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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:28 PM   #2761
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Jet crash shows ground dangers
13 April 2011
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The collision between the world's largest passenger jet and a regional jet at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport is a sobering reminder that the ground remains a dangerous place for airliners, aviation safety experts say.

"This was a significant collision that clearly has safety implications," Bill Voss, president of the non-profit Flight Safety Foundation, says.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating Monday's collision in New York, has long called the risks of collisions on the ground one of its top safety priorities because they are potentially dangerous.

The most deadly aviation accident in history occurred not in the air but on the ground when two Boeing 747s collided on a runway in Tenerife on the Canary Islands in 1977, killing 583 people.

In Monday's incident, Air France Flight 7, which was a double- deck Airbus A380, was taxiing toward takeoff shortly at 8 p.m. when its left wing struck the tail of a Comair jet, hitting with such force that it spun the small jet around like a top.

None of the 576 people aboard both jets washurt. The pilots on Comair Flight 6293, a Bombardier CRJ700, ordered an emergency evacuation on the tarmac, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says.

The Air France superjumbo jet was towed back to the terminal.

The collision, which was captured on video, occurred on a taxiway rather than a runway. Otherwise, it could have been worse.

Collisions on taxiways tend to be less serious because planes are not moving as fast, aviation safety consultant John Cox says.

Although it occurred on a taxiway, Voss says, the JFK collision illustrates that the broader issue of ground safety requires continued attention by aviation safety authorities.

"You could have ended up rupturing a fuel tank and it could have been much more serious," he says.

The NTSB, which investigates transportation accidents and makes recommendations on safety, has issued numerous calls for improved measures to prevent aircraft from colliding on runways.

And several recent investigations have focused on planes that skidded off runways after botched takeoff or landing attempts.

One issue in the New York collision that NTSB investigators will look at is the size of the A380.

The superjumbo Airbus has two floors of passenger seating and typically carries about 525 people.

Its wings span 262 feet, which is 50 feet wider than the next largest passenger jet, the Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:30 PM   #2762
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Skymark To Expand Domestic Network, Eyeing Intl Market
13 April 2011
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TOKYO (Nikkei)--While Skymark Airlines Inc. (9204) announced plans Tuesday for new domestic services from Narita International Airport in the autumn, it also has its sights on the international flight market.

Skymark will introduce four domestic flights from Narita in fiscal 2011, and plans to add five more as part of its Narita LCC Vision -- a medium-term business plan focused on expanding its domestic flight network.

The number of passengers using budget carriers is ballooning worldwide. Last year Malaysia's AirAsia X Sdn. launched a regular international service between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Kuala Lumpur. All Nippon Airways Co. (9202) has also recently established a low-cost airline that is scheduled to begin flying this fiscal year.

Skymark has risen in prominence as Japan's budget airline pioneer, and is planning to further raise its profile with discount flights from Narita.

Narita has been losing passengers to Haneda, which opened for regular international services in autumn last year. Travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda is 35 minutes, 20 minutes less than to Narita.

But Skymark is looking to tap potential demand for Narita, targeting people living in areas closer to Narita than Haneda such as eastern Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture.

A total of nine new services will add to Skymark's network of 22 destinations. It is scheduled to begin flights to Asahikawa and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Fukuoka Airport and Okinawa's Naha Airport in November or later. It also plans to introduce services to Hakodate, Izumo, Takamatsu, Tokushima and Ishigaki.

As part of a sales promotion, Skymark President Shinichi Nishikubo has mapped out plans to make fares on flights from Narita around 2,000 yen less than those from Haneda. The airline will also offer deals such as a discounted 980-yen ticket for the first three months.

"We must keep abreast of the growing low-cost carrier business," Nishikubo said at a press conference Tuesday.

Aiming high

Skymark is ultimately aiming to enter the international flight market. In November, it announced a plan for international flights from Narita to London, New York and Frankfurt from 2014. In February it signed a deal with Airbus SAS to purchase six A380 superjumbos, two of them provisionally.

