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Friday, 21 November 2014

Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation on Immigration November 20, 2014

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President Barack Obama announced that as many as five million illegal immigrants will gain protections from deportation under a plan that would bypass Congress.

Here is the text of his speech, as provided by the White House.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Address to the Nation on Immigration
The White House
November 20, 2014
As Prepared for Delivery –

My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.

For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities – people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Doyen of PR, Denis Inchbald, Hon FCIPR, Founder of Welbeck Public Relations dies...

I was sorry to belatedly hear of the death of Denis John Elliott Inchbald, or (as he once confided - Inchebald - from the Norwegian...) he passed away on the 9th June 2014. He was my boss in the early 70's at Welbeck Public Relations then part of FCB, Foote Cone and Belding the advertising agency. Denis was an ideal light touch mentor, who was willing to try out new ideas, and would back you against his fellow board members.

We were the first to use studio based focus groups, set up a TV and Radio studio, introducing the concept of Syndicated Radio Tapes and Professional media interview training for clients.  All now staple tools of the PR business.

Even in retirement decades later he'd call up from his Buckinghamshire retreat (Shardeloes - the film Carve Her Name with Pride was shot on location at the property and lake)  for a chat or comment on something he'd read, that I had either written or an event produced.
 He was a passionate supporter of the Institute of Public Relations, and it was a rite of passage that we all became members, an MIPR.

Denis was also one of the founders of the PRCA, and guided that organisation through its troubled formation, and a parliamentary timetable when Public Relations was under the political microscope.

The Welbeck staff list from that time reads like a Roll of Honour for the PR business, and certainly as we all eventually left either to set up our own businesses or take over rival firms, it is fair to say the multitude of skills Denis was always happy to pass on remained with us throughout our careers.

This is from  the CIPR website:

Denis Inchbald Hon FCIPR

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is saddened to learn of the death of Denis Inchbald at the age of 92, former President of the Institute of Public Relations between 1969-70, and Founder and Chairman of Welbeck Public Relations.

Starting his media career as Editor of Varsity, the Cambridge graduate weekly, Denis then moved on to the Daily Telegraph, after which he moved in to the field of public relations, working firstly for Pritchard Wood and Partners, at the time a top three public relations consultancy.

Denis became a Member of the Institute of Public Relations in October 1954, after which he took up a key role as Head of Publicity for the 1956 British Industries Fair, an international showcase for the manufactured goods of Great Britain.

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Major breakthrough for Airbus A330neo and Rolls Royce with Delta Air Lines ORDER CONFIRMED!

BREAKING NEWS: (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce said it won a $5 billion (3.19 billion pound) contract to supply aero engines to power 50 new Airbus planes ordered by Delta Air Lines.
Rolls-Royce said on Friday that the order for engines also included the provision of long-term post-delivery services as part of a "TotalCare" support package.

The engines ordered are the Trent XWB engines to power 25 Airbus A350s, and Trent 7000 engines to power 25 Airbus A330neo aircraft. Rolls-Royce is the only supplier of engines for both aircraft.
Delta's order was first reported on Wednesday and follows a closely fought competition with Boeing, which had offered its 787 Dreamliner.

US airline Delta is within 'hours possibly days' set to firm up a deal with Airbus for 50 wide-body jets worth more than $14 billion at published list prices, say several industry sources but Airbus and Delta are remaining tight lipped.
Julian Bray Aviation Security & Operations Expert writes: Airbus has been stepping up the pressure on Boeing as it seeks to replace falling market share within some defined sectors of traditional European airlines.

The new Airbus A330neo has taken customers detailed requirements as a starting point and additionally offers a considerable level of kit pre-installed as standard, even if the airline does not initially need to use it. In laymans terms, the new models from Airbus are virtually future proof as new developments and upgrades can be easily retrofitted as required, thus extending the overall life of the aircraft and substantially enhancing resale value in the highly competitive  'secondhand' market. Airbus also needs to maintain momentum, as its mainly located within the Eurozone, but major components such as the wings are pre-assembled in the UK..

