Incident: Aeromexico Connect E190 at Ciudad Juarez on Jul 23rd 2020, engine shut down in flight

An Aeromexico Connect Embraer ERJ-190, registration XA-GAI performing flight AM-118 from Ciudad Juarez to Mexico City (Mexico), was climbing out of Ciudad Juarez’s runway 03 when the left hand engine (CF34) failed prompting the crew to stop the climb at 8000 feet, shut the engine down and return to Ciudad Juarez for a safe landing on runway 03 about 25 minutes after departure.

A post flight inspection revealed metallic debris in the engine’s outlet, however, no damage to the fan blades and just minor nicks to the blades of the last turbine stage.

Link: https://avherald.com/h?article=4da5eb95&opt=0

Incident: Lufthansa Cityline CRJ9 near Klagenfurt on Jul 26th 2020, engine anti ice problem

A Lufthansa Cityline Canadair CRJ-900, registration D-ACNF performing flight LH-1720 from Munich (Germany) to Zadar (Croatia), was enroute at FL310 about 30nm west of Klagenfurt (Austria) when the crew decided to return to Munich due to a fault of the #1 engine’s (CF34) anti-ice system. The aircraft landed safely back in Munich about one hour after departure.

A replacement CRJ-900 registration D-ACNX reached Zadar with a delay of about 2 hours.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 4 hours after landing.

Link: https://avherald.com/h?article=4da75259&opt=0

Mulai 1 Agustus 2020, Kamboja Larang Penerbangan dari Indonesia dan Malaysia

Ilustrasi virus corona  dunia
Ilustrasi virus corona dunia(https://pixabay.com/Alexey_Hulsov)

KOMPAS.com – Kementerian Kesehatan Kamboja menyebutkan, negaranya akan melarang sementara seluruh penerbangan dari Malaysia dan Indonesia. Langkah ini dilakukan sebagai upaya untuk menekan penyebaran virus corona. Adapun kebijakan tersebut akan berlaku efektif mulai 1 Agustus 2020 mendatang. Melansir The Star, Minggu (26/7/2020), dalam sebuah pengumuman yang dikeluarkan pada Sabtu (24/7/2020), kementerian melihat adanya lonjakan jumlah kasus Covid-19 yang bersifat imported dalam seminggu terakhir. Imported case tersebut diidentifikasi banyak berasal dari dua negara, yaitu Indonesia dan Malaysia. Dari 108 penumpang yang dikonfirmasi positif Covid-19 saat tiba di Kamboja melalui Malaysia dan Indonesia, 55 orang diketahui mengambil penerbangan dari Malaysia.

Pengumuman pada hari yang sama juga menyebut bahwa Kamboja mengonfirmasi 8 kasus Covid-19 pada penumpang dua penerbangan berbeda dari Indonesia. Pada Sabtu (25/7/2020), Kamboja mengonfirmasi 23 kasus imported Covid-19. Penambahan ini membuat jumlah total kasus virus corona yang telah dikonfirmasi di negara ini menjadi sebanyak 225. Sementara, Xinhua memberitakan, dari 8 kasus positif yang dideteksi, 4 merupakan warga negara Kamboja, dan 4 lainnya adalah warga negara Indonesia.

Mereka tiba di Ibu Kota Kamboja, Phnom Penh, pada 23 Juli 2020 dengan menggunakan dua penerbangan yang berbeda. Informasi ini disampaikan oleh Sekretaris Negara Kementerian Kesehatan dan Juru Bicara Or Vandine. Menurut dia, 199 penumpang lain padaa dua penerbangan tersebut telah diwajibkan menjalani karantina wajib selama 14 hari. Mereka ditempatkan dalam berbagai pusat karantina Covid-19 yang ada di ibu kota.

