Archive for November 13th, 2007

Dubai Air Show Orders II

New orders at the Dubai Air Show:

1. DAE Capital

The Dubai based leasing company ordered 85 Boeing aircrafts; 75 B737 NGs, 10 B777-300s and 5 747-8F frighters. According to gossips there is a chance DAE Capital will extend its order to 15 additional B787s. DAE also ordered 70 A320s and 30 A350XWBs.

2. LCAL

Low Cost Aircraft Leasing, a Dubai based leasing company increased the number of a previous order by 6 B787s, thus instead of the original 15, they will buy 21.

3. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud

Signature at Dubai Air Show

Prince Alwaleed is the first private person who confirmed the order of an A380 for private purposes. The A380 Flying Palace will probably be the most luxurious private jet.

4. Air Arabia

Air Arabia ordered 34 Airbus A320s and took options on 15 more. Air Arabia is the first low cost airline in the Middle-East and its base is the United Arab Emirates.

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Flight Review: Ryanair

I was lucky enough to spend this weekend in Liverpool, which was definately a great fun. We saw a Liverpool vs Fulham football match (2:0) among 47 000 people, I heard them singing songs for Steve Gerrard, Sami Hyypia, Fernando Torres and even the coach, Rafael Benitez. I heard them singing “You’ll never walk alone” (which is a translation of a song from a Hungarian vaudeville) and I saw what a great job the English do in order to avoid agression and fighting inside and around their football stadiums. I visited the Beatles museum and heard people singing in a karaoke bar in the city of the Beatles. Liverpool will be capital of culture in 2008 and it is 800 years old this year, so if you haven’t been there yet, it is a must to go there.

A RyanAir Boeing Aircraft

On the ground 

I took the direct flight of Ryanair between Budapest and Liverpool. Officially it left Budapest at 5.10 pm. In practice doors were closed in time, but then we had to wait about 30 minutes on the ground. All low costs in Budapest take off from the older terminal 1. About 2-3 months ago a new train stop was built outside the terminal, so it is very easy to reach that terminal, whil e terminal 2 for network carriers is still harder and more expensive to get to. This is not the ususal practice in case of low cost carriers. It took us about 20 minutes to get from the Western Railway station to the airport by train. For some reason it is impossible to check in online for Ryanair’s flights departing from Budapest, so we had to stand in the long queue to be checked in. About 20 minutes before the gate was opened, people started to queue up for boarding, because boarding cards were not assigned to seats, so everybody wanted to get the best seats possible. This is a very good strategy from low cost carriers, this way everybody rushes into the plane and there is no need to wait long for passengers getting lost in the transit area. After gates were open, we could not simply board the aircraft, we had to get into a bus that took us to the plane and again we had to wait in a queue until we could finally board.

On the way back it was a little different. There passengers could check in online, so there was a priority queue for passengers who paid online fot this service. There we could immediately walk to the aircraft and board, so it was worth it to be at the gate in time.

In the air

In the aircraft we could see commercials of a phone card company on all hand luggage containers. After take-off
on both ways flight attendants first served hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches. On the way back we bought a boxed triangles sandwich with roast chicken and salad for £3.45.

In the second round we heard a commercial from the loud speaker saying we can win zillions of pounds, we just need to buy scratch cards from the flight attendants. Then they took the cards around, but hardly anybody bought them. Again a commercial told us about those phone cards advertised on the lockers and again flight attendant ran around selling phone cards.

Then came the duty free part. Perfumes, watches, usual duty free stuff. I bought a Ryanair plastic aircraft model for £8.30 (I collect aircraft models). After the duty free again refreshment and snacks, then preparations for landing. On both ways we were told not to leave any garbage, newspapers or magazines around ourselves, because due to short turnaround time there will not be any cleaning. True. There was no cleaning. There was garbage around the seat on both ways. On the way back even one of the flight attendants helped the ground handling staff in the boarding process. At Malev flight attendants were always complaining that they have too many things to do. I think they should serve on a Ryanair flight for just one day.

