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AvTalk Episode 46: Pickled Herring

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.

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.

Pronunciation: Cairns

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.

The UAE National Day flypast | Photo courtesy Emirates Airline

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