Qantas Airbus A330 Returns To Melbourne Due To Sticky Landing Gear

A Qantas Airbus operating a flight to Singapore returned to Melbourne on the weekend after its landing gear failed to retract.

Landing gear would not retract

The A330-200 (VH-EBS Swan Valley) had departed Melbourne as QF37 on Sunday, 26 January 2020. QF37 is the daily 17:20 service up to Singapore, an eight-hour hop away.

The flight pushed back on-time and took off at 17:37. According to The Aviation Herald, after departing from Melbourne’s runway 16, the crew halted the climb at 8,000 feet because they couldn’t raise the landing gear.

Boeing’s Purchase Of Embraer Approved By Brazil – What Does This Mean?

Brazil has approved the Embraer and Boeing partnership, allowing Boeing to launch Embraer small jets as part of their own product line and take on Airbus & their small A220 head-on

What are the details?

Brazil has given the green light for the final approval of Boeing’s take over of Embraer, starting a new era of small Boeing jets.

Boeing has been in discussion with a partnership with the Brazilian planemaker, to help build and distribute their E-Jet family. In detail, Boeing will buy 80% of the Embraer commercial arm as well as a joint venture to help market Embraer’s military aircraft to the worl

Lufthansa Airbus A380 Turns Back To Munich Over The Atlantic

A Lufthansa Airbus A380 returned to Munich following reports of a cargo bay fire. Thankfully, everything was okay. Rather than diverting to Charles De Gaulle as planned, the aircraft carried on back to its origin in Munich.

Every now and again we report on a flight to nowhere. Lufthansa today operated another flight to nowhere when an Airbus A380 returned to Munich. The flight lasted four hours and 15-minutes, as it flew out to the Atlantic Ocean and back. The aircraft briefly squawked 7700 having turned back towards land. However, as the incident was resolved, the aircraft cancelled its emergency.

Around two hours after departing Lufthansa’s Munich hub, the aircraft made a U-turn above the Atlantic Ocean. The change in direction corresponded to a drop in speed of roughly 100 knots. A quarter of an hour after the turn the aircraft began to squawk 7700, the code for a general emergency. However, the emergency squawk was just eight minutes later before the A380 returned to the skies above French soil

Here’s Why Frontier Airlines Paints Animals On Its Aircraft Tails

Frontier Airlines is well known for its animal livery on its fuselages and tails. The Denver based low-cost carrier has 98 aircraft in its fleet and animals of varying degrees of cuteness adorn many of them.

Why does the airline paint animals onto its planes? In a nutshell, brand recognition. Like most clever marketing ideas, this one is both reasonably simple and inexpensive to execute. When a plane passes by with a dolphin painted on it, people take note. Kids ask questions. Folks quickly learn to associate the imagery with the brand. It’s marketing 101.

But does it work?  Frontier Airlines lost USD$83 million on revenues of USD$2.16 billion in the 2018 year. On that metric, the animal livery isn’t translating into profits. But there’s more to turning a dollar in the airline business than just marketing.

Etihad’s Airbus A380 vs Boeing 777 – What Plane Is More Comfortable?

When it comes to aircraft, Etihad likes to pull out all the stops in pursuit of the ultimate customer experience. Although it might be distinguished against other airlines, how does its own aircraft compare to each other? Ever wondered which widebody aircraft is more comfortable with Etihad? Let’s take a look at the Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777-300ER.

How will we compare the aircraft?

Both the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 help to build what Etihad calls one of the most advanced fleets in the world. These aircraft certainly have a lot going for them, and yet they’re so distinctly different. What Etihad’s Boeing 777 boasts in range, the Airbus A380 makes up for in capacity. When it comes to the number of aircraft though, Etihad sways towards the 777 with 19 aircraft in its fleet. That’s in comparison to ten A380 aircraft.

For our comparison, we’ll be looking at the interior of all three classes on each aircraft model, comparing space dimensions as well as additional fittings included for passenger comfort.