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    FAA Issues 'Emergency Directive' Over "Airworthiness" Of All Boeing 737s


    "Having seen a series of hope-filled headlines in recent months on the progression of Boeing's revival of the 737 MAX (despite and industry-wide collapse in demand), the airplane-maker suffered a blow this morning as The FAA issues an "emergency airworthiness directive" requiring operators of any Boeing 737 passenger jet to inspect and potentially replace a key engine component, following four reports of unexpected engine shutdowns.

    The FAA's order applies to any 737 that has been in storage, which covers any plane that has not been flown in a week. Operators will be required to inspect and potentially replace a certain valve that can get stuck in the open position.

    The FAA said it had four recent reports of engines shutting down because of that stuck valve condition.
    "Corrosion of these valves on both engines could result in a dual-engine power loss without the ability to restart. This condition, if not addressed, could result in compressor stalls and dual-engine power loss without the ability to restart, which could result in a forced off-airport landing," the directive indicated."
    FAA Issues 'Emergency Directive' Over "Airworthiness" Of All Boeing 737s | Zero Hedge

    "Forced off-airport landing" sounds awfully like crashing into the ground/sea.
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    It's OK though, it doesn't apply to the 737 MAX........





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    Len McLuskey ever the clueless wanker.

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    British Airways faces strike action after a trade union warned it will move towards industrial action “with immediate effect”.

    Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, claimed the airline has published a timetable to “fire and rehire” thousands of workers on August 7.

    In a letter to British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz, Mr McCluskey pledged to “work every hour between now and then to convince you not to do so”.


    British Airways owner IAG announced in April that it would cut up to 12,000 jobs due to the reduction in flights caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Unite has claimed the company is planning to rehire remaining employees on downgraded terms and conditions if an agreement cannot be reached.


    Mr McCluskey wrote: “Your decision to adopt a scorched earth strategy with a fire and rehire approach was always despicable.


    “You and your management team have dragged the good name of British Airways through the mud.


    “Have you ever asked yourself why so many MPs from all parties, at the highest level, have condemned British Airways or why newspaper and media outlets have been appalled at your actions?


    “Perhaps you don’t understand that the British sense of fair play runs deep in the psyche of the British people.”


    He added: “Take this as an intention to defend our members by moving towards industrial action with immediate effect.”


    Unite represents thousands of British Airways staff including cabin crew and engineers.


    British Airways said in a statement the pandemic has resulted in job losses across every industry and many airlines have “already made thousands of staff redundant”.


    It continued: “We are not immune to this crisis. We have to adapt to survive, so we will continue with the proper, lawful consultative process and we will keep inviting union representatives to discuss our proposals to the serious challenges we face.


    “It is not too late to find solutions – as we have done with (pilots’ union) Balpa – and to protect jobs.”


    Balpa last week urged its members employed by the carrier to accept a package including pay cuts and job losses in a bid to avoid more redundancies.


    The proposed deal includes voluntary part-time working, voluntary severance, voluntary external secondments, and a holding pool of the equivalent of 300 pilots employed on reduced pay ready to return to flying as demand picks up.


    The number of flights British Airways operated during the first two weeks of July was down 85% compared with the same period in 2019.


    The International Air Transport Association released an updated forecast on Tuesday showing that the global recovery in air travel has been slower than expected.


    Demand is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, one year later than previously projected.
    British Airways facing ‘immediate’ strike threat - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

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    Nok Air determined to carry on after filing court rehabilitation plan

    Nok Air chairman Prasert Boonsamphan has assured that the Thai airline is determined to carry on operating, after the Central Bankruptcy Court accepted the company’s business rehabilitation plan yesterday.


    He told the media today that the filing of the plan is the best way for the company to resolve its liquidity problem, under the supervision of the court, so that its operations can continue.
    He assured that the company has no intention to cease operations, to fold or to end up bankrupt, but is as determined as ever to continue working back to prosperity.


    Mr. Prasert explained that the company’s liquidity problem has been caused by several factors, among them the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had serious impacts on businesses the world over, including Nok Air.


    He believes that, by applying for rehabilitation under the supervision of the Central Bankruptcy Court, Nok Air will be able to resolve its problems and resume normal operations in the future.


    The initial approach of the rehabilitation plan, said Mr. Prasert, is to restructure the company’s debt, in a way which ensures fairness to all parties concerned, and is in line with the company’s ability to pay.


