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23 January, 2024

KL1152 incident at Gothenburg Airport

On Wednesday morning, 17 January, a KLM Boeing 737 aircraft operating under flight number KL1152 from Gothenburg to Amsterdam veered off the taxiway while taxiing in wintry conditions and came to rest with its nose wheel in the grass. The aircraft was carrying 124 passengers and 6 crew members. 

The safety of the passengers and crew was not affected and they were able to disembark from the aircraft unharmed down aircraft stairs. Another aircraft, an Embraer was sent to pick passengers up and take them to Amsterdam.

Transfer passengers who may have missed connecting flights will be rebooked on the next available flights. The aircraft in question has since been towed to the terminal in Gothenburg. KLM regrets this incident and has launched an investigation, as is customary under such circumstances.

02 October, 2023

WestJet Group to move all Sunwing's 737 jets to WestJet within a year.

The WestJet Group has set out a targeted timeline for the integration of Sunwing Airlines into WestJet Airlines and to complete a move of all the Boeing 737 jets from Sunwing to WestJet by the end of October 2024.

Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, of the WestJet Group said:  "As we execute upon our network strategy to serve the Canadian leisure market from coast-to-coast, we look forward to consolidating Sunwing Airline's 737 aircraft, with that of WestJet's, enhancing our ability to meet the diverse travel and product needs of all Canadians.  Integration work will prioritize a seamless transition for Sunwing's customers and employees as we work together to bring enhanced sun and leisure offerings to communities across the country and ensure jobs for those transferring to WestJet from Sunwing Airlines."

As the proceeding integration of Swoop will be fully completed by October 28, 2023, the WestJet Group will integrate Sunwing Airlines with the same commitment to delivering a reliable guest and employee experience. The planned activity has no impact on Sunwing Vacations Group and its associated vacation brands.

With safety, people and guests at the forefront, the complex nature of the integration, as well as the involvement of multiple valued stakeholders, including Transport Canada, Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) and labour partners, the targeted completion of integration will remain flexible, as necessary while the airline works productively with these groups on timelines and details.  

Independent analysts indicate the move will cost at least 45 jobs at the group. 

30 September, 2023

The last Boeing 737 flight for SAS set for 19th November.

“To move from the old to the new is the only tradition worth keeping”. These words were written by the founder of Scanadian Airlines Wallenberg, and are as valid today as they were back in 1946 when the company started. 

The Boeing 737 has served the airline well over the years since it was first introduced to the fleet, but now the carrier says it’s time to say goodbye to this iconic plane. As part of the airline's move to newer, next-generation, more efficient aircraft, which SAS has been phasing in for the last few years, it also sees the upcoming retirement of older fuel-hungry jets. 

On 19 November, Dag Viking will complete the final commercial Boeing 737 flight for SAS. It happens under flight number SK737, on a memorable trip from Stockholm to its home base in Oslo.

27 April, 2023

Titan Airways says goodbye to its final Boeing 737 Classic aircraft

The UK speciality ACMI airline Titan Airways has paid tribute to the classic Boeing 737 jet that is leaving the carrier's fleet.

Titan Airways has operated its last Boeing 737 Classic flight, with its last remaining Boeing 737 Classic, a B737-400F aircraft registered G-POWS, retiring from active revenue service on 8th April.

G-POWS joined the highly respected airline in early 2018 after the successful introduction of an initial Boeing 737-400 the previous year. G-POWS began life at Titan as a passenger aircraft before undergoing a freight conversion in the autumn of 2018. Since then, it has mainly flown UK domestic mail routes on behalf of the Royal Mail.

Before the 400’s, and dating back to the early 90’s, Titan operated the Boeing 737-300QC. These aircraft could be quickly converted from passenger to freight and flew passengers during the day and cargo at night. At the peak of our 737-300 flying, Titan operated three QC’s and one dedicated freighter.

The 737 Classic has played a key role in the 35-year history of Titan Airways and the last one had a special water canon salute as a final farewell at the plane's London Stansted base.  

Titan will now operate a more modern and more sustainable fuel-efficient aircraft, such as the Airbus A321P2F and the Airbus A330-300P2F on the freight side, and the state-of-the-art A321neoLR on the passenger side.

11 April, 2023

Sun Country Airlines to get 5 Boeing 737-900ERs

Sun Country Airlines will acquire five 737-900ERs that will expand its passenger fleet in late 2024 and 2025.

Under the terms of the deal, Sun Country will acquire current leases for the five aircraft which will remain on lease to Oman Air until the leases begin to expire in late 2024 and through 2025. Sun Country will take delivery of one aircraft in late 2024 and the other four throughout 2025.

