Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Coulson Flying Tankers brings Martin Mars to Long Beach

Back in June 1997, Coulson Flying Tankers brought Martin JRM-3 Mars (c/n 9267) C-FLYL "Hawaii" down to Long Beach and landed in the channel next to the Queen Mary.

At the time the company I believe was trying to win a fire fighting contract with either Los Angeles County or CAL Fire for the upcoming fire season and Long Beach Harbor was the best location for the aircraft to demonstrate her capabilities.

In the second photo, you can see Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (c/n CV-560) N322FA "Scarlet" in the distance behind the Martin Mars operated by Airborne Fire Attack who was also performing demonstration flights for both fire agencies. The company was local with the PBY being based at John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA/KSNA).

Sadly the aircraft was written-off a short time later on August 1, 1997 on San Vicente Reservoir in San Diego County. The crew was performing a water scoop and while doing so the nose gear doors opened causing the aircraft to flip. Both pilots were injured but survived the accident.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

(Kodachrome K64 Slides)

VASP MD-11 (48413/488) PP-SOW

Captured on short final to Rwy 24R at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on November 10, 1997.

Delivered to the carrier on Valentines Day February 14, 1992, she served with the carrier until finding her way to Varig as PP-VQL on May 12, 2000.

Following her conversion into a cargo aircraft in 2005, she went into service with Lufthansa Cargo as D-ALCO flying for the German carrier until being WFU on December 21, 2013.

Ferried to Tulsa International Airport (TUL/KTUL) on January 23, 2014 she sat in storage until sadly meeting her fate and being broken-up at Tulsa sometime in 2014 from what info I can gather.

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

(Kodachrome K64 Slide)

Monday, May 20, 2019

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-5H4 (25318/2121) N519SW

Is captured sporting a special Christmas livery ***(Reindeer on aircraft nose and small Elf just behind forward door)*** in December 1991 at an unknown airport.

The aircraft was delivered new to the carrier on September 17, 1991. Following 21 years of service with Southwest Airlines she was retired on June 12, 2012 and has since presumably been broken-up.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tao Domestic Airlines (TDA) MD-81 (48071/1004) JA8469

Deploys the thrust reversers as it arrives at Osaka - Itami International (ITM / RJOO) on April 4, 1982.

(Photo by K. Murai / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Air China Airbus A350-941 (c/n 217) B-1083 ex F-WZNU

Air China Airbus A350-941 (c/n 217) B-1083 ex Airbus F-WZNU, sports the special livery "Beijing Expo 2019" at Frankfurt Rhein-Main International (FRA / EDDF) following her arrival on an unknown date.

(Photo by Udo Schaefer / Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Emirates backs away from Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Emirates appears to have made good on speculation that it might scrap plans for an order for 40 787-10 Dreamliners from the Boeing Co.

According to the Emirates Group 2018-2019 annual report, the deal no longer appears among its fleet and future orders information as it did the previous year.

Bloomberg reported in February that Emirates was considering such a move in favor instead of potentially ordering more of Boeing's coming 777X.

The deal for the 787-10s, the largest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, was worth $15.1 billion at list prices when it was announced at the Dubai Airshow as an order commitment.

However, the order was never announced as having been finalized.

Had it come to fruition, the order would have meant new production work in Wichita, where Spirit AeroSystems Inc. builds the complete forward fuselage and other components of the 787 for Boeing.

Still on the books at both Emirates and Boeing, however, is the carrier’s order for 150 777X and its options for 50 more.

Spirit builds the forward fuselage structure and other components on that aircraft.


(Daniel McCoy - Wichita Business Journal)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Aviaco McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 (47642/749) EC-CGP "Juan Sebastian Elcano"


Taxies at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA/GCLP) on what appears to be a gorgeous day sometime in February 1988.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Avianca Columbia MD-83 (49947/1900) EI-CCE

Turns onto Rwy 12 at Miami International Airport (MIA/KMIA) as it readies to depart in April 1992.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Republic of Turkey Boeing 747-8ZV(BBJ) (42096/1468) TC-TRK

Captured at Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) prior to delivery.

