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Julian Bray provides: Opinion, comment, forward thinking speculation on Travel, Cruise & Aviation: conflict zones, terrorist impact, drone (UAV) issues, safety (black boxes, emergencies), airline operations, aviation finance, political implications, and all forms of incident risk. Worked at board level with several airline and aviation groups, including Alitalia, British Island Airways, British Airways, Galileo , British Aerospace, Skyways, former CEO City firm Leadenhall Assoc. Founder CNS City News Service. Director NTN Television News (joint co. with ITV Wales TWW) Debretts People 2017 and in launch edition of PRWeek Black Book.

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Military ANTONOV An-26 crashes in Cuba. Reports suggest 8 fatalities.

The plane that crashed was an Antonov An-26 aircraft owned by Cuban airline AeroGaviota, similar to this one (stock photo)

Reports are coming in that a military aircraft has crashed in Cuba reportedly killing everyone (thought to be 8) on board.  The aircraft is an Antonov An-26 owned by the Cuban airline AeroGaviota. It crashed near the western province of Pinar Del Rio some 50 miles from the capital Havana. 
 
The area where the plane came down is in 'difficult to access by land' terrain known locally as Las Lomas de San Cristóbal.
 

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DRUNKS ON A PLANE COULD CLOSE AIRPORTS FOR GOOD.


Julian Bray Aviation Expert and Journalist writes: Opening your own alcoholic drinks possibly purchased from the duty free outlet at the departure airport is banned on aircraft, as you are only allowed to consume alcoholic drinks provided for sale or on free dispense by the airline.

It is true to say that every airline in the world has suffered at one time or another from air rage possibly caused by 'drunks on a plane.' 

Ryanair after a series of incidents went a step further to try to stop that rule being broken and early on in the debate over 'duty free', Ryanair passengers enroute to (or returning from) Ibiza had their airport purchases of alcohol in bottles and packages taken from them and safely stored in the hold for the duration of the flight.
 
That initial stance has now gained widespread acceptance and has led to a call by an aviation trade organisation for the Air Navigation Rules to be changed.  The only problem is that to impose a blanket ban on ground-side purchased alcohol is virtually unworkable, and will lead to extended check-in and departure times and greatly  undermine the revenues flowing into airport operators in terms of shop rentals. In extreme cases, some airport terminals may be forced to close down or hike up airport tax or levy on individual flyers.
 
The argument is that some of these alcoholic packages from airport duty free shops are being covertly opened in flight (stag and hen groups are particularly singled out). Its claimed that covert drinking by these and other individuals coupled with the dehydration effect of pressurised air cabins and re-cycled air, rapidly enhances the effect of even a small amount of alcohol.

Cabin crew mentally keep tabs on their customers and will often refuse to serve passengers who appear to be drunk or simply not coping. It could also be medications mixed with alcohol and the effects of pressurised cabins are to also blame. 
 
Some specialists even claim that it would handsomely pay the airlines to place a complimentary bottle of water in the pocket of every seat before passengers board.

The natural instinct would be for passengers to open and drink the water before the alcoholic drinks are served or airport purchased covert alcohol is prised open, and where the passenger has already pre-loaded at the airport, effectively water down the strength and effect.   

The UKs' Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), says that cabin air pressure when flying effectively thins the blood. The knock-on effect of alcohol is therefore more dramatic and immediate.
 
But some experts ( Where would we be without  experts?) still aren't convinced. They suggest you may feel drunk because flying conditions mean less oxygen reaches  your brain.

However you look at it, the end result is the same, less alcohol consumption in flight will help cut down the number of passengers deplaned at an unscheduled foreign airport, possibly thrown into a foreign jail overnight and up before local courts, fined, facing a worldwide air travel ban and left to their own devices to find a way back home where UK police will be waiting and may possibly also join in the fray and take legal criminal action.

Airlines are also keen on taking legal action in the UK and at destination countries, to fully recover the extras costs of diverting an aircraft, these include fuel used and emergency landing charges,  aircraft hire for time diverted and effectively time denied to the operator. 

None of this will be covered by travel insurance and a flight ban could last a lifetime. It not a cheap option either a fine of 25,000 euros  and additional fines in the UK blew a hole of around £35,000 in onwe drunks bank balance and he still cannot fly anywhere! 

