Thursday, May 6, 2021

Stephenson Air Services G500 (c/n 72040) N500XX

 (Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Captured on short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as it arrives from Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT/KFAT) on May 5, 2021.

Friday, April 30, 2021

World Atlantic Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (53291/2019) N801WA "Emily"

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

On short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WL338" arriving from El Paso International Airport (ELP/KELP) on April 29, 2021 sporting the bare metal livery of the aircraft's previous operator, American Airlines.

Delivered to American Airlines on August 24, 1992 as N76201.

WFU and STD at Roswell (ROW/KROW) New Mexico 7/5/2015 - 2/12/2018.

Ferried (ELP/KELP) - (MIA/KMIA) February 12, 2018 on delivery to World Atlantic Airlines.

Re-registered as N801WA and named "Luis Oliva" on August 31, 2018, currently named "Emily."

Thursday, April 29, 2021

World Atlantic Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (53251/1909) N806WA

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Captured on short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WL332" arriving from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX/KPHX) on April 27, 2021. 
The carrier is bringing in illegal immigrants from Mc Allen Miller International Airport (MFE/KMFE) Mc Allen, Texas and El Paso International (ELP/KELP) El Paso, Texas to be housed at the Long Beach Convention Center in downtown Long Beach.
Another flight arrived this afternoon (April 28) with the same status passengers with at least one more flight scheduled later this week according to sources with the city. 
Delivered: September 11, 1991 to American Airlines as N588AA.
WFU and STD at Roswell (ROW/KROW) New Mexico August 10, 2012.
Re-delivered: September 13, 2013 to World Atlantic Airlines as N588AA, re-registered July 2, 2014 as N806WA.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Gulfstream G600 (c/n 73045) N945GA tbr N665P


"GLF62" taxies to Rwy 30 for an early morning departure.

When delivered the aircraft will join the Conoco Phillips fleet.

 Rolls for takeoff on a simply gorgeous SoCal Morning.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Sadly this is the last brand new Gulfstream to depart from Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as Gulfstream Aerospace has made the decision to close down its West Coast Completion Center due to the unfavorable business climate here in California. The Gulfstream Service Center will remain open until August or September of this year then will also close moving it's operations to Van Nuys Airport (VNY/KVNY).

Gulfstream joins a long list of companies that have left the airport over the years. Cessna was the first moving its service center to Arizona, McDonnell Douglas / Boeing, jetBlue Airways, Federal Express (FedEx) and Toyota AirFlite FBO.

Michael Carter - Editor: Aero Pacific Flightlines)

Thursday, April 8, 2021

United Airlines Boeing 767-322(ER)(WL) (29243/800) N675UA

Arrives at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as "UA2569" on April 6, 2021.

 Captured later rolling for takeoff on Rwy 30 as "UA2511" bound for Tampa International Airport (TPA/KTPA) with the California Angels on board.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

New U.S. budget airline Avelo seeks niche on West Coast

Avelo Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier created by a former United Airlines executive, made its debut on Thursday with plans for service between secondary airports on the U.S. West Coast and one-way fares starting at $19.

Backed by $125 million in private equity, Avelo will begin operations from its first base at Hollywood Burbank Airport just outside Los Angeles, with flights starting April 28.

Although travel demand has dropped during the pandemic, the downturn has opened opportunities including gate capacity at Burbank and cheaper aircraft as large carriers scaled back operations globally, Avelo's founder and chief executive, Andrew Levy, told Reuters.

"There's market opportunities that would have been harder for us to tackle a year ago," said Levy, the co-founder and former president of low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines and chief financial officer of United Airlines.

Avelo will begin with 11 non-stop routes from Burbank and three Boeing 737-800 planes with 189 seats and one-way fares starting at $19. It expects to have at least six airplanes and around 400 employees by the end of year, Levy said.

U.S. airlines executives have recently pointed to large pent-up travel demand as the economy reopens and more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccinations, a desire Levy hopes to tap into with low fares.

