torsdag 26. april 2018

B767 samlebåndet tusler og går - Curt Lewis

Boeing to Raise 767 Output After Jet Finds New Life as a Freighter

Boeing Co. plans to boost 767 production as the aging jetliner gains new popularity as a midsize freighter favored by the likes of FedEx Corp.

A rebound in the global air-cargo market spurred the decision to boost annual output 20 percent to 36 planes by 2020, Boeing said as it reported earnings Wednesday. That would be the third rate increase for the jetliner since early 2016.

While best-known for opening trans-continental travel to twin-engine jets in the 1980s, the 767 is now enjoying a second act as a midrange package hauler. Boeing has delivered 136 of its 767-300 freighters, according to the company's website, and has another 63 unfilled orders in backlog valued at $13.4 billion before customary discounts.

Production of the 767 freighter slowed to a crawl this decade as Boeing marshaled resources behind a military tanker variant that is more than a year behind schedule. That provided an opening for Airbus SE, which is considering a freighter version of its slow-selling A330neo after discussions with Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc., Bloomberg reported last month.

"That's an interesting story," George Ferguson, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, said of the 767's revival. "Something we'd all written off is back up to three aircraft a month. All the tooling is well-written off, so that's a positive" for Boeing's profit margins, he added.

Southwest - Tøffe anklager fra mekanikere - Curt Lewis

Southwest has faced fines, union safety complaints

a Southwest Airlines plane approaches Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis. Over the years, the Dallas-based carrier has paid millions of dollars to settle safety violations, including multiple fines for flying planes that didn't have required repairs. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

As the investigation into last week's deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company's low-cost business model - which puts its planes through frequent takeoffs and landings - is putting passengers at risk.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwest Airlines jet blew the engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman from getting sucked out. She later died, and seven others were injured. (NTSB via AP)

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest's safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during its 47-year history.

Still, the Dallas-based airline has paid millions over the past decade to settle safety violations, including fines for flying planes that didn't have required repairs. Twice in the past nine years, holes have torn open in the roofs of Southwest planes in flight.

In another episode in 2016, an engine on a Southwest jet blew apart over Florida because of metal fatigue, or wear and tear, hurling debris that struck the fuselage and tail. No one was hurt.

Then, last week, one of the engines on Southwest Flight 1380 blew apart at 32,000 feet over Pennsylvania, spraying the Boeing 737 with shrapnel and killing 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two who was blown partway out a broken window. The National Transportation Safety Board said a fan blade that had snapped off the engine was showing signs of metal fatigue.

The union representing Southwest mechanics recently accused the company of pressuring maintenance workers to cut corners to keep planes flying. And the Federal Aviation Administration investigated union whistleblower complaints and found mistrust of management so serious that it could hurt safety.

In one case, investigators said a worker who should have been praised for finding corrosion on a plane in Dallas was chastised for working beyond the scope of the task he had been assigned. The leader of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Bret Oestreich, said Southwest had created a culture of hostility and retaliation.

Nevertheless, aviation safety experts and longtime industry watchers said they do not consider Southwest unsafe.

"They have had a lot" of incidents, said John Goglia, a former NTSB member, "but you have to remember that they have a very large fleet" - more than 700 Boeing 737s, the largest 737 fleet in the world.

Before last week, if Goglia thought about airlines that might have safety questions, Southwest wasn't even on the radar, he said.

Southwest's short, frequent flights put more stress on the plane and engines, like a car used heavily in stop-and-go city traffic, said Alan Diehl, an aviation-safety consultant and former NTSB and Air Force accident investigator.

Diehl said, however, that Southwest's crews are accustomed to the quicker pace and that their work is made easier because Southwest flies only Boeing 737s instead of an assortment of planes.

Southwest jets make on average 5.3 flights per day compared with between 2.8 and 3.4 per day at American Airlines, Delta and United, according to an analysis by industry newsletter Airline Weekly using information from airline data provider Diio.

Southwest flies frequently on short routes such as Los Angeles to San Francisco and Dallas to Houston. Its average flight is 764 miles, the shortest among U.S. airlines and barely half as long as the average at American and Delta, according to the Airline Weekly analysis. Each takeoff and landing contributes to wear and tear on the aircraft.

