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[BBC News] An unidentified drone came close to hitting a plane as it landed at Heathrow, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed.

An Airbus A320 pilot reported seeing a helicopter-style drone as the jet was 700 feet off the ground on its approach to the runway at 1416 GMT on 22 July.

The CAA has not identified the airline or how close the drone came to the plane, which can carry 180 people.

It gave the incident an “A” rating, meaning a “serious risk of collision”.

This is the highest incident rating the CAA can give.

Investigators were unable to identify the drone, which did not appear on air traffic control radar and disappeared after the encounter.

In May the pilot of an ATR 72 turbo-prop plane reported seeing a helicopter drone only 80 feet away as he approached Southend airport at a height of 1,500 feet.

The incidents have prompted a warning from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) that the rapid increase in the number of drones operated by amateur enthusiasts now poses “a real risk” to commercial aircraft.

The association’s general secretary, Jim McAuslan said drones could cause a repeat of the “Hudson River experience”, when a plane was forced to land in water in New York in 2009 after birds were sucked into its engines.

“The risk of a 10 kilogram object hitting a plane is a real one that pilots are very concerned about” he said.

“A small drone could be a risky distraction for a pilot coming into land and cause serious damage if they hit one.”

Sales of drones have increased rapidly, with UK sales running at a rate of between 1,000 and 2,000 every month.

They are expected to be very popular as Christmas presents.

They cost as little as £35 for a smaller model – more advanced drones capable of carrying a high definition camera and travelling at 45 miles per hour cost almost £3,000.

Only a very small minority of people operating drones have attended training courses in how to fly them.

A spokesman for the CAA said it had to depend on people using their common sense when they operated drones.

He said the current level of risk should be “kept in perspective” but warned that breaking laws governing the use of drones could potentially threaten commercial aircraft.

“People using unmanned aircraft need to think, use common sense and take responsibility for them”, he said.

“There are rules which have the force of law and have to be followed.”

Drones may not be flown higher than 400 feet or further than 500 metres from the operator, and they must not go within 50 metres of people, vehicles or buildings.

There are exclusion zones around airports and the approaches to them for drones weighing more than seven kilograms.

Mr McAuslan said there was an urgent need for rules to be tightened before much larger unmanned cargo planes – potentially the size of a Boeing 737 – took to the skies.

Read the original story at BBC News…..


BBC News
7th December, 2014


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[BBC NewsDiscount airline Ryanair has reported record full-year profits and rising revenues, despite soaring fuel costs.

Profits after tax rose 13% to 569m euros (£481m) on revenues of 4.88bn euros for the year to 31 March.

“Ultra-low cost carrier” Ryanair has big expansion plans and has ordered 175 new planes. Photo: Wikipedia

Passenger traffic grew 5% to 79.3 million as the airline added 217 new routes to its roster, bringing the total to 1,600.

But fuel costs rose by more than 290m euros, the company statement said, and now account for 45% of total costs.

Chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “Delivering a 13% increase in profits and 5% traffic growth despite high oil prices during a European recession is testimony to the strength of Ryanair’s ultra-low cost model.”

But he warned that growth would be slower in the 2013-14 financial year at Europe’s largest budget airline, thanks to rising oil prices and “unjustified higher Eurocontrol and Spanish airport charges”.

The company is forecasting net profits in the range of 570m to 600m euros for the coming year.

In March, Ryanair placed an order with Boeing for 175 planes worth £10.3bn ($15.6bn) to be delivered between 2014 and 2018.

The deal will increase its fleet by a third to 400 planes.

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBC News
20th May, 2013



[Guardian] As the battery in one plane explodes it is followed by a fuel leak in another, both incidents were at Boston airport and both aircraft are owned by Japan Airlines.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was towed back to the gate after a fuel leak at Boston Logan airport.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was towed back to the gate after a fuel leak at Boston Logan airport. Photo: Wikipedia

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes have been the subject of safety scares within two days at Boston airport in the US, adding to concerns about the aircraft.

