Aerospace firm Triumph creates 60 new jobs in Deeside

An American aerospace company is investing £5m to expand its north Wales site, creating 60 new jobs.

The Triumph Group is carrying out the development at its centre in Deeside, Flintshire.

The company won a contract to supply Airbus with aircraft landing gear components, prompting the development.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said the move “will effectively secure the sustainable long term future of the site”.

The move, backed by £392,000 from the Welsh government, will see production shift from China to north Wales and take the total number of workers at the site to more than 100.

Work on the 2,300sq m extension is set to start in April with production beginning in January 2016.

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Police helicopter bases to close at Pembrey and Rhuddlan

Police helicopter

By Peter Collins,

Cuts to the National Police Air Service will mean that air support from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, will end in September, and from Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, on New Year’s Day 2016

Budget cuts which will mean the closure of two police helicopter bases in Wales have been described as “deeply disappointing.”

The cuts to the National Police Air Service will mean that air support from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, will end in September, and from Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, on New Year’s Day 2016.

The cuts, aimed at improving efficiency, mean that the number of bases in England and Wales has been cut to 15.

Helicopter cover will continue from St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, and Hawarden, Flintshire, and bases in England.

‘Deeply disappointing’

Christopher Salmon, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner said the cuts were “deeply disappointing” and pledged to “fight to ensure the best possible service for the people of Dyfed-Powys.

The National Police Air Service said it faced budget cuts of 14% in the next three years on top of 23% savings already made.

Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse of NPAS said: “This move will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service and means that every base supports police forces 24 hours a day.”

North Wales police and crime commissioner Winston Roddick said he was seeking reassurance that “the integrity of the air cover for North Wales will be maintained and that a first-class service will continue to be provided” from Hawarden.

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‘Nut rage’ Korean Air exec jailed for a year

By Sophie Griffiths,

A former Korean Air executive who forced a plane to return to the gate after nuts were served in a bag rather than bowl, has been jailed for a year.

Heather Cho, who was vice-president of the airline, avoided a possible maximum sentence of 10 years.

Her plane had been taxiing at New York’s JFK airport on December 5 when witnesses said she became angry because she was served macadamia nuts, which she had not asked for, that were still in a bag and not in a bowl.

Witnesses also testified that Cho had struck a crewmember with the service manual.

She ordered the plane to return to the gate and offload the chief steward.

“This is a case where human dignity was trampled upon,” Judge Oh Sung-woo said on Thursday.

She had treated the flight “as if it was her own private plane”, Judge Oh added. “It is doubtful that the way the nuts were served was so wrong.”

The judge also said Cho had failed to show enough remorse, even after she submitted letters to the court apologising for the incident.

Cho, the daughter of the Korean Airline chair, publicly apologised and subsequently resigned from all her posts at the airline in December.

Prosecutors had requested a three-year sentence in prison on charges of breaking aviation law, assault and interfering in an investigation.

Cho’s defence team had argued that aviation safety had not been violated as the plane was still being pushed by a truck away from the gate.

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TransAsia flights cancelled as pilots to be tested

TransAsia Airways has cancelled dozens of flights as all 71 pilots who fly its ATR planes are to undergo proficiency tests after it emerged that pilot error might have been a contributory factor in the fatal crash of Flight GE235.

The tests were ordered by Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) at the weekend and the CAA said any pilots who fail the tests will be grounded until they have completed retraining.

“All of TransAsia’s 71 ATR pilots will undergo tests to be carried out by the CAA and third-party professional units for an estimated period of four days,” the airline said.

The order came after it emerged the pilot of GE235 may have manually turned off one engine while the second ‘flamed out’, causing the plane to crash into the Keelung River in Taipei.

The flight data recorders recovered from the wreckage revealed that power to both engines was cut just seconds after the plane took off from Taipei airport with 58 passengers and crew onboard.

The death toll has risen to 40, with three people still unaccounted for.

The CAA also revealed TransAsia’s fleet of ATR aircraft has suffered five engine failures in the last five years.

The airline has started paying out compensation to victims’ families. Next of kin are to receive US$38,000 to pay for funeral costs, the airline said

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Employees must travel three hours to ‘justify hotel stay’

Help take out the stress of travellingBy Tom Newcome,

Around 80 per cent of employees travelling on business have to travel three hours drive from their place of work to justify a hotel stay to their company, a new study has found.

The survey of 1,000 UK business travellers showed employees could be travelling for around six hours a day without being allowed to have an overnight stay.

