Tag Archives: Rainer Bexten

Mango has second profitable year in a row

Mango (subsidiary of South African Airways) (Johannesburg) reported a fiscal year profit of $2.6 million, its second profitable year in a row. The low-fare airline also reported a high 91 percent load factor.

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Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Mango is certainly a colorful airline. Boeing 737-8BG ZS-SJL (msn 32356) arrives back at the Johannesburg base.

Blue Air is operating YR-BIB for Travel Service Airlines

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.

Blue Air (Bucharest) is operating it Boeing 737-8AS YR-BIB (msn 29926) for Travel Service Airlines (Prgue), creating this interesting hybrid livery.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. YR-BIB prepares to depart from Madrid.

Did the smaller width of the Mangalore runway contribute to the Air India Express accident?

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Air India Express (Mumbai) flight IX 812 on May 22, 2010 operated with Boeing 737-8HG VT-AXV (msn 36333) from Dubai to Manglalore in southern India, overran the 8,033 feet (2,448 m) runway number 06/24 while landing. The airliner skidded down the hill at the end of the runway and was destroyed by fire.

This WSJ article raises the question of whether the width of this runway contributed to the aircraft exiting the runway. ICAO Annex 14 requires runways to be 300 meters (100 feet) wide. This runway was only 200 meters wide.

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Avient takes delivery of a second MD-11F

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Ex-VARIGlog McDonnell Douglas MD-11F Z-BVT (msn 48410, ex N575SH/PR-LGE) departed Miami on delivery January 27. It is pictured arriving at the European base of Liege the following day.

Avient Aviation (Harare and Liege) has taken delivery of its second McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighter. Tragically the company lost the first (Z-BAV, msn 48408) on November 28, 2009 on takeoff at Shanghai.

The first ex-Lufthansa CityLine CRJ200 is painted for UTair

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Ex-Lufthansa CityLine CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) D-ACJJ (msn 7298) is pictured at Cologne with its new identity.

UTair Aviation (Khanty Mansiysk) is acquiring a fleet of second-hand Bombardier CRJ200s (CL-600-2B19s) from Lufthansa CityLine. The first has been painted.

RwandAir adds two CRJ200s, negotiates for two Boeing 737-800s

RwandAir (Kigali) as previously reported, is acquiring two CRJ200s from Lufthansa. The flag carrier is also negotiating for two Boeing 737-800s for delivery in 2011.

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Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.

Sky Georgia adds Ilyushin Il-76TD 4L-SKY

SkyGeorgia Il-76TD 4L-SKT (Grd) GKE (BX)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. 4L-SKY arrives on a military flight at Geilenkirchen.

Sky Georgia (formerly Georgian National Airlines) (Tbilisi) has added this ex-Gomelavia Ilyushin Il-76TD 4L-SKY.