BREAKING: RYANAIR RECOGNISE BALPA UNION FOR ALL PILOT NEGOTIATIONS


Ryanair has formally recognised BALPA, the pilots union and is in the process of setting up a protocol whereby the union will negotiate with Ryanair management over all employment and industrial relations issues relating to pilots, first officers etc., writes Julian Bray, aviation expert.

The move is seen as a major breakthrough and a stark realisation by the airline, that the business has changed with budget priced new entrants effectively carving out markets at the expense of Ryanair.

This new development will hopefully swiftly bring some order to the so far difficult relationships, the two sides have experienced over the years, in the process trigger a pay rise for UK based pilots, a rise which has been held up whilst the airline/union negotiations are concluded.

Ryanair has already reached agreement with some unions in other parts of the world. This new 'barnstorming' agreement with British Airline Pilots’ Association [BALPA] completes the circle.  

Europe’s biggest budget airline was forced last year to recognise unions in order to avoid a Christmas strike, after it had to cancel 20,000 flights earlier in the year due to a shortage of standby pilots and scheduling issues. The effects are still being experienced as programmed scheduled fight cancellations are due to continue until March.  

Ryanair thanked BALPA for its constructive engagement and called on others around Europe to follow suit.

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Bombardier wins US Trade Court battle to defeat a 300% import levy on its Northern Ireland part assembled C-SERIES JET. Boeing said to be not happy....

Thousands of UK jobs are safer tonight after a US court threw out a move to slap nearly 300 per cent  import levies on Bombardier aircraft  that are sectionally part assembled in Northern Ireland.

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In a shock development that will upset the complainants Boeing, the America International Trade Commission (ITC) has vetoed a decision to impose trade tariffs on the C-Series jets, which have been ordered  (and now sold!) 75 c-series Bombardier aircraft to US airline Delta.

The import duty hike of nearly 300 per cent would have killed the whole deal, with Delta walking away, and possibly back to Boeing? 
The ITC rejected a complaint brought by Boeing, voting 4-0 in favour of Bombardier. The court rejected Boeing's claims that it 'suffered injury in the case.'
The ITC was however expected to side with Chicago-based Boeing, they accused Bombardier of dumping the planes, effectively selling them below cost, in the US market.

 President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister May at the Davos conference earlier this week  where the Bombardier dispute was high on the agenda.
The Bombardier case, a complaint Boeing made to the US Commerce Department earlier last year.

In essence, Boeing claimed that Canada based Bombardier -  benefitted from illegal state subsidies from Quebec and the UK. They claimed this enabled Bombardier to 'knock out' the C-Series jets at $19.6m each to Delta, a fraction of their $80m list price.
Calling the discounted price “absurdly low”, Boeing accused Bombardier of trade dumping and lobbied US authorities for action. Boeing variously claimed the Delta deal harmed sales of the 737 jet, which could they say, have competed with the C-Series for the Delta contract.
The US giant said the dispute was “not political, but legal” involving “a textbook case of dumping”, adding that it “welcomes competition”. Northern Ireland will be a much happier place tonight and for the next decade!
 



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VIRGIN CARGO set to increase life science shipments with new RAP container deal...



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Under the terms of its Master Lease Agreement with CSafe, Virgin is now accepting pharma and life science cargo bookings for the new RAP container.

