Southwest 737-700 veered off runway in Chicago

Southwest Airlines’ Flight 1248 was involved in an accident at Chicago Midway Airport while the 737-700 was landing. The aircraft veered off the runway onto Central and 55th Avenues, beyond the northwest corner of the runway. Flight 1248 was scheduled for a 2:55 p.m. CST departure out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport, but the aircraft’s departure was delayed until 4:50 p.m. CST because of weather. The flight arrived at Chicago Midway at 7:15 p.m. CST, after circling the Chicago Midway Airport for approximately 35 minutes. Two vehicles were involved when Southwest aircraft N-471 veered off the runway. A six-year-old boy in Read more

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AirAsia initiates total fleet renewal with Airbus A320

AirAsia has initiated a total fleet renewal with the delivery of the first of sixty A320s. The A320s will over time completely replace the Boeing 737-300 fleet currently operated by the AirAsia Group (comprising AirAsia in Malaysia, Thai AirAsia in Thailand and AWAIR in Indonesia). AirAsia holds options to purchase a further 40 A320s under an agreement signed with Airbus in March 2005. All A320 aircraft will be powered by CFM-56-5B engines from CFM international.

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Cathay Pacific to strengthen Europe connections with daily service to Rome

Cathay Pacific Airways will commence daily service between Hong Kong and Rome, starting 27 March 2006. The airline also announced the launch of two other new services to Europe – to Moscow and Manchester, England, which will start 27 March 2006. The new services follow Cathay Pacific’s biggest order for new aircraft, intended to increase the frequency of flights, connections and add new destinations from its Hong Kong hub. The airline ordered 16 Boeing 777-300ER long-range jets, with purchase rights for 20 more, plus three Airbus A330-300s for regional routes.

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Rolls-Royce wins $600 million Trent engine deal to power China Southern A380s

China Southern Airlines has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to power its new fleet of five Airbus A380s. The deal is worth a total of $600 million. China Southern is the launch customer for both the Trent 900 and the A380 in China, with aircraft deliveries scheduled for late 2007. The announcement was made during a visit to China Southern’s headquarters in Guangzhou by Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, which included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the deal. Seven out of the 11 A380 customers who have made engine selections have opted for the Read more

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Rolls-Royce awarded $41 million contract to upgrade China

Rolls-Royce has won a $41 million contract from China for an additional three industrial RB211 gas turbine compression packages to be installed on Phase 1 of the West-East Gas Pipeline. The contract, awarded by PetroChina West-East Pipeline Company, also includes upgrading seven Rolls-Royce compressors already operating on the 3,900 km/2,400 mile line.

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