Conclusion

From John Lennon International Airport we took a bus for £1.40 each to the city center. It is again peanuts taking the facts network airlines always frighten passengers with high ground travel costs. In Budapest the train costs HUF 300 per person which equals $1,5 or £0.8, so again we cannot call it a high price. The ticket was USD 150 return for 2 persons, including taxes and other costs. The only inconvenience of a low cost airline was the boarding process, but besides that everything was perfect, we were on time, there were no hidden costs and the whole weekend was a great experience.

Finally a nice little addendum to my story. When we arrived at John Lennon Airport, the first thing I saw was a doormat. It said “Welcome to John Lennon Airport”, there was this very famous scatch of Lennon from the cover of the Imagine album and a quote that tells everything:

“Above us only sky”

By Szafi 

Iberia Airbus Slides Off Runway At Quito

EC-JOH slid off the runway at Quito - by airliners.net 

On  Friday, 09NOV2007, an Iberia operated Airbus A340-600 has slid off the runway in Ecuador at the Quito Airport and caused the airport to be shut down for two days. Arriving from Madird, at 17:06 immediately after touching down the aircraft overran the runway and came to a still in the soft terrain, where it is still standing after two days. According to the Aviation Safety Network’s preliminary report: “The A340 suffered one or more tyre bursts on landing at Quito (UIO). The aircraft overran the runway and came to rest tilting to the left with nr.1 and 2 engines touching the ground.” Such accidents happen every once in a while, but we have seen that they can turn out much worse as in Sao Paolo a few months ago for example.

Fortunately nobody was hurt, all 349 passengers and crew escaped woundless. When I saw the pictures, my first thought was that just in less than a year I have flown the same type of aircraft with Iberia, and when looking at the name just on the side of the cockpit, I realized that it was this same aircraft that took me back from Lima, Peru to Madrid last December… It is a very strange feeling to know that the plane which I once flew in my life and is registered as EC-JOH and named “Miguel de Unamuno” has been involved in such an incident…

At the moment there are only indications as per what really caused the accident, some comments on the internet praise the pilots that they managed to save such a situation without anybody getting hurt, while others blame them for the accident. Only investigations will tell, but I feel sorry for this beautiful bird to damage one wing, three of the Rolls-Royce engines plus basically most of the landing gears including the nose. It will be a big management and technical task to repair it on site by Iberia as I’m afraid Quito lacks the necessary infrastructure for such a repair. The terminal is also operating under some restrictions since the ILS antennas were destroyed and replacement will take 15 days (ILS – Instrument Landing System).

This picture from a different angle shows just how close to residential areas were to this accident…

Iberia EC-JOH in Quito - by Reuters

A slideshow with more onsite pictures on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqfQAm-iyJI

by balint01

Dubai Air Show Orders I.

On the first day of the 2007 Dubai Air Show great orders were revealed, and there are three more days to go…

Emirates Logo   Emirates Airbues A380

Emirates have voted for Airbus, by placing the largest order to date for the new Airbus A350, by 70 pieces. They took option on an additional 50, while added 11 A380 to the already largest fleet of A380’s to raise the total number to be operated by the airline to 66 (47 original orders + 8 commitments earlier this year, and the 11 yesterday). If they take all of their options on the A350’s, Emirates would operate a 186 piece modern Airbus fleet by the end of the next decade (!). By selecting the A350 over the Boeing B787 Emirates gave a boost to the new Airbus program. Probably to bridge the time before the A350’s arrive, they also placed an order with Boeing for 12 long-range 777-300ER’s.

Qatar Airways Logo  Qatar Airways on the other hand selected Boeing with placing firm orders for 30 B787 Dreamliners with options for another 30, while buying 27 B777’s as well, with 5 options. This is a total of 57 firm + 35 optional orders.

Virgin Nigeria Logo  Virgin Nigeria ordered 10 Embraer jets. The order consists of 7 E170 and 3 of the larger E190, with options for 6 more E190 regional jets.

The show goes on until Thursday and will display daily flights of the A380.

by balint01


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