"Demand is coming back quickly. It's still nowhere near what it used to be so I think in the short term prices will be really low, but we're built for that," he said.

Another U.S. start-up, Breeze Airways based in Salt Lake City and backed by aviation veteran David Neeleman, is preparing to begin low-cost flights on routes it says have been abandoned by larger carriers.

(Tracy Rucinski - Reuters)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Gulfstream G280 (c/n 2006) N281CC

(Photos by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)
Operated by the Cummins Engine Company Inc., this gorgeous G280 is captured as it taxies to then departs on Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) on July 14, 2020.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Investigators say pilot in Texas cargo crash made errors

A cargo plane crashed into a Texas bay last year after the co-pilot became disoriented and pushed the nose down because he mistakenly thought that the jet was about to stall, investigators said on Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the co-pilot’s poor training and inability to handle pressure contributed to the crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591. The co-pilot withheld parts of his work history from the air carrier to conceal his troubles at other airlines and was a “train wreck” in training, board members and investigators said during a Tuesday hearing on the crash.

The Boeing 767 was carrying cargo from Miami for and the U.S. Postal Service when it went from a slight climb to a high-speed dive and disintegrated upon slamming into a shallow bay east of Houston. All three people on board, including a pilot hopping a ride in the jump seat, were killed.

The board said Tuesday that the plane was being flown by Conrad Aska, the 44-year-old first officer. Investigators believe that as the plane passed through mild turbulence Aska unintentionally hit a switch that put the plane into a “go-around,” an acceleration maneuver normally done only to abort a landing.

As the plane tipped slightly higher, Aska became disoriented and wrongly believed the plane was about to stall, or lose the ability to stay aloft. He pushed the nose of the plane down, triggering the nosedive, investigators said during the hearing.

The board found that the captain, 60-year-old Ricky Blakely, had failed to intervene to stop the crash.

The final seconds of the flight were captured on grainy footage from a security camera operated by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. The plane dropped more than 3000 feet (914 meters) in 30 seconds before smashing into Trinity Bay, 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the intended destination of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The board also highlighted past problems in Aska's training, including that he hid his record from Atlas, and criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for being slow to set up a database of pilot records.

“The first officer's training record was bluntly, well, terrible,” said NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg.

The co-pilot's training record showed he acted “impulsively” during training exercises at several previous airlines and had a history of failed check rides, in which an instructor or supervisor watches.

“He had an inability to remain calm during stressful situations," investigator David Lawrence, a pilot, said.

The investigation determined that Aska had hid his record from Atlas by not disclosing he had spent time at two regional airlines. In its findings of probable cause, the safety board faulted the FAA for not fully enacting changes in pilot record reporting that Congress mandated years ago.

“The FAA has dragged their feet on implementing a sufficiently robust pilot records database,” said Chairman Robert Sumwalt.

An FAA spokesperson said there is a voluntary version of this database. The agency expects to publish a rule that would require air carries share pilot records in January 2021 and will complete the database after that, she said.

Atlas Air’s president and CEO, John Dietrich, said his company has improved its hiring, training and pilot review procedures since the crash. He also backed the NTSB’s call to make pilot records more accessible.

“Of critical importance is the need for an improved federal pilot records database to provide airlines with full visibility of pilot history in the hiring process,” Dietrich said in a statement.

(Jake Bleiberg and David Koenig - Associated Press) 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

United States Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C "Hornet" (1127/C302) 164693 / 03 VMFA-232 "Red Devils"


(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Friday June 26, 2020 saw the arrival of two USMC F-18 Hornets which will be spending the weekend here at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) performing several flight sorties during their stay before departing on Sunday afternoon.

United States Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D "Hornet" (1147/D105) 164707 / 25 VMFA-232 "Red Devils"

 Rolls for takeoff on Rwy 30.

