Southwest Airlines aircraft struck by lightning while landing at Jacksonville

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 was struck by lightning as it was attempting to land at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) on April 19 as a front and thunderstorm activity was moving through the area according to First Coast News.

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Croatia Airlines updates and simplifies its livery

Croatia's updated (and simplified) 2019 livery

Croatia Airlines has updated and also simplified its livery to an almost all “eurowhite” livery.

The blue underside has been removed to reduce painting costs as seen on Airbus A319s 9A-CTL (top) and 9A-CTG (below).

9A-CTG was the first to be “repainted”.

Above Photo: Croatia Airlines.

Croatia Airlines is also celebrating 30 years of flying.

Top Copyright Photo: Croatia Airlines Airbus A319-112 9A-CTL (msn 1252) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946239.

Croatia Airlines aircraft slide show:

Air Europa Express is now operating its first Boeing 737-800

The first Boeing 737-800 operated by Air Europa Express

Air Europa Express has become a new operator of the Boeing 737-800. The pictured Boeing 737-85P EC-MPG is now being operated the lower cost carrier with the appropriate titles.

Air Europa Express (previously Aeronova) is a subsidiary of Globalia which is also the parent company of Air Europa but is a separate company.

Air Europa Express commenced operations on January 11, 2016 with two daily flights between Valencia and Madrid; and one daily flight between Valencia and Palma de Malorca.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Express (2nd) Boeing 737-85P WL EC-MPG (msn 60586) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946238.

Air Europa Express aircraft slide show:

Condor’s new Airbus A320 retrojet

Condor's 1961 retrojet livery

Condor Flugdienst has painted the pictured Airbus A320 D-AICH (above) in the 1961 retrojet livery. This mimics the same livery previously painted and worn on Airbus A320 D-AICA which is now leased to Air Transat in their colors.

Above Photo: Condor/Marlin Lehmann.

Similarly Boeing 767-31B ER D-ABUM is painted in the 1963 retrojet livery.

Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A320-212 D-AICH (msn 971) (1961 retrojet) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946237.

Condor aircraft slide show:


Hainan Airlines to launch Beijing-Oslo nonstop service on May 15

(PRNewsFoto/Hainan Airlines Co., LTD)

Hainan Airlines plans to formally launch nonstop service between Beijing and Oslo on May 15.

This will be the first direct route between mainland China and Norway as well as the airline’s first nonstop Nordic service.

The Beijing-Oslo route, with three round trip flights weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, will be serviced by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 32 seats in business class and 262 seats in economy class.

Hainan's 2016 "Ha! MANchester" promotional livery

Above Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-8287 (msn 1703) (Ha! MANchester) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937031.

Hainan Airlines aircraft slide show:

The airline now operates 21 routes with destinations in Europe including Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Edinburgh, Zurich, Vienna, Manchester, Madrid and Moscow.

Hainan Airlines’ Beijing-Oslo Flight Schedule (All times are local):

Reuters: Air Canada pilots reviewing aircraft systems on Boeing’s MAX jets

From Reuters:

Air Canada said on Thursday its Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots were reviewing aircraft systems and alternative flight conditions for the grounded planes, and the carrier would decide on further training pending final recommendations from regulators.

On Wednesday, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau called for pilots to receive simulator training for Boeing’s new 737 MAX software, going beyond a draft report by a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration-appointed board, which recommended additional training without requiring a simulator.

Boeing is working to deliver to global regulators a software update and new training proposals for the MAX following a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October and an Ethiopian crash in March, which killed 346 people combined.

Boeing said on Wednesday it was making “steady progress” on the path to certifying the software update and had made the final test flight before a certification flight.

Air Canada said it was the only carrier in the United States and Canada with 737 MAX simulators. The country’s largest carrier said it was pleased to see the Canadian government take a “rigorous approach” in how it weighs its requirements for reintroducing the jets into service.

Air Canada’s rival, Westjet Airlines, declined to specifically address Garneau’s comments, but the carrier follows all Transport Canada recommendations, a company spokeswoman said by email.