Passengers in flight will find that technically there's no set age restriction on buying alcohol. Airlines will however be guided by local laws and customs for example America sets an age of over 21, whereas the UK has an 18 years or over threshold for the purchase of alcohol.
 
The captain of the aircraft is in legal terms under the Air Navigation Orders dubbed 'the commander', he can at any time devolve absolute powers to his crew.

Recent incidents over overbooking have been highlighted with passengers being bumped, but the moment a commander decides he/she needs that seat back, or for any reason that the person off the aircraft for whatever reason, there is no legal comeback.

Although is certain circumstances compensation is payable. Simply the passenger is from that moment, declared not legal on board!

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If the plane's already taken off it could be diverted lands and rowdy passengers escorted off by local police or military police on landing.

There are no limits on alcohol bought for personal use if you're travelling within the EU (although you might be taxed if you have a lot). From anywhere else in the world, the limit depends on the type of drink.

Beer it's 16 litres and for Wine (not sparkling), four litres. You can also bring one litre of spirits or liquors over 22% strength or two litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine and weaker alcohol.

However most airlines won't let you carry more than five litres or alcohol stronger than 70%.

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Aviation Incidents April 28th 2017

Delta B763 at Atlanta on Apr 28th 2017, minor pressurization issue, then gear problem
A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N199DN performing flight DL-9958 from Atlanta,GA to Boston,MA (USA), was climbing out of Atlanta's runway 26L when the crew stopped the climb at 10,000 feet reporting a minor pressurization issue, a...
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Nesma A320 at Abha on Apr 28th 2017, overran runway on landing
A Nesma Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration SU-NMC performing flight NE-154 from Cairo (Egypt) to Abha (Saudi Arabia), landed on Abha's runway 31 in thunderstorms at 20:28L (17:28Z) but overran the end of the runway and came to a stop on the...
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Nolinor B732 near Mary River on Apr 5th 2017, cabin pressure problems during diversion
A Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-200, registration C-GNLW performing flight N5-793 from Resolute Bay,NU to Mary River,NU (Canada) with 106 people on board, went around at Mary River due to weather conditions. The crew decided to divert to Iqaluit,NU...
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TAROM B737 over Hungary on Apr 28th 2017, loss comm leads to intercept
A TAROM Boeing 737-700, registration YR-BGG performing flight RO-316 from Munich (Germany) to Sibiu (Romania), was enroute at FL350 when upon being handed off to Budapest Center at 11:18L (09:18Z) radio contact was lost with the aircraft. Hungary...
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American B763 over Irish Sea on Apr 28th 2017, engine shut down in flight
An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N342AN performing flight AA-211 from Manchester,EN (UK) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was climbing through FL300 out of Manchester over the Irish Sea about 50nm east of Dublin (Ireland) when the crew...
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Aircraft and MULTIPLE Drones in UK's first near miss says pilot of an Airbus A320



An Airbus A320 was flying at 5,500ft over east London when its flight crew spotted two white, orb-shaped drones.

The pilots “remained in constant visual contact” with the gadgets to ensure they did not hit the airliner as it passed alongside them, according to a report by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB).

The rules for flying drone graphic
The investigation found that the distraction had “compromised the safety of the aircraft”.

There would have been a “significant risk of collision” if the passenger jet was on a different approach path to Heathrow, according to one of the pilots.

A report was made to the Metropolitan Police but the drone operators could not be traced. It was estimated that the drones came within 500 metres of the aircraft, which was not identified in the report.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the incident on November 20 last year was the first aircraft near-miss involving more than one drone.

Less than half an hour later, a Boeing 777 approaching Heathrow flew within 50 metres of what is believed to be one of the drones. The pilot saw an object that was white, around two metres wide and with four prongs.

There were five near-misses between aircraft and drones in the latest monthly UKAB report, bringing the total over the past 12 months to 62.

Earlier this month, an investigation revealed that police are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary “scoping” exercises and snooping fears.

Figures obtained by the Press Association showed forces recorded 3,456 episodes last year, almost triple the 2015 figure of 1,237 and more than 12 times the 2014 tally of 283.

CAA rules state that drones must not be flown above 400ft or near airports or airfields.

In November it launched a website to publish its revised code of conduct for drones, called the Dronecode.