 
Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to offer cargo customers a wider choice of pharma/ life science air cargo solutions as the first UK airline to approve the use of CSafe’s new RAP container for temperature-sensitive 'life-enhancing' healthcare products.
Following approval by both the U.S, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the unit has been approved by Virgin Atlantic’s own Operations specialists to be carried across the airline’s international network.
The CSafe RAP is the only FAA and EASA approved active compressor-driven container permitted in both the upper deck and lower deck cargo sections of commercial aircraft.
Under the Lease Agreement with CSafe, Virgin is now accepting bookings for the new RAP container, for large shipments of pharmaceutical and life science products.
Virgin already offers  lease options for the CSafe RKN container as well as Envirotainer’s RKN t2, RAP t2, RKN e1 and RAP e2 units for temperature-controlled pharma products.
 With a maximum payload weight of 4,819 kg, the CSafe RAP is designed to accept up to 4 US wooden pallets or as many as 5 Euro pallets. It can also be bulk loaded directly on the floor of the container to increase payload volume due to the unique design of the under-floor air recirculation system, and offers an extended battery run time of up to 100 hours for typical shipments.
The CSafe RAP has a temperature range that is user selectable from +4°C to +25°C, with operational capabilities achieving desired set-points even at extreme ambient temperatures (-30°C to +54°C).
Brad Jennings, VP of Global Marketing and Partner Management at CSafe Global comments:  “CSafe is very excited to add Virgin Atlantic to the roster of airlines that have gained flight approval for our newly developed CSafe RAP active container. The combination of Virgin Atlantic’s expansive network and the superior quality and performance of the CSafe RAP offers a powerful solution for the transportation of temperature-sensitive products around the world.”
The growth of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s pharma volumes is supported by the reach of its global network to major pharma markets in the UK, Europe, the U.S, India and China. Together with its joint venture partner, Delta Cargo, Virgin now offers almost a ¼ of all transatlantic cargo capacity, the world’s biggest pharma trade lane.
In October, Virgin Atlantic opened its new Pharma Zone at Heathrow, a fully segregated area dedicated to handling and storing pharmaceutical shipments within a strictly regulated temperature environment with dedicated container storage.
The airline has now started its application for Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA), developed by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which will confirm its compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP).

 




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EASYJET STORMS AHEAD, WITH IMPRESSIVE RESULTS UNDER NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE



Julian Bray Aviation Expert writes: Is this really a false dawn or has easyJet's new chief executive, Johan Lundgren, fallen on his feet as the airline presents his recent arrival with an impressive trading statement? At a time when aviation stories suggest it's a turbulent time for airlines, easyJet posted an impressive  14.4 per cent advance to £1.1bn three months to 31 December.
 
Load factors are also impressive, with passenger numbers rising by 8 per cent to 18.8 million in the period under review, easyJet shares gained 5 percent.

Johan Lundgren, appointed in November, and clearly has been busy. Out is chief commercial officer Peter Duffy.
Clearly the airline has cashed in on corporate turbulence elsewhere in the industry. A few months ago, Monarch collapsed, Ryanair cancelled flights on a epic scale due to a scheduling meltdown, and to a lesser extent, a pilot shortage. To complete the carnage Alitalia and Air Berlin - with easyJet picking up parts of the failed Air Berlin - filed for administration.

Recognising his good fortune Mr Lundgren commented:"Clearly there has been less competitive pressure on certain routes."

Sadly failing airlines, create problems for some but opportunities for others who remain, such as easyJet as it fuels the industry wide vacuum created by the reduced number of flights being offered.  As airlines chiefly deal in US $, the stronger UK £ has helped.

Once off costs associated with any brexit issues have already been factored in, as airlines are not content to wait for the political process to pan out - if ever! Commercial realities demand forward planning as much as two/four years ahead   A stronger pound has also helped lift the numbers at easyJet. Some 50 per cent of sales originate within the UK.
 
Mr Lundgren commented in a statement that easyJet would "continue to focus on cost" after generating approximately £28m of savings in the quarter.

He added: "Our customer proposition will continue to drive both passenger growth and loyalty.....we have great revenue growth, strong cost control, a robust operation and a strong balance sheet."

Johan Lundgren, easyJet Chief Executive in a statement said: "easyJet delivered a strong start to the financial year with a significant growth in revenue in part driven by an increase in passengers flown and strong growth in inflight and ancillary sales as we offer more and better quality options for our passengers.
 
We continue to focus on cost, generating approximately £28 million in lean savings in the quarter, and we completed our acquisition of part of Air Berlin's operations at Berlin Tegel.
    
"My aim is to help easyJet to go from strength to strength. Our customer proposition will continue to drive both passenger growth and loyalty.
 
"We have great revenue growth, strong cost control, a robust operation and a strong balance sheet.
 
