last weekend, with roughly the same number failing to operate over the next three days as a result of pilot holiday block bookings.

Cancellations up to and including Wednesday 20 September are listed on Ryanair’s website, however there will be further cancellations over the coming six weeks, with more announced on Thursday 21 September. All cancellations proposed have now been published.

The airline is trying to clear a backlog of pilots’ holidays that has resulted in no pilots being available to complete a full summer weight schedule and this has also impacted on reduced punctuality. The airline is offering passengers – estimated to be some 400,000 – affected by the disruption the option of a full refund or a change of booking, subject to availability.

The airline is only obliged to re-book at “the earliest opportunity.” Under EU/261/2004 regulations, the airline is obliged to offer either €250 or €400 cash compensation, depending on the distance of the flight cancelled (up to 1,500km and 3,500km respectively). This is in addition to a any fare refund or re-booking.

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/angry-ryanair-pilots-say-o-leary-is-dragging-us-through-the-dirt-1.3230929   Airline unlikely to become Unionised says Julian Bray.


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UK's CARGOLOGICAIR’S FAST BOEING 747-400 ALL CARGO JUMBOJET RESPONSE TO HURRICANE-STRICKEN GUADALUPE FOR THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT


A Stansted UK based CargoLogicAir 747-400 ALL CARGO JUMBO being loaded with disaster relief supplies on instructions from the French Government....In the aftermath of Irma, CargoLogicAir has so far operated two flights, carrying nearly 200 tonnes of humanitarian goods to hurricane-affected areas. 

'Mothballed' Jumbo jets all parked up. With very little effort they could all be quickly pressed into service to ferry disaster relief supplies to devastated areas, rather that relying on sea transport...
 
 
The devastating impact of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Florida and its impact on the region has highlighted the vital importance of fast response logistics services to deliver humanitarian aid to the worst affected areas. Something the current UK Government has yet to grasp.  
In the aftermath of Irma, CargoLogicAir has so far operated two flights, carrying nearly 200 tonnes of humanitarian goods to hurricane-affected areas.
Both of the flights were operated by the British cargo airline’s Boeing 747-400F on behalf of the French Government.
The first flight on 13th September from Vatry to Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet Airport, Guadalupe, was followed shortly afterwards by the second flight on 16th September.
The first flight from France departed within less than 48 hours of the initial enquiry being received.
Dmitry Grishin, CEO of CargoLogicAir, said: “We may still be a relatively new name in the world of aviation but our highly experienced team of air logistics professionals have many years’ expertise in the airline industry, including providing a fast response to such situations where humanitarian relief is urgently needed.
We anticipate operating several more flights in the coming days.
 CargoLogicAir is Britain’s only all-cargo airline, based  at London Stansted Airport and currently operating a fleet of three modern Boeing 747 'JUMBO' cargo aircraft each capable of transporting up to 135 tonnes of cargo.
Since being awarded an Air Operator Certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority in January 2016, the airline has been providing global charter services, outsourced cargo capacity to other airline partners, and has recently introduced the first scheduled route linking the UK and Mexico via Atlanta and Houston.


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RYANAIR EUROPEAN REGULATION 261/2004 RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF DENIED BOARDING, FLIGHT DELAY OR FLIGHT CANCELLATION

 
 
The EC notice  below (known as a V13) appears on the Ryanair website which as of 12:10pm on Monday September 18 2017 seems to have crashed. V13 sets out your rights to compensation and other matters.... It follows on from Julian Brays' BBC radio broadcasts throughout the day on BBC5Live, BBC Scotland and BBC Local Radio Stations throughout the UK...


Just published: FULL LIST of proposed Ryanair flight cancellations


NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF DENIED BOARDING, FLIGHT DELAY OR FLIGHT CANCELLATION

(V13) The contact details of the EU National Enforcement Body (NEBs), in the United Kingdom is: Passenger Complaints Unit Civil Aviation Authority CAA House 45-59 Kingsway London WC2B 6TE Tel: +44 20 7453 6888 Fax: +44 20 7240 7071, E-mail: passengercomplaints@caa.co.uk. For information on other NEBs  enquire at the Ryanair airport ticket desk.
This notice contains important information about your rights established by European Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004 (‘the Regulation’) and applies to you if:


You have a confirmed reservation on a flight operated by Ryanair DAC purchased at a fare available directly or indirectly to the general public; and (except in the case where your flight has been cancelled) you have presented yourself for check-in before the Check-In Deadline as specified by us in our General Terms & Conditions of Travel or related regulations; and  your flight is departing from an airport in the EU or from an airport in a country outside the EU to an airport in the EU (unless it is evident that you received benefits or compensation and were given assistance in such other country and that those benefits, compensation and assistance directly correspond to your entitlement under the Regulation); and  you have not been denied boarding by reason of a matter set out in our General Terms & Conditions of Travel or related regulations; and you have been denied boarding involuntarily or your flight is delayed by more than two hours beyond its scheduled departure time, or cancelled. 