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AVIATION INCIDENTS DIGEST APRIL 28TH 2017

TAROM B737 over Hungary on Apr 28th 2017, loss comm leads to intercept
A TAROM Boeing 737-700, registration YR-BGG performing flight RO-316 from Munich (Germany) to Sibiu (Romania), was enroute at FL350 when upon being handed off to Budapest Center at 11:18L (09:18Z) radio contact was lost with the aircraft. Hungary...
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American B763 over Irish Sea on Apr 28th 2017, engine shut down in flight
An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N342AN performing flight AA-211 from Manchester,EN (UK) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was climbing through FL300 out of Manchester over the Irish Sea about 50nm east of Dublin (Ireland) when the crew...
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Delta A332 at Beijing on Apr 28th 2017, engine shut down in flight
A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration N855NW performing flight DL-188 from Beijing (China) to Detroit,MI (USA), was in the initial climb,  climbing out of Beijing's runway 36R when the right hand engine (PW4168) emitted a number of bangs and...
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Endeavor CRJ2 at Green Bay on Apr 28th 2017, flaps problem
An Endeavor Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N801AY performing flight 9E-3682/DL-3682 from Minneapolis,MN to Green Bay,WI (USA) with 48 passengers and 3 crew, was on approach to Green Bay's runway 18 when the crew went...
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Primera Nordic B738 at Keflavik on Apr 28th 2017, overran runway on landing
A Primera Air Nordic Boeing 737-800, registration YL-PSH performing flight 6F-108 from Alicante,SP (Spain) to Keflavik (Iceland) with 137 people on board, landed on Keflavik's runway 19 in snowfall at 17:21L (17:21Z) but overran the end of the...
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Friday, 28 April 2017

UK SECURITY EXPO 2017 TO FEATURE LIVE SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTRE




LONDON, April 28, 2017: UK Security Expo announce the launch of the Live Operations Centre, a major new feature which will take central stage at the event on the 29-30 November 2017 at London Olympia.

A major new initiative that has not been seen at any security exhibition before, the Live Operations Centre will recreate the exact environment used by Security, Intelligence Agencies and Police globally.

It will illustrate dynamically how the multiple agencies including Military, Civil and Police
along with government and media, work together to carry out operations and keep major public events safe and secure.

The unique feature which will bind all the strands of security together was inspired by Lord Jonathan Evans, former Chief of MI5 and UK Security Expo will also be working in close collaboration with Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, former Commissioner of the Met Police to ensure that the feature truly reflects that of a real Operations Centre.

The Live Operations Centre will enable attendees to see live technologies in action and participate in scenario based training exercises to show how data, intelligence, physical and personnel capabilities combine to tackle the most serious of threats.


Attendees will be able to take a seat and watch an operation get under way, understand the role of the various technologies and the process of planning or responding to an incident.


They will be able to see first-hand how the information and intelligence drawn from a mass of various technologies including check point, biometrics, surveillance, CCTV, access control and perimeters is fed through and how the decision-making process works.

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IATA AIRLINE BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SURVEY APRIL 2017

     


 

IATA
IATA AIRLINE BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SURVEY  APRIL 2017
 
IATA  business confidence survey of airlines, CFOs and heads of cargo.
Key points:   
  • When surveyed in early-April for IATA’s quarterly business confidence index, airline CFOs and heads of cargo reported a decline in profitability in Q1 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. This is consistent with wider signs that the industry profit cycle peaked during the first half of last year.
  • Industry heads expect profitability to rise over the coming 12 months. However, there was a wide range in the responses and, overall, the results were slightly less positive than in January’s survey.
  • On the demand side, the survey responses were consistent with the robust growth seen in both passenger and freight volumes at the start of 2017. Our respondents remain very positive about demand prospects for the year ahead: more than three-quarters expect passenger volumes to rise, while the forward-looking weighted-average score for freight has now risen in each of the past four quarterly surveys.
  • 41% of respondents reported an annual increase in operating costs in Q1 2017 – the highest proportion in four years – reflecting a combination of higher fuel prices and rising labor cost pressures. These trends are expected to continue over the year ahead: the forward-looking weighted-average score rose to its highest level since April 2012.
  • The downward trend in passenger yields has showed tentative signs of turning around in recent months, and 35% of our respondents reported higher yields in Q1 2017 compared to a year ago. Meanwhile, heads of cargo are confident about prospects for freight yields over the coming 12 months: the forward-looking weighted-average score for freight yields jumped above the 50-mark for the first time since July 2014.
  • Airline employment activity increased for the ninth consecutive quarter in Q1 2017. More than one-third of respondents reported that they expect to increase employment levels over the next 12 months. 
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

London Met Police: The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.


