Archive for March, 2008

Pic of the Day - Austrian Airlines Retro Livery

Austrian Airlines is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an Airbus A320-214 (OE-LBP) painted in retro color scheme.

Safety Report - 03/28/2008

Date & Time: 03/27/2008 23:07
Location: Houston, TX
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-500 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Continental Airlines Flight: 205
Phase: Landing
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: Aircraft landed on runway 26R, blew all main-gear tires, brake fire

Source: FAA
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AirAsia X orders additional A330

AirAsia X, the new long-haul low cost-carrier within the AirAsia Group, has signed a firm contract for an additional 10 A330-300s, which brings the airline’s total order to 25 A330 aircraft. In June 2007, AirAsia X placed a first order to 15 A330s.

AirAsia X is currently operating its long-haul, low-cost service with leased A330s and these will be joined by the first of the newly ordered aircraft later this year. All the aircraft will be configured to seat 392 passengers in a single class layout.

Source: Airbus

A380 at FIDAE Airshow

Airbus S.A.S. LogoAirbus will be present at the FIDAE Airshow 2008, the “Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio”, taking place in Santiago de Chile from 31st of March to 6th of April. On this occasion an A380 development aircraft will take part in the daily flying demonstrations and can also be viewed at the static display area throughout the week. The aircraft will arrive in Santiago de Chile on the 29th of March, landing for the first time on Chilean soil.

Visitors to the show will be able to find out more about the entire Airbus product line at the indoor stand of its parent company EADS, located in the main hall stand no E39 of the Exhibition Centre. The exhibit will feature scale models of the A380, the new long range wide-body A350 XWB, and the new A330-200 Freighter. Airbus executives will be present at the EADS chalet (row D 4-8).

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Source: Airbus

Turkmenistan Airlines orders 737

Boeing today confirmed an order for 3 Next-Generation 737s by national flag carrier Turkmenistan Airlines. The order for two 737-900ERs and one 737-700 is worth approximately $221 million at list prices.
Turkmenistan Airlines’ fleet also includes seven 717s, five Classic and Next-Generation 737s, four 757s, and one 767.

Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 737
(C) Boeing

Source: Boeing

Safety Report - 03/25/2008

Date & Time: 03/22/2008 13:30
Location: Baltimore, MD
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757-2B7 Registration: N921UW
Operator: US Airways
Phase: Cruise
Damage: Substantial
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: While at 27,000 feet, a 5×7 foot section of the left wing panel came off the aircraft, striking and breaking the outer layer of glass of a cabin window approximately 45 miles from Baltimore

Date & Time: 03/21/2008 14:57
Location: Chicago, IL
Aircraft Type: Boeing 747 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Japan Airlines - JAL
Phase: Taxi
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: Aircraft during taxi struck taxiway lights and damaged a tire - Chicago O’Hare

Date & Time: 03/21/2008 04:00
Location: Portland, OR
Aircraft Type: Airbus A319-131 Registration: N817UA
Operator: United Airlines
Phase: Landing
Damage: Substantial
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: Aircraft on landing struck bird and ingested it into its left engine at the approach end of runway 28R, Portland

Source: FAA
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Pictures - Ryanair Boeing 737 skids off runway in Limoges

Yesterday, 21 March, a Ryanair Boeing 737 operating from Charleroi (Belgium) to Limoges (France) as FR1216 failed to stop on the runway and came to rest in the grass after runway end. None of the 175 passengers and 6 crew members got injured. Passengers have been evacuated using the slides.

Source: Liveleak
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Dornier 328 overruns runway in Mannheim/Germany

Yesterday evening, 19 March 17:45, a Cirrus Airlines Dornier 328 overran the runway at Mannheim Airport (Germany).

The Dornier 328-110 / D-CTOB (cn 3107), flight C9 from Berlin-Tempelhof to Mannheim arrived on schedule at 17:45. After landing the a/c overran the end of runway 27, turned to the left and crashed into a noise protection wall.
The left landing gear collapsed and the aircraft sustained damage to its left wing and left propeller engine.

Nobody of the 24 passengers and 3 crew was injured.

Cirrus Airlines Dornier 328
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Source: Cirrus Airlines
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Safety Report - 03/20/2008

Date & Time: 03/19/2008 08:30
Location: Louisville, KY
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71(F) Registration: N730UP
Operator: United Parcel Service - UPS
Phase: Standing
Damage: Unknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: Aircraft’s #3 engine caught fire while awaiting departure clearance at Louisville

Date & Time: 03/19/2008 21:48
Location: Greer, SC
Aircraft Type: Boeing 767 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Unknown
Phase: Cruise
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: While in flight, a heating duct imploded, spraying insulation throughout the cabin. Aircraft diverted to Greenville/Spartanburg Airport, Geer, SC

Date & Time: 03/20/2008 19:30
Location: New York, NY
Aircraft Type: Boeing 747 Registration: Unknown
Operator: Unknown
Phase: Other
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: During pushback from gate, the towbar broke causing minor damage to the aircraft at JFK Airport, New York

Source: FAA
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A380 Service to Tokyo starts on 20 May

paris07-a380.jpgSingapore Airlines recently announced that Tokyo (Japan) will become the fourth city in the world to receive A380 commercial flights, starting services on 20 May 2008.

The inaugural A380 flight to Tokyo - SQ636 - will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport on Tuesday, 20 May 2008, at 0040hrs and arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport at 0830hrs (all times local), on a special schedule to coincide with the 30th anniversary celebrations of Narita Airport.

The return flight, SQ637, will depart Narita at 1300hrs on Tuesday, 20 May 2008. The aircraft will touch down at Changi Airport on the same day at 1905hrs.

Thereafter, the Singapore Airlines A380 will commence regular scheduled services, operating SQ638 daily on the Singapore-Tokyo sector from 20 May 2008, and on SQ637 for the return leg from 21 May 2008.

Those who wish to be part may purchase tickets via the Singapore Airlines website,, or through their travel agents.

Customers who hold ticketed bookings on flights to be operated by the A380 will be automatically accommodated on the new aircraft without any change required to their tickets. Customers with bookings, but not yet ticketed, may need to check if there have been changes to their fares as a result of the aircraft change.

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