An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZIM performing flight U2-8529 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Naples (Italy) with 154 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Naples maintaining FL120 when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing altitude deviations of +150 and -100 feet and causing injuries to three flight attendants. The crew decided to divert to Rome Fiumicino where the aircraft landed safely about 35 minutes after the turbulence encounter. The injured flight attendants were taken to a hospital.
British no frills airline easyJet said on Thursday it had finalised a deal to buy 27 single aisle A320 jets worth $2.05 billion (1.59 billion euros) at list prices from European aircraft maker Airbus. The group also plans to raise its shareholder dividend payout, it said in a statement before a capital markets day in London.
“easyJet has reached agreement with Airbus to exercise existing purchase rights over 27 current generation A320 aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2018,” the airline announced.
Qatar Airways said it may buy more of Airbus Group NV's A380 super jumbos, a rare bright spot for the European plane maker as it tries to shed the jet's image as a commercial flop.
Qatar Airways, which will start flying the A380 next month from its Doha hub to London Heathrow, has ordered 10 A380s and has options for three more. "There is a possibility we will order even more," Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in an interview as he received the first of the super jumbos. The airline's network could accommodate 20 to 25 of the aircraft, he said.
We visited the Expo Air France in Paris at the Grand Palais on yesterday. We were impressed by the new interior cabin layouts to be put in place very soon by Air France on their Boeing 777 fleet (for certain routes). The French distinguished taste is refined as well as plenty of new additional services. What a pleasure to be flying with Air France.
UPDATE: Lufthansa has provided guidance for customers ticket to fly though Munich on Wednesday, when the airline's pilots say they'll walk off the job from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. local time.
The carrier posted "a special flight schedule" on Tuesday evening to aid customers flying through Munich on Wednesday. In a bit of good news, Lufthansa says its long-haul flights from Munich "are unlikely to be affected since pilots have volunteered to fly despite the announced stoppage.
Outgoing Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said on Wednesday that taking on the chairmanship of Alitalia was a possibility but he would decide only after leaving the sports car maker in October.
The CEO of UniCredit , one of the main shareholders of Alitalia, said on Wednesday Montezemolo would be a good candidate for the chairmanship of the Italian carrier.
Montezemolo will step down as chairman of Ferrari on October 13. REUTERS
British Airways announces it will begin servicing it's San Francisco to London route with the Airbus A380 in April 2015.
From the Golden Gate Bridge to Tower Bridge, customers can now purchase tickets to travel on British Airways’ luxurious new Airbus A380 aircraft. In service from April 2015, this is the first time that an A380 will be available for customers traveling between San Francisco International Airport and London Heathrow.
The Bay area will become the third destination in North America to receive the largest and grandest aircraft in British Airways’ fleet. The new aircraft spans two full decks and can accommodate up to 469 customers across four cabins. With 14 First class suites and 97 Club World business seats, the British Airways A380 will have more full flatbeds than any other flight departing from San Francisco.
NEW YORK - Ray Conner, chief executive of Boeing Co's commercial airplanes business, said on Monday the planemaker is being pressured to raise the production rate of its 737 jetliner, another signal the company is about to announce rate increases beyond current targets. "There's incredible pressure to go higher," Conner said at a news conference in New York to announce the $11 billion sale of 737 MAX planes to Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair Holdings Plc , starting in 2019. "We still see tremendous demand across the board, way beyond 47 a month," Conner said, referring to Boeing's target to produce 47 737s a month, starting in 2017.
Flight attendants do more than pour your drinks and point out the emergency exits. Here are ten examples of cabin crew going well beyond the call of duty.
You’re not just paying for service with a smile when it comes to airline cabin crew. It’s hard to remember this sometimes when they’re pouring your champagne but flight attendants are the most important safety feature on your plane. They undergo rigorous training to comply with the industry standards. The International Civil Aviation Organisation sets the standard globally and requires crew to annually demonstrate the ability tofight fires and perform CPR, along with other life-saving duties.