"It's amazing how safe Southwest has been over the years, considering the operational difficulty of what they do," said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly. Like others interviewed for this story, Kaplan said he is not afraid to fly Southwest - he and his family are booked on a flight next week.

Although last week's accident was Southwest's first passenger fatality, it was not the first time someone was killed by one of its planes. In 2005, a Southwest jet skidded off a runway and through a fence at Chicago's Midway Airport, striking a car and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Southwest, the nation's fourth-biggest airline by passenger traffic but the largest in terms of U.S.-only flights, has paid millions in fines after enforcement actions by the FAA.

The biggest FAA fine against Southwest was $7.5 million in 2009. The FAA said Southwest kept 46 planes flying even though they had skipped critical inspections of the fuselage for metal fatigue.

Five years later, the FAA proposed a $12 million fine over 44 planes that had undergone improper fuselage repairs while at a contractor hired by Southwest. The airline settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay $2.8 million.

The 2016 engine failure over Florida highlighted the need for closer inspection of engine blades. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that after engine maker CFM International recommended more inspections last year, Southwest had inspected all fan blades covered by the recommendation before last week's accident.

King said the airline will meet a new CFM recommendation to inspect all older fan blades by the end of August. She said the airline is also inspecting all newer fan blades, a move not yet required by the FAA.

Southwest's CEO has said many times before and since last week's engine failure that safety is paramount at the airline.

Rather than hide from bad news, Kelly spoke to reporters just hours after the accident and promised to "do all we can" to help Riordan's family.

"His emotion was very real. It was palpable," said Henry Harteveldt, a travel-industry analyst. "Mr. Kelly has done a very good job in communicating this to the public and leading the airline."

The day after the accident, Southwest sent letters from Kelly to passengers on Flight 1380, saying that the airline would give them each $5,000 "to cover any of your immediate financial needs" and a $1,000 travel voucher.

Harteveldt said Southwest clearly hoped the letters might discourage lawsuits, "but I thought it was a noble gesture."

T-6 havarert i USA - Curt Lewis

North American SNJ-5 (AT-6D) Texan Fatal Accident (Texas)

Date: 25-APR-2018
Time: 12:30
North American SNJ-5 (AT-6D) Texan
Owner/operator: private
Registration: N12377
C/n / msn: 85086
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Naval Air Station Kingsville (KNQI), Kingsville, TX -    United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature: Private
Departure airport: NAS Kingsville (KNQI)
Destination airport:
The civilian plane crashed shortly after takeoff under unknown circumstances. The two occupants died.

Helikopter - Turøyetterlatte venter på granskingsrapporten - SA

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Ryanair - Kabinen organiserer seg på samme vis som flygerne - Check-In

Ryanair-personale truer med strejker

Fem europæiske fagforeninger kræver, at Ryanair overholder national arbejdsmarkedslovgivning.
Fem europæiske fagforeninger for kabineansatte har givet Ryanair en frist til den 30. juni om at følge nationale arbejdsmarkedslove. Ellers risikerer det irske lavprisselskab at blive ramt af strejker henover den travle sommerperiode.
Det fremgår af en fælles erklæring fra de fem fagforeninger – belgiske CNE/LBC, italienske UILTASPORTI, portugisiske SNPVAC, og de spanske SITCPLA og USO – efter et møde i Lissabon.
“Hvis Ryanair ikke overholder disse vilkår, vil undertegnede fagforeninger bruge alle lovmæssige og retlige procedurer til at indlede en koordineret faglig aktion, herunder brugen af strejker i løbet af sommeren 2018,” lød det i erklæringen.
Fælles vilkår for alle
Fagforeningerne ønsker, at flyselskabet skal anvende de samme betingelser og arbejdsvilkår for alle kabinebesætningsmedlemmer. Ryanair skal også anvende national lovgivning i ansættelseskontrakter og interne HR-procedurer i henhold til EU-reglerne, siger fagforeningerne.
Ryanair er kendt for sin hårde kurs over for fagforeninger, og selskabet har gentagne gange været i konflikt med sine ansatte. Men da selskabet blev truet af strejker op til jul sidste år, gik Ryanairs ledelse for første gang nogensinde med til at anerkende fagforeninger, og undgik dermed en strejke.
Efterfølgende har Ryanair aftalt at anerkende pilotforeninger i både Storbritannien og Italien, mens der ifølge selskabet foregår forhandlinger med fagforeninger i andre lande.
Ingen overenskomster i Danmark
Herhjemme mødtes Ryanair med Flyvebranchens Personale Union (FPU) i begyndelsen af februar. Selskabets personalechef Eddie Wilson sagde efterfølgende, at Ryanair ikke er afvisende overfor at tegne overenskomster i Danmark, hvis selskabet beslutter at åbne baser i København.
FPU understregede ifølge næstformand Anders Mark Jensen på mødet med Ryanair, at en dansk base kræver dansk overenskomst for både piloter og kabinepersonale.
Ryanair nægtede i 2015 at indgå danske overenskomster for sine ansatte på selskabets daværende baser i Billund Lufthavn og Københavns Lufthavn. Ryanair lukkede i stedet de danske to baser, men flyver fortsat til Billund og København fra en række af sine europæiske baser.

