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Investigators find faulty autothrottle on Sriwijaya Air 737
Indonesian authorities continue to investigate the crash of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 flight 182. Initial findings show that a malfunctioning automatic throttle could have had an impact on the loss of control of the aircraft, Nurcahyo Utomo, the lead investigator at the National Transportation Safety Committee of Indonesia (NTSC) told local media on January 20, 2021.

ANA Boeing 777 suffers engine vibrations, declares emergency
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 777 was forced to divert to Chicago O'Hare Airport, the US, after suffering engine vibrations during the flight to Tokyo-Narita International Airport, Japan.

Amid lockdown, pilot lands at RAF base to “see the beach”
A British court fined a 60-year-old pilot, Richard Wood, for flying in and out of a closed Royal Air Force airbase.
The incident took place on May 25, 2020. The pilot departed from Fairoaks general aviation airport, in Surrey, and landed his Pilatus PC-12, registered N412MD, on the runway of Royal Air Force Valley airbase.


25 Boeing 737 MAX 9s To Be Inspected For Missing Fuel Sealant
An issue with work instructions caused 25 Boeing 737 MAX 9 jets to be shipped off to their new owners without fuel sealant between April 2018 and February 2019. The FAA is now proposing an airworthiness directive that would make it mandatory for operators to inspect the jets in question. Failure to address the problem, it says, could result in large ground fires.

Airbus Confirms Increased A320 Production Rates
European manufacturer Airbus has today confirmed what was expected – production rates will remain lower for longer than expected. Widebody production rates will remain as they are today for some time. However, the bright spot of the announcement is that single-aisle plane production rates are planned to be gradually ramped up in response to the demand for these aircraft.


Norway keen to provide Norwegian Air Shuttle with support
Norwegian Air Shuttle, together with the Norwegian government, announced that the latter is keen to support the airline’s new business plan and grant state support for the ailing carrier.

Lufthansa to fly longest passenger flight in its history
Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) prepares for the longest passenger flight in its history. The largest German airline plans to complete one of the most unique flights the company has ever carried out.

United Airlines takes strict strategy of annual cost-cutting
Having burned an average of $33 million per day in Q4 2021, United Airlines plans to cut up to $2 billion of annual costs through 2023 as it prepares for a recovery.

Ryanair subsidiary Buzz to take Boeing 737 MAX in Q1 2021
The Polish airline Buzz, a subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings, is set to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Q1 2021.
The carrier expects to receive 6 Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft by early 2021, showed the latest financial performance report of Ryanair Holdings.

Spirit Airlines Officially Rolls Out New Loyalty Program
Spirit Airlines has officially flipped the switch on its brand new loyalty program. Alongside the brand new Free Spirit program, the carrier is also refreshing its $9 Fare Club and rebranding it as the new Spirit Saver$ Club.

Lufthansa Would Operate €9 Flights To Keep Its Airport Slots
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr today revealed that he would operate flights that cost passengers just €9 ($11) if it allowed the airline to keep its slots at major airports. Previously Mr. Spohr has been known for calling out such fares offered by his competitors as irresponsible.

airBaltic To Build New Hangar For 7 Airbus A220s
airBaltic has revealed plans to build a new maintenance hangar at Riga Airport. The facility, spanning 34,500 square meters, will store up to seven Airbus A220-300 aircraft at any one time. The airline is hoping to finish construction by the end of 2023.

Air Austral's First A220 Leaves The Paintshop With A Stunning Tail
Air Austral’s very first Airbus A220 has been spotted outside the paintshop with its paintwork all complete. Along with a beautifully adorned body and azure blue engine surrounds, the aircraft’s tail is something very special. Air Austral plans to launch its first flights with the aircraft in late February.

Hawaiian Airlines Will Get Over $167mn In Government Aid
Hawaiian Airlines has revealed that it will receive an aggregate of over $167 million in government aid. The airline is latching onto the government support that was passed back at the end of December. This comes as the carrier continues to focus on the way out of the crisis.

Cargojet To Buy Five Boeing 767Fs And Two 777Fs Over The Next 3 Years
Canada’s Cargojet is in the market for some new planes. The Ontario-based air cargo business has successfully raised approximately US$277 million and now wants extra aircraft to meet the increased demand for air cargo services. On Cargojet’s shopping list are a pair of Boeing 777 freighters and five Boeing 767 freighters.

United Airlines Records $7.1bn Loss For 2020
United Airlines has revealed its full-year 2020 financial results. The carrier lost over $7 billion in the year, including a nearly $1.9bn loss for the end of the fourth quarter. The results cap off a difficult year, though it has a lot of hope going forward.


Runway improvement projects accelerated ahead of planned schedule by San Francisco Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has highlighted that it continues to accelerate planned runway improvement projects to take advantage of reduced flight schedules resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


UAE orders 50 F-35A jets hours before Biden’s inauguration
The United Arab Emirates reached an agreement on the acquisition of 50 F-35A fighter jets as well as 18 MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones shortly before Joe Biden was inaugurated as President of the United States. The total sale is estimated at over $11 billion.

Aviation Quote

The time will come, when thou shalt lift thine eyes
To watch a long-drawn battle in the skies.
While aged peasants, too amazed for words,
Stare at the flying fleets of wondrous birds.
England, so long mistress of the sea,
Where winds and waves confess her sovereignty,
Her ancient triumphs yet on high shall bear
And reign the sovereign of the conquered air.

- Thomas Gray, 1737

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