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On this episode of AvTalk, Indonesian investigators release a preliminary report on Lion Air 610, Anchorage gets shaken up, WOW Air lives to fly another day, and we travel to Stockholm for some pickled herring and Australian pronunciation.
Lion Air 610 preliminary report
Indonesian investigators released their preliminary report on the crash of Lion Air 610, detailing data recovered from the flight data recorder and maintenance actions performed on the aircraft prior to the crash.
Anchorage shakes off an earthquake
An earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska briefly halted operations at the airport there and force air traffic controllers out of the tower. While safety checks were carried out, the airfield briefly operated uncontrolled.
Frontier is latest airline to lose a cowling
A Frontier A320 lost its right engine cowling as it climbed out of Las Vegas. The aircraft returned safely to Las Vegas and passengers were given a free breakfast.
WHOA! My aunt snapped this pic of a shredded engine on Frontier flight 260 from Vegas to Tampa. The plane was able to turn around and land. She says all passengers got a free breakfast voucher. pic.twitter.com/vc4t4uxMmh
— Dan Ponce (@DanPonceTV) November 30, 2018
WOW Air lives—for now
Indigo partners is bringing a bit of blue to the purple airline as it steps in to fund WOW Air. We discuss Icelandair’s cold feet and WOW’s prospects for the future.
Air France’s Show Reel
Air France spent a year filming and editing a beautiful air-to-air film and put together a stunning behind the scenes video as well. Watch both videos here.
Joon no more?
Is the rooftop bar closing? Air France’s new CEO Ben Smith isn’t on the state of mind flying passengers under the Joon brand and the ‘not-an-airline’ may soon be actually not an airline.
British Airways says goodbye to the 767
Last week, British Airways retired their 767 fleet and began operating their first A321neo.
China receives its 2000th Boeing aircraft
China received its 2000th Boeing aircraft this week, a 737 MAX 8 for Xiamen Airlines. The first 1000 aircraft took 40+ years to deliver, the next 1000 took just 5.
Airbus delivers first A330neo to TAP
The first A330neo went home to Portugal last week as launch customer TAP took delivery of the first of 21 aircraft.
El Al flight struggles off the runway
An El Al pilot twice entered weight information incorrectly into the computer of a 787, causing the aircraft to believe it was 40 tonnes lighter than it actually was. According to a report released by Israeli investigators this week, this led to aircraft responding lazily to commands and struggling to take off.
Mexico is selling their VIP 787
Mexico’s new president has decided to sell the countries VIP 787. The aircraft was flown to Victorville on 3 December for storage until a buyer can be arranged.
We enlist our resident Flightradar24 Australian to help us with our pronunciation.
UAE National Day flypast
The United Arab Emirates celebrated their National Day with a flypast along the length of the coast by an Emirates A380, Etihad A380, flydubai 737, Air Arabia A320, and the Al Fursan aerobatic demonstration team.
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