50 new jobs at Bridgend aerospace firm TBD Owen Holland

Library image of Qatar Airways  plane

The firm supplies equipment to firms including Qatar Airways

A firm which provides support and equipment to the aerospace and defence sectors is expanding with the creation of 50 new jobs.

TBD (Owen Holland) Ltd, in Bridgend, had considered moving part of its operation to Abu Dhabi to be closer to its main customer base.

But the Welsh government awarded a £700,000 grant to ensure the £2m expansion went ahead in Bridgend.

The firm, based at Waterton Industrial Estate, currently employs 90 people.

The company’s founder Steve Meredith said the firm expected overseas sales to rise 30% in the next two years, having attracted new clients including Saudi Arabian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Kuwait Airways and Fly Dubai.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said she was pleased the company would continue to grow in Wales, creating new well-paid jobs and economic benefits to the region.

Sourced by BBC News Wales

Cardiff Airport access during NATO Wales Summit 2014

Press Release by Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport will remain open and operate ‘business as usual’ during the NATO Wales Summit on 4th and 5th September and in the days leading up to the Summit. It is expected that all scheduled and charter flights will be operating as normal.

Passengers will be able to access the Airport via the main eastern approach (from Cardiff/Barry) with parking, pick up and drop off and public transport access unaffected.  The western approach (from Llantwit Major) will be closed periodically and passengers will access and exit the Airport site via the eastern route.

Passengers are advised to leave extra time when travelling to and from Cardiff Airport during these dates to allow for any possible disruption on the roads in and around the region.

Vanderlande updates Cardiff’s baggage handling system

A long term partnership that will see significant improvements to the baggage handling system at Cardiff Airport has been agreed between the airport and Vanderlande Industries UK Ltd, the UK subsidiary of the world’s leading baggage handling systems provider

The five-year plan, designed by Vanderlande using its extensive experience in providing tailored baggage handling systems to airports of all sizes, comprises eight projects, including a renewal of the system’s parts that require replacement.  Along with a belt replacement programme and a five-year maintenance contract that includes a spares consignment arrangement, the work will improve the reliability of Cardiff Airport’s baggage handling system and utilise its existing capabilities and capacities.

The maintenance deal will also help Cardiff Airport to achieve a more proactive approach to extend the life expectancy of the system.

Work is set to begin this winter with the installation of two make-up carousels, one of which will be installed to allow access for the HBS Standard 3 machine. This will be a fundamental step to prepare the airport for the upcoming project, which will involve installation and integration of a HBS standard 3 machine with the existing baggage system. Along with the maintenance contract, long-term partnership with Vanderlande will take the airport beyond HBS Standard 3 installation, for which legislation is coming into force in September 2018.

The work is being carried out in a live environment and shall consider minimising disruption to the airport operations and passenger experience. During this time and to aid in a smooth project delivery, Vanderlande will be working closely with Cardiff Airport providing support for contingency measures.

As Gary Mc William, Vanderlande’s head of UK business development, points out: “This new contract is further evidence of Vanderlande’s ability to work with airports of all sizes throughout the country to help make them ready for the future. We see this agreement with Cardiff Airport as an opportunity to expand our contribution to the overall improvement of UK regional airports and their passengers’ experience.”

Commenting on the partnership with Vanderlande, Debra Barber, Operations Director at Cardiff Airport, says: “Vanderlande was able to develop a proposal that specifically addressed our needs and goals over the next five years. It is also very important to us that Vanderlande is able to carry out all the projects in a live environment whilst minimising disruption to airport operations.”

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Ryanair Launches Shannon-Cardiff Six Nations Specials

Press Release by Ryanair

Ryanair, Ireland’s favourite airline, today (30 July) launched special Six Nations flights between Shannon and Cardiff to allow Irish rugby fans cheer on Ireland when they face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday 14th March.

Ryanair’s rugby special will depart Shannon at 14.30hrs on Friday 13th March and return from Cardiff on Sunday 15th March at 18.15hrs. These flights are in addition to Ryanair’s Dublin-Cardiff specials, departing Dublin at 10.55hrs and 14.05hrs on Friday 13th March and returning from Cardiff on Sunday 15th March at 14.20hrs and 15.35hrs.

