Airbus welcomes Hi Fly A380 at Farnborough International Airshow

Hi Fly, the 14th operator of the iconic double-decker wide-body airliner, is displaying its A380 for the first time at Farnborough International Airshow 2018 (UK). The aircraft will be showcased at the airshow from the 19th to 22nd July on static display.

A big cause requiring a big messenger, Hi Fly has chosen the A380 to exhibit its very special livery supporting the environmental cause: “Save the Coral Reefs”.

Hi Fly, the Portuguese wet lease specialist, provides aircraft to airlines with crew, maintenance and insurance. The company has selected the A380, thereby opening up a new business model. Hi Fly operates an all Airbus fleet of 12 aircraft comprising one A321, four A330s, seven A340s and now one A380.

ALERT Ryanair to cancel up to 300 flights due to cabin crew strike

Ryanair said it would cancel up to 300 flights on July 25 and 26 because of planned strikes by cabin crew in Belgium, Spain and Portugal, adding to its labor problems during the peak European summer vacation period as a conflict with pilots based in Ireland also continues.

The Dublin-based budget carrier said up to 50,000 of its 430,000 customers, or 12%, would be affected on each of the two days because of strikes it described as “unjustified” given cabin crew’s pay and working conditions.

The airline said up to 24% of its daily flights to and from Spain, 27% of those to and from Portugal, 31% of those to and from Belgium and 12% of flights all over Europe would be affected.

BREAKING Inside cabin footage released of Convair CV-340 crash near Pretoria, South Africa killing two


Dramatic footage filmed by a passenger shows how flames spewed from the engine of Convair CV-340 aircraft which shook violently moments before crashing at Wonderboom near Pretoria.

Two people died and two pilots were critically injured when the Convair 340 (first flew in 1954) ferried passengers on luxury air safaris and crashed on July 10.

The three-minute clip shows the terrifying final moments of the aircraft’s descent. “It’s getting bad. This is getting very bad,” one of the passengers can be heard saying. “Why are we shaking like this,” asks another.

The iPhone video was filmed by a passenger sitting by the left wing.

As the aircraft swoops low over trees and a man says, “They’ve got to cut the engine so we can reach the runway.”

The final words, moments before impact, a man says (translated from Afrikaans), “Geez, this is going to be bad.” The impact sounds like an explosion and the screen goes black. In the darkness people call out to each other before scrambling to exit the aircraft.

Qantas pilots Douglas Haywood and Ross Kelly were among 19 people, including three Dutch and 14 South Africans, aboard the Convair which left Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria for a scenic flight.

ALERT Delta Boeing 717 flight #DL923 suffered an engine problem landing runway 19R at Kansas City

A regularly scheduled Delta flight from Detroit to Kansas City made an emergency landing Monday afternoon after reporting an engine problem.

Delta flight 923, a Boeing 717, landed without incident at Kansas City International Airport around 4:45 p.m. Monday, but was greeted on the runway by Kansas City, Mo. Fire Department crews.

Video from 41 Action News SKYTRACKER shows crews sprayed some sort of liquid on at least one of the rear-mounted engines.

“The pilot and staff did a wonderful job making sure we were safe,” said David Lambert, who was on the flight.

An airport spokesman said 117 people were on board the flight. No injuries were immediately reported.

All passengers were disembarked via mobile stairs.

Airbus forecasts a need for 540,000 new pilots in the next 20 years

Airbus’ new Global Services Forecast predicts a US$4.6 trillion worldwide market for commercial aircraft services from 2018 to 2037. The new analysis is based on a three-way market segmentation, respectively focusing on the aircraft, the airline operation, and the passenger experience.