Delta signalled last April it was in the market for wide-body long-haul jets that would replace the carrier's older Boeing 747-400 and the 767-300ER Extended Range variants.

Industry intelligence suggests Delta plans to buy 25 Airbus A350-900 jets and 25 Airbus A330-900neo jets. Those aircraft would have a list price of about $14.3 billion, but subject to heavy discounting.

Commentators point out that Delta inherited a number of Airbus models via its merger with Northwest and has evaluated the aircraft under scheduled flight conditions. This effectively broke the Boeing clear run with Delta placing a major 40-jet deal with Airbus in 2013.

Tipping the scales in favor of Airbus is the early availability of the Airbus A330neo model, the updated version of the A330. All going well, Airbus will roll this out in 2017.

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New aircraft? How long? Say a two minute makeover and no Peter Andre in sight...

Emirates airline have produced a fascinating time-lapse of the complex 3-C Check maintenance process on an Airbus A380. It's described as: "the largest maintenance check on any aircraft," In reality, it requires the aircraft to be taken apart, piece by piece. Within the process the airline has carried out a complete refurbishment and changed the look and style of the interiors. Literally blink and you'll miss it.

This level of maintenance check typically takes several weeks, but Emirates compressed the entire process into less than two minutes, on the video anyway...

The A380 is a luxurious airliner that Emirates says is as close to a private jet that a commercial flight gets. The aircraft featured is the very first A380 that Emirates received from Airbus, in 2008.

Courtesy: Airbus, Emirates and Mashable

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Rail minister pulls out of York event as RMT protest goes ahead and Northern /TPE franchising descends into chaos.


Rail Union claims Rail minister pulls out of York event as RMT protest goes ahead and Northern /TPE franchising descends into chaos.

According to RMT Union Rail minister Claire Perry has pulled out of an event at the National Rail Museum in York this afternoon. RMT says that a protest over the threat to jobs, services and safety from the new Northern and TPE franchises will still go ahead from 5.15pm.

Senior government officials and rail company bosses are still to be attending in the absence of Claire Perry claims the Union.

NOV 15th 2014: Malaysia Boeing 772 departing Shanghai, Rolls Royce Trent engine 3 loud bangs and shuts down in flight...

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration 9M-MRE on flight MH-387 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was climbing out of Shanghai when an engine - a Rolls Royce Trent 892 - emitted three loud bangs, the crew shut the engine down and returned to Shanghai Pudong for a safe landing.

The airline confirmed the aircraft returned to Shanghai "due to some mechanical anomaly."

Passengers later confirmed there were three loud bangs and a listener monitoring air band frequencies reported the crew indicated an engine failure on climb out.

The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto flight MH-387 the following day (Airbus A330-300 registration 9M-MTA) and reached Kuala Lumpur with a delay of 24 hours.

The Boeing aircraft is still on the ground in Shanghai, and has not returned to service.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

KLM Boeing 744 at Amsterdam twice aborts take off


A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFY, flight KL-643 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from Amsterdam's runway 24 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (about 45 knots over ground) indicating no assistance was needed and they wanted to rejoin the departure queue.   A passenger reported the captain announced they had aborted takeoff due to an indication they had determined to be a false warning.  The aircraft accelerated for takeoff from runway 24 again about 10 minutes later but again needed to reject takeoff at low speed, the aircraft vacated the runway.

The passenger reported the captain now announced that the indication appeared not to be false, one of the four generators was malfunctioning.

The aircraft stopped on a taxiway waiting for clearance to return to the gate. About 10 minutes later the captain announced that maintenance had cleared the aircraft to cross the Atlantic on three generators, the business class would remain without power however.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Eighty Boeing 737 Max single aisle aircraft ordered by Irish/Japanese leasing firm. 0ver 25,000 single-aisle 'planes will take to the sky in the next 20 years says survey.