The airline's recent results have been good. Its operating profit is expected to triple from the previous year in fiscal 2010, and with it not flying to areas ravaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, reservations have not dropped significantly.

But it is too soon to be too optimistic. Anxiety over the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may dampen people's appetite for travelling. Skymark also had to temporarily suspended services to Ibaraki Airport to enable it to clean and overhaul engines and other aircraft parts after the earthquake.

The quake may also hit Skymark in the pocket. It plans to buy at least two A380 aircraft, with a price tag of at least 20 billion yen each, by the end of fiscal 2014. The airline says it has enough cash, but a sharp drop in passenger numbers could send its financing plan into freefall.

Concerns also exist over Skymark's safety record, with the Transport Ministry having issued it with business improvement orders on several occasions. It has to be aware that rapid business expansion must come with the implementation of appropriate safety measures.

The way in which Nishikubo deals with these issues will determine the success of Skymark's aggressive growth strategy.

After graduating from Kobe University's Faculty of Engineering, Nishikubo worked at a paint manufacturer and other firms. His showed his entrepreneurial streak when he turned an IT venture he established into a blue-chip company. In 2003, he personally underwrote a capital increase offered by Skymark and became the leading shareholder and later president.

He has used his business acumen from the IT industry to improve Skymark's operations and management. For instance, he has boosted passenger traffic by limiting the number of routes and flights, and increased operational and maintenance efficiency by switching the entire fleet to 180-seat Boeing 737 aircraft.

Nishikubo has also slashed costs through bold moves that major carriers dare not make, such as assigning cabin crew staff to work both on flights and the ground, and ending loss-making routes within a few months of service.

The entry into the budget airline business using Narita will be a test case for whether Skymark can establish a toehold in the international flight market.

--Translated from an article by Nikkei staff writer Wataru Nakagawa
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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #2763
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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #2764
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JFK Collision Incident

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Old April 15th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #2765
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Lufthansa's A380 India Plans Hit
15 April 2011
The Economic Times - Delhi Edition

German airline Deutsche Lufthansa's plan to introduce Airbus A380 service on the Delhi-Frankfurt route has hit an air pocket.

The ministry of civil aviation has blocked Lufthansa's proposal to operate the superjumbo jet between the two cities from next month, putting the airline's route planning in jeopardy."There is neither a yes nor a no from the ministry,"said Axel Hilgers, director (South Asia), Lufthansa.

The airline, which had recently increased frequency on two destinations--Frankfurt and Munich--from Delhi, was hoping to secure the permission soon as it had factored in an Airbus A380 for India in its route planning.

The German carrier has seven of these super jumbos and it is acquiring another next month.

It had planned to deploy the new jet on the India route from May 15.

The civil aviation ministry, which clears seat entitlements on all sectors, is of the view that allowing Lufthansa to operate A380 will mean raising the airline's capacity on the sector."An A380 coming into the country means cutting off the business of domestic carriers,"said an official in the ministry with direct knowledge of the matter."We can not allow that."The superjumbo offers 139 more seats per aircraft as against a Boeing 747-400, or 255 additional seats as compared with a Boeing 777-300 ER or 777-200 LR, versions most used by airlines in India.

Kingfisher Airlines is the only Indian carrier that has placed an order for A380, but it too is thinking of revisiting the order.

However, the official said the main reason for not letting Lufthansa operate an A380 was the lack of facilities at the Delhi airport to handle an aircraft as big.

He said an A380 might cause chaos at the airport.

But Lufthansa rejected this argument."This (Delhi) airport was constructed to have A380,"Hilgers said."The airport is interested to have this aircraft as they will get more transit passengers."Indian carriers often accuse foreign carriers of taking away traffic from the country.

Foreign carriers carry 70% of the onward traffic from India to international destinations, according to industry estimates.

Ailing national carrier Air India has blamed the government for taking away its profitable routes and giving them to other airlines.

This, according to the airline, is one of the main reasons behind its mounting operational losses.