MET POLICE STATEMENT:

INCIDENT/THREAT IS TERRORIST RELATED

A man has been arrested in Whitehall, London this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation.


The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command.

The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Knives have been recovered from him. He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.



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TRUMP TRADE WAR BEGINS CLAIMS TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHIEF

Political Dinosaurs are on the loose...


As a bit of light relief from our own UK pending elections, this appeared on the wires....we reproduce it without comment or editing, but suspect it might be appearing in some form in our own Uk election manifestos

      
Austin, TX --  Today, CNN reported, “The White House is considering withdrawing from NAFTA in the coming days” citing two senior administration officials as their source. [CNN, April 26, 2017]

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Senators Cruz and Cornyn are cowering as Donald Trump launches a reckless trade war that will destroy the Texas economy.

“Under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s weak leadership, the Texas economy has fallen from 3rd to 21st and unemployment is now higher than California and the national average. Trump Republicans are steering Texas into the ditch.

“We should be doing everything possible to raise incomes for Texas workers, provide paid family leave, improve working conditions, and guarantee everyone’s fair shot to get ahead.

“Now is the time to fight for Texans. Texas Democrats will not leave Texas workers, consumers, and businesses as casualties in the wake of Trump’s trade war with Mexico. Will Republicans stand up for Texans against Donald Trump’s trade war?”



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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Norfolk Police say that a 31-year-old male, a Londoner, arrested by armed police at Norwich International Airport had been released on licence from jail.




Norfolk Police have revealed that a 31-year-old male, a Londoner, arrested by armed police in a secure part of Norwich International Airport had been released on licence from jail.

The man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted two people in a hangar and verbally threatened a third person at 02:30 BST on Tuesday.  He was arrested on suspicion of assault, but was declared  unfit for police interview after a mental health assessment.  The man has been returned to HMP Norwich.

Norfolk Police said: "This is not being treated as a terror-related incident and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with it."

Police said a man entered a secure area hangar, approached two male workers, assaulted one with a mug and another with what is believed to be a shard of broken glass.  The men suffered minor cuts and bruises.

The suspect then made towards a parked up lorry and climbed into the cab before verbally threatening a security staff member who was working nearby.

Armed Police officers arrived and detained the man, at no time was the vehicle moved or driven by the suspect, police confirmed.

The incident took place in a secure area not normally open to the public and as a consequence did not affect any public areas and the airport remained open with flights operating as normal.

Detectives are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone who saw a man acting suspiciously in the area at the time.


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AVIATION REPORTED INCIDENTS APRIL 24 2017

United B738 near Liberia on Apr 24th 2017, engine problem
A United Boeing 737-800, registration N16234 performing flight UA-1516 from Liberia (Costa Rica) to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), was climbing out of Liberia about 90nm north of Liberia en the crew stopped the climb at FL200 reporting an engine...
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ANA Wings DH8D near Nagoya on Apr 25th 2017, hydraulic failure
An ANA Wings de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration JA854A performing flight NH-1822 from Matsuyama to Nagoya (Japan) with 57 passengers and 4 crew, was descending towards Nagoya about 15nm north of Nagoya when the crew reported a hydraulic failure....
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Spicejet DH8D at Vijayawada on Apr 24th 2017, engine trouble
A Spicejet de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration VT-SUS performing flight SG-1004 from Vijayawada to Hyderabad (India) with 75 people on board, was climbing out of Vijaywada when the crew decided to return to Vijaywada reporting engine (PW150)...
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Canada Rouge B763 over Pacific Ocean on Apr 22nd 2017, smoking galley
An Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300, registration C-GBZR performing flight RV-1831 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 290 people on board, was enroute at FL350 over the Pacific Ocean about 560nm southwest of Vancouver when smoke...
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Shaheen B734 at Sharjah on Sep 24th 2015, took off from taxiway
A Shaheen Boeing 737-400, registration AP-BJR performing flight NL-791 from Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) to Peshawar (Pakistan) with 148 passengers and 8 crew, was assigned to depart Sharjah's runway 30. The captain (44, ATPL, 4,079 hours total,...
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O'Hare bound Giant Rabbit expires on a United Airlines Chicago flight from London Heathrow


Did the ground crew load the big bunny into a specially heated and pressurised cargo hold 5?
United Airlines is in the news again for all the wrong reasons and is facing a new international storm from pet owners as it has emerged that a giant rabbit has died on a flight from London Heathrow to Chicago O'Hare [SIC], the big bunny was being transported in a specially heated, pressurised hold on one of its scheduled flights.
The 90cm-long floppy eared big bunny, called Simon, was found dead in the cargo hold when the flight arrived at Chicago's O'Hare airport from London Heathrow.