Boeing and Dublin based SMBC Aviation Capital have jointly announced a record breaking order for 80 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5 billion at list prices. 
It is the largest single order for 737 MAXs from an aero leasing company, and as they put it "will help SMBC Aviation Capital grow its portfolio of high-demand, fuel-efficient airplanes."

SMBC Aviation Capital, the Dublin headquartered but Japanese owned aircraft lessor, has placed firm order for 80 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, in a deal worth around $8.5bn (€6.8bn) at list prices.

The deal is the largest single order of 737 MAXs by a lessor and the largest Boeing order of any kind from a Japanese-owned lessor.
The aircraft will be powered by the CFM LEAP engine and are sceduled to be delivered to SMBC Aviation Capital between 2018 and 2022.

 In July SMBC announced it had placed a firm order for 115 Airbus aircraft to be delivered between 2016 and 2022. This deal was the biggest single-aisle aircraft purchase deal announced by anyone in the leasing industry.
With this agreement in place SMBC Aviation Capital becomes the  50th 737 MAX customer and blosters the Boeing order book order book to over  2,400 airplanes.  SMBC Aviation Capital and Boeing jointly celebrated the announcement earlier today at a signing ceremony in Tokyo. 

Boeing's current market outlook suggests that airlines will need more than 25,600 single-aisle airplanes like the 737 MAX over the next 20 years.
Courtesy:  Boeing, aviatime, AFN and CNS.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014



London Luton/Stansted (above)/Southend could mop up London Air Cargo,
and negate need for new runways..says Julian Bray
Julian Bray Aviation Expert  writes: A truly shocking report, which misses a key point on increasing aviation security aspects of air cargo and logistics, has today poured water on all the work put in by airport owner/operators at London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports to make a case for a third runway, at their respective major international airports, and represents a black week for the aviation industry in general.
Having earlier lost a Supreme Court direction over delayed flight cash penalties to be paid by EC airlines, to delayed passengers - which will see some budget airlines in 2015 go out of business -  and for others the prospect of significant air fare increases; Sir Howard Davies in his report claims, the cost of a controversial extra runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick will cost billions of pounds more than the airport owners have cost modelled or predicted..
But the figures are hotly disputed, as a 20 per cent buffer has been added to all the component costs by the report writers, on the basis that 'public projects are always under budgeted.'
Heathrow Airport  said their preferred plan for a third runway was costed at approximately £15.6 billion. This also included road infrastructure whilst Gatwick said a second runway would cost £7.4 billion.
In his justification for arbitrarily adding the 20% uplift in costs Sir Howard Davies who chaired the Government's Airports Commission claimed the true cost of Heathrow would be some £3 billion more and Gatwick would cost an extra £2 billion, this is the justification for the 20% hike in the estimates.
Alarmingly the report does not properly address the 'elephant in the room' including rocketing costs associated with aviation security, the complicating factor of Air Cargo/Freight and Private Aviation located at London Heathrow. 
Clearly, if all cargo operations were moved out of London Heathrow and relocated to other regional airports, and private aviation substantially surcharged for using Hearthrow, they would soon decamp to less expensive but well serviced airports such as Stansted, Southend, Luton, Redhill and many other smaller landing strips even RAF Northolt.
The removal of air freight operations from Heathrow would reduce substantial road congestion around London Heathrow, but importantly there would be no need for additional airport runways and the cost of cargo transits would be substantially reduced.

