Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:40:31 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Boeing Provides Status Update on 737 MAX Progress https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-provides-status-update-on-737-max-progress-201911121540/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:40:31 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207071 Reading Time: 1 minute “With the rigorous scrutiny being applied, we are confident the MAX will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly”. The Boeing Company has provided an update on the progress of 737 MAX. According to the statement, Boeing has completed one of the five key milestones. It was the FAA eCab Simulator Certification Session […]

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“With the rigorous scrutiny being applied, we are confident the MAX will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly”. The Boeing Company has provided an update on the progress of 737 MAX. According to the statement, Boeing has completed one of the five key milestones.

It was the FAA eCab Simulator Certification Session “to ensure the overall software system performs its intended function, both normally and in the presence of system failures”.

There are yet four steps to be completed to get the updates certified and 737 MAX aircraft returned to service. Boeing together with the FAA still need to conduct evaluation of airline pilots crew workload and carry out a certification flight(s) of the final updated software.

Afterwards, Boeing will have to submit “the final certification deliverables and artifacts to the FAA to support software certification” and together with the Joint Operational Evaluation Board (JOEB), a multi-regulatory body, conduct a simulator session with global regulatory pilots to validate training requirements.

Keeping all these stages in mind, Boeing still hopes to get this vitally important certification during this quarter.

“Based on this schedule, it is possible that the resumption of MAX deliveries to airline customers could begin in December, after certification, when the FAA issues an Airworthiness Directive rescinding the grounding order”, Boeing said in a statement.

Nevertheless, not all the hopes are the same. In the beginning of November, the head of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that grounded 737 MAX planes are likely to return to service in Europe during the first quarter of 2020.

EASA also plans to carry out its own program of checks including simulator and flight tests, before allowing flights to resume in Europe.

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Qantas to Invest $50 Million to Make Aviation Industry More Sustainable https://aviationvoice.com/qantas-to-invest-50-million-to-make-aviation-industry-more-sustainable-2-201911121352/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:52:32 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207066 Reading Time: 1 minute Qantas Group has committed to making aviation industry more sustainable by reducing its net emissions up to zero by 2050. To reach this the Group will invest over $50 million over the next ten years. The aviation industry in general contributes around 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Therefore, by 2050 aviation is set […]

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Qantas Group has committed to making aviation industry more sustainable by reducing its net emissions up to zero by 2050. To reach this the Group will invest over $50 million over the next ten years.

The aviation industry in general contributes around 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Therefore, by 2050 aviation is set to reduce these emissions by half. Qantas, in turn, has even exceeded this goal by challenging itself with more ambitious plans.

Qantas, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand, QantasLink as well as Qantas Freight, all the airline of Qantas Group will “offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations from 2020″. The same applies to the currently developed “Project Sunrise”.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Sustainable Future

The main investment Qantas expects to make into the development of sustainable aviation fuel. According to the Group, “sustainable aviation fuel can reduce carbon emissions by eighty per cent compared to traditional jet fuel, but are currently almost double the price“.

Apart from the efforts to reduce sustainable fuel costs, Qantas is already investing into its fleet modernisation by replacing older aircraft with more fuel efficient aircraft. It plans to phase out Boeing 747 fleet by the end of 2020 and replace it with the more fuel-efficient B787 Dreamliners. Also Qantas is investing into more efficient operations such as single-engine taxiing, and smarter flight planning to reduce fuel burn.

“Concerns about emissions and climate change are real, but we can’t lose sight of the contribution that air travel makes to society and the economy. The industry has already come a long way in cutting its footprint and the solution from here isn’t to simply ‘fly less’ but to make it more sustainable”, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said.

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Research Reveals a Shocking Fact Behind Some Athletes’ Success https://aviationvoice.com/research-reveals-a-shocking-fact-behind-some-athletes-success-2-201911111401/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:01:06 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207062 Reading Time: 2 minutes If you have ever wondered why some athletes are more likely to win than the others, you’re in for a surprise. It turns out that even the way they travel can influence their performance drastically. Some sports teams have to fly over 370,000 km in a single season and depending on the comfort during the […]

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If you have ever wondered why some athletes are more likely to win than the others, you’re in for a surprise. It turns out that even the way they travel can influence their performance drastically.

Some sports teams have to fly over 370,000 km in a single season and depending on the comfort during the transit, they might have a 60% more chance of coming back home with gold.

A study following NBA players has shown that poor performance was more likely when the team had to cross three different time zones before a competition.

To solve the problem, the NBA made a deal with an airline that allows the majority of their teams to use chartered jets specifically fitted to host the players. The study showed that a comfortable way of travelling helped the athletes to save time, energy and prepare for the game mentally better than when flying with commercial planes.

