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Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Continental starts LAX-Hilo tomorrow, SFO-Hilo this Saturday

Continental Airlines will fly a daily non-stop round trip between Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX) and Hilo International Airport (IATA: ITO: ICAO: PHTO) starting tomorrow.  It will also commence a weekly non-stop round trip between San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO) and Hilo starting this Saturday.  Executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Jim Compton, explained that these flights will be the only direct connections to the island of Hawaii from mainland North AmericaHawai'i Tourism Authority president and CEO Mike McCartney also praised the route, noting that millions of dollars of direct tourist spending and tax revenue will benefit Hawaii's largest island as a result of the new route.

The Continental press release from last December is generally accurate, as to scheduled flight takeoff and landing times.  But the weekly westbound flight from San Francisco to Hilo has been moved back ten minutes on both the departure and arrival times, from what appears on the chart.

Continental Airlines is headquartered in Houston, Texas.  It is in the process of merging with Chicago, Illinois-based United Airlines.  United CEO Jeff Smisek said today that the merger is moving according to schedule.  But the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents pilots of both airlines, recently said that the joint pilot contract was "nowhere near on schedule."

original story (Continental Airlines)

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Monday
May162011

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

original story (US Airways)

Thursday
Jan062011

LAN starts Peru-Easter Island twice-weekly service

LAN, the national airline of Chile, started a twice-weekly non-stop round-trip route between the Peruvian capital Lima and the Chilean territory Easter Island yesterday.  The route will operate in each direction every Wednesday and Sunday.  It will be flown with the Boeing 767-300, according to a post to LAN's official website, made last July.  The route will fly from Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM; ICAO: SPIM) to Easter Island's Mataveri International Airport (IATA: IPC; ICAO: SCIP).  LAN is the only airline that flies through Mataveri International on a regular schedule.

LAN is in the process of consolidating with the Brazilian carrier TAM, under a single holding company called LATAM Airlines GroupThe consolidation is expected to be in effect around the middle of this year, according to a radio interview given by LAN Chief Operating Officer Ignacio Cueto last month.

Easter Island is the southeastern corner of a vast collection of Pacific islands known as the Polynesian Triangle.  (The other two corners are New Zealand and Hawaii.)  In European languages, the island is named after the day in 1722 when Dutch explorers made contact with it.  Its local name is Rapa Nui.  James Cook, on behalf of Great Britain, visited the island in 1774.  In 1888, Easter Island was annexed by its nearest neighbor on the mainland to the east, Chile.  In July 2010, a total solar eclipse was visible from the island, drawing thousands of visitors.  Easter Island is most famous for the hundreds of giant monolithic human figures of unknown origin, present there, and called moai.

related story

LAN says merger with TAM will occur in mid-2011 (December 26, 2010)

original story (LAN)

Saturday
Nov272010

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure

Earlier today, Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce expressed confidence in the repairs made to his airline's fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, before boarding one in Sydney bound for Singapore.  This was the first A380 flight operated by Australia's national airline since its fleet of A380s was grounded on November 4, after an engine failure over the Indonesian island of Batam forced a Sydney-bound Qantas A380 to return to Singapore.  Joyce said Qantas is now "100 per cent comfortable with the operation of the [A380]," and that his airline is in talks with Rolls-Royce over compensation.  Joyce said the British aircraft engine maker was "apologetic" over the situation.

Yesterday, a Qantas-operated Boeing 747 was delayed just before takeoff from Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) when an indicator light showed an engine fault.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Alan Joyce on board as Qantas A380 returns to sky (The Australian)

First Qantas A380 back in operation (World News Australia)

Sunday
Nov072010

Jet Airways now flies to Sri Lanka from two more Indian cities

Last Friday, India-based Jet Airways introduced daily flights between India's largest city Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.  On that date, it also introduced flights between the Indian capital New Delhi, and Colombo.  To fly these routes, the airline will utilize three airports where it already had a presence prior to the introduction of the routes.  These are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA: BOM; ICAO: VABB) north of central Mumbai, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA: DEL; ICAO: VIDP) north of Delhi, and Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB; ICAO: VCBI) north of Colombo.