Following completion of the late afternoon sortie, arrives back at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) smoking the mains on Rwy 30.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Au Revoir A380: Air France Bids Farewell To Airbus’ Giant

(Photo - Air France)

It’s always hard to say goodbye, especially when you know that it is for good. However, today (June 26, 2020) Air France says goodbye as it operates its final Airbus A380 flight on an aircraft less than ten years old. The French flag carrier becomes the first airline to scrap the gentle giant altogether.

October 30th, 2009, was a ‘giant’ day for Air France. The French flag carrier took delivery of its first Airbus A380. The airline went on to take 10 of the super-jumbos. However, after today, the A380 will no longer fly for Air France.

Flight "AF380"

Air France picked a fitting flight number for its final Airbus A380 flight. Flight "AF380" was explicitly scheduled by the airline to say goodbye to the type. Much like an aircraft’s delivery flight, this exceptional trip was strictly by invite only. But how did you get an invite?

The flight was open to 500 members of staff, chosen from the pool of crew that had worked on the Airbus A380 during its time in service. After departure at 15:57, the aircraft climbed to 21,000 feet and flew roughly South from Paris until it reached Montpellier.

Unfortunately, the aircraft didn’t get to fly over its Toulouse birthplace. However, it did get to rendezvous with an undelivered Airbus A350 in Air France colors over the Gulf of Lyon. At the time of writing, the aircraft was flying back towards Paris for its final landing to mark the end of an era.

Why is Air France bidding au revoir?

The retirement of Air France’s A380 aircraft didn’t come as a huge surprise. The airline had earmarked the entire fleet to be retired over the next couple of years. Indeed, it had already retired its first A380 before the pandemic.

While it is unfortunate that aircraft under ten years old are being retired, it makes sense for Air France from a financial point of view. According to the airline, retiring the A380 fleet immediately will set them back by a total of €500 million ($550 million). The airline will book this expense in the second quarter as a non-current cost/expense.

However, the alternate doesn’t make sense for the French flag carrier. Air France had earmarked the aircraft for retirement over the next couple of years. Meanwhile, IATA doesn’t believe that demand will return until 2023/24. This means that there is little to no chance these A380s will fly again before they were retired anyway. There is no point in paying to maintain something that won’t fly again.

While sad, this won’t be the end of the Airbus A380. Indeed, the largest operator, Emirates, said that the giant would return to the skies in its colors in mid-July.

(Tom Boon - Simple Flying)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bombardier's Global 5500 Enters Service

The last and smallest of the upgraded variants of Bombardier’s legacy Global family, the $46 million Global 5500, has entered service with a recent delivery to an undisclosed customer, the Canadian airframer announced today. Unveiled alongside the upgraded Global 6500 at EBACE 2018, the Global 5500 received its type certification from Transport Canada, EASA, and FAA last year.

Featuring three living areas with Nuage seating and powered by a pair of 15,125-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines, the 5500 has a range of 5,900 nm—200 nm more than originally planned. “This spacious and efficient aircraft is the ultimate business tool, with the range and access to safely take our customers where they need to be,” said Bombardier Aviation president David Coleal.

Coleal noted that the 5500, along with the earlier 5000 variant, breaks from tradition with interior completions done at Bombardier’s Wichita site, where the Montreal-based company assembles Learjets, operates service and flight-test centers, and performs specialized aircraft work.

With a top speed of Mach 0.90, the 5500 accommodates up to 16 passengers. It also has Bombardier’s Vision flight deck, Ka-band connectivity, and an air purification system with an advanced HEPA filter.

(Jerry Siebenmark - AINonline News)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gulfstream G200 (IAI 1126 Galaxy) (c/n 72) N110WA

(Photos by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)

Operated by Musco Sports Lighting LLC, this lovely aircraft is captured arriving at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) this afternoon June 24, 2020.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Gulfstream G600 (c/n 73036) N636GA

(Photos by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)

"GLF27" arrives at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) from the factory at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV/KSAV) 12:05 PST this afternoon.

