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2018 Aviation and Transport Festival

A big thank you!


On behalf of The Aviation Society (TAS) may we say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Festival this weekend – Traders, Exhibitors, the RVP Staff and all the TAS staff and Volunteers. A massive effort is required to stage such an event. However, the reward comes with knowing that it was a huge success.
Enthusiasts, Airport staff, Airline staff, Charities and the General Public have been exceedingly complimentary with respect to the organisation of the event and basically how enjoyable it was…Thank you for coming along and showing your support –  here’s looking forward to next year!


Winged Words

July Winged Words will be available to Download from  Thursday 28th June. It will be available to collect from the TAS Shops from Saturday 30th June and available via post from Monday 2nd July.

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Arrives at Manchester 11th June to collect Robbie Williams for his performance at the opening ceremony of the World Cup finals in Moscow on Thursday 14th June. Photo Peter Hampson.


Virgin Atlantic

Have adjusted their planned long-haul services scheduled from Manchester, for Winter 2018/19 season. The latest adjustment now sees the airline exclusively operating their B747-400 fleet between 28th October 2018 and 30th March 2019.For full details of this and their proposed Summer schedule see the MAN Route news section on the opposite page.

Cathay Pacific

Have announced today (Mon 21st May) that they will change aircraft types on their Manchester service to the larger A350-1000 XWB from 1st December 2018 to 28th February 2019.

Jet Airways (India) to launch Manchester – Mumbai services

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Jet Airways have confirmed today (Friday 18th May) that they will commence a new 4 x per week scheduled Airbus A330-200 to Mumbai from Monday 5th November 2018.

The new service will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Arriving MAN at 07.55 hrs and departing to Mumbai (BOM) at 09.35hrs.

It is expected that the route will become a daily operation  from 26th March 2019.

Ethiopian Airlines are to launch a new 4 times weekly Addis Ababa B787 Dreamliner service from 1st December 2018. They will initially operate the route as an extension to their existing Brussels flights. Scroll down to the MAN Route news section on the opposite page for further details


June Winged Words – Our sincere apologies for the delay this month. The e version was  released on 12th June and the magazine was available in the TAS shops from 11th.Postal copies will be delivered on the 14th June all being well.

Some memories… from our joint TAS, Avro, MAG “Dambuster evening” on 19th April…with Dambuster  legend – Squadron Leader Johnny Johnson MBE,DFM.

The next – TAS Social Evening:-

20.00hrs at the RVP – Manchester Airport

Monday 9th July  – TAS USA  – “East Coast Odessy Tour”

Our Tour Organiser Dave Kirkham will give an interesting and amusing view of our recent trip to the East Coast of the USA and Canada. As always we can expect some superb photos and excellent stories from this very well organised TAS Trip. Don’t miss it!

Monday 23rd July  – New Date – Andy Fish Manager UK and Europe Finnair

Monday 13th August  – Manchester Airport Transformation Project  Update

Monday 3rd Sept – Capt Mike Beeston – From Motor Gliders to Mach 2 to Manchester!

Monday 17th September  – Capt James Mc Bride “More tales from the Flightdeck” 

Monday 1st October  – TAS Trips 2018 – Oshkosh and Toulouse

Monday 15th October  – The RAF Presentation Team “100 years of the RAF”

Monday 29th Oct  – Manchester Airport Operations Director – Rad Taylor

Monday 12th November -” Thunder through the Valleys” – Phil Stevens

Monday 26th November  – Air Traffic Control- Steve Balfour

Monday 17th December – TAS Christmas Social / Airport Solutions


Future Guest Speakers

With a Social Evening taking place almost every two weeks throughout the year (that’s over 20 Guest Speakers per year!) its quite a challenge to organise an interesting and varied programme.  As such, if you would like to offer your services as a Guest Speaker, know someone or perhaps have seen someone who could be a potential Guest Speaker or have ideas for Guest Speakers – Please drop our Social Evening Organiser (Peter Hampson) an e mail :-  Your help and support would be very much appreciated.


Now available from the TAS Shops at the Runway Visitor Park and T1 Arrivals:-





Now available in the TAS Shops…

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New Books for 2018 now in the TAS Shops…more landing daily!




 RVP – Reduced Car Parking Fees

Many people who visit the Runway Visitor Park are not aware of the special discounted parking fees for frequent visitors. Check out the RVP Page on this web site for further info and download an application form…You could save yourself a lot of money!

Dates confirmed for the 2018 Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival

Manchester Airport in conjunction with TAS have confirmed the dates for the 2018 Aviation and Transport Festival at the Runway Visitor Park :- Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. The event will be celebrating 80 years of operations from the Airport (originally known as Ringway). The airport officially opened on 25th June 1938. A number of special events will be taking place over the weekend at the RVP to commemorate the development of the airport throughout it’s 80 glorious years.

Throughout the Festival weekend a giant Aviation Memorabilia Sale will be taking place in the Concorde Hangar. Individuals and companies who are interested in reserving tables for this event should contact:- for further information. OR check out the Aviation and Transport Festival page on this web site.

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   **NEW*** Toulouse “2” September 4th-7th 2018 – Fully Booked – See info below for registering your interest on Toulouse 3…

Due to unprecedented demand which saw our first trip to Toulouse (Spring 2018) filling within just 2 days, we have organised a further trip with the same itinerary in September. This trip is now also full! Any member of TAS who is interested in travelling on a future trip to Toulouse (Toulouse 3) is asked to immediately contact John Wood via e mail:- to register your interest (no obligation). Toulouse 3 would follow the same itinerary as the previous trips on a date to be announced – subject to demand.


TAS Trip to South Africa and Botswana 2018: -Now open for bookings – see Tour Page for full details…

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TAS Social Evening – Monday 30th October-RVP Future

Rad Taylor, Manchester Airports Director of Operations addressed over 100 Members of The Aviation Society on Monday evening.  During an extensive Q&A session he confirmed that there were no current plans to relocate the existing Runway Visitor Park and the land currently occupied by the RVP did not feature in the airports 10 year Transformation Project.

RVP – RJX UPDATE (TAS volunteer engineers)

TAS has formed a Volunteer Engineering Team who work on a regular basis to help maintain the Avro RJX aircraft at the Runway Visitor Park. The Team consists of experienced aircraft engineers – some of whom actually helped build / test fly the aircraft from Woodford. Others are TAS Members who simply want to lend a hand and learn new skills under the guidance of the experienced engineers . Throughout 2017 they have made significant progress undertaking all types of work from major structural repairs to painting. The team usually meet on pre arranged Saturdays at the RVP. TAS organise the work schedule, safety assessments’, PPE and Insurance. The airport provide funding for equipment, parts and well deserved refreshments!

The RJX Nose wheel is straightened up and further painting took place today (Sept 17)…WOW!!… The lady is looking good!


TAS RJX Volunteers make great progress..

Significant progress  is now being made on the aircraft .The Team have been joined by a specialist from Air Livery who has been giving superb advice on the painting – Just look at the difference so far…RJX 2 SEPT The airport have recently re painted the Runway and trimmed the shrubs at the back of the aircraft.

BAE Systems staff from Farnborough and Prestwick have recently joined the TAS Team.

With plenty of work still to be done, a number of RJX “Engineering days” are planned  in 2018. If you are interested in joining the Team – please

Keep up the good work guys – we really appreciate it!