Eurowings adds first Airbus A340 to its fleet

Former Lufthansa CityLine Airbus A340-300 D-AIGY shortly after painting in Rome. This aircraft is now registered as OO-SCW and flying for Eurowings (operated by Brussels Airlines). Photo Credit: matteo.buono89

Eurowings has received its first Airbus A340-300.

The German low-cost carrier started testing the commercial capabilities of the A340-300 on regular scheduled short haul flights within Europe on Tuesday. OO-SCW, their first aircraft of this type, is operated by its affiliate, Brussels Airlines. Since being delivered in 2000, it was part of the Lufthansa fleet as D-AIGY, but was withdrawn from use in mid-2017 and then given to Brussels Airlines earlier this month.

So far, Eurowings only uses 7 Airbus A330-200 (operated by SunExpress Germany) and one temporary leased Boeing 767-300ER on its long haul flights.

For the beginning, the four-engined Airbus jet is exclusively flying on the airline’s routes Düsseldorf – Vienna and Düsseldorf – Palma de Mallorca. A second A340-300, as well as an A330-300 will join the fleet (all operated by Brussels), before the first long haul routes with Eurowings’ new aircraft types are due to start from Düsseldorf Airport on April 28th.

The following long haul routes (operated by A330-300 and A340) have been announced:

  • DUS – New York JFK (starting 28APR, 6x/week)
  • DUS – Miami (starting 04MAY, 3x/week)
  • DUS – Fort Myers (starting 03MAY, 3x/week)
  • DUS – Cancun (already started with A330-200, switching to A340-300 from 30APR, 2x/week)
  • DUS – Punta Cana (already started with 767/A330-200, switching to A340-300 from 01MAY, 2x/week)

Routes Düsseldorf – New York and Düsseldorf – Miami are currently operated by Lufthansa (using Airbus A330-300) and will be handed over to subsidiary Eurowings on dates shown above. Eurowings already operates non-stop long haul flights from Düsseldorf to Cancun, Varadero, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. Flights to Orlando were also started but later cancelled. The airline has more than a dozen long haul destinations from Cologne Bonn Airport, these routes are due to be transferred to Düsseldorf Airport until the end of this year.

According to Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr in an interview in October 2017, Eurowings also plans a non-stop connection between Düsseldorf and Los Angeles. No details on this route have been announced since then.

In addition to Eurowings’ current ‘BESTclass’ (premium economy), the two Airbus models will feature the airline’s new business class product, called BIZclass. This makes Eurowings the first low-cost carrier to offer a full business class on long haul flights. Eurowings CCO Oliver Wagner says:

We see strong demand for another top product from our company on routes with a higher proportion of business travel, for example on US flights from Düsseldorf to New York, Miami or Fort Myers.

In November last year, Eurowings announced it would triple the size of its long haul fleet in 2018. The airline wants to fly a total of 21 widebody aircraft at the end of this year. Details such as types of aircraft that come to Eurowings’ fleet are not yet known. Further Airbus A330-300 and A340-300 deliveries (operated by Brussels Airlines) are very likely.

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ALERT Pilot of jet which crashed during Shoreham air crash to be charged over deaths

According to BBC, The pilot of a vintage jet which crashed on to a dual carriageway during the Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 men, is to be charged with manslaughter.

The pilot was performing aerobatics when the Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in Sussex on 22 August 2015.

Families of those who died have waited nearly three years to learn whether charges would be brought, an MP said.

The pilot is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 19 April. He is to face counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and endangering an aircraft, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The Shoreham Airshow has been cancelled ever since the disaster, out of respect for the families of the men who died.

Australian man wins right to fly replica Spitfire to work

Source: ABC News Australia/Kristy Sexton-McGrath

A man from the Australian state of Queensland was received approval to fly his replica Spitire to work everyday. Patrick English had put in a development application with the Mareeba Shire Council to increase the amount of flights he is able to make from his private airstrip. Previously he was only allowed 52 flights a year.

However neither Mr Patrick or his neighbours are happy with the decision. His application had made a request for up to 6 flights per day. The council received 182 submissions on the application. Eighty six per cent of his neighbours were opposed to the application.

The council approved the application with a number of conditions. Flights can only be made made between 7am and 6pm Monday to Sunday, and Mr English must also avoid flying over his neighbours by adhering to a strict flight path.

