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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checks
    Trying to post edited out of date shit to support your shit argument.

    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine-maker CFM over the timing and cost of proposed inspections after a 2016 engine accident, months before the explosion this week of a similar engine on a Southwest jet that led to the death of a passenger, public documents showed.
    It doesn't surprise me that the airline is trying to wheedle out of it, it costs money, but this is a safety issue, and BOTH manufacturers are subject to orders from BOTH the FAA and the EU.

    Stop waffling.

    • 01 MAY, 2018
    • SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM

    BY: JON HEMMERDINGER

    The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a new airworthiness directive (AD) requiring inspections of more CFM International CFM56-7B engines, including ongoing inspections.

    The directive applies to engines not already subject to an emergency AD the FAA issued 20 April, and it more-closely mirrors a service bulletin issued by CFM International.

    The move marks continued response by the FAA to the deadly inflight failure of a CFM56-7B on a Southwest AirlinesBoeing 737-700 on 17 April.

    The latest order, which takes effect around 10 May, requires airlines to inspect "concave and convex sides" of some CFM56-7B fan blades before the blades accumulate 20,000 cycles, or within 113 days, the order says.

    The 113-day period ends 31 August, says CFM.

    Operators must then repeat inspections within 3,000 cycles since the last inspection, it says.

    The directive applies to 3,716 engines installed on US-registered aircraft, it says.

    Unlike the earlier emergency AD, the latest directive comes as an "immediately adopted rule", meaning the public can submit comments and the FAA could make changes.

    The FAA's 20 April emergency AD required airlines to inspect within 20 days blades on some CFM56-7Bs with at least 30,000 cycles.

    A related CFM service bulletin issued 20 April went further, recommending that airlines inspect engines with more than 20,000 cycles.

    That bulletin also called on airlines to perform ongoing inspections on those engines every 3,000 cycles, which equates to about two years of average airline service, CFM said.

    "This latest action mirrors the CFM service bulletin and the [European Aviation Safety Agency] airworthiness directive issued on April 20," says CFM in a statement.



    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...th-new-448230/

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    ^^ Except, of course, that CFM is joint US / French...

    ... and the public tends to remember aircraft not engine fit, making the dreamliner look bad, which is .... American.
    Carry on
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Trying to post edited out of date shit to support your shit argument.
    Just one more example of ameristani double standards but you already knew that I am very sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Just one more example of ameristani double standards but you already knew that I am very sure.
    You seem oblivious to the facts, probably because you haven't actually read any of them, so determined are you to believe your silly conspiracy theory.

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    Economist covers the ongoing problems at Air France

    https://www.economist.com/blogs/gull...05/struck-down

    Air France-KLM is being brought to its knees by its unions

    Europe’s fourth-largest airline group is becoming unmanageable










    AIR FRANCE likes to present itself as a cut above other European airlines. Offering fancy French food and free champagne in economy class on long-haul flights, the company’s strategy is to justify its high ticket prices by offering a premium service. But facing intransigent unions at home and competition from abroad, the airline’s financial fizz is rapidly going flat.

    A drawn-out fight with its unions has toppled the boss of its parent group, Air France-KLM, yet again. On May 4th Jean-Marc Janaillac, its chief executive, resigned after its workers voted against a pay rise of 7% over four years. His predecessor, Alexandre de Juniac, left two years ago after two executives had their shirts violently ripped off by a mob of angry workers over a restructuring plan. The latest resignation is more serious because investors are also losing their rag. Air France-KLM’s shares have halved in value since January; over the same period those of rival carriers such as IAG and Ryanair have risen.

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    Air France’s trade unions are demanding an immediate pay rise of 5.1%. That looks bearable set against profits of €1.5bn ($1.8bn) last year. But a decent-looking performance in 2017 owed much to low oil prices. Its finances are weakening fast. Mr Janaillac had warned of a big drop in profits this year. A series of 14 one-day strikes has already cost Air France at least €300m in recent weeks



    The threat of Air France’s inflated cost base swelling further scares investors, says Daniel Roeska of Bernstein, a research firm. Some Air France pilots may earn two to three times as much as those at Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier, Ryanair. Since 2012 Air France has made much less money than its rivals (see chart).

    Rising fuel costs, only half of which are hedged, and a squeeze on fares caused by airline overcapacity in Europe threaten to plunge Air France into the red sooner than its peers. A huge debt pile also leaves the group looking vulnerable. Ross Harvey of Davy, an investment firm, says its net debt last year (including leases) was 2.4 times gross operating profits, compared with 0.4 for Ryanair and 0.7 for easyJet and Lufthansa.

    Other flag-carriers across Europe have also been squeezed, on short-haul routes by the rise of low-cost outfits and on long-haul routes by carriers from the Middle East and China. But their answer has been to slash costs to return to the black. IAG has forced through big cuts to jobs and pay at British Airways and Iberia of Spain, as has Lufthansa in Germany. Facing intransigent unions, Alan Joyce of Qantas in Australia even grounded his airline until they caved in. All have launched their own low-cost carriers to take the fight to their new rivals.

