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Best Of AirlineWorld 2007

This is the last day of the year. As billions of people around the world, we also took a look back to what happened in the old year and made some New Year’s Resolutions.

For us 2007 was not a full year as we started our blog in June. It was a nice calm Sunday and Szafi wrote her first post about the Radio Alphabet – a useful tool not just for aviation fans. Balint01 joined her on the 7th with his first post about “Fuller Planes – Good Or Bad?” – a brief explanation of revenue and capacity management of airlines.

A380 

A380 was one of our main topics this year. We could see the a video of an imaginery evacuation of an A380, we reported on that quite unusual initiation that Singapore Airlines sold the first tickets to the A380 on e-Bay and gave the money (USD 1,25 million) for charity. We tried to find out more about the possible cabin configurations and then we reported on the first delivery.

Boeing 787

Boeing 787, the Dreamliner was our other favorite topic. We wrote about it when it was revealed, we put it in our blog header, we reported on the first announcement of delay that predicted 2 months. Now it seems that a 6-month delay is more realistic.

Developments 

Besides A380 and B787 we saw the birth of a Russian jet called Sukhoi Superjet and a Chinese one called ARJ21-700. We kept track of technology trends in aviation. We wrote an article about RFID usage at airlines and airports, about e-ticketing, a new online payment method at Qantas, a weightless flight, a solar powered, unmanned aircraft. Also we were interested in service developments such as the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow Airport, Lufthansa’s new A380 First Class Concept, Boeing’s 747 development to keep up with A380,

Crashes 

Unfortunately again some serious accidents happened. We saw around 200 people dying in a very tragical crash in Sao Paulo, brazil. 19 people died in an accident of Air Moorea on the way to Tahiti. When China Airline’ 737 burst into fire and blew up, everybody could escape in time thanks to the flight crew, who was criticized for being rude – we thought it was better being rude than being inactive. Later it turned out that a loose bolt caused the fire. There was a sad collision of two planes at an Air Show in Radom, Poland. SAS Airlineshad a bad series of crash landings – without serious injuries – of its Dash 8 turboprop planes. Finally they decided on grounding all their Dash 8 fleet. 87 died in One-Two-Go Airlines crash in Phuket, Thailand. A few days later rallye driver champion Colin McRae died in a helicopter crash over Scotland. The most commented article was the weird accident of an Airbus A340 on the ground of the Airbus factory during testing. The last serious accident of the year was an MD-83 crash in Turkey killing 56.

Photo reports 

We received a lot of photos from our friends and airline enthusiasts, so we could show a photo report of a Royal Aircraft in Budapest, Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, an Air Show in Kecskemet and the A340 Airbus crash at the Toulouse Airbus factory.

Innovations 

We criticized airlines and other players of the industry about wrong steps and we were happy to present good initiations of other players. We found KLM’s promotion: a gift of a costmetics set for online bookers a very smart and useful initiation. We loved Iberia’s enviroment-friendly attitude with naming their new aircrafts Royal Owl, Imperial Eagle and other endangered species. We could read funny comments about an interesting topic: Vatican’s Air Mistral. IATA’s initiation of a greener aviation industry was also worth a post.

Sex and rock and roll 

And finally we tried to entertain those not interested in professional matters of the airline business with articles like Sex in an airplane, Sexy stewardess uniforms – with special attention to the self-designed uniform of Easyjet, Superstar pilots, Special aircraft paintings and we learned about where lost luggage end up going.

We also lost a very key figure of the European airline indusry. Tony Ryan, the founder of Ryanair died on 03 October at the age of 71. Net year we will definately write an article about him, because only a few know about his role in today’s aviation business.

And what is our New Year’s resolution? Well, we’ll do our best to entertain you and draw your attention to the magic world of airlines we so much love.

We both wish you a very happy, successful new year and please keep on reading us! 🙂

By Szafi and balint01
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Boeing Released Warning AD On 737 NG Bolt Folowing Air China Plane Fire

Following the accident of China Airlines on 20 August caused by a loose bolt moving away from its place, piercing through the fuel tank resulting fuel leakage that ignited and exploded only a few moments later passengers could all leave the aicraft, FAA and Boeing released an Emergency Airworthyness Directive (AD) to all owners and operators of Boeing 737 600s, 700s, 800s and 900s (737 NG – New Generation aircrafts) – there are more than 780 of the affected planes registered to US airlines and another 1,500 flying elsewhere around the world.

In the background information of the AD we can read “We have received reports of parts of the main slat track downstop assembly coming off the main slat track.” Not only the China Airlines case is mentioned. There are references to more cases.

The directive says all owners and operators are responsible “for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done.” The airlines and operators have 24 days for checking all involved aircrafts. It is not a major check though. Malev for example will have to spend a total of only 8 man hours on checking all of their 18 737 NG aircrafts.

