Recently in Aircraft Category
So driving into work on this sunny Seville / Sevilla morning with not many cares in the world, I have one of those "what the heck is that doing there" moments.
In fact I first have a "what the heck is that" moment. But there´s no doubt about it - tucked in with the usual couple of 737s, TNT 146, bizjets and light-singles there is unquestionably a Boeing C-17. Which in the actual home of the mighty A400M is not wholly expected.
And not just any old C-17 either.
Apologies for the lousy pic, but I only had my Blackberry and was getting very funny looks from the airport police on whome I did not fancy trying out my Spanish. But here it is.
In fact the aircraft in question is this one. And I haven´t been able to find out what it´s doing here. Does anyone out there know?
So, unexpectedly early in the market wars to come, the two contenders meet. Not for the last time you can be sure.Here´s our own Sevillan candidate this week at the EADS media briefing. It´s MSN2 which will fly in March. MSN1 is airborne on its sixth flight right at this moment.
My information is that UAL executives are spending a great deal of time in Toulouse and, oddly, but persuasively if true, the November board meeting is scheduled to be held in Paris.
Sounds too good a rumour to be true, and yet, and yet, when USAirways defected to Airbus for long-haul a few years back the news very nearly leaked because CEO Stephen Wolf was spotted in Paris 24 hours before the announcement.
I also hear what Scott hears, that United is particularly twitched about the 787 situation and that the A350 is Airbus' surest bet in the deal.
These very well-executed pix from Flyingflox over at flyertalk.com tell the story wonderfully well. I love the moving map display - nice touch.
So rather embarrassing for Airbus then that that is exactly what's been going on. At least three operators have suffered the experience. EASA is worried about the poor souls on the ground below and so if you've got A310s - especially -300s - you're going to have to do something about it. Repetitive inspections and/or replacement of them it turns out. Full details here.
The EASA airworthiness directive (AD) doesn't tell you anything more about it - but here it is anyway.
I recently blogged about the research going on in France around this affair. Still a very difficult issue.