For the first time air freight operations could be fully integrated with  road/rail frieht interchanges and container/ freeports in a truly seemless 'just-in-time' operation.
As an example of how complex the system is, its generally not realised that UK firms sending airfreight via the Italian carrier Alitalia would see some of their air freight/carg shipments sent from the Heathrow air cargo sheds FIRST BY ROAD  to Rome for onward air transmission.
Clearly in 2014 there is little reason to have the extensive volumes of cargo being delivered directly into Central London, as manufacturing and service industries have substantially moved out Greater London to other cheaper areas. Clearly cargo handling should be targeted on Freight handling hubs such as the London Gateway and associated rail operations where air and sea/road freight containers can be quickly cascaded throughout the UK and Europe.
To be fair cargo operations are almost outside of the scope of the Davies Report, but in reality considering a Falcon executive Jet requires a runway slot on equal terms to that of a fully loaded Dreamliner or a DHL freight jet aircraft, It has to be a central traffic factor. 

So the simplistic 'Bray' plan would see freight and air cargo operations fully cascaded to regional airports and only a substantial premium but much reduced cargo service operated directly out of London Heathrow. As for Boris Island? Sunk without trace... one bird that'll not fly ...   

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014


According to the highly regarded Odwyers PR Newletter Sir Richard Branson has hired in an American PR firm to counter UK Media driven speculation...

Edelman Steers Virgin Galactic PR After Crash
Virgin Galactic is leaning on Edelman through the fatal Oct. 31 crash of its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft in the Mojave Desert.

The Virgin Galactic rocket plane, built by Scaled Composites, broke up during a test flight Friday morning, the CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port said in a press conference that day. One pilot died while the second is in serious condition after parachuting to the ground.

VG's high profile founder Richard Branson has been a visible presence since the accident, taking part in press conference in New Mexico and appearing on the "Today" show Nov. 3 to acknowledge the "horrible setback" for the deceased pilot and the company. But Branson vowed to "move forward and create a spacecraft company that hopefully one day will be the marvel of the world."
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VG was live-tweeting the test flight, as it has others. After a message indicating the plane's engine ignited as expected, a second message followed the said the craft "has experienced an in-flight anomaly."

The company posted a statement later in the day that said the vehicle suffered a "serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle."

All press inquiries were directed to Edelman, which picked up the global PR account of VG in April.

Media have jumped on the story with many outlets relating the failed test to the explosion of an unmanned rocket earlier in the week, declaring the episodes serious setbacks for the privatized space craft industry.

The National Transportation Safety Board said a system that rotates the aircraft's tail could have been activated prematurely, causing it to break up. But the federal investigation is ongoing and no cause has been determined.

Virgin Galactic has locked up $90M through the sale of $250,000 tickets, some to prominent figures and celebrities. Branson said at a press conference Nov. 1 that no one had yet demanded a refund.

The company is urging media to reduce speculation as the NTSB conducts an investigation. "We understand that everyone is anxious to understand what happened on Friday; certainly no one wants to know more than we do," VG said in a Nov. 2 statement via Edelman. "However, as we have made clear, Virgin Galactic is not in a position to comment on the incident itself or the test flight. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation and we are cooperating fully with their work."

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Sunday, 2 November 2014


A Halloween flight to remember for all the wrong reasons ! On October 31st, a Thomas Cook Boeing 757-300, registration G-JMAB on flight MT-1638 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Hurghada (Egypt) with 237 people on board, reached cruise level 330 about 200nm east of Gatwick Airport and south south east of Brussels (Belgium) when the crew received an abnormal indication, decided to burn off fuel and return to Gatwick Airport.

 On approach to the airport the aircraft dropped one of the over wing emergency escape slides. The aircraft landed safely back in Gatwick about 2 hours after departure.

The airline reported the crew received indication of a fault with the over wing escape slide and decided to return to Gatwick. The slide separated from the aircraft somewhere along the flight.

Kent Police reported the object is believed to have fallen down between Langton Green and Groombridge, about 15nm east of Gatwick Airport, about 5 to 10 minutes prior to the aircraft landing back in Gatwick.

A passenger reported that shortly after the top of climb (aircraft levelled off after having reached cruise flight) the captain announced a technical fault requiring them to return to Gatwick. The aircraft burned off fuel for about 1.5 hours over the Gatwick and Brighton area.