The Mumbai-Colombo flight is scheduled to depart Shivaji International at 2:10 in the morning local time and arrive at Bandaranaike International at 4:45 in the morning local time.  The Colombo-Delhi flight is scheduled to depart at 7:50 in the morning local time, and arrive at 11:30 in the morning local time.  The Delhi-Colombo flight is scheduled to depart at 1:05 in the afternoon local time, and arrive at 4:40 in the afternoon local time.  The Colombo-Mumbai flight is scheduled to depart Bandaranaike International at 8:45 in the evening local time, and arrive at Shivaji International at 11:20 in the evening local time.

All of India and all of Sri Lanka adhere to the same time zone.  According to a statement about the new routes posted to Jet Airways' website, both halves of both round-trips will be flown with the Boeing 737-800.  So it appears each day, both halves of the route between Colombo and Delhi will be flown between the two halves of the route between Mumbai and Colombo.

Comments from the Chief Communications Officer of Jet Airways, Sudheer Raghavan, indicate that these two routes will be flown primarily with leisure travelers in mind.  The routes will be flown with the aforementioned Boeing a 170-seat configration, including both Premiere and economy class seats.

Check Jet Airways' official website for pricing information.

related stories

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca (November 4, 2010)

Tokyo's Haneda Airport resumes regular international service (October 31, 2010)

France-based airline flies non-stop to Baghdad (October 31, 2010)

Air Canada expands Winter 2011 schedule (October 21, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines starts non-stop Maui-Las Vegas route (October 8, 2010)

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop (September 4, 2010)

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

original story (Jet Airways)

Friday
Oct082010

Hawaiian Airlines starts non-stop Maui-Las Vegas route

This past Sunday, Hawaiian Airlines introduced twice-weekly service between the Hawaiian island of Maui and the American mainland city of Las Vegas.  The route will be flown with a Boeing 767-300 in a 264-seat configuration.

On Sundays and Wednesdays, the Boeing 767-300 is scheduled to leave from Kahului Airport (IATA: OGG; ICAO: PHOG) on the island of Maui at 8:00 in the morning local time, and is scheduled to arrive at McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS; ICAO: KLAS) in Las Vegas at 4:35 in the afternon during Pacific Daylight Time, and 3:35 in the afternoon during Pacific Standard Time.  The return flights to Maui will take place those same days of the week.  They are scheduled to depart from Las Vegas at 6:25 in the afternoon PDT (5:25 PST), and arrive in Maui at 9:25 in the evening, Hawaiian time.

Hawaiian Airlines was founded in 1929 as Inter-island Airways.  The airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941.  It operates 34 aircraft to 21 destinations, five within Hawaii, ten on the American mainland, three in Asia, two in the South Pacific, and one in Australia.  Hawaiian Airlines has been the recipient of a number of awards over the past few years, including awards for punctuality, baggage handling, and fewest oversales.  Its main offices are in Honolulu, the Hawaiian state capital.  Its largest hub is at Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL).

related stories

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop (September 4, 2010)

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

United Airlines debuts first route to and from Africa (June 19, 2010)

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route (June 13, 2010)

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

original story (Hawaiian Airlines)

Sunday
Sep052010

Four 787 jets being tested in extreme conditions by Boeing

The Boeing Company is testing five 787 Dreamliner model aircraft under various conditions, four of them rather extreme.  The five test airplanes are labeled by Boeing ZA001, ZA002, ZA003, ZA004, and ZA005.

