Monthly Archives: September 2011

OpenSkies offers iPads on flights from New York to Paris, Dulles route suspended

OpenSkies (British Airways) (Paris-Orly), the premium transatlantic airline operating flights from New York and Washington, D.C. to Paris-Orly, is now offering iPads® to travelers. Beginning in October, OpenSkies will be the first French flag carrier to offer the iPad as a part of its inflight entertainment offering. The new devices will be introduced on the OpenSkies Newark to Paris-Orly route in an effort to further enhance customers’ onboard experience.

At the beginning of each trip, travelers will be handed an iPad pre-loaded with 64GB of recent films, TV and games to use for the duration of the flight. In addition, a new customer guide provides a quick and easy introduction to the specially programmed iPad, as well as a list of entertainment choices.

OpenSkies is also announcing the suspension of service between Washington Dulles Airport and Paris-Orly beginning on October 29, 2011.

OpenSkies Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional information.

United’s pilots lose in court, the merger will continue

United Airlines’ (Chicago) lost their bid to delay the integration of flight operations with Continental Airlines, an essential step towards a single operating AOC.

U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson denied the request by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), representing United’s pilots. The judge said ALPA failed to prove that the implementation of the revised flight operation procedures would be a safety hazard according to this report by Reuters.

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United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for the story of this now-gobe special livery.

Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board approves 12 new aircraft orders including two additional Airbus A380s

Lufthansa’s (Frankfurt) Supervisory Board today approved an order for a total of twelve new aircraft for the Lufthansa Group. Of that number, two Airbus A380s and one Airbus A330-300 will be ordered for Lufthansa German Airlines for long-haul routes.

There are also plans to order four Airbus A320s for Lufthansa. In addition, five new Embraer ERJ 195s will be ordered to augment the Lufthansa Regional fleet. The new aircraft will be delivered to the Group in stages from 2012.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Luxair orders four additional Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprops

Luxair-Luxembourg Airlines (Luxembourg) has now been identified as the company that ordered for new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprops on August 16. The airline currently operates five Q400s.

Luxair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Allegiant to introduce Moline-Sanford flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today announced new low-cost, nonstop flights between Moline/Quad Cities, IL and Sanford (near Orlando) via the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), beginning on February 17, 2012.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between the Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), with service on Fridays and Mondays. Flights will depart Moline/Quad Cities at 8:20 a.m.(0820) arriving in the Orlando area at 11:50 a.m. (1150). Flights leaving the Orlando area will depart at 6:00 a.m. (0600) arriving in Moline/Quad Cities at 7:35 a.m. (0735) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat DC-9-82/83/MD-88 (MD-80) jet aircraft on the route.

Allegiant Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom.

NBA CASA C-212 crashes in Indonesia

NBA (Nusantara Buana Airlines) (Medan) lost today (September 29) its Indonesian Aerospace (CASA) NC-212-200 PK-TLF with 14 passengers and four crew members on a flight from Medan to Kutacane. The airliner crashed in the vicinity of Bukit Lawang in Bohorok district about 36 miles northwest of Medan, North Sumatra. Rescue teams are attempting to reach the remote location.

Read the full report from Bornea Post: CLICK HERE

Philippines cancels more flights as labor dispute deepens

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) is being forced to cancel more flights today as the strike by the PAL Employees Association entered a new phase.

Read the full story from All Headline News: CLICK HERE

Philippines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Air Nippon first officer mistakes the rudder trim knob for the cockpit door lock, sends the 737 in flight almost upside down

Air Nippon (ANA) (Tokyo) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) are investigating an incident on September 6 on flight EL 140 between Naha and Tokyo (Haneda) with 117 passengers and crew on board a Boeing 737-700. Apparently the first officer mistook the rudder trim knob for the cockpit door lock to allow the captain back into the cockpit. According to this report by GMA News and Gizmodo, the action “caused the jet to roll and drop 1,900 meters in 30 seconds”. According to internal investigations, “the narrow-body aircraft continued to roll until it reached 131.7 degrees to the left, leaving it almost belly-up”.

Two flight attendants were injured.

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Air Nippon Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for more information.

China Airlines joins the SkyTeam alliance as the 15th member

China Airlines (Taipei) on September 28, 2011 joined SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. The flag carrier was welcomed as the 15th member at a joining ceremony held in Taipei today.

While including the SkyTeam brand within its identity, China Airlines has also completely refreshed its brand image. The “Plum Blossom” logo and “Chinese Seal” have been integrated, promoting China Airlines’ corporate identity in a simple, harmonized and modern design. The new logo will soon feature on all signboards, bulletins and travel products for passengers worldwide. China Airlines is also the first SkyTeam member airline to fly a Boeing 747-400 in SkyTeam livery colors. The aircraft was unveiled during the festivities at the ceremony.

China Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. Boeing 747-409 B-18206 (msn 29030) is the first Boeing 747-400 to wear the SkyTeam livery.