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BREAKING Air Berlin A320 grounded in Iceland due to unpaid airport charges

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An Air Berlin Airbus A320 is grounded at Reykjavik Keflavik Airport due to unpaid charges

The A320 (registration D-ABDX) on flight #AB3928 from Düsseldorf arrived in Reykjavik at 10:55pm yesterday, but the return flight earlier this morning was cancelled.

Isavia, Iceland’s airport operator issued a statement saying “Air Berlin filed a petition of the opening of insolvency proceedings in August and the unpaid airport charges incurred prior the insolvency period.”…”Isavia will have additional member of staff located at the airport to assist those who will be affected by this action if needed.”

Air Berlin has filed for insolvency in August this year and is ceasing operations in late October.

Virgin Australia flight declares emergency shortly after take-off from Melbourne

A Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne to Brisbane has declared an emergency and returned to Melbourne shortly after departure on Friday Morning.

Flight VA-319 departed off Runway 27 (RWY27) at 9:26am, climbed to only 4,600ft when the pilots noticed abnormal engine vibrations. The engine vibrations are believed to have come from engine #1 and the crew elected to return to Melbourne as a safety precaution.

The flight landed safely on RWY16 at 9:43am and was escorted to the bay by the ARFF.

The aircraft operating the flight was a Boeing 737-8FE with registration VH-YFX delivered in April 2017.

The aircraft is is currently being inspected by the ARFF and engineers.

 

Embraer to deliver first E2 jet in April

An E195-E2 at the Paris Air Show 2017

Embraer plans to deliver the first E190-E2 jet to it’s launch customer Widerøe in April 2018.

The regional airline from Norway currently has 3 E190-E2 (+12 purchase rights) on order. According to Embraer, this contract is worth almost 880 million USD.

Widerøe currently operates an all-Bombardier turboprop fleet of 40 aircraft. It’s the largest regional airline in Scandinavia.

The Embraer E2 regional jet family consists of 3 different aircraft, E175-E2, E190-E2 and E195-E2. It has a total of 233 firm orders from 7 different airlines and leasing companies.

In a two class configuration, the E190-E2 has a capacity of 97 passengers, max. capacity is at 114 passengers. The aircraft had it’s first flight on May 23rd, 2016.

The E2 is the successor of Embraer’s E-jet family. Almost 1,400 E-jets have been built since introduction in 2004.

First A330neo becomes airborne for its maiden flight (video)

The first A330neo took off this morning at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 09.57 hrs local time, for its maiden flight taking place over south-western France. The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly, powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprise: Experimental Test Pilots Thierry BOURGES, Thomas WILHELM and Test-Flight Engineer Alain POURCHET. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems and performance in real-time at the flight-test-engineer’s (FTE) station are Jean-Philippe COTTET, Emiliano REQUENA ESTEBAN and Gert WUNDERLICH.

The A330neo’s certification development programme itself will last around 1,400 flight-test hours. This will comprise 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 campaign – to achieve its respective EASA and FAA Type Certification around the middle of 2018; plus 300 flight hours for A330-800 version – which will be certified in 2019. Overall, the full A330neo Family flight-test campaign will be performed by three certification flight-test aircraft, plus the first production aircraft (the latter to validate the Airspace cabin prior to EIS).

Launched in July 2014, the latest generation of Airbus’ widebody family, the A330neo builds on the A330’s proven economics, versatility and reliability while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14 per cent per seat. The NEO’s two versions – the A330-800 and A330-900 – will accommodate 257 and 287 passengers respectively in a three-class seating layout, are powered by the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, accommodate up to 10 more seats, offer new “Airspace” cabin amenities, and feature a new larger span wing with Sharklet wingtip devices.

BREAKING Malaysia confirms search for missing #MH370 to be resumed by private company

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The Malaysian government has chosen US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370.

The company earlier offered to take up the $200 million search for free, amid claims experts have pinpointed the crash site.

Family members of the 239 passengers who disappeared along with the plane were contacted by the Malaysian government, who said they were negotiating the terms and conditions of the search, ABC reported.

