Stobart Air to Invest €25m as part of their growth plan
Stobart Air is investing €25 million in an expansion of the business that will include the introduction of the first jet aircraft to its fleet. Stobart are hiring 60 new staff, including cabin crew and pilots to staff the new jet aircraft, bringing its total number of employees to 570.
Stobart Air, which operates the Aer Lingus Regional brand as well as certain services for UK airline Flybe, plans to supplement its existing fleet of 17 turboprop aircraft with two new Embraer E195 jet aircraft.
IATA warns of significant impact of potential devices ban
As uncertainly increases over the future of travel with laptops and electronic devices, airline bosses are meeting to discuss alternatives for the US and UK imposed.
The aviation industry within the US and UK is heading for a bumper year and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts a loss of revenue of around $1.4bn (£1bn) if bans come into place.
Passengers already seem to be avoiding routes where the ban is in place, so alternatives including sniffer dogs, enhanced bomb-detection technology and better training are being discussed.
The UK ban on large electronic devices (laptops, tablets and phones which are larger than a typical smartphone) being carried in cabin luggage affects direct inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
United Airlines has announced a new route from LA to Singapore, which will become the longest flight time by any US airline from October. The route is set to take nearly 18 hours to complete, beating the currently longest flight from San Francisco to Singapore by the same airline.
This has launched discussion over the longest flight times between US airports and their destinations, the top 20 of which have been calculated and shared this week.
United had the most out of the top 20, with 12. American airlines showed six times, and Delta four. In terms of airports, San Francisco and United appeared four times each, and Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles showed up three times.