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AvTalk Episode 159: Going multi-modal

On this episode of AvTalk, Ned Russell joins us to discuss how airlines are expanding passenger rail and bus connections. We also recap what we know about last week’s DHL 757 runway overrun in San Jose, Costa Rica. And the European Union adds nearly two dozen Russian airlines to its list of banned airlines.

DHL Aero Expreso 757 goes off the runway

DHL Aero Expreso 757 broke in two after exiting the runway area while making an emergency return to San Jose, Costa Rica following a hydraulic failure. We discuss what we know so far and what investigators are looking into.

A Spirited update

Following JetBlue’s surprise bid for Spirit Airlines, Spirit says it is evaluating the offer.

EU adds Russian airlines to blacklist

Separate from any sanctions, the EU has added nearly two dozen Russian airlines to its safety-based blacklist. The EU says the airlines have been operating their aircraft without valid airworthiness certificates, creating a safety risk.

The end of the Covid Combi in Europe

EASA says guidelines for operating passenger aircraft with cabin freight will expire at the end of July.

US airlines may owe EU261 compensation in certain cases

An EU court has ruled US airlines may owe passengers EU261 compensation for delays in limited circumstances.

Take the plane to the train (or bus)

Ned Russell, airline reporter at Skift/Airline Weekly, expands into the world of rail and bus transport for the week as we discuss how airlines are expanding their offerings on the ground. Read more from Russell on European airlines’ efforts to incorporate rail travel into their networks.

FAA cautions pilots on autopilot modes

After the shallow departure by EK231 in Dubai in December and other flights, the US FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin regarding autopilot settings on the Boeing 777 and 787, reminding pilots to follow proper procedures.

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