A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR had to cut its flight from Doha to Auckland short after a hole on its engine cowling appeared after take-off. In a report from Simple Flying, flight QR920 had to return back to Doha after dumping fuel. QR920 is actually the 2nd longest flight in the world, right after Singapore to Newark of Singapore Airlines.
Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok International Airport, one of the world's busiest, was brought down to a halt yesterday as thousand of pro-democracy protesters stormed the main terminal. Over 150 flights in and out the airport were cancelled as a result of the protest while thousand of passengers were stranded.
Capt. Bryan Knight of Southwest Airlines was just 5 years old when he last saw his father, Col. Roy Knight Jr., alive for the last time at Dallas Love Field Airport in 1967. Col. Knight was an Air Force pilot who fought in the Vietnam War. He was shot down over Laos later that year. He was declared killed in action in 1974 after search efforts failed to find him.
Budget airline AirAsia took delivery of its brand new and very first Airbus A330-900NEO. The aircraft will be operated by AirAsia X Thailand which is leased from Avolon. It will be based at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand. AirAsia ordered 100 of this new generation aircraft. Another is to be delivered within the year.
If you think you have the right to do whatever you want on board a Cathay Pacific flight even if it entails being unruly and disobedient to the flight crew, be warned. Cathay Pacific is 'watching' your every movement through the aircraft's inflight entertainment systems and CCTVs present around the aircraft and airport. The information and images will be stored indefinitely, with the airline claiming it will be for "as long as necessary".
A British Airways flight from London to Spain had to commence emergency evacuation after the cabin was filled with smoke. Flight BA422, utilizing an Airbus A321-200 aircraft, was travelling from Heathrow to Valencia on Monday afternoon when the incident happened. All 175 passengers and 8 crew members evacuated safely. British Airways confirmed a "technical issue" as the cause.
It looks like the A380 will soon be making its final bow for another airline. Air France had announced that it is retiring its Airbus A380 fleet by 2022 in a media statement. The airline cited that a competitive operating environment, high fuel costs, high CO2 emissions, increasing maintenance costs, and the need for cabin refurbishments as the reason for the said decision.
Southwest Airlines is pulling out its operations at Neward Liberty International Airport due to losses brought by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. After the two deadly crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Air involving the 737 Max aircraft, the aircraft has been grounded globally. This is now taking a huge toll on airlines operating them, with some cancelling orders of the Max.
It was a band-aid solution to compete against the Airbus A320NEO aircraft. Instead of creating a new aircraft from a clean sheet of paper, they decided to re-engine the Boeing 737, an aircraft designed in the 1960s. Now, Boeing has hinted that it may halt the production of its most popular aircraft, the 737MAX following two fatal accidents that resulted to its global grounding.
Two Southwest aircraft struck each other during pushback at Nashville International Airport last Saturday night, the airline has confirmed. The winglet of one aircraft came into contact with the other plane on the tarmac of the airport. There were no injuries reported though both aircraft were pulled back to their respective gates and were later on taken out of service for maintenance evaluation.