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British Airways has announced a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence, Italy

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British Airways has announced a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence, Italy, for Summer 2023.

Starting on 26 April 2023, the new flight will operate daily from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 07:50 on an A320Neo aircraft.

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Known for its Renaissance art scene, architectural masterpieces and Tuscan fare, Florence is in central Italy, within close proximity to Bologna and Pisa for those who are looking to explore further afield.

Neil Chernoff, Director of Networks and Alliances at British Airways, said: “We know our customers love visiting Tuscany, which is why we already operate flights from London City to Florence. We’ve added this new route from London Heathrow to the Tuscan capital to offer them even more choices to explore this incredible Italian region.

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“Not only is this good news for UK travellers, but also for those connecting in London to and from US destinations. The flights’ timings have been optimised for connectivity to popular routes, including New York, Boston and Chicago.”

Florence will be one of 11 Italian cities served by British Airways from London Heathrow in Summer 2023, including Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples.

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The London Heathrow to Florence flight joins a host of new routes starting in the Summer 2023 season, such as London Gatwick to Aruba and Guyana, and London Heathrow to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Return flights are on sale from London Heathrow to Florence now, starting from £114. Book at www.ba.com.

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British Airways Holidays offers two nights with breakfast at the 4* Palazzo Lorenzo Hotel Boutique from £279pp, travelling on selected dates in May 2023. Includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport and 23kg luggage allowance. Book by 31 January 2023 at www.ba.com/florence

London Heathrow (LHR) to Florence (FLR): Summer 2023
Days of week Flight number Departing LHR T5 Arriving FLR Flight number Departing FLR Arriving LHR T5
Daily BA525 07:50 11:00 BA524 11:50 13:05
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Russia has started branding the SJ-100 short-haul aircraft

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Russia has recently initiated a branding campaign for the SJ-100 short-haul aircraft, which has been developed by Yakovlev PJSC, a notable Russian aerospace company. The primary focus of this branding effort is to highlight and emphasize the aircraft’s use of 100% Russian domestic components.

After being barred from Western nations, Russia intends to debut its smaller aircraft, the SJ-100, in a significant way on the global market. The SJ-100 will face off against the Boeing 737-7, Embraer E195, and Airbus A220. For countries like Indonesia, China, India,  Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran, and those that are allies of Russia, the SJ-100 is a potential aircraft for operation.

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This branding effort is remarkable for various reasons. First and foremost, it demonstrates Russia’s dedication to showcase its domestic aerospace capabilities. Russia’s choice to highlight the use of only 100% Russian components in the branding of the SJ-100 short-haul aircraft is of the greatest strategic significance. In addition to showcasing Russia’s aerospace capabilities, this branding campaign also makes a strong impression on potential customers from other countries.

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From an economic standpoint, Russia’s focus on using domestic components aligns with the global trend towards supply chain resilience and reduced reliance on foreign suppliers. The SJ-100’s incorporation of Russian-made components not only assures international buyers of its quality and performance but also presents an opportunity for economic development in their own countries. This can lead to the creation of jobs, the growth of local industries, and the transfer of technology and expertise.

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Recently, The Yakovlev JSC-built SJ-100 Superjet made history by successfully completing its first flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia. The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade acknowledged this significant development, adding that the test flight verified the plane’s overall stability, steady functioning, and stable handling.

The ability to implement and install their own design solutions and technologies, such as avionics, gear, auxiliary power units, electric power supply systems, air conditioning, fire prevention, and other systems, was demonstrated by Russian developers and producers.

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The SJ-100 is a modern regional jet designed to offer exceptional performance and comfort for both passengers and operators. With a length of approximately 29 meters and a wingspan of around 27 meters, the spacious and comfortable cabin is designed to enhance the passenger experience. with modern amenities and ergonomic seating arrangements. During its first flight climbed to heights of up to 3000 metres and reached speeds of 343 kilometres per hour.

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Akasa Air vs. Pilots: Delhi High Court Upholds DGCA’s Authority to Act in Case of Contractual Breaches

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Akasa Air vs. Pilots: Delhi High Court Upholds DGCA's Authority to Act in Case of Contractual Breaches

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is authorized to take action against pilots who violate civil aviation rules (CAR), the Delhi High Court ruled on Wednesday.

Akasa Air initiated legal action against pilots who had quit their jobs without giving the required notice by their contracts. In response to a request from the startup airline, which claimed it was in a crisis as a result of the sudden and abrupt resignation of 43 pilots who left the airline without providing the required notice period, the civil aviation regulator submitted written responses.

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However, the Court ruled that it is now unable to give any explicit instructions to the DGCA and MCA regarding how to respond to a future representation that Akasa might make against defaulting pilots.

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The court made it clear that there are no limitations on the DGCA’s power to take action in situations of pilot noncompliance in an interim judgment that offers relief to Akasa Air. The airline firm maintained that it is merely requesting a directive to the DGCA to decide their (Akasa’s) claims against pilots who may depart the airline in the future without serving the notice period, not that it is pressing for any action against the pilots who have already quit.

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The DGCA had stated that it lacked the power or authority to intervene in any employment contract and therefore was unable to affect the employment contract between the pilots and Akasa Air.

The aviation authority said that if Akasa Air doesn’t have enough pilots to continue operating flights, it would be in the interests of all parties if it complies with the requirement to keep a limited schedule.

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Global Airlines to contract Hi Fly to accelerate A380 Entry into Service

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Global Airlines to contract Hi Fly to accelerate A380 Entry into Service
  • Under the agreement, Global Airlines will benefit from Hi Fly’s expertise to accelerate the Entry into Service (EIS) programme for the airline’s new fleet.
  • Hi Fly, based in Lisbon, has significant A380 technical and operating experience.
  • First Global aircraft expected to fly to Europe in the months ahead, with a new registration of 9H-GLOBL

In a significant operational move, Global Airlines and Hi Fly have inked a contract to collaborate on the development and maintenance of the four A380 aircraft the new airline has agreed to purchase.

Hi Fly, the first company to operate the A380 on the secondary market, will collaborate with Global as it gets ready to launch operations to help the new carrier realize its goal of giving passengers the best possible experience when flying commercially.

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The EIS and Return to Service (RTS) procedures for Global’s first aircraft, which are anticipated to start in the coming months, are the organisation’s immediate priorities. However, with an affinity for the aircraft and confidence in its long-term potential and popularity, both businesses will look at further possibilities to deepen their partnership.

Hi Fly holds authorization to operate worldwide and currently operates 35,000 flights per year for a base of 140 airlines and governments on a global basis. 

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