It also showed for employees on business in Europe, the flight time needed to be two and a half hours before a company authorises a stay. This means employees could be expected to travel from London to Berlin return in one day.

Jon West managing director of HRS, the hotel booking provider that commissioned the study, said: “It’s staggering to think that bosses expect their employees to travel abroad, attend a full day’s meeting and return on the same day.

“Travelling abroad can add a huge amount of pressure on an employee and affect their performance, and bosses should really consider their duty of care to the workforce,” West added.

The study also found a quarter of respondents admitted to staying away on business even if they didn’t need to. Around half said they like to do so because “it’s simply nice to stay in a hotel”.

West said: “Despite people bemoaning the fact that they have to stay away on business to their colleagues, the findings show that in reality some people see a night away as a perk of the job.”

The study found on average business travellers stay away from home for nearly 13 nights a year.

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Record number of airline passengers in 2014

getAsset.aspxBy Phil Davies,

Global airline passenger demand rose 5.9% last year with record carryings of 3.3 billion compared to 2013, latest Iata figures show.

The performance was above the 10-year average growth rate of 5.6% and the 5.2% growth seen in 2013.

Capacity rose 5.6% last year, with the result that load factor climbed 0.2 percentage points to 79.7%.

More than half of the growth in passenger travel occurred on airlines in emerging markets including Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

A pick-up in Chinese domestic travel, which expanded by about 11% in 2014, helped drive the growth in recent months.

Iata director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said: “With a 5.9% expansion of demand, the industry out-performed the 10-year average growth rate.

“Carriers in the Middle East posted double-digit growth while results in Africa were barely above previous-year levels.

“Overall, a record 3.3 billion passengers boarded aircraft last year – some 170 million more than in 2013.”

But he added: “While it is clear that people will continue to travel in growing numbers, there have been signs in recent months that softening business confidence is translating into a levelling off of international travel demand.

“In the aftermath of the Greek elections and the intensifying debate on how to deliver a dynamic economic program for Europe, we must not forget the power of air connectivity to create growth.

“Governments can kick-start economic development by reducing the passenger taxes that depress demand for air transport, costing jobs and prosperity.

“There are some positive signs. The Scottish government is promising to cut its air passenger duty by 50%. And Austria’s air transport levy is being evaluated as part of comprehensive tax reforms. Scrapping the Austrian levy alone could create some 3,300 jobs.

“That should help convince politicians in these countries to move from considering reductions to delivering results.

High taxes, onerous regulation and infrastructure limitations make Europe a tough place to run an airline.

“A continent-wide commitment to address these issues so that aviation can play its critical role as an economic catalyst would be a powerful signal that Europe’s politicians really do mean business,” said Tyler.

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IAG facing opposition to Aer Lingus takeover

By Phil Davies,

British Airways owner International Airlines Group is reported to be struggling to overcome stiff opposition to its €1.36 billion takeover offer for Aer Lingus.

Irish politicians and unions are lining up to condemn the deal despite five-year pledges offered by IAG on maintaining routes between Heathrow and Ireland.

The Irish government, with an eye on an election in 2016, appears to be wary of supporting a buyout.

getAsset.aspxTransport minister Paschal Donohoe declared himself dissatisfied this weekend after a second round of meetings between IAG and the government, the Times reported.

“We, as a shareholder, remain to be convinced regarding the merits of what they’re putting forward,” he said.

Aer Lingus’s shares have dwindled from €2.45 to €2.21 over the past two weeks, indicating scepticism on the stock market over whether the €2.55-a-share takeover can go ahead.

The Irish state owns 25% of Aer Lingus with a further almost 30% held by Ryanair, which is yet to declare its hand.

A senior government source told Reuters that IAG would need to offer more than a five-year guarantee on the future of services between London and Dublin, Shannon and Cork.

“If IAG are going to do something, they have to do it very quickly if the entrenched positions people have been forced to take are to be unwound,” the source said.

The governing coalition comprises Fine Gael and Labour, which has close links to unions. At a recent meeting of the Labour party, all 20 of the speakers opposed the deal.

Sean Kenny, a Labour party TD [MP] for a Dublin constituency, told Reuters: “We would still be of the view that the state should retain its share until we see something that would alter the situation.”

The Impact union has warned that 1,200 jobs could go at Aer Lingus if the deal goes through. IAG has refused to offer any commitments on employment, but argues that a deal could be beneficial to Dublin’s position as a transfer hub.

Sourced by Travel Weekly


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