ZA001 is being tested at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico (IATA: ROW; ICAO: KROW) for brake performance following simulated “rejected takeoffs.”  This will be the second visit of ZA001 to Roswell, where it underwent wet-runway testing last month.  ZA002 is undergoing cold-weather and high-latitude testing at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF).  ZA003 is being tested for durability in extreme heat, in Yuma, Arizona.  ZA004 is in Victorville, California doing “flight loads survey testing.”  This type of test “measures external pressure distributions throughout the flight envelope.”  And finally, ZA005 has undergone natural and artificial “ice shape testing,” to determine how well the aircraft performs in the presence of ice.

These tests are required for type certification.  In May, United States-based Continental Airlines became the first airline in the world to assign the Dreamliner to a route, when it announced that it would fly non-stop from its Houston, Texas hub (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH) to Auckland, New Zealand (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Japan-based All Nippon Airways is scheduled to be the first customer of Boeing to receive a shipment of 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  All Nippon has 55 Dreamliners on order, one of which suffered an engine test failure in the United Kingdom last month.

Although the initial deliveries of the 787 by Boeing to its customers were scheduled to take place sometime during the final quarter of this year, those deliveries may be pushed back to 2011.

The Boeing Company is an American-based aircraft manufacturer founded in Seattle, Washington in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago, Illinois in 2001.

related stories

Engine of 787 meant for All Nippon Airways fails test (August 23, 2010)

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show (July 18, 2010)

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

original stories

Boeing goes to extremes to test its new 787 jet (HeraldNet)

Boeing Conducts Remote 787 Testing (WKRN Nashville Online)

Monday
Aug232010

Engine of 787 meant for All Nippon Airways fails test

A Rolls-Royce engine inside one of the 55 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft ordered by All Nippon Airways failed a sea-level test in the United Kingdom.  The engine that failed was a Trent 1000, and was intended as part of a 787-800 model aircraft.  Representatives of the engine maker Rolls-Royce said their company "[does] not anticipate any impact on the programme," because of the test failure.

Horizontal stabilizer problems on several 787 aircraft earlier this year did not affect Boeing's expected delivery date to All Nippon, according to a spokesman for the Chicago, Illinois-based aircraft manufacturer.  However, the delivery date to All Nippon Airways, the airline scheduled to be the first in the world to receive a shipment of the new aircraft, is nevertheless at risk of slipping back to 2011.

All Nippon Airways is the second-largest Japanese-based airline (behind Japan Airlines).  It was formed in 1952.  It operates hubs at Tokyo's two largest airports, Haneda (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) and Narita (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and also at Osaka's two largest airports, Osaka International (IATA: ITM; ICAO: RJOO) and Kansai International (IATA: KIX; ICAO: RJBB).  It flies to 71 destinations on the continents of Asia, North America, and Europe, as of the time of this post.

The Boeing Company was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.

original story (www.flightglobal.com)

related stories

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show (July 18, 2010)

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

Thursday
Aug192010

American Airlines flight aborts on taxiway after bomb threat

At San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO) this morning, a Boeing 767-300 operated by American Airlines halted its scheduled takeoff because of a bomb threat called in to San Francisco's police department.  The police department alerted federal authorities, who then halted the takeoff.  Two passengers, a man and a woman seated in the back row of the plane, were seen being handcuffed by police, after takeoff was aborted.

American Airlines Flight 24 was scheduled to take off at 7:30 this morning PDT (10:30 EDT, 3:30 in the afternoon BST).  It was bound for Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).  The 767-300 was taken to an isolated area of the airport, and passengers were bussed back to the terminal.  As of 5:50 in the afternoon EDT, no bomb has been found.

original story (Google News)

Monday
Aug162010

Boeing 737 crashes on Colombian island; 126 survive, 1 dies

A Boeing 737-700 operated by Colombia-based AIRES as AIRES Flight 8250, split into three parts immediately after a crash near an airport on San Andres Island (IATA: ADZ; ICAO: SKSP) in Central America, off the east coast of Nicaragua earlier today.  According to the website Wikimedia Commons, the very airplane pictured to the right is the one that crashed.  This plane departed from 8300-foot high El Dorado International Airport (IATA: BOG; ICAO: SKBO) near the Colombian capital of Bogota.  Officials speculate that either lightning or a sudden downdraft may have caused the accident.

