Boeing Says 787 Fix Quick Once Approved
Boeing commercial aircraft chief executive Ray Conner said the company is very confident about its proposed fix for batteries that melted down on two 787 Dreamliners in January, and the process of getting the fix installed and the plane flying again can move quickly once the solution is approved by regulators.
At Least Five Dead In Congo Plane Crash
At least five people were killed on Monday when a twin-propeller plane crashed as it tried to land in bad weather in the eastern Congolese town of Goma, the airline said. CAA, the airline operating the Fokker 50 plane, said five crew members were killed while another was still missing after the crash.
US Airlines Say Demand Holding Up
Major US airlines on Monday said demand for flights seemed to be holding up despite concerns that automatic US spending cuts and rising taxes would hurt travel.
Napolitano Warns On US Airport Wait Times
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because US spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse.
Kingfisher Loses Flying Rights and Airport Slots
The withdrawal of Kingfisher Airlines’ domestic airport slots and international flying rights by India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation on February 25 could make a phased restart of the carrier even more challenging. Meanwhile, authorities have de-registered 13 of the 37 aircraft parked in India, but airports haven’t allowed lessors to claim their assets until Kingfisher pays pending dues totaling $72 million.
EADS Results Rise, But Concerns Linger Over A350XWB
The task of keeping development of the new Airbus A350XWB airliner on track for service entry in the second half of 2014 “remains challenging,” the European airframer’s parent company EADS acknowledged at a press conference today. According to EADS chief financial officer Harald Wilhelm, “There is no room left in the schedule” to achieve A350 certification according to the revised timetable, but the company remains confident of achieving a first flight “this summer.”
AirAsia’s 2013 outlook marred by intensifying competition
AirAsia faces a potentially challenging 2013 as it accelerates expansion in its three core markets as part of an attempt to fight off intensifying competition within Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, the group will continue to incur losses at the two affiliates it launched during 2012, in the Philippines and Japan, and will incur start-up costs for its new joint venture in India.
Iberia strikes threaten to spill over to BA
Iberia said it has found alternative flights for about 38,000 of the 40,000 passengers booked on flights cancelled by the second in a series of three week-long strikes by the airline’s ground staff and cabin crews that began Monday and will last all week.
Qatar Airways delays Chengdu launch owing to 787 grounding
Qatar Airways has reported further effects from the grounding of its Boeing 787-8s, announcing frequency reductions on one new route and a launch postponement on another. The 787 has been grounded worldwide since Jan. 16.
Cathay Pacific orders three more 747-8Fs
Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered three additional Boeing 747-8 freighters, bringing to 13 the total number of 747-8Fs it has ordered.
Condor Airlines to reestablish Munich flights
Germany-based Condor Airlines plans to launch long-haul flights from Munich after six years of not operating from Germany's second largest airport. Condor will base two Boeing 767-300ERs in Munich.
NetJets Europe launches day-return jet card
NetJets Europe has launched a block charter jet card aimed at prospective customers wishing to carry out return flights of Cessna Citation Bravo light cabin business aircraft within the same calendar day. Starting at €116,000 ($150,000) for 25h of flight time over a 24-month period, the card will enable customers to fly a same-day return journey - consisting of two or more flight legs - starting and ending in the same city within NetJets' "primary operational area".
AirBaltic will increase weekly Riga-Rijeka service to 2X-weekly June 6.
Ethiopian Airlines will launch 3X-weekly Addis Ababa service to Blantyre and Ndola March 31.
Hawaiian Airlines will increase 4X-weekly Oakland-Honolulu service to daily June 15-Oct. 3.
Frontier Airlines will operate seasonal 3X-weekly Denver-Eugene, Ore. Airbus A319 service starting May 16 and will resume 3X-weekly Denver-Fresno A319 service May 17.
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On This Date
---In 1912... Bob Fowler flies from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida. The west to east coast-to-coast journey has taken four months to complete.