    He is confident that the rehabilitation plan will be in place before the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.


    Nok Air has proposed Grant Thornton Specialist Advisory Services Company and the company’s board of directors, namely Messrs. Prinya Waiwattana, Tai Song-ee, Kasemsant Veerakul, Wutthipo

    Nok Air determined to carry on after filing court rehabilitation plan – Thai PBS World

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Mr. Prasert explained that the company’s liquidity problem has been caused by several factors, among them the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had serious impacts on businesses the world over, including Nok Air.
    Nok Air never was competive but yes the vurus hasn't helped. Bailout is just prolonging the end. Not good.

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    Not really airline news - more of a spot-on public service announcement.

    For our frequent fliers, and, not so frequent fliers - compliments of a friend...


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    To paraphrase Royston Vasey:

    "I always get a seat at the rear of the aircraft. You never hear of a plane backing into a fucking mountain, do you?".

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    British Airways pilots accept pay cuts of up to 20% and 270 job losses in deal with airline that also prevents controversial ‘fire and rehire’ scheme

    • British Airline Pilots Association said its members voted by 85 per cent in favour
    • There will be around 270 redundancies and temporary pay cuts starting at 20%
    • Pay cuts will reduce to 8% over two years before falling to zero over longer term


    British Airways pilots accept pay cuts of up to 20% and 270 job losses in deal with airline | Daily Mail Online

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    The World’s Jumbo Jets Are Heading for the Boneyard

    Covid-19 is pulling the final plug on the 747 and A380. Many will never fly again.

    By David Fickling
    August 1, 2020, 7:00 AM GMT+7


    Into the sunset. Photographer: aviation-images.com/Getty

    The queens of the skies have fallen on hard times.

    As Covid-19 has frozen the international travel on which they once thrived, double-decker, four-engine planes like the Airbus SE A380 and Boeing Co. 747 are more likely to be found in storage than soaring through the skies.

    Carriers such as Pan Am Corp. used the 747 to turn aviation into a global industry in the 1970s, and over the past decade Emirates used the A380 to repeat the trick for the global south — but those times have passed. Since mid-March, most have barely flown except on short hops to maintain pilots’ certifications and valedictory voyages to gather dust in desert boneyards.

    Many of those furloughs look like becoming permanent. IAG SA’s British Airways has announced plans to ground the largest fleet of 747-400s for good. Qantas Airways Ltd. sent its last 747 home to the U.S. last week, and has already suspended its stable of A380s.

    Among the 15 operators of the A380, which entered service less than 13 years ago, only Emirates has been operating flights in anything close to a normal fashion, according to data from aircraft-tracking site Flightradar24. Out of its 115 such planes — about half the global fleet — just a dozen have been flying to and from Europe over the past month or so, as limited traffic has trickled back. China Southern Airlines Co. has also been running a limited service with its five A380s.

    However, the vast majority of the planes — worth some $50 billion, if valued at about half of their list prices — have been stuck on the tarmac, possibly permanently. Qatar Airways QCSC has speculated that its A380s may never return, while Deutsche Lufthansa AG has made similar noises.

    By the time the long-haul routes for which the A380 was designed return to normal in 2024 or so, about half the fleet will be at least a decade old and well on the way toward retirement. Singapore Airlines Ltd., the biggest operator after Emirates, said in first-quarter results that it may write down “older generation aircraft” such as its A380s by around $1 billion.

    It’s a similar picture with the 747. Of the 29 planes operated by Lufthansa — the largest passenger fleet, once British Airways’ jets have retired — just four have remained in regular operation since March, with a further four gradually returning to service over the past two months.

    Probably the most active operator of passenger 747s at this point is Aeroflot PJSC’s Rossiya Airlines, plus a handful of charter operators that run seasonal flights to holiday destinations and pilgrimage services to Saudi Arabia. Even there, though, foreign pilgrims at this year’s hajj will be confined to 10,000 people already in the country.
    The reasons for the decline of these jets aren’t hard to discern. Even at the best of times, it can be challenging to fill more than 400 seats at a time, and a plane with more than 20% of seats empty will typically lose money — and that’s before you start thinking about the costs of providing crew and destination accommodation for such vast aircraft.

    With the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 able to achieve similar ranges using just two engines and smaller cabins, the economics of double-decker planes no longer make a lot of sense.

