Cathay Pacific to launch flights to Tel Aviv

A few days ago, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific announced that they will launch a new four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, Israel starting 26 March, 2017. The new route will be operated with their brand new Airbus A350.

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The flights will follow this schedule, courtesy of airlineroute:

CX675 HKG0100 – 0740TLV 359 x135
CX674 TLV1350 – 0510+1HKG 359 x135

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said:

“We are excited to be launching a direct link to Tel Aviv, which has established itself as a culturally rich and technologically-advanced business capital. As an important market in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, Israel offers tremendous potential for business and leisure travel. Together with the recent launch of our Madrid and Gatwick operations, this new service to Tel Aviv reflects our commitment to growing the Cathay Pacific network and further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s great international aviation hubs.”

 

 

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Republic defers CSeries order

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (RAH) says it has agreed with Bombardier to amend a firm order agreement signed in 2010 for forty CS300s with forty additional options.

A render of a Republic Airways CS300. Copyright: Bombardier

The move is part of RAH’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings which have allowed it to extricate itself from several contracts. 

RAH said in an SEC filing the amendment provided for the deferral of scheduled aircraft playmenrs to the Canadian manufacturer as well as scheduled deliveries, as previously scheduled under the purchase agreement.

RAH says it has already stopped making pre-delivery deposit payments on these aircraft, which were originally to have been delivered beginning in early 2015 and continuing through 2017. 

In addition, RAH said it would pay Bombardier and associated firms a general unsecured claim of USD1.5 million and an administrative claim of USD0.7 million to settle certain unspecified claims filed by the Canadians against it and Republic Airlines.

The motions is scheduled to be heard by a New York State Bankruptcy Court on November 17.

CityJet to open a base in London Southend in 2017

CityJet has announced its plans to open a base at London Southend airport beginning in April of next year.

A CityJet Sukhoi SSJ100-95. Copyright: SuperJet International/Katsuhiko Tokunaga.
In a statement, the UK logistics firm said it had reached an outline agreement with Stobart Group, London Southend Airport’s owners, which could see it using up to four based aircraft at the airfield for use in serving eighteen European destinations.

“We are very pleased to be working with CityJet to add new flights at London Southend Airport,” Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler said.” This arrangement will open up around eighteen new destinations, giving our customers more choice. These additional services could bring up to 600,000 passengers per year to the airport providing us with further momentum towards achieving our target run rate of 2.5 million passengers by 2018.”

CityJet currently has bases at London City, Amsterdam, Dublin, Helsinki Vantaa, Paris CDG and Stockholm Arlanda. The bases in Scandinavian and France are used for wet-lease operations for Air France and SAS.

United moves forward with 757 scimitar winglets installation

Scimitar winglets are expected to make an appearance on United’s fleet of 757s. The project which is expected to start in January, follows United’s adoption of the technology on its fleet of 737s.

A United 757-200. Copyright: Aero Icarus on wikimedia
The airline will be the first carrier to outfit this new kind of winglets on 757s, which united primarily uses out of Washington Dulles, Newark Liberty and Chicago O’Hare.

United also uses the 757-200 on its Premium Service flights from Newark to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

No word yet on the future of United’s fleet of 757-300s, which were inherited from ATA and Continental, and are already fitted with blended winglets.

The upgrade are expected to start with ship number 103 in January, to be followed by ship numbers 101 and 102.

The winglets will be installed by Aviation Partners Boeing.

Emirates to retire all of its A330s, A340s and B777-200ERs by the end of the month 

Patrick Brannely, Divisional Vice President (Customer Experience IFE & Connectivity) at Emirates, has confirmed the airline will phase out its remaining A330-200s and A340-300s by the end of this month.

An Emirates A340-300. Copyright: Montague Smith on wikimedia
Speaking during the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in Singapore this week, Brannelly said that with effect from next month, Emirates’ fleet would consist exclusively of B777 and A380-800 aircraft.

Schedule data indicates Emirates’ last scheduled A330 service is provisionally set for Thiruvananthapuram-Dubai on Saturday, October 29 while the A340’s last regular service has been provisionally set for October 30 from Muscat to Dubai. The carrier’s fleet of three remaining B777-200(ER)s has also been scheduled for retirement at month end with its last regular service set for October 29 between Ahmedabad and Dubai.

UPS announces order for up to 28 B747-8Fs

The UPS air freight division will be receiving up to 28 Boeing 747-8Fs after the placement of an order with Boeing, the US logistics giant has announced.

A render of a UPS B747-8F. Copyright: Boeing
The order is made up of fourteen firm orders and options for fourteen additional aircraft of the type. Deliveries are scheduled to happen between 2017 and 2020.
“These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” said Brendan Canavan, president, UPS Airlines. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.”

“UPS could not have selected a better aircraft to meet its growing business needs,” said Brad McMullen, vice president, Sales, North America and Leasing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’ve continued to make the 747-8 Freighter even better, and we look forward to seeing UPS introduce it to its fleet.”

UPS’s current fleet is composed of: fifty-two A300-600Fs, thirteen B747-400Fa, seventy-five B757-200Fs, fifty-nine B767-300ERs and thirty-seven MD-11Fs.

[Incident] FedEx MD-10 crash lands in Fort Lauderdale 

A FedEx MD-10, N370FE, built in 1972 as a DC-10-10 for United, flying out of Memphis as FX910 has crash landed in Fort Lauderdale and subsequently caught fire after engine N. 1 detached from the wing.

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From the photos it seems like the left main landing gear has failed causing the aircraft to lose engines n.1 and catch fire on landing.


A video of the wing exploding has been posted on twitter by @Alex_Robles44: link to the video

UPDATE 1:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)has been closed. All flights in proximity of Fort Lauderdale are either holding or diverting. Others are being held at departure airports.