Aviation experts say the main reason behind the denial to Lufthansa is the additional capacity offered by an A380, which can hamper the business of Air India and other Indian carriers like Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines, who are trying to expand internationally.

Air India currently operates daily flights to Frankfurt from Delhi and Mumbai.

International operations contribute 60% of Jet's revenues and it has announced that it wants to increase this share.

Granting permission to Lufthansa will also allow it to carry much of the onward traffic to the US, a market where Indian carriers want to grow.

While Jet wants to fly direct to US, Air India has resumed direct flights to the destination, cutting out its previous hub at Frankfurt."The government's denial is because of the uncertainty as to how to deal with such requests specifically relating to impact on Air India and other Indian carriers like Jet for their international expansion plans,"said Kapil Kaul, CEO (India & Middle East), Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

The ministry is aware that allowing Lufthansa to fly A380 will encourage other airlines, such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines, to chase the government for similar permissions.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #2766
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Old April 15th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #2767
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Old April 16th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #2768
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Old April 16th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #2769
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The AF A380 won't fly before at least 3 weeks, after it clipped a regional jet at JFK, according to La Tribune.
The wing structure is damaged.
Can the JFK maintenance folks work on this jet? I'm wondering whether all airports or only a select few can service the A380 type, and whether AF has a maintenance base in NY (I doubt it though).
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Old April 17th, 2011, 03:15 AM   #2770
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Air France must be having trained workmen for the A380. wouldn't they be carrying out the repairs and not JFK staff?
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No, AF doesn't have a maintenance base in NY, i'm guessing this kind of maintenance can be "easily" operated in a big airport as JFK but it must be much more expensive than if it was done at CDG.
I don't know if JFK has an A380 hangar though...

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Air France must be having trained workmen for the A380. wouldn't they be carrying out the repairs and not JFK staff?
Indeed, AF and Airbus has sent workmen to JFK.
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Air France must be having trained workmen for the A380. wouldn't they be carrying out the repairs and not JFK staff?
Well, I was more referring to maintenance crews with other airlines that are on-site @ JFK and have been contracted to assist AF.
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Airlines aggressive on Montreal-Paris route

Several daily flights planned for summer

By FRANÇOIS SHALOM, The Gazette April 23, 2011



Finding a flight to Paris should not prove too difficult for Montrealers this summer.

Air Canada, Air France and Air Transat are addressing that much-travelled route aggressively, each scheduling several daily flights to Paris, amounting to thousands of seats per day.

Underscoring the offer to la ville lumière was Air France/KLM's first regular scheduled flight to Montreal aboard an Air France A-380 superjumbo on Good Friday.

The airline started its scheduled A-380 service earlier than the anticipated May 9 start. But Air France had originally scheduled to launch the route with its A-380 in 2009. It was forced to rethink that due to repeated delays in the aircraft's development.

The double-decker model has made stops in Montreal before, once when manufacturer Airbus SA landed the world's largest commercial jet on a pit stop here on its way to cold-weather tests in the Far North; and again last October, when Air France/ KLM put on a special flight with airline president Pierre-Henri Gougeon aboard to promote the daily service that was to begin in May but was later telescoped to April 22.

Starting May 9, the Parisbased airline will have three daily return flights to Charles de Gaulle Airport, two on jumbo jets - either a 747 or 777 - and the third on the A-380, which can accommodate 538 passengers.

Air Canada also has multiple YUL-CDG flights per day. Company spokespersons were not available for comment on Good Friday.

Pierre Tessier, spokesperson for Transat A.T., which owns Air Transat, said that the charter and package tour operator currently has "seven or eight flights a week." By mid-May, that will jump to 14 per week, or two a day, nearly all on A-330s that carry about 342 passengers.

Cédric Leurquin, an Air France/KLM spokesperson, said in October that the Paris-Montreal run is the carrier's second-largest in volume in North America behind Paris-New York.
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Gallery: Airbus A380 Superjumbo arrives in Montreal

The Airbus A380 superjumbo arrives on its first daily flight from Paris at the Montreal-Trudeau international airport in Montreal on Friday, April 22, 2011.

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