JetBlue Airways (New York) did not have a good public relations day on Saturday (as many other airlines also struggled against the weather) as a freak late October snowstorm hit the Northeast, especially around the northern New Jersey and central Connecticut area. A Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Newark Airbus A320 flight 504, after holding to land at EWR, diverted to Bradford International Airport (BDL) near Hartford, CT (why Hartford?), which was dealing with upwards of a foot of snow at the time.
When the diverted flight landed, the cockpit crew was unable to secure a gate to disembark the passengers or get help from its own company and pleaded for help from airport and the ATC tower. The passengers ending up being stuck in the plane (without workable toilets, water or food) for a reported eight hours. It is now a PR nightmare for JetBlue which has not yet issued a statement.
JetBlue had previously dealt with its famous (or infamous) JFK snowstorm and vowed to never have this winter snowstorm problem again.
Worse yet, there is now a federal mandate that prohibits just this type of problem.
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Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) is adding a new type to the fleet. The company is adding two former Airberlin Boeing 737-800s.
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Asiana Airlines’ (Seoul) two missing crew members from the crashed cargo flight of July 28, 2011 have been located. The bodies have been located near Jeju Island. The crash is still under investigation according to The Korean Times.
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Qatar Airways (Doha) is planning to operate its aircraft for an unnamed Iranian carrier on internal domestic flights in Iran according to a report by ISNA and The Peninsula. This is the first time a foreign carrier has been permitted to fly on domestic routes in Iran. There is a current aircraft and parts shortage in Iran due to the embargo.
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Air Tanzania (2nd) (Dar es Salaam) is preparing to relaunch domestic operations tomorrow (November 1) to Kigoma and Tabora with a single Bombardier DHC-8-300 according to this report by eTN. Previously the flag carrier suspended operations on December 8, 2008 due to financial problems.
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Air France (Paris) expects to cancel around 15 percent of its flights due to a strike by its cabin staff (flight attendants).
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US Airways (Phoenix) reported its third quarter 2011 financial results. The Company reported a net profit excluding special items for the third quarter 2011 of $95 million, or $0.51 per diluted share. This compares with the third quarter 2010 net profit excluding special items of $243 million, or $1.23 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit for the third quarter 2011 of $76 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. This compares with the third quarter 2010 net profit of $240 million, or $1.22 per diluted share.
The company took delivery of three of its 12 A321 aircraft deliveries scheduled for 2011. The Company expects to take delivery of the remaining nine A321 aircraft in the fourth quarter 2011 and an additional 12 A320 family aircraft in 2012. These 24 aircraft will be used to replace legacy Boeing 737-300/400 aircraft.
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