News Listings for David Morrow

  • Lufthansa Technik breaks off SR Technics talks

    News | 08 May 2002 11:31 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-GB link=blue vlink=purple style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>German maintenance provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has suspended exploratory talks regarding a possible acquisition of Swissair Group counterpart SR Technics, claiming that the Swiss side is refusing to disclose essential information about the company.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>LHT admits that it has been interested in SR Technics since the firm came onto the market as a result of Swissair’s collapse. The two firms already jointly own Ireland’s Shannon Aerospace.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>The German company says that its primary interest in SR Technics centres on its customer base, but adds that the Swiss legal team handling Swissair Group’
  • Air France A320 tried to take off from Lisbon taxiway

    News | 28 Feb 2002 03:21 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Details have emerged of an incident at Lisbon International Airport earlier this month in which an air traffic controller ordered an Air France Airbus A320 to abort its take-off roll at high speed after realising that it was departing on a taxiway.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>The Airbus A320, operating flight AF1205, was bound for Paris Charles de Gaulle with 65 passengers on board and had been given departure clearance from Lisbon’s runway 03.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Runway 03, the main strip at the airport, converges and intersects
  • Report blames crew for Dubai Il-86 gear-up landing

    News | 26 Feb 2002 11:43 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Investigators probing the gear-up landing of an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-86 in Dubai last September have indicated that failure by the crew to carry out appropriate pre-landing preparations resulted in the accident.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>United Arab Emirates civil aviation authorities have completed their analysis of the 21 September accident and distributed the final report.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), which contributed to the investigation, states: “According to this final report, the reason for the aviation incident was the gear-up configuration which became possible as a result of the non-fulfilment by the crew of ac
  • Start-up Aero Honduras to launch with Miami flights

    News | 25 Feb 2002 11:23 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Central American private start-up carrier Aero Honduras is seeking to become the only Honduran airline to serve the USA by launching flights using Boeing 727-200 aircraft wet-leased from a US air carrier.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>Established in early January, Aero Honduras is looking to launch services around June this year. It plans to operate scheduled flights between the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa and Miami, with some services will flying via the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>Under the US FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment scheme Honduras is classified as Category 2, meaning that it does not comply with ICAO recommen
  • CityLine pilots to vote on new pay agreement

    News | 25 Feb 2002 09:11 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Pilots at German regional carrier Lufthansa CityLine are to vote on whether to call off their strike threat after intensive talks led to members of the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union agreeing a new pay deal with the airline’s management.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>CityLine pilots had already voted in favour of industrial action after talks collapsed on 15 February, although no date had been set for a strike. Talks resumed on 20 February.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>A VC spokesman says that the new three-year pay deal, which will be implemented retroactively from 1 July last year, was reached after a 65h marathon session of “long and difficult” negotiations.<o:p></o:p
  • SAS asks regulator to probe Ryanair fees at Vasteras

    News | 22 Feb 2002 16:54 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Scandinavian flag-carrier SAS has lodged a complaint with Swedish competition regulator Konkurrensverket (KKV) over charging levels at Vasteras Airport near Stockholm, saying it believes the airport operator is offering Irish budget carrier Ryanair unreasonably low fees.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>SAS formally asked the airport operator to disclose its financial arrangements with its airline customers in a letter dated 14 February. But SAS claims that the airport has not responded to its request for openness on the issue.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u1:p></u1:p>“As a result of information in the media, SAS has reason to suspect that Vasteras Airport is offering Ryanair extremely