(Photographer Unknown / Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

TUI Airways Boeing 787-9 (62742/703) G-TUIM "Edie"

Delivered to the carrier on May 17, 2018 she performed her first flight (B1 Flight) on April 25, 2018 as N1005S from Everett-Paine Field (PAE/KPAE).

(Photographer Unknown / Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide / Location Unknown / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Friday, April 26, 2019

SAS cancels 673 flights as pilots go on strike

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was forced to cancel 673 flights on April 26 as 1,409 SAS pilots went on strike after an agreement could not be reached on predictable working hours and market-based salaries. More than 72,000 passengers were affected.

According to SAS, 70% of domestic, European and long-haul flights were canceled.

SAS pilots were from four unions: the Danish Pilots Association, the Norwegian SAS Flyers Association, Scandinavian Norway Flygerforening and the Swedish Air Line Pilots Association. The group represents 95% of SAS pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Reuters reported that analysts at Sydbank expect the strike to cost SAS up to SEK80 million ($8.4 million) per day.

Flights operated by SAS Ireland and airlines that are SAS subcontractors, which make up approximately 30% of all departures, are not be affected by the strike.

The Star Alliance member said it wants to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible. Negotiations have been held in all three countries since March with the support of external mediators in the final stages.

SAS director of communications Karin Nyman said: “It is deeply regretful that the pilots’ strike will have a negative impact on our customers. SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements [had been] met, they would have [had] very negative consequences for the company. Nonetheless, the pilot associations have chosen conflict.”

“The strike could have been avoided if SAS had shown willingness to meet us. Instead, we meet a SAS management who believes that their employees must accept deteriorated working conditions, unpredictable working hours and uncertainty for their own workplace,” head of the Norwegian SAS Flyers’ Association Christian Laulund said in a statement.


(Kurt Hofmann - ATWOnline News)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Skyservice USA McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 (46645/283) N571SC

Taxies towards a Rwy 24L departure at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) in November 1998.

(Photo by Michael Carter / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

Hawaiian Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (46991/261) N35084


Rolls for takeoff on Rwy 27 at San Diego International Airport (SAN/KSAN) bound for Honolulu, Hawaii on December 21, 2001.

(Photo by Yoshihiro Kawada / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

MASKargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11CF (48631/579) N275WA

Rests in the sun under simply gorgeous South Florida November skies at Miami International Airport (MIA/KMIA) in November 1998.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Boeing takes on risk for excess 737 parts held at Spirit AeroSystems

A regulatory filing from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita offers new details on how the risks and costs of its staggered 737 production plan with the Boeing Co. are being handled.

Boeing announced earlier this month that it would trim its production to 42 of the aircraft per month as it works to get its 737 MAX back in service following two deadly crashes of the jet in just over five months.

Spirit announced the same day that it had crafted a plan with Boeing to continue to build at the previous rate of 52 per month and store excess of the portions of the 737 it builds in inventory until Boeing was ready for delivery.

According to a notice filed Thursday by Spirit with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wichita-based manufacturer will still be paid for any of work held in inventory as any excess shipments that Boeing requests be held at Spirit’s facilities will still be considered as delivered to the company.

Under normal operations, the fuselages Spirit builds for the 737 are considered delivered once they are loaded on the rail cars at its facility for shipment to Boeing’s assembly line in Renton, Wash. The point of delivery is what triggers Boeing's payment to the Wichita supplier for that shipment.

The agreement also stipulates Boeing will be the company taking the risk — at least primarily — should anything happen to those excess fuselages or other components that Spirit builds.

“(The) title to and risk of any loss or damage to excess shipsets will be transferred to Boeing except to the extent loss or damage results from Spirit’s fault or negligence,” the filing states.

Spirit, meanwhile, will cover any incremental costs associated with holding the excess inventory.

The filing also states that the companies have agreed to certain advance payments for material purchases, all of which are repayable.