"We expect to reach a series of milestones in 2018 including the roll out of our full summer schedule at our newly established base at Berlin Tegel, an increase in passenger numbers from 80 million to around 90 million, 'Worldwide by easyJet' will be expanded to around half of easyJet's network allowing customers to connect to long-haul services, our fleet will increase to over 300 aircraft by spring 2018 and we will take delivery of our first A321neo aircraft.  There's a lot to look forward to."                           
 

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CAA tighten up security over corruption, theft, loss and/or damage to Pilot Logbook and verification of hours data entries




 
 
In a major security shake-up, reflecting the current international terrorism situation, with immediate effect, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to no longer accept the submission of a sworn affidavit as the primary means of accepting hours for the grant of a licence, rating, certificate or the revalidation and extension/or removal of restriction of privileges where an individual is unable to provide logbook evidence of their required hours due to loss, damage, theft or data corruption.

The shock new directive comes in the wake of several incidents where elements of organised crime and convicted criminals are enrolling with legitimate training providers to obtain a variety of licences, but at a later stage in the process, the candidate is unable or unwilling to provide a valid logbook.

The directive also covers UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones) and comes in a week when HM Inspector of Prisons says that drones 'on an industrial scale' are lifting contraband packages over high perimeter walls and into the Prison estate, these are being 'shot-netted' and seized daily. Other news agency reports suggest in a new development, that 'home-made' explosive devices, are also being strapped to drones and flown directly to intending target locations.

In a new statement, the CAA says:  Individuals in such a position will now be required to follow the process stated below:
  1. Arrange an interview with the CAA, in writing, by contacting  FCLWEB@caa.co.uk stating the subject as ‘LOST LOGBOOK INTERVIEW’. The email must provide name, date of birth and CAA reference number (if issued), together with a brief account of the reason why the logbook is not in your possession. Reasons may, for example, include loss, theft, damage or, in the case of e-logbook records, corruption/deletion of data. Any loss, theft or malicious damage will be expected to have been reported to the police and evidence must be provided to that effect, including an incident number.             
  2. Applicants must provide a selection of dates, at least 2 weeks in advance, when they will be available for CAA interview, so that appropriately qualified members of staff can be made available to assist. There will be a Licence Application service fee of £100.00.  The interview process will determine the evidence that an individual will be required to obtain for the CAA to consider their application further.
  3. Once an applicant has obtained the required evidence, they are to arrange a second interview with the CAA again by contacting FCLWEB@caa.co.uk. This will only be available if booked in advance, again at a fee of £100.00.
  4. The CAA will then review the documentary evidence provided. The CAA is unable provide a timescale for the completion of this review, as this will be dependent upon the timeliness of responses from third parties involved in the evidence gathering process.
All applicants are reminded that it is an offence under Article 256 of the Air Navigation Order to make, with intent to deceive, any false representation for the purpose of procuring the grant, issue, renewal or variation of any certificate, licence, approval, permission or other document. This offence is punishable, on summary conviction, by a fine and, on indictment, by a fine and/or up to two years imprisonment.

Training Providers, Instructors and Examiners need to be aware that the CAA will no longer accept a sworn affidavit as the primary means of accepting hours, so this needs to be taken into account prior to any recommendation for the grant of any privileges for a person without a logbook.  However, where possible, they are requested to assist individuals who find themselves in this predicament by ensuring that any statements provided can be supported by their training logs, aircraft logs and personal logbooks.



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EMIRATES CONFIRM AIRBUS A380 MEGA ORDER FOR 20 A380'S AND OPTIONS FOR 16 MORE - DELIVERIES FROM 2020.

A freezeframe from the viral internet film of an A380 being assembled.
The complete wing sections are made in Wales.


Emirates airline, it can now be confirmed has placed a firm order for twenty A380s, the world's largest passenger airliner, with options to buy a further 16. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020.

Julian Bray the aviation expert, speaking on BBC Scotland comments: "This latest development will certainly save the A380 production line from being prematurely mothballed and possibly broken down. The 'last minute' nature of the firm order for twenty A380s and options on a further sixteen, brings to an end an extraordinary nail-biting period of ordering brinkmanship."

