Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. Airbus A320-211 F-GSTR (msn 436) taxies at Nantes.
Strategic Airlines (Brisbane) is dealing with growing adverse publicity with its French division due to a stranded flight in Lyon/St. Exupery. The charter flight with a disabled Airbus A320 was due to depart at 7 a.m. (0700) yesterday (July 10) has been grounded at Lyon/St. Exupery since then due to “technical problems” according to this published report. The passengers were due to fly to the Canary Islands and have been stranded since yesterday. The company is attempting to find a solution. Strategic Airlines has two AOCs (in essence two airlines), one in Australia and the other in France.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. The ill-fated Air France Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured on final approach at Basel/Mulhouse on May 27, 1990. Sadly it would crash at Paris (CDG) on July 25, 2007.
The British “Save Concorde Group”, SCG, and the French “Olympus 593” are joining forces in an effort to possibly fly the Concorde again.
The Concorde was retired by both Air France and British Airways seven years ago, but it is hoped the jet could return to flight for air shows.
The group will test the engines at a stored museum Concorde near Paris to determine what will be need to restore the aircraft to flying condition.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. Boeing 717-23S EC-HUZ (msn 55066) is pictured on final approach to Barcelona.
Quantum Air (La Compania Quantum Air S.A.) (Madrid) on January 26 ceased all operations. The company originally started operations on July 4, 2000 with an initial fleet of three Boeing 717-200s under the AeBal (Aerolineas Baleares) brand. It was initially owned by Spanair (51 percent) and the GAS Group )(49 percent). However AeBal (Spanair Link) ceased operations on September 16, 2008 as part of the Spanair restructuring plan. SAS sold the company in January 2009 to Proturin, a Spanish investment company. In March 2009, AeBal was reorganized as Quantum Air.