    U.S. airlines in particular have long since given up on the jumbo. They never bought a single A380, and last took delivery of a 747 a few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when Northwest Airlines Corp. bought two before later going bankrupt and being taken over by Delta Air Lines Inc.

    There’s one area that’s been booming, however: freight. Air cargo typically takes up a substantial share of the belly space on passenger flights, but with borders closed to tourism, the semiconductors, high-value materials and consumer goods that typically travel beneath your feet have had to find a new route to market. Cargo traffic this year will be down just 17% from a year earlier, compared to 55% for passenger flights, according to the International Air Transport Association.

    That could provide a final chapter for the 747 — although not for the A380, which isn’t easily converted to cargo usage. Boeing’s jumbo is already a freight aircraft in all but name, with about two-thirds of the latest 747-800 variant being sold to freight carriers such as United Parcel Service Inc. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.’s logistics arm. Even non-cargo aircraft can get in on the act: KLM has been carrying face masks and protective gowns on the seats of ordinary passenger aircraft pressed into pandemic freight service.

    That would be an appropriate end for grand planes often likened to ocean liners. Some of the most celebrated ships of the great age of sea transport ended their lives as coal hulks, quarantine centers and floating museums after aircraft rendered them obsolete. The ultimate fate of jumbo jets may be similarly prosaic: As workaday aircraft, shipping goods to a more home-bound global population.

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    Prolly explains why Boeing will stop making them in 2022.

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    The FAA are still giving the flying coffin a chance to take the air again.

    Four Boeing 737 MAX Design Changes Eyed By The FAA

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a new Airworthiness Directive yesterday that targets Boeing’s besieged 737 MAXs. The new proposal from the FAA addresses what it calls the “unsafe condition” on the Boeing 737-8 and 737-9 MAX aircraft.

    In October 2018, a Lion Air 737-8 MAX crashed after takeoff in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people. Six months later, an Ethiopian Airlines 737-8 MAX crashed after takeoff from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. This resulted in 157 deaths.

    Shortly after, MAX fleets around the world stopped flying and remain grounded. The FAA has been investigating ever since. Yesterday, the FAA released a document that stated:

    … if a single erroneously high AOA sensor input is received by the flight control system, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) can command repeated airplane nose-down trim of the horizontal stabilizer. This unsafe condition, if not addressed, could cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the airplane, and lead to excessive airplane nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and impact with terrain.


    The FAA wants to see four design changes on the 737 MAXs. They are:


    • Installing updated flight control software (with new control laws) for the FCC operational program software;
    • Installing updated MDS display processing computer software to generate an AOA disagree alert;
    • Revising certain AFM flight crew operating procedures; and
    • Changing the routing of horizontal stabilizer trim wires.


    According to the FAA, the first change will prevent erroneous MCAS activation. The second change will alert the pilots that the airplane’s two AOA sensors are disagreeing by a certain amount, indicating a potential AOA sensor failure. The third change will help ensure that the flight crew has the means to recognize and respond to erroneous stabilizer movement and the effects of a potential AOA sensor failure. Finally, the fourth change will restore compliance with the FAA’s latest wire separation safety standards.

    In addition, the FAA wants 737 MAX operators to run an AOA sensor system test and perform an operational readiness flight before returning each aircraft to service. Also, operators with an existing FAA-approved master equipment list would be required to incorporate more restrictive provisions to dispatch the airplane with specific inoperative equipment.

    According to a Reuters report, Boeing acknowledged yesterday’s FAA proposal as an “important milestone.” But it is a milestone that further pushes back the timeline before any passengers board a MAX again. The public has 45 days to respond and comment on the proposed changes. To date, the MAX grounding has cost Boeing $19 billion.

    According to a Reuters report, Boeing acknowledged yesterday’s FAA proposal as an “important milestone.” But it is a milestone that further pushes back the timeline before any passengers board a MAX again. The public has 45 days to respond and comment on the proposed changes. To date, the MAX grounding has cost Boeing $19 billion.

    Reuters also notes the resources that the FAA has poured into its MAX investigation. The safety regulator has more than 40 fulltime staff on the job. It has also invested more than 60,000 hours into the review, certification testing, and document evaluation surrounding the 737 MAX.