“Chartered flights are extremely convenient for sports teams because they can take them directly to their destination without any additional headache from transfers or waiting in lines at the check-ins. The athletes don’t have to worry about flight delays – private jet timetables meet the customer’s request precisely. Overtime is usual in sports and regular airlines do not have the flexibility to delay flights when that happens”, claims the CEO of KlasJet, Rita Domkute.

Flying with private jets can also help the athletes to better prepare for the matches and use their time productively. Even though some people may think that time on board is used for sleeping and watching films, various sports teams like hockey legends Bruin, use the time in the air to review their competitor’s games and study their strengths and weaknesses.

Another great example is EuroLeague – the majority of the teams use commercial flights as their mode of transport, yet the few clubs that do fly private jets tend to perform better. A team from Lithuania, Zalgiris Kaunas, used to spend a lot of extra time and energy travelling to matches in different parts of the world.

To improve their performance, the team decided to change the way they travel and the results were shocking – Zalgiris won 18 games in the 2017-2018 EuroLeague season, compared to 7 games in the 2015-2016 season.

This drastic change happened after Zalgiris signined a deal with KlasJet and started using their business class Boeing 737. This was the best performance by the Lithuanian team since the 1999 season, when Zalgiris dominated the European basketball.

“Since this year the EuroLeague expanded the field to 18 teams instead of 16 and will have more games than ever before, it is extremely important to take the proper rest before the matches. Basketball is like second religion in Lithuania and we try to do everything in our hands to make sure we give the best performance possible”, Zalgiris head coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, shared.

“Taking into account how hard the team trains and how tall basketball players are, comfort and extra time to strategize is a must. I believe that every detail in basketball counts and that flying with a private jet helps us to perform better”.

Comfort, extra time to rest, no lines at the airport and a stress-free journey – all makes a difference when it comes to athletes’ performance. Traveling with a private jet can be a smart investment that’s not only convenient, but also beneficial for the sports career.

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Air Canada Readies to Take First Canadian-Made A220-300 Aircraft https://aviationvoice.com/air-canada-readies-to-take-first-canadian-made-a220-300-aircraft-2-201911111228/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:28:10 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207058 Reading Time: 1 minute Air Canada is about to receive the first Canadian-made Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which has just rolled out from the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel. The aircraft, designed  in a 137-seat dual-class cabin layout, is expected to join the airline in December. Now, after being painted into the color of the […]

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Air Canada is about to receive the first Canadian-made Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which has just rolled out from the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel.

The aircraft, designed  in a 137-seat dual-class cabin layout, is expected to join the airline in December. Now, after being painted into the color of the Canadian carrier, the aircraft will have some pre-flight activities in the A220 flight line hangar in Mirabel. Afterward the plane is scheduled to take off for its first flight later this month.

According to Airbus orders & deliveries sheet, Air Canada has an order for 45 Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

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Boeing Hit with Another Crisis: What Is Going on with 737 NG Aircraft? https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-hit-with-another-crisis-what-is-going-on-with-737-ng-aircraft-2-201911081358/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:58:27 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207051 Reading Time: 3 minutes While Boeing is making all the efforts to resolve already the eight-months long crisis with 737 MAX aircraft, yet another crisis with another popular Boeing aircraft program is sparking off. The planemaker is back in the spotlight again for safety issues among its older 737 planes. First of all, let’s understand which models of Boeing […]

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While Boeing is making all the efforts to resolve already the eight-months long crisis with 737 MAX aircraft, yet another crisis with another popular Boeing aircraft program is sparking off. The planemaker is back in the spotlight again for safety issues among its older 737 planes.

First of all, let’s understand which models of Boeing aircraft are considered to be Next Generation. These are all Boeing 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 models and their variations. While 737 MAX fleet is still grounded globally, particularly these older models of the 737 type are the most desired and wanted on the market.

However, the things with 737 NG aircraft seem to be getting tougher as well.

What Happened to Boeing 737 NG?

The main problem with Boeing 737 NG planes is related to cracks on the “pickle fork” structure which where discovered during the passenger-to-freighter conversions of Boeing aircraft that had accumulated between 35,578 and 37,329 total flight cycles.

What is the “pickle fork”? It is a suspension system that connects the fuselage with wings and manages stress and torque loading that bends the structure during operation.

The cracking issue was discovered by Boeing in September triggering an immediate reaction from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to call airlines to check aircraft that performed more than 30,000 flights to be inspected within seven days, and for planes with more than 22,600 flights to be inspected within their next 1,000 flights.

In the beginning of October, the regulatory authority issued an airworthiness directive ordering speedy inspections of the Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series aircraft for “cracking of the left and right hand side outboard chords of frame fittings and failsafe straps at a certain station”.

