A350s become freighters through Airbus pallet-for-seat swap

[Ref Flight International Magazine 12 – 18 May 2020] Airbus is offering carriers a modification and regulatory support scheme to convert passenger A350s, A330s and A340s temporarily into main-deck freighters by swapping out seats and fitting pallets onto their floor tracks. Modification is provided to operators under an Airbus service bulletin which sets out not […]

IATA uncomfortable on reduced seating proposal

[Ref Flight International Magazine 12 – 18 May 2020] In 2019, carriers on average needed load factors of 77% to break even. If regulations to leave seats empty were to be introduced, he expects that “most airlines will really struggle” and ticket prices would be “significantly higher” in the long term, compared with pre-crisis levels […]

COVID-19 causes pressure on different airlines

[Ref Flight International Magazine 12 – 18 May 2020] The situation could hardly be worse for Airbus, Boeing and first-tier suppliers. But for companies further down the supply chain it is as they face a fight for survival as demand dries up. As Covid-19 lockdowns and other restrictions begin to ease, and governments around the […]

Mis-set altitude led Neos 737 to fly low

[Ref Flight International Magazine 5 – 11 May 2020] Investigators have found that a Neos Boeing 737-800 arriving from Verona on 1 June 2019 – had been vectored to a shortened ­arrival route by approach controllers, which left it above 10,000ft with less than 25nm (46km) to touchdown. With the aircraft high and fast on […]

Hong Kong warns 787 operators on ILS incidents

[Ref Flight International Magazine 5 – 11 May 2020] After the latest in a string of incidents involving Boeing 787, authorities in Hong Kong have warned operators of possible adverse autopilot behaviour during localiser capture at the city’s international airport. A newly issued NOTAM instructs carriers to check a Boeing flightcrew operations bulletin referring to […]

Global aircraft grounding hampers weather forecasting during COVID-19

[Ref Flight International Magazine 28 Apr – 4 May 2020] Global aircraft grounding hampers weather forecasting, says WMO Sensors, computers and communications systems onboard commercial jets automatically collect and transmit meteorological observations to ground stations. However, this data collection has been curtailed by the sharp decline in air traffic. “In-flight measurements of ambient temperature and […]