Aircraft-focused lifecycle services represent the largest segment of growth and include maintenance, spares pool access, tooling, technical training and system upgrades – which are needed to keep the airlines aircraft flying. This market represents a cumulative value of $2.2 trillion over the 20-year period – from $76 billion in 2018 to more than $160 billion per annum by 2037. These services are provided throughout the lifecycle from design to dismantling. In this category, aircraft manufacturers provide customers with core services which come with the aircraft, including assigned field reps and call centres for AOGs for example. The largest market by value is maintenance, increasingly characterised by outsourcing and “paid-by-the-hour” (PBH) contracts. Moreover, as technology and new materials develop, such as composite repairs, Airbus sees a strong trend for further outsourcing. PBH contracts allow airlines to secure and predict their maintenance costs, allowing airlines to focus on their core business of flying. Airbus also sees airlines increase their outsourcing of inventory management – towards pooling, instead of investing in their own stocks.

The next largest category encompasses flight operations services – such as pilot training and flight-planning solutions – and will account for a $1.5 trillion cumulative spend over 20 years. Fleets are expected to more than double to 48,000 aircraft over this period, such that Airbus estimates a need for 540,000 new pilots in the next 20 years. This trend will require ‘smarter’ ways of training using new digital technologies.

The third component of the global services market centres on the passenger experience which will account for an estimated $0.9 trillion cumulative value over the 20 year period. This encompasses the services needed to optimise the flight experience, including cabin upgrades, cabin crew training, in-flight-entertainment, connectivity and booking. This segment is expected to more than double in the next 20 years and grow from $27bn to almost $70bn. A notable trend is that seamless connectivity will undergo exponential growth, as more and more passengers manage their travel using a smart device, providing them all the information in real-time about the airport, connecting flights, bag collection details etc.

BREAKING 5 killed, 1 injured in South Korea after military helicopter went down from 10 meters above the ground

A helicopter of the South Korean Marine Corps has crashed at a military airport in the city of Pohang in southeast of South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing defense officials.

Five people on board were killed and one was injured in the incident.

The rotorcraft went down from about 10 meters above the ground during a test flight after repair.

BREAKING Cuba Boeing 737 crash caused by human error – company says


A plane crash that killed 112 people in Cuba on May 18 was caused by human error, the Mexican company that owned the jet said Monday.

Global Air, whose operations were suspended by the Mexican authorities over the accident, said a study by international experts of the black boxes from the Boeing 737 had found that the pilots’ take-off was too steep.

“The data reveal that the crew took off at a very pronounced angle of ascent, creating a lack of lift that caused the aircraft to crash,” the company said in a statement on Twitter.

The small firm, which was founded in 1990, said it “has been assuming its responsibilities to the victims of this tragic accident.”

First two Boeing 777X enter assembly line at Everett

Boeing says that the first two 777X test aircraft are now on the low-rate initial production line. Once assembled, the fuselages will have their new composite wings attached.

The Boeing 777X is a new series of the long-range wide-body twin-engine Boeing 777 family that is under development by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 777X is to feature GE9X new engines, new composite wings with folding wingtips, a denser cabin, and technologies from the Boeing 787.

BREAKING French National Team – FIFA World Cup champions – on its way to Paris

French National Team took off at 11:35 UTC from Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport and should land at 17:05 Local time in Paris.

BREAKING Britain unveils new futuristic fighter jet ‘Tempest’ which can fly unmanned to replace Typhoon

Britain has unveiled a new futuristic fighter jet called Tempest that can fly unmanned and will be the future of warfare.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson revealed the new plane at the Farnborough International Airshow as part a £2 billion investment programme.

He unveiled a full-size model of the new fighter jet at the event which will be developed over the next ten years – before becoming operational in 2034.

Williamson said: “Britain post-Brexit is a world-leader in defense airspace and industry.

“Britain has been a leader in combat air for a century with skills and technology that are the envy of the world.

“Today we show that we are determined to make sure it stays that way.”

Tempest is joint venture with British aerospace companies BAE Systems , Rolls Royce, MBDA UK Ltd and Anglo-Italian firm Leonardo SpA.

The aircraft is meant to compliment the new F-35s and eventually replace Typhoon craft – which have been in service since 2003.