The FAA considered this directive as an interim action and was looking for the reports on the completed inspections to find out “the nature, cause, and extent of the cracking, and eventually to develop final action to address the unsafe condition”.

Thus, the inspections took place all over the world. And this is where the problems have began.

Which Airlines Are Affected?

Since the announcement of the order to check the 737 NG aircraft, over 50 affected aircraft have been identified. These are operated by a number of airlines worldwide including Southwest Airlines, Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Australia’s Qantas Airways, Ryanair and Korean Air Lines.

One of the first airlines to reveal about the discovered cracks on the structure of its aircraft was Qantas. The airline carried out all the recommended inspections and identified three Boeing 737 NG planes out of 33 with over 22,600 flight cycles (or take-off and landings) in its fleet having this defect. 42 aircraft with less flight cycles have not been inspected. As the result, they have been removed from service for repair.

Next, Ryanair, which owns 450 Boeing 737 NG planes. The airline is also in the process of inspecting its aircraft. As for now, it is known that the airline found out three affected planes which were grounded for repair, too. All these were over 15 years old machines.

Among the latest airlines to report the same problem is Lion Air. Yet the same Lion Air which suffered a the first fatal crash with Boeing 737 MAX plane in October of 2018. Two Boeing 737 NG jets operated by Lion Air were found to have a hairline crack in the “pickle fork” structure, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Notably, the most intriguing part of this check is the fact that both planes are newer than other jets that have shown a similar problem. For example, Qantas checked only the planes with over 22,600 flight cycles, while Lion Air discovered cracks on the planes below 22,000 flight cycles.

Will this mean a new wave of inspections and even greater problems not only to troubled Boeing, but to all the aviation community yet again? Boeing 737 NG aircraft is the backbone of many airlines’ fleets, thus, in case the crisis ignites, the consequences could be absolutely damaging.

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Why Are the Edges of Aircraft Doors Marked by a Thick Line? https://aviationvoice.com/why-are-the-edges-of-aircraft-doors-marked-by-a-thick-line-2-201911071546/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:46:19 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207047 Reading Time: 1 minute Every plane spotter has noticed a thick solid line marking the edges of the aircraft door and emergency exit. Have you ever heard about the importance of this aircraft design element? In the early Jet Age, when aircraft were powered by newly invented turbine engines and commercial flights had just started, several dangerous accidents happened. […]

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Every plane spotter has noticed a thick solid line marking the edges of the aircraft door and emergency exit. Have you ever heard about the importance of this aircraft design element?

In the early Jet Age, when aircraft were powered by newly invented turbine engines and commercial flights had just started, several dangerous accidents happened. Many lives could not be rescued due to a simple single reason – the emergency rescue crews outside the aircraft were unable to quickly find aircraft doors and window exits in the dark or a thick smoke after a crash.

Therefore, noticeable changes in aircraft colour scheme design were developed.

In 1965 the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set a regulation that all commercial aircraft must have passenger door, crew and service doors, and emergency exits identified with a two-inch-wide stripe of colour on the periphery that contrasted with the surrounding colour on the aircraft’s fuselage or window stripe. EASA set the regulations to mark the aircraft door and emergency exit, too.

Today, airline designers have integrated the mandatory stripes into the overall colour scheme with much more subtle colours that suit the airline brand. However, in the 1960s, just after the regulation was introduced, the first door markings were solid-black stripes that surrounded boarding doors and over wing emergency exits on brightly painted aircraft.

It was obvious that there was no intention to have these black stripes as an integral part of the aircraft design.

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Airbus Takes Another Key Step to Strengthen Its Presence in China https://aviationvoice.com/airbus-takes-another-key-step-to-strengthen-its-presence-in-china-201911071441/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:41:10 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207042 Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus has announced that it is strengthening its cooperation and presence in China. With the aim to increase the number and type of aircraft produced in this country, the aircraft manufacturer and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Therefore, one of the main objectives focuses on the increase of the A320 and A330 family […]

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Airbus has announced that it is strengthening its cooperation and presence in China. With the aim to increase the number and type of aircraft produced in this country, the aircraft manufacturer and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Therefore, one of the main objectives focuses on the increase of the A320 and A330 family aircraft built at Airbus Tianjin facility in China up to six per month by the end of 2019. Now Airbus manufacturers only three aircraft per month, thus, it will be a 50% increase compared to its original design.

This growth in Chinese production rates is also a part of Airbus global goal to reach a A320 Family production rate of 63 aircraft per month in 2021.

Another important objective covered by the MoU is the start of A350XWB production in China in the second half of 2020. This widebody plane will be built at the Airbus Tianjin widebody Completion and Delivery Centre.

