TGIF: Thank-Goodness It’s Flyday Week-End Wrap Up: August 1st Edition

By Jack Harty / Published August 1, 2014

Thank-goodness it’s Flyday…err Friday, everyone, and Happy August 1st! In this week’s edition we take a look at a documentary coming soon, Southwest and Sea World announced they will end their partnership, a Malaysia Airlines aircraft almost crashes into another jet, and more.

Epic Documentary: The first trailer of an new aviation documentary debuted on Monday, and it quickly won the hearts of aviation enthusiasts.

The documentary will take a look at the first 100 years of commercial aviation, and it is scheduled to debut next year.

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Ending Partnership: Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld will be ending their more than 25 year old marketing partnership at the end of the year.

For quite sometime, Southwest has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship due to alleged animal cruelty cases that SeaWorld has been connected to, and Southwest was approached with a petition that had 32,459 signatures asking the airline to help stop animal cruelty.

SeaWorld officials said the decision was mutual as it plans to focus on growing markets in Latin America and Asia.

As part of the partnership, Southwest has painted various SeaWorld animals on its aircraft with the first unveiled in 1989. With the partnership coming to an end, these aircraft will be repainted with the regular Southwest livery by the end of the year.

Progress: Delta Air Lines has reached a deal with Venezuela to repatriate $15.5 million, but it is still planning its frequency cuts as more than $160 million is still held in local currency by the government.

Close Call: On July 29, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight 116 was told to slam on its brakes to abort its takeoff to avoid colliding with a Tigerair jet.

Malaysia flight 116 was taking off from Adelaide Airport in South Australia for Kuala Lumpur.

The aircraft landed safely in in Kuala Lumpur a few hours later.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH136 from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur today had a scare when the aircraft was instructed to discontinue its takeoff to avoid colliding with an incoming flight, the New Straits Times (NST) reports.

The flight, which had 167 passengers, was already on the take-off roll when it received instructions from the Adelaide Air Traffic Control to stop.

The NST said the landing plane was in the same flight path as the Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

 

“MH136 stopped its takeoff safely and waited the required cool-down time on its brakes before departing from Adelaide.”Flight MH136 departed Adelaide at 8.56am and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 3.15pm.

July has been a tragic month for aviation with three aircraft disasters in the space of a fortnight.

On July 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine.

All 15 crew members and 283 passengers lost their lives in the disaster.

On July 23, TransAsia Airways flight GE222 attempted a forced landing at the Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan.

However, the flight crashed in a small patch of empty land a distance away from the landing strip, resulting in the deaths of 48 passengers while 10 others were injured.

On July 24, Air Algerie flight 5017 crashed in Mali after departing from Burkina Faso bound for Algeria.

All 118 crew and passengers of the flight died in the incident. – July 29, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mas-flight-mh136-stops-takeoff-to-avoid-crashing-into-another-jet#sthash.NRHeb3LU.dpuf

Malaysia Airlines flight MH136 from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur today had a scare when the aircraft was instructed to discontinue its takeoff to avoid colliding with an incoming flight, the New Straits Times (NST) reports.

The flight, which had 167 passengers, was already on the take-off roll when it received instructions from the Adelaide Air Traffic Control to stop.

The NST said the landing plane was in the same flight path as the Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

 

“MH136 stopped its takeoff safely and waited the required cool-down time on its brakes before departing from Adelaide.”Flight MH136 departed Adelaide at 8.56am and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 3.15pm.

July has been a tragic month for aviation with three aircraft disasters in the space of a fortnight.

On July 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine.

All 15 crew members and 283 passengers lost their lives in the disaster.

On July 23, TransAsia Airways flight GE222 attempted a forced landing at the Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan.

However, the flight crashed in a small patch of empty land a distance away from the landing strip, resulting in the deaths of 48 passengers while 10 others were injured.

On July 24, Air Algerie flight 5017 crashed in Mali after departing from Burkina Faso bound for Algeria.