    The FAA says they are continuing to conduct a robust certification process for the MAX. They highlight seven key steps that need to be completed before the MAX flies passengers again. The FAA is not putting a timeframe on the process. The FAA says their investigation will be deliberate and thorough. They say the MAX will not get the go-ahead to fly until they are thoroughly satisfied it is safe to do so.

    You could read those comments as code to not expect clearance to fly anytime soon.
    Four Boeing 737 MAX Design Changes Eyed By The FAA - Simple Flying

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    If the rear facing seats are the safest why don't they turn all the seats around ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    If the rear facing seats are the safest why don't they turn all the seats around ?
    ...bad optics...

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    ...and cost.

    Some military aircraft have backward facing.

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    "Naked company Greed". They just lost four billion quid in six months, and that is WITH the government paying furloughed staff. These fucking union wankers are utterly clueless, it seems a lot of staff have ignored them.

    Still at least the fat old tarts aren't claiming BASSA runs the airline now.

    More than 10,000 workers at British Airways are currently being made redundant, on a day unions at the airline have dubbed “Black Friday.”

    British Airways said on Friday that that around 6,000 staff have applied for voluntary redundancy, while union Unite has said that a further 4,000 workers are being “forced out.”

    Noting that the consultation process was “ongoing,” the airline said it was not in a position to confirm the total number of redundancies. But unions said that staff were told to either accept a voluntary redundancy package or to risk losing their jobs by applying for new roles with lower pay.


    Just two-thirds of cabin crew workers are expected to be retained at the airline as part of the process.

    British Airways has told its senior cabin crew that they will have to change their working patterns and take a 20% cut in their basic pay if they are rehired.

    “This is a very bleak day for the incredible BA workforce and will go down in the history of the airline as the day that it put the interests of the boardroom ahead of its passengers and workforce,” said Howard Beckett, the assistant general secretary of Unite.


    “Make no mistake, 4,000 loyal workers are being forced out of the jobs that they love today by naked, company greed,” he said.


    A spokesperson for British Airways owner IAG (
    IAG.L) said that its half-year results, which saw the group post a pre-tax loss of €4.2bn (£3.8bn), “clearly show the enormous financial impact of COVID-19 on our business.”


    “We are having to make difficult decisions and take every possible action now to protect as many jobs as possible,” they said.


    Pilots at the airline last week
    voted to accept a package that will temporarily cut jobs and pay to avoid a larger number of redundancies.


    The British Airline Pilots Association said that 85% of its members voted in favour of the deal.


    There will be around 270 jobs axed and temporary pay cuts starting at 20%, the association said.


    The pay cuts will eventually drop to 8% over the next two years and pay will return to current levels “over the longer term.”

    IAG came under heavy fire from unions and MPs after announcing the cost-cutting measures.

    The company warned in April it had run out of other ways to save cash as the pandemic has hammered its revenue.


    The transport committee of the House of Commons
    dubbed the way British Airways was treating employees during the crisis a “national disgrace.”


    Referencing the airline’s cost-cutting measures, the committee said in a report that British Airways was engaged in a “calculated attempt to take advantage of the pandemic.”


    The committee said the behaviour “falls well below the standards we would expect from any employer, especially in light of the scale of taxpayer subsidy, at this time of national crisis.”


    In April, British Airways used the government’s wage-subsidy scheme to furlough 30,000 staff until the end of May.
    ‘Black Friday’ at British Airways as 10,000 workers lose jobs

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    Kerala plane crash: Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut runway

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    An Air India Express plane with 191 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, officials say.
    The aircraft, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway and broke in two at Calicut airport upon landing, India's aviation authority said.
    Rescue operations are under way, with emergency services at the scene.
    At least two people, including the pilot, have died, the BBC has been told.
    Several passengers are injured, a spokesman for the airline said.
    The airline said there were 184 passengers - including 10 children and seven crew members, of which two were pilots - on board flight IX-1344 when it crashed at Calicut, also known as Kozhikode.
    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane fell into a valley and broke in two after skidding off the end of the runway. Images carried by Indian media show the aircraft broken in two pieces.

    Kerala plane crash: Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut runway - BBC News

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    AirAsia secures RM1bil financing

    AirAsia secures RM1bil financing | The Star


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    Boeing's 2020 MAX cancellations near 400 in July


    "Boeing Co (BA.N) lost another 43 orders for its grounded 737 MAX planes in July, bringing the total cancellations for the jet this year to 398, while delivering only four of its other aircraft to customers, monthly numbers showed on Tuesday. Based on a tighter accounting standard, Boeing said order cancellations now stand at 857 for the MAX, whose recertification is still hanging in the balance more than a year after its worldwide grounding due to two fatal crashes.