Neighbour Sarah Issacs told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), “He wanted six flights a day which would have been awful. We were hoping it would be voted against altogether.” Another neighbour, Nadine O’Brien told ABC, “If you imagine you are standing next to a jackhammer with roadworks being done, that is the noise we are subjected to.”

Mr English said, “If I fly this aeroplane over 1,000 feet [305 metres] it makes less noise than the commercial jets flying to Cairns all day long. My Spitfire makes less noise than a Harley Davidson.”

The Spitfire took him 6 years to build.

Mr English is an Engineer that runs a firm in the city of Cairns. By car from his home in the rural town of Koah, it takes him 45 minutes to commute to work on a good day. With his Spitfire it takes him 5 minutes.

Armed police arrested a man from on Gulf Air flight at Heathrow Airport

Gun-wielding officers raided the Gulf Air jet shortly after 3pm – nearly eight hours after it took off from Bahrain International Airport.

Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest was not terror-related.

A spokesman said: “At around 3pm on Tuesday, March 20, Met officers arrested a 29-year-old man on board an inbound flight to Heathrow from Bahrain.

“The male was arrested in connection with a kidnap allegation of 19 December 2017.

Source The Sun

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ALERT French air-traffic controllers strike tomorrow: all airlines to reduce operations by 30% in flights to/from France

At 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 21 March, some French air-traffic controllers will stop work in protest against labour reforms.

The action will continue until 05:00 UTC on Friday 23 March.

All airlines have been told to reduce their operations by 30% in flights to/from Paris CDG, Paris ORY, Beauvais, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon & Nantes.

The greatest impact is expected to be in the south and west of France, affecting flights linking the UK with Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Thai Airways bans fat passengers and young child from business class seats onboard its new Dreamliners

Obese passengers and parents with young children have been banned from flying business class on Thai Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Thai Airways International (THAI) says the limit on waist sizes for passengers, and ban on carrying infants on laps, in business class on its two Boeing 787-9 aircraft is a consequence of the installation of seat belt airbags for safety.

This meant that passengers with a waistline of over 56 inches (142.24cms) could not fasten these new seatbelt airbags, which meet US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards, Flt Lt Prathana Pattanasiri, vice president of THAI’s aviation safety, security and standards department said on Friday

Passengers in those seats also could not carry infants on their laps.

Source: The Bangkok Post

BREAKING A Red Arrows hawk has crashed at RAF Valley airbase, pilot ejected


A Red Arrows plane has crashed with the pilot ejecting.

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday 20 March 2018) to reports an aircraft had crashed at RAF Valley in Holyhead”.

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  • UPDATE 1700 UTC An engineer has died after a Red Arrows jet crashed at RAF Valley.
  • UPDATE 14:36 UTC  The MOD is confirming “incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft”.
  • UPDATE 14:16 UTC According to reports, the Hawk crashed is Red3.

There is an emergency ambulance and a Wales Air Ambulance at the scene.

RAF Valley is a base used to train UK fighter pilots and aircrew for mountain and maritime operations.

In total, about 1,500 service personnel, civil servants and contractors work at the site.

The Red Arrows fly BAE Hawk trainer aircraft, a two-seater plane with rocket-assisted ejection seats.

Ten killed in Philippines plane crash

A six-seater Piper PA-32 crashed onto a house shortly after take-off on Saturday, 17 March, killing all five on board and five on ground. Two other Filipinos sustained injuries as the plane burst into flames.

The plane took off from a small airport north of Manila (ICAO: RPUX) at 11.21 am local time, bound to Laoag city (RPLI), crashing in Plaridel, Bulacan at about 11.30 am. The operator, a charter company Lite Air Express, has grounded its whole fleet while the cause of the accident is being investigated.

The bodies of the pilot and chief mechanic along with three passengers, as well as the house owners: three children, their mother and grandmother who were eating their meal at the time of the crash, were recovered from under the wreckage.

The Piper PA-32 is a propeller single-engine light aircraft manufactured in the US between 1965 and 2007, and is widely used for medevac and private flights. The media originally reported the crashed aircraft type as PA-23 Archer, but the plane registration RP-C299 found on the wreckage belongs to a Piper PA-32RT-300T Lance II.

Aleksander Iljaszewicz

Sources:, MSN, CNN Philipines, CAA Philipines, The National, Channel News Asia, Sunstar, Wikipedia