While on following approach to Gatwick Airport, a very loud thump sound occurred and something believed to be a panel separated from the aircraft, probably hitting the fuselage and or tailplane. The aircraft touched down safely, stopped at the end of the runway and shut both engines down for an inspection by emergency services.

The AAIB have opened an investigation.

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Friday, 31 October 2014

UPDATE: NTSC says PILOT ERROR may have doomed Virgins' SS1. Test Co-Pilot dead and Test Pilot severely injured in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test mid air explosion

+++ Breaking News +++ Developing Story +++

LATEST: PILOT ERROR may have been cause of incident says NTSC investigators

Spaceship two crash

Breaking News Developing Story

Julian Bray added (on November 3rd 2014)

Investigators from the NTSC working from datasets transmitted from the Virgin Galactic SS1 Rocket powered craft, suggest that pilot error might have contributed to the catastrophic failure of the Virgin Galactic SS1.

The failure, it is alleged, was possibly caused by the co-pilot prematurely switching on a feathering process, which required two deliberate sequential switch actions by the co-pilot.  

Richard Branson speaking from his Necker Island retreat live on Sky News, claimed the NTSC state the two rocket fuel tanks and the rocket motor were intact, and there was 'no explosion ' This bears out an earlier BBC TV report that 'no explosion' was heard by observers on the ground.   Sam Leith (London Evening Standard) writes: http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/sam-leith-the-real-virgin-tragedy-gets-lost-in-space-9835627.html

Julian Bray added (on November 1st 2014): Sir Richard Branson has always been very open and said he "is in it for the money", but this latest tragic incident, in a catalogue of setbacks over the last ten years, must mean that whatever the ultimate aim, and no matter how many expensive subscriptions for future space hop tickets have already been banked; this project has still to meet even basic safety standards.

Setting off a huge explosion (which is what rocket ignition is all about) literally a few feet away from fare-paying passengers was always going to be difficult. The temptation to rush safe arms length ground bench testing, can be understood. Ground testing makes for poor PR and publicity pictures and lacklustre worldwide TV footage.

Many of those who rushed to buy up tickets will now be too old to enjoy their hoped for near space flights, meanwhile other probably safer technologies could well overtake the Virgin Galactic, rendering the project worthy but commercially useless. 

Second pilot arrested over alcohol concerns


A second pilot over the past three days has been arrested over concerns about alcohol levels in his body.

Ian Jennings, 47, from Gale Moor Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, was arrested at Norwich Airport yesterday afternoon after landing a private plane.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


RAF FIGHTER JET PILOT to Latvian pilot: "Do not cross into UK air space as you will be shot down."

Julian Bray writes: Stansted Airport has confirmed that two RAF Typhoon jets from RAF Conningsby have 'accompanied' a Latvian Antonov An-26B cargo twin turbo-prop plane registration YL-RAA which 'strayed into UK airspace' and landed under RAF fighter escort at the airport at around 5:20pm in a designated security area.

It is thought that on-board communications failed and the Antonov aircraft did not respond to UK air traffic control as required. The RAF jets were then scrambled and authorised to fly 'supersonic.'

Monday, 27 October 2014

FLYBE snubs Glasgow & Prestwick as it launches new raft of London City to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness flights.

A major row is brewing tonight as the FLYBE airline has seemingly snubbed the West of Scotland by launching a series of new routes connecting the East of Scotland directly with the City of London.

The flight schedule  from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness to London City Airport started today but exclude both Glasgow and Prestwick but represents a “major expansion”, the operator said.

Flybe are offering up to four flights a day from Edinburgh, while Inverness and Aberdeen will cater for two flights a day depending on demand.

The outgoing First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, during the official launch in London, said it was an “exciting” time for Scottish aviation: “We have long stressed the economic benefits of improving Scotland’s connectivity, so these services will no doubt be welcomed by companies in the central belt, the north east and the Highlands who are looking to do business in London and further afield.

