Weekly News 12/03/18 – 18/03/18
US-Banla Airlines crash in Nepal
The Bangladeshi company’s Bombardier Dash-8 Q400, registered as S2-AGU and flying BS211, departed from its base in Dhaka on March 12, 2018 with 71 people on board, and was ready to land at Kathmandu airport under a storm. Its first approach was aborted, then according to the radio exchanges the crew received the green light from the air traffic control to land on runway 20; but the pilot repeated that he was ready to land on runway 02 – something a controller confirmed. “The plane was not properly aligned with the runway,” said Raj Kumar Chetri airport general manager, without explaining the apparent confusion in the control tower. According to witnesses on the ground, the aircraft suddenly turned and then flew two aircraft on the ground, “grazed” the control tower before hitting the runway. The airport said the Q400 had slipped for about 300 meters before coming to a halt on a football field and crashing.
Among the 71 persons on board, BS211 were 37 Bangladeshi, 32 Nepalese, one Chinese and one Maldivian national. The pilot Abid Sultan survived the US-Bangla Airlines accident, unlike co-pilot Prithula Rashid who died at the hospital. Most of the bodies are burned, making their identification difficult. According to the police, 31 people were taken from the debris of the aircraft, 18 of whom were declared dead in the hospital; Monday night, 22 passengers or crew were still alive. One of the Nepalese survivors, Basanta Bohra, told the Kathmandu Post that the Q400 “was violently shaken with a loud bang,” and that his place at the window had allowed him to extricate himself from the burning camera; he suffers injuries to his legs and head.
US-Bangla Airlines operates four Q400s with an average age of 17 years old, as well as four Boeing 737-800s with an average age of 13.7 years, and has never experienced a fatal accident. The crash of Monday is the one that caused the largest number of casualties at Kathmandu airport, Nepal being regularly bereaved by crashes of smaller aircraft as in the case of Sita Air in 2012 (19 dead), Agni Air (15 dead) or Buddha Air in 2011 (22 dead).
Boeing: 30 Orders, 49 Deliveries and 10 000th B737
Boeing received 30 orders in February, including fourteen for the 747-8F, while among the 49 deliveries of the month were eleven 787-9. The aircraft manufacturer celebrated on Tuesday the release of the 10,000th single-aisle of the assembled 737 family, a MAX 8 for the low-cost airline Southwest Airlines, while Swiss presented its tenth 777-300ER.
The orders registered in February 2018 by the American aircraft manufacturer go mainly to UPS, the freight company has bought fourteen 747-8F and four 767-300F. Two additional 737 MAXs were acquired by TUI Travel, as well as seven 737 MAXs and one 777F attributed to two anonymous buyers.
Since the beginning of the year, Boeing has posted 58 gross orders, including 13 for the single-aisle family, 14 for the 747, 4 for the 767 and 3 for the 777; taking into account 24 cancellations for the 737, the first two months of the year brought him 34 net orders.
In terms of deliveries, Boeing delivered 35 single-aisle aircraft, two 767s, one 777s and eleven 787 Dreamliners in February, for a total of 49 aircraft. Of particular note are the seven 737-800 aircraft delivered to Ryanair (plus four for Southwest and three for Xiamen Air), the two 737 MAX 8s and two 787-9 Dreamliner issued to Air Canada, two 787-9 issued to United Airlines and also the 737-800 delivered to Transavia (which has just been dear to the other) or the 737-800A Poseidon of the US Navy.
Since the beginning of the year, Boeing has delivered 93 deliveries, including 66 for the single-aisle family, 1 for the 747, 3 for the 767, 4 for the 777 and 19 for the Dreamliner. Its order book (backlog) amounted to 5805 aircraft on February the 28th.
Lufthansa Group: Historic record for net profit
The Lufthansa Group recorded a 33.1% increase in net profit in 2017, reaching a record high of 2.36 billion euros. For Brussels Airlines, the year is characterized by positive financial results in a highly competitive environment, even if its profitability on the medium-haul is not yet sufficient.
Bringing together the airlines Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, the low-cost Eurowings and therefore the Belgian national airline, the German group saw its revenues increase by 12% with 35.57 billion euros, the operating profit (adjusted EBIT) progressing 69.7% to 2.97 billion euros. The boss of the group Carsten Spohr, who has just been reappointed for five years, does not hide his satisfaction: “our efforts in recent years are bearing fruit. Our modernization has a lasting impact. We achieved the best result in the history of our company. 2017 was a very good year for our clients, our employees and our shareholders. ” He points out that once again Lufthansa has become the first European airline to be awarded 5 stars by Skytrax, “we are lowering costs where it does not affect customers, while always investing. more in our product and in the quality of the services “. Other factors contributing to this success include the low fuel price, the December resolution of the pilot dispute (for a single cost of € 582 million) – and of course the bankruptcy of Air Berlin, which reinforced already strong demand.
B777X: The GE9X engine takes-off
The new GE9X engine, designed for the future Boeing 777X, made its first flight under the wing of a 747 aircraft from General Electric Aviation on Tuesday, with the flight test campaign scheduled to run until the end of the year.
The engine that will power the new Boeing 777X aircraft took off on March 13, 2018 in Victorville, for a first test flight that lasted more than four hours. During the flight, GE Aviation’s 747 “flying test bed” and engine “completed the entire test map”, and validated key operational and functional features “allowing the test campaign to progress in subsequent flights “. The GE9X and Victorville teams “spent months preparing for the engine flight tests, and their efforts were rewarded today with a perfect first flight,” Ted Ingling, General Manager of GE9X at GE, said in a statement. Aviation. The flight test campaign “will allow us to accumulate data on the performance of the engine at altitude and during the various phases of flight,” he said.
GE9X engine certification testing commenced in May 2017. In addition to the flight tests, the engine has recently undergone icing tests at GE Aviation’s Winnipeg, Manitoba facility, and continues to conduct side wind tests at the GE Aviation facility. Peebles. Engine certification is planned for 2019; nearly 700 copies have already been ordered for approximately $ 26 billion.
The GE9X will be in the class of 100,000-pound (50-ton) thrust engines, and will have the largest blower at 134 inches in diameter (3.40 meters), with a composite fan casing and 16 composite fiber blades Fourth Generation Carbon. Other key features according to GE include “an eleven stage high-pressure compressor with a compression ratio of 27 to 1, a third generation TAPS III combustion chamber for high efficiency and low emissions, and the use of CMC in the combustion chamber and the turbine “.