Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for WestJet

Boeing delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline’s global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to profitably serve new international routes.

This spring, WestJet will use the 787-9 – the longest-range Dreamliner that can fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140km) – to offer the first-ever flight connecting Calgary and Dublin. The airline will also offer non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London Gatwick and Calgary and Paris.

WestJet’s 787-9 will accommodate 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The Dreamliner’s passenger-pleasing interior, which includes large windows, lower-cabin altitude and smooth-ride technology, complements WestJet’s all-new business cabin featuring the carrier’s first lie-flat seats.

Norwegian Air to shut six bases and axe routes to cut costs

A spokesman for the airport said the base closures will not mean flights will be stopped to the destinations, but will mean local flight and cabin crew won’t be based there.

Despite the move, the carrier says there will be no cuts to current flight schedules.

The bases due for closure are in Palma, Gran Canaria and Tenerife while Stewart and Providence in the US are also up for the chop.

It will also shut its 737 base in Fiumicino airport in Rome, although its Dreamliner base will continue to operate there.

UK Transport secretary says flights between the UK and the EU to continue in case of no-deal Brexit

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has argued travellers can “continue to book with confidence” following the latest developments in negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The comments come after the European Commission published a ‘no-deal’ contingency action plan which could come into force in March next year.

On transport, it includes a proposal which would ensure the continuation of flights between the UK and the EU and one which would allow UK hauliers to continue to carry goods into the EU.

Regulations would also be introduced to to extend temporarily (for up to nine months) the validity of certain aviation safety licences.

The announcement demonstrates a clear commitment to future travel while offering reassurances that both sides will work to maintain UK and EU transport links, the government argued.

Grayling said: “We need to study the detail, but any steps to ensure UK hauliers can continue carrying goods into the EU in the event of a no deal is good news, as is ensuring flights are maintained between the UK and EU immediately after Brexit.”

He added: “The UK government has already set out in our technical notices that we would permit EU airlines to fly to the UK and would expect this to be reciprocated.”

In response to the announcement ABTA chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “UK citizens take over 50 million trips a year to Europe and it is the number one place people plan to visit next year.

“Both the UK government and the European Commission reiterated that flights will continue to operate between the UK and the EU after Brexit, and we welcome the transport secretary’s clear statement that travellers can continue to book with confidence.”

ALERT France activates plan for no-deal Brexit and will invest €50m into French ports and airports

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe says €50m (£44.3m) will be invested into French ports and airports to mitigate a hard Brexit.

France activated its no-deal Brexit plans following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s historic defeat in the British parliament earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the parliament voted against the previous plan on the UK withdrawal from the European Union, backed by Theresa May.

Cathay Pacific sold first-class tickets at economy rates by mistake

A group of lucky Cathay Pacific customers have scored first-class seats at economy prices, in the second fare blunder by the airline this month.

Tickets on trips from Hong Kong to Portugal were sold on the airline’s website for $1,512, instead of $16,000 usually charged for a similar journey.

The carrier said it would honour the tickets as it investigates the cause of the error.

The mispriced fares were available on Cathay Pacific’s website on Sunday.

First-class flights from Lisbon to Hong Kong – via London with a connecting flight – were offered for $1,512 (£1,177), according to the South China Morning Post.

A similar first-class journey through Frankfurt would cost $16,000.

BREAKING Cargolux Boeing 747-8F returned to Kuala Lumpur Airport after reporting fire in the cockpit

Cargolux aircraft returned to Kuala Lumpur Airport after report of fire in the cockpit.

Cargolux flight #CV303 to Zhengzhou returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The pilots of the Boeing 747-8F departed at 11:50 UTC  and declared an emergency few minutes later before returning to Kuala Lumpur.

The aircraft (reg. LX-VCJ) landed on runway 32R then stopped on taxiway.

Cargolux Airlines said:
Cargolux flight CV7303 (LX-VCJ) has safely landed in KUL after emergency was declared.

Malaysia Airports said:
Cargolux flight CV7303 experienced fire in the cockpit and proceeded for an emergency landing at our Runway 1 (32R) of KL International Airport.

No one was injured in the incident.

Theresa May Air Force One on standby in case of flight to Brussels after #Brexit vote

Theresa May is preparing to immediately fly out the EU headquarters in “May Force One” if her Brexit plan ends up getting beaten down in Parliament.

The Airbus A330-200MRTT is based at Brize Norton and could pick up the Prime Minister at London Heathrow to fly to Brussels.

ALERT Strike at Frankfurt, extended to 8 German airports tomorrow, 500 Lufthansa flights cancelled

Due to a strike by the security staff at the airport, Lufthansa flights to and from Frankfurt will be considerably impaired next Tuesday, 15 January.

Security staff strike at Frankfurt airport now extended to Hamburg, Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Leipzig/Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports in a series of coordinated industrial action, according to the Verdi union.

More than 500 Lufthansa flights will be cancelled.

British Airways has cancelled three of its nine outbound departures from Heathrow and London City to Frankfurt, but all the inbound flights from the German city. Planes will fly back empty.

Ryanair has cancelled its round-trip between Stansted and Frankfurt.

Negotiations are due to begin again on 23 January in Berlin.

A bird was found on board business class of Singapore Airlines A380 during 14-hour flight to London

A Singapore Airlines flight headed to London’s Heathrow Airport found it had an unintended passenger on board.

Business-class passengers found themselves greeted by the avian stowaway about 12 hours into the flight.

A typical Singapore-London flight takes about 14 hours.

In a statement on Sunday (Jan 13), an SIA spokesman confirmed that a bird was found on flight SQ322 last Monday (Jan 7).

“It was subsequently caught by cabin crew with the assistance of some of the passengers on board,” said the spokesman.

In a video posted on social media, the mynah can be seen perched, seemingly unfazed, on top of an unsuspecting passenger’s headrest. An air steward is seen making a grab for the bird but it evades capture.

SIA said the bird was handed over to animal quarantine authorities once the aircraft touched down in London.

BREAKING A cargo aircraft Boeing 707 crashed in city of Karaj, Iran (video)

A Boeing 707 cargo plane with 10 people on board has crashed in Iran amid harsh weather conditions, the Iranian Army has confirmed.

The plane went down at Karaj airport, west of Tehran.

  • UPDATE 16 bodies found from the wreckage, 15 men & 1 woman, Iran EMS announced.
  • UPDATE The Boeing 707-320C apparently landed at Karaj Fath military aerodrome (runway length 1311m) instead of Payam Airport.

The airplane departed from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, carrying cargo and 10 people, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. The Boeing 707 reportedly failed to reach the runway and hit the airport fencing.

Iran’s emergency authority has said the jet hit residential areas near Safadasht, a small city in Tehran province.

The 707 apparently broke apart and caught fire on impact.

Preliminary information suggests it may have landed at the wrong airport.

The crashed Boeing 707 belongs to Iran Airforce, Registered as EP-CPP, which has crashed while trying to land at Fath Airport.