Purchasing the aircraft under their existing leases is advantageous to Sun Country for several reasons:

This transaction demonstrates Sun Country’s ability to opportunistically acquire aircraft in a tight market at favorable economic terms while providing fleet growth certainty through 2025.
Acquiring five aircraft of the same variant guarantees sufficient scale to be efficient in Sun Country’s existing fleet of 737-800s.
The 737-900ER has more seat capacity than 737-800s and can fly a longer range.
Sun Country will deploy capital to acquire the aircraft today while receiving lease revenue though 2025.
Finally, used aircraft induction lead times have been challenged by supply chain constraints and engineering support. This transaction allows Sun Country to minimize the transition time of modifying the aircraft and induction into revenue service.
“The 737-900ER will be a great addition to our fleet,” said Jude Bricker, CEO of Sun Country. “Relative to our 737-800 aircraft, it will increase the number of seats without a reduction in range or take-off performance. This transaction demonstrates our ability to find creative ways to source the right aircraft in any market environment.”

The acquisition will be financed through a credit facility with MUFG Union Bank.

26 November, 2022

Canada's Transportation Safety Board investigate Flair Airlines runway overrun.......

Investigations are underway in Ontario Canada after a Flair Airlines 737 jet overshot the runway on arrival at Kitchener-Waterloo airport on Friday morning. The aircraft, registration C-FFLC had taken off from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Thursday evening at approximately 23:35 and overshot the tarmac in Waterloo shortly before 06:30 the following morning.  

Flair Airlines issued a brief statement saying that "F8501 from YVR to Kitchener-Waterloo exited the runway at the end of its landing. There were no reported injuries. Passengers deplaned the aircraft and were taken to the terminal by bus. The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our top priority." but has since refused to make any further statement. 

There were no reported injuries among the 134 passengers or six crew on board at the time of the incident and One passenger told local CTV News that nobody on the plane knew what to do and it was more than an hour before they could get off the aircraft.

Another passenger told them that the aircraft was 'dancing on the runway a bit. It was moving side to side' although despite the bumpy landing most of the passengers in his area of the aircraft seemed calm. 'Oops, we missed the runway'  the passenger said, telling his row mate, ‘we’re in the grass.’. 

Some passengers report receiving texts from the budget airline asking them how their experience flying with them was and asking them to leave a review.

The airport was closed for a while, however, local officials advised “The aircraft has been recovered and the Transportation Safety Board continues to conduct an investigation.  - The  airport has returned to regular operations.”

18 November, 2022

Alaska Airlines’ new holiday-themed plane......

Photos by Molly Smith

This holiday season Alaska Airlines has hit on a new way of enticing people to spend more of their hard-earned dosh on airline tickets, by encouraging us to give the gift of travel.

The company has announced it will be donating 1 million miles to its CARE Miles scheme and has painted an aircraft in a fetching new livery to promote the idea of gifting travel!

Photos by Molly Smith

Photos by Molly Smith

01 November, 2022

Three New Boeing 737 MAX jets for Aeroitalia

Today Air Lease Corporation confirmed it had completed a deal to lease three new Boeing 737- MAX jets to Aeroitalia.  These three new Boeing aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the Italian airline from ALC’s order book with Boeing beginning in 2023 through 2024.

“We are very pleased to announce this placement of three new Boeing 737-8 aircraft with Aeroitalia,” said Steven F. Udvar–Hรกzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation.  “The capabilities of the Boeing 737-8 will greatly enhance Aeroitalia’s operational efficiency and expanding fleet with the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”

“With this placement, Aeroitalia’s team of seasoned airline industry veterans are prudently growing their fleet and operations to meet the needs of the airline’s steadily growing business,” said AJ Abedin, Vice President of Marketing at Air Lease Corporation.

Gaetano Intrieri, Chief Executive Officer of Aeroitalia, added: “With this lease agreement, we strengthen our business relations with ALC.  We consider this deal a very important step for Aeroitalia in its plan for sustainable green growth and to support the Italian market.  Our team is very proud of the support and trust we have received from ALC, one of the most important worldwide lessors.  Let me give a special thanks to Mr Hazy for believing in our project.”

06 June, 2022

Boeing teams up with local aviation industry to promote P-8A Poseidon for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) requirements....

Boeing and several Canadian industry partners announced their intent to collaborate to provide the capability and sustainability of the proven P-8A Poseidon for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) requirement.

Team Poseidon, consisting of CAE, GE Aviation Canada, IMP Aerospace & Defence, KF Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace Canada and Raytheon Canada, forms the cornerstone of a Canadian P-8 industrial footprint. The team builds on 81 Canadian suppliers to the platform and to more than 550 Canadian suppliers across all provinces contributing to Boeing's annual CAD $5.3 billion in economic benefit to Canada, supporting more than 20,000 Canadian jobs.

The Boeing P-8A is a proven military off-the-shelf solution with nearly 150 aircraft delivered to five nations to date. The P-8 will improve Canada’s capability to defend its northern and maritime borders while ensuring interoperability with NORAD and NATO allies.  As a leading platform for reducing the environmental impact of military aircraft, the P-8 can operate on a 50% blend of sustainable aviation fuel today with aspirations to move toward 100% with investment in new technology.

“As a dedicated partner of Canadian industry for more than a century, Boeing is proud to bring together a world-class team of companies in support of our P-8 offering to Canada,” said Heidi Grant, president, Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Government Services. “Together, we will bolster Canada’s aerospace and defence
industry through a 100% Industrial and Technical Benefits commitment if awarded the CMMA contract.”

