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American Airlines today announced that after reviewing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy on raft capacity (which mentions that the rafts on the plane should accommodate for all passengers, crew and lap children), they found that the Boeing 767 fleet was not following the policy. So, temporarily all flights using the plane will be restricted to 228 instead of earlier capacity of 236 (both number includes the crew of 11). The airline did add that it was never safety concern, since the the seat cushions could be used as flotation devices instead of the raft.

It seems that the Hudson river landing of flight 1549 had caused the self check.

The airline is going to add additional rafts to the planes for permanent solution.

What it means the passenger?

For long term, the airline might restrict the number of seats that it can sell and for the current flights, the flights which are sold between above capacity and capacity-8 might be looking for volunteers to fly some other flight, if all passengers show-up.

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New Zealand’s largest airline, Air New Zealand announced that it  will retrofit winglets to its Boeing 767-300ER. The makeover is supposed to cost about 4 million NZ dollar project but is supposed to save around 6.5 million litres (or 1.6 million gallons) of fuel savings with a payback in 3.5 years (and will continue to pay itself for 20 years). The airline is also considering adding winglets to its Boeing 777-200ER fleet as they become available.

About these winglets –

  • The winglets will be 3.4 meter in height.
  • Will increase performance and cut fuel consumption
  • Faster Take-offs
  • Lesser noise
  • Can increase the resale value of the aircraft
  • This refit will be largest ever installed on a commercial aricraft

And More –
Air New Zealand has also decided to install “new Swedish
dryers in all 42 of its jet aircraft.

They will remove up to 400 kilograms of moisture from the floors
and ceilings of aircraft and reduce fuel costs even further.
The electrically powered dryers will be fitted in the
company’s 777s, 767s, 737s and its Airbus SA A320 aircraft.

A lot of US Airlines have fitted winglets on Boeing 737s (look at any of the Southwest airlines’ airplanes). I think the step by Air New Zealand is worth all the praise. Rather than just saving on the fuel bill, their carbon emmissons will be lower, which means that they are doing a great job for the environment for us, our kids and their kids. 

From One News

It’s the mother of all winglets, designed for a jumbo. And while
the four-metre version never made it into production, Air New
Zealand’s chief pilot Dave Morgan wants them on all the airline’s
jets.

“The shape of the winglet reduces the drag, we get more lift,”
says Morgan.

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Earlier last week, Virgin Blue announced cost cutting measures. Friday, Quantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) Airways, largest Australian airline and Australia’s national airline, announced their own measures –

  • Cut 1,500 jobs by Dec 31 2008 – 20% management and head-office support positions to be slashed
  • Cancel plans to hire additional 1,200 employees
  • Cancel a planned 8% capacity increase for 2009
  • Retire “one 737-400, two 767-300ERs, four 747-300s and one Jetstar Airways A320 as well as cancel delivery of one Jetstar A321

From ATW online

Dixon told Australian media that he hoped the cuts announced Friday are
“the end of it” but conceded that further job reductions and other
measures may be necessary in the future. “I can’t sit here and predict
the oil price,” he said.”

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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that it is investigating a near collision that happened over the weekend over New York’s JFK Airport between a Cayman Airways Flight 792 (Boeing 737) and a Linea Aerea Nacional de Chile (LAN-Chile) Flight 533 (Boeing 767) that came within 100 feet vertically of each other.

From NTSB website

“The Cayman Airways flight, on approach to runway 22L, was executing a
missed approach and conflicted with the Linea Aeroea Navional de Chile
flight that was departing runway 13R. Tower controllers intervened to
attempt to resolve the conflict, assigning both aircraft diverging
headings. The closest proximity of the two aircraft has not yet been
determined. At the time of the incident, the weather was VFR with 6
miles visibility and haze.”

Though FAA seems to be denying but investigating the report!

From MSNBC

“”As of this time, we have no report of any such encounter,” FAA
spokeswoman Lynn Tierney said Monday. But as a precaution, “We are
pulling the tapes” to determine what, if anything, took place.”

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In 2007, Forbes had an article for the priciest private jets (with a slide show).

The world’s priciest private jets are –
Airbus A380
$300 million-plus
Unnamed Middle Eastern Head of State (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud?)
New York-based jet-interior expert Edése Doret is doing the interiors for $100 million

Boeing 747-8
$270 million-$280 million
Four people (subjet to FAA’s non commerical approval)

Boeing 767
$118 million-$165 million
Chelsea football club owner Roman Abromavich and Google founders Larry Page and Serge Brin.

Boeing Business Jet 3 (also 737-900ER)
$68 million
8 Ordered already

Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
$45 million

Embraer Lineage 1000

$40.95 million

Gulfstream G550
$36 million
London-based billionaire Lakshmi Mittal

Dassault Falcon 900
$33 million-plus
Billionaire Sergio Mantegazza, president of Swiss tour company Globus & Cosmos, is a confirmed Falcon owner.

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On April 20th 2008, an American Airline’s airplane (Boeing 767) took off from Dallas Fort Worth Airport for Paris. While climbing up to the cruising altitude a 3-foot by 6-foot panel made of composite material feel of the plane’s belly. Though it wasn’t till the plane reached Paris that the loss was identified.

From here

“[It] sounded like an explosion, or very large landing gear being
ripped,” said a flight attendant on board, according to an e-mail
obtained by television station WFAA in Dallas.

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