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Rat on a plane sparks worries for Sri Lanka’s airline

Rat on a plane sparks worries for Sri Lanka’s airline

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s national airline on Tuesday (Feb 27) blamed a rat for grounding a plane for three days, sparking chaotic delays and fears it will scare off investors for the cash-strapped carrier. The stowaway rodent was spotted enjoying the SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330 flight from the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, triggering an aircraft search to ensure it had not chewed through critical components. An airline official said the plane has now resumed flights, but that the grounding had a knock-on effect on the entire schedule. “The aircraft was grounded for three days at Colombo,” an airline official said, declining to be named. “The plane could not be flown without making sure that the rat was accounted for. It was found dead.” The state-owned airline, which had accumulated losses of more than US$1.8 billion at the end of March 2023, has three other aircraft grounded for over a year out of a fleet of 23. The carrier has no foreign exchange to pay for mandatory overhauling of the engines. Aviation minister Nimal Siripala …

France says Russia threatened to down spy plane in ‘particularly aggressive’ Black Sea exchange

France says Russia threatened to down spy plane in ‘particularly aggressive’ Black Sea exchange

Russian forces threatened to shoot down a French surveillance aircraft patrolling in international airspace over the Black Sea, a signal of increasingly aggressive behavior from Moscow as its invasion of Ukraine struggles to make headway, French defense officials said Thursday.  Issued on: 22/02/2024 – 17:10 2 min “A Russian air traffic control system threatened to shoot down French aircraft in the Black Sea when we were in a free international zone where we patrol,” the French defense minister, Sébastien Lecornu, said on RTL radio. A French military spokesman, Col. Pierre Gaudillière, said Lecornu was referring to an incident in mid-November that involved one of France’s four giant Airborne Warning and Control System, or AWACS, surveillance aircraft that was flying over international waters in the Black Sea. Gaudillière described the incident as unprecedented for French pilots in that region. “Through a radio exchange, it was threatened by the Russians,” Gaudillière said.  “It was a particularly aggressive radio exchange,” he added. “It’s a first.”  Two other officials said the exchange was in English and that Russian air …

Boeing ousts head of 737 MAX program after January mid-air scare

Boeing ousts head of 737 MAX program after January mid-air scare

Boeing announced Wednesday that the head of its 737 MAX program is departing the aviation giant less than two months after a major safety incident temporarily grounded 171 planes. Issued on: 21/02/2024 – 22:19Modified: 21/02/2024 – 22:17 2 min Ed Clark, an 18-year Boeing veteran is “leaving the program,” Boeing Commercial Aviation (BCA) chief Stan Deal said in a memo released by the company. Katie Ringgold has been named as his replacement. The move comes after a 737 MAX operated by Alaska Airlines suffered a mid-flight blowout of an air panel on the fuselage on January 5, triggering an emergency landing with the plane left with a gaping hole in the cabin. While there were no serious injuries, safety inspectors said the incident could have been catastrophic. “Ed departs with my, and our, deepest gratitude for his many significant contributions over nearly 18 years of dedicated service to Boeing,” the memo said. Clark had ascended to the role in March 2021, shortly after a 20-month grounding of the MAX program following two fatal crashes in …

Head of Boeing 737 MAX programme out amid safety concerns at planemaker | Aviation News

Head of Boeing 737 MAX programme out amid safety concerns at planemaker | Aviation News

Ed Clark oversaw the Renton factory where the Alaska Airlines plane involved in blowout was completed. The head of Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX programme has left the planemaker, according to a company memo, amid scrutiny around production and safety measures following a mid-air blowout on a plane last month. The company also reshuffled its leadership team at the Commercial Airplanes division, according to the memo sent to staff by Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) CEO Stan Deal and first reported by the Seattle Times on Wednesday. Ed Clark, an 18-year Boeing veteran who was vice president of the MAX programme, will leave the company, the memo said. The Seattle Times reported that he had been pushed out. Clark is being replaced by Katie Ringgold as vice president and general manager, according to the memo. Boeing has been scrambling to explain and strengthen its safety procedures after the January accident on a brand new Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9, in which a cabin panel became detached and flew off in midair. Clark was general manager at the company’s factory …

Rise of fast-fashion Shein, Temu roils global air cargo industry

Rise of fast-fashion Shein, Temu roils global air cargo industry

NEW YORK/SHANGHAI: The rapid rise of fast-fashion e-commerce retailers such as Shein and Temu is upending the global air cargo industry, as they increasingly vie for limited air-cargo space to woo consumers with rapid transit times, more than ten industry sources said. Shein, PDD Group’s Temu and ByteDance’s TikTok Shop, which recently began online shopping in the US, ship the majority of their products directly from factories in China to shoppers by air in individually addressed packages. And their growing popularity – Shein and Temu together send almost 600,000 packages to the United States every day, according to a June 2023 report by the US Congress – is boosting air-freight costs from Asian hubs like Guangzhou and Hong Kong, making off-peak seasons almost disappear and causing capacity shortages, the sources said. “The biggest trend impacting air freight right now is not the Red Sea, it’s Chinese e-commerce companies like Shein or Temu,” said Basile Ricard, director of Greater China operations at freight forwarder Bollore Logistics. According to data aggregated by Cargo Facts Consulting, Temu ships …

This blended wing plane wants to reshape aviation. But can it deliver the 50% cut in fuel burn it promises?

