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UK Carrier Strike Group commences historic deployment
Defence

The UK’s Carrier Strike Group had embarked on its maiden operational deployment, boasting 3,700 personnel and dozens of military aircraft. The UK’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is leading six Royal Navy vessels, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a Dutch frigate on a seven-month deployment through the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean,

Unions set to fight as Airbus moves to close Spanish factory
Airlines

Airbus is moving to close its Puerto Real factory in Spain as a part of its post-COVID recovery plan, in what would be the planemaker’s first major factory closure in the company’s 50-year history. The European planemaker is in discussions with unions to combine operations with its nearby Bay of Cadiz facility, which currently focuses

Airbus, Air France again requested to stand trial for manslaughter over 2009 crash
Airlines

Airbus and Air France have again been told to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter over their role in a plane crash that killed 228 people in 2009. A French court of appeals in Paris reportedly ruled on Wednesday that the two companies should stand trial for their shortcomings that contributed to the accident,

BA continues to lobby for unrestricted trans-Atlantic travel, warns of looming job losses
Airlines

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle has again pushed the UK government to open its borders to vaccinated travellers from the US, following the EU’s decision to do so. It comes despite the US keeping both the UK and much of the EU on its ‘Level Four: Do Not Travel’ advisory list – though this

US warns against travel to UK despite dwindling cases
Airlines

The US has added the UK to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory lift, among 150 other countries, just weeks before the UK is expected to allow Britons to travel across the pond. The US State Department announced this week that the UK, along with 150 other countries making up nearly 80 per cent

‘It’s a scam’: New IATA boss calls out UK COVID travel testing
Airlines

The new director-general of the International Air Transport Association, Willie Walsh, has called out the organisations “profiteering” off government requirements for COVID-19 testing upon travelling to Britain. The former British Airways chief executive, who took over the top spot at the IATA from Alexandre de Juniac earlier this month, said that airlines are suffering due

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