Our rugby specials are now on sale on the Ryanair.com website starting from just €84.99 (Shannon) and €99.99 (Dublin) one-way so Irish fans should log on and book to ensure they don’t miss out.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“Ryanair is delighted to launch more Six Nations specials for the Ireland v Wales Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 14th March with a Shannon-Cardiff return, in addition to our two Dublin-Cardiff returns. Flights depart Shannon and Dublin on Friday and return Sunday, ensuring even more Irish rugby fans can cheer on the Six Nations champions as they defend their title against the Welsh. These rugby specials start from just €84.99 from Shannon and €99.99 from Dublin one-way and are sure to be snapped up quickly, so rugby fans should log on and book their seat to Cardiff today.”



13 Mar Dublin – Cardiff 10.55hrs dep
13 Mar Dublin – Cardiff 14.05hrs dep
13 Mar Shannon – Cardiff 14.30hrs dep
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15 Mar Cardiff – Shannon 18.15hrs dep

New airport bus operator announced

THE new contract for the Cardiff Airport Express bus service has been awarded to New Adventure Travel.

The decision to award the contract to the operator has been welcomed by Welsh Government transport minister, Edwina Hart.

The service, operated by First Cymru until August, 16, has faced political and public scrutiny since it began operating in August last year with passenger numbers perceived as low for the frequently operated buses.

The bus has been dubbed the “M T9″ by some Vale residents.

The timetable will remain unchanged and New Adventure Travel will continue to provide the service between the city centre, Cardiff Bay and the airport.

The Vale Council awarded the contract following a tendering exercise. They will also manage the contract.

Edwina Hart said: “We have listened to the findings of Professor Stuart Cole’s report about improving this service and it will continue to provide the fast, frequent public transport link to the city centre that passengers expect. Having quality public transport links is vital to ensure that Cardiff Airport continues to grow.”

Vale Council cabinet member for transportation, Lis Burnett said: “I am very pleased that New Adventure Travel will be taking over the service. The companies who tendered were all of the highest quality which I believe proves the value of this service. Having the infrastructure in place, such as the express service and the Rhoose Railway station shuttle bus, will help the airport grow which can only be a good thing for the Vale of Glamorgan and Wales.”

The Welsh Government commissioned an independent report, by Professor Cole of the University of South Wales, to review the effectiveness of the T9 shuttle service.

The report found that despite a number of challenges the service, launched in August last year, had made a good start and achieved all that was expected of it in delivering a fast and frequent service between the city centre and airport, which was expected of most airports.

It found passenger numbers appeared to have exceeded initial estimates and the service was already attracting more passengers than the more established train link.

Civil Aviation Authority figures revealed Cardiff Airport handled 1.07million passengers in the 12 months to June – an increase of almost 7 percent on the previous year.

Sourced by Barry & District News

Cardiff Aviation MRO Appoints Sales & Marketing Director

Cardiff Aviation MRO, the fully-approved and certificated aviation maintenance company has recently appointed Phil Swanson as its Director of Sales and Marketing.

Phil is an aviation sales professional with wide experience of the aircraft industry. He began his career with an aircraft engineering apprenticeship at British Aerospace and worked as an engineer on new production aircraft and military fast jets before promotion to senior management. Phil established his aircraft maintenance sales career at BAE SYSTEMS in the nineties where he developed new business with Airbus operators in the US, China, India, Europe and the Middle East. Phil was appointed as a Director of Sales at BAE SYSTEMS Asset Management in 2003 where he successfully placed more than fifty aircraft with airlines and operators world-wide.

Academically Phil has studied marketing at university and management at business school. As a self-certified aviation enthusiast Phil has a current private pilot’s license, he is also a member of the historic Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society at Old Warden in Bedfordshire.

Cardiff Aviation’s Chief Executive Mario Fulgoni commented that Phil’s aviation sales career, his passion for the industry and his previous senior management experience make him ideal to lead the Sales and Marketing team at Cardiff Aviation MRO.

Budding Pilot Experiences the Thrill of Flying a 747

Press Release by Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd

By Marc Kinch,

Robert Allison (pictured left), a budding young teenage pilot, has already notched up 15 hours PPL flying in a Robin light aircraft.

