QANTAS signs over VH-OJA to HARS, it may be used for upcoming movies

QANTAS 747-400 VH-OJA lands for the last time (QANTAS)(LRW)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) yesterday (March 14) signed over the paperwork of its first Boeing 747, 400, the pictured 747-438 VH-OJA (msn 24354), to the Historic Aviation Restoration Society (HARS), a week after it was flown to Illawarra Regional Airport for permanent display. The Jumbo may be used as a future movie set.

Top Photo: QANTAS Airways. VH-OJA touches down for the last time at Illawarra Regional Airport.

QANTAS issued this statement:

QANTAS on March 14 did a ceremonial sign-over of its historic 747 aircraft VH-OJA to the Historic Aviation Restoration Society, seven days after it touched down in spectacular fashion at Illawarra Regional Airport.

Gareth Evans, CEO of QANTAS International, together with the QANTAS pilots that delivered the aircraft, joined thousands of locals at the HARS Open Day to host tours of the historic 747 where it featured on display for the first time.

QANTAS 747-400 VH-OJA final crew (QANTAS)(LRW)

Above Photo: QANTAS Photo. The final flight crew of VH-OJA.

It is the only 747-400 type of aircraft to be on public display anywhere in the world and is already proving to be a popular tourist attraction for the region, with hundreds of locals wanting to get up close and personal with the “Queen of The Skies”.

While in retirement the aircraft is also set to begin a new career as a movie star.

QANTAS gets approached on a regular basis for access to its fleet for filming purposes which is challenging to facilitate with most of the aircraft in the air. Having a static 747 on display at HARS provides an opportunity to support filming requests.

Using the historic 747 as a film set, has the potential to bring a number of additional tourism benefits to the region including catering, accommodation and casting from the local area.

QANTAS will facilitate a location visit as early as next month for a scout to tour the HARS facility and OJA. The museum already attracts filming interest due to its vast collection of historic aircraft and the addition of the jumbo jet will provide even further opportunities.

Gareth Evans said: “It is terrific to see OJA at her new home at HARS. It’s clear this iconic Qantas aircraft is in very good company alongside their fantastic collection of historically significant aircraft.

“We are confident the team at HARS will preserve OJA with great care for future generations of Australians, whether here at HARS or up on the big screen.”

Below Photo: QANTAS Airways. The ceremonial hand over of the “keys” of VH-OJA.

QANTAS handover of the keys of VH-OJA (QANTAS)(LRW)

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ECAir opens a new route to Bamako and Dakar

ECAir – Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo) has announced it will inaugurate a new route from Brazzaville to Bamako and Dakar starting on Sunday, March 22.

Bamako (Republic of Mali) and Dakar (Republic of Senegal) are two major capital cities in West Africa. The new service will operate three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Brazzaville, Wednesday, Friday, Monday from Dakar and Bamako).

Flights to Bamako and Dakar will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with a capacity of 148 seats (16 in Business and 132 in Economy) until June 1, then with Boeing 737-700 (12 seats in Business and 112 seats Economy) aircraft.

Equatorial Congo Airlines already serves on the regional network, Cotonou (Benin), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon) and Kinshasa (DRC).

Equatorial Congo Airlines since February 2, 2015 connects Brazzaville with Paris and Brazzaville with a daily flight to Dubai.

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The ECAir fleet:

1 Boeing 757-200 (HB-JJE), Rivière Sangua. Acquired in May 2013 and whose first commercial flight took place on November 28, 2013. 148 seats including 16 in Business Class and 132 in Economy Class.

1 Boeing 757-200 (HB-JJD), Fleuve Congo. Acquired in March 2012 and whose first commercial flight took place on September 14, 2012. 148 seats including 16 in Business Class and 132 in Economy Class.

1 Boeing 737-300 (HB-JJC), Rivière Alima. Acquired in January 2012 and whose first commercial flight took place on February 1, 2012. 120 seats including 12 in Business Class and 108 in Economy Class

1 Boeing 737-300 (HB-JJB), Rivière Kouilou. Its first commercial flight took place on September 24, 2011. 120 seats including 12 in Business Class and 108 in Economy Class

1 Boeing B 737-700 (HB-JJH), Rivière Niari Acquired in May 2014. 126 seats including 12 in Business Class

1 Beechcraft 90. 5 seats (private aviation – air taxi)

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All Air Vanuatu flights cancelled due to excessive damage in the islands, flight partially resume on March 16

Air Vanuatu (Port Vila) and the Vanuatu Islands have been slammed with a Category 5 Cyclone (hurricane) named Pam. The cyclone made a direct hit on the capital Port Vila. There is massive damage and possible deaths.