The agreement also give Boeing plenty of time to continue to sort out its issues with the 737 MAX, as it runs through May 1, 2020 — a duration that could potentially allow for future holds to excess inventory if there are complications in the planned ramp up of 737 production later this year.

The 737 MAX has been grounded since the middle of March and deliveries of the new variant to airline customers have been suspended.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said this week that the company is progressing on the software upgrades it believes will give regulators the confidence to approve returning the troubled jet to service.

Additionally, suppliers both in Wichita and Seattle have reportedly been told that Boeing’s production ramp-up plans call for the rate to rise to 47 per month in June, back to 52 in July and then to the previously planned record-rate of 57 per month in September.

A representative from Spirit declined to comment beyond the filing. A Boeing spokesperson had not responded directly to questions about the agreement prior to publication of this story.

Not all of the 737s being built are the new MAX variant, though the model was expected to account for around 90 percent of 737 deliveries this year.

In addition to the full fuselages, Spirit also builds portions of the wing, engine pylons and nacelles, and thrust reversers on the 737.

Spirit is Wichita’s largest employer with more than 14,500 local workers, a number it has rapidly grown over that past year in large part to help meet the demand for Boeing’s narrow-body jet.

Work on the 737 spills out into Wichita's large supplier base, making it the single most important aircraft program to the city’s commercial aerospace industry.


(Daniel McCoy - Wichita Business Journal)

Southwest CEO calls Delta 'squatters' at Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Gary Kelly made his dislike for Delta Air Lines' presence at Dallas Love Field clear Thursday, comparing the Atlanta carrier to a squatter.

Southwest Airlines Co., Delta Air Lines and the City of Dallas have been wrangled in a lawsuit over Delta using Southwest gate space at Love Field for years. Southwest has been trying to get Delta off its gate, while Delta has refused to leave and instead requested eight additional flights out of Love Field.

"It’s like you having rented a house, and there’s a squatter in the house and you’ve got to get them out," Kelly told an audience at a North Dallas Chamber of Commerce event Thursday. "It’s really no more complicated than that."

This ordeal began years ago when Southwest reached a temporary agreement with Delta to fly five daily flights to Atlanta. But when the agreement ended, Delta didn't leave.

Southwest asked Dallas, which owns the airport, to get Delta off its gate. Fearing retaliation from whichever side ended up losing the disagreement, the city sued all parties involved and asked the court to decide what to do.

Nearly four years after the issue entered the courts, Delta is still flying its five daily flights out of the Southwest gate and said without court intervention, "Love Field will become Southwest Field."

"Only long term, meaningful competition provides the best options and fares for the citizens of Dallas," a Delta spokesperson said in response to Kelly's comments. "And to that end, we are pursuing our right to continue flying out of Love Field."

The lawsuit has taken several twists and turns since it started.

The court is mulling a proposal from the city that would force accommodation of Delta's requested eight additional flights on two Alaska Airlines, gates it says are being underutilized.

Unsurprisingly, Alaska isn't keen on the proposal. A few weeks after the city suggested the plan, Alaska announced a surprise expansion at Love Field that left no gate space available for Delta.

Southwest recently ramped up operations at Love Field and now flies 195 flights across its 18 gates. When Southwest announced the expansion, it said at the time it would add even more flights if not for the squabble with Delta.

"We are at capacity at Love Field," Kelly said Thursday. "We have 17 and a half gates that we're operating out of. It should be 18, if I didn't mention that earlier. It should be 18."


(Evan Hoopfer - Dallas Business Journal)

Valujet McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 (47378/508) N905VJ

Taxies at Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL/KATL) on a gorgeous day in Georgia.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide / Date taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Spanair McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (49661/1452) EC-EVY

Captured at rest at an unknown airport.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Viking Hellas McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (49631/1596) SX-SMS

Rests on the ramp at unknown airport.

(Photographer Unknown / Fujichrome Slide / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Friday, April 19, 2019

TranStar Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (49125/1074) N935MC

Resting in the desert sun at Tucson International Airport (TUS/KTUS) in January 1988.

(Photo by Bob Shane / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)