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Aegean Airline To Issue Fleet Renewal Tender Within Four Weeks ….

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Dimitris Gerogiannis, CEO of Aegean Airlines, pictured here with Aviation Club UK Chairman Jane Johnston, spoke at the Aviation Club lunch in London on 7 February 2018.  Addressing Club members and guests, Gerogiannis explained Aegean’s future growth strategy, focus on high customer service levels and confirmed that a fleet renewal tender will be announced within a month….

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Aviation Club UK Young Professionals Survey

The Aviation Club UK provides a networking forum for its 500+ members from across the aviation industry, and a vehicle for promoting and developing all aspects of aviation.  The Club wants to get a better feel for the current awareness of, and interest in the Club among younger people building their careers in the industry, particularly those in the 20-35 age bracket, to see how we can make the Club more relevant for you.  We have produced a brief survey to help gain some insight.

The survey is open to members and non-Club members and if you fall within the specified age bracket, we would be really grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and please feel free to pass the survey on to help us get as wide a perspective as possible.  If you are outside of the required age bracket please help us by forwarding to colleagues who do fit the criteria.

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The closing date for survey responses is WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018

Aviation Club 2018 Speaker Programme Launches 7 Feb With Aegean Airlines CEO

Wednesday 7 February at London’s Institute of Directors sees the start of the 2018 programme of the Aviation Club UK with the first speaker Aegean Airlines’ CEO Dimitrios Gerogiannis.

Aegean’s first commercial flights were in May 1999 from Athens to Heraklion and Thessaloniki with two brand-new wholly-owned British Aerospace Avro RJ100.  It quickly expanded its operations and by 2009 was carrying more passengers than its long-established rival Olympic Airlines.  Aegean joined Star Alliance at the end of June 2010 and after a protracted pursuit took over what was by then Olympic Air and its routes.  Unlike Olympic, Aegean only currently flies short/medium-haul routes with a 46-strong fleet of Airbus 320 series aircraft.  Perhaps Mr Gerogiannis will tell us more?

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Blue Skies In February For The Aviation Club UK

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The Aviation Club UK kicks off its new year event programme with a fascinating aviation success story at its first lunch on Wednesday 7 February 2018 at London’s Institute of Directors.

The first speaker in a great line up is Aegean Airlines’ CEO Dimitrios Gerogiannis whose airline has fought against all the odds to deliver a successful airline which is today the envy of the industry.

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Alex Cruz revisits Avation Club UK

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Alex Cruz returned to the Aviation Club UK on 7 December 2017 to address a capacity audience of 250 members and guests at the Club’s Christmas luncheon, held at the IoD, Pall Mall.  Read Cruz’s full speech HERE.

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UK Aviation Priorities: Clarity on Brexit and Expanding Heathrow

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UK Aviation Priorities: Clarity on Brexit and Expanding Heathrow

8 November 2017 (London) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the UK Government to shore-up its international air connectivity by focusing on a cost-effective expansion of Heathrow Airport and achieving early clarity on post-Brexit issues.


“In building the post-Brexit world, the prosperity of the UK will depend on the strength of its connectivity—links with Europe and the rest of the world,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in an address to the UK Aviation Club.

“There is a real challenge ahead. When the UK leaves the European Single Market, it will also leave the European Common Aviation Area. And when it breaks from the European Union, all traffic rights to the rest of the world associated with Europe will also be thrown into question. The basis of international aviation is bilateral air services agreements. There is no WTO agreement to fall back on. For that reason, I don’t see any alternative to a negotiated agreement,” said de Juniac.

IATA urged an early resolution for aviation in the Brexit discussion. “Time is precious. The Brexit clock is ticking towards a deadline of March 2019. But the aviation deadline is earlier. Normally passengers can book travel about a year in advance. At a minimum, the flight schedules and seat and cargo inventories must be available at least six months in advance. So that puts the airlines’ deadline at October 2018—just 11 months from now,” said de Juniac.

“My message to all involved is threefold: Get started. Don’t step backward—people will not accept anything that turns back the clock on the achievements of the EU Common Aviation Area. And, lastly, don’t underestimate the amount of work ahead as there are intense political and commercial interests at stake,” said de Juniac.

While much attention has been paid to air service agreements, IATA urged action across a broad spectrum of issues including:

  • Finding staffing, systems and process solutions for a potential ballooning of customs transactions from 4.6 million/month to 21 million/month.
  • Developing immigration solutions to efficiently deal with the millions of travellers between the UK and Europe should border control procedures become more cumbersome.
  • Defining the relationship of the UK to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

“The pressure is mounting, with passenger numbers predicted to grow irrespective of Brexit. Solutions need to be found quickly to ensure a smooth transition. With the amount of work that needs to be done, there are good arguments to put transition agreements in place,” said de Juniac.

Expanding Heathrow

IATA urged the UK government to address severe capacity constraints in the Southeast of the UK by expanding Heathrow airport. “Heathrow is where expansion should take place. I know the struggle to build a third runway has meant decades of frustration. But the UK will be left behind in the globally connected world if it does not come to a final decision and implement it,” said de Juniac.

The UK Department for Transport’s Draft National Policy Statement notes that a third runway at Heathrow will create GBP 200 billion in economic value and support up to 110,000 jobs. “Expanding Heathrow is about building prosperity. It should be a priority for the UK. And facing the post-Brexit world makes it even more urgent,” said de Juniac.

IATA, however, cautioned that the cost of expanding Heathrow needs to support its future competitiveness. “I am not saying to build the third runway at any cost. The original estimates of GBP 17 billion were completely unacceptable. Heathrow Airport’s recently announced intention to reduce that cost is a step in the right direction. Heathrow is already the most expensive airport in the world from which to operate. It is essential that Heathrow’s charges do not rise from today’s levels. The construction of the third runway must enhance Heathrow’s competitiveness, not destroy it!” said de Juniac.

A successful airport needs sufficient capacity and quality, aligned with airline operational needs and costs that are affordable. “In delivering the third runway, Heathrow’s capacity issue will be resolved for now. But achieving the right quality at the correct price requires consultation with the airlines. And one idea from the airline community that should be taken into consideration by the government is seeking competitive bids from developers,” said de Juniac.

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De Juniac at Aviation Club UK

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Post-Brexit developments and other major challenges confronting the UK will come under the microscope at the Aviation Club monthly lunch on Wednesday week, 8 November, when IATA director-general Alexandre de Juniac addresses the audience …..


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Club Committee attend CAPA Aviation Awards Gala Dinner

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Members of the Aviation Club UK Committee and guests attended the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on 12 October 2017 at the Sofitel Hotel, Heathrow T5.

There evening hosted nine award categories: Regional, Medium and Airport of the year; Airline start-up of the year; Airline Turnaround of the year; Regional Airline of the Year; Low cost airline of the year; Airline of the year and Airline executive of the year, plus the CAPA Legend Award.  Recipients included Dublin Airport, TAP Portugal and Air Baltic.

It was particularly pleasing to see several Honorary Club members receiving Awards.  These included Bjorn Kjos of Norwegian, who collected the award for ‘Airline of the Year 2017’ for Norwegian and Andres Conesa, who received the award for ‘Airline Executive of the Year 2017’.  The ‘CAPA Legend Award’ went to Willie Walsh, IAG.

Our thanks go to CAPA for their invitation and congratulations on a splendid event.