This blended wing plane wants to reshape aviation. But can it deliver the 50% cut in fuel burn it promises?

He said that airliners have not adjusted much in traditional design as commercial aviation favours the tried-and-tested, and successful, solutions. But as climate targets loom, the blended wing structure has attracted renewed attention in the push towards zero carbon emissions propulsion. “The tube-and-wing airframe has been amazingly reliable and a safe platform,” said Mr O’Leary. “But today, there are so many more needs that the industry faces – to lower fuel burn, lower emissions, improve passenger experience, etc. This (blended wing) airframe addresses all those needs and represents the next step forward for aviation.” COMMERCIAL PLANS & SUSTAINABILITY PUSH With the USAF’s support, JetZero could potentially develop military jets and tankers for aerial refuels, as well as freighters. In addition, the firm is eyeing a lucrative gap in the commercial market for medium-haul flights. “Right now, the market has two types of planes – short haul and long haul. Our jet can fit right into the gap between those planes, where there’s incredibly high demand and no supply,” said Mr O’Leary. He added that the …

China’s C919 jetliner showcased at Singapore Airshow | Aviation

China’s C919 jetliner showcased at Singapore Airshow | Aviation

Biennial air show opens to the public for the first time since the onset of the COVID-pandemic in 2020. China’s C919 jetliner is being showcased at Asia’s biggest airshow, as its Beijing-backed manufacturer seeks buyers for the country’s first homegrown passenger jet. Chinese state-run aerospace firm COMAC has touted the C919 as a challenger to the A320 and the 737 MAX, manufactured, respectively, by long-standing industry leaders Airbus and Boeing. The C919 made its inaugural flight outside China on Sunday at a media event ahead of the Singapore Airshow, which opened to the public for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. China’s Tibet Airlines said on the sidelines of the show on Tuesday that it had finalised an order for 40 of the narrow-body jets, which are designed to carry up to 192 passengers and travel up to 3,500 miles (5,644km). The C919, which has been flying commercially in China since May, has so far only been authorised to fly in its home country. The biennial air show, which …

Tibet Airlines finalises orders for 40 C919, 10 ARJ21 jets from China’s COMAC at Singapore Airshow

Tibet Airlines finalises orders for 40 C919, 10 ARJ21 jets from China’s COMAC at Singapore Airshow

COMAC’s C919 is on its first trip outside Chinese territory in Singapore, and the Chinese planemaker is positioning the jet as a viable alternative to the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle jet families, as they struggle to meet demand for new planes, and Boeing grapples with a string of crises. The plane is only certified within China and the first of now four C919s began flying with China Eastern Airlines last year. COMAC has received more than 1,000 C919 orders so far, state media reported last September, mostly from Chinese airlines and lessors. Gao Dongyue, an executive at Tibet Airlines, told Reuters that research to develop the C919 high-altitude variant was ongoing but that they could not yet disclose a timeline for the aircraft. “We have a lot of experience in this area,” he said. “And we’re taking into consideration all possible routes that could be suitable for the plane.” Tibet Airlines mainly flies domestically but also has routes to places such as Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. Source link

Clean jet fuel: Inside the Brooklyn start-up reusing captured CO2

Clean jet fuel: Inside the Brooklyn start-up reusing captured CO2

The AIR Company’s pilot facility in Brooklyn The AIR Company In a grey building squeezed in an industrial corner of Brooklyn, New York, Stafford Sheehan shows me a jar full of black metallic pellets. “This is the special sauce,” he says. They don’t look like much, but he says they could help produce billions of litres of fossil-free liquid fuel. Sheehan’s start-up, the AIR Company, is one of a growing set of manufacturers trying to use captured CO2 to replace products now made with fossil fuels, which can help to reduce… Source link

Light aircraft crashes near town in Malaysia’s Selangor; search operation ongoing

Light aircraft crashes near town in Malaysia’s Selangor; search operation ongoing

KUALA LUMPUR: A light aircraft has crashed near Kapar, a town in Selangor, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) said on Tuesday (Feb 13). In a statement, CAAM chief executive officer Captain Norazman Mahmud said that two people including the pilot were on board the aircraft that crashed near the town in Selangor’s Klang district. “Their conditions have yet to be confirmed,” he said. The Air Accident Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Transport will investigate the incident, he added. According to Captain Norazman, the aircraft, operated by Air Adventure Flying Club, departed from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor, at 1.28pm (5.28am GMT) for a recreational flight. The aircraft was a Blackshape BK160 Gabriel with the registration code I-POOC. “Last contact made by the aircraft with air traffic control was at 1.35pm, however, there was no distress call received,” Captain Norazman said. The Kuala Lumpur Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre at the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre was immediately activated to determine the location of the aircraft, he added. Source link