Month: May 2011

Qantas Boeing 747-400ER Short Of Range On Dallas To Brisbane Flight Lands In Noumea For Unscheduled Refueling

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A Boeing 747-400ER (Extended Range) flying Qantas newest route Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney via Brisbane was forced to conduct a 90 minutes unscheduled refueling stop on the island of New Caledonia before resuming its flight. The Australian carrier began to operate its longest Boeing 747-400 route on May 16th 2011 with the QF7 outbound non stop flight from Sydney to Dallas/Ft Worth and the return flight QF8 stopping briefly at Brisbane. At 8,580 mi (13,816 km) long, the QF8 transpacific flight requires about 15 hours of flight to complete. While winds have proved favorable in allowing the QF7 US bound leg to operate optimally, the QF8 return flight which has experienced stronger head winds, has forced the aircraft to burn more fuel and fly longer, compelling the airline to make operati...

China Southern Air To Boost Cargo Operation With Order For 6 Boeing 777F

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China Southern Air the carrier based in Guangzhou, China announced it was boosting its cargo operation with an order for 6 additional Boeing 777F. The latest deal valued at $1.58 billion would see the new aircraft delivered between 2013 and 2015, bringing the carrier's 777F fleet to 12. A previous order for 6 Boeing 777F on February 28, 2007, already saw 5 aircraft becoming active in the airline rotation. Boeing is also set to deliver the carrier's first Boeing 787-8 for passenger service later this year as part of a 2005 order for ten Boeing 787-8. China Southern Airlines Company Limited ended its 2010 fiscal year in March of 2011 as China's largest carrier in fleet size, routes network and passenger traffic volume. Operating primarily out of Guangzhou and Beijing, its routes netwo...

Raytheon Receives $276 Million From Missile Defense Agency For Standard Missile SM-3 Block IIA

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The program is part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and permits the integration of the SM-3 missile with the Aegis Weapon System deployed on US Navy destroyers and cruisers. The Missile Defense Agency is relying on the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System with its Standard Missile 3 to intercept short and medium range ballistic missile threats in mid course flight. Under this setup, the Missile Defense Agency’s is provided with a mobile sea-based component for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The Block IIA designation for the missile variant not only identifies the evolutionary 'spiral' development model of gradually incrementing newer capabilities to system, but also differentiates the Block IIA from the previous Block IA. The Block IIA is the largest, most
Korean Air Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A380

Korean Air Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A380

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Korean Air Lines became the sixth carrier this week to operate the Airbus A380-800 aircraft after Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Lufthansa and Air France. The hand-over ceremony took place May 24th 2011 at Airbus Toulouse facility in France with Korean Air Chairman Yang Ho Cho, Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders and EADS CEO Louis Gallois in attendance. Korean Air Lines new double decker cabin interior arrangement will see an-all Business class upper deck providing 94 Prestige Sleeper Seats. The main deck will combine both the ultra luxurious First Class Kosmo Suites for 12 passengers as well as 301 New Economy Class seats. The airline has favored a highly spacious, low passenger density configuration of 407 seats for the 10 aircraft that will be operated by 2014. Airbus is due to ...

France Pilot’s Union Rebuttal Of The Media’s Premature Conclusions Regarding AF447 Crash Investigation

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France's main national pilot's union came out strongly in defense of the flight crews that lost their life in Air France Flight 447 flying from Rio De Janeiro to Paris on June 1st 2009. The May 23rd 2011 statement addresses rumors which have widely circulated in the media as provided to the Wall Street Journal by a confidential source close to the investigation. Excerpts from the article published today read the “pilots (…) became distracted with faulty airspeed indicators and failed to properly deal with other vital systems, including adjusting engine thrust” which we assume would have prevented the big airliner to enter a fatal stall. The statement also responds to claims that the flight captain was not inside the cockpit as the event began to unfold and urges against drawing conclusio

