A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
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European low-cost carrier Ryanair has entered “early negotiations” to order 200 to 300 new Boeing 737-800s or Airbus A320-series airliners in the coming two years. The equipment, which includes replacement capacity, would support continued expansion during the 2012 to 2017 timeframe, with Ryanair potentially benefiting from any decline in aircraft prices during the current recession.
An FAA airworthiness directive (AD) issued in October could ground more than 70 narrow-body bizliners worldwide that are equipped with auxiliary fuel systems designed to give the aircraft additional range.
When a China Airlines 737NG caught fire soon after landing at Okinawa’s Naha Airport on August 20, initial suspicions centered on maintenance issues, but new developments show the problem might be more widespread than first considered. Investigators discovered that a loose bolt in the leading-edge slat track assembly–believed to have been missing a washer–pierced the wing fuel tank, allowing fuel to escape.
Last month, Boeing-owned Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing) announced the opening of its new $75 million training facility at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The six-acre center includes two full-motion, FAA level-D simulators for Boeing’s 717-200 and one for its 737-700/800–the latter compatible with the Boeing Business Jet.
The FAA on Friday is expected to publish a widespread proposal that would require operators and manufacturers of airliner-size airplanes to incorporate technology to meet reduced levels of flammability exposure in fuel tanks (particularly center wing tanks) “most prone to explosion.” The rules would apply to new airframe designs, as well as some 3,200 U.S.-registered Airbus and Boeing airplanes with center wing tanks currently in operation.
Boeing presented a series of planned improvements to the design of the 787 Dreamliner during two days of program updates issued in Seattle last week to airlines, financial institutions and supplier partners. Now Boeing just has to find a way to shed a few thousand pounds from the design to turn its vision for even more range, payload capacity and cabin space into reality.
Wood Dale, Illinois-headquartered AAR is to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the landing gear of Boeing 767-300s operated by Shanghai Airlines and the Boeing 737-800s flown by China Airlines of Taiwan. The Shanghai Airlines work will be carried out at AAR’s Miami facility.
Boeing is here at EBACE floating the idea of adding another new member to its Boeing Business Jet family. The BBJ C would have the same airframe as the original BBJ (that is, based on the 737-700 fuselage and the -800 wing), but what would set it apart is a large cargo door in the side of the main deck. This would allow operators to use the aircraft for carrying bulky items such as cars, horses or equipment loaded in pallets.
Boeing Business Jets, best known for its BBJ series based on variants of the next-generation Boeing 737 airliners, recently announced that in the past 11 months it has taken orders totaling $2.25 billion. In addition it has made contracts for 14 BBJs, and taken orders for executive/VIP versions of the 787-8 (one), 787-9 (three) and 747-8s (three). A deal for a fourth 787 is close to being signed.
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