The way this check needs to be performed is described in a surprisingly detailed way. E.g: “An intensive examination of a specific item, installation, or assembly to detect damage, failure, or irregularity. Available lighting is normally supplemented with a direct source of good lighting at an intensity deemed appropriate. Inspection aids such as mirror, magnifying lenses, etc., may be necessary. Surface cleaning and elaborate procedures may be required.”

Explanation how the slat bolt needs to be checked

Such ADs released by FAA are officially mandatory for aircraft operators in the USA. Airliner operators all over the world usually consider all those warnings mandatory, which are released by the national Air Safety Authorities of the plane manufacturer’s state. In this particular case as Boeing is a US manufacturer, the FAA warning will be taken over as mandatory by all operators of 737 NG’s, and in general foreign aviation safety authorities usually follow FAA recommendations. On top of the FAA release, Boeing has issued its own warning to all NG operators directly, on 25AUG as well.

For detailed information see FAA’s website.

By Szafi

Chairman Resigned, Loose Bolt Caused China Airlines 737 Fire and Explosion – Update

Loose bolt caused fuel leakage

According to the Japanese investigation committee a very small hole on the fuel tank caused by a loose bolt was the reason fuel leaked from the aircraft. It is still unclear though why the leaking fuel ignited. The committee held a press conference in Okinawa, where cheif investigator Kazushige Daiki presented a photo of the punctured fuel tank. It is unknown yet how the bolt moved away from its original place in the left wing and pierced through the fuel tank.

China Airlines Chairman resigns

Meanwhile China Airlines Chairman Philip Wei offered his resignation to the board of directors. Following a weird prompt compensation on site, China Airlines offered around USD 800-900 for each passenger and around the same amount for their distroyed baggages.

Passengers criticize airline crew

Also passengers who were on board of the aircraft critcized the airline crew for not giving clear instructions during evacuation. The crew noticed the fire much later than passengers sitting by the window during landing. People reportedly started shouting and screaming inside the aircraft and crew memebers could not conduct the evacuation professionally. It was hard to open emergency exits and it was not clear either what to do outside the aircraft.

“If the crew hadn’t been on the ball and the clients hadn’t cooperated, then the result could have been different,” said Chen Peng-yu, the Taiwan based airline’s assistant publicity vice president.

We will soon release a post about the problems with airline safety procedures, because this is a real issue what happened in Okinawa. There no instructions about wat to do outside the aircraft during evacuation.

By Szafi

Update on the China Airlines accident – PR advice needed

China Airlines was ordered by the Taiwanese government to ground temporarily its 11 remaining 737-800s for safety checks following the post-landing fire and explosion that destroyed a -800 Monday morning at Naha Airport in Okinawa.

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration told CI to ground its 737-800 fleet and two of the type operated by subsidiary Mandarin Airlines. Japan’s Transport Ministry said it ordered Japan Airlines, ANA and Skymark Airlines to conduct checks on 23 CFM56-powered -800s and no anomalies were found.

And here comes my favorite part:

China Airlines CEO Chao Kuo-shuai traveled to Okinawa following the incident and gave each passenger an envelope containing $100. “I feel ashamed for causing so much trouble,” he said. The airline conceded it may have to provide further compensation for destroyed luggage.

I have to admit this is the most weird PR action I have ever seen. 100 dollars in an envelope. Why not a free ticket to anywhere with China Airlines to gain their trust back? Or anything? But 100 dollars? In an envelope?

Well, if you have a better idea for a good PR action in such a situation, please leva a comment. I will make sure to send the ideas to China Airlines.

By Szafi

China Airlines jet burst into fire after landing at Okinawa airport

A China Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet exploded into flames at Okinawa airport in Japan after arrving from Taiwan, but all 165 people (157 passengers and 8 crew members) could escape without being injured.

“After the plane landed, there were flames, and I heard explosions a few times then saw black smoke,” airport worker Hideaki Oyadomari told national broadcaster NHK. “We felt the hot air coming our way.”

Passenegers noticed flames around the engine on the left side after landing, while the plane taxied to the gate.
The cause of the fire, which reportedly began in one of the engines, was unknown. Japan’s National Police Agency said terrorism was not suspected. “The plane landed safely so we are still checking why there was a fire,” said Sun Hung-wen, spokesman of China Airlines.

Passengers could leave the aircraft using emergency slides before the leaking engine exploded and flames covered the whole aircraft. The pilot reportedly escaped from the cockpit using a rope. (This is the ususal emergency exit procdure for cocpkit crew – we will write a special post about it later)

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Photo: Reuters

China Airlines has had a poor safety record in the last two decades, with three major crashes.

In 1994, a crash at Nagoya airport in Japan claimed 263 lives, while 203 died when an Airbus carrying holiday-makers back from Bali crashed at Taipei airport in 1998. Most recently, all 225 passengers of a Boeing 747 bound for Hong Kong died after it fell into the sea after take-off from Taipei.

I think this is the most lucky accident I have ever seen.

Resource: Reuters, Tlegraph.co.uk

By Szafi

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