Southwest flight attendants’ lawsuit over Boeing 737 MAX safety dismissed
On January 11, 2021, a US federal judge rejected Southwest Airlines (LUV) flight attendants’ lawsuit, blaming Boeing for concealing the design and safety defects of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which resulted in its grounding. The plaintiffs’ argued that the groundings caused financial damage to them in the form of wages and other financial compensation.
Crashed Sriwijaya Air 737 re-entered service after nine months of storage
Before the fatal crash, Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 was stored for nine months and was certified as airworthy in December 2020.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, registered as PK-CLC, was stored at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020. After a routine check by the Indonesian transport ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was conducted in November 2020, the authorities decided to extend the airline’s air operator's certificate (AOC).
Jail time and fines for unruly passengers, FAA warns
As airlines prepare for possible unrest ahead of US elect-president’s Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Federal Aviation Administration warns air travelers of jail times and fines.
Following the disruptions caused by passengers traveling after the US Capitol coup attempt on January 6, 2021, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Steve Dickson indicated the agency’s preparedness to react to flight safety rules violations. The administrator warned air travelers that penalties could range from fines of up to $35,000 to jail time.
Southwest crew finds written threat, evacuates plane
On January 11, 2020, Southwest Airlines (LUV) crew found a written threat upon arrival at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). On board there were 101 passengers and crew members. All of them were evacuated.
Is this the sunset for the Mitsubishi SpaceJet?
The Mitsubishi SpaceJet, once known as the RegionalJet, promised to bring Japan’s aerospace industry into the spotlight as one of the major players in the commercial aircraft sector. While many aerospace suppliers are based in the land of the rising sun, there was only one Japanese-made aircraft that made it into serial production, the NAMC YS-11 turboprop in the 1960s. Mitsubishi’s own SpaceJet, which promised to replicate and overcome the NAMC YS-11’s unfortunate career, has had an unlucky story itself.
How 2021 will make or break commercial supersonic flight
Commercial supersonic travel disappeared with Concorde’s retirement in 2003. But the dreem to zip around the globe at mind-blowing speeds has been reborn.
The math behind that rebirth is simple. Mid-century Concordes, Tu-144s and Boeing 2707s were essentially proofs of concept, demonstrating their respective country’s ability and willingness to spend billions in order to flex their aviation industry’s muscles.
US sets new tariffs on plane parts from France & Germany
The United States (US) is set to kick in new tariffs on aircraft parts from France and Germany. The move comes after the US and the European Union (EU) failed to reach an agreement on a 16-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies.
Boeing Experiences Worst Year For Deliveries Since 1977
United States aircraft manufacturer Boeing released its 2020 fourth-quarter results yesterday. In the process, Boeing confirmed what most of us knew. 2020 was a shocker of a year for Boeing. They delivered 59 aircraft in the fourth quarter and just 157 aircraft across the entire year. That is the lowest number of planes Boeing has delivered since 1977.
Why The Airbus A340 Has A Middle Landing Gear
Airbus designed its A340 for long-haul flying, in an era in which its four engines allowed it to bypass ETOPS restrictions. It was also set apart from its competitors by another, visually conspicuous design feature. Specifically, this was its three-legged main landing gear, which saw a set of wheels placed in the middle of its undercarriage. This innovation allowed it to take off with heavier loads, and carry more fuel for its four hungry engines.
Boeing reaches deal with Atlas Air for four remaining 747-8F
Boeing announced that the manufacturer has reached an agreement with Atlas Air for the last-ever Boeing 747 aircraft to be built.
The United States-based Atlas Air will take delivery of the last four Boeing 747 aircraft to be produced. Namely, the cargo, passenger charter and leasing airline will bolster its fleet with four 747-8F cargo aircraft, the last-ever variant that Boeing has produced of the Queen of the Skies.
Jet Airways nears NCLT hearing, may restart operations
The consortium of UAE-based businessman Murari Lal Jalan and London’s asset management firm Kalrock Capital, which has won the bid to revive Jet Airways, nears National Company Law Tribunal Court (NCLT) revival hearing planned for January 25, 2021. If everything goes according to plan, the revival of Jet Airways could be set in motion.