Selain itu, 15 kasus baru lainnya dikonfirmasi pada warga negara Kamboja yang baru tiba di Kamboja pada 19 Juli 2020. Menurut Vandine, mereka datang dari Rusia dan Mesir dengan penerbangan lanjutan atau connecting flight di Malaysia. Adapun dua tes pertama dari mereka menunjukkan hasil negatif virus corona. Namun, menunjukkan hasil positif pada pemeriksaan yang ketiga. “Sampel dari 15 warga Kamboja diuji untuk ketiga kalinya oleh Pasteur Institute of Cambodia dan hasilnya keluar pada Jumat, menunjukkan mereka positif Covid-19,” kata Vandine. Seluruh pasien tersebut telah dibawa ke rumah sakit-rumah sakit untuk dirawat. Sejauh ini, Kamboja telah mengonfirmasi 225 kasus virus corona dengan 143 pasien telah dinyatakan sembuh dan 82 lainnya masih dirawat di rumah sakit.

Artikel ini telah tayang di Kompas.com dengan judul “Mulai 1 Agustus 2020, Kamboja Larang Penerbangan dari Indonesia dan Malaysia”, https://www.kompas.com/tren/read/2020/07/27/120500065/mulai-1-agustus-2020-kamboja-larang-penerbangan-dari-indonesia-dan-malaysia?page=2.
Penulis : Vina Fadhrotul Mukaromah
Editor : Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary

Bikin Rute Terbang Bergambar Kanguru, Boeing 747 Milik Qantas Pamit dari Australia

Pesawat seri 747 membuat rute yang menarik perhatian banyak penikmati dunia pesawat terbang.
Pesawat seri 747 membuat rute yang menarik perhatian banyak penikmati dunia pesawat terbang.(ABC Indonesia)

KOMPAS.com – Pesawat penumpang Qantas jenis Boeing 747 untuk terakhir kalinya meninggalkan Australia dengan rute penerbangan ke Samudra Pasifik dan membentuk gambar hewan kanguru, logo maskapai tersebut. Pada Rabu (22/7/2020), pesawat dengan nomor penerbangan QF7474 ini terbang dari Bandara Sydney dan memberikan hiburan bagi ratusan penonton. Pesawat yang terkenal dengan julukan “Ratu Langit” ini mendarat di Mojave Desert di Amerika Serikat (AS), tempat di mana ia akan menghabiskan masa pensiunnya.

Karena pandemi virus corona, Qantas memajukan masa pensiun pesawat tersebut 6 bulan lebih awal dari semestinya. Para penonton tampak menitikkan air mata dalam upacara perpisahan yang digelar di bandar udara Sydney, dan menyaksikan video dan pembacaan puisi bagi pesawat yang sudah melayani warga Australia selama 50 tahun tersebut. Noel Taylor, salah satu mantan pramugara tertua yang berumur 94 tahun, mengatakan sangat sedih menyaksikan kepergian pesawat tersebut.

“Saya sangat suka pesawat ketika masih remaja … saya memang sudah memiliki ketertarikan pada dunia penerbangan,” kata Noel. “Ketika saya melihat foto (Boeing) 747 dan (Boeing) A380, perbandingan ukuran mereka bagaikan kapur dan keju.” Anak Noel, Peter Taylor, yang sempat bekerja di Qantas sebagai seorang insinyur juga memiliki kenangan indah dengan pesawat tersebut.

“Kami tumbuh besar dengan pesawat ini. Di musim libur, di ingatan saya, pesawat inilah satu-satunya yang membawa kami berkeliling dunia,” kata dia.

“Dan ketika pulang, pesawat ini mengingatkan kami pada Australia, tanpa peduli dari mana kami berasal ketika masuk ke pesawat.” Para pekerja dan penumpang, yang hadir dalam upacara perpisahan itu, mengibarkan bendera Qantas sebagai tanda perpisahan kepada jet tersebut, diiringi lagu ‘I Still Call Australia Home’. Pada pekan lalu, pesawat tersebut sempat melakukan tur perpisahan singkat, yang diselenggarakan bagi penggemar beratnya, di Sydney, Brisbane, dan Canberra.

