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The Guardian: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to help develop a new Air Djibouti

Air Djibouti (1st) (Djibouti) operated from 1963 to 2002. Bruce Dickinson of the Iron Maiden and formerly of Astraeus Airlines (2002 – 2011), is helping to get the new version of Air Djibouti airborne through his Cardiff Aviation.

Bruce Dickinson is an English musician, airline pilot (who used to fly for Astraeus Airlines), broadcaster and the lead vocalist of the heavy metal Iron Maiden band.

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Top Copyright photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. The original Air Djibouti touted itself as the “Red Sea Airline”. Douglas DC-6B F-OCYJ (msn 43740) sits at Paris (Orly).

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Bottom Copyright photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Astraeus Airlines had two special “Iron Maiden” special liveries. The 2007 “Iron Maiden 1 – Somewhere Back in Time World Tour) livery was painted on Boeing 757-23A G-OJIB (msn 24292) pictured departing from London (Gatwick).

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FedEx Corporation reports net income of $580 million, up 53%, for the 3Q

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) reported earnings of $2.01 per diluted share for the third quarter ended February 28, compared to $1.23 per share last year.

Third Quarter Results

FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the third quarter:

• Revenue of $11.7 billion, up 4% from $11.3 billion the previous year

• Operating income of $962 million, up 50% from $641 million last year

• Operating margin of 8.2%, up from 5.7% the previous year

• Net income of $580 million, up 53% from last year’s $378 million

Operating results improved due to volume and base yield growth in all three transportation segments, a significant net benefit from fuel, benefits from profit improvement program initiatives, a lower year-over-year weather impact and reduced pension expense. These improvements were partially offset by higher variable incentive compensation accruals.

Share repurchases had a $0.11 year-over-year positive impact on third quarter earnings per diluted share.

Outlook

FedEx projects earnings to be $8.80 to $8.95 per diluted share for fiscal 2015. This outlook assumes continued moderate global economic growth. The capital spending forecast for fiscal 2015 remains $4.2 billion.

“We expect continued revenue and earnings growth this year, driven by ongoing improvements in all of our transportation segments,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Variable incentive compensation accruals will continue to increase as our financial performance improves, and we expect to deliver record fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings.”

FedEx Express Segment

For the third quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:

• Revenue of $6.66 billion, compared to last year’s $6.67 billion

• Operating income of $384 million, up 129% from $168 million a year ago

• Operating margin of 5.8%, up from 2.5% the previous year

Revenue was essentially flat, as lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates more than offset volume and base yield growth. U.S. domestic package volume grew by 4%, including 5% growth in overnight box. U.S. domestic revenue per package decreased 2% due to lower fuel surcharges, partially offset by higher base rates. FedEx International Economy volume grew 4%, while FedEx International Priority volume was flat. International export revenue per package decreased 4%, as lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates were partially offset by favorable service mix and higher rates.

Operating results were higher as increased base revenue, a significant net benefit from fuel and a lower year-over-year weather impact all contributed to the quarter. In addition, the company continued to benefit from profit improvement program initiatives. Partially offsetting these favorable factors were increased variable incentive compensation accruals and aircraft maintenance expenses.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F (DC-10-10F) N389FE (msn 46623) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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FedEx is forecasting another record holiday season with an 8.8% increase and December 15 as the busiest day

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) is forecasting another record holiday. The company expects to move more than 290 million shipments between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, an 8.8 percent increase in overall year-over-year Peak seasonal volume.

The season is expected to be bolstered by three volume spikes throughout December, occurring the first three Mondays of the month and each expected to surpass 20 million in volume.

December 15 is projected to be the busiest day in company history, with a forecasted 22.6 million shipments moving around the world. Peak projections are included in FedEx earnings guidance for FY15.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. An upgraded McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30F (DC-10-30F) registered as N321FE (msn 47836) arrives in Las Vegas.

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FedEx pilots to conduct informational picketing today

FedEx Express‘ (Memphis) 4,200 pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), will conduct informational picketing on Tuesday, September 23, in three cities to show, according to the union, “their continuing frustration with ongoing contract negotiations and their resolute support of their Negotiating Committee.”

