LAN Airlines (Santiago) has informed its passengers, in accordance with the announcement from Chile’s Civil Aviation Authority, that the Santiago international airport (SCL) remains closed due to the 8.8 earthquake that struck the country. The SCL terminal has sustained severe damage.
As a result, LAN Airlines operations to and from the city of Santiago have been temporarily suspended. Passengers on 17 of the airline’s flights from both national and international cities of origin have been redirected to alternative airports in compliance with the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority.
Flight operations will continue as scheduled to all of LAN Airlines and its affiliates South America network and destinations outside of Chile.
Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) according to Jimma Times CEO Girma Wake is not happy with on-going investigation of the January 15 crash of Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935). According to this published report, the CEO accused Lebanese authorities on Wednesday (February 24) of making misleading comments on the cause of flight ET 409 crash on January 25 shortly after taking off from Beirut. The airline officials are dismissing reports of sabotage and the blaming of the flight crew for not following instructions by Lebanese Air Traffic Control (ATC).
According to this published report in the Jimma Times, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, claims to have seen findings by the disaster investigators, suggesting that the Ethiopian pilot lost control of the plane moments before it plunged into the sea off the coast of Naameh, south of Beirut.
According to As-Safir, the preliminary report allegedly states “Navigation authorities in Rafik Hariri International Airport and other Lebanese authorities were freed from responsibility. The crash was attributed to a ‘human error committed inside the cockpit’.”
JetBlue Airways (New York) said yesterday afternoon (February 26) that its flights would resume after it had earlier voluntarily issued a systemwide temporary ground halt for all operations because of an information technology (IT) problem with its computers.
Flights restarted around 3:45 p.m. (1545) Eastern time after all flights were halted about an hour earlier.
The company was already flying a reduced schedule on Friday due to a large snowstorm in the Northeast United States.
Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Airbus A320-232 N569JB (msn 2075) wearing the special 10th Anniversary scheme prepares for departure from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has introduced a third airplane into the Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight-test program. ZA004, the fourth flight-test airplane to be built, took off at 11:43 a.m. local time yesterday (February 24) from Paine Field in Everett, WA. The program plan called for ZA004 to fly before ZA003 because the data ZA004 is collecting is needed more quickly both for certification and development of the 787-9.
The Cast of "Fly Girls." Left to right, Tasha, Louise, Mandy, Nikole and Farrah. Copyright Photo: PRNewsFoto/Virgin America.
Virgin America (San Francisco) tonight (February 26) joins forces with The CW and Collins Avenue Productions to celebrate “Fly Girls,” the new television docu-series that takes a 360-degree look at the airline’s flight crew as they live their lives at 500 MPH. The series will debut on The CW at 9:30 pm (2130) on March 24, 2010. In advance of the show’s network debut, tonight the exclusive in-flight premiere of “Fly Girls” will take off onboard a Virgin America flight en route to Las Vegas, followed by a red carpet launch party for the show at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas.
Tonight, the “Fly Girls” cast will work VX Flight 6005 en route to Las Vegas, serving cocktails like “VeeVa La Fly Girls” by VeeV Acai Spirit while flyers get a sneak peek of the show’s first episode on Red™, Virgin America’s innovative touch-screen entertainment platform. Upon touchdown, flight guests will be whisked to a star-studded launch party at the ultimate destination hotspot – The Palazzo Las Vegas. Guests at the party, including over 100 Virgin America teammates, will enjoy specialty cocktails provided by Belvedere Vodka, Ambhar Tequila, TY KU and VeeV, served by Palazzo waiters decked out in flight gear. Guests will also be able to cast their vote on who will be the most “talked about” Fly Girl via SMS texting screens at the event.
United Airlines (Chicago) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) have finalized an order for 25 787-8 jetliners. The agreement includes the opportunity to purchase another 50 Dreamliners.
United expects to take delivery of the 787s at the same time it will begin to retire its Boeing 747-400s and 767-300s operating on international routes.
Including United Airlines, 57 customers around the world have ordered 876 Dreamliners.