Monthly Archives: May 2011

Delta Air Lines MD-88 N941DL makes a hard land at Atlanta, sparking a fire, 4 injured

Delta Air Lines’ (Atlanta) McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N941DL (msn 49814) operating flight DL 2284 from Pittsburgh to Atlanta caught fire during a hard landing yesterday afternoon (May 28) at ATL.

Four passengers suffered minor injuries according to the AP. They were not transported to a hospital. Passengers and crew were evacuated through the rear stairs. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

According to the AP, FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said the MD-88 jet suffered either a blown tire, or a locked brake or perhaps both, which caused the fire.

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Air France flight AF 447 stalled and descended 38,000 feet in 3.5 minutes

Air France’s (Paris) tragic crash of flight AF 447 became a bit clearer. The BEA has now issued its preliminary report (the final report could be another year). After reviewing the data of the recovered flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, the BEA concluded flight AF 447 suffered a high-altitude stall before descending 38,000 feet in 3.5 minutes and then crashing belly first into the Atlantic Ocean before breaking up and sinking.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Aer Arann changes its name to Aer Arann Regional as it expands beyond Ireland/UK

Aer Arann (Dublin) is rebranding as Aer Arann Regional as the company continues to expand beyond it traditional Ireland and UK market.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for additional details.

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Alaska Airlines issues its pilots an iPad to replace paper manuals

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) becomes the first major airline to issue an iPad to each of its pilots. As part of an ongoing effort to use technology to enhance flight safety, improve efficiency and protect the environment, Alaska Airlines is issuing iPad tablet computers to its pilots. The 1 1/2-pound iPads replace up to 25 pounds of paper flight manuals that pilots are required to carry when they fly.

The iPads are being distributed to all Alaska Airlines pilots, a process that will be complete by mid-June. This follows a successful trial by 100 line and instructor pilots and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representatives, who evaluated the feasibility of using iPads as electronic flight bags this past winter and spring.

The iPads will replace the paper manuals.

The iPads contain an app called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other materials. The electronic manuals include hyperlinks and color graphics, enabling pilots to find information faster and easier. Updating these reference materials can now be accomplished with one tap on the iPad screen instead of the former, labor-intensive process of replacing individual pages with new ones. The iPad is considered a Class 1 electronic device, meaning it is stowed during takeoff and landing under Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

In conjunction with replacing paper manuals, Alaska Airlines is exploring the replacement of paper aeronautical navigation charts with electronic versions on the iPad, eliminating the need for every pilot to carry their own copy. The two initiatives, dubbed “Bye, Bye, Flight Bag,” will save about 2.4 million pieces of paper.

The cost of the project is expected to be offset by lower paper, printing and distribution expenses and reduced fuel consumption as some weight is removed from the aircraft. Further savings are expected from fewer back and muscle injuries caused by pilots carrying flight bags that can tip the scales at 50 pounds or more fully loaded.

Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

Alaska Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Spirit Airlines going public, sets its IPO price at only $12 a share

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is changing from a privately-held company to a publicly-held company. The ultra low-fare airline announced yesterday (May 26) that it has priced its initial public offering (IPO) of 15,600,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $12.00 per share. This is on the low side of the price range that was expected.

According to the offering, “Certain selling stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,340,000 shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any. The common stock will begin trading on The NASDAQ Global Select Market on May 26, 2011 under the symbol “SAVE”. Proceeds from the offering to the company are expected to be approximately $171.0 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable.

Citi and Morgan Stanley acted as joint bookrunners for the offering. Barclays Capital, Raymond James and Dahlman Rose & Company served as co-managers.

The initial public offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the final prospectus, when available, may be obtained from Citi, c/o Citi, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 or by emailing, or from Morgan Stanley, c/o Morgan Stanley, Attn: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014 or by emailing

A registration statement relating to these shares of Spirit Airlines common stock filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was declared effective on May 25, 2011.”

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

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JetBlue Airways launches seasonal New York-Martha’s Vineyard flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (May 26) began nonstop service to Martha’s Vineyard from its home at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The flights will operate during the peak summer travel season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, with up to five weekly flights commencing in May and daily service commencing in July.

JetBlue’s flights will be operated with its quiet and fuel efficient 100-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

AirTran Airways launches Atlanta-Bermuda service

AirTran Airways (Orlando), a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, yesterday (May 26) began daily nonstop service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and L.F. Wade International Airport in St. George’s, Bermuda.

Passengers took part in a colorful celebration at the airport featuring traditional Gombey dancers and a steel drum band. A special performance by the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders also wowed the crowd as part of the “Touchdown Bermuda” themed event. In addition to welcoming passengers, the cheerleaders were heading to Bermuda for their annual swimsuit calendar photo shoot.

Bermuda is the latest destination in AirTran’s international route network, which includes: Aruba, Cancun, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Atlanta becomes the second city in AirTran’s network to offer nonstop service to the island getaway. The low cost carrier began offering flights to Bermuda from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) last month.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Possibly the last AirTran logojet, “Dolphin 1” arrives at Baltimore/Washington. Please click on the photo for the full story of this special aircraft.

AirTran routes from the ATL hub:

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