Month: June 2011

The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin and Operations Part II: Qantas, Emirates And Singapore Airlines

The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin and Operations Part II: Qantas, Emirates And Singapore Airlines

Airlines, Analysis, Featured, Headline
This entry is the final installment of our 2-parts A380 fleet review. After Korean Air, Lufthansa and Air France, we are turning our attention to Qantas. Emirates and Singapore Airlines. Since our first article, Singapore Airlines took delivery of its Airbus A380 aircraft number 12 on June 17th 2011, bringing the entire worldwide deliveries to 50 aircraft. The Paris Air Show opening on June 20th 2011 provided some unwanted attention to the A380 after Airbus own test aircraft suffered damages when one of its wing-tip scrapped a building while taxiing. Nevertheless, a A380 flight demonstration was orchestrated using Korean Air 's soon-to-be-delivered second A380 registered HL-7612. 4. Qantas Airways: the only 4-Class configuration Qantas was the third carrier to receive the Airbus A380 and...
The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin and Operations Part I: Korean Air, Lufthansa And Air France

The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin and Operations Part I: Korean Air, Lufthansa And Air France

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This entry is the first installment of a two-part  review of the Airbus A380 fleet operation highlighting the various cabin configurations selected by current operators. The aircraft first entered service with Singapore Airlines in October of 2007. According to Airbus, by May 31st 2011, 49 aircraft had been delivered to 6 of the 18 customer airlines covering the 234-aircraft order book. Because our review gives priority to newest operators, part I will deal with Korean Air, Air France and Lufthansa, while part II will analyze Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. Korean Air first A380 test-registered F-WWAT was ferried June 1st 2011 to its new Seoul home base from where it will operate registered as HL-7611. In May 2011, A380 deliveries also included Air France's F-HPJE and Lufthansa's

SAS To Fly Copenhagen-Shanghai Beginning March 1st, 2012

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Scandinavian Air System announced today it will begin operating non stop flights from Copenhagen to Shanghai starting March 1st 2012. The route will be flown five times a week with a leased 245 passengers Airbus 340-300 configured in a 3-class layout comprising Business, Economy Extra and Economy. The flight will operate as SK997 departing Copenhagen Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:25 pm and SK998 leaving Shanghai at 1:25 pm on Mondays, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The group is pursuing sustained growth after a very promising first quarter which saw an overall income rise from SEK -844,000 (-$133,922) last year to SEK -505,000 (-$80,140) (+40%). The period was also marked by a 6.2% surge in scheduled passenger traffic, underscoring the benefits of addi...

DHL Antonov-26 Cargo Plane Crashes In Gabon, 4 On Board Injured

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An Antonov 26 cargo plane operating on behalf of DHL crashed Tuesday morning in Libreville , Gabon. According to witness accounts, the aircraft visibly flying without its propeller engines operating reportedly ditched in the sea only a few feet away from the beach alongside Libreville's main seaside boulevard. The four occupants aboard the aircraft including two pilots were taken to nearby hospitals. The aircraft registered TR-LII belonging to Solenta Aviation operated as DHL flight 122 on its 40 minutes return flight from the town of the oil industry Port Gentil. The crash immediately prompted the Gabonese government to altogether ban operation of all Antonov model 12, 24 and 26 aircraft pending an investigation. The Soviet era aircraft Older Soviet era aircraft that have found a se...

Wisconsin National Guard F-16 Crashes, Pilot Ejects Safely

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A Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16 from the 115th fighter wing based in Madison crashed Tuesday around 1:20 pm. The pilot who ejected and was reported safe nonetheless received proper medical evaluation. The crash took place as the aircraft was conducting routine flight training mission near the town of New Chester in Adams County. A limited area near the crash site had residents briefly evacuated as recovery assessed the crash site for environmental hazards.
Air France New A380 Service To San Francisco, Delta New Direct Flight From Atlanta To Shanghai

Air France New A380 Service To San Francisco, Delta New Direct Flight From Atlanta To Shanghai

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Air France new Airbus A380 service from Paris to San Francisco As part of its 2011 summer schedule Air France has now began offering 10 weekly flights from Paris Charles De Gaulle to San Francisco. The new schedule has permitted the carrier to introduce a new daily service on the route featuring its new Airbus A380. The A380 flights began today with the Air France Flight 84 that arrived in San Francisco at 12h45 local PDT after a 10h35min flight originating in Paris. The return flight from San Francisco operating as Air France flight 83 is departs San Francisco at 4:10pm and arrives in Paris the next day at 11:35am. The remaining part of the 10 weekly services is conducted with an Airbus A340 aircraft. Joint Transatlantic Venture The Joint Transatlantic venture comprising Air France-KLM...

US Congress Mandated Corrosion Prevention Programs For The F-22 And F-35 Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft.

Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
The US government will increasingly look into ways to preserve high value assets critical to national defense such as the F-22 and F-35 fifth generation fighter aircraft from the pervading effects of corrosion. The House of Representatives bill 1540 passed May 28th 2011 when becoming National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 will mandate the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with implementing a 4-point program for preventing and controlling corrosion affecting military equipment. The new measures have been previously articulated in General Accounting Office audit report 11-171R released to the public December 16th 2010. The audit provides follow up analysis of a Department of Defense corrosion study report #111-166 that accompanied HR b...

Russia Delivers Additional MIG-29K For Aircraft Carrier Operation To India

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The Indian navy is accepting the delivery of five new MIG-29K (NATO designation Fulcrum D) from Russia's MIG Aircraft Corporation. The new aircraft will join the newly formed “Black Panthers” Squadron already equipped with 4 previously delivered MIG-29K. The squadron is set to operate in the Indian's navy latest aircraft carrier also acquired from Russia in a 2004 deal. The delivery by Russia of the Kiev-class Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier rechristened INS Vikramaditya with the Indian navy, would allow the new carrier still currently undergoing refurbishing and modification work scheduled until 2012 to handle 12 single seat MIG-29K and 4 two-seat MIG-29UBK aircraft. India along with Russia would at this point be the only two operators of the MIG-29 naval variant.   The MIG-