Archive for February, 2008

Delta’s New In-flight Safety Video

Delta remade its In-flight Safety Video to be more fresh, modern, and human. According to Delta, also all the people you see are real Delta employees.

I think it’s a pretty nice video but I find it a little bit too long to draw the attention till the end. Over time it gets pretty boring. Also the “no smoking part” is a bit odd. Pretty video though.

Korean Air expands A380 order

Korean Air is expanding its A380 order with the purchase of three more A380 aircraft. This firm order is in addition to the five A380 aircraft ordered by Korean Air in 2003.

Starting in 2010, Korean Air will introduce the A380 on high density traffic routes from Seoul to the US west coast, with subsequent destinations likely to include cities on the US east coast and Europe. Deliveries to Korean Air for the three additional aircraft are scheduled to take place in 2012 and 2013.

With Korean Air’s additional order, Airbus has 192 firm orders, from 16 customers for the A380 programme.

Korean Air Airbus A380-800

Source & Image Credit: Airbus

Garuda Indonesia orders 777

Boeing and Indonesian carrier Garuda Indonesia recently announced at the Singapore Air Show that the airline has ordered four 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.
Additionally, Garuda confirmed a previous unidentified order for seven Next-Generation 737-800s placed in 2007, and announced that it has converted 18 of its existing 737-700s on order to 737-800s and six 777-200ERs on order to 777-300ERs.
Garuda originally placed an order for six 777-200ERs in 1996 and 18 737-700s in 1999, which were recorded on Boeing’s order books. With recent announcement, Garuda’s total order now stands at 25 737-800s and 10 777-300ERs jetliners. Additionally, the airline acquired purchase rights for an additional 25 737-800s and 10 777-300ERs.

Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777

Source & Photo Credit: Boeing

Lion Air orders more 737-900ER

Indonesian carrier Lion Air, the largest low-cost airline in Asia, orders 56 more Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. This order brings Lion Air’s combined orders for the 737-900ER to 178. Additionally, the airline acquired purchase rights for an additional 50 737-900ERs.
Lion Air is the world’s largest operator of the 737-900ER. Lately in December they announced an order of 22 737-900ER.

First KC-767 Tanker Delivered to Japan

Boeing today delivered the first Japan KC-767 Tanker to the Itochu Corp., for Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). It is the first aerial refueling aircraft in Japan’s history.
The 12-hour non-stop flight to Gifu, Japan, near Nagoya, originated in Wichita, Kan., near Boeing’s tanker modification center, following a final review by Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) Air Staff. Itochu will deliver the KC-767 Tanker to the MoD following in-country acceptance processes.

Boeing KC-767 Tanker - Japan
Boeing KC-767 Tanker U.S. Air Force F-15E Refueling - Japan

The tanker already made history Jan. 26 when it successfully did a refueling of a U.S. Air Force F-15E at night - the first nighttime refueling ever accomplished on a KC-767.
Japan has ordered four convertible freighter 767s, providing flexibility in carrying cargo or passengers while maintaining its primary role as an aerial refueling tanker. It features Boeing’s advanced aerial refueling boom and Remote Aerial Refueling Operator (RARO II) system. Boeing will deliver the second Japan tanker immediately following acceptance of this first Japan delivery.
Additionally, Boeing is building four tankers for Italy with delivery of the first two aircraft planned in 2008. The KC-767 also is Boeing’s offering in the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X competition for its next-generation tanker aircraft.

Boeing KC-767 Tanker - Japan

Source & Photo Credit: Boeing

Safety Report - 02/19/2008

Date & Time: 02/19/2008 00:00
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-88 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Delta Air Lines Flight: 149
Phase: Landing
Damage: Unknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: After landing, both nose gear doors were damaged (?)

Date & Time: 02/18/2008 23:00
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Asiana Airlines Flight: HL7500
Phase: Unknown
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: While being towed to a gate, tow bar broke and damaged the nose gear and a tire

Date & Time: 02/18/2008 13:18
Location: Miami, FL
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Delta Air Lines Flight: 1560
Phase: Take-off
Damage: Unknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: On takeoff, struck a bird, resulting in fan blade damage, landed without incident


Date & Time: 02/18/2008 20:35
Location: Austin, TX
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-88 Registration: N935DL
Operator: Delta Air Lines Flight: 1877
Phase: Descent
Damage: Substantial
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: Reported a bird strike on descent, landed without incident, inspection revealed substantial damage
Link: Pictures and passenger report!

Date & Time: 02/17/2008 17:49
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Delta Air Lines Flight: 1689
Phase: Standing
Damage: Unknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: While at the gate, was struck by the jetway


Date & Time: 02/17/2008 15:19
Location: Wahington, DC
Aircraft Type: Airbus A319-112 Registration: N752US
Operator: US Airways Flight: 2166
Phase: Taxi
Damage: Substantial
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: US Airways flight 2166 and a Republic Airlines flight 3416 Embraer 170, clipped wings at the runway runup area. Damage to the Airbus is substantial, damage to the E170 is minor.

Date & Time: 02/17/2008 10:12
Location: Detroit, MI
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Registration: Unknwon
Operator: US Jet Airlines Flight: JUS192
Phase: Landing
Damage: Ubknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: On landing slid off the runway and struck runway light at the end of the runway

Source: FAA
Correctness of this posting is not guaranteed & completeness not intended. This posting is just for informational purpose.

Video of the Day - Extreme hard landing at London City Airport

A Swiss Avro RJ100 with an extreme hard landing at London City Airport (LCY).
Holy cow!

Video of the Day - Ilyushin IL76 Close Call

An Ilyushin IL76 nearly runs out of runway at take-off! The freight aircraft was heavily loaded for an 11 hour flight on a warm day. Typically, warm weather reduces the engine performance. According to the videographer, most aircraft usually use about two-thirds of this runway to take off.

Final Assembly Begins on Fourth Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Final assembly started today on the second flight-test airplane for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Loaded into the first position of the 787 production system, workers in the Everett, Wash.-based factory now begin joining together the fuselage sections and wings. All major joins take place in this position. While this is the second of six flight-test airplanes, this Dreamliner is actually the fourth on the production line. It follows the two airplanes that will be used for static and fatigue testing.

Final assembly of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

“We’ve received significantly less ‘traveled work’ on this airplane,” said Steve Westby, vice president of 787 Final Assembly and Change Incorporation. “The degree of completeness of sections at the partners is significantly better than Airplane #1. Condition of assembly is much better and we will see continued improvements on the condition of each assembly shipped. All this helps to bring us back into alignment with the original design of our production system.”
Production is going well on subsequent airplanes, too. Currently 21 airplanes are in various stages of production. This number includes the static and fatigue airplanes, which will not be delivered to customers.

Source & Photo Credit: Boeing

Safety Report - 02/15/2008

Date & Time: 02/15/2008 04:26
Location: Greensboro, NC
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-73(F) Registration: Unknown
Operator: United Parcel Service - UPS Flight: UPS1269
Phase: Take-off
Damage: Unknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: On departure roll went off the side of the runway into the grass

Source: FAA
Correctness of this posting is not guaranteed & completeness not intended. This posting is just for informational purpose.