Ketua pelaksana Qantas, Alan Joyce, mengatakan ia merasa terharu ketika melepas Boeing 747, pesawat yang telah melihat naik-turunnya Australia sepanjang sejarah. Pesawat Qantas seri 747 yang terakhir meninggalkan Australia hari ini, dan secara khusus melewati Bandara Shellharbour, yang memiliki peran dalam sejarah pesawat tersebut. “Pesawat ini sudah pernah mengangkut Ratu Elizabeth, Paus, dan tentu saja setiap tim Olimpiade sejak diselenggarakannya di tahun 1984,” kata Alan. Seri 747 juga pernah mengangkut warga Australia yang selamat dari kejadian bom Bali dan warga Australia yang terjebak di Wuhan pada awal masa pandemi Covid-19. “Ini adalah momen yang pahit dan manis … pesawat ini telah mengubah dunia penerbangan, penerbangan Australia, dan Qantas,” tandas Alan.

Artikel ini telah tayang di Kompas.com dengan judul “Bikin Rute Terbang Bergambar Kanguru, Boeing 747 Milik Qantas Pamit dari Australia”, https://www.kompas.com/global/read/2020/07/26/142657370/bikin-rute-terbang-bergambar-kanguru-boeing-747-milik-qantas-pamit-dari?page=2.

Editor : Miranti Kencana Wirawan

Survei: Pemulihan Penerbangan Global Bisa Makan Waktu 3 Tahun

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Ilustrasi kabin pesawat terbang. (dok. pexels.com/Sourav)

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Industri penerbangan jadi salah satu yang harus menanggung beban berat akibat corona COVID-19. Sebuah survei pun dilakukan untuk mengetahui sampai kapan pemulihan penerbangan global akan berlangsung.

“Pemulihan maskapai penerbangan secara global akan berlangsung hingga tiga tahun,” komentar dari jajak pendapat dari FlightPlan: Charting a Course into the Future, seperti dikutip dari The Thaiger, Sabtu (25/7/2020).

Survei itu menanyakan kepada 500 profesional di seluruh dunia tentang kemungkinan pemulihan industri penerbangan global. Terlepas dari prediksi mengerikan dari pemulihan yang lambat selama tiga tahun ke depan, ada juga rasa optimisme ketika industri melihat analisis data, AI dan IoT untuk mendorong pemulihan.

Sebanyak 60 persen responden mengharapkan pemulihan antara 18 bulan hingga tiga tahun, sedangkan 85 persen memperkirakan perjalanan domestik akan pulih lebih cepat daripada perjalanan internasional. Sementara  70 persen responden mengharapkan perjalanan point-to-point akan bangkit kembali lebih cepat dan hanya  7 persen percaya bahwa pemerintah telah melakukan cukup seragam untuk mendukung industri penerbangan.

Selain itu, sebanyak  57 persen mengatakan bahwa “katering tanpa kontak” adalah masalah penting selama periode pemulihan, sedangkan 88 persen responden memperkirakan perputaran yang lebih lambat antara penerbangan karena “pembersihan mendalam” sekarang diperlukan, yang dapat memiliki dampak signifikan pada jadwal penerbangan.

Ada 44 persen responden mengatakan mereka berharap melihat kursi tengah kosong sebagai fitur standar dari perjalanan penumpang dalam beberapa bulan mendatang, meskipun sudah ada panduan yang diberikan oleh IATA pada Mei 2020.

Link: https://www.liputan6.com/lifestyle/read/4314827/survei-pemulihan-penerbangan-global-bisa-makan-waktu-3-tahun

AirAsia hadirkan layanan Drive-Thru Rapid Test bagi pelanggan yang berangkat dari Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta

JAKARTA, 25 Juli 2020 – Mulai hari ini, AirAsia menghadirkan kemudahan layanan Rapid Test bagi pelanggan yang akan melakukan perjalanan melalui Bandara Internasional Soekarno Hatta.