Doctors say the only death in connection with the crash, of a woman named Amar Fernandez, may have been due to a heart attack, rather than from a blunt force injury or explosion typically associated with aircraft crashes of this magnitude.  The skill and experience of the AIRES pilot was credited by investigators for the saving of so many lives on board.

AIRES was formed in 1981.  It adopted a low-cost business model in 2008.  It operates 24 aircraft to 31 destinations as of this post.  It became the first Colombian based carrier to fly non-stop to the United States when it added Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida (IATA: FLL; ICAO: KFLL), and Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) as destinations.  Its largest hub is El Dorado International in Bogota.  It is headquartered in Bogota.

original story (Christian Science Monitor)

Boeing Statement on Aires S.A. Accident (Boeing)

Sunday
Jul182010

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show

Tomorrow, the Boeing Company's new 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut at the Farnborough International Air Show in the South East England county of Hampshire.  A 787 flew in to Farnborough Airport (IATA: FAB; ICAO: EGLF), where the Air Show will take place later this week, non-stop from Seattle.  It landed this morning at 9:09, local time (4:09 in the morning EDT, 1:09 in the morning PDT). Although the Farnborough International Air Show is a biennial seven-day event, it is expected that the 787 Dreamliner will be flown out of the Air Show on Tuesday.

On the production front, Boeing claims the Dreamliner will be as much as 20 percent more fuel efficient than other aircraft of similar size.  All Nippon Airways is expected to be the first airline to receive its scheduled shipment of 787s from Boeing.  And this past spring, Continental Airlines became the first airline to schedule the Dreamliner for a particular route.  Continental plans to operate the Dreamliner non-stop between its Houston hub and Auckland, New ZealandType certification of the Dreamliner is scheduled to occur later this year.  Despite these plans, it was reported last Thursday that delivery of the aircraft by Boeing to its buyers, may be postponed to next year.

Boeing was founded in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.  The Farnborough International Air Show has taken place in every even-numbered year since 1962, and has origins that go back a generation further.

related stories

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original stories

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut (The Boeing Company)

Boeing Says 787 Delivery May Be Delayed Until 2011 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Boeing's Farnborough International Air Show 2010 webpage (The Boeing Company)

Farnborough International Air Show (official site)

Sunday
Jul112010

Rio-Paris flight diverted due to bomb threat

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet operated by Air France made an emergency landing in Recife, Brazil Saturday evening, local time.  It did so because a bomb threat was called in to Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro (IATA: GIG; ICAO: SBGL), which mentioned the flight, Air France 443.  Air France flight 443 had taken off from Galeão International, Saturday afternoon, local time, headed for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG).

All passengers deplaned without incident.  No explosive device has been found as of the time of this post.  It is expected that the 747 will continue on to Paris sometime Sunday morning, local time.

related stories

Families of Rio-Paris crash victims hold memorial ceremonies (June 2, 2010)

Cathay Pacific plane escorted to Vancouver after bomb scare (May 15, 2010)

No bomb was found on the Riga-Berlin Air Baltic flight (May 15, 2010)

original stories

Bomb scare forces Air France jet to land (www.tvnz.co.nz)

Air France jet lands in Brazil in security alert (www.focus-fen.net)

Thursday
Jul012010

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787

The Boeing Company announced today via its website that it has a “firm configuration” for a stretch version of the 787, which it will call the 787-9.  “Firm configuration means the airplane’s structural, propulsion, and systems architectures are defined and not changing,” the vice president of development for the 787-9, Mark Jenks said.  The stretch version will be 206 feet long, 20 feet longer than the version in testing right now.