Rolls Royce Trent 556 engine fails in flight on ex London Heathrow Etihad Airbus A340-600 to Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airbus A340-600


On October 24th 2014, an Etihad Airbus A340-600, registration A6-EHI on flight EY-12 from London Heathrow, to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, maintaining flight level 350 about 50 nm northwest of Bratislava (Slovakia) after the hand over from Czech to Slovakia's air traffic control when the number 2 engine (Rolls Royce Trent 556, inboard left) failed.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Baggage Computer Glitch virtually shuts down Heathrow Airport on a Saturday Night

London Heathrow Airport has one of the worlds largest baggage computer systems and when it crashed on Saturday (October 25 2014) night it not only caused widespread disruption, and a security alert,  but stranded several BBC TV crews in the system.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

BOSTON LEGAL even if Mums going via Iceland ? WOW Budget flights to Boston USA from UK for £99...


Wednesday, 22 October 2014


A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EPC, flight number FR-6696 on October 17th 2014,  from Malta (Malta) to Edinburgh,SC (UK), was climbing out of Maltas' runway 13 when the crew called an emergency, and stopped the climb at 8000 feet.

They reported a technical problem/signal alarm with the nose landing gear.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


London Heathrow Airport [LHR] is cancelling flights as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo are expected to hit the UK on Tuesday.  Inbound flights are also being diverted to Europe. Already 10 per cent of flights at LHR will be affected. Passengers can expect widespread disruption to scheduled  services, as aircraft will need to be repositioned, and advised to telephone their airline first.

CEO of Frances' Total dies in executive jet crash 'fireball' at Moscows' Vnukovo Airport

The CEO of France’s oil and gas giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was reportedly among four people killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snowplough on take-off.

Total’s chairman and CEO was the only passenger in the Falcon 50 business jet in addition to 3 French crew members.  TASS news agency confirmed that de Margerie was the only passenger who boarded the private flight to Paris. Despite Western-imposed sanctions on Russia prohibiting  western financing and technology transfer to some Russian energy projects, Total is continuing to pursue a natural gas project in Yamal, a joint venture with Russia's Novatek and China's CNPC.

A French-built Falcon 50 executive jet 

During take-off at around 0:10am Moscow time on Tuesday, the light aircraft, struck a snow-clearing machine with its landing gear. The pilot reportedly decided to turn back and land.

Whilst still in the air, the aircraft sent distress signals reporting an engine fire and fuselage damage.

Attempting a hard landing but crashing, onto the runway, the aircraft already on fire, burst into flames, killing everyone on board.

Vnukovo Airport temporarily suspended all flights following the incident, after 2 hours, the airport reopened and operations restored.

“A criminal investigation has been opened into the violation of safety regulations after a light aircraft crash in the capital's Vnukovo airport,” transport official Tatyana Morozova told RIA.

An investigation group is working at the crash site, Morozova added. Earlier in the day, due to bad weather conditions at least 18 planes were diverted from Vnukovo to other Moscow airports.

Some twelve planes have been received by Domodedovo airport while 6 landed at Sheremetyevo as dense fog and winter weather conditions make landing difficult. Some 80% of the diverted flights were reported to be private business jets.

De Margerie, 63, joined Total in 1974 after graduating from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris. He served in several positions in the Finance Department and Exploration & Production division. In 1995, he became President of Total Middle East before joining the Total's Executive Committee as the President of the Exploration & Production division in May 1999. In May 2006, he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total on May 21, 2010.

Sources: RT/Tass/CNS


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Aircraft Pilot twiddled wrong knob confusing Autopilot

A Jetstar Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VFJ on flight JQ-248 from Christchurch to Auckland (New Zealand), was on DAVEE3C standard arrival route to Auckland with the intention to join the RNP Y approach to runway 23L, the first officer was pilot, flying with autopilot and autothrust engaged.