It was only last week Airbus announced they would wind down production and possibly cease it all together, as airlines are increasingly favouring narrow body aircraft. However Emirates is already the largest customer for the plane, with 101 currently in service ,and an order book of  41 firm orders previously placed.
 
The latest Emirates airline order is for up to 36 Airbus A380s.
 
The $16bn (£11.5bn) deal at list price amounts to a rescue  for the A380 as Airbus consider Emirates to be the anchor customer to ensure the future of this innovative supersized twin deck aircraft.  

Emirates is the sole airline to have put the A380 at the heart of its operations and had been expected to place a major order at the at the Dubai Airshow last November. But bottles of champagne and cases of rosewater remained out of view as Emirates surprisingly ordered 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, much to the chagrin of the Airbus Dubai Airshow stand staff.

Emirates said it had now made a firm order for 20 of the A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, with options to buy a further 16. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020.
On Monday, Airbus sales director John Leahy said the company would have to halt the A380 programme if Emirates did not place another order.

Airbus says this order underscores its commitment to produce the A380 for at least another 10 years. Hopes will be pinned on the rapidly expanding middle and far east markets, where the A380, it is said, will come into its own as the battle for airport slots will favour larger passenger numbers in fewer landings and takeoffs.

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RMT DEMANDS URGENT ACTION BY REGULATOR AND CRUISE INDUSTRY AFTER LIFE BOAT/ TENDER INCIDENT INJURES FIVE ON CARNIVAL ARCADIA CRUISE SHIP LAST WEEKEND

 

MV Arcadia


Maritime union RMT has written to safety regulators and the cruise ship industry body today demanding urgent action over life-boat safety issues after a routine training exercise on the Bermuda-registered Carnival Cruises vessel MV Arcadia in the Azores on Saturday almost ended in tragedy.

Five people were hurt in the incident. In the Arcadia, one seriously, in what RMT says is the latest in a catalogue of serious incidents involving lifeboats – an issue that the union has been campaigning for change and improvements on for a number of years.

In a letter to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RMT is demanding a tighter regulatory regime and improved maintenance to ensure both crew and passenger safety.

In the letter, RMT says:

RMT has serious concerns over the risks and dangers facing maritime workers involved in life boat drills. It is almost as if the safety and testing regime for life boats under the present system has become the most dangerous part of a maritime workers time at sea, and that just cannot be right. RMT is demanding a tighter regulatory regime and improved maintenance of all life boats to ensure improvements to both crew and passenger safety.

Can you tell me, clearly and with precision what the MCA are doing to ensure immediate improvements in the working process of life boat drills, what the MCA consider requires changing, when they believe those changes will be introduced and finally what narrative they have in ensuring the safest and best practices are deployed and acted upon accordingly, for life boat drills.

The union has written to both Carnival Cruises and the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) raising similar points.

 RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The incident on Saturday on the Carnival Cruise ship Arcadia in the Azores should serve as a wake-up call to entire cruise industry that we need improvements and changes to the regulatory and maintenance regime and we need them now. RMT will fight with every tool at our disposal to ensure that safety of both crew and passengers is the absolute top priority the length and breadth of the industry.”

RMT National Secretary Steve Todd added: “RMT has raised the issue of lifeboat safety in the past and after the latest incident we will not be fobbed off with any more delays and excuses.  RMT is blowing the whistle on this issue before there is a major tragedy and we expect urgent and decisive action from both the safety regulator and the cruise companies.”

Background:

1.In February 2013, a snapped cable during a lifeboat drill on the Thomson Majesty cruise ship caused the death of five seafarers and injuries to three others.

2.A crew member was killed and four others injured, two seriously, during a lifeboat drill on the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship  in Marseille in September 2016.

3.A series of fatal and non-fatal accidents during lifeboat drills on cruise and other vessels since the start of the decade led to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) setting new requirements for lifeboat release and retrieval systems. The shipping industry has been given until July 2019 to introduce these new standards.