On Monday, an electrical fire erupted on one of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines at Boston Logan international airport. Authorities said a battery in the auxiliary power unit aboard the plane jet had suffered “severe fire damage”.

On Tuesday at the same airport, a fuel leak forced a different 787 operated by JAL to cancel takeoff. Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said the plane was towed back to the gate after about 150 litres (40 gallons) of fuel spilled. He said the plane had 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board. Walsh said the plane was evaluated and departed that afternoon. A JAL spokeswoman said the crew had reported a “mechanical issue”.

The two incidents have extended a series of problems that have dogged the jet for more than a month and increased concern about the plane.

The fire broke out on an empty Dreamliner jet parked at a gate in Boston. Officials said a battery in the auxiliary power system exploded around 10.30am, shortly after passengers had disembarked. A mechanic inspecting the jet discovered smoke while performing a routine post-flight inspection.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what caused the problem, which came within weeks of Boeing enduring a string of other electrical problems that briefly grounded three of the planes. The new jet also has suffered an engine failure and fuel leaks in the 14 months it has been in service.

The electrical fire is troubling in part because the 787 relies heavily on electrical power to drive onboard systems that in other jet models are run by air pressure generated by the engines. The new jet also suffered an electrical fire during a test flight, prompting a redesign of electrical systems.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said on Monday: “We are aware of the event and are working with our customer.”

The Dreamliner is Boeing’s first jet to be made of carbon composites rather than aluminium, a change that reduces the plane’s weight and allows it to use less fuel.

Since entering service in October 2011 the plane has repeatedly made headlines for……

Read the full story at The Guardian…..


The Guardian
9th Jan, 2013



[Vienna] Yesterday we reported from Austria on the freak accident that involved an Airbus A321 at Vienna International Airport. The aircraft had its front left main door ripped away from the fuselage when the attached Jetway suddenly lifted about 1.5 meters up, entangled with and ripping off the aircraft door.

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

This evening The Aviation Herald has published large images of the incident, taken immediatlely after the event. Click on either of the images for the full size photos at The Aviation Herald.

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

Original Story

The flight (HG-2715) from Malaga in Spain landed at Vienna International Airport and made its way to Gate C41, when it stopped at the gate ready for the passengers to disembark, the ground crew manoeuvred and docked the Jetway on to the aircraft.

When the crew opened the main door and passengers were about to leave the aircraft, the Jetway suddenly lifted about 5 feet up, entangled with the aircraft door and then lifted the entire aircraft by about 8 inches upwards.

At this point the aircraft door was ripped from the fuselage causing the aircraft to fall back onto the apron.

The passengers and crew were forced to leave the aircraft via the rear door and were then taken into an enclosed area of the terminal building and were asked if anyone had suffered any injuries from the incident. The travelers all confirmed that there were no ill effects at the time.

The aircraft received substantial damage and has been out of service since the incident on Sunday.

A spokesman from flyNiki confirmed that the Airbus had been lifted when the Jetway moved upwards and became entangled in the front door, and then fell down to the apron when the door sheared off.

A spokesman for Vienna International Airport said that, “Medical assistance was offered to all passengers following an aircraft being lifted by the Jetway, however no passenger reported any pain or injuries at the time”

The Jetway had correctly docked against the aircraft, but a failure of a sensor unit caused the Jetway to suddenly lift taking the aircraft door and aircraft with it.

Today (May 8th) a female passenger aged 76, reported feeling pain and was seen by doctors who diagnosed her with the fracture to her coccyx.

Investigations are expected to continue.

Read the original report at The Aviation Herald…..


The Aviation Herald
8th May, 2012

Lat updated 9th May, 2012



[The Journal] Emirates has introduced a larger aircraft on its DublinDubai route to cater for increased passenger demand, two months ahead of its scheduled introduction.

The expansion of the Dublin route comes amid a year of major expansion for the airline

The Boeing 777-300 was due to be rolled out on the daily route from July, but has been introduced from last week in order to cater for higher-than-expected demand for seats on the route.

