Month: December 2010

Australia Transport Safety Board releases report regarding Qantas Boeing 747 incident in January 2008.

Airlines, Featured, Headline
Australia Transportation & Safety Board released on Monday safety report recommendations in regard to in-flight electrical failures involving a Qantas Boeing 747-438 that occurred on January 7,2008. The regular scheduled flight originating in London, England was descending for landing in Bangkok, Thailand when cabin crew noticed water leaking in the forward galley. Soon after electrical systems malfunctions began to affect the plane lighting, navigation, and communication systems. Although the pilot noticed degradation of function for primary flight display and navigation display, major system such as Instrument Landing Systems and the aircraft mechanical and hydraulic systems remained unaffected. The aircraft was able to land safely in Bangkok for the 346 passengers and 19 crew on boa...

Lufthansa orders eight new EMBRAER 195 jets.

Airlines, Featured
EMBRAER, the aircraft manufacturing company based in Sao Jose Dos Campos (Brazil) announced on December 9th 2010 that it had signed a $US 338 millions with airline Lufthansa for 8 brand new Embraer 195 jets. The eight new aircraft are set to be delivered starting in 2012 and will complement a fleet of 30 Embraer 190/195 already in service with the airlines. The Lufthansa order brings recognition by the airline that the Embraer products present significant advantages in the regional European market where fierce competition is ongoing. Operating efficiency and product differentiation are hallmarks of the Brazil-built aircraft. The E-195 is the largest model of a family of aircraft consisting of the Embraer 170, 175, 190 and 195. The E-jet family of aircraft was initiated by the -170 which e...

Southwest treating Twitter users to $ 1,000 holiday season giftcards.

Corporate News, Featured
Southwest Airlines announced today it was providing $ 1,000 gift cards to participants of its new Holiday Season contest. The "12 Days of Luv" contest will last 12 days and will reward the winner of the with $ 1,000 gift card sponsored by Visa. The contest is being staged in Twitter and allows anyone with an account to participate. The rule is simple: each day Southwest Twitter account will announce the theme of the day for which participants will submit a fun holiday photo. The best photo will evidently grant the announced prize to the winner. Additional information can be found on the company's web site: http://www.southwest.com/html/travel-extras/promotions/12daysofluv-contest.html

Air France new Boeing 777-300ER marks 200th airliner received from Boeing.

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Air France took delivery of its 200th Boeing aircraft on Wednesday December 8th, 2010 at Everett, Washington. The new aircraft, Boeing 777-300 ER is joining a fleet that has already operated several Boeing jetliner model beginning with the 707 back in 1959. Throughout its very successful relationship with Boeing Air France continuously committed to Boeing for operating the most significant portion of its long haul service. The 707 was followed by the adoption of the Boeing 747-100 in 1970 and followed on to the -200, -300 and -400 series (with 12 still operational), along with Boeing models 727, 737 and 767. This latest delivery of a 777 complements an already significant number of Boeing 777 aircraft operating for the airline with a current total of 61 (with 11 additional deliveries to ...