The Sunday Summary 08/2021

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Return of MAX

The European first in the return of the type to operation belongs to the Belgian TUI. OO-MAX took of on February 17th from its home airport Brussels in the direction of Malaga under the designation TB1011.

The GCAA, like EASA, lifted the existing ban on the B737 MAX. It happened during this week. However, operators must present a plan for the safe return of the type to service. The lifting of the ban will affect flydubai, which has 11 MAX 8 and 3 MAX 9 in its fleet. flydubai announced that they begun preparations for return of MAX to operation.
OO-TMA TUI Airlines Belgium Boeing 737-8 MAX

Cooperation between Etihad and Gulf Air

During the week, the two airlines signed a Strategic Commercial Cooperation Agreement (SCCA), which follows on from the Memorandum of Understanding of 2018 and covers the deepening of partnerships between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. The contract includes the so-called codeshare, which will allow both airlines to increase the flight combination by 30 destinations.
A6-BLM Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

“Reduction” of the Lufthansa fleet

The Lufthansa Group is negotiating with Airbus and Boeing to supply smaller aircraft to their fleet in exchange for orders for larger airliners. Although the size and extent of the exchange have not been specified, newly delivered aircraft should be a more economical replacement for the grounded B747 and A380.
D-ABYI Lufthansa Boeing 747-8

The Stop for Dashes

Due to the absence of new orders, the manufacturer De Havilland Canada decided to suspend the production of their Dash 8-400 type after the end of the production of already ordered pieces. The change will affect approximately 500 employees under the program. However, the manufacturer plans to invest in customer service and the support team, develop improvements and modifications to the type, as well as make changes to the cabin.

Parked aircrafts of Eurowings and Austrian Airlines

Parked aircrafts of Eurowings and Austrian Airlines

Flight tests in FedEx

FedEx, in collaboration with Sikorsky, has launched a series of test flights on a specially modified ATR 42-300 using autonomous technology that is testing the capabilities of single-pilot operation on helicopters and aircraft. FedEX’s ATR 42 is by far the largest platform on which the technology is tested.
ASL Airlines (Fedex) ATR42-300F EI-FXC

Anniversary for fly-by-wire

On February 15, 2005, the first fly-by-wire business was unveiled. The primacy belongs to the Falcon and its type 7X.
C-GLXC Dassault Falcon 7X Galaxy Airways

Astronauts are wanted

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched a competition for the position of astronaut. This has happened 11 years since the agency announced ambitious plans for missions to the moon and possibly to Mars. 26 successful candidates must undergo a six-stage selection procedure, which should be completed in October next year.

Finnair recycles

The Finnish airline has decided to recycle one of their aircraft – the A319 registration OH-LVB – on domestic soil. This will be the first transport aircraft to be recycled in Finland as part of the airline’s sustainability program. In particular, the aircraft performed almost 55,000 hours on almost 33,000 flights during its 21-year “career”.
OH-LVL Finnair Airbus A319-112

Boeing 747 Longtail Aviation incident

Shortly after takeoff from Maastricht / Aachen Airport (MST / EHBK) on Saturday, engine number 1 on Longtail Aviation’s Boeing 747-421 (BCF) was damaged. During the climb to the flight level, at an altitude of approximately 1,400 feet, fragments of the blades damaged the engine and dropped in the nearby village of Meerssen. The crew requested the flight level FL100, where the fuel was dumped. The plane diverted to Liege Airport, where it landed safely after about an hour.
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Boeing 777 United Airlines incident

Yesterday evening of European time, about 4 minutes after takeoff from Denver International Airport (DEN / KDEN), the No. 2 engine on United Airlines’ Boeing 777-200 was damaged. Parts of the right engine crashed into a residential area of ​​Broomfield. The plane returned safely to Denver, where it landed safely after a 24-minute flight. There were no injuries on board or on the ground.

We captured last week

There was no shortage of operations at Slovak airports this week either. VQ-BHX Aeroflot visited Bratislava and the AN-12BK of Rubystar appeared in Piešťany.
VQ-BHX Aeroflot - Russian Airlines Boeing 737-8LJ(WL) © P. Marianic

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