The service began operation with an Airbus A330-200, with space for 237 passengers, on January 9, but Emirates announced within three weeks of that launch that it would roll out the larger Boeing craft from July.

From May 1, however, the larger Boeing craft – which also increases the storage capacity for luggage, from 15 tonnes to 25 – has been running on the route in order to satisfy the demand.

Emirates’ senior vice-president for commercial operations in Europe and Russia, Salem Obaidalla, said the airline had continued to be impressed by the ”phenomenal performance” of the new service.

“Now, Ireland has one of the largest aircraft in our fleet and we can now offer 52 per cent more seats.”

The airline has previously said that the capacity offered by the Airbus craft, which allowed 3,318 people to travel from Dublin to Dubai and back each week, would usually be enough to cater for the first two or three years of a new route.

By comparison, the Boeing craft will mean a weekly capacity of 5,040 on flights to and from Dubai. Emirates runs one flight in……

Read the full story at The Journal…..


The Journal.ie
8th May, 2012



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[The Aviation Herald] Vienna – On Sunday an Airbus A321 had its front left main door ripped away from the fuselage in a freak accident. The ‘flyNiki‘ aircraft had just arrived from Spain when the incident happened.

The jetway suddenly lifted about 1.5 meters up, entangled with the aircraft door

The Jetway suddenly lifted about 1.5 meters up, entangled with the aircraft door. Photo: Wikipedia

The flight (HG-2715) from Malaga in Spain landed at Vienna International Airport and made its way to Gate C41, when it stopped at the gate ready for the passengers to disembark, the ground crew manoeuvred and docked the Jetway on to the aircraft.

When the crew opened the main door and passengers were about to leave the aircraft, the Jetway suddenly lifted about 5 feet up, entangled with the aircraft door and then lifted the entire aircraft by about 8 inches upwards.

At this point the aircraft door was ripped from the fuselage causing the aircraft to fall back onto the apron.

The passengers and crew were forced to leave the aircraft via the rear door and were then taken into an enclosed area of the terminal building and were asked if anyone had suffered any injuries from the incident. The travelers all confirmed that there were no ill effects at the time.

The aircraft received substantial damage and has been out of service since the incident on Sunday.

A spokesman from flyNiki confirmed that the Airbus had been lifted when the Jetway moved upwards and became entangled in the front door, and then fell down to the apron when the door sheared off.

A spokesman for Vienna International Airport said that, “Medical assistance was offered to all passengers following an aircraft being lifted by the Jetway, however no passenger reported any pain or injuries at the time”

The Jetway had correctly docked against the aircraft, but a failure of a sensor unit caused the Jetway to suddenly lift taking the aircraft door and aircraft with it.

Today (May 8th)  a female passenger aged 76 reported feeling felt pain and was seen by doctors who diagnosed her with the fracture to her coccyx.

Investigations are expected to continue.

Read the original report at The Aviation Herald…..


The Aviation Herald
8th May, 2012



[9 News Now] WASHINGTON – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner landed twice in Washington DC today, at both Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, as part of its worldwide tour.

Eighteen views of todays Dreamliner visit to Dulles International Airport,  Washingtion DC.  Photo: 9 News Now

Eighteen views of todays Dreamliner visit to Dulles International Airport, Washingtion DC. Photo: 9 News Now

Boeing will take the 787 Dreamliner to just two more cities to conclude the sixth leg of the Dream Tour this month. Stops over the last few weeks have already included cities in the U.K., Norway and Italy.

The tour continues later this week ……..

The dates listed below are landing dates for each city or airport.

“The 787 Dreamliner applies breakthrough technologies to an all-new airplane design.

The advanced features of the 787 increase efficiency, simplify airplane ownership and operation and significantly improve the air travel experience,” representatives from Boeing said in a news release. 

Boeing states that it is the company’s most fuel-efficient airliner and the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.

The huge airliner seats 210 to 290 people……

See the story and pictures at 9 News Now….


