EMERGENCY Norwegian Boeing 737 left tyre blew up during an emergency landing at Birmingham this week end (video)

Norwegian Boeing 737-800 (reg. EI-FHD) diverted to Birmingham Airport (BHX), UK after reporting hydraulic issue this week end.

Tire of left inner main gear tire blew up during landing.

On touchdown, large tire fragments came loose causing damage.

All 152 on board were safe.

Cathay Pacific takes delivery of it’s first Airbus A350-1000

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the second airline to operate the A350-1000, the world’s newest long range widebody airliner.

The airline took delivery of the aircraft at a special event in Toulouse, France.

The aircraft is the first of 20 A350-1000s ordered by Cathay Pacific and will join the carrier’s growing fleet of A350 XWB aircraft, which already includes 22 A350-900s.

With its true long-range capability, the A350-1000 will form an important part of Cathay Pacific long-haul operations. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s new non-stop route from Hong-Kong to Washington DC, representing the longest flight – approximately 17 hours – performed by any airline out of Hong Kong.

To date 11 customers from five continents have ordered a total of 168 A350-1000s.

BREAKING Engine of plane carrying Saudi Arabia national football team to Rostov caught fire #FifaWorldCup2018

Right engine of plane carrying the Saudi Arabia national football team suffered technical issue on approach to Rostov.

Flames were seen from the right engine of the Rossiya Airbus A319 (reg. VP-BNB) while the team was en route to Rostov where they take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

The aircraft was initially purchased as new by American airline Frontier Airlines, before being bought by Russian-based Donavia in July 2013. Airline Rossiya have leased the plane since April 2016.

The players were then filmed calmly leaving the stricken jet, which is 12 years old. They are now on their way to the team hotel.


“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely,” said a statement from the federation’s English-language Twitter feed.

BREAKING Lufthansa Group in talks with Norwegian for possible takeover

A Norwegian Boeing 737-800 landing at Barcelona Airport. Photo: © Eric Salard

Lufthansa Group is in talks for a takeover of low-cost carrier Norwegian.

Carsten Spohr, CEO of the German flag-carrier, reportedly confirmed the news on Monday morning.

This comes after Nowegian rejected multiple takeover bids by British Airways & Iberia owner IAG.

Norwegian carried 33.2 million passengers in 2017, this makes it the third largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in Europe. If Lufthansa Group takes over Norwegian, it would likely integrate the airline into its own LCC, Eurowings, which carried 23.5 million passengers in 2017 and is currently on rank six among European budget airlines. However, even combined, the two airlines would not be able to pass Ryanair and easyJet, which are in place one and two on this list.

More to follow.

ALERT Ryanair #FR9177 from Dublin to Ibiza forced to land in Paris-Beauvais due to drunken passengers on board

A Ryanair flight was forced to divert to Paris over allegations up to 20 holidaymakers were involved in a drink-fuelled disturbance.

Three passengers were removed from the Dublin to Ibiza flight by police after it landed at Paris Beauvais on Saturday morning.

The captain of the return flight from the party island to Dublin on Saturday afternoon – which was delayed by two hours and 40 minutes as a result of the disturbance – apologised for the delay and told passengers that the outward flight had to divert due to up to 20 passengers being involved in the disturbance.

The captain said that the unruly passengers had been drinking at the terminal at Dublin airport prior to take-off, scheduled for 8.50am, reports the Irish Mirror.

Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely aid: “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight.”

France Air Traffic Control responsible for 1/3 of Europe delays

Hindered by strikes and outdated equipment, French air traffic control is responsible for a third of aviation delays in Europe, Le Parisien said on Monday (Jun 18), citing a senate finance committee report.

Between 2004 and 2016, French air traffic controllers were on strike 254 days, while second-placed Greece only had 46 days of stoppages, Italy 37 and Germany four, according to the report seen by the daily.

“Every day of a strike in France has a much bigger impact on European traffic than (strikes) in other European countries”, the report’s author, senator Vincent Capo-Canellas, noted after six months of work including numerous field visits.

In addition to frequent industrial action France is also the champion for delays, linked to obsolescent equipment, the report said.

“Our country is responsible for 33 per cent of delays due to air traffic control in Europe,” Capo-Canellas said, representing 300 million euros in annual losses for airlines.

“In France, the control equipment is outdated,” and maintenance costs are high at 136 million euros a year, added Capo-Canellas.

French air traffic controllers have to cope with more than 3.1 million flights in 2017, up four per cent from 2016 and 8.6 per cent from 2015.

VIDEO Late Go Around Aer Lingus A320 EI-DAA from Seattle to Dublin Airport

After lining up to depart runway 28 , Aer Lingus A320 EI-DEO was cleared for takeoff when the captain informed the tower controller that they would have to momentarily delay their take-off as some birds had begun to fly across the runway just ahead of where they were waiting.

So without delay the controller cancelled the A320s takeoff clearance, and instructed the Aer Lingus crew of the A330 on final approach (inbound from Seattle) to go around and climb up to 3000ft.

The crew went around and came back into land without any further issues.

This is the first time I’ve seen an Aer Lingus A330 go-around, so as you can imagine I was quite pleased to be able to film it.

VIDEO Hainan Airlines A330 Inaugural flight Edinburgh to Dublin

Tuesday June 12th 2018 was a very special day as I set off at 4am to fly onboard their inaugural flight from Edinburgh to Dublin.

The new service begins in Beijing, flying to Scotlands capital before continuing with a short flight over the Irish sea to Dublin.

This was my first ever time onboard an A330 and it really was an amazing experience, plenty of legroom, great inflight entertainment (albeit it was a short flight).
Check in was at check in desk 41 inside the terminal (online check in is not available for this flight).

I had already pre-selected my seat online when booking my flight, but I was offered another seating choice when I arrived at the terminal. So I opted for seat 33K (overlooking the wing/engine).

The engine spool up as we pushed back was amazing, before then making a swift departure from runway 06.

All in all it was an amzing flight. If you have any questions then please leave a comment in the section below.

If you’re an avgeek like myself then this is really a must do flight, it only costs £53 one way but is worth it for the experience.

VIDEO 5 USAF Boeing KC135R Stratotanker Landings at Prestwick Airport

VIDEO Emirates Launch Dubai – London Stansted Airport Boeing 777 Flights Inaugural Arrival 8 June 2018 with Water Arch

Emirates launched flights from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted Airport (STN) on 8 June 2018.

This video captures the first arrival of flight EK033 complete with water-canon salute on arrival. The daily flight was operated by A6-EQK.