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07-02-2020 18:12:49 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
The aviation industry is currently responsible for around 2% of carbon emissions globally each year1, and this is forecast to triple by 20502. With this projected rate in mind, members of the Sustainable Aviation coalition, which includes most major airlines and airports, as well as aerospace manufacturers, are planning to sign a commitment to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2050, with a third ...

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23-01-2020 12:23:40 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
The Henley Passport Index ranks all of the world’s passports by the number of destinations that their holders can access without a prior visa. The Henley Passport Index for 2020 ranked Japan and Singapore as the world’s most travel-friendly passports offering access to 191 and 190 countries respectively.[1] The lowest ranked country is Afghanistan in which a citizen can only ...

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22-01-2020 12:37:35 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
With Britain’s biggest regional airline, Flybe, reported to be at the verge of collapse this week, news outlets reported that the carrier was trying to secure additional funding and that the accountancy firm Ernst & Young was on standby to handle the possible administration of the Flybe Group if the funding talks were unsuccessful. Normal operations continued and the airline stated that ...

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21-01-2020 12:09:11 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
The proportion of women at the highest level of corporate roles in the aviation industry is 3%, which represents one of the lowest levels of female representation across all industries.[1] As of June 2018, 18 women held the role of CEO, President or Managing Director across all commercial airlines. Obstacles to corporate roles can involve stereotyping in the recruitment process as to what are see...

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15-01-2020 18:19:26 in General by 4KBW
Whitestone Chambers has worked with WeeeCharity to donate computers and other IT equipment to the charity. With the equipment that it has received the charity will be able to continue achieving its following goals: To protect and preserve the environment by recycling electrical waste to help reduce the amount of WEEE Waste that ends up in landfill through waste reduction, recycling, repair, ref...

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31-12-2019 10:47:15 in General by 4KBW
Congratulations are in order for Mina Heung on her successful application to the Bar Council’s International Committee. From 1 January 2020, Mina will be working on the International Committee to achieve the following aims: To promote the standing and the interests of the Bar internationally; To support the rule of law internationally; To keep abreast of international developments; To ...

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24-12-2019 13:57:04 in General by 4KBW
Spending 2 weeks interning at Whitestone Chambers has been an immense blessing, and an invaluable learning experience. Coming from Singapore, a jurisdiction that shares the common law tradition, I had a basic understanding of the legal system in the United Kingdom. My time in Whitestone Chambers has perfectly served to deepen my understanding and knowledge of the workings of the legal system here...

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03-12-2019 18:10:30 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
On 7 November 2019, the European Court of Justice provided a preliminary ruling in Case C-379/18, between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Berlin (Land of Berlin Germany), as to the interpretation of Directive 2009/12/EC in relation to airport charges [1]. Deutsche Lufthansa, in its capacity as an airport user, contested the approval of a new system of airport charges by Berliner Flughafen GmBH (BFG) fo...

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28-11-2019 17:47:20 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
  Virgin Galactic has recently become the world’s first publicly traded space tourism venture. It is a vertically integrated aerospace company within the Virgin Group, pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers.   Virgin Galactic (‘Galactic’) merged with venture capital firm, Social Capital Hedosophia in early October, prior to which Galacti...

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15-11-2019 18:24:08 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
A BBC Panorama investigation  into fuel tankering, the practice of filling aircraft with extra fuel to avoid having to refuel at destinations that have a higher fuel charge, has claimed that they have seen documents which show that up to six tonnes of extra fuel can be loaded onto a plane per flight. BA confirmed that it emitted 18000 tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, las...

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07-11-2019 17:19:41 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
Bombardier, a leading manufacturer of planes and trains has reached into a definitive agreement to sell select assets to Spirit AeroSystems, one of the world’s largest tier-one manufacturers and suppliers of aerostructures. It is also acquiring aftermarket service businesses in Belfast, U.K.; Casablanca, Morocco; and its aerostructure maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Dallas...

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01-11-2019 17:09:24 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
The dawn of the “flying taxi” will soon be upon us through the development and manufacture of the electrical vertical take-off and landing (‘eVTOL’) aircraft. The aircraft as envisaged will carry passengers from specially designed Skyports, enabling the use of eVTOL aircraft in built up areas. The Skyports are designed and built through the collaboration of specialists in a...

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25-10-2019 19:36:31 in General by 4KBW
Websites that use cookies to track users and their interactions will have to pay close attention to the recent case of Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände — Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV (the ‘Federation’) v Planet49 GmbH (‘Planet49’) Case C-673/17, 1 October 2019, which clarifies the indication the user must provide as to t...

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18-10-2019 17:03:00 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
After 40 years as the largest independent regional airline in Europe, Flybe has been acquired by the Connect Airways consortium. The Connect Airways consortium was created in December 2018 and consists of 40% ownership by Cyprus Capital, 30% by the Stobart Group, and 30% by Virgin Atlantic Limited.   The proposed merger of the consortium received approval from the European Commission on 5 J...

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16-09-2019 15:23:32 in Brexit by 4KBW
With the Brexit deadline of 31 October 2019 looming, many airline passengers that have booked flights to European destinations are concerned about flights scheduled after the deadline. Recent research by Which? Travel showed that “a third of flyers are worried that European flights could be disrupted once Britain leaves the EU”. For the near future those passengers can have their fear...

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