ATC had instructed the crew to maintain their speed of 280 KIAS down to 5000 feet. Descending through 6800 feet the crew armed the approach mode after having received clearance for the approach.


Constant on board cleaning - first line of defence...

It is easy to see how some commentators who have never set foot on a cruise ship, let alone cruised on one, can easily beat up an Ebola story, and that is precisely what has happened to the Carnival Cruise Ship Carnival Magic. What was supposed to be a week long cruise around the Caribbean turned into a surreal nightmare fanned by a baying American media storm.

Four days after the Carnival Magic set sail from Galveston, Texas rumours began circulating that all was not well on board.

The Captain over ship TV and Stateroom audio channels, and the all decks/public areas  loudspeaker system confirmed that a woman who professionally worked as a lab supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, was on board.
 ...and if that's not enough, the deep clean
isolation medical team moves in..

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Madrid's Barajas international airport activated emergency measures on Thursday after a passenger arriving on an Air France flight was suspected of possibly having Ebola, a spokeswoman for airports operator Aena speaking to Reuters said.

Departing Glasgow from Madeira on October 13th, Jet2 Boeing 737-800 near Funchal, Madiera, engine shuts down in flight


One aviation story that seems to have slipped through the news net, concerns this Jet2 Boeing 737-800 out of Glasgow Airport on October 13th....

October 13th will long be remembered by passengers on board a Jet2.com Boeing 737-800, registration G-GDFY flight LS-155 from Glasgow,Scotland to Tenerife Sur Sofia Reina,CI  with 197 people on board.

The Boeing 737-800 was enroute at Flight Level 350 over the Atlantic Ocean about 80nm north of Funchal (Madiera) when the crew declared an emergency, reporting an engine failure.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cleaners mop results in Quantas A380 business class 'swimming' in 700 litres of water...

A CLEANING mophead  has been blamed for loosening pipes on a Qantas A380 that resulted in 700 litres of water leaking into the cabin during a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has today released its final report on the incident which occurred on July 2nd.  The leak became apparent to flight crew shortly after take off, as a crew members were preparing hot towels for business class passengers.

Despite turning off the leaking water valve relatively quickly, it was noted only 40 per cent of the potable water supply remained — half of what was available on takeoff.

Not ideal...Cabin crew on the Qantas flight discovered the leak when they were preparing     


As a precaution, the cabin crew switched off the in-flight entertainment system and the power to all controls in the seats,” the report said.

“The water had progressed through the upper deck floor and water was ‘raining’ on passengers in the vicinity of row 65 of the main deck.

“With the potable water supply switched off, there was no water available for the toilets or basins for the duration of the flight.”

Monday, 13 October 2014

Dying moments of doomed Air France Flight 447 revealed by new investigation

Two out of three Air France pilots were sleeping minutes before one shouted ‘F**k, we’re dead!’ and their Airbus 330 aircraft plunged into the sea, with the loss of 228 passsengers and crew on board.
Details of the last moments of Air France Flight 447, which claimed the lives of five Britons and three Irish doctors, have emerged in a new investigation into the 2009 disaster involving an Airbus 330.  The investigation is published in the October edition of Vanity Fair magazine, it raises important questions about safety protocols in civilian aviation.

EBOLA "The law of natural selection" but the simple solution is all at sea....

Julian Bray writes: Its hard to believe that no one has come up with a foolproof system to counteract the spread of Ebola and few of our politicians (at a local level anyway) are taking the threat seriously. Someone raised a question in Council of what to do if Ebola was discovered in our local hospital; a few of the elected members of Peterborough City Council just laughed... that was a few days ago, hopefully they are not laughing now.

But having over the years been lecturing on cruise ships, the current sight of people in contamination suits, goggles and breathing apparatus is nothing new. In any confined environment (such as cruise ships and hospitals) any form of virus can spread like wildfire. So the methodology of isolation and containment is well rehearsed in some quarters.
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