AirlinesBEA: Air France A340 abnormal takeoffs caused by pilot input
In an investigation report that effectively highlights the value of flight data monitoring, the French Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) has determined that some abnormally long Airbus A340-300 takeoffs from Bogota El Dorado International Airport in Colombia were the result of improper pilot practices.
The events—at least two—are described as serious incidents and had been puzzling experts since the first one was reported in March 2017.LinkVietnam conglomerate group launches startup Vinpearl Air
Real estate and retail conglomerate Vingroup have announced the launch of an airline unit, Vinpearl Air, which would be Vietnam’s fifth operational airline, after Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Bamboo Airways.
With a charter capital of VND1.3 billion ($55.9 million), the airline majority shareholders are held by the group’s tourism arm VinAsia Tourism Development with 45% and Hoang Quoc Thuy (30%) and Pham Khac Phuong (25%), both whom have positions within the group.LinkHelvetic Airways sells remaining Fokkers to Alliance Airlines
Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways has sold its five remaining Fokker 100s, as well as spare engines, parts and tooling, to Alliance Aviation Services Ltd., parent of Australia’s Alliance Airlines.
The deal completes Helvetic’s transition to an all-Embraer fleet. The airline operates 11 E190s and later this year is scheduled to take delivery of the first of 12 new Embraer E190-E2s.LinkAustrian Airlines considers government support for domestic routes
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will close six regional crew bases to centralize aircraft operations at its Vienna hub and reduce crew travel costs.
Most of Austrian’s four domestic routes are loss-making and the carrier is evaluating solutions, including local government assistance and the European Commission’s public service obligation (PSO) scheme that supports air service routes deemed to be vital for the economic development of the region they serve.LinkAmerican sees $185m negative impact on Q2 from Max cancellations
American Airlines expects a negative impact of $185 million to its second quarter pre-tax income from cancellation of Boeing 737 Max flights.
The Oneworld carrier scrapped 7,800 flights in the second quarter and has removed all 737 Max-operated flights from its schedule through 3 September.LinkZipair Tokyo cleared for 2020 takeoff
New Japanese budget carrier Zipair Tokyo is on track for a 2020 start date, having been granted an air transport business license by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The budget arm of Japan Airlines (JAL) will operate two Boeing 787-8 aircraft, each with 290 seats, on two daily services: Tokyo Narita-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi starting 14 May 2020, and Tokyo Narita-Seoul Incheon from 1 July 2020.Link