Photo of the Cockpit with Technical Crew. The Boeing 314 Clipper was a long-range flying boat produced by the Boeing Airplane Company between 1938 and 1941. One of the largest aircraft of the time, it used the massive wing of Boeing’s earlier XB-15bomber prototype to achieve the range necessary for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Twelve Clippers were built; nine were brought into service for Pan Am
Aircraft designers at Airbus are getting inventive again with their latest patent: a headrest that doubles as a virtual reality-type helmet that can diffuse music, movies and even smells to help flyers relax.
Drawings for the patent, filed recently by the aircraft manufacturer, show seat-mounted helmets that look not unlike professional hair salon dryers. Only instead of coiffing travellers, the helmet is meant to offer "sensorial isolation" to the external environment, with music, films, and interestingly, "olfactory isolation."
Aviation in Africa has a poor reputation for safety, but many African nations are stepping up efforts to improve flight safety in the continent.
Being a pilot in Africa, one of the questions that is frequently heard from time to time is, “Is this thing safe?” This is due in part because in the passenger’s eyes it is a small aircraft, but also because they’re flying on an airline in Africa. Most of the passengers that are seen here arrive on South African Airways, which was ticketed through their travel agent thus to them meaning it is safe. But what is safe in Africa? And are there things to actually be concerned about if travelling around the continent or even on one of its airlines who seem to have an ever-growing number of 5th freedom routes around the world?
German aviation group Lufthansa Group (DLAKF.PK, DLAKY.PK) said its Supervisory Board has agreed to buy 15 state-of-the-art aircraft from the Airbus A320neo or New Engine Option family and ten Airbus A320ceo or Current Engine Option aircraft.
The new A320neo orders would be delivered to Lufthansa Group airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) from 2019 onwards, where they are planned to replace older aircraft from the same family. The ten new A320ceo aircraft would be delivered to Eurowings in 2016 and 2017 and would replace older Bombardier CRJ900s.
The Beluga, both the oddest looking and one of the most popular aircraft in the Airbus family is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the air. The cargo plane affectionately named after the Arctic white whale is responsible for ferrying crucial parts including new wings and fuselage sections between factories across Europe.
80 years of history together. We have discovered the world, pushed back boundaries, and defied time zones to bring the East closer to the West, and the past closer to the future. Pushing ourselves that little bit further to reach new heights... Anything is possible.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has blamed pilot error for the crash of an UPS Airlines Airbus A300-600, which crashed on approach to Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The accident killed both pilots when the aircraft burst into flames after hitting a hill less than a mile short of the airport. UPS Airlines is owned by United Parcel Service.
According to NTSB, UPS Flight 1354 crashed “because the crew continued an unstabilized approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. In addition, the crew failed to monitor the altitude and inadvertently descended below the minimum descent altitude when the runway was not yet in sight.”
The end is in sight for the days of falling airfares and empty planes with both major Australian domestic airlines saying the battle for customers is too bruising.
The fierce war for customers between Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia has seen the average price of the lowest-cost domestic economy class tickets fall by 32 per cent since September 2011, according to government data.
The constant discounting has taken its toll on both airlines and turned the domestic market from one which churned out $1 billion in profits a year to one where losses totalled $100 million.
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian airline Alitalia said on Friday it had designated Silvano Cassano as CEO of the new company that will be formed when its tie-up with Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad is completed.Etihad
Air France-KLM plans to invest one billion euros (US$1.3 billion) in growing its Transavia low-cost unit in Europe, the company said.
The plan will create up to 250 new pilot jobs by 2019 and grow Transavia's fleet to over 100 aircraft, Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac was quoted as telling French daily Les Echos in the newspaper's Wednesday edition.
A spokesman for Air France-KLM confirmed the report.
Authorities will publish a first report on the July crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Tuesday, including data from the black box. The indestructible recorder helps experts reconstruct aircraft accidents.
Essentially, a black box flight recorder is heavily protected recording device, similar to a hard disk or a memory card. The black box records all relevant flight data, in addition to conversations in the cockpit. Previously, this data had to be recorded on two different devices. But today there are also units that can do both. According to regulations, however, every airplane must have two of these devices on board.