Pelanggan AirAsia dapat menikmati layanan Rapid Test dengan penawaran khusus seharga Rp 95.500 dengan mengunjungi langsung lokasi Rapid Test Drive-Thru yang berada di Soewarna Business Park (dekat SPBU Shell), kawasan Bandara Internasional Soekarno Hatta. 

Layanan Rapid Test Drive-Thru di Soewarna Business Park tersedia setiap hari mulai pukul 04.00 hingga 20.00 WIB.

Direktur Utama AirAsia Indonesia, Veranita Yosephine mengatakan, “Kehadiran layanan Rapid Test dengan penawaran khusus ini melengkapi harga tiket kami yang sangat kompetitif selama ini. Kami berharap penawaran khusus ini dapat memudahkan masyarakat dari berbagai kalangan untuk bepergian selama masa adaptasi kebiasaan baru untuk berbagai kepentingan. Dalam waktu dekat, kami akan memperluas layanan Rapid Test ini ke sejumlah wilayah lainnya terutama di kota-kota yang sudah kami terbangi kembali.”

Untuk mendapatkan penawaran khusus ini, pelanggan AirAsia hanya perlu menunjukkan nomor pemesanan dan identitas diri di lokasi Rapid Test. 

Berikut ini adalah tahapan untuk melakukan Rapid Test:

  1. Registrasi dan pembayaran di gerbang masuk (5 menit)
  2. Pengambilan sampel dan menunggu hasil pemeriksaan (10-15 menit)
  3. Pengambilan hasil Rapid Test dan surat keterangan kesehatan.

Surat keterangan kesehatan dan hasil Rapid Test berlaku 14 hari sejak tanggal pemeriksaan.

AirAsia secara bertahap telah memulai kembali layanan penerbangan berjadwal domestik dari Jakarta ke 5 kota di Indonesia yaitu Medan, Surabaya, Bali, Lombok, dan Yogyakarta. Silakan kunjungi situs airasia.com atau aplikasi seluler AirAsia untuk mendapatkan informasi mengenai jadwal penerbangan disertai penawaran harga terbaik. Harga yang ditampilkan sudah termasuk bagasi cuma-cuma untuk penerbangan domestik hingga 15kg. 

AirAsia menerapkan standar ketat dalam pengangkutan penumpang dan barang sebagaimana yang ditetapkan oleh pemerintah, otoritas penerbangan sipil dan badan kesehatan setempat dan global, termasuk Organisasi Kesehatan Dunia (WHO). Seluruh armada AirAsia telah dilengkapi dengan fitur penyaring udara HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresters) yang dapat menyaring 99.9% partikel debu dan kontaminan di udara seperti virus dan bakteri. Pesawat yang digunakan langsung didesinfeksi segera setelah selesai penerbangan sesuai dengan standar keselamatan operasional AirAsia.

Untuk informasi terkini dan penting lainnya, silakan kunjungi situs airasia.com, ikuti akun sosial media AirAsia di Twitter (@AirAsia_Indo), Facebook (AirAsia), dan Instagram (@AirAsia_BhsIndonesia), atau hubungi layanan pelanggan kami melalui support.airasia.com

***SELESAI***

Kink: https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/2020/7/25/airasia-hadirkan-layanan-drive-thru-rapid-test-bagi-pelanggan-yang-berangkat-dari-bandara-internasional-soekarno-hatta

Taiwan’s parliament approves proposal to rename China Airlines

A China Airlines' plane takes off from Taoyuan International Airport on September 28, 2010.  US authorities said that Taiwan's China Airlines agreed to plead guilty to participating in an international price-fixing conspiracy and to pay a 40-million-dollar criminal fine.   AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN) – Renaming a company is always going to be a complicated undertaking, but rarely does it hit the levels of controversy currently swirling around China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest air carrier.

On Wednesday, Taiwan’s parliament approved a proposal to rebrand the airline — name change included.

