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QANTAS grounds five Bombardier Q400s

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) grounded five Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) turboprop aircraft due to landing gear problems.

The aircraft, operated by its QANTAS Link carriers were removed from service on August 21 following advice from the manufacturer, the airline said in a statement.

Cracks were discovered in a major component of a landing gear fitting in five of its 21 Q400s, with the remaining 16 Q400s unaffected and to remain in service.

The company issued the following statement:


Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Sunstate Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOS (msn 4263) arrives at Brisbane.

PacificFlier suspends operations, will reorganize with new aircraft

Pacificflier (Pacificflier.com) (Palau) has suspended its charter operations. The new airline has so far been unsuccessful in obtaining scheduled airline rights and is reorganizing under new leadership. The company has been wet-leasing this Airbus A310-304 CS-TEI (msn 495) from HiFly. However the airline intends to operate more appropriate aircraft on the routes it wants to fly.

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Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Soon to be a rare shot, Airbus A310-304 CS-TEI (msn 495) rests between flights at Brisbane with titles.

Pacificflier.com commences operations with A310 CS-TEI

Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. HiFly's Airbus A310-304 CS-TEI (msn 495) is pictured at Brisbane today still painted in Oman Air colors and devoid of any branding for the new carrier.

PacificFlier.com (Koror) commence operations on March 30 between Clark Field (near Manila) and Palau. The new airline finally added Brisbane and the Koror-Brisbane scheduled route on March 31 (delayed from January 7, 2010) with Airbus A310-304 registered CS-TEI (msn 495), leased from and operated by HiFly (Lisbon). The new airline is the new flag carrier of the Republic of Palau. It has the full backing of the government of the Republic of Palau.