Club News

Michael ‘Kell’ Ryan

The Aviation Club UK

Long term Aviation Club member Kell Ryan passed away on 30 December 2016.  Kell was an active Club member, regularly attending Club events, who will be greatly missed.

The funeral takes place 30 January 12:15 Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JR

The following articles appeared in BTN and The Irish World:

Click here for BTN article – 9 January 2017

Click here for The Irish News article – 2 January 2017


News From Emirates CEO Sir Tim Clark, Speaking At Aviation Club UK

The Aviation Club UK

On Wednesday 7 December 2016, Aviation Club members and guests were addressed by Sir Tim Clark KBE, CEO of Emirates.

The world’s best airline (according to you) is launching premium economy

The Telegraph, 9th December 2016

Emirates, Telegraph Travel readers’ favourite long-haul airline, will introduce premium economy seating within the next 18 months, the company’s president has said. The move by the Dubai-based carrier, also recognised at this year’s World Airline Awards, would make it the first major Middle Eastern airline to offer premium economy seating.

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Sir Tim Clark Confirms Delivery of A380 Jets Powered by Rolls-Royce Engines

The Aviation Club, 9th December 2016

On Wednesday 7 December 2016, Aviation Club members and guests were addressed by Sir Tim Clark KBE, CEO of Emirates.

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Tim Clark at the Aviation Club

Business Travel News, 9th December 2016

Emirates expects to roll out a new Premium Economy product within the next year to 18 months, the airline’s president, Sir Tim Clark, said at the Aviation Club Christmas lunch last week. He indicated that the Far Eastern routes would see the seat first. No indication was made as to whether it would be an improved Economy Class, or Business Class product without the flat-bed seats. “We are evaluating”, he said, noting it would be a “quite a big upheaval” to adapt the 250 aircraft that Emirates already operates, as well as those scheduled for delivery.

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Emirates expects to roll out premium economy within 18 months

Mail Online, 8th December 2016

Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, expects to introduce “premium economy” tickets within the next 12 to 18 months, according to its president, Tim Clark. The Dubai-based airline, faced with pressures on margins caused by a strong dollar and tougher competition, has recently added new revenue streams.

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Emirates set to launch premium economy
Business Traveller, 8th December 2016

As widely expected Emirates’ introduction of premium economy class is now more definite than ever. Its president Sir Tim Clark has announced that his airline is very likely to introduce a premium economy class within the next 12 to 18 months. According to Reuters, Sir Tim Clark said “I would think we would have it in the airline within the next year to 18 months, hopefully up and running. We are at the stage of finding out what form [premium economy] will take.”

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 Emirates Ends A380 Delivery Standoff After Rolls Agrees to Fund Fix

Bloomberg, 7th December 2016

Work on the introduction of a new premium-economy class pitched between business and coach is at a “fairly advanced stage,” Clark said, and Emirates is likely to introduce the new cabins within a year to 18 months. The carrier has also said that it’s working on a response to low-cost, long-haul carriers which might see it unbundle services that are now offered as a package, cutting the prices of a ticket but charging more for extras.

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CLICK HERE for the Business Travel News report

Dreamflight 2016 Has Safely Landed!

The Aviation Club UK

…and what a ride it was! Just over two weeks ago our 192 Very Important Children (VICs) kicked off their holiday of a lifetime with a fabulous party at the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotel. Lots of our lovely Dreamflight friends came to wave us off, including Myleene Klass, Dick & Dom, Harry Potter and Hagrid, the National Air Cadet Marching Band and even a couple of mischievous minions!

Dreamflight, the chosen charity of the Aviation Club UK for 2016, will be further supported by Club members and guests at the Christmas Lunch on 7 December, where the traditional collection will be made for this fantastic initiative.

To read more about the latest Dreamflight CLICK HERE.

Finnair Flies High with the A350

The Aviation Club UK

Finnair’s CEO Pekka Vauramo is set to share the airline’s experience of the new Airbus A350 at aviation industry lunch next week.

To download full media release CLICK HERE

Aviation Club UK Annual Reception – No1 Hit with Members and Guests

The Aviation Club UK

Aviation Club Chairman, Jane Johnston, Vice Chairman Michael Blunt and over 120 Club Members and their guests enjoyed the Annual Reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, on Thursday 13 October, where they were joined by Bruce Dickinson of Cardiff Aviation.