NTSB to help investigate Sriwijaya Air 737 crash
The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send a team of experts to help investigate the Sriwijaya Air 737 crash in Indonesia.
The NTSB will send a US accredited representative and three other investigators to Jakarta, Indonesia. The team has expertise in operations, human performance, airplane structures and systems.
Unions to stand against Qantas in High Court over “wage theft”
On January 13, 2021, Australian unions announced that they were set to face Qantas in the High Court over alleged misuse of the JobKeeper subsidy program. Unions are convinced that workers have been left out of pocket.
Unresponsive Private Jet Prompted Sonic Boom Over England
A Bombardier private jet lost contact with air traffic control over UK airspace yesterday, forcing the Royal Air Force (RAF) to scramble two military jets in response. While intercepting the plane, the two RAF Typhoon jets broke the sound barrier, emanating a sonic boom that was heard across the East of England.
How Many Classic Boeing 777s Are Still On Order?
While the world eagerly awaits (although airlines might be happy for the delay) the arrival of Boeing’s new flagship 777X, its predecessor, the 777, has marked a quarter of a century of service. Twenty-five and a half years after United operated the first 777 revenue service in June 1995, how many classic Triple Seven orders does Boeing still have to fulfill?
Can Freighters Be Converted To Passenger Carriers?
We hear a lot about passenger planes getting converted into freighters. But we don’t hear much about the reverse procedure, converting freighters into passenger planes. There’s no reason why a freighter can’t be converted. However, there are several good reasons why it rarely happens.
Qatar Airways Al Baker: We will only operate half of A380 fleet
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker indicated the airline’s future plans with its Airbus A380 fleet, stating that going forward, the airline will only operate half of its current Super Jumbo fleet.
Al Baker once again reiterated the efficiency of its twin-engine wide-body aircraft when compared to the Airbus A380.
Singapore Airlines offers employees COVID-19 vaccine
On January 12, 2021, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) (SIA) said that Singapore-based employees have been offered to take a COVID-19 vaccine in order to join the nationwide vaccination effort in Singapore, which has started on December 30, 2020.
DHL Express to expand cargo capacity by new Boeing 777 order
DHL Express ordered an additional eight new Boeing 777 freighters to expand its international network and to modernize its aircraft fleet.
DHL Express placed an order for eight new Boeing 777 freighters as a part of its intercontinental air network expansion plan to meet the globally growing demand for cargo, read the company’s announcement on January 12, 2021.
Jet2 cuts all operations until late March 2021
British low-cost airline Jet2 decided to extend the suspension of its whole air operations until late March 2021. The air carrier announced the prolonged flight termination was the result of the ongoing uncertainty and newly-introduced travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congo Airways orders two Embraer E195-E2s
On January 13, 2021, African carrier Congo Airways ordered a pair of new Embraer E195-E2 jets. The new E195-E2s will join two previously ordered E190-E2s.
Embraer plans to deliver the pair ofE195-E2 aircraft in 2022. The manufacturer and Congo Airways will continue to review the potential to anticipate the beginning of the deliveries.
Emirates Might Not Take Its First Boeing 777X Until 2024
Emirates’ President Sir Tim Clark has suggested that his airline may not take its first Boeing 777X aircraft until 2024. Clark made the comments in an interview with Reuters. The Boeing 777X was initially supposed to enter service last year.
Air Canada Cuts 25% Of Flights With 1,700 Jobs Affected
Air Canada has announced today that it will implement additional capacity and workforce reductions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The airline has revealed plans to cut network capacity by a quarter, and is estimating around 1,700 jobs to be affected.
IndiGo Ups Regional Connectivity With 7 New Bases
IndiGo has announced seven new regional bases across India in a bid to boost connectivity. The new bases include Agra (home of the Taj Mahal), Leh, Rajkot, and more. The bases will open progressively from February to May 2021.
CNN to end long running Airport Network operations
Due to the decline in airport traffic, the CNN Airport Network will not be shown across the US airports. The channel will end its operations on March 31, 2021.
US to require negative COVID-19 test for international arrivals
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required for all international arrivals into the United States, effective January 26, 2021.
On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the new testing requirements that will apply to all passengers, including US citizens arriving from abroad.
Brussels Airport signs MoU for the seamless transportation of COVID-19 vaccine
Brussels Airport (BRU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SpiceJet for the provision of seamless transportation for the COVID-19 vaccine.
As strategic partners, both the Brussels Airport Company NV and SpiceJet will jointly work with government, pharma companies and forwarders to ensure a reliable ecosystem for vaccine delivery in a temperature-controlled environment.
Miami Airport joins Blue Lightning Initiative to tackle human trafficking
In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on 11 January 2021, Miami International Airport (MIA) has announced a formal partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fight human trafficking through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI) programme.
Bahrain’s new $1.1 billion terminal to open on January 28
Bahrain International Airport today announced that its long awaited new $1.1 billion terminal will open for business on January 28.
According to Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), moving operations to the new state-of-the-art facility is a major step towards achieving the Kingdom’s ambitious Economic Vision 2030.
USAF orders 12 more KC-46 tankers from Boeing
Boeing received an additional order for 12 KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling and transport aircraft from the United States Air Force (USAF). It is the sixth batch of aircraft ordered by the United States. The contract of $1.7 billion will bring Boeing’s backlog of the KC-46 to 79 aircraft.
New Chinese combat drone WJ-700 performs maiden flight
China performed a successful first flight test of its WJ-700 Falcon, a new jet-powered combat and reconnaissance drone. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the test ocurred in the early morning of January 11, 2020, at an undisclosed location. Both the aircraft and its control systems operated as planned, the report indicated.
J-20 to become the first twin-seat fifth-generation fighter?
In a promotional video, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) unveiled renders of a two-seater version of the J- 20, confirming the intention to develop such a variant.
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