Echoing earlier discussions about the need to rebrand, it was pointed out during the parliament meeting that the name of the Taipei-based carrier is easily confused with Air China, a major airline headquartered in Beijing.

This now tasks the Transport Ministry with working out policies that will help strengthen China Airlines as a Taiwan brand internationally so that it won’t be mistaken for an airline from mainland China.

“The Ministry of Transportation and Communications shall study and propose a feasible plan for the renaming of China Airlines in phases,” the approved proposal says in Chinese.

The proposal emphasizes that the ministry should find ways to rebrand that do not involve re-negotiating or modifying the carrier’s international aviation freedoms — such as strengthening the image of Taiwan on the plane livery.

The carrier at the center of this debate, however, is remaining quiet for now.

“Please be advised that China Airlines has no comments on this topic at the moment,” Jason Liu, vice president of China Airlines’ corporate communications office, told CNN Travel in an email.

China Airlines was founded in Taiwan in 1959 and flies out of Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, servicing 160 destinations in 29 countries. The majority shareholder is the China Aviation Development Foundation, which is wholly owned by the Taiwanese government.

So why change the name now?
The argument for rebranding gained strength in recent months over fears a series of China Airlines’ cargo flights, used to deliver coronavirus medical supplies around the world, were mistakenly thought to be coming from mainland China.

The island’s citizens were enraged and a petition requesting the name change was initiated on Change.org. As of July 23, more than 50,000 people have signed.
This isn’t the first time the airline’s moniker has come into the spotlight, though.
A few Taiwan companies with the word China in their names — including China Airlines — were asked to change their names when Chen Shui-bian was the island’s president in the early 2000s.

The topic resurfaced again in 2016 under Tsai Ing-wen’s leadership.

Geopolitical issues
Those unaware of the region’s geopolitical sensitivities could be forgiven for getting confused about the airline and where it’s headquartered.

Taiwan’s official name is the “Republic of China” (ROC), tracing its founding to 1911 on the Chinese mainland after the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty.
Mainland China and Taiwan have been governed separately since 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war, although a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures.

But China considers Taiwan to be an integral part of its territory, and comes down hard on any suggestions to the contrary — even where matters of aviation are concerned.
In 2018, Beijing demanded global airlines change how they refer to Taiwan on their websites or risk sanctions. In response, the White House issued a scathing statement criticizing Beijing for pressuring US carriers and other companies on this issue.

In the end, multiple airlines, including US carriers American Airlines and Delta, complied with the order.

Link: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/taiwan-china-airlines-name-change/index.html

Delta Air Lines permanently bans scores of flyers for refusing to wear masks

Delta Air Lines – which now provides about 70% of departures from Salt Lake City International Airport – is serious about requiring masks on its flights.

“We’ve already banned 120 passengers from future travel with Delta for refusing to wear masks on board,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote to company employees in an email Thursday.

He added that the airline just strengthened a policy requiring customers who believe that medical issues prevent them from wearing a mask to complete a “clearance-to-fly” process before they travel, including a consultation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“And we’re encouraging those who can’t wear masks to reconsider their travel altogether,” Bastian wrote. “Countless studies and medical experts have advised us that masks are an essential response to the virus that will help us reduce transmission.”

Bastian also said that the airline is working toward testing all of its employees for COVID-19 within the next four weeks.

That includes scheduling additional testing at its hubs such as Salt Lake City and introducing at-home testing for employees based elsewhere.

“By testing 100% of our people, we’re establishing a baseline that helps us make critical decisions to protect everyone’s health and safety – our employees and our customers,” Bastian wrote. “We’re exploring additional programs and technology to make it easier for everyone to stay tested, notify us if they contract the virus, and enable contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed and reduce transmission.”

Earlier this month, Bastian also announced that at least through September, Delta will continue to block middle seats and limit its capacity on flights to 60% to allow social distancing. He also said he expects the airline will likely continue the policy even longer.