---In 1923... The great aeronautical pioneer Igor Sikorsky sets up the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corp. in the United States with the financial help of several important leading figures, including Sergey Rachmaninoff. Sikorsky left Russia in 1917 when revolution threatened his work and his life.
---In 1929…Lineas Aereas nacionales is founded. It is known as LAN today.
---In 1936…The Supermarine Spitfire makes its maiden flight. The single-seat fighter would play a major role in World War II, with over 20,300 being built over the following 10 years.
---In 1943…First flight of the Gloster Meteor prototype DG206
---In 1958…Explorer 2 launches, but due to a mechanical failure, does not reach orbit.
---In 1962... A Convair B-58 (serial no. 59-2458) of the Forty-third Bombardment Wing breaks three records during a round trip between New York and Los Angeles in 4 hours 41 minutes 14.98 seconds. The fastest trans-continental crossing between Los Angeles and New York is accomplished in 2 hours 58.71 seconds at an average speed of 1,214.65 mph. The third record notches the fastest time between New York and Los Angeles.
---In 1963… Country music star Patsy Cline and three others are killed in the crash of a Piper Comanche near Camden, Tennessee.
---In 1966…First successful launch of the Tagboard Drone (#503) from M-21 (941). Blackbird pilot Bill Parks. Takeoff from Groom Lake. Launched Drone over Pacific Ocean at 80,000 feet, Mach 3.2. Successful launch. Drone traveled 150 miles and ran out of fuel. Launch Control Officer was HeithBeswick. (Q)
---In 1966…BOAC Flight 911, a Boeing 707-436 (GAPFE) enroute to Kai Tak International, crashes shortly after departure from Tokyo International Airport, killing all 124 people aboard. The aircraft encounters severe turbulence, resulting in structural failure, beginning with separation of the vertical stabilizer. The crash comes one day after Canadian Pacific Fligth 402 crashed at Tokyo Airport, with the BOAC 707 taxiing past the smoldering wreckage minutes before their own crash. Similarly, the Canadian Pacific aircraft crashed while returning from Kai Tak.
---In 1967…Lake Central Airlines Flight 527, a Convair CV-580 (N73130), crashes in Marseille, Ohio, killing all 37 on-board. The crash is attributed to all 4 blades off of the right propeller separating, the #2 blade piercing through the aircraft.
---In 1968…U.S. launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun.
---In 1975…Shin Meiwa US-1 enters service with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
---In 1978…The Landsat 3 launches, third in a series of photo satellites. Its Earth-snapping work would last five years until March of 1983.
---In 1978…Venera 14, a Soviet space probe for intended to explore Venus, arrives at its destination. The aircraft has a twin-ship, Venera 13, which launched and also arrived 5 days prior.
---In 1979…Voyager 1 makes its closest approach to Jupiter at a distance of 172,000 miles.
---In 1980…Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49.
---In 1982…Venera 14 landed on Venus.
---In 1993…Palair Macedonian Airlines Flight 301 crashes moments after takeoff on runway 34 in Skopje, Macedonia. The Fokker F-100 (PH-XXL) failed to climb due to the crew’s failure to have the aircraft de-iced, killing 83 of the 97 aboard.
---In 2000…Southwest Airlines Flight 1455, a Boeing 737-300 (N668SW) overruns runway 8 at Burbank-Glendale Pasadena Airport on landing after a flight from Las Vegas McCarran International. The accident is blamed on the pilot’s failure to abort landing after approaching too fast and too high. The pilot was heard on the cockpit voice recorder moments afterward saying “Well, there goes my career.” Thankfully, all 142 occupants survive.
---In 2004…First flight of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
---In 2005… Steve Fossett completes the first non-stop, solo circumnavigation of the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, completing the trip in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
---In 2011…An Antonov An-148 crashes at Garbuzovo, Alxeevsky Region, Belgorod Oblast, Russia following an in-flight break-up. All six people on board are killed.
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking a round with a fly swatter.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
"Hunting flies," He responded.
"Oh, killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, three males, two females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked, How can you tell?
He responded, "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."
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