Aeromexico Seeks To End Crew Collective Bargaining Agreements
Yesterday, Grupo Aeromexico requested the Mexican labor authority’s permission to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) with two of its four unions. The airline claims the end of the CBAs is necessary for its sustainable future, as it hasn’t been able to conclude satisfactorily the negotiations needed for its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Porter Airlines Flight Resumption Pushed To Late March
Unfortunately, regional Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has decided to postpone their flight-resumption plan yet again. The most recent resumption date for Porter was February 11th. However, with the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec shattering records for COVID-19 cases, the airline has decided to push back its re-launch date to March 29th.
Allegiant Air Shows Confidence With Three New Cities
Budget airline Allegiant Air has today announced a sizeable route expansion. The airline is targeting 21 new routes for the summer 2021 season, including adding service to three brand new cities. The airline is targeting something of a role reversal, catering to passengers from major destinations who are looking to take outdoorsy vacations this year.
Southwest Joins Spirit In Opposing American - JetBlue Partnership
As is the norm in the United States, cutthroat competition and heavily slot-controlled airports mean airlines look cautiously upon partnerships between their rivals. When American and JetBlue announced their partnership, competitors did not instantly come out against it.
JetBlue Reveals Its Stunning New Airbus A220 Cabin
On the last day of 2020, JetBlue received its first Airbus A220. However, so far both the airline and manufacturer have been tight-lipped about the aircraft’s new interior. It seems JetBlue couldn’t hold it in any longer, today revealing the aircraft’s new cabin to the world.
Could Amazon Take On UPS & FedEx With Its 767 Fleet?
US logistics giant Amazon has recently made moves to significantly expanded its airfreight operations. Over the last few months, the company has begun purchasing Boeing 767 aircraft outright, having previously leased them. But will this expansion mean that Amazon Air can directly compete with the likes of FedEx and UPS?
Finnair Introduces Intra-Europe One-Way Ticket Fares
Finnair has announced that, from today, it is implementing new one-way fares for its domestic and intra-Europe services. The airline is looking to give its passengers more flexibility with competitive pricing amid the tough travel conditions.
Staff Are Reportedly Getting Static Shocks At Berlin's New Airport
Staff at Berlin’s new Brandenburg Airport are reportedly receiving shocks while working in the new terminal. The shocks have been severe enough to require rescue services and ambulances in some cases, according to reports. This repeated issue has led trade unions to call for the new Terminal 1 to close for repairs, only two months after opening.
Heathrow's Grim 2020 Saw Passenger Numbers Fall By 73%
As we move deeper into 2021, airlines, airports, and manufacturers have been releasing their results for the year. Across the board, passenger traffic has been far lower than expected at the start of the year. Heathrow let us know just how bad things have been for the airport.
India places order for 56 Airbus C295 transport aircraft
The Indian government formalized the order of fifty-six C295W tactical transport aircraft from Airbus Defense & Space. The contract was a long time coming, as it was initially outlined back in 2015. At list prices, the deal is valued at $2.5 billion.
The new engines are far quieter than the prototypes, People living near the airports will hardly notice the aircraft.
- Henry Marking, British Airways, regards Concorde, 1975.
On This Day
1. What was the North American T–6 Mosquito?
2. If an airplane flies into an updraft, it most likely will
a) pitch up.
b) pitch down.
c) pitch up or down.
d) not change pitch.
3. What are their first names?
_____ Immelman (a maneuver)
_____ Fahrenheit (measure of temperature)
_____ Kollsman (altimeter setting)
_____ Mercator (map projection)
_____ Jeppesen (IFR charts)
_____ Hobbs (“money” meter)
4. What is the official (ICAO) definition of a broken layer?
5. The missing-man formation is used to pay homage to a person (or persons) who has (have) passed away. What is the origin of this formation?
6. On different occasions, a pilot keys his microphone 3, 5, and 7 times to activate pilot-controlled airport lighting. The runway-edge lights turn on and remain illuminated for _____, _____, and _____ minutes, respectively.
7. From reader John Schmidt: The Rutan Voyager was flown nonstop around the world without refueling by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager in December, 1986. Prior to that historic flight, what was the world distance record for nonstop, unrefueled flight in a piston-powered airplane and in what type of aircraft was that flight made?
8. What World War II pilot with a now-famous name took off from the aircraft carrier Lexington in his Grumman Wildcat and shot down five Japanese bombers in less than five minutes?