UK newspapers are reporting the big bunny was being delivered to a new "celebrity" owner in the USA  This is the latest incident to hit the jinxed United, a flustered spokesman said it was "saddened" by Simon's death.

UK Breeder of big bunnies Ann Edwards with the deceased Simons dad

Julian Bray Aviation expert and broadcaster writes: Any death in flight is disturbing but for a giant bunny to perish during transit is unfortunate and will now spark off a major investigation, both in the UK and the USA.  Animals and livestock are carried in a special hold (usually Cargo Hold 5) which can be heated and pressurised just like a passenger cabin. Investigators will need to know if the right transit care instructions were carried out,  the heating turned on and hold 5 pressurised. This special freight category is a major revenue earner for airlines, but clearly there is a need for a full investigation surrounding this particular incident.  

That was the highest mortality rate seen on any US airline, according to the data.

In a statement sent to the BBC, United said: "We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team.

"We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are urgently reviewing this matter."

Source: BBC News, CNS, United Media Center,

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Qatar puts Cardiff firmly on the world aviation stage with major long-haul flight and hub deal to the Middle East.

BREAKING NEWS
 
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar

After several years of negotiation, it is now confirmed long-haul flights from Cardiff Airport to the Middle East are to be offered by Qatar Airways.
 
Seeking long-haul destinations has been a prime task of the airport as part of its growth strategy.

Cardiff Airport already has flights to Orlando in Florida and now Qatar Airlines will fly to Doha, Qatar's capital, from 2018.  Over 1.3 million people used Cardiff airport in the Vale of Glamorgan in 2016 - a 16% growth in passenger numbers.
 

The new long-haul direct route from Cardiff to Doha underlines that Qatars economy is growing significantly  trade between Wales, the Arab world and beyond is also increasing.

Figures just released show that in 2016 exports from Wales to Qatar amounted to £26m.

 In 2016, businesses sold goods and services worth £281m to the Middle East and North Africa and worth more than £1bn to Asia and Oceania.   Tourism to Doha itself is rising - it grew by 11.5% between 2010 and 2015 and will host the Fifa World Cup in 2022.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar is celebrating 20 years serving air travellers, across more than 150 business and leisure destinations.

The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of  new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 195 aircraft.

An award award-winning airline, Qatar Airways awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the 2016 World Airline Skytrax Awards.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance.

The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running.

 Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, thus enabling its new passengers flying directly from Cardiff to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with  more than 14,250 daily departures.

Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

 Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together. They could well take a keen interest in say Welsh Rugby?

Qatar Airways Cargo, is the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub,  and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 195 aircraft.

The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter. In future some of these may be visiting Cardiff Airport.


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IATA RED FLAGS DRONE AVIATION HAZARD ACTIVITY IN AND AROUND AIRPORTS

IATA statement            
Seoul - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data.

"Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million safe flights. That’s an achievement that we can all be proud of. And it was made possible by a framework that incorporates respect for global standards, cooperation and the value of data,"

said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA  Director General and CEO.

An area where more data is needed involves the use of drones around airports and their potential hazard to aviation.
"The great majority of drone owners operate their devices responsibly, but it is also the case that the number of incidents is rising. There is significant work being developed at ICAO to produce standards for the larger drones that are equipped to share the airspace with manned aircraft.

"However, we need to ensure that the smaller drones, whether intended for recreational or commercial use, are kept out of airspace used for approach and landing operations of air transport.

"A framework of data, dialogue among all stakeholders and global standards will help to ensure that we are able to take advantage of the great opportunities presented by drones, with no degradation in system safety or efficiency," said de Juniac.



Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, de Juniac identified air accident investigations as a key area where greater cooperation on global standards is needed:

"Global standards exist, but they are not being applied universally. The investigation process is one of our most important learning tools when building global standards.

