Today, July 31st, flydubai celebrated the delivery of their first Boeing 737 MAX 8, registered A6-MAX (MSN 60966). The delivery makes the airline the first operator of the type in the Middle East.
On the 29th of July, a Cavok Air Antonov An-74 was damaged beyond repair after the aircraft suffered a serious runway excursion at São Tomé Island Airport (TMS / FPST), São Tomé and Príncipe. Five of the six crew members onboard were injured, with one requiring surgical treatment.
On the 27th of July, there were four incidents of minor damage to aircraft in and around the Turkish capital of Istanbul, caused by a heavy hail storm. The hail storm was part of a weather supercell, formed by a 10°C drop in temperature.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has told Forbes India that he would like to unify all of the group’s operations into a single airline entity.
Yesterday, Thursday 27th July 2017, Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic unveiled plans to combine two overlapping transatlantic joint-ventures, supported by equity deals worth $1 billion, as airlines brace for more competition.
The strategic move is designed to strengthen carriers on the North Atlantic market, where LCCs (Norwegian in particular) have shaken up the market, and to create a tangle over Heathrow access, as the UK is in the process of leaving the EU.
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has delivered the 100th Airbus A350 XWB aircraft to Taiwanese carrier China Airlines. Airbus A350-941 B-19089 (MSN 121) was handed over to the airline on 25th July, at Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac facility in France.
On the 25th of July, Singaporean carrier Tigerair merged into Singapore Airlines wholly owned low cost subsidiary Scoot. The merger, which was announced on the 4th of November 2016, is part of Scoot’s long-term growth strategy, to enable a more seamless travel experience.
Russian carrier S7 – Siberia Airlines have received their first Airbus A320neo aircraft, on lease from Singaporean lessor BOC Aviation.
Doha based carrier Qatar Airways has confirmed the launch of flights between Doha and Canberra via Sydney, starting in February 2018. The new route will be operated by the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777-300(ER) aircraft.
The new connection will allow passengers to travel from the Australian capital to the Middle East with a brief, 1 hour stop over at Sydney Airport.
A Thomas Cook Airlines Boeing 757 was lined up on Runway 16/34 at Hurghada Int’l Airport for departure when smoke appeared in the cabin of the airliner. All 251 passengers and nine crew were evacuated onto the Runway via emergency slides. A small number of people received minor injuries.