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AvTalk Episode 211: It’s volcano time

On this episode of AvTalk, Sheveluch is disrupting flights. The volcano causing problems this time isn’t as bad (yet) and isn’t nearly as hard to pronounce as Eyjafjallajökull. Airbus and Boeing report their first quarter delivery numbers and Aeroflot leans on Iran’s sanctions-busting experience for maintenance.

Sheveluch volcano erupts in Russia

Ash from the Sheveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula is leading to reroutes and some flight cancellations. Alaska Airlines began canceling some flights to and within Alaska on Thursday and transpacific flights are rerouting around the area, adding time and distance to their crossings.

Aeroflot A330 in Iran for maintenance

Aeroflot has contracted Mahan Air for heavy maintenance on one of its A330 aircraft, leaning on the Iran airline’s sanctions-busting experience to get parts.

Note: Ian got both the current and former registration wrong. The current registration is RA-73700 and the former registration is VQ-BNS. Ian regrets the error. Jason probably doesn’t care.

Air Bridge Cargo bringing back the IL-96

With its 747 fleet in stasis, Air Bridge Cargo is putting an IL-96 freighter into service. The IL-96 operated with Polet Flight until 2014.

Former Antonov director charged in destruction of An-225

Ukraine has charged the former director on Antonov in connection with the destruction of the An-225 in the days following the Russian invasion. The government says Serhii Bychkov failed to order the aircraft flown to Leipzig and failed to renew an insurance policy for the aircraft.

Airbus and Boeing deliveries, orders, and news

Boeing beat out Airbus for the delivery crow on the first quarter of the year. We break down the numbers for both manufacturers and see which order book has grown as well.

Pratt and Whitney Geared Turbofan engines still causing problems

Analysis by Cirium paints a painful picture for airlines operating aircraft powered by the Pratt and Whitney Geared Turbofan engine. According to their research, almost 12% of A320neo-family and 14% of A220 aircraft with P&W GTF engines are in storage. AirBaltic recently stated it took 386 days to get one engine back from repair.

JetBlue is going to Amsterdam, maybe

JetBlue says it will fly from New York to Amsterdam later this summer. We’ll see about that.

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