Nearly 130 Boeing 777 grounded after engine failure
Following the incident, Boeing requested the grounding of 128 aircraft around the world pending a safety inspection on February 21, 2021. “While the NTSB investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines until the FAA identifies the appropriate inspection protocol,” announced the manufacturer following the incident.
Fake deaths of Thai Airways workers under investigation
Thai Airways staff have been allegedly faking their own deaths in order to claim funeral payouts, costing the airline almost half a million dollars.
According to the National Thailand, since 2013, there have been 26 cases of fake death certificates issued for Thai Airways employees that have reportedly kept working for the airline.
Mexican Air Force Learjet suffers fatal crash, kills 6
As it was taking off from Xalapa-El Lencero Airport (JAL), in Veracruz, Mexico, a LearJet 45XR aircraft registration 3912 of the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (the Mexican Air Force) hit a soil slope and crashed in a field, 120 meters from the runway. The aircraft burst into flames. The 6 military personnel on board the plane were killed.
Air India Express Boeing 737 hits electric pole on landing at Vijayawada Airport
An Air India Express Boeing 737 sustained damaged after hitting an electric pole while landing at Vijayawada International Airport in Gannavaram, India.
Garuda Boeing 737 suffers in-flight engine failure shortly after departure
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800 returned to Makassar after suffering an in-flight engine failure shortly after departure.
Boeing 737 MAX authorized to return to Kenya and Nigeria
Boeing 737 Max aircraft was recertified to enter Nigerian and Kenyan airspaces after being grounded in March 2019.
On February 21, 2021, both Kenya’s Civil Aviation Authority and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced the lifting of the ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, following two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
Russia and UAE to jointly develop supersonic aircraft
Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the United Arab Emirates’ investment fund Mubadala will create a joint venture to develop a supersonic airliner, according to Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov.
SpiceJet eyes Singapore as promising market for cargo services
Indian airline SpiceJet has boosted its cargo network with a new service connecting Singapore and the three cities of India.
On February 22, 2021, SpiceJet announced that its cargo arm SpiceXpress launched twice-weekly services from Singapore to three Indian cities including Bangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai with its Boeing 737F aircraft.
Qatar Airways encourages former pilots to apply for return
Qatar Airlines has reportedly informed its pilots who were laid off during the pandemic that they might apply for rejoining the air carrier as it expects to increase services on the Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 leaves Alice Springs storage
On February 22, 2021, Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 departed from Alice Springs aircraft storage, suggesting that the airline’s stored A380 would be returned to service.
British Airways finalizes negotiations over government-backed £2 billion loan
British Airways finalized negotiations in two financing agreements that will boost the airline’s liquidity by £2.45 billion ($3.4 billion).
Firstly, British Airways completed negotiations with the United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF), the British government’s export credit agency, for a £2 billion ($2.8 billion) loan.
Finnair completes a lease financing arrangement for its next A350 aircraft delivery
As a part of Finnair’s rebuild program, the airline has finalised a lease financing arrangement for its next A350 aircraft delivery, with JLPS Holding Ireland as the lessor and lease servicer. In the arrangement, Finnair will assign the purchase of the Airbus A350 aircraft to a third party, and then leases it back for its own operation.
Colombia Start Ups - Two New Airlines Planned This Year
Colombia is set to have two new airlines this year. We already know a few things about William Shaw’s Ultra Air, but now a new player has appeared. Meet Starblue Airlines, a carrier that wants to operate six domestic routes and five international. What else do we know?
KLM Seeks To Launch New Package Holiday Arm
KLM is looking to launch a new holiday package arm, to be named ‘KLM Holidays’. The decision comes as the carrier looks towards a tourism revival in the coming months following vaccinations.
Asiana Airlines Doubles Its Fleet Of Makeshift Cargo Airbus A350s
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines announced today that it had converted two of its 13 Airbus A350-900s into cargo planes as it looks to expand its air freight business. By doing this, each of the aircraft will now carry an extra five tons of cargo.
Berlin's Soviet Era Terminal 5 Handles Last Flight For Forseeable Future
Today, Terminal 5 at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, formally known as Schönefeld Airport, will handle its final flight for the foreseeable future. Due to the low traffic levels prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is consolidating traffic at its brand new Terminal 1 facility.
New international cargo centre to be constructed at Chicago Rockford Airport
Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD), along with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, has announced the construction of a new international cargo centre set to be located at the airport.
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