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Heavy rains disrupts operations at Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport has issued this statement:

Dubai Airports confirms that operations at Dubai International (DXB) continue to be hampered by the knock-on effects of water-logging caused by heavy rainfall earlier today which has resulted in a number of flight delays, cancellations and diversions. We continue to work closely with our service partners to clear the backlog, restore full operations and minimise the inconvenience to our customers. However, with additional rain expected later this evening, the disruption is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. Accordingly, customers are advised to check directly with their airlines for more specific flight information and allow additional time to get to the airport.

Air Canada inaugurates the only nonstop service from Montreal to São Paulo

Air Canada inaugurated the only nonstop service between Montreal and São Paulo, Brazil. Last night’s departure of AC96 which arrived in São Paulo this morning marks the beginning of three weekly flights from Montreal until March 27, 2020.

An Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Flights will be operated by Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a 298-seat configuration featuring Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class service, with high-definition individual on-demand entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.

The schedule is timed for convenient connections across Air Canada’s network in North America, including to and from Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City, New York and Boston, as well as to and from several Brazilian cities beyond São Paulo.

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC96

Montreal 18:35

São Paulo 06:30

+1 day

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

AC97

São Paulo 08:40

Montreal 16:45

Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate an average of approximately 2,300 return flights per week from Quebec airports to 102 destinations worldwide: 28 in Canada, including 9 in Quebec, 24 in the United States, 24 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 18 in Europe, two in Asia, two in North Africa, one in the Middle East and three in South America.

Air Canada aircraft photo gallery:

U.S. airlines expected to fly 47.5 million travelers during the winter holiday season, December 20 to be the busiest day

Airlines for America issued this statement:

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today projected that 47.5 million passengers will fly globally on U.S. airlines over the 18-day winter holiday travel period from Thursday, December 19, through Sunday, January 5.

A4A projects an average of 2.6 million passengers will take to the skies each day over the holidays, with daily volumes ranging from 2.2 million to 3 million. That is an increase of 3 percent from the comparable period a year ago.

To accommodate the 72,000 additional daily passengers, airlines will offer 88,000 additional seats per day and 884 more flights per day.

“Throughout this year we’ve seen steady gains in air travel demand, and this winter will be no exception” said John Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist for Airlines for America. “Buoyed by a healthy economy and plentiful, affordable air service, travelers once again are expected to take to the skies in record numbers.”

A4A expects the busiest travel days of the 18-day period to be Friday, Dec. 20; Saturday, Dec. 21; Friday, Dec. 27; and Thursday, Dec. 26. The lightest travel days are expected to be Christmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24); New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31); and Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25).

This busy winter holiday season follows a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel period. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 26 million passengers and crew members over the holiday period. On Sunday, December 1, the TSA screened more than 2.8 million travelers, making it the busiest day in the agency’s history. Despite the high volume of travelers, the TSA reported that 99.8 percent of all passengers nationwide waited less than 30 minutes in a checkpoint line. U.S. airlines will continue to work collaboratively with the TSA and airports to ensure the efficiency, safety and security of all passengers and crew members.

GECAS orders 12 Airbus A330neo and 20 A321XLR aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE], has signed a firm order for 12 highly efficient wide-body Airbus A330neos and 20 long-range single-aisle A321XLRs.

The agreement for the A321XLR includes an order for 13 new planes and the upsizing of seven A321s in its existing backlog. The latest order takes the total number of A330 Family aircraft ordered by GECAS to 45 and all variants of the A320 Family to 588.

The A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 Family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation.

The A321XLR is the longest-range single-aisle commercial jetliner ever, capable of flying routes up to 4,700nm with unbeatable fuel efficiency. The enhanced range and efficiency of the A321XLR enables operators to exploit new route opportunities with low operating costs, a reduced environmental impact, and provide passengers with a comfortable travel experience.

The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets. The cabin provides the comfort of the new Airspace amenities including state-of-the-art passenger inflight entertainment and Wifi connectivity systems.

Image: Airbus.

A ‘novel’ way of introducing aviation to juniors

Richard is a Training Captain with an international airline, his wife, Julie is a writer. Their ten year old daughter, Talitha dreams of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a pilot herself one day. Talitha’s interest is not surprising, she has an aviator in her family. She sees her dad head off to exotic locations every week, hears stories of different cultures, sees photos of fascinating historical sights. She experiences his passion for his career and she never hears him complain about having to leave for the office! She also has his encouragement, has him there to reassure her that the fact that she is far from a maths genius will not prevent her following her dream.

Talitha’s interest got her parents wondering about how children without the same exposure to aviation become interested in the industry. After all, they don’t come across pilots in their everyday life the way they do teachers, doctors, dentists and policemen and with modern day security concerns the days of visits to the cockpit, where children had the chance to chat to a pilot are gone. 

Julie and Richard decided to see if they could make a small contribution towards inspiring the next generation of pilots. Drawing heavily on her husband’s expert knowledge, Julie has written a Flight of the Phoenix style adventure novel for children, aged 7-14, about a young aviation enthusiast who finds himself stranded in the Canadian wilderness with a crashed plane which he needs to repair and pilot out. 

A book is a readily available, easily accessible promotional vehicle, Julie and Richard hope that the novel may start the wheels of interest turning and offer early exposure to the fascinating world of flight. Just as a child reads a spy novel and wonders what it would be like to work for MI5 or the CIA, they hope a young person may read the novel, Stranded and contemplate becoming a pilot. That it may encourage children to take the next step of visiting an air show or an aviation museum or joining an aviation programme or camp where they will get to experience aviation in all its glory.

Julie’s novel, Stranded, has just been published and is available from Amazon and major bookstores. A percentage of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to charities that help to make aviation accessible to all juniors.

Stranded by JE Timlin

http://www.jetimlin.com

37 years of aviation accident statistics studied

Clifford Law Offices has reviewed 37 years of airplane crash data. Here is what they found for the United States using NTSB data:

They found:

 

  • Crashes have been cut by more than half since 1982 (3,593 down to 1,581)
  • Landing (20,330 crashes) and takeoff (16,061 crashes) are, by far, the most likely parts of air travel for accidents to happen, but crashes that occur during maneuvering (6,994 fatalities) and cruising (6,994 fatalities) are the most deadly.
  • Most crashes occurred in Anchorage, AL (528 crashes) – by about double over the second area
  • 54% of all aviation accidents involved a Cessna, Piper, or Beech.
  • The Tenerife Airport Disaster was the worst aircraft crash in history with 583 deaths.

 

You can find the full study at https://www.cliffordlaw.com/aviation-accidents-and-incidents/