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Video Below: Early video of the damage in Port Vila:

Read the full report from stuff.co.nz: CLICK HERE

The Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is located around 1,750 km east of Australia, 500 km north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands.

 

The airline issued this short statement today:

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As a result of destructive cyclonic activity all Vanuatu airports still remain closed for commercial aircraft. All Air Vanuatu flights have been cancelled until further notice.

Update: The airline has now issued this update:

Port Vila airport has reopened. Planned flights for Monday March 16 are: NF11 Sydney – Vila DEP 0600 ARR 0920| NF10 Vila-Sydney DEP 1120 ARR 1515| NF 01 Sydney – Vila DEP 1615 ARR 2000| NF20 Vila – Brisbane DEP 2200 ARR 2345| All Timings local time.

Check in 2 hours prior departure.

From Tuesday March 17 normal international flight schedules will resume commencing with NF 21 Brisbane/Santo/Port Vila.

VANUATU DOMESTIC FLIGHTS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 YJ-AVI (msn 30734) departs from Sydney.

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United Express flight UA 3645 makes a nose wheel-up landing at Chicago O’Hare

 

United Express-GoJet CRJ700 N157GJ (CO 91)(Nose landing) ORD (Scott Frody)(LR)

United Airlines (Chicago) flight US 3645 from Grand Rapids, MI to the Chicago (O’Hare) hub landed this afternoon (March 14) with the nose wheel retracted. There were no reported injuries on the Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N157GJ according to WGN. The flight was operated by GoJet Airlines (St. Louis).

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According to a report by WZZM13, the passengers were informed 20 minutes into the flight there was a problem with the nose gear and the flight would be making an emergency landing at ORD.

Read the full report from WGNtv.com: CLICK HERE

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In related news, GoJet will take delivery of its first Bombardier CRJ900 in June. GoJet Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans States Holdings, Inc., will operate seven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft under the Delta Connection regional service brand. Deliveries will begin in June of 2015 and continue through October 2015.

GoJet Airlines currently operates a fleet of 47, two-class Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, of which 22 are in service for Delta (the others for United under the United Express banner). GoJet has provided regional service for Delta under the Delta Connection brand since 2011.

Top: Twitter photo by Scott Frody. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N157GJ (msn 10230) of GoJet sits on its nose after landing. ARFF personnel assist the safe exit of all passengers and crew members.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. N157GJ departs from Dulles International Airport (IAD) prior to the O’Hare incident.

Niki to launch flights to Athens on April 1

Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) will add the Vienna-Athens route on April 1. The new route will operate daily (except on Saturdays) with Airbus A320s.

Niki flight (HG 8640) will take off from Vienna at 11:30 and land in the Greek capital at 13:35. The return flight (HG 8641) will leave Athens at 14:25 and land in Vienna at 16:45.

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Cebu Pacific Air to launch flights to Doha, Qatar

Cebu Pacific Air (Manila) will launch twice weekly nonstop flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, starting on June 4, 2015.

CEB will be the only Philippine carrier flying between these two cities, serving more Global Filipinos in the Middle East.

The nonstop service departs Manila every Monday and Thursday, at 9:35 pm (2135). It arrives in Doha at 2:45 am (0245) the next day. The return flight departs Doha every Tuesday and Friday, at 4:15 am (0415), arriving in Manila at 6:35 pm (1835).

This new route will utilize CEB’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. Hot meals, seats with extra legroom and Wi-Fi onboard, among others, are options that can be added to the fare.

The route will serve over 260,000 Filipinos in Qatar, based on Philippine Overseas Employment Administration 2009 stock estimates.

Qatar has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East. CEB already serves the other two key markets for Global Filipinos: United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh. CEB is also the only airline flying direct between Manila and Kuwait.

CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft.

Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 RP-C3341 (msn 1420) arrives in Singapore (SIN).

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Spirit Airlines plans to hire 1,500 new workers this year

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood), as we have been reporting, is growing fast and adding new routes. As a result, the airline intends to hire 1,500 new employees this year according to this article by the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

Read the interview with Paul Berry, Spirit’s new director of corporate communications: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N534NK (msn 3395) prepares to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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