Monthly News ~ March 2019
1) Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX-8 crashes with 157 people on board
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX-8 with 149 passengers and 8 crew members crashed on March the 10th, the airline said in a statement.
Flight ET302 was to connect Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The Boeing crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometers from Addis Ababa. It took off at 8:38 am local time from Addis Ababa Bole airport, before losing contact with air traffic control at 8:44 am, the Ethiopian airline said. According to the flightradar24 site, which tracks the airliners in real time, the Boeing displayed an “unstable rate of climb after take-off”.
None of the people on board survived. The 737 MAX-8 registered ET-AVJ was brand new, delivered to Ethiopian Airlines on November 15th.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a tweet “to express deep condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones on the regular flight of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 to Nairobi, Kenya”.
Last October, another Boeing 737 MAX-8 from the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, killing 189 people.
Both accidents are probably linked as both investigations are showing evidence of issues on the airplane’s MCAS system.
Many countries around the world have already grounded the B737 MAX-8 and 9.
2) First A380 for ANA and Japan
The airline ANA (All Nippon Airways) took possession on March 20th of the first of the three Airbus A380 ordered, which will be used to strengthen its connections between Japan and Hawaii.
The Japanese private company received its first A380 in Toulouse, becoming the 15th operator of the world’s largest passenger-carrying aircraft. Configured to accommodate 520 passengers in four classes (8 in First Class, 56 in Business Class, 73 in Premium Class and 383 in Economy on the main deck – where a SkyCouch style option combining multiple seats to a daybed is available on 60 places), this superjumbo offers the second most dense configuration behind that of Emirates Airlines (version 615 seats in two classes). The aircraft is equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment systems from ANA, and offers full connectivity in all classes.
Wearing the blue livery “Flying Honu” dedicated to the sea turtle of Hawaii (the second will be green and will make its rollout next Monday, and the third orange), this A380 must enter into service on May 24, 2019, on three weekly rotations between the ANA base in Tokyo-Narita and the Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye airport. The frequencies will increase to eleven per week in July, with the arrival of the second A380. The two daily flights of All Nippon Airways on this route are currently displayed in Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (246 seats), with a third offered by United Airlines.
3) Qatar Airways receives its 250th plane
Qatar Airways celebrates the arrival of its 250th plane, an Airbus A350-900 coming from Toulouse, the newest member of the growing fleet of passenger planes, Cargo and Group Executive
This 250th copy comes just 22 years after the start of its activities. It demonstrates the incredible growth of an airline that has become a world leader and has won numerous awards, including four times Best Company of the Year by Skytrax. The new A350-900 adds “to the company’s state-of-the-art fleet, where the average age of aircraft is less than five years,” says Qatar Airways. As of March 20, 2019, Qatar Airways’ fleet consisted of 203 passenger aircraft, 25 cargo aircraft and 22 Executive aircraft for Qatar, serving more than 160 destinations worldwide. The company headed by Akbar Al Baker is renowned for its ultramodern fleet. It is a launch operator for the Airbus A350-1000, which it plans to deploy in Paris from next August, symbolizing the determination of Qatar Airways to pave the way in the sector by innovating and defending the technologies and technologies. most recent innovations.
4) Jet Airways: plane grounded and pilots in strikes
In great financial difficulties, Jet Airways has twice nailed planes this week. To make matters worse, his pilots, who claim the payment of wage arrears, threaten to strike.
With a debt of more than $ 1 billion, Jet struggles to stay alive. It has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots, and lessors, some of whom have started canceling their leases with the airline. Only this week, her difficulties forced her to ground a total of 13 aircraft. In a statement issued last Tuesday announcing new fixed assets, the company announced that it “actively engaged” with lenders to obtain new cash and wanted to “minimize disruption.” But according to local Moneycontrol media, Jet Airways donors have offered 50 Boeing 737s of the new generation to SpiceJet, including for short-term leases of up to three years. These fixed assets have of course resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of Jet Airways flights, some at the last minute, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
Jet Airways is also facing pressure from its many pilots who have not been paid in time, with the pilots’ unions threatening to halt their work if wages do not reach them soon. “Pilots will stop flying from April 1, 2019 if the company does not pay the wages due and does not make any concrete decisions,” said a spokesman for the National Aviator’s Guild, a pilot union. In total, the Indian private airline, strangled by a debt of one billion dollars and employing more than 20,000 people, had to stop 78 of its 119 aircraft after failing to pay lenders and lessors of aircraft. Blocked devices include 5 Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
5) Europe: traffic increased by 4% in January
The European Airports Association, ACI EUROPE, publishes this month its traffic report for January 2019, during which the average passenger traffic in geographical Europe increased by 4.2% compared to the same month of last year.
This marks a slowdown in growth momentum in recent years, with this monthly performance being the lowest recorded by European airports since the summer of 2016. The slowdown is mainly due to airports in third countries, which recorded average traffic growth. passengers + 2.6% – due to the negative performance of Turkish airports (-4.1%) – reflecting the economic difficulties of the country – and that of Icelandic airports (-6%), after 10 years of exponential growth passenger traffic at Keflavik airport. Gains, however, remained significant in Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine and Israel, where airports experienced average double-digit growth, as well as for several Russian airports, including Moscow-Sheremetyevo (+ 17.4%), Moscow-Vnukovo (+ 11.6%) and Saint-Petersburg (+ 14%).
EU airports registered an increase of + 4.7% – with double-digit growth of airports in Austria (+ 20.8%), Estonia (+ 17.2%) and Greece ( + 10.6%). Growth was also dynamic in most of the Eastern bloc, as well as in the Iberian Peninsula, Germany and Luxembourg. In contrast, passenger traffic continued to decline in Sweden (-2.7%) for the fifth consecutive month – and airports in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium , Italy, Croatia and the Czech Republic underperformed the EU average.
The top 5 European airports have only increased their passenger traffic by 1.3%, due to the negative results recorded by Istanbul-Ataturk (-2.6%) and the slowdown in growth at Paris-CDG (+2, 9%), Frankfurt (+ 2.3%), London-Heathrow (+ 2.1%) and Amsterdam-Schiphol (+ 1.7%).