Libyan Airlines (Tripoli) through the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company has signed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and has also taken options on an additional three CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by Libyan Airlines, a subsidiary company of Libyan African Aviation Holding Company.
Libyan Airlines currently operates three CRJ900 and two CRJ900 NextGen aircraft in a two-class configuration with seven business class and 68 economy seats. The airline’s previous orders for CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft were announced on June 14, 2007 and January 3, 2008 respectively.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) 5A-LAC (msn 15122) completes its final approach to Heathrow Airport in London.
Icelandair (Keflavik) will begin seasonal service from Washington Dulles International Airport with four flights a week starting on May 17, 2011 through September 13, 2011.
In addition to Washington, D.C. Icelandair, offers non-stop service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle/Tacoma, and seasonal service from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando (Sanford), Halifax and Toronto (Pearson).
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) climbs away from Heathrow Airport.
bmi (British Midland Airways) (East Midlands) will launch the London (Heathrow)-Tripoli route starting on December 1. The new route will be operated with Airbus A319s. Flight BD469 will depart London Heathrow at 8:55 a.m. (0855) and arrive in Tripoli at 2:30 p.m. (1430). Flight BD470 will leave Tripoli at 3:15 p.m. (1515), arriving at London Heathrow at 4:45 p.m. (1645).
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A319-131 G-DBCB (msn 2188) is pictured beautifully on final approach at Heathrow Airport.
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny) lost its Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 (msn 90A-851) in Siberia on September 7. The airliner while operating flight 6R 514 from Polyarny to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 72 passengers and nine crew members suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. An emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport. The aircraft overran the overgrown runway on landing and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived the crash landing. The aircraft is a write off since it will not be able to be recovered.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. RA-85684 is pictured at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport just three days prior to the accident.
AIRES Colombia’s (Bogota) ex-easyJet Boeing 737-73V HK-4682 (msn 32416) while operating flight 8250 from Bogota crashed on landing this morning in stormy weather at San Andres Island. One person has died and at least 114 people were injured. The aircraft broke up and was destroyed.
Meridian Airways (Ghana) (Accra and Ostend) on July 28, 2010 was grounded by the Belgian CAA for alleged safety violations. The company can no longer operate from its OST base. Aircraft that were parked at Ostend have been permitted to ferry out of the country. So far the aircraft remain parked.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63 9G-AXD (msn 45927) is pictured at Manston before the company suspended operations.