Qantas Airbus A330 Returns To Melbourne Due To Sticky Landing Gear

A Qantas Airbus operating a flight to Singapore returned to Melbourne on the weekend after its landing gear failed to retract.

Landing gear would not retract

The A330-200 (VH-EBS Swan Valley) had departed Melbourne as QF37 on Sunday, 26 January 2020. QF37 is the daily 17:20 service up to Singapore, an eight-hour hop away.

The flight pushed back on-time and took off at 17:37. According to The Aviation Herald, after departing from Melbourne’s runway 16, the crew halted the climb at 8,000 feet because they couldn’t raise the landing gear.

Boeing’s Purchase Of Embraer Approved By Brazil – What Does This Mean?

Brazil has approved the Embraer and Boeing partnership, allowing Boeing to launch Embraer small jets as part of their own product line and take on Airbus & their small A220 head-on

What are the details?

Brazil has given the green light for the final approval of Boeing’s take over of Embraer, starting a new era of small Boeing jets.

Boeing has been in discussion with a partnership with the Brazilian planemaker, to help build and distribute their E-Jet family. In detail, Boeing will buy 80% of the Embraer commercial arm as well as a joint venture to help market Embraer’s military aircraft to the worl

Lufthansa Airbus A380 Turns Back To Munich Over The Atlantic

A Lufthansa Airbus A380 returned to Munich following reports of a cargo bay fire. Thankfully, everything was okay. Rather than diverting to Charles De Gaulle as planned, the aircraft carried on back to its origin in Munich.

Every now and again we report on a flight to nowhere. Lufthansa today operated another flight to nowhere when an Airbus A380 returned to Munich. The flight lasted four hours and 15-minutes, as it flew out to the Atlantic Ocean and back. The aircraft briefly squawked 7700 having turned back towards land. However, as the incident was resolved, the aircraft cancelled its emergency.

Around two hours after departing Lufthansa’s Munich hub, the aircraft made a U-turn above the Atlantic Ocean. The change in direction corresponded to a drop in speed of roughly 100 knots. A quarter of an hour after the turn the aircraft began to squawk 7700, the code for a general emergency. However, the emergency squawk was just eight minutes later before the A380 returned to the skies above French soil

Here’s Why Frontier Airlines Paints Animals On Its Aircraft Tails

Frontier Airlines is well known for its animal livery on its fuselages and tails. The Denver based low-cost carrier has 98 aircraft in its fleet and animals of varying degrees of cuteness adorn many of them.

Why does the airline paint animals onto its planes? In a nutshell, brand recognition. Like most clever marketing ideas, this one is both reasonably simple and inexpensive to execute. When a plane passes by with a dolphin painted on it, people take note. Kids ask questions. Folks quickly learn to associate the imagery with the brand. It’s marketing 101.

But does it work?  Frontier Airlines lost USD$83 million on revenues of USD$2.16 billion in the 2018 year. On that metric, the animal livery isn’t translating into profits. But there’s more to turning a dollar in the airline business than just marketing.

Etihad’s Airbus A380 vs Boeing 777 – What Plane Is More Comfortable?

When it comes to aircraft, Etihad likes to pull out all the stops in pursuit of the ultimate customer experience. Although it might be distinguished against other airlines, how does its own aircraft compare to each other? Ever wondered which widebody aircraft is more comfortable with Etihad? Let’s take a look at the Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777-300ER.

How will we compare the aircraft?

Both the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 help to build what Etihad calls one of the most advanced fleets in the world. These aircraft certainly have a lot going for them, and yet they’re so distinctly different. What Etihad’s Boeing 777 boasts in range, the Airbus A380 makes up for in capacity. When it comes to the number of aircraft though, Etihad sways towards the 777 with 19 aircraft in its fleet. That’s in comparison to ten A380 aircraft.

For our comparison, we’ll be looking at the interior of all three classes on each aircraft model, comparing space dimensions as well as additional fittings included for passenger comfort.

