Posts Tagged ‘Germany’


[Daily Telegraph] As many as 13 planes flying over Europe vanish from radar screens in an “unprecedented” series of blackouts that lasted 25 minutes with claims air traffic control could have been hacked.

So far experts are at a loss to explain what caused the aircraft to disappear

An air-safety investigation has been launched after 13 planes flying over Europe disappeared from radar screens in two “unprecedented” blackouts, leading to reports stating air traffic control systems had been hacked.

The aircraft went missing from screens across the region in early June, leaving air traffic controllers with no information about their position, direction and height – instead relying on voice communication alone.

Air traffic control centres in Austria, southern Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia all reported the same problem with each period of interference lasting around 25 minutes but varying from flight to flight.

Marcus Pohanka, from Austro Control, described the incidents, which occurred on June 5 and June 10 as “unprecedented,” although the authorities stressed that all the aircraft involved continued with their flights as normal.

Concerns over air safety and radar have been heightened since the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight in March.

Read the full story at The Daily Telegraph…..

 


The Daily Telegraph

13th June, 2014

 


 


[The Local] Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer has admitted that the much-delayed new Berlin BER international airport may miss its October 2013 opening deadline, yet indirectly criticised the capital’s mayor for the continuing fiasco. 

Initially the airport's opening date was set for 30 October 2011. In June 2010

Initially the airport’s opening date was set for 30 October 2011. In June 2010. Photo: Wikipedia

“The co-owner, the federal government, sees signs that the opening date of October 27, 2013 might possibly not be met,” Ramsauer told Die Welt newspaper on Wednesday.

The state governments of Brandenburg and Berlin are the other two owners of the airport which is being built to replace the Schönefeld and Tegel airports, and was last expected to open in the summer.

The latest official reason for the non-opening of the airport was that the fire warning system was not working, and Ramsauer said many tests were still needed to see whether it was now going to function.

He said the BER supervisory board, chaired by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, was responsible for the management of the project – but also that they were reliant on the managers providing all necessary information.

The main problem with the project has been that, “not all decisive facts have been laid on the table of the supervisory board,” said Ramsauer.

Yet the transport minister, who is also responsible for construction, said such problems were not unique to publicly-run projects. “Public and private building contractors cook with the same water – both give out contracts to companies,” he said.

“There are botches, delays and cost increases. That does not excuse anything for public projects, but one should not make it worse than it is,” he said.

Read the original story at The Local – Germany’s News in English


The Local
26th Dec, 2012



[Reuters] Deutsche Lufthansa plans to seek large compensation payments from Berlin airport.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport will not open on 3 June as planned due to insufficient fire-prevention safeguards

Berlin Brandenburg Airport will not open on 3 June as planned due to insufficient fire-prevention safeguards.  Photo: Wikipedia

May 13 (Reuters) – It’s seeking the monies from the operators of Berlin‘s newest airport as the delayed opening in Germany’s capital city may inflict unforeseen costs on the country’s biggest airline, Die Welt reported, citing executive board member Carsten Spohr.

Costs will include spending on training additional staff needed to handle an expected increase in passenger volumes at Tegel airport, Spohr was quoted as saying in an interview.

Tegel will stay open after a decision this week by Berlin operators to delay the opening of the city’s new airport, scheduled for June 3, until…..

Read the full story at Reuters


BERLIN
Sun May 13, 2012



[Reuters] The opening of Berlin’s new airport will be delayed by up to three months due to fire safety problems, authorities said on Tuesday, dealing an embarrassing blow to the German capital‘s flagship project less than a month before its planned launch.

Germany is still struggling to open an international airport to replace two from its Cold War past.

Germany is still struggling to open an international airport to replace two from its Cold War past. Photo: Wikipedia

Nearly a quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall came down and 13 years after the government moved back to Berlin as the unified capital, Germany is still struggling to open an international airport to replace two from its Cold War past.

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, which will also be known as Willy Brandt Airport after West Germany’s Cold War chancellor, had been scheduled to open on June 3. But the airport’s operator said the move from the city’s Tegel airport was suspended with immediate effect.

“It’s not a good day for airport Berlin-Brandenburg Willy-Brandt, not a good day for the citizens … and the many visitors to our region,” Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit told a news conference.

Matthias Platzeck, state premier of the neighbouring Brandenburg region, said he now hoped the airport would be open in the second half of August, after the school holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg.

The opening of what will be Germany’s third largest airport after Frankfurt and Munich, has been postponed once already.

Platzeck, who said he was “livid”, expects the airport management to set a new date by……

See the full story at Reuters….


BERLIN | Tue May 8, 2012
By Annika Breidthardt and Sabine Siebold



[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



"The other passengers were looked after and comforted in Dusseldorf and the flight continued to Prague later that evening."

"The other passengers were looked after and comforted in Dusseldorf and the flight continued to Prague later that evening." : Image: jethros.org.uk

[Independant] A plane was forced to make an emergency diversion and land after a passenger died on board, an airline said today (17th April).

The incident happened on board a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Prague last Friday, Jet2 said.

It was reported that the passenger, believed to be a 22-year-old man, suffered serious breathing difficulties as the plane was travelling north of Dusseldorf in Germany.

The pilot made an emergency diversion to Dusseldorf and landed.

A spokeswoman for Jet2.com confirmed a passenger had died, and passed on condolences to his family.

She said: “Due to a passenger becoming unwell on the Leeds Bradford to Prague flight on Friday, the captain diverted the aircraft to Dusseldorf to seek urgent medical attention.

“We can confirm that the passenger did sadly pass away. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time…..

Read this PA report in The Independant….


Alistair Keely
Tuesday 17 April 2012



MUMBAI: In a move that would give Jet Airways a cutting edge advantage over its rivals, the country’s largest private carrier is likely to move a large part of its international operations to Munich in Germany by the year end, said two people familiar with the development.

India's largest private carrier is likely to move a large part of its international operations to Munich in Germany

India's largest private carrier is likely to move a large part of its international operations to Munich in Germany

Those in the know of the matter also said the development is a precursor to the Naresh Goyal promoted airline joining Star Alliance, one of the biggest airline alliances in the world that flies over 600 million passengers around the globe annually.

Jet already has a European hub in Brussels, in Belgium which it established in 2007 and it might reduce operations considerably to the European city or slowly shift base to Munich, the exact strategy of the airline for its scissor operations at Brussels could not be ascertained immediately.

Jet Airways spokesperson said the in a reply to ET query that the story is speculative while Jet’s CEO, Nikos Kardsis declined any such move being contemplated by the Indian carrier. Another Jet senior official Sudheer Raghavan also said that the query is speculative.

But the 35 new flights to Munich requested by Jet Airways from the ministry of civil aviation for its winter schedule tell a different story. The move comes at a time when the ministry has allowed private carriers to have equal rights with Air India for international operations.

Jet’s shift in favour of Munich can also be gauged from its recent application when it applied for an additional flight from its current hub at Brussels that came with some great sops in airport charges and an interline agreement with Brussels airlines.

Jet currently operates 200 international flights daily with a fleet of 101 aircraft and is said to be looking to add some more wide-body aircraft to its fleet as and when the market conditions stabilise….

Read the full story at The Economic Times….


12 April, 2012
Manisha Singhal, ET Bureau