Saturday, April 15, 2023

FedEx 767-3S2F(ER) (63114/1201) N183FE "Alixes"

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

On short final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as "FDX1026" arriving from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR/KEWR) February 18, 2021.
First Flight: January 24, 2020.
Delivered: February 10, 2020.

Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650(ER) (c/n 6471) A7-CGM

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Turns onto Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "QQE213" for a short flight up the 405 Fwy to Van Nuys Airport (VNY/KVNY) this morning April 15, 2023.
Ex Gulfstream Aerospace N671GD.


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Boeing says 11 Chinese airlines have resumed operating 737 MAX

Boeing said on Tuesday that 11 Chinese airlines have resumed operation of the 737 MAX as of April 10, in a positive sign for the U.S. plane-maker's attempts to rebuild its business in the world's second-largest aviation market.

Based on these airlines, the number of 737 MAX returning to commercial service reached 43, accounting for approximately 45% of the Chinese 737 MAX fleet, the company also said in a social media post on its official WeChat account.

The best-selling Boeing model was grounded in March 2019 after fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, but returned to service around the world starting in late 2020 after modifications to the aircraft and pilot training.

China is the last major market to resume flying the MAX amid ongoing trade tensions with the United States, and the return comes as domestic travel demand rebounds after China abandoned zero-COVID policies.Foreign airlines began flying the MAX to China in October 2022. In January, China Southern Airlines flew from Guangzhou to Zhengzhou using a MAX plane, marking the plane's first passenger flight in China in nearly four years.

Boeing did not name who the 11 airlines were but carriers including Hainan Airlines Holding Co Ltd, Fuzhou Airlines, Lucky Air and Air China have flown the jets in the months since.

The U.S. plane-maker also said it has upgraded a flight training device for the 737 MAX jet in Shanghai to help with pilot training.

"The move reaffirms our commitment to our civil aircraft customers in China," said Sherry Carbary, president of Boeing China.

"The equipment upgrade allows us to further enhance our support for Chinese 737 MAX customers as they expand the aircraft's operations in and around China."

(Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh - Reuters)


JetBlue launches flights to Amsterdam as demand for transatlantic travel rise

JetBlue Airways Corp will launch flights to Amsterdam as it looks to cash in on the soaring demand for transatlantic travel, the New York-based low cost carrier said on Tuesday.

The move comes days after a Dutch court overruled a government plan to cap flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in 2023-2024 and at a time when online searches by Americans for flights to Europe are surging despite soaring air fares and risks of gridlock at some of the airports in the continent.

The three big U.S. carriers have increased transatlantic capacity by 22% this year, according to aviation analytics company Cirium.

JetBlue's service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK/KJFK) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM) will commence late this summer, the company said in a statement, adding that bookings will begin in the coming weeks.

(Aishwarya Nair - Reuters)


Zipair will be flying from San Francisco to Tokyo starting this summer

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

A low-cost Japanese airline is expanding its presence in the United States by launching new flights to San Francisco this summer.

ZIPAIR will launch flights between Narita International Airport in Tokyo and San Francisco International Airport on June 2, according to the airline. The new route will mark the carrier’s fourth city in the U.S. following service to Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San José Mineta International Airport in California.

“Through our relationship with SFO, we are confident this service will provide a valuable link for commercial and cultural exchange for our mutual customers,” ZIPAIR President Shingo Nishida said in a statement.

The new flight will operate five times each week between the U.S. and Japan on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. One-way fares will start at $91.

ZIPAIR was first established in 2018 and is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines (which is known for having some of the most luxurious economy seats). The airline currently flies to six international destinations: Bangkok, Seoul, Honolulu, Singapore, Los Angeles, and San José.

The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 787 8 Dreamliner aircraft and offers complimentary Wi-Fi on board for all customers as well as allows up to 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of carry-on baggage for free. ZIPAIR does charge for other things, however, like meals, which can be ordered through a smartphone or tablet.


Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 (c/n 583) D-AIHL

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Captured on final to Rwy 26L at Vancouver International Airport (YVR/CYVR) July 3, 2010.
First Flight: May 4, 2004 as F-WWCQ.
Delivered: May 21, 2004.
WFU at (MUC/EDDM) March 19, 2020.
Ferried (MUC/EDDM) - (TEV/LETL) May 19, 2020 for storage and where she remains today.


Saturday, April 8, 2023

Icelandair signs deal for 13 Airbus A321XLR as it replaces Boeing 757s

Icelandair Group HF said on Friday it signed a provisional deal to purchase 13 of European planemaker Airbus SE's latest A321XLR single-aisle jet, with deliveries slated to begin in 2029.

 As part of the deal, Icelandair has an option to purchase an additional 12 aircraft after buying 13 of Airbus' newest and largest narrowbody airliner at an undisclosed price.

Icelandair, however, said it plans to start using the world's largest planemaker's aircraft from 2025, and is currently in advanced negotiations to lease four Airbus A321LR planes for this purpose.

 "With the acquisition of the Airbus aircraft, Icelandair will complete the replacement of the Boeing 757," the company said in a statement.

Icelandair said it would continue to operate a full Boeing fleet until 2025, after which a mixed fleet of both Airbus and Boeing planes will be in operation following the first deliveries from Airbus.

Airbus and U.S. rival Boeing Co have been locked in a dead heat for deliveries in the first two months of the year, but the European planemaker has had a tougher task to meet annual forecasts amid supply woes.

The pair delivered a combined total of 66 jets in January and February. But whereas this makes up some 12% of market forecasts for Boeing's 2023 deliveries, Airbus has secured just 9% of its 2023 target of 720 jets, below the trend for this time of year. 

(Baranjot Kaur and Akriti Sharma -Reuters)

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 Max (60188/7583) N1809U

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Captured on short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WN3568" arriving from St Louis Lambert International Airport (STL/KSTL) this afternoon, April 5, 2023.
First Flight: June 4, 2019 as N1786B.
Spicejet VT-MXZ Not Taken Up (NTU).
Delivered: August 1, 2022.
***Another ex United Airlines Douglas DC-10-10 (46608/26) registration delivered to the carrier on February 29, 1972. 
The aircraft later saw service with FedEx as N370FE "Jay" and converted to an MD-10-10(F) in October 2003. 
It was involved in a landing accident on October 16, 2016 at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL/KFLL) and damaged beyond repair (DBR) resulting in her scrapping in January 2017.***

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 Max (60649/7658) N1805U

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Captured on short final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as "WN1301" arriving from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS/KLAS) March 1, 2023.
First Flight: July 26, 2019 as N1786B.
Spicejet VT-MXW - Not Taken Up (NTU)
Ferried (BFI/KBFI) - MWH/KMWH) August 6, 2019 and STD.
Delivered: September 29, 2022.
***Interestingly the registration N1805U was originally assigned to United Airlines Douglas DC-10-10 (46604/11) delivered to the carrier on October 29, 1971.***

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 Max (67780/8406) N872CB "Heroine of the Heart - Colleen Barrett"

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Taxies to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WN1511" bound for Harry Reid International Airport (LAS/KLAS) this morning, April 4, 2023.
First Flight: October 21, 2022 as N4022T.
Delivered: November 23, 2022.


Saturday, April 1, 2023

Southwest Airlines Boeing N752SW (29804/387) 737-7H4(WL)

                                    (Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

On short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) August 19, 2022.

First Flight: September 24, 1999.

Delivered: October 6, 1999.

December 6, 2018 the aircraft was involved in a landing incident when it overran Rwy 8 at (BUR/KBUR) as "WN278" arriving from (OAK/KOAK) during a rainstorm.