A Memorandum of Understanding on the Further Development of Industrial Cooperation was signed in Beijing by He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Why China?

It is already a well-known fact that Chinese aviation market is growing at a skyrocketing pace. In the future it is set to become the major aviation hub in the world. International traffic to and from China has nearly doubled over the last 10 years.

According to the Airbus Global Market Forecast, China is expected to require some 7,560 new aircraft over the next 20 years. Thus, potential is huge.

The Tianjin facility was inaugurated over a decade ago, in 2008. During this period Airbus has successfully delivered to Chinese and other Asian customers 450 A320 Family aircraft born at the Tianjin site.

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Another Attempt to Build an Airline on the Remains of WOW Air https://aviationvoice.com/another-attempt-to-build-an-airline-on-the-remains-of-wow-air-2-201911061508/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:08:15 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207035 Reading Time: 1 minute Talks about the revival of WOW Air have been continuing since March, 2019, since the airline went bankrupt. Currently, the latest information provides that there is the second attempt to bring back to life at least something of WOW Air. Although this time under the new name: PLAY. Some time ago it was announced that […]

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Talks about the revival of WOW Air have been continuing since March, 2019, since the airline went bankrupt. Currently, the latest information provides that there is the second attempt to bring back to life at least something of WOW Air. Although this time under the new name: PLAY.

Some time ago it was announced that WOW Air is rising from the ashes as the investors from the US and Iceland purchased the assets of WOW Air to build a new ultra-low-coster. Later on there were rumours about the new WOW Air being transformed into a solely cargo operator. But neither one is the case, it seems.

Now the founders of this new carrier are actively progressing with the establishment and launch process, hiring of both flight and cabin crew. PLAY has already revealed its striking red livery which could be explored on also already launched official website of the company.

PLAY has announced about the start of ticket sales already this month. The airline will operate an Airbus fleet to and from Iceland. Reportedly, PLAY is in the final stages of obtaining an air operator certificate.

Apart from the fact that there are so many “alreadies”, a lot of things are yet to be done. What do you think, will this finally be the real case?

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IAG Acquires Another European Airline: Air Europa https://aviationvoice.com/iag-acquires-another-european-airline-air-europa-2-201911051450/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:50:11 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207029 Reading Time: 1 minute International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, has announced that it will supplement its group of carriers with already the third Spanish airline – Air Europa – in  a deal worth $1.12 billion. Air Europa is a private Spanish airline offering scheduled domestic and international flights to 69 destinations, […]

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International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, has announced that it will supplement its group of carriers with already the third Spanish airline – Air Europa – in  a deal worth $1.12 billion.

Air Europa is a private Spanish airline offering scheduled domestic and international flights to 69 destinations, including European and long-haul routes to Latin America, the United States of America, the Caribbean and North Africa.

Therefore, according to the statement, by acquiring Air Europa IAG hopes to open up the South American transatlantic market and to establish Madrid as a premier hub able to compete with the biggest European air hubs such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London or Paris.

The airline group has now expanded to seven brands after also recently acquiring low-cost carrier Level and Aer Lingus in Ireland.

“IAG has a strong track record of successful acquisitions, most recently with the acquisition of Aer Lingus in 2015 and we are convinced Air Europa presents a strong strategic fit for the group”, commented Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG.

The Air Europa brand will initially be retained and the company will remain as a standalone profit centre within Iberia run by Iberia CEO Luis Gallego.

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Turbulence Injures 3 on Qantas Airbus A330 Flight https://aviationvoice.com/turbulence-injures-3-on-qantas-airbus-a330-flight-2-201911051154/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:54:30 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207024 Reading Time: 1 minute A Qantas Airbus A330-200 performing flight QF-108 from Beijing (China) to Sydney, NS (Australia), was enroute over the Pacific Ocean near the island of Palau about 6 hours into the flight when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to three flight attendants. The aircraft continued to Sydney for a safe landing about 5 hours later. […]

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A Qantas Airbus A330-200 performing flight QF-108 from Beijing (China) to Sydney, NS (Australia), was enroute over the Pacific Ocean near the island of Palau about 6 hours into the flight when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to three flight attendants.

The aircraft continued to Sydney for a safe landing about 5 hours later. Two flight attendants were treated at the airport, the third was taken to a hospital.

Passengers reported the flight attendants lifted off the floor during the turbulence and struck their heads at the overhead lockers.

There had been no warning ahead of the turbulence, the fasten seat belts were not illuminated. Everything loose also took off and struck the ceiling creating a mess throughout the cabin. The cabin ceiling and lockers received some damage as result of the turbulence encounter.

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