Air Canada Shows Off It’s Brand New Airbus A220

Air Canada revealed its brand new Airbus A220-300 in Montreal yesterday, Wednesday 15 January 2020. The gleaming new aircraft, the first of 45 the airline has on order, is due to start flying today. Lucky passengers on AC317 between Montreal and Calgary this morning will be the first to ride the new plane.

Best-in-class passenger experience in North America

The airline says its new 137 passenger narrow-body Quebec made aircraft will provide the best-in-class passenger experience for North American domestic flights. The aircraft has 12 business class seats in a 2-2 layout and 125 economy class seats in a 2-3 layout.

All passengers, regardless of where they are seated,  will have access to satellite-based high-speed Wi-Fi, personal touch screen TVs that allow gate-to-gate access to on-demand video and audio programs, moving maps with flight path data, and games and wellness applications.

Qantas Apologises After Dog Dies In Its Care

A dog left out on the tarmac in full sun during a recent heatwave in Australia has died. Duke, a boxer who normally resides with his human mum, Kay, in Sydney, was being transported on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Brisbane when he was left outside for a time in 40° plus heat. It did not end well.

Dog left out on hot tarmac for extended period of time

According to a report in 9News, Duke was Brisbane bound on 19 December 2019. Temperatures were hovering in the high thirties but out on the tarmac at Sydney Airport, it would have been hotter.

Duke’s human mum, Kay Newman, stayed with Duke until he was taken out in his crate to be loaded onto the plane. Qantas said it always loads animals last and offloads them first and that Duke would not be outside for more than a few minutes.

El Al Boeing 777 Diverts Due To Smoke In The Cabin

Crews on an El Al Israel Airlines flight were forced to divert on Thursday 10th January 2020 after passengers noticed a burning smell in the cabin. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft landed in Canada for inspection without casualties. However, the incident left passengers stranded and seeking humanitarian aid.

Diversion to Halifax

El Al Israel Airlines flight LY26 was traveling from Newark, New York to Tel Aviv, Israel when it came into difficulties over the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft left Newark (EWR) at 20:04 local time and was expected to arrive in Tel Aviv at 13:20. However, nearly three hours after the flight had left New York, it was back on the ground at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. This was the closest major airport available at the time.

Why did LY26 make the stop? Passengers alerted crew to the smell of smoke filling the cabin of the Boeing 777-200. Once the fear was raised, the crew decided that the best course of action would be to return to land rather than continuing the nine-hour long journey.

Qantas Forced To Add A Fuel Stop To World’s Third-Longest Flight

Australian flag carrier Qantas is facing the prospect of adding a fuel stop to the world’s third-longest flight. The airline is taking steps to avoid flying over Iraq or Iran, following this morning’s crash of a Ukrainian Boeing 737. The extra distance required to divert means the airline will need to add a refueling stop in Asia to the outbound service, or offload a massive 90 passengers to reduce weight.

Avoiding Iranian and Iraqi airspace

The world’s third-longest flight is looking to lose its appeal as Qantas is forced to add a refueling stop to its Perth to London service. The Australian carrier has taken the decision to reroute QF9 and QF10 away from Iranian airspace following the crash of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 in the early hours of this morning.

QF9 and 10 usually traverse a large portion of Iranian and Iraqi airspace on their mammoth 14,500km flight. However, following the FAA’s decision to ban US airlines’ flying in Iranian and Iraqi airspace after this morning’s crash, Qantas has announced it will avoid flying over both these nations until further notice.

Airbus Can Now Offer Dreamliner Style Dimmable Windows

Love them or loathe them, it looks like electronically dimmable windows are here to stay in commercial aviation. The business behind the infamous dimmable windows on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners has just announced that Airbus will be offering electronically dimmable windows on its aircraft.

The new window option for Airbus customers was announced at CES 2020

The world’s leading supplier of electronically dimmable windows (EDWs)  is the Michigan based Gentex. Together with research partner PPG Aerospace and Boeing, they are behind those extra-large EDWs you can adjust (or more annoyingly, flight attendants can adjust) on the Dreamliners.

Yesterday, at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Gentex announced Airbus would be offering the latest generation of EDWs on its planes. The news was reported in Yahoo Finance who note that further information will be provided in the 2020 spring.