[Seattle PI] On Tuesday Boeing celebrated delivery of the first airline 747-8 Intercontinental, the last in a series of new airplanes. Now the new model has to prove itself in service to bring what Boeing hopes is a pile of new orders.

Lufthansa's first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental leaves Paine Field yesterday bound for Frankfurt, Germany: Photo: Gail Hanusa / Copyright © 2012 Boeing. All Rights Reserved.

Lufthansa's first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental leaves Paine Field yesterday bound for Frankfurt, Germany: Photo: Gail Hanusa / Copyright © 2012 Boeing. All Rights Reserved

“This was hard. This was six years of solving problems,” Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, beside Paine Field airport and Boeing’s Everett wide-body aircraft plant.

Lufthansa Chief Officer Carsten Spohr called the airplane a “new flagship,” adding: “The queen of the skies is the result of great teamwork, of two great companies working together.”

Lufthansa legally took delivery of the airplane April 25.

The airplane is scheduled to enter service June 1, after crew training and installation of some extras at Lufthansa’s base in Frankfurt, Germany, said Nico Buchholz, Lufthansa’s executive vice president, Group Fleet Management.

Lufthansa plans to start with service from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C., adding Los Angeles, Chicago and destinations in India soon after, and then switching routes from 747-400s to Intercontinentals as it gets more of the new airplanes…..

Read the full article  at Seattle PI…..


By AUBREY COHEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
Tuesday, May 1, 2012



[Daily Reporter] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — To say that the head of Dubai’s Emirates airline wears many hats is something of an understatement.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September: Photo courtesy ukzambians.co.uk

Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum holds several government positions in the Gulf city-state, and is an uncle of Dubai’s ruler. He was appointed chairman of Dubai World in 2010 to oversee the troubled state conglomerate’s turnaround plan.

But it is role at the helm of Emirates airline for which Sheik Ahmed is best known. The University of Denver graduate became chairman of the newly formed airline in 1985, and later took on the job of CEO too.

Today he oversees one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, which boasts more than 120 destinations in 73 countries. Emirates Group, which includes the airline and related businesses, earned $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It expects to post another annual profit later this month.

The airline is a huge buyer of new airplanes, with standing orders for more than 230 jets. It operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s, and was one of the first carriers to use Airbus’ double-decker A380.

Emirates’ torrid growth means it is constantly adding new destinations. Some are exotic, such as recently added Lusaka, Zambia, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, starting next month.

But the company is also expanding its reach in the United States. It now flies from Dubai to six American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

Two weeks ago, Emirates announced a new codeshare deal with New York-based JetBlue Airways. That arrangement will tack an Emirates code and flight number onto JetBlue flights from New York’s JFK airport to a dozen U.S. destinations, including Chicago and Boston.

Sheik Ahmed, 53, spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday in Dubai. He talked about……

Read this great AP Interview and story in full at the Daily Reporter…..


ADAM SCHRECK  AP Business Writer
First Posted: May 01, 2012



[Business StandardJapan Airlines (JAL) will become the first carrier to bring a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to India when it lands the aircraft in New Delhi from Tokyo tomorrow.

The first Dreamliner service will be launched in India from tomorrow

The first Dreamliner service will be launched in India from tomorrow: Photo - Aviationnews.eu

“With the launch of the Dreamliner, India will become the second country in JAL’s operations to get this special high-end aircraft. This reiterates our commitment to the Indian market. The first Dreamliner service will be launched in India from tomorrow,” said country manager Yasushi Isomura.

Japan Airlines runs Boeing 777 service five days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Dreamliners will operate for four days, excluding Thursday, when the airline will operate Boeing 777.

With the operations of the Dreamliners, the airline will bring down its capacity on offer by 25 per cent. A Dreamliner has 186 seats compared to 215 in a Boeing 777. Delhi is the second international destination for JAL where it has launched a Boeing 787. Earlier this month, it launched its first Dreamliner service to Boston in the US. Isomura said India was one of the most profitable……

Rad the full story at India’s Business Standard…..


BS Reporter / New Delhi May 01, 2012, 00:31 IST