The initial search of the ocean floor was suspended in January after no trace of the plane was found on the ocean floor.

Hawaiian airline Island Air files for bankruptcy but continues to fly

The Hawaiian regional carrier Island Air has filed for bankruptcy, but continues to fly for now.

Island Air – Hawaii’s second largest carrier – has filed for insolvency on Monday, October 16.

The airline was close to grounding aircraft and letting down thousands of passengers just recently.

Island Air’s fleet consists of 10 turboprop aircraft, 5 ATR-72 and 5 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. The Bombardier Dashs were added to the fleet this year in part of an expansion strategy.

The carrier is flying “island hopper” flights between the Hawaiian islands.

Thomas Cook to start new Mallorca based airline named ‘Balearics’

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Travel company Thomas Cook wants to start a new airline in Spain, with hub on Mallorca.

The airline will be called Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics and – according to Thomas Cook Holdings – won’t be a ‘standard’ leisure carrier.

Balearics will start operations with three A320s in early 2018. The airline will – in the beginning – only fly from Palma de Mallorca to the 8 following airports in Germany, operating for it’s sister airline Condor.

  • PMI-Frankfurt
  • PMI-Munich
  • PMI-Düsseldorf
  • PMI-Hamburg
  • PMI-Cologne
  • PMI-Stuttgart
  • PMI-Hannover
  • PMI-Leipzig

Starting dates have not been announced yet.

Seven Airbus A320s will be flying in Balearics’ fleet from 2018, three of them will come from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, which is ending operations in late October this year. Where the other four A320s will come from, is not yet known.

Christoph Debus, Thomas Cook Airlines’ CEO says Mallorca is their customers favorite destination with more than one million passengers per year.

This will be Thomas Cook’s 4th airline, the others are Thomas Cook Airlines (UK), Condor (Germany) and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia.

German leisure carrier Niki (owned by insolvent Air Berlin) is currently operating most flights from Germany to Mallorca, but the airline is ceasing operations on October 27th, which may result in a too low capacity on the PMI routes.

ALERT German aviation administration is investigating Air Berlin’s A330 low pass before final landing (video)

Final Air Berlin A330 flight’s epic low pass on arrival at Düsseldorf Airport, now under investigation by the LBA

The Luftfahrt Bundesamt (LBA) – Germany’s aviation administration – is investigating Air Berlin’s final wide-body landing at DUS airport, the airline has confirmed this on Tuesday afternoon.

Air Berlin’s final long-haul flight, coming from Miami, performed a low pass above the terminal at an altitude of just above 30 meters before landing at the airport.

The aircraft (D-ABXA) flew 15 meters above the runway before turning left and flying over the terminal complex.

Videos of the flight raised a lot of questions about the safety of the action.

Markus Wahl, speaker for Germany’s cockpit association said the low pass was absolutely safe and legal. The pilots informed the passengers 10 minutes before landing and coordinated the maneuver with the tower. ATC approved a left turn over the terminal.

Virgin Atlantic #VS15 to Orlando diverted to Bermuda after a 18-month-old baby needed immediate medical assistance

A Virgin Atlantic flight from London diverted to Bermuda Monday night with an ill little passenger on board.

The Boeing 747-400 (reg. G-VROM) made an unscheduled emergency landing at the LF Wade International Airport on Monday night with 429 passengers and 14 crew members on board, including an 18-month child who needed immediate medical assistance.

The flight #VS15 was from London Gatwick enroute to Orlando, Florida.

A Skyport Airport Duty Officer said: “The 18-month-old passenger was treated on board by a nurse before arriving in Bermuda. “Once the airplane landed, the child and his parents were taken off the flight and rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial hospital via ambulance for treatment.”

The remaining passengers were taken to various hotel properties around the Island where they spent the night. Passengers arrived at the airport as early as 11.00 a.m. to check in and were offered a buffet lunch and snacks from Boulevard Café.

The flight #VS15 departed the Island for Orlando at approximately 7.40 p.m.

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