4.The Bermudan ship register is in the Red Ensign Group. Compliance with international maritime safety conventions, including Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) by Red Ensign Group vessels is enforced by the UK regulator, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).



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AAIB Correspondence Air Accident Investigations January 1/2018

January Bulletin 1/2018

AAIB Correspondence Investigations

These are reports on accidents and incidents which were not subject to a Field Investigation.

They are wholly, or largely, based on information provided by the aircraft commander in an Aircraft Accident Report Form (AARF) and in some cases additional information from other sources.

The accuracy of the information provided cannot be assured.

Commercial Air Transport

General Aviation

Sport Aviation / Balloons

Miscellaneous

This section contains Addenda, Corrections and a list of the ten most recent Air Accident reports published by the AAIB.
Full report is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-accident-monthly-bulletin-january-2018

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IATA reports demand growth strengthens in November

IATA
Demand Growth Strengthens in November    
              
Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for November 2017 showing continued robust demand. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.0% compared to November 2016, the fastest growth rate in five months and up from a 7.3% year-over-year rise in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%.
"The airline industry is in a good place entering 2018. November’s strong demand gives the industry momentum. The number of unique city-pair connections now tops 20,000. Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of travel in real terms has never been cheaper. Along with delivering great value to consumers, airlines are rewarding their shareholders with normal levels of profitability. We expect 2018 to be the fourth year in a row where the industry’s return on invested capital will exceed the cost of capital. In sum, we begin the New Year with confidence," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
"Challenges, however, remain. Security threats continue. Infrastructure issues persist. Fees and charges are a growing part of the cost base. And in many cases airports and air traffic management struggle to keep pace with demand and technology advancements. These and other challenges can only be addressed in partnership with governments. And doing so requires governments to recognize the enormous value that aviation—the business of freedom—provides to their economies and the world," said de Juniac.     
November 2017
(% year-on-year)
World share¹
RPK
ASK
PLF
(%-pt)²         
PLF
(level)³ 
        
Total Market
100.0%
8.0%
6.3%
1.2%      
80.2%
Africa
2.2%
5.6%
2.0%
2.3%
69.4%
Asia Pacific
32.9%      
11.3%
9.0%
1.6%
80.6%
Europe
26.4%
7.9%
5.8%
1.6%
81.5%
Latin America
5.2%
5.8%
4.7%      
0.9%
82.4%
Middle East
9.6%
4.8%
4.4%      
0.3%
70.2%
North America
23.8%      
5.4%      
4.6%
0.6%
83.5%
   ¹% of industry RPKs in 2016   ²Year-on-year change in load factor   ³Load factor level   
International Passenger Markets
November international passenger demand rose 8.1% compared to the year earlier period, an increase from 7.3% in October. All regions showed growth, led for the third consecutive month by carriers in the Asia-Pacific region. Total capacity climbed 6.6%, and load factor increased 1.1 percentage points to 78.2%.
  • Asia-Pacific airlines’ November traffic climbed 10.8% compared to the year-ago period, driven by strong regional economic growth and continuing expansion of options for travelers. Capacity increased 8.7% and load factor rose 1.5 percentage points to 78.6%.
  • European carriers saw demand increase by 7.9% in November 2017. Economic conditions in the region remain very favorable, with business confidence recently having risen to its strongest level in seven years. Capacity climbed 6.2% and load factor rose 1.3 percentage points to 81.9%, which was tied with Latin America as the highest load factor among the regions.
  • Middle East carriers had a 4.9% demand increase, which was the lowest among the regions. The market segment to and from North America continues to be affected by the now-lifted ban on personal electronic devices, as well as a wider impact stemming from the proposed travel restrictions to the US from certain countries. Capacity rose 4.3% and load factor lifted 0.4 percentage point to 70.1%.
  • North American airlines’ traffic climbed 6.4%, in November. Capacity rose 6.1% and load factor edged up 0.2 percentage point to 79.1%. The relatively vigorous economic backdrop is supporting outbound passenger demand, but this appears partly to be offset by a negative impact on inbound travel to the US from the additional security measures involved with traveling there.
  • Latin American airlines’ November traffic climbed 7.2% compared to November 2016. This was broadly in line with the region’s five-year average growth rate, although on a seasonally-adjusted basis, volumes are still below the peak level reached in July 2017. Capacity also increased by 7.2%, keeping load factor flat at 81.9%.
  • African airlines experienced a 7.9% rise in demand compared to November 2016. Volumes have started to trend upwards strongly again in seasonally-adjusted terms in recent months, in line with an improvement in business confidence in key economies including Kenya and Nigeria. Indicators in South Africa, by contrast, are still consistent with falling economic activity. Capacity rose 3.7% and load factor climbed 2.7 percentage points to 68.3%.
Domestic Passenger Markets             
Domestic travel demand rose 7.8% in November 2017 compared to the same month in 2016, up from a 7.2% year-over-year increase in October. All markets showed growth, led again by India and China. Domestic capacity climbed 5.9%, and load factor improved 1.4 percentage points to 83.6%.    
     
