It’s Friday, so it’s time to wrap up this week in Civil Aviation and ponder what people were thinking this week:
US Immigration Considers $10 on ESTA service.
I’m not going to repeat this here – head to my Soapbox entry.
EK Send a A380 to BHX
I wasn’t going to cover this.. but hey. Here it is – an Emirates Airbus A380 landing safely at BHX (does that mean BHX now becomes a diversion airport for A380’s in the UK? Interesting thought..,..)
Photo Credit – BHX Flight Guide – photo blog with more photos at http://bhxflightguide.blogspot.com/2009/09/ek-380.html. Happy 70th BHX.
Well done to the ground team for organsing this, and to Emirates for having a go at deploying this.
Asia Air 09
Some quick highlights an news in a sentence sort of thing:
Air France: Considering new aircraft for the short haul, but want larger, quicker offloading and much lower running costs – and Open Roter might be nice. and how do you want the moon delivered?
Airbus: A380’s for LCC’s – In a move to destroy any glamour in flying, Airbus are pitching the A380 as a Low Cost carriers dream of connecting Asian cities. This could work with some routes – but 840 people crammed aboard a tin can isn’t my exact idea of fun (ala Air Austal)…
Bombardier – Buy our CSeries… please? Taking aim at Embear and Airbus, the CSeries is hoping to make a competitive splash in China when it launches.
BMI Baby steps in at EMA
As Easyjet throws in the EMA towel, BMI Baby are moving in anohter 3 737’s for extra duty at their base at EMA with links to Barcelona, Cork, Malta, Venice, Dubrovnik, Sardinia, Corsica and .. umm… Newquay.
What will Mother Lufthansa say? We’ll see…
Jet Airways Staff “Fall sick”
Jet Airways staff have “fallen sick” in a labor dispute for two pilots joining a new Union, with a total of 186 flights cancelled – the bulk dometic, but 32 international services cancelled to. A follow-on sick day costed another 31 flights cancelled.
Talks are continuing.
Frontier to send Flip and Hector Back to Mexico!
Yup. Now Frontier is out of Bankruptcy, they’re making a bid for Mexico again with A319’s servicing Cancun with a daily return flight.
Hopefully this will be the first of a lot of good news for Frontier.
LOT has almost hat their LOT with Boeings 787.
Oh dear. With the continuing delays to the 787, LOT is getting annoyed with Boeing, and has opened up a few options – deploy 777’s, a major overhaul of the 767 fleet, or talk to Airbus.
Whilst Boeing may crow about how many of these aircraft have been ordered – there is a monumental messup in design and rollout of this aircraft – something that other airlines will get more annoyed at. It’ll only take a big name to pull out to watch the cards fall on this game.
More roundup next week.