DENIED BOARDING
Ryanair, as a policy, does not overbook its flights. However, in the unlikely event that a seat is not available for a passenger with a confirmed reservation, we will seek volunteers to surrender their seats in exchange for benefits that we and the volunteer may agree upon before involuntarily denying boarding to other passengers. If there are insufficient volunteers and we deny you boarding involuntarily, you are entitled to the relevant rights set out in paragraphs 1 to 3 below.


FLIGHT DELAY
If we reasonably expect your flight to be delayed for two hours or more beyond its scheduled time of departure in the case of flights of 1500km or less (but three hours or more in the case of all intra-EU flights of more than 1,500km and of all other flights operated by us between 1,500km and 3,500km), you are entitled to the relevant rights set out in paragraphs 1 to 3 below.

 
FLIGHT CANCELLATION
If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to the rights set out below (see following sections 1.; 2.; and 3.). As regards your right to compensation, please note that Ryanair is entitled to refuse compensation when: you are informed of the cancellation at least two weeks before the scheduled time of departure; or you are informed of the cancellation between two weeks and seven days before the scheduled time of departure and are offered re-routing, allowing you to depart no more than two hours before the scheduled time of departure and reach your final destination less than four hours after the scheduled time of arrival; or you are informed of the cancellation less than seven days before the scheduled time of departure and are offered re-routing, allowing you to depart no more than one hour before the scheduled time of departure and to reach your final destination less than two hours after the scheduled time of arrival; or 
we can prove that the cancellation is caused by extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken by Ryanair, including
not limited to political instability, safety and security reasons, weather disruption, labour disputes or failure or delay of air traffic control facilities.


1. RIGHT TO COMPENSATION 

If you are involuntarily denied boarding or your flight is cancelled or delayed by three or more hours with respect to the scheduled arrival time (provided no extraordinary circumstances occur), you are entitled to receive the following amount from us:

 €250 in respect of all flights of 1,500km or less; or
€00 in respect of all intra-EU flights of more than 1,500km, and for all other flights between 1,500km and 3,500km. 

If we are able to offer you re-routing on an alternative flight and the arrival time of the re-routed flight does not exceed the scheduled arrival time of the flight booked:
 by two hours, in respect of all flights of 1,500km or less; or
by three hours, in respect of all intra-EU flights of more than 1,500km, and for all other flights between 1,500km and 3,500km. 
The compensation set out above may be reduced by 50%. Distances shall be measured by the great circle route method.


2. RIGHT TO REIMBURSEMENT OR RE-ROUTING 

If you are denied boarding (whether voluntarily or involuntarily) or your flight is cancelled, you are additionally entitled to choose between:


a) reimbursement pursuant to Article 8(1) of the Regulation within seven days, by means provided for in Article 7(3), of the full cost of the ticket at the price at which it was bought, for the part or parts of the journey not made and for the part or parts already made if the flight is no longer serving any purpose in relation to the passenger’s original travel plan; or


b) re-routing, under comparable transport conditions, to your final destination at the earliest opportunity; or
c) re-routing, under comparable transport conditions, to your final destination at a later date at your convenience, subject to availability of seats.

If your flight is delayed by at least five hours and you elect not to travel, you are entitled to receive reimbursement as set out in point (a) above, together with, when relevant, a return flight to the first point of departure, at the earliest opportunity.


3. RIGHT TO CARE 

If you are involuntarily denied boarding or if your flight is cancelled or delayed by more than 2 hours, we will offer you, free of charge:
a) meals and refreshment vouchers in reasonable relation to the waiting time, as long as it will not further delay the departure of the aircraft;
b) two telephone calls, telex or fax messages or e-mails;
c) hotel accommodation in cases where a stay of one or more nights becomes necessary, or where a stay additional to that intended by you becomes necessary;
d) transport between the airport and place of accommodation (hotel or other).

If your flight is delayed as specified under ‘Flight Delay’ above or cancelled without notice being given to you prior to your arrival at the airport of departure Ryanair will offer you items (a) and (b) above. If, as a result of the delay or your being re-routed following a cancellation, your new time of departure is reasonably expected to be at least the day after the original day of departure, we will also offer you items (c) and (d) above. Where it is not feasible for Ryanair to arrange the care set out above, Ryanair will reimburse you for your reasonable receipted expenses upon application to: Ryanair Customer Services Dept., P.O Box 11451, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

(V13)



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