November 2017
(% year-on-year)       
World share¹
RPK
ASK
PLF     
(%-pt)²     
PLF
(level)³  
Domestic
36.4%     
7.8%
5.9%    
1.4%      
83.6% 
Australia
1.0%
3.3%
-0.5%
3.0%
82.0%
Brazil 
1.2%
6.2%
3.6%
2.0%
82.9%
China P.R             
8.7%
14.1%
12.9%       
0.9%
82.9%             
India             
1.3%
16.4%
10.4%
4.6%
89.3%
Japan             
1.1%
6.7%
0.7%             
4.3%
77.5%
Russian Fed.             
1.3%
7.6%         
0.9% 
4.9%           
79.0%
US
15.0%
4.9%      
3.9%
0.8%
85.8%
¹% of industry RPKs in 2016   ²Year-on-year change in load factor   ³Load factor level  *Note: the seven domestic passenger markets for which broken-down data are available account for 30% of global total RPKs and approximately 82% of total domestic RPKs       
  • India’s domestic traffic rose 16.4% in November, marking the 39th consecutive month of double-digit domestic growth.
  • Australia’s domestic traffic rose 3.3% in November, compared to November 2016, which was a 14-month high. This has occurred against a backdrop of tightening capacity, which dropped 0.5% in November.




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Latest Aviation Incidents January 10 2018


ZS-NMO      SA Express DH8D at Cape Town and Bloemfontein on Jul 18th 2014, engine cowling separated   

   A SA Express de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration ZS-NMO performing flight SA-1081 from Cape Town to Bloemfontein (South Africa) with 19 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing through FL160 out of Cape...
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D-AEWK      Eurowings A320 near Dusseldorf and London on Jan 5th 2018, fumes on board  

   A Eurowings Airbus A320-200, registration D-AEWK performing flight EW-9464 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was climbing out of Dusseldorf when passengers in the aft cabin began...
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N362NW      Delta A320 at Minneapolis on Jan 8th 2018, engine shut down in flight 

   A Delta Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N362NW performing flight DL-2894 from Minneapolis,MN to Sioux Falls,SD (USA) with 125 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Minneapolis'...
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SP-TVZ      Smartwings B738 at Nantes on Jan 6th 2018, flock of birds 

   A Travel Service Poland/Smartwings Boeing 737-800, registration SP-TVZ performing flight QS-3402 from Nantes (France) to Tenerife South,CI (Spain) with 150 people on board, was in the initial climb...
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EI-ENY      Ryanair B738 near Milan on Jan 8th 2018, turbulence injures two 

   A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ENY performing flight FR-8928 from Liverpool,EN (UK) to Malta (Malta), was enroute at FL390 about 60nm south of Milan (Italy) when the aircraft encountered...
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VQ-BWA      Aeroflot B738 near Moscow on Jan 9th 2018, video system acts as sparkler 

   An Aeroflot Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BWA performing flight SU-1415 (dep Jan 8th) from Ekaterinburg to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 149 people on board, was descending towards Moscow when...
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NEW 'PAY ON RESULTS' SEARCH STARTS FOR MISSING MH370 AIRCRAFT



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The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be resumed after the Malaysian government signed a 'no cure-no pay'  contingency contract with an underwater survey company Ocean Infinity.

