Iran Air Receives Maiden A330-200

As part of Iran Air’s fleet renewal program, the airline has received its first A330-200 (EP-IJA, MSN 1540) after being handed over at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on March 10.

 

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According to IRNA News, the new aircraft was ferried from Toulouse to Tehran Mehrabad Airport on March 11, Iran Air expects a second A330 by the end of this month. The airline just received their first new aircraft in over 20 years, an A321-200.

Iran Air’s A330 is configured in a two-class layout, with 32 passengers in business and 206 in economy. The current generation A330 is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60 engines delivering 71,100 lbs. of thrust each.

The new widebodies will initially be used on the airline’s European network, then on flights to Beijing Capital and Kuala Lumpur Int’l airport.

The new order with Airbus includes 16 A350-1000s, 18 A330-900neos, 21 A330ceos, 24 A320neos, and 21 A320ceos totalling to 100 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines Will Order Boeing 777-9s and more 787-10s

Singapore Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing stating that they will order 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 Boeing 787-10s with six options for each.

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This order also allows for the ability to change 787-10 orders to other 787 variants. Singapore Airlines has a total of 30 787-10s due from  Boeing.

SilkAir, Singapore Airline’s regional subsidiary, has 37 737-8 MAX aircraft due. Scoot has also ordered eight 787-8/9’s.

Singapore Airline’s 777-9s are due in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the 787-10s are due in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Lufthansa Group CEO Opposes Berlin Tegel Airport

Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa Group has announced his support for having only one airport serving Berlin, Germany. Currently, Berlin is served by two airports: Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL, EDDT) and Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF,EDDB).

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Once the Berlin Brandenburg Int’l Airport opens, Berlin Tegel Airport is scheduled to finally close. Berlin Schönefeld Airport will join Brandenburg to become one main airport serving Berlin.

Spohr comments on the airport, “Experience has shown that it is more efficient for all involved if all flight operations take place in one location. Otherwise the question quickly arises: Who flies from which airport?”.

Brandenburg Airport was initially scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2011, almost six years ago but has been delayed repeatedly due to engineering problems. The airport is now scheduled to open sometime in 2018. This latest delay is due to problems with sprinkler systems and automatic doors.

There are, however, people who want to keep Berlin Tegel in operation because one airport will not be sufficient to handle the 32.9 million passengers that the current two airports serve. Initially, Brandenburg will only be able to handle 27 million annual passengers.

Boeing Introduces New 737-10X MAX Variant

Just recently, The Boeing Company has announced a new variant of the 737MAX, the -10X.

df-737max_diagrams_new.jpg Boeing has been in talks with customers for this stretched variant which is a response to the Airbus A321neo. The -10X will have a stretch over the -9 of 66 inches which will enable an increased seating capacity of 189 passengers for a two-class configuration. For a single class configuration, seating is an impressive 230 seats.

Since the -10X is very similar to other variants of the MAX family, Boeing is able to keep development costs to a minimum while also having a faster developing time. The -10X has a scheduled EIS as soon as 2020.

The 737-10X will incorporate the same CFM LEAP-1B engines found on all other variants. In order to accommodate increased weight, Boeing will implement a trailing-link main gear which will shift the rotation point aft. This technology is somewhat derived from the 777-300ER and is sought to be less maintenance heavy.

Both Airbus and Boeing are competing for the Boeing 757 replacement market. The 757 is a benchmark because it has an excellent range of 4,000 miles with a seating capacity of 180 seats, which no airliner has beat thus far, regardless of Boeing canceling the program more than a decade ago.

[ACCIDENT] Turkish Cargo Boeing 747-400F Crashes in Kyrgyzstan

At 01:31 GMT, a Turkish Cargo Boeing 747-412F performing flight TK6491 from Hong Kong Int’l (VHHH) to Istanbul Int’l (LTBA) via Bishkek Manas Int’l (UCFM), crashed on go-around in Bishek, killing 32 people, 28 of which were on the ground, including 13 children. The aircraft (TC-MCL, MSN 32897, L/N 1322) was owned and operated by Turkish airline ACT Airlines.

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Both Boeing and Turkish Airlines have tweeted about the accident:

UPDATE:

The aircraft, according to the Aviation Herald, has crashed while attempting a go-around. These are the METARs:

UCFM 160300Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0150N FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160230Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0250N FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160200Z VRB01MPS 0150 R26/0375N FZFG VV001 M09/M11 Q1024 R26/19//60 TEMPO 0100 FZFG
UCFM 160130Z VRB01MPS 0150 R26/0550 FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG  
UCFM 160100Z VRB01MPS 0050 R26/0300N FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG  
UCFM 160030Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV001 M09/M11 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160000Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0400 FZFG VV002 M09/M10 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152330Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0450 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152300Z 00000MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152230Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152200Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152130Z VRB01MPS 0150 R26/0450 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152100Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0400N FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG

The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC, also known as MAK) announced they are going to investigate the crash stating there were 32 fatalities (including the crew and victims on the ground) when the aircraft crashed into the residential area. Accident Investigators from the NTSB/USA (representing the designer and manufacturer of aircraft and engines) as well as from Turkey (representing the operator’s state and registry state of the aircraft) are going to join the investigation.

The investigators have also announced they have retrieved one of the two flight recorders, not letting know if it was the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) or the FDR (Flight Data Recorder). The Government said rescue teams are searching for the second black box.

United Airlines Moves Boeing 747 Retirement

United Airlines has announced the moving of the last scheduled Boeing 747-400 flight, slated for the last quarter of this year. As stated in the past, the original phase-out was initially scheduled for 2018.

 

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“Today, there are more fuel-efficient, cost-effective and reliable widebody aircraft that provide an updated in-flight experiences for our customers traveling on long-haul flights. For these reasons, we’re saying farewell to the Queen of the Skies, which has been part of our fleet since we first flew the aircraft between California and Hawaii in 1970” said Scott Kirby, President, United Airlines.

Now with the new Boeing 777-300ERs and A350-1000s being introduced into the fleet, the Boeing 747-400 is no longer a cost-effective solution for United’s long-haul routes.

United currently operates 20 Boeing 747-400 aircraft on routes to various cities from the carrier’s San Francisco hub.