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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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06-09-2019 18:00:03 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
Police figures have shown that nearly 450 passengers have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in the past 2 years. Freedom of information requests reveal that at least 245 people were arrested on suspicion of being drunk at a UK airport between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2019. Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, reported the highest number of arrests within that time period with 103 pa...

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02-09-2019 17:37:08 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
British Airways have been instructed to reimburse passengers who were mistakenly told in an email that their original journeys had been cancelled and that they should source alternative means of transport. The airline emailed passengers who were not affected in error telling them that their flights had been cancelled and “it is likely that you will not be able to travel.’’ A sou...

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19-08-2019 16:20:18 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
An Airbus 321 travelling from Russia to Crimea has crash-landed in a field as a result of damage caused by a flock of birds that were sucked into the plane’s engines. Although there were no deaths caused by the impact, some passengers experienced injuries, and all suffered significant delays. As a result of this the passengers may be able to make a claim under the Montreal Convention 1999 (t...

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06-08-2019 17:22:04 in Civil Litigation by 4KBW
The Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK) [2019] that all courts and tribunals that exercise the judicial power of the state are subject to the ‘open justice’ principle. The principles of open justice are that the public can understand and scrutinise the court, thereby enabling the public to understand ...

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11-07-2019 10:43:30 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
British Airways (‘BA’) are facing a historic fine of £183m following a major data breach  reported by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) on 6th September 2018 in which hackers successfully stole customers’ personal data consisting of passenger login details, card details, addresses and travel booking information. The ICO had previously repo...

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08-07-2019 14:09:25 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
The potential knock-on effect for the rest of the UK’s airports if the plan for a 3rd runway at Heathrow gets the green light have been revealed and it does not look promising. If Britain wants to meet its climate targets, then no further airport expansions will be possible until 2050. Given that carbon-neutral plane engines are still some way away from becoming the norm, further expansions...

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14-06-2019 18:06:01 in General by Admin
North Face has apologised for manipulating Wikipedia to boost its Google search results. The well-known US clothing brand, which emerged from humble beginnings as a retailer of specialist climbing gear, came under sharpcriticism when its new ad campaign video explaining what it had done, was shared online by Advertising Age. In the campaign video, North face proudly announced how they had "hacke...

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