Although production and certification have been put behind schedule a number of times over the years, the first 787 is now scheduled to be delivered in the last quarter of this year, to the Japan-based carrier All Nippon Airways.  In May, Continental Airlines became the first to assign the Dreamliner to a route, its Houston-Auckland non-stop service which it will inaugurate in September of next year.

Boeing was founded in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.

related stories

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original story (The Boeing Company)

Sunday
Jun272010

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says

A few Boeing 787 Dreamliner test planes having problems with “a bracket that helps fasten a horizontal stabilizer” caused their producer, the Boeing Company, to temporarily stop test flights of the plane last week.  Boeing predicts that each test plane with this flaw will require eight days to repair.  However, this will not hinder type certification of the new aircraft, which is scheduled to happen later this year.

The Japan-based airline All Nippon Airways will be the first airline to receive its order of 787s.  That is scheduled to happen late this year.  Last month, the American carrier Continental Airlines became the first to assign the Dreamliner to a route, its Houston-Auckland service which it will inaugurate in September of next year.  Earlier this month, Continental announced it also intends to fly the Dreamliner between its Houston hub and Lagos, Nigeria.

Boeing clarified last Thursday that the 787 has not been grounded, and that its scheduled delivery to All Nippon Airways is still on track.  The Dreamliner is assembled at a Boeing facility in Everett, Washington.  However, its parts are manufactured in a “radically decentralized” manner, all over the world.  The Boeing Company was founded in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.

related stories

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original story (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Sunday
Jun202010

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month

The eagerly anticipated Boeing 787 Dreamliner took a test flight over Puget Sound in Washington state last month, during which it was hit by a stray bolt of lightning from a nearby storm.  Nevertheless, the plane suffered "absolutely no damage," as a result of the lightning strike, according to Dreamliner program manager Scott Fancher.  Demonstration that the new super jumbo jet can withstand lightning is key to demonstrating the overall soundness of its electrical system.

Production, certification, and delivery to airlines of the Dreamliner has been postponed multiple times.  As of this post, it is scheduled to gain type certification later this year.  Continental Airlines has plans to use the Dreamliner to fly its recently announced Houston-Auckland route starting in September of next year.

The Boeing Company was formed in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago in 2001.

related story

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original story (www.bloomberg.com)

Sunday
Jun132010

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route

Yesterday, Air Canada began flying between Montréal, Québec, Canada, and Brussels, Belgium non-stop using the Boeing 767-300ER.  The two daily flights, one in each direction, will operate year-round.  According to the intended schedule, the aircraft departing Trudeau International in Montréal (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) for Brussels National (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR) will have come from Pearson International in Toronto (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) 95 minutes earlier.  This allows air travelers departing from Pearson International, direct (though not non-stop) access to Brussels as well.  The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operating the flight have 211 seats for passengers, including an Executive First Class section.

The scheduled flights from Toronto, through Montréal, to Brussels, and back, will operate as Air Canada flights 832 and 833 respectively.  Their time slots are as follows.  The Boeing 767-300ER will depart Pearson International at around 5:00 in the afternoon ET, and is scheduled to arrive at Trudeau International at 6:10 in the afternoon ET.  It will leave from Trudeau International at around 7:45 in the evening ET, and arrive at Brussels National at about 8:35 CET the following morning.  For the return route, departure from Brussels is scheduled for 10:45 in the morning, CET, and arrival in Montréal is scheduled for 12:25 ET that same afternoon.  The onward flight to Toronto will depart Trudeau International around 2:00 ET in the afternoon, and arrive at Pearson around 3:15 ET.