Julian Bray Aviation expert will b discussing this live on BBC Radio Kent Drivetime at 17:45pm later today (Wednesday).

The search firm will only be paid on results; with a sliding scale determining the actual  amount to be paid in the event of the firm locating the aircraft within a given timescale and a defined geographic search area, which is thought by using known and projected oceanic drift patterns, to be north of the previously intensively trawled search area.  

Announcing the new arrangements Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the country has an "unwavering commitment to solving the mystery of MH370".

The aircraft vanished from radar screens on 8 March 2014, it departed Kuala Lumpur, heading for Beijing, there were 39 people on board, the search operation was suspended in January last year. This subsequently led to widespread protests in both Malaysia and China from relatives of those who perished.
The Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight took off for Beijing and should have flown on a north-easterly route over Cambodia and Vietnam, into China.

A few hours into the flight, all communications ceased, and some satellite tracking experts at Eutelsat suggest the plane then turned west and headed south.
 
Tracking data later released by the Malaysian authorities appeared to confirm that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, south-west of Australia.

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The AAIB is sending a team to Overbury, Worcestershire to investigate an accident to a light aircraft.


AAIB Vehicle
The AAIB is sending a team to investigate a light aircraft accident that occurred near Overbury, Worcestershire.


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BRITISH AIRWAYS: SIT UPRIGHT NO RECLINING IN THE NEW RECARO FIXED SEATING SAYS BA INSIDER..



A British Airways spokesperson has confirmed the airline will catch up with budget carriers by installing seats that do not recline - on services of up to four hours duration.

BA will fit non-reclining seats on its 35 new A320neos and A321neos, which should be in service later this year. The new seats will be fixed at a “gentle recline”, eliminating the possibility of passengers encroaching on the legroom of the people sitting behind them (they say....)
The news comes after BA already said it would add an extra two rows of seats to the new aircraft by reducing legroom by one inch.

A BA spokesperson said: “These changes will also allow us to offer more low fares to customers.” The airline also claims it will install at-seat power as well as onboard wifi.

A bulletin poster MFCC on the Flyertalk bulletin board lifts the lid on what is really in store for British Airways passengers.. This is what he/she wrote:

 BA have begun training for Mixed Fleet (MF) and Established Fleet (EF) crews on the new NEOs (extended range option) entering service next year. I had mine the other week. A couple of bits:

  • First 320N delivered March, first 321N delivered September

  • All LHR 320 and 321CEOs to be retrofitted with new seating and SpaceFlex Galleys. The first refurbished 321C is in Prestwick being worked on now (first service provisionally the PMI on the 6th Jan).

  • A319s are going to LGW as are Sharklet fitted A320s. Do not believe there are plans to refurbish these.

  • Pinnacle seats (current) for the first 12 rows on 320C&N, and the first 14 rows on 321C&Ns. These will have both USB and a conventional plug socket

  • New Recaro seats aft of Club which will just have USB power. These seats will not recline.

  • 321Ns will have overwing exits and 3 main door pairs instead of current 4 door pairs.

  • No video screens, life jacket manual demo every time and the life jackets will have tapes that clip and not a double bow to tie (yay!)

  • Club loads will be capped on long flights due to limited available galley space. This won’t be a problem on short sectors as trays are smaller and no starters etc.

  • There’s no waste bins or cold potable (drinkable) water tap at the rear, so all water runs and clear ins in ET will have to be made from the Club galley after they have completed their service.

  • There are new ovens which are apparently the same as the 350. These give more options for cooking. For the Winter 2018 menu there may be M&S hot meals included in the BOB (buy on board) options, but this is yet to be confirmed.

  • No duty free on any short haul flights, no space for the trolleys!


  • Some changes coming to Club Europe service in April, this wasn’t elaborated on too much.

  • BOB (Buy On Board) is here to stay, as is M&S. There are no plans to add free water/tea/coffee despite any rumours.



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