That comes after United and American airlines announced that they are discontinuing such precautions, and will fill flights to capacity – saying flying with so many empty seats is a business model that cannot be sustained. Also, the chief of United said that blocking middle seats is more of a public relations strategy than one to protect safety.

Bastian has said the future of Delta depends on it being a leader in protecting the safety of its passengers and workers, along with helping travelers to feel confidence in the airline’s priorities.

Delta Air Lines permanently bans scores of flyers for refusing to wear masks

(David Zalubowski | AP file photo) A ticketing agent for Delta Air Lines hands a boarding pass to a passenger as he checks in for a flight in the main terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Link: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/07/23/delta-air-lines/

PILOTS NEEDED FOR PIREP PROJECT

Photo by Mike Fizer.
Photo by Mike Fizer.

It’s a small step for a pilot but a giant leap for in-flight weather awareness when someone shares a pilot report-and many pilots say they might do so during high-workload flights if there were a hands-free or speech-based technology at their disposal.

Researchers at Purdue University are working toward that goal, and AOPA is encouraging pilots to participate in a project to evaluate whether hands-free or speech-based pirep-filing technology really would give pilots the incentive many say they have been waiting for.

It’s a bit of a paradox that, according to surveys, pilots place high value on receiving pireps-but filing them is another matter.

“More than half of the pilots who responded to AOPA’s 2020 Weather Survey indicated they would definitely or probably use a voice capability to file pireps,” said AOPA Alaska Regional Manager Tom George. “Participating in this research would help define how best to implement a system to accomplish that task.”

Under the Purdue research program supported by the FAA’s NextGen Weather Technology in the Cockpit program, pilots willing to participate take on a session that lasts about 20 minutes during which they are asked to review several weather scenarios, then record a pirep as they would while flying. The resulting data will help the research team evaluate various ways to file pireps. Many pilots may have received an email inviting them to lend the researcher their ears.

Interested? Are you at least 18 and do you have access to a laptop or desktop computer?

Start the survey and follow the instructions in Qualtrics. You will be asked a few questions regarding your flight history, after which you will be given six weather scenarios and asked to record pireps as if you were flying.

Participation in the study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time, for any reason. You may email the research team with any questions.

Pilots who would like to brush up on their pirep awareness-before or after participating in the Purdue study-or who feel uneasy filing a pirep can take AOPA’s Pireps Made Easy online course.

“AOPA supports making it easier to file pireps because they represent a valuable source of information that helps pilots-especially pilots of lighter aircraft-know the state of the atmosphere,” George added.

Link: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/july/23/pilots-needed-for-purdue-pirep-project

FAA requires additional post-storage B737 engine inspections after several in-flight shutdown incidents

The U.S. FAA is requiring operators of Boeing 737 aircraft to inspect engine bleed air valves of aircraft that have been stored after several incidents of in-flight engine shutdowns.
Many airlines are restarting flights following groundings related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAA received four recent reports of single-engine shutdowns due to engine bleed air 5th stage check valves being stuck open. Corrosion of the engine bleed air 5th stage check valve internal parts during airplane storage may cause the valve to stick in the open position. If this valve opens normally at takeoff power, it may become stuck in the open position during flight and fail to close when power is reduced at top of descent, resulting in an unrecoverable compressor stall and the inability to restart the engine. Corrosion of these valves on both engines could result in a dual-engine power loss without the ability to restart.
This led the FAA to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive AD 2020-51, requiring inspections of the engine bleed air 5th stage check valve on each engine and replacement of the engine bleed air 5th stage check valve if any inspection is not passed. The EAD applies to all Boeing 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 models in storage on or after the date of receipt of this AD, and any airplane that, as of the date of receipt of the AD, has been operated for 10 or fewer flight cycles since returning to service from the most recent period of storage.

Link: https://news.aviation-safety.net/2020/07/24/faa-requires-additional-post-storage-b737-engine-inspections-after-several-in-flight-shutdown-incidents/