At the time of this post, this new route was the only non-stop access to and from Brussels on Air Canada.  Air Canada is Canada’s flag carrier.  The airline was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Air Lines.  It acquired Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada has hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montréal.

related stories

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)

Monday
Jun072010

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today

Air travelers in Seattle will soon board for Delta Air Lines' new non-stop service to Osaka International Airport in Japan (IATA: ITM; ICAO: RJOO).  Delta plans to operate one non-stop flight daily in each direction, as it continues to promote the Seattle-Tacoma region as its primary west coast gateway to eastern Asia.  Just as with the route between Seattle and Beijing that Delta inaugurated last week, this route will be flown with the Boeing 767-300ER.  The Boeing 767-300ER carries 216 passengers and includes both BusinessElite and economy class seats.

Each day, Delta’s passengers will depart Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA) at around 12:45 in the afternoon Pacific time, and arrive in Osaka at around 4:00 in the afternoon the following day Japan time.  At around 6:00 in the afternoon local time, passengers depart Osaka for the return trip, which ends at approximately 12:05 in the afternoon local time in Seattle.  At this time tomorrow, Delta will be the only airline headquartered outside Japan to fly through Osaka.  And it will be the first airline to carry passengers between Osaka and a destination outside Japan, since 1994.  (Despite its name, Osaka International has been an entirely domestic airport since 1994.)

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941.  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.

related stories

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)

Wednesday
Jun022010

Families of Rio-Paris crash victims hold memorial ceremonies

Yesterday in Paris, family members of the victims of Air France 447, which disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean a year and a day ago, held two private memorial ceremonies to mark the anniversary.  At the Parc Floral yesterday morning, the victims’ families mourned the tragedy, along with the French Minister of Transport and representatives from Air France.  The ceremony was translated into fifteen languages.

Subsequently, yesterday afternoon, at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, a monument was dedicated to the memory of the victims.

Some frustration has built up over the past year among families and friends of the victims, over the perceived slowness of, and so far inconclusive results of, the investigation.  The French news magazine Le Point says that Air France and Airbus are playing a blame game of sorts, a fact not lost on the family members of those killed.  Air France 447 was a regularly-scheduled flight which disappeared in the equatorial region of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately midway between the continents of South America and Africa.

A memorial to the victims of the crash was unveiled in Rio de Janeiro in a similar ceremony last year.

Air France, founded in 1933, has the French national airline since it was founded.  On long haul flights such as the one that crashed into the Atlantic, the airline operates both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.  Air France utilizes exclusively Airbus aircraft on its short haul routes.  The airline merged with the Dutch national airline KLM in 2003, but both airlines retained their branding schemes and management.  Air France was one of only two airlines to regularly operate the supersonic passenger airliner Concorde, until grounding in 2003.  Air France’s main hub is at Charles de Gaulle Airport, northeast of Paris (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG).

 original stories

One year after crash, families pay tribute and await answers (France24)

Air France flight 447, the first anniversary (Digital Journal)

[Last month it was erroneously reported on this website that the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the Air France Airbus A330-200 had been found.  In fact, neither has been found.  A beacon signal originating underwater near the approximate location of the crash is all that was detected last month.  Below are links to the two original articles posted here, with links to news sources.]

The black boxes from Air France 447 have indeed been found (May 7, 2010)

The black boxes from Air France 447 might soon be found (May 6, 2010)

Monday
May312010

Air India gets a scare, four days after Mangalore crash

Last Wednesday, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Air India Express was jolted by a pocket of air, then plunged several thousand feet into the path of nearby cross traffic.  The pilots of Air India Express Flight 212 lost control of the plane over Muscat, the capital of Middle Eastern country of Oman.  No one was injured, although the pilots have been put on leave.  Just as with the crash of Flight 812, this flight departed Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB).  Flight 212 landed safely Wednesday at its intended destination, Pune International Airport (IATA: PNQ; ICAO: VAPO), an inland facility about 120 miles (200 kilometers) south of Mumbai.  Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

related stories

Air India pilot was ordered to abort landing while on final (May 24, 2010)

The flight data recorders from the Air India crash are found (May 23, 2010)

A Boeing 737 crashes near Mangalore killing about 170 (May 22, 2010)

original story (Times of India)