Norwegian utsetter Argentinaoppstarten - Check-In

Norwegian Air Argentina - Boeing 737-800 - LV-HQH (Foto: Chano Madsen | LinkedIn)

Norwegian kalder fly hjem fra Argentina

Norwegian kommer ikke i gang i Argentina før oktober måned, og nu kalder selskabet det argentiskregistrerede Boeing 737-fly hjem til Norge.
Siden midten af januar har Norwegian Air Argentina haft en Boeing 737-800 stående i Buenos Aires, hvor flyet har gennemført flere flyvninger på argentinsk register som LV-HQH.
Oprindeligt forlød det, at Norwegian Air Argentina ville starte op i slutningen af maj eller begyndelsen af juni. Men det har tilsyneladende ikke været med operationerne, der først start til højsæsonen i oktober. I stedet forventes det, at billetsalget starter i juni.
Derfor giver det ikke mening, at Norwegian har et fly stående ubeskæftiget i Buenos Aires hele sommeren.
Ifølge argentinske medier er det derfor blevet besluttet at trække selskabets eneste fly hjem fra Argentina i den kommende sommer, så det i stedet kan gøre tjeneste i Europa, hvor der er brug for fly og besætninger. I modsat fald vil Norwegian være nødt til at indleje kapacitet i Europa, og det vil være billigere at få flyet hjem fra Argentina.
Lige nu står LV-HQH i Ezeiza International Airport i Buenos Aires, hvortil det ankom fra Cordoba den 23 april. Her venter flyet på de nødvendige tilladelser til at flyve tilbage til Europa. En flyrejse på 12.300 kilometer med flere stop undervejs.
Boeing 737-flyet med den argentinske komponist Astor Piazzolla på halen vil så kunne opleves på de europæiske ruter i de kommende måneder.
Opstart i efteråret
Argentinske medier er begyndt at spekulere i, hvorvidt Norwegian har fået kolde fødder med den argentiske satsning, men det afviser det norske lavprisflyselskab.
“Det er korrekt, at flyet skal til Europa nu for at bruges i højsæsonen. Det vi hele tiden har sagt om Argentina er, at vi forventer at salgsløsningen skal være klar i juni med opstart af ruter i oktober og november,” siger kommunikationsdirektør Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen til
Norwegian Air Argentina vil i første omfang prioritere destinationer som Córdoba, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Salta, Tucumán og Iguazú. Disse skal formentlig betjenes fra Aeroparque Jorge Newbery-lufthavnen i Buenos Aires, der er knudepunkt for regionale ruter og en række indenrigsruter.
Det konkurrende lavprisflyselskab Flybondi, der allerede er startet op, har siden den 10. april benytte El Palomar-lufthavnen, der ligger 20 kilometer vest for Buenos Aires. Det er en militærlufthavn, der er hjemsted for det argentinske luftvåbens Primera Brigada Aérea, men det nye lavprisflyselskab har fået tilladelse til at opføre sin egen terminal på lufthavnsarealet.