Tag: Airbus

Ural Airlines Airbus A-321 Crash Lands Into Russian Field

An Airbus A-321 operated by Ural Airlines (Flight U6-178) from Moscow Zhukovsky (Russia) to Simferopol (Russia) made a crash landing into a corn field less than 3 miles past the end of the runway in Moscow. The flight was carrying 226 passengers and 7 crew. All passengers and crew are reported safe, however 10 sustained some injuries from the landing.

The Ural Airlines aircraft departed from Moscow Zhukovsky and was climbing through 750 feet when the aircraft flew into a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines. Both engines failed and one began emitting noises as if the engine was spooling up and down. The aircraft crew stopped the climb and attempted to land the aircraft in a cornfield with the landing gear retracted.

Once the aircraft made a successful crash landing into the cornfield, the passengers and crew evacuated via the emergency slides to safety on the ground. There were no fires, no leaking fuel, and no fatalities. Eight buses were sent to the crash site to transport the passengers back to Zhukovsky Airport.

Russian State Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation.

Aftermath after landing
Passenger video of bird strike
Passenger video of landing

Hawaiian Airlines To Launch Maui-Las Vegas Flight

Hawaiian Airlines has announced its new four times weekly service between Maui Kahului Airport (OGG) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). This service is scheduled to begin on December 15th, 2019.

This new flight will be operated using the brand new, state of the art, Airbus A321neo. The flight will feature a First Class and Economy cabin.

Schedule:

HA32 OGG-LAS D: 850pm A: 430am (M/W/F/Su)

HA31 LAS-OGG D: 630am A: 1100am (M/T/Th/Sa)

Hawaiian Airlines is also announcing two additional services with the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. These new services include nonstop flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Seattle (SEA) starting January 7th, 2020, as well as seasonal winter service between Maui (OGG) and Los Angeles (LAX) from December 14th, 2019 through January 5th, 2020.

Smoke Fills Cabin Of British Airways Flight

Passengers panicked as smoke filed the cabin of British Airways Flight BA422 this week from London Heathrow to Valencia, Spain. The flight was noted as being normal and uneventful up until 10 minutes before landing. It was at that point when the cabin began to fill with smoke.

The passengers on board the flight said that there was no communication between the crew and the passengers, as well as the oxygen masks not deploying for them to breathe.

Once the aircraft landed in Valencia, the emergency slides were deployed and all passengers and crew disembarked safely.

The incident is being investigated.

Emirates Launches World’s Shortest Route For Airbus A-380

Emirates will now hold the official title of operating the world’s shortest route for the mammoth Airbus A-380 aircraft when it begins trips (twice daily) from Dubai (DXB) to Muscat (MCT) on July 1st. The distance is a mere 211 miles (340km) each way. That short distance is even shorter than the length of all the wiring that is installed on-board the A-380 aircraft. This will indeed be the shortest trip for the double decker on earth.

This new flight breaks the previous record (also set by Emirates) for the shortest Airbus A-380 flight. That record was for a flight between Dubai (DXB) and Doha (DOH) that clocked in at 235.5 miles (379km).

These flights between Dubai, UAE and Muscat, Oman will depart Dubai at 08:25am and arrive in Muscat at 09:40am. The return flight departs Muscat at 11:15am and arrives back in Dubai at 12:25pm.

The second flight of the day will depart Dubai at 04:10pm and arrive in Muscat at 05:25pm. The return leg will depart Muscat at 07:05pm and arrive in Dubai at 08:15pm. The timings could differ in the winter when schedules adjust.

If you ever wanted a chance to fly on the incredible Airbus A-380, but don’t like long flights, then this will be the perfect way to experience this elegant aircraft.

Flight Review: Allegiant Air – Pittsburgh to Punta Gorda (PIT-PGD)

This flight review took place on Sunday, May 12th, 2019, on Allegiant Air from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) on board an Airbus A-320.

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Airline:  Allegiant Air (G4 #1695)

Date:  Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Departure City:  Pittsburgh Int’l Airport (PIT)

Departure Time: 9:17 AM

Arrival City: Punta Gorda Airport (PGD)

Arrival Time:  11:44 AM

Aircraft:  Airbus A-320

My wife and I were planning a trip to Florida, and exploring our options to get to Siesta Key. We had traveled on Allegiant Air in the past on trips to Savannah, Georgia and Cancun, Mexico, and we had no hesitations about using them for the short hop down to Florida.

Booking on the Allegiant website is quick and easy. We secured two roundtrip tickets, with 1 checked bag, and pre-selecting our seats in both directions for a total of $462. Without a checked bag or seat selection, the total would have only been $326.

The morning of the flight, we arrived at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport (PIT) about 90 minutes before departure, and found the Allegiant Air check-in area completely empty! We walked up, dropped off our checked bag, and were on our way to security within 60 seconds.

Boarding commenced on-time and our aircraft pushed back at 9:17am. Our estimated flight time was 2 hours and 27 minutes.

The thing I enjoy about the Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines employees at Pittsburgh is that they all seem to enjoy their jobs and put the passengers into a good positive mindset as they are boarding. It’s a night and day difference between these folks and some of the “legacy airline” employees you meet at big hubs like O’Hare, Newark, JFK, etc. A big round of applause for the awesome gate agents of Allegiant and Spirit in Pittsburgh.

The Allegiant Air flight today (G4 #1695) is being flown by an Airbus A-320. The aircraft interior is simple and clean. The seats are basic with minimal padding and no reclining option. I love this, as I am usually stuck with someone directly in front of me who throws their seat into full recline the moment we take off.

Once we reached cruising altitude the snack purchasing service began. The offerings are basic, but reasonably priced. Only credit cards are accepted.

Nothing is free on Allegiant Air. A bottle of water will set you back $2, unless you are an Allegiant Air credit card holder. If you have an Allegiant Air card, you are comped (1) free drink of your choice for the flight.

The Airbus A-320 has no in-flight entertainment, so be prepared with your own (whether games on your phone, an iPad with movies, or a good book).

After 2+ hours in the air, we began our descent into Punta Gorda. The warm Florida landscape below us looked so inviting, and we were counting down the minutes until we would be relaxing on the warm sand of Siesta Key beach.

The flight made a hard landing at 11:35am and within 4 minutes we were parked at our stand in Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). Punta Gorda is a small airport with no jet bridges and all remote parking with ramps/stairs.

It was a big change going from the chilly weather of Pittsburgh to the 90F sunny temperature of South Florida! Upon disembarking the aircraft, we walked into the terminal and proceeded to the baggage claim area. The total time walking from the aircraft door to baggage claim was roughly 2 minutes.

The baggage claim is small with only 2 belts, and the bags took roughly 15 minutes to appear, and ours arriving about 20 minutes after we arrived at the baggage claim.

Overall, our experience on this Allegiant Air flight was very good. When traveling on an Ultra Low Cost airline like Allegiant, Frontier, Spirit, etc, you need to set your expectations based on your price. They provide everything as expected. Safe, clean, non-stop, and reliable transportation from Point A to Point B for a very low price.

Despite all the former negative posts in the media about Allegiant, I have never had a bad experience with them in the 6 flights I have taken. While Allegiant used to have a large fleet of old MD-80 aircraft, they have since phased them all out and now only operate new/modern Airbus A-319 and A-320 aircraft.

Thank you to Allegiant Air for a safe and cheap way to travel to Florida!