All 118 crew and passengers of the flight died in the incident. – July 29, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mas-flight-mh136-stops-takeoff-to-avoid-crashing-into-another-jet#sthash.NRHeb3LU.dpuf

Curaçao Here We Come: JetBlue Airways will launch new flights between New York JFK and Curacao this December. Starting December 2, 2014, the carrier will operate twice weekly service on Tuesdays and Saturdays between the two cities.

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“We are really excited to be able to offer customers the only nonstop route from New York to Curaçao and more nonstop flights to the Caribbean than any other airline,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President. “This well preserved island is our 31st Caribbean destination, and is a favorite among diving enthusiasts for its healthy coral reefs, and is considered one of the nicest Caribbean escapes for discerning travelers thanks to its pristine beaches and clear water. These natural attractions make the island a natural choice for JetBlue.”

“We have been working closely with the team at JetBlue to bring this flight to the island and are thrilled it has come to fruition and we’re able to announce it today,” said Stanley Palm, Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development. “Curaçao continues to thrive as one of the Caribbean’s most diverse and culturally-rich islands and we look forward to now being able to share it with more visitors. New York is a top market for the island, and we are confident that the new nonstop service on JetBlue will meet the demand we’ve seen from the northeast and international travelers alike.”

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Reducing Staffing: United Airlines will reduce its below-the-wing staffing at its hubs in Chicago, Newark, and San Francisco. Dur to changes in its flight schedule as well as new technologies that provide more efficiency, the carrier will need to make staffing adjustments.

It notes that some of the staffing levels are partly due to seasonal schedule adjustments, and staffing levels at Boston Logan will change as it has integrated its operations at the airport.

The carrier is also outsourcing some employees in Denver. It will move all of its de-icing operations to vendor who will be dedicated to the United operation, but the airline is quick to not there will be no pay cuts nor layoffs.

Aer Lingus Plans To Grow in US: Aer Lingus says it is looking at adding service to Dallas/Ft. Worth due to unexpected success of its new routes to San Francisco and Toronto. The airline’s CEO says it is intending on increasing capacity and starting new routes to North America.

There are also rumors that the carrier will begin flying to a new destination in Florida next year.

New Airline: Elite Airways plans to begin flying scheduled passenger charter service between Melbourne, Florida and Washington Dulles on September 8. Initially, the flights will be two round trip flights per week on Mondays and Thursdays. The carrier will utilize a 50 seat CRJ-200 on this route.

Currently, the company operates charter service based out of Portland, Maine, but it does not have the license mandated by the FAA to operate long-term scheduled passenger flights. However, it expects to receive one by the end of the year.

Elite Airways has big growing plans, and it plans to purchase a 757-200 to assist.

In case you missed it, Airchive had a lot of great coverage right here. This week’s stories:

Delta To Launch Salt Lake City-Amsterdam Flights In May

Can Bombardier’s Q400 Save Regional Air Service in the US?

Virgin America Files For IPO

New and Free IFE Options Coming to a Delta Flight Near You August 1

Republic Airlines To Start Flying E-175 Out Of Miami For American Airlines October 2

Video: Departing Miami With A ‘Happy Ending’

United Introduces New Safety Video

ANA Receives Its First 787-9

Delta TechOps: Behind the Seven Story Tall Hangar Doors

Airbus Terminates Skymark Airlines’ Airbus A380 Order

WestJet Reports Record Earnings and Announces It Will Begin Flying 767s

Boeing Delivers 500th 777-300ER

ANALYSIS: JetBlue Reports Second Quarter Profit of $60 Million

Boeing to Build 787-10 in South Carolina

ANA To Fly Its First 787-9 Flight August 7

ANA, Airbus, and Boeing Finalize Major Aircraft Order

Best of Airways: Virgin America – Doing Things Differently

Delta To Make Cuts in Pacific and Retire 25% of Its 747 Fleet This Year

ANALYSIS: Spirit Continues to Generate Excellent Financial Results

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Contact the author at Jack.Harty@Airchive.com.

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