Informational picketing will take place on Tuesday, September 23, at the following locations and times (all times are local):

Anchorage
Outside FedEx sorting facility at Ted Stevens
Anchorage Int’l Airport, corner of Postmark
Drive and Rockwell Avenue
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Los Angeles
Maguire Gardens (South Flower Street and
West 5th Street)
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Memphis
Outside FedEx Air Operations Center (3131
Democrat Road)
Noon to 12:30 p.m.

According to the union, “FedEx Express and its pilot group came to a historic collective bargaining agreement in 2011. What made this agreement historic was the commitment to continue bargaining so as to foster a more efficient negotiating climate when formal negotiations commenced in 2013 despite having achieved a contract. “There was a real opportunity to fix some difficult problems with well-developed long-term solutions and without the pressure that comes with traditional bargaining. Unfortunately, management chose a different route,” said Captain Scott Stratton, chairman of the ALPA FedEx Master Executive Council. “We should have had a new contract by now, but instead we have spent too much time mired in a ‘traditional’ bargaining situation that does not promote good labor-management relations. In spite of management’s actions, the pilots remain committed to achieving a responsible negotiated agreement that recognizes our contributions to FedEx’s remarkable profitability.”

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F (DC-10-10F) N554FE (msn 46708) lands at Raleigh/Durham.

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Former airline McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 continues to serve as a flying hospital

ORBIS FLYING EYE HOSPITAL

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital utilizes this McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 as a flying hospital. The former wide-boday airline previously served Laker Airways (as G-BELO), American Trans Air (N183AT), Cal Air International (G-GCAL), Novair (G-GCAL) before going to Project Orbis as N220AU (msn 46501) on November 27, 1991. The venerable jetliner has a new look livery (above).

Orbis International (New York) is an international non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to saving sight worldwide according to Wikipedia. Orbis programs focus on the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries. Since 1982, ORBIS capacity-building programs have enhanced the skills of 325,000 eye care personnel and provided medical and optical treatment to more than 23.3 million people in 92 countries.

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The charity issued this statement:

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) is visiting Jinan for the second time to conduct an intensive and comprehensive training and skills exchange program aimed at strengthening ophthalmic services in Shandong Province. Alongside its longtime sponsor, Alcon, the global leader in eye care, the Orbis program will focus on providing intense training in the areas of cataract, glaucoma, medical and surgical retina.

China accounts for about 18 percent of the world’s blind and out of the estimated 1 million children suffering from blindness in Asia, approximately 400,000 live in China. To address the growing need for pediatric eye care in the country and in support of the long-term Orbis pediatric project in the region, the FEH program will also offer intense subspecialty training in pediatric strabismus.

The Jinan program marks the 39th visit of the Flying Eye Hospital in China and this program will continue to help raise public attention on the eye care conditions and challenges faced in the country. The needs of the eye care communities and the challenges they face vary across provinces, but at the national level, the major causes of blindness reflect global trends and include: cataract, glaucoma and corneal disease.

“Orbis has had a long history of working in China and our training programs have helped improve the quality of ophthalmic services and raise awareness around eye care conditions throughout the country,” said Dr. Ahmed Gomaa, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Medical Director. “Orbis is grateful for the generous support of our longtime sponsor Alcon, and we look forward to working together to eliminate avoidable blindness and deliver the highest standards of training.”

In partnership with the Shandong Red Cross Eye Hospital and Shandong Medical College, the program will provide Chinese eye care professionals including optometrists, nurses, anesthesiologists and biomedical engineers with continued medical education through workshop, lectures and hands-on training. In addition to ophthalmologists, the program will also provide practical and clinical training to residents who receive little hands-on training as part of their standard residency curriculum.

“Alcon’s partnership with Orbis of more than three decades is grounded in our shared vision of providing access to quality eye care around the world,” said Bettina Maunz, President of the Alcon Foundation. “The Jinan program gives us the opportunity to partner with Orbis to help deliver sustainable eye care solutions that can make a long-term impact and help prevent and treat blindness in China.”

