Monthly Archives: September 2011

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

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

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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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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.

Kingfisher Airlines to exit the low-fare “Kingfisher Red” market

Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai) has announced it will exit its low-fare segment known as “Kingfisher Red” and concentrate on its premium international routes and services.

Kingfisher Red, known formerly as Simplifly Deccan and previously as Air Deccan, is the low-cost brand of Kingfisher Airlines.

Formerly known as Air Deccan, the airline was previously operated by Deccan Aviation. It was started by Captain G. R. Gopinath and its first flight operated on August 23, 2003 from Hyderabad to Vijaywada. It was known popularly as the common man’s airline and Gopinath wanted every one to be able to fly cheaply.

On December 19, 2007, it was announced that Air Deccan would be acquired and merged with Kingfisher Airlines.

Since Indian aviation regulations prohibited domestic airlines from flying on international routes until they had operated in the domestic market for five years, it was decided to instead merge Kingfisher Airlines into Deccan Aviation, following which Deccan Aviation would be renamed Kingfisher Airlines. This was because Air Deccan was the older of the two airlines, and therefore would be the first to qualify for flying on international routes. The merger became effective in April 2008, with Vijay Mallya becoming the Chairman and CEO of the new company, while G. R. Gopinath became its Vice Chairman.

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Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard.

Emirates is coming to Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle/Tacoma

Emirates Airline (Dubai) today announced a major new expansion plan for the United States, announcing new services to Seattle/Tacoma and Dallas/Fort Worth as well as enhancements to its premium customer experience at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle/Tacoma International Airports will both be served by daily, nonstop flights from February 2, 2011 and March 1, 2012 respectively.

Starting February 2, 2012, EK 221 will leave Dubai daily at 0245, arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth at 0905. The return sector, EK 222, leaves Dallas/Fort Worth at 1150, arriving at Dubai International Airport at 1220 the following day.

From March 1, 2012, EK 229 will leave Dubai daily at 0950 and arrive at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 1310. EK 230 will depart Seattle/Tacoma at 1710, arriving in Dubai at 1940 the following day.

Both services will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft.

With a fleet of 157 aircraft and now also the largest A380 operator in the world, Emirates currently flies to 114 destinations in 67 countries.

Already the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the world, Emirates last year ordered an additional 30 777-300 ERs, bringing its total 777 passenger fleet commitments to 132 aircraft.

Emirates Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

UTair finalizes its order for seven Boeing 737-900 ERs and 33 737-800s

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Khany Mansiysk) has signed an order for 40 Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplanes, comprised of seven 737-900 ERs and 33 737-800s. The agreement was previously announced at the 2011 Paris Air Show. The order is valued at $3.8 billion at list prices.

The Next-Generation 737s will be delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior.

UTair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Wizz Air Ukraine to drop the Stockholm route on November 1

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Ukraine) (Kiev) will drop the Kiev (Kyiv)-Stockholm (Skavsta) route on November 1. The company operates two Airbus A320s.

Read the full report from the Kyiv Post: CLICK HERE

Wizz Air (Ukraine) Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Please click on the photo for additional details.

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