"However, a recent study showed that of the approximately 1,000 accidents over the last decade, accident reports were available for only around 300 of them. And of those, many had room for improvement.

"To learn from an accident, we need reports that are complete, accessible and timely. We also need states to fully respect the standards and processes enshrined in global agreements for participation in the investigation by all specified parties," said de Juniac.
De Juniac also called for increased dialogue between regulators and industry to ensure that industry experience and know-how is incorporated into new regulations and standards.
"We have a common interest in safe and secure flights. Yet last month the US and the UK announced that large electronic devices would be banned from passenger cabins on some flights from the Middle East and North Africa.

"There was no consultation with airlines and the measure challenged public confidence with inconsistencies, while the safety concerns over concentrations of lithium batteries in the aircraft hold have not been adequately considered or addressed.

"!The knowledge gained from this is substantial — Governments need to share information, they need to consult with industry, and they need to support the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as it develops a global aviation security plan."
Turning to the use of data to improve safety, de Juniac urged speed and innovation:
 
"The data generated from the 100,000 safe flights each day can help us understand where the next threat or challenge may arise.

"We need to move ahead in this area with speed. The IATA Global Aviation Data Management program (GADM) is vital to our future.

"It includes data from more than 470 organizations. Information provided through IATA’s Flight Data eXchange program, a component of GADM, already is helping to identify potential hazards through the analysis of de-identified aircraft flight recorder data."
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

American Airlines suspends employee following an alleged assault featuring a baby's pram in San Francisco.


American Airlines                           
               
American Airlines has suspended an employee from duty after a tussle over an infants pushchair in San Francisco.

A passenger armed with a cameraphone  uploaded video of the fallout from the incident. The passenger Surain Adyanthaya said a mother holding an infant to here chest had been struck with the pram as it was being forcibly removed by the employee.

It then goes from bad to worse as the video posted on Facebook records the employee saying, "Hit me! Come on, bring it on", when challenged by another male passenger.

Julian Bray Broadcaster and Aviation Expert comments:  "Sadly we are likely to see more of this type of boorish behaviour as support functions servicing fleet aircraft at airports are increasingly outsourced to specialist sub contractors and contract workers; employees directly coming into contact with airline passengers therefore may not be direct employees of the airline and put through detailed customer care programmes.  There is also a time target mentality as employees/ sub-contractors face commercial penalties if the aircraft turn around exceeds agreed limits."

American Airlines PR department swung into damage limitation mode saying it was "deeply sorry for the pain we have caused" [to the woman passenger and her family].

The incident follows another widely reported incident on a United Airlines plane two weeks ago, when a passenger, a still practicing  medical doctor of pensionable age was violently removed from a fully booked flight (it was NOT OVERBOOKED) as United wanted to clawback 5 seats for a flight crew transiting to the destination airport to pick up an aircraft needing a crew .
This latest incident now involving  American Airlines incident unfolded at San Francisco International Airport as AA flight 591 prepared to take off for Dallas/Fort Worth.

Passenger Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video to Facebook, said that preceding the footage the employee had "violently" taken the pram from the mother, hitting her and narrowly missing her baby.  The Facebook posted footage shows the mother clearly distraught as other employees and passengers try to intervene.

One male passenger demands the name of the employee involved and when a man dressed in American Airlines uniform enters the plane, the passenger tells him: "Hey, bud, you do that to me and I'll knock you flat."

The employee confronts the passenger, telling him to "stay out of this", then saying: "Hit me! Come on, bring it on."
He adds: "You don't even know what the story is."
The passenger replies: "I don't care what the story is. You almost hurt a baby."

Source: BBC NEWS, AP, CNS
 
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Algerie AT72 at In Salah on Apr 21st 2017, engine shut down in flight
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Delta B763 over Atlantic on Apr 6th 2017, lavatory or armoury
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Dana MD83 at Lagos on Apr 21st 2017, bird strike
A Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration 5N-SRI performing flight 9J-343 from Lagos to Port Harcourt (Nigeria), was in the initial climb out of Lagos when anengine (JT8D) ingested a bird prompting the crew to shut the engine down and return...
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Comair B738 near Johannesburg on Mar 13th 2017, altitude deviation causes TCAS RA
A Comair Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-ZWS performing flight MN-6234 (callsign CAW234) from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (South Africa) with 130 passengers and 6 crew, had been enroute at FL410 and upon reaching the top of descent into...
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