Grimsvötn Volcano: 500 Flights Canceled Today. Tomorrow’s Forecast

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EUROCONTROL puts the number of flights canceled today as a result of the ash clouds from erupting Grimsvötn volcano at approximately 500 out of 29,000 scheduled throughout Europe. Thousands of passengers were reported to be stranded in Scotland's Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh's airports following a Irish Aviation Authority decision to curtail flights there. Inverness and Aberdeen airports had also been affected. While Greenland and Denmark saw some airspace closings, Norway and Sweden appeared not to have been affected. Predictive models maps issue by the Met Office (United Kingdom's national weather service) show the anticipated travel path of the ash clouds for tomorrow, May 25th 2011. The areas of high and medium concentration is expected to penetrate continental Europe travelin

EUROCONTROL; Reviewing Crisis Management Regarding The Grimsvötn Volcano Eruption

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This entry reviews European regulators crisis management activities following the latest volcano eruption in Iceland, and its potential impact to aircraft's safe flight and operation. Eurocontrol latest statement issued Monday, May 23rd 2011 at 4:00pm Brussels time indicated that changing meteorological conditions now increased the possibility that the ash clouds from Iceland's Grimsvötn volcano could in fact begin to affect Scotland and Ireland air spaces within the next 24 hours. The announcement contrasted with a statement published earlier today suggesting that no disruptions were expected for the next 48 hours. Today's Eurocontrol activities were marked by the re-activation of its European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC) whose first meeting involved States, European

Pakistan To Receive 50 JF-17 Fighters From China At No Cost; Review

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China just agreed to deliver up to 50 JF-17 Thunder multi role fighter planes to Pakistan 'available immediately'. China is reported to be assuming all the costs involved in the agreement. This latest announcement comes after a 4-days official visit to China by Pakistan's prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. The move is intended as a public display of a close friendship between the two nations. Pakistan had come under increasing international scrutiny, particularly from Washington following the discovery of Bin Laden hiding there. At stake is the possible curtailing of Foreign Military Sales from the US which has contributed more than $7.1 billion allocated in various forms since 2001 in exchange for Pakistan's collaboration in the war on terror. According to congressional research documents...

Lufthansa Cargo Confirms 5 Boeing 777 freighters order, Will Fly Alongside MD-11F; A Comparison

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By Karim Toure Lufthansa Cargo and Boeing finalized an agreement for the carrier to receive 5 brand new Boeing 777 Freighters valued at $1.35 billion. Lufthansa Cargo which already operates its own fleet of 18 wide body Boeing MD-11 Freighters also benefits from direct access to freight capacity aboard Lufthansa passenger aircraft cargo holds. In addition the carrier can as well use capacity from dedicated freighters operated by other carriers affiliated to the Lufthansa Group. Most prominent in this list are AeroLogic which already operates 8 Boeing 777 Freighters and China-based Jade Cargo International. In this context the Boeing 777 Long Range Freighter will bring a more fuel efficient aircraft capable of transporting 45,000 more pounds of weight than the MD-11F further. The introduct...

Excerpts From Interview Of Air France-KLM CEO Pierre Henri Gourgeon With The Newspaper Le Monde

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We are publishing excerpts from an interview published in the French daily newspapers Le Monde issue of May 20th 2011 and Air France news portal of Pierre Henri Gourgeon, Air France's CEO. The interview follows the group announcing it had realized a 122 million euros ($174 million) profit for the 2010-2011 fiscal year ended March 31st 2011, reversing 1.3 billion euros ($1.85 billion) lost a year before. The 65-years old Aeronautics Engineer became Air France CEO in January 2009 after serving as Deputy CEO from June 2004. He is likely to remain at that post through 2015 pending confirmation at the next board meeting on July 7th, 2011. The 122 million euros profit just announced by the Air France-KLM Group is a big turn around from the 1.3 billion euros lost in 2009-2010. His latest 'Embar...