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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Leak found on new aircraft carrier

The UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is leaking because of a faulty seal. The Royal Navy’s future flagship, which was commissioned by the Queen earlier this month, has a problem with one of its propeller shafts. The fault on the £3.1bn carrier was first identified during sea trials. A Royal Navy spokesman said the ship is scheduled for repair and the fault does not prevent her from sailing again early in the new year. According to the Sun newspaper, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been taking on up to…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Royals attend aircraft carrier ceremony

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Queen has officially welcomed the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at a ceremony to commission it into the Royal Navy fleet. The monarch boarded her namesake ship in Portsmouth to see the Royal Navy White Ensign raised on the vessel for the first time. Princess Anne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones also attended. The ceremony took place on the giant hangar deck of the £3.1bn carrier. HMS Queen Elizabeth and its sister ship…

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News: Norwegian UK given foreign air carrier permit by US department of transport

Norwegian has welcomed news that its British subsidiary has been granted a foreign air carrier permit by the US department of transportation. The permit allows Norwegian UK to operate flights between the UK, Europe and the United States. The subsidiary was set up in 2015 to allow Norwegian to build on its growing long-haul operations by accessing bilateral traffic rights to a series of global markets. Using the new traffic rights, Norwegian has already announced plans for new routes to Singapore launching next week and Argentina starting in February 2018….

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News: Ryanair to delay pilot leave as carrier battles cancellations

Ryanair will force pilots to delay planned annual leave as it battles to overcome shortages in coming weeks. The low-cost carrier said last week it would cancel as many as 50 flights a day until the end of October after misallocating pilot holiday until the end of the year. Though Ryanair will only cancel around two per cent of its 2,500 daily flights, passengers were initially left confused as to exactly which departures would not now take place. Speaking today at the Ryanair annual general meeting in Dublin, chief executive…

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News: Norwegian UK granted tentative US air carrier permit

Norwegian has confirmed its British subsidiary, Norwegian UK, has been given tentative approval by the United States department of transportation for a foreign air carrier permit. The approval reaffirms that the NUK application is in full compliance with the EU–US Open Skies Agreement. When finalised by the department of transportation, the permit will allow Norwegian’s UK subsidiary to operate low-cost flights between the US and Europe. Norwegian flies from five UK airports (Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast) carrying over five million UK passengers each year to more than 50…

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