    The four deliveries - one each of 767 and 777 freighters and two 787 Dreamliners - were down from 19 a year earlier, taking the total to 74 planes so far this year. Boeing delivered a record 806 aircraft in the whole of 2018, before the 737 MAX crisis erupted.

    Airlines pay most of the purchase price when they take delivery of an aircraft, so the lack of deliveries is a direct hit to a planemaker’s revenue.

    Boeing did not win any new orders in July and its cancellations include 35 previously scratched orders for the 737 MAX by Dublin-based aircraft lessor AerCap Holdings (AER.N) and Kuwaiti aircraft leasing company Alafco.

    Fresh 737 MAX cancellations last month were by Canada Jetlines, which struck off five orders, Avolon scrapped two orders and a business jet customer canceled one order.

    Additionally, Boeing removed nine 737 MAX airplanes from its backlog to adjust for jets ordered in previous years but unlikely to be delivered currently.
    On an adjusted basis, a total of 52 more planes were canceled last month, bringing lost orders to 836 for the year as of July end. The company’s gross orders, without cancellations, were 59 planes in the first seven months of 2020. "

    Boeing's 2020 MAX cancellations near 400 in July - Reuters

    Rolls-Royce finds cracks in small number of Trent XWB engines


    "Britain’s Rolls-Royce (RR.L) will carry out extra inspections on some of its Trent XWB engines after cracks were found on a small number of them, in a further headache for the company whose finances have been hit hard by the pandemic.

    Rolls-Royce sought to reassure investors and airline customers on Tuesday that the issue on some XWB engines, which powers the Airbus (AIR.PA) A350 plane, would not cause significant disruption for carriers or material cost.

    Sources close to the matter said that the cost to Rolls would be in the low to mid tens of millions of pounds.

    That makes it much less severe than the Trent 1000 issues, where problematic turbine blades on the engine which powers the Boeing (BA.N) 787 are set to cost the company 2.4 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) to fix over the 2017-2023 period.

    The cost of fixing that problem comes as the pandemic heaps pressure on the company’s finances. It is looking at options to strengthen its balance sheet after planes stopped flying, cutting the revenues it receives from flying-hours.

    Rolls said wear on the Trent XWB-84 engine will be subject to an Airworthiness Directive from regulator EASA, which is expected to be published on Wednesday.

    The company pre-emptively issued its statement to address “potential speculation”.

    Morgan Stanley analysts said that there was a high degree of sensitivity around the XWB given that the engine is important to Rolls’s future value, but its assessment was that the issues were not a major concern and it called them “benign”.

    Shares in Rolls traded up 3% to 273 pence at 1109 GMT. The stock recently hit its lowest level for 11 years.

    Rolls said that routine inspections had found the wear in one or two blades of the Intermediate Pressure Compressor in a small number of XWB engines which have been in service four to five years.

    It said there were 100 such engines in service. None of the engines had experienced any abnormal in-flight operations and the issue had not been found on younger engines. "

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...KCN25714M?il=0
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    Just heard from a mate who retired from the sandpit recently, and had an Emirates flight to Brisbane in Business class.

    Apparently they took out all but 24 economy seats and made the rest First.

    He had to pay $7500 US one way.

    That's the sort of stunt the Thais would pull.


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    Well that's a surprise I must say.

    Probe 'points to graft' in THAI A340 aircraft deal

    Some employees of Thai Airways International (THAI) became unusually rich from a major plane procurement deal struck in 2003-2004, according to a police-led investigation team set up by the Transport Ministry.
    The conclusion was drawn after the team led by Pol Lt Gen Charnthep Sesaves, a former Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner, completed its investigation, Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam said on Thursday.
    Probe 'points to graft' in THAI A340 aircraft deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    An Air India Express plane
    "The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai,"

    Kerala plane crash: 18 dead after Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut - BBC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Does it surprise you that Dubai has an airport HooHoo?

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    I hope not, IIRC, I transited through it. Front end Emirates 380's, BKK to LGW and return.

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    It's just that I'm wondering why you quoted that particular point. Is it supposed to mean something?

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