    Unable to make much headway against the unions, Air France’s management chose another track. After cancelling Mr de Juniac’s proposed restructuring, Mr Janaillac launched a plan to cover the airline’s costs by improving service and by lobbying in Brussels against low-cost and Middle Eastern competitors.

    Neither will save the airline in the long run, says Andrew Charlton of Aviation Advocacy, a consultancy based in Geneva. Most flyers these days choose airlines on price, using comparison websites, and not on service. And competition from other EU carriers is now a greater threat than those from the Gulf. Cheaper carriers such as easyJet, Norwegian and IAG’s low-cost outfits are expanding at Air France’s main hubs in Paris. It is years behind IAG and Lufthansa in building up a low-cost arm.

    The need to deal with the unions and revamp the airline’s strategy at the same time means that replacing Mr Janaillac—who was supposedly an expert in dealing with difficult French unions—is like finding the “impossible man”, reckons Mr Roeska. But whoever it is will at least have support from the French state, which owns 14.3% of the airline.

    The idea that it would always bail out the carrier is changing. On May 6th France’s finance minister, Bruno le Maire, refused to “soak up Air France’s losses” and said the airline “will disappear” if it does not become more competitive.

    The group is unlikely to go bust. Air France is propped up by profits at KLM, whose unions have compromised on pay. But the government wants Air France to be firm with its unions, partly to thwart opposition to reforms it is pushing through elsewhere. It is already in a fierce battle with the rail unions over President Emmanuel Macron’s flagship reforms and does not want to budge an inch in this confrontation. Flyers and investors in Air France should brace for more strikes.

    IMHO the graph says it all Ryanair hated yet popular, while without the cloggies Air France would be even worse off.KLM would've had a broader match with IAG/Lufthansa or SAS


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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    the graph says it all Ryanair hated yet popular,
    You use them a lot I suppose?

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    Night flight passengers at Don Mueang Airport advised to leave early

    BANGKOK, 10th May 2018 (NNT) - Air travelers planning to board flights at Don Mueang Airport from Saturday night to Monday night are advised to leave home early, as heavy traffic is expected to the closure of a main road to the airport.

    The Immigration Bureau has advised passengers to plan on arriving at least three hours before departure at the airport during the three-day period.

    All outbound lanes of Vibhavadhi-Rangsit road near the airport will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to clear space for the construction of the Red Line operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

    The closure is necessary for workers to lift a skywalk at Don Muang station. Two inbound lanes of the road will be temporarily used for the outbound direction at the construction site.

    The SRT and Don Mueang Airport recommended passengers to go to the airport by the expressway to avoid congestion.

    National News Bureau Of Thailand | Night flight passengers at Don Mueang Airport advised to leave early

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    @ Harry ^^^^^^^^ Southwest was founded in 1967 and this is the first fatality they have ever had, that's quite impressive. Also they have decent honest business practices unlike most other American domestic carriers; the fares they quote include a carry on and a checked bag, no hidden excessive fees. Sad to see our pathetic media do a hatchet job on them.

    They're consistently among the highest rated of the dismal US carriers.


    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/so...tos-2018-04-17
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    Chinese Pilot Lands Flight After Window Falls Off, Copilot Nearly Sucked Out


    "Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 was forced to make an emergency landing at China's Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport on Monday after one of the airplane's cockpit windows fell off mid-flight.
    According to Reuters, though no passengers were injured in the incident, the Civil Aviation Administration of China's Southwest Regional Administration (CAAC) stated that one of the pilots suffered scratches and waist pains. A flight attendant also received a minor injury during the accident.

    The domestic flight, which was traveling from Chongqing to Lhasa, landed at the Chengdu Shuangliu airport roughly 20 minutes after the window broke.

    Speaking to Red Star News, pilot Liu Chuanjian revealed that seconds after the malfunction, his fellow pilot started to get sucked out of the window, along with parts of the plane's control unit.

    "The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang. I looked aside and found half of the co-pilot's body was already outside the window. Fortunately his seat belt was fastened," the South China Morning Post reported Liu saying. "The sudden loss of pressure and low temperature made me very uncomfortable and it was very difficult to make a single move when the aircraft was flying at 900 kilometres an hour and at such a high altitude."

    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201805141064452707-sichuan-airlines-window-emergency-landing/



    https://twitter.com/ChinaAvReview/st...46877638639616


    Watch the cracks spreading on the A319 windshield

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    ^ Wrong plane mate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    @ Harry ^^^^^^^^ Southwest was founded in 1967 and this is the first fatality they have ever had, that's quite impressive. Also they have decent honest business practices unlike most other American domestic carriers; the fares they quote include a carry on and a checked bag, no hidden excessive fees. Sad to see our pathetic media do a hatchet job on them.

    They're consistently among the highest rated of the dismal US carriers.


    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/so...tos-2018-04-17
    I don't blame the airline as much as I blame the FAA and CFM. They should not have been compromising over passenger safety but it's all about the $$$'s.

