Monthly Archives: December 2010

Caricom Airways is grounded by the ECCAA for not having an AOC!

Caricom Airways (Caribbean Commuter) (St. Lucia) has been grounded by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) for not having a current Air Operators Certificate (AOC) according to this report by Caribbean 360.

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Kuwait Airways grounds its five Airbus A300-600s

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) announced yesterday its was grounding its five Airbus A300-600s for inspections after consulting with Airbus.

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Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Delta’s 757-351 N589NW makes an emergency landing at Colorado Springs, two injured

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) flight DL 1921 from Detroit to Phoenix with Boeing 757-351 N589NW was forced to make an emergency landing at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) yesterday (December 30) after reporting trouble with its right engine.

The flight departed Detroit (DTW) at 8:50 a.m. EST (0850) to Phoenix (PHX). The crew elected to make an emergency landing at COS due to engine problem. The flight landed safely but two passengers received minor injuries exiting the aircraft via the emergency chutes.

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Virgin Blue Airlines to introduce a fresh new look and product in 2011

Virgin Blue Airlines ( (Brisbane) is expected to introduce a new look (and possibly a new name) and product in 2011 under the new leadership of CEO John Borghetti. Virgin Blue’s alliance with Air New Zealand has been approved. The company is also moving closer to Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways.

Airbus A330-200s will also be introduced on trans-continental routes in Australia as previously reported.

Read the full interview with John Borghetti via The Australian and the WSJ:


Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Continental Airlines takes delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 with the Sky Interior

Continental Airlines (Houston) became the first U.S.-based carrier to fly with the new Sky Interior. Continental’s Boeing 737-824 N76529 (msn 31652) is also painted in the new (old) United Airlines (Continental) livery.

Continental took deliver of N76529 yesterday. Wednesday’s flight marks completion of 13 deliveries to the first five launch customers for the innovative 737 Boeing Sky Interior. The airplane also marks a new record for 737 yearly deliveries of 376. The previous record was 372 deliveries in 2009.

The 737 Boeing Sky Interior is part of Boeing’s strategy to continuously improve the 737 for both airlines and passengers by making it more efficient and economical to operate and maintain and more comfortable for passengers. Today’s Next-Generation 737 operators fly 737s that are 5 percent more fuel-efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered in 1998, and another 2 percent improvement is on the way.

In mid-November, another 737-800, also in the new United Airlines livery, successfully completed an early flight test to begin certification of the aerodynamic and engine changes that will result in the 2 percent improvement. Testing and certification will continue through April 2011. Boeing is phasing into production the performance improvement package, beginning in mid-2011 through early 2012.

One percent of the savings comes from reducing resistance as air flows around the airplane. The upper and lower anti-collision lights change from round to a more aerodynamic, elongated teardrop shape. Wheel-well fairings are re-contoured to smooth the air flow near the main landing gear. A redesign of the environmental control system, exhaust vent and streamlined wing slat and spoiler trailing edges round out the aerodynamic changes.

CFM is introducing the new CFM56-7BE engine enhancement program to coincide with Boeing’s airframe changes. Low- and high-pressure turbine modifications will result in a 1 percent reduction in fuel consumption. In addition, Boeing is optimizing the engine’s primary nozzle and plug. Together, the changes result in cooler-running engines that may provide up to 4 percent lower maintenance costs.

Deliveries to Continental Airlines of Boeing aircraft had been delayed as a result of an escalating controversy surrounding seat manufacturer Koito Industries.

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The “Father of Airline Deregulation”, Professor Alfred E. Kahn passes away

Professor Alfred E. Kahn, the so-called “Father of Airline Deregulation” passed away at 93 on Monday December 27.

Alfred Edward Kahn (October 17, 1917 – December 27, 2010) was an American professor, an expert in regulation and deregulation, and an important influence in the deregulation of the airline and energy industries. Commonly known as the “Father of Airline Deregulation,” he chaired the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) during the period when it ended its regulation of the U.S. airline industry, paving the way for low-cost airlines and a flurry of new routes by the majors.

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American Airlines Boeing 757-200 runs off the runway at Jackson, Wyoming – no injuries

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) flight AA 225 from Chicago (O’Hare) to Jackson (Jackson Hole), Wyoming with 175 passengers and six crew members, overran the runway on landing at Jackson today. The Boeing 757-200 overran the runway by approximately 350 feet ending up in a snowbank. There were no injuries.

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Korean Air to introduce an all-business class in its upper deck on the new Airbus A380s

Korean Air (Seoul) will launch its first A380 service in May 2011with the entire upper deck of the aircraft devoted to business class flyers.

Korean Air’s business seating, called Prestige Class, will have 94 lie-flat sleepers with 74 inches between seats and extra large seat partitions.

The airline’s A380 will have a total of only 407 seats: 12 first class and 301 economy class seats on the first level, and the 94 Prestige Class seats on the upper deck.

Korean Air has ordered ten A380 aircraft with the first five to be delivered by the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014.

The airline will launch its A380s on short haul routes to Japan and East Asia in May, and then expand to Korean Air’s U.S. and European routes in August 2011.

Image: Korean Air.

US Airways to offer double daily Charlotte-Frankfurt next summer

US Airways (Phoenix) is adding a seasonal second flight on the Charlotte-Frankfurt route. A Boeing 767-200 ER will operate from May 19, 2011 through September 30, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft details.

Qatar Airways modifies its livery with a smaller Oryx

Qatar Airways (Doha) has modified its 2006 livery now with a smaller Oryx on the tail.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for further details.