As part of a global initiative to combat preventable and treatable blindness, and in support of Orbis’s skills exchange program approach, Alcon has been a longtime sponsor of the Flying Eye Hospital programs and donates medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and supplies. In addition, Alcon biomedical engineers volunteer their time on Orbis programs to provide technical assistance by working side-by-side with local technicians and share their skills on managing and maintaining the much needed ophthalmic equipment.

About Orbis

Orbis prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations. By building long-term capabilities, Orbis helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger flight

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) as planned, operated the last revenue passenger flight of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 yesterday (February 24). The last flight was a charter flight (flight 008) from Birmingham with the pictured DC-10-30 S2-ACR (msn 48317) with 200 passengers eager to fly the last flight. The DC-10 type has flown passengers for nearly 43 years and continues today as a freighter with several cargo airlines.

Read the full report from the BBC: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. S2-ACR departs from Birmingham on the the next-to-last charter flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photos: Allan Huse. A picture of the flight crew and the cockpit for the last flight from Birmingham. The seats in the middle were not sold. Only the window and exterior aisle seats were sold on the last flight.

Biman Bangladesh DC-10-30 S2-ACR (cockpit)(AHE)(LRW)

Biman Bangladesh DC-10-30 S2-ACR (cabin)(AHE)(LRW)

Video: Amateur video of one of the enthusiast charter flights from Birmingham:

 

 

Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger flight

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) today (February 20) operated the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger flight in the world with DC-10-30 S2-ACR (man 48317). The final flight today flew from Dhaka to Birmingham, England via a refueling stop in Kuwait City. Current plans are reportedly to scrap the wide body airliner for its parts and residual metal value.

Before the final disposition of S2-ACR, Biman will operate scenic flights from Birmingham this weekend. The airline issued this statement about the scenic flights:

Due to an overwhelming response from aviation enthusiasts from around the world, we are going to operate scenic flights on the weekend of February 22, 23 and 24 from Birmingham Airport. The first flights to go on sale will operate on the Monday, February 24 at 0900, 1200 and 1500 with a block time of an estimated one-hour. If as expected, they sell out quickly we open up the Sunday, February 23 flights up for the same times of 0900, 1200 and 1500. As these sell out then we will open up the Saturday flights also at the same times – 0900, 1200 and 1500. As with the last commercial flight from Dhaka, we are keeping the prices for these scenic flights at reasonable levels with prices of ₤150 for a window seat and ₤100 for an aisle seat. Please note that for the last commercial flight ever on Monday February 24 @ 1500, prices have been set slightly higher at ₤200/₤150. In order to keep the flights as “special” as possible we are only selling 152 of the 319 seats on the aircraft – therefore all are window or aisle seats.

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The retirement came as a result of a new Boeing 777-300 ER delivery. Biman issued this statement on the new arrival of 777-3E9 S2-AHM (msn 40120):

Biman Bangladesh Airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300 ER is the world’s largest twinjet aircraft, this long-range wide-body plane is popularly known as the “Triple Seven”. Our newest 777-300 ER is the third extended range 777 to join our modern fleet.

The latest 777-300 ER is named “Akashprodip” and replaces the retired DC-10 for long-range flights to serve destinations such as Frankfurt, Rome, London, and Birmingham.

Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Kevin Steele personally took delivery of latest 777-300 ER from Boeing’s Seattle headquarters on February 6. The new plane, painted in Biman’s bi-colored livery, traveled on a nonstop flight from Seattle to Dhaka.

The receiving ceremony of the newest 777-300 ER was held February 11, 2014 at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. At the ceremony she said, “Biman acts as the representative of Bangladesh abroad and it flies across the world as the symbol of our independence.”

Biman will soon take delivery of its fourth Boeing 777-300 ER, named “Rangaprobhat” on March 21. The delivery is part of a ten aircraft contract with Boeing. Future plans are to secure two Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 787-8s by 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Biman). McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 S2-ACR 9msn 48317) arrives at London (Heathrow) on a previous flight.

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