BREAKING | French Mirage 2000 crashes in Mali, crew safe
A French Dassault Mirage 2000D crashed in a deserted area of the region of Hombori, central Mali, on July 20, 2021. Both crew members, a pilot and a weapons system officer, ejected and were recovered, according to the French armed forces. One of them was reportedly injured and transported to Gao military base.
The aircraft, belonging to the 3rd Fighter Wing of the French Air Force, had taken off from the projected airbase (BAP) of Niamey, in Niger.
Cost-cutting in engine maintenance: the effect of COVID-19
As the aviation industry has experienced one of the biggest crises in recent history, companies have had to adapt to stay in the business. With many airlines re-profiling from PAX to cargo carriers, adjustments in maintenance processes were also necessary.
Previous to the onset of the pandemic, the priority was to minimise downtime during an inspection, however, cost-efficiency is now the major keyword for many carriers. Hanna Lavinskaja, the Head of Business Development at Enginestands.com – a leading engine stands and aircraft tooling rental company – shares the company’s vision on how cost-cutting is possible in powerplant maintenance.
United reports a 2Q net loss of $0.4 billion, expects to be profitable in the 3Q and 4Q
United Airlines (UAL) today announced second-quarter 2021 financial results. The company now expects positive adjusted pre-tax income¹ in the third and fourth quarters of 2021 as travel demand rebounds.
The company’s second quarter performance largely exceeded original expectations as international long haul and business travel accelerated even faster than anticipated, together with continued yield improvement. Looking ahead, the company expects continued gains as more businesses return by end of summer and into 2022, with a full recovery in demand anticipated by 2023.
JetBlue and American expand their relationship
JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are providing customers the most choice in the Northeast, on the best product, and with a premium experience, as travelers return to the sky. As part of their Northeast Alliance (NEA), JetBlue and American will operate more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston this winter, giving customers more choice than any other airline can offer.
Qatar Airways ready to buy Boeing 777X, A350 freighters?
Qatar Airways CEO said that the Doha-based carrier was ready to buy new Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 freighters.
The Doha-based airline Qatar Airways CEO said the airline was ready to buy Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 freighters before the end of the third quarter of 2021, chief executive Akbar Al Baker said as he reaffirmed his plans to FlightPlan III webinar in a pre-recorded interview, seen by Bloomberg on July 20, 2021.
Garuda Indonesia fails to pay aircraft lease, faces a lawsuit
Indonesia’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, is facing a lawsuit from an Ireland-based aircraft lessor AerCap. The latest lawsuit came after the cash-strapped air carrier failed to pay aircraft lease due to the setbacks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The aircraft leasing firm based in Ireland, AerCap, filed the insolvency lawsuit against Garuda Indonesia with the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia on June 4, 2021, the airline revealed on July 15, 2021. During the ongoing trial, Garuda said it was “in the process of negotiating with AerCap to reach a commercial deal and restructure the contract outside the Court”.
easyJet reports a loss of £318.3 million ($436 million) in the third quarter
easyJet has maintained its disciplined approach to capacity and cash management during Q3 and, as a result, total cash burn during the quarter reduced to £55 million. Fixed costs plus capex have averaged £34 million per week, outperforming the £40 million per week guidance given at Q1. This disciplined cost and cash management has enabled easyJet to maintain net debt broadly flat at c.£2.0 billion and a headline loss before tax of £318 million, which is in line with expectations.
airBaltic waves good-bye to its last Boeing 737 ‒ a simulator
airBaltic Training sells its Boeing 737 full flight simulator, putting a definitive end to the 737 era for the Latvian airline.
After airBaltic officially became Airbus A220-only operator the previous year, the last reminder of its previous fleet, the Boeing 737 full flight simulator, left its training arm.
Malta Airport Foundation collects 1.8 tonnes of marine litter
Marsaxlokk and Marsalforn were the two localities chosen by the Malta Airport Foundation for this year’s underwater clean-ups.
With the help of some 30 divers from Calypso Subaqua Club and Atlam Subaqua Club, as well as several other volunteers who gave a helping hand on land, the Malta Airport Foundation collected around 1.8 tonnes of waste, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of the world’s largest mammal – the blue whale – at birth.
New biometric solutions introduced at Tokyo Haneda
Collins Aerospace has completed deployment of its ARINC SelfPass biometrics solution at Tokyo Haneda, one of the busiest airports in Asia-Pacific.
The technology will help streamline passenger journeys through Haneda by reducing the need for physical interaction with staff and bottlenecks at multiple passenger touchpoints.
Chief development officer, Bernardo Gogna, provides an update on Los Angeles International Airport’s $14.5 billion Capital Improvement Program and the recent opening of two key new facilities.
As Los Angeles gears up to welcome the world over the course of the next seven years as the host city for Super Bowl LVI and the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is focused on transforming into a world-class destination with state-of-the-art facilities.
Russia unveils Sukhoi Checkmate, new light fighter jet
Russia has unveiled the Sukhoi Checkmate, a new fifth-generation fighter jet intended to supplement the Su-57 and conquer the international market.
A mockup of the aircraft was presented in a grand ceremony on the opening day of the MAKS airshow in Moscow on July 20, 2021.
Blue Origin successfully carries out maiden space tourism flight
On July 20, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT, the New Shepard rocket took off, materializing 22 years of work for Blue Origin. The company was founded at the turn of the millennium by Amazon’s boss Jeff Bezos, who in the meantime became the richest man in the world. The goal of Blue Origin is to make space more accessible by developing reusable space launchers.
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- Captain Oveur, from the 1980 movie 'Airplane.'
On This Day
Who Was The Pilot
1. The developer of the Spruce Goose as well as its pilot. Who was it?
2. Who was the pilot of 'The Flyer'?
3. Who was the pilot of Freedom 7?
4. Who was the first pilot to break the sound barrier?
5. Who was the pilot (commander) of Apollo 13?