Public Flight

He was keen to explore the possibility of taking his passion for flying to the next level. To gain an insight into both the challenge and thrill of flying a commercial airliner, Robert booked a one hour flight experience session in the CATL 747-400 full motion simulator.

He was briefed beforehand by Captain Paul Jones about the main differences in handling technique between a light aircraft and a big jet. Paul also explained the function of some of the aircraft systems.

The flight in the simulator consisted of a takeoff, climb and then some general handling of the aircraft, including stall recovery. Robert then explored the use of the autopilot for an automatic landing and the use of the Flight Director. Subsequently, Robert then carried out a manual landing at Heathrow in good weather, a manual landing in marginal weather and the biggest challenge of all – a manual landing at night.

Captain Paul Jones commented “Robert has excellent aircraft handling skills and learns quickly. His level of natural flying ability is greater than some pilots with many more flying hours”.

We certainly wish Robert all the best for the future.

Sourced by Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd

Cardiff Aviation Training hosts the Royal Air Force Tutor Display Team

Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd Press Release

By Marc Kinch,

The RAF Tutor display team performed at this years Penarth Carnival on the 19th of July. Due to the threat of strong winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain in the South Glamorgan area, Cardiff Aviation Training were asked to provide overnight shelter for the teams’ two Grob Tutor aircraft.

Fortunately, the weather cleared and Flt Lt Andy Preece (pictured 2nd from left) was able to put on a very impressive display on the Penarth seafront, to the delight of the crowds.
Sourced by Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd


A350 XWB test fleet now complete: ‘MSN005’ – the fifth and final flight-test aircraft takes to the skies

Press Release by Airbus

With the first flight today of A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete. Being the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 and tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation, MSN005 embodies the operationally definitive configuration for Type Certification duties. This milestone means that the A350 XWB development programme is at full speed and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year, to be followed thereafter by delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter.

As of today, the A350 XWB programme has already achieved more than 2,000 flight-test hours in around 500 flights, and with this the programme is demonstrating the highest flying rate ever achieved in Airbus flight tests, with around 80 flight hours per aircraft per month.

British Airways codeshare on Vueling flights from Cardiff Airport

Vueling Airlines at Cardiff Airport. ©2014 Phil Woods

Vueling Airlines at Cardiff Airport.
©2014 Phil Woods

Press Release by British Airways

British Airways customers will have access to new destinations and scores more routes when the airline adds its flight code to more than 170 Vueling services.

This significant move for the two International Airlines Group (IAG) airlines heralds the beginning of a closer relationship with more codeshare routes planned for the future.

British Airways customers will be able to book Vueling flights through all BA sales channels, including  ba.com, and collect Avios on these bookings.  The codeshare routes are largely centred on Vueling’s operation in Italy with 37 international and 11 domestic routes available from Vueling’s Rome Fiumicino base. These include the destinations, new to BA customers, of Brindisi, Palermo, Lamezia, Valencia, Split and Nantes.  Other new routes on offer through the codeshare include Heathrow to Bilbao and La Coruña, Cardiff to Malaga and Alicante, and Edinburgh to Barcelona.  Tickets for the codeshare routes go on sale from 17 June for travel from 24 June, 2014.

Steve Ronald, British Airways’ head of alliances, said:  “Our customers will have an even greater choice of routes, destinations and fares now that we have joined forces with Vueling.  As we forge ever closer relationships with our fellow IAG airlines, Iberia and Vueling, our customers will be able to access all corners of Europe and beyond, with one simple booking on ba.com and the enticement of the collection of reward points for their loyalty.  Vueling shares our commitment to excellent customer service and we are delighted that we can introduce more of our customers to their network.”

Fernando Estrada, Vueling’s director of strategy, alliances and business development, said:  “We are very excited about this agreement with British Airways, which allows us to be more competitive in the market and concretely support the development of the Airport of Rome Fiumicino and tourism in the city of Rome. The agreement, which is part of the significant international expansion undertaken by Vueling, will soon be extended to other routes and markets”

Other routes in the codeshare include:  Paris Orly to Catania (Sicily), Barcelona to Naples, Brussels to Venice and Copenhagen to Florence.

More of Vueling’s network will be accessible to ba.com users when further codeshare routes are added in the near future.


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