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    ^^^

    China Sichuan Airlines flight makes emergency landing after co-pilot 'sucked' out of window

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    The co-pilot of a Chinese passenger jet that was forced to make an emergency landing was "sucked halfway" out of
    the plane after a cockpit windshield blew out, local media has reported.


    Captain Liu Chuanjian, hailed a hero on social media after having to land the Airbus A319 manually, told the Chengdu Economic Daily
    his aircraft had just reached a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit.

    The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature and when he looked over, the cockpit's right windshield was gone.
    "There was no warning sign. Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang," he was quoted as saying.
    "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window.
    "Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. Most of the equipment malfunctioned … and I couldn't hear the radio.
    The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges."


    The co-pilot, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pulled back in.

    China Sichuan Airlines flight makes emergency landing after co-pilot 'sucked' out of window - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    sucked halfway
    a situation we can all imagine

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    Maintenance issue?

    The better known BA5390 was, but that hadn't hit 32,000 feet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis...ys_Flight_5390

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    Good link Harry, aisle seat for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I don't blame the airline as much as I blame the FAA and CFM. They should not have been compromising over passenger safety but it's all about the $$$'s.
    Another Ameristani cunning plan eh?

    In the photo on the ground the A319 looks like a pirate with that patch over it's eye. Arrrrgh. (I have been watching a pirate show this week - black sails. Truly awful acting & dialog, with barely a pirate ship to be seen and what there are look photo-shopped. But there are plenty of bared breasts. So all in all a must see! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by bindog View Post
    Another Ameristani cunning plan eh?

    In the photo on the ground the A319 looks like a pirate with that patch over it's eye. Arrrrgh. (I have been watching a pirate show this week - black sails. Truly awful acting & dialog, with barely a pirate ship to be seen and what there are look photo-shopped. But there are plenty of bared breasts. So all in all a must see! )
    You're a gibbering idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    You're a gibbering idiot.
    Misplaced you're sense of humour Harry? That's fine, but keep your #&*%$ insults to yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bindog View Post
    Misplaced you're sense of humour Harry? That's fine, but keep your #&*%$ insults to yourself.
    If you thought that nonsensical babbling was funny, you're definitely a gibbering idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Good link Harry, aisle seat for me
    Be interesting to hear the outcome of this; it seems the windshield actually cracked, so maybe they only left half of the bolts off.

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    WTO issues ruling on EU appeal in Airbus-Boeing complaint

    May 15, 2018, © Leeham News:





    "The World Trade Organization today issued its ruling on the European Union appeal of WTO findings that Airbus received illegal subsidies for its commercial airplane programs.


    The WTO appeal decision affirmed that the A380 and A350 received improper subsidies. However, all previous Airbus aircraft have repaid subsidies or cured improperly low interest rates, according to a lawyer who has seen the decision.


    “The A350 got included on an acceleration factor based on low interest rates,” the lawyer told LNC. Airbus could have proceeded with the A350 without launch aid, he said the WTO concluded.


    Airbus claimed 94% of the Boeing complaints were rejected on appeal or through the process, said the lawyer. Six percent of the claims were upheld, involving the A350 and A380. LNC has not done an independent calculation on these figures.


    “Boeing is left with a real thin victory,” the lawyer said."

    Full ruling and more opinion:

    https://leehamnews.com/2018/05/15/wto/#more-27173


    Both companies claiming victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    If you thought that nonsensical babbling was funny, you're definitely a gibbering idiot.
    I have no time for internet f#ckwits like you Harry. Go and build a sandcastle or something,

    Enjoy your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    WTO issues ruling on EU appeal in Airbus-Boeing complaint


    May 15, 2018, © Leeham News:





    "The World Trade Organization today issued its ruling on the European Union appeal of WTO findings that Airbus received illegal subsidies for its commercial airplane programs.


    The WTO appeal decision affirmed that the A380 and A350 received improper subsidies. However, all previous Airbus aircraft have repaid subsidies or cured improperly low interest rates, according to a lawyer who has seen the decision.


    “The A350 got included on an acceleration factor based on low interest rates,” the lawyer told LNC. Airbus could have proceeded with the A350 without launch aid, he said the WTO concluded.


    Airbus claimed 94% of the Boeing complaints were rejected on appeal or through the process, said the lawyer. Six percent of the claims were upheld, involving the A350 and A380. LNC has not done an independent calculation on these figures.


    “Boeing is left with a real thin victory,” the lawyer said."

    Full ruling and more opinion:

    https://leehamnews.com/2018/05/15/wto/#more-27173


    Both companies claiming victory.
    Interesting that. I read somewhere that Airbus have a counter-complaint against Boeing in the works. Something to do with the subsidies / tax breaks Boeing gets from various state governments in the USA.

    And Airbus do pay back those loans - the governments they secure loans from get a slice of the profit from each aircraft sold, apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bindog View Post
    Interesting that. I read somewhere that Airbus have a counter-complaint against Boeing in the works. Something to do with the subsidies / tax breaks Boeing gets from various state governments in the USA.

    And Airbus do pay back those loans - the governments they secure loans from get a slice of the profit from each aircraft sold, apparently.
    See, it's not so difficult.

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