I really hate when the flights arrive mid day like this during the summer months as the sunlight is horrible for photos but I must document their's what I luv to do!

WeWork's infamous private jet is still for sale 9 months later — with a new discounted price of $49.9 million

WeWork puts its $60 million jet up for sale in 2019 following the company's failed IPO bid.

The luxurious Gulfstream G650 is now for sale for $49.9 million online — a 16% discount.

The plane was a particularly salient example of the company's exorbitant spending, employees told Business Insider at the time.

WeWork isn't finding any buyers for its luxurious private jet 9 months after deciding to put it up for sale.

The 2018 Gulfstream G650 — one of the world's most opulent and expensive models — is now advertised at a "reduced price" of $49.9 million on a pre-owned aircraft site, with just 414 total flight hours and 131 landings.

The jet played a role in WeWork's failed bid to go public in 2019. Sources told Business Insider at the time that employees were upset at the optics of spending $60 million on a jet for a money-losing company. CEO Adam Neumann was said to hold meetings on the jet since he was rarely in the office.

"I know of instances where people got on the plane, flew across the country, and flew commercial home," one employee said at the time.

In one particularly salient incident, the Wall Street Journal reported that Neumann and friends smoked marijuana on the plane on the way to Israel, with the flight crew angered by finding a "sizable chunk" stashed away for the return trip.

Private jet sales, like those for commercial aircraft, have plummeted amid the coronavirus-induced travel glut, but industry insiders say the market is set to rebound quickly, which could be good news for the We Company as it seeks to offload the plane.

66% of members polled by the International Aircraft Dealers Association in May said they're optimistic about the pre-owned market after the pandemic, with most expecting a slight ding to used prices, such as that of WeWork's jet.

(Graham Rapier - Business Insider)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Boeing 737-42C (24231/1871) N60669 "Connection By Boeing"

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

A rare one from my Kodachrome K64 Slide archives, the special "Connection By Boeing" test aircraft on short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB.KLGB) on April 2, 2001.

iAero Airways (Swift Air) Boeing 737-3H4(WL) (27691/2695) N397SW

(Photos by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)

This ex-Southwest Airlines machine is still going strong as we see her on a very short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) this afternoon as she arrives from Laughlin / Bullhead International Airport (IFP/KIFP) as "SWQ6854" at 18:15 PDT.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8Max (36929/5992) N8707P

(Photo by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)

Seen arriving at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on December 13, 2018 on a simply gorgeous day here in SoCal.

The aircraft performed her maiden flight on September 4, 2017 followed by delivery on September 27, 2017.

I had the honor of flying on her first revenue flight on October 1, 2017 (the very first WN 737-8Max revenue flight) between Dallas Love Field (DAL/KDAL) and Houston - William P. Hobby Airport (HOU/KHOU).

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406(M) (28195/1090) PH-BFS "Seoul / City of Seoul"

(Photos by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)

Arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on November 24, 2019 wearing the special "100" marking commemorating the carriers 100th birthday.

The aircraft took to the skies on her first flight, October 3, 1996 and later delivered to the carrier on October 15, 1996.

Having served the carrier for 23 1/2 years, the aircraft was prematurely retired on March 27, 2020 and later ferried to Mohave Airport (MHV/KMHV) in California for storage on May 26, 2020 due to the Wuhan Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 (c/n 846) D-AIHT

(Photo by Michael Carter - Aero Pacific Images)

Seen on short final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on December 15, 2018.

She was delivered to the carrier on April 29, 2008 following her first flight on April 3, 2008 as F-WWCH. The aircraft was originally destined for Virgin Atlantic Airways G-VJAM but was not taken up by the airline.

The aircraft served with Lufthansa for only 12 years before being retired and ferried (MUC/EDDM) - (TEV/LETL) for storage May 19, 2020.