Embraer has announced, at the Dubai Air Show, that Air Peace, Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline, has signed a contract for three additional E195-E2s, confirming purchase rights from the original contract, signed in April this year.
These new E195-E2s will be included in Embraer’s 2019 fourth-quarter backlog and have a value of USD $212.6 million, based on Embraer’s current list prices. Set to be the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa, Air Peace’s firm order, announced in April this year, is now for 13 E195-E2s with 17 purchase rights for the same model.
The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.
Venezolana Boeing 737-200 suffered an uncontained engine failure:
The Airports Authority of TT (AATT) on Thursday confirmed the emergency landing of Venezolana Airlines flight AW1303 which was en route to Caracas from the Piarco International Airport.
In a statement released to media on the incident AATT said shortly after departure at 12.45 pm the flight’s pilot “indicated engine failure and requested permission from air traffic control to return to the Piarco International Airport.”
The authority said emergency agencies were then alerted and were on standby but the aircraft landed safely at Piarco International airport at 1.08 pm.
The Boeing 737-200 operating on flight #VNE1303 from Trinidad & Tobago-Piarco Intl Airport to Caracas was forced to make an emergency landing after its captain heard a loud sound and the engine lost power.
Venezolana is a low-cost Venezuelan airline with a fleet size of five aircraft.
Azerbaijan Airlines has cancelled its order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX jets “due to safety reasons”
British Airways on Monday resumed operations to Pakistan, over a decade after they were suspended in Sept 2008 in the wake of the Mariott Hotel bombing in Islamabad.
British Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed from Heathrow, London, with 240 passengers on board, and touched down at Islamabad International Airport (IIA) at 9:15am this morning.
The airline will fly thrice weekly between London and Islamabad.
Customers travelling can expect bespoke services to enhance the onboard experience including a halal meal option in every cabin, while the airline will also ensure sauces in every meal do not include alcohol or pork. As with any British Airways flight, customers can also pre-order a range of special meal options including vegetarian and vegan options.
The airline has a number of Pakistani and British Pakistani colleagues who speak Urdu, and there has already been considerable interest from these colleagues to work on the flights.
British Airways is amid a £6.5 billion investment for customers, including the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft.
Man Employed As Cleaner In Airplane Rises To Become Captain After 24 Years:
A man who got employed 24 years ago as an aircraft cleaner at Air Azman in Nigeria has toiled and risen gradually through the ranks to now become a captain in the aviation industry.
When Mohammed Abubakar joined Azman Air Services Limited, Nigeria’s Kano based domestic airline company 24 years ago, he never imagined he would rise so much from his position, let alone to be a captain.
However, his hard work and determination has paid off as he received his fourth bar to become a captain.
Mohammed Abubakar’s success story became viral on social media after a colleague of his posted photos on twitter with a little of his back story.
After finishing his secondary school, Abubakar got a casual job as an aircraft cleaner with Kabo Air in Kaduna. He recalled, “It was during Hajj operation, and I was earning N200 per day, even though many believed that I wouldn’t do it because of the meagre money involved. I was later employed as ground staff with the airline in Maiduguri. Through my service in the company, I worked in almost all the units, except security. That helped me a lot in the aviation sector.”
With time, Abubakar got employed as a cabin crew member after a solid performance at an interview held in Kaduna, where he served Kabo Air for 8 years, earning N17,000 monthly.
He later moved to Aero Contractors, in the oil and gas section of the company as a flight attendant, where he worked with their chartered services, as the company was then not into scheduled flight services.
Abubakar said the journey to actualizing his dream has often been tough and he even considered giving up. “But I was able to weather the storm, and here we are today.” he said.
SriLankan Airlines to resume services to Karachi:
Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines will resume services to Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi on 1st June 2019.
Sri Lanka's national carrier will operate five weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with flights arriving in Karachi at 15:10 hours and departing Karachi at 16:10 hours.
Some of the international flights into Pakistan were suspended following the closure of Pakistani airspace by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan on 27th February 2019.
Some restrictions continue with regard to Pakistani airspace and SriLankan is awaiting the lifting of all restrictions to re-commence flights to Lahore, which the airline also operated to.
Sri Lanka's national carrier has won a string of recent international awards including 'World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' at the World Travel Awards; and 'Asia's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' at World Travel Awards Asia Australasia.
Beautiful landing in Thick Fog --> ILS CAT III Landings
Emirates Announces Double Daily A380 Flights to Muscat:
Emirates is gearing up for a big summer in Muscat with the deployment of double daily A380 flights from 1 July.
The airline will operate the A380 on EK 862/863 and EK864/865 to and from Muscat International Airport.
Muscat will become Emirates’ shortest scheduled A380 flight, flying a distance of 340 kilometres each way. The new A380 services to Muscat demonstrate the airline’s agile approach to fleet deployment and its commitment to providing an enhanced onboard experience for its passengers.
The launch of the A380 flights will come exactly one year after the first deployment of a scheduled one-off A380 service that marked 25 years of operations to Oman, and reaffirmed the airport’s infrastructure readiness to handle double-decker operations.
The deployment of the iconic double-decker aircraft on both services will offer business and leisure travellers from Muscat even more connection opportunities for a seamless ‘all A380’ journey to business hubs such as New York, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong as well as popular destinations like Los Angeles, Paris, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Both A380s flying to Muscat will be operated in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, as well as 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Emirates has been flying to Oman since 1993, and today operates three daily services utilising the Boeing 777-300ER between Dubai and Muscat, connecting passengers to over 150 global destinations in the Far East, Europe and the US.
“Boeing Company is looking to make the first test flight of its 777X twin-aisle jet as soon as late June, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday, slightly later than the plane maker had planned, but still on track for putting the plane into airline service in 2020.
Boeing hopes the new jet will extend its grip on the ‘mini-jumbo’ market, which it shares with rival Airbus SE’s 365-seat A350-1000, and perhaps scoop up fresh orders following the demise of Airbus’ A380 superjumbo.
The test flight will likely be too late for Boeing to hit its previous target of flying the 777X to the Paris Air Show, which takes place June 17-23, where it had hoped to make a marketing splash in Airbus’ backyard.
Boeing declined to comment on its flight schedule for 777X or its plans for the air show. The company has previously said the 777X would fly for the first time in 2019 and will start to be delivered to airline customers in 2020.”
Since 1989 D-AIPA has been flying all over Europe. CEO Carsten Spohr thanked the crew and colleagues of Lufthansa Technik for their great commitment.
In other news, Lufthansa is also setting an example for Europe after the election: the standard livery of all Lufthansa aircraft will be changed. In addition to the German flag, the European flag will also be on display in future.
Alitalia cancels more than 300 flights due to strike:
Italy's struggling airline Alitalia has canceled over 300 flights because of a 24-hour strike called to protest deteriorating conditions in the sector, including the government's failure to relaunch the carrier.
Alitalia says it cancelled about half of its flights, both domestic and international, due to the strike Tuesday.
But it says it has reorganized schedules so that at least half of the affected passengers could fly the same day. Flights are guaranteed by law from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. local and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The country's main transport union called the 24-hour strike to push for a deal that will guarantee the future of Alitalia, but also more generally for the renewal of a national contract and other measures to support workers.