07 May, 2022

Alaska Airlines shows off latest special livery jet - Star Wars .. Galaxy’s Edge...

May the fourth be with you.......   

Photo Alaska Airlines

Alaska’s new Star Wars-themed aircraft celebrates adventures to “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” at Disneyland Resort and was shown off to the media on May 4th.

Photo Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines joined forces with Disneyland Resort to unveil a new, one-of-its-kind Star Wars-themed aircraft that even Chewbacca would be proud of!  The plane, painted space black with the iconic Millennium Falcon emblazoned on the tail chased by TIE fighters, celebrates Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest land of adventure inside Disneyland park. The plane is now flying on routes across Alaska’s network for the universe to enjoy!

For this latest collaboration – Alaska’s seventh painted plane for the Disneyland Resort – no Jedi mind tricks were needed: the force was strong for a Star Wars livery to finally enter Alaska’s fleet. The aircraft’s official name is “Star Wars Transport to the Disneyland Resort” with a tail number of N538AS. After the big reveal and celebration at the gate in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the plane made its inaugural flight today and ultimate arrival at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

The unique design of the Star Wars-inspired plane is a collaboration among teams at Alaska, Disneyland Resort and Lucasfilm. Familiar spacecraft span each side of the plane with hand painted, detailed imagery: the Millennium Falcon and four TIE fighters. Designers at Disneyland Resort focused on the incredibly identifiable, widely recognized Millennium Falcon for the spotlight, in addition to the well-traveled spaceship being the focal point at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a 14-acre land in Disneyland park.

Photo Alaska Airlines
The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Disneyland Resort logos are featured in the center of the fuselage. For a lighthearted touch, porgs (the cute avian creatures that lived on Luke Skywalker’s remote island) look back at passengers from both winglets, as another porg greets guests at the boarding door. 

To bring the imagery to life, the plane’s exterior required 228 gallons of paint applied during 540 work hours over 27 days. For the painting, 23 base colors were used with numerous custom colors mixed onsite for the detailed airbrushing of the Millennium Falcon and the TIE fighters.

“Star Wars Transport to Disneyland Resort” is scheduled to fly in the Alaska fleet and throughout Alaska’s network. You can also spot “Friendship and Beyond at Disneyland Resort” at airports and in the skies with a whimsical tribute to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park – our last Disneyland Resort-themed aircraft that began service in October 2019.


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03 July, 2021

Cargo plane makes emergency water crash landing - pilots rescued.

The crew of a 46-year-old Boeing 737-200 cargo aircraft were forced to make a controlled crash landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday following reported engine malfunctions.

According to initial reports, the two pilots onboard the aircraft, belonging to Hawaiian cargo airline Transair, operating flight number 810, informed air traffic control they had an engine malfunction and needed assistance just moments before impacting with the water. 

The two pilots were the only people on the jet and both have been found, according to coast guard Lt. Commander Karin Evelyn "One was on the tail and the other clinging to packages," who then advised that as the agency helicopter got close, "the aeroplane began to sink putting the individual on the tail in the water. The crews hoisted them safely on the aircraft. The rescue swimmer then assisted the other individual." The crew have been taken to hospital with reported serious injuries, local media have stated the 58-year-old captain was considered to be in a critical condition, while a 50-year-old pilot was in serious condition suffering multiple lacerations and a head injury.

22 April, 2021

PPG Supplies Rex Airlines with Coatings for Aircraft Livery Repaint

PPG  announced that it recently supplied Rex Airlines with various aerospace coatings for six Boeing 737-800 aircraft that will expand the airline into domestic service.

For the aircraft’s fuselage, tail and engine cowlings, Rex Airlines selected PPG DESOGEL™ EAP-9, which is a chromate-free conversion coating and adhesion promoter; PPG DESOPRIME™ CA7700BE epoxy primer; and PPG DESOTHANE™HD 9008 basecoat-clearcoat system. The wings and horizontal stabilizers were coated with PPG DESOTO® 515X349 exterior primer, which is formulated to protect aluminum and composite substrates from corrosion; PPG PR-1432-GP corrosion-inhibitive elastomeric coating; and PPG Desothane HS CA8000 topcoat system.

“Rex Airlines applied PPG Desothane HD CA9008 basecoat-clearcoat system on our fleet of Saab 340 aircraft, which is the largest Saab fleet in the world,” said Png Yeow Tat, Rex Airlines general manager, engineering. “This innovative technology provides excellent colour and gloss retention and outstanding appearance compared to a direct gloss system, leading the airline to use this system and other PPG products on our B737 aircraft.”

19 March, 2021

Qantas starting Norfolk Island flights

Qantas will launch flights to Norfolk Island for the next three months, maintaining critical passenger and freight connectivity with the Australian mainland and providing frequent flyers with a new holiday destination.

From 19 March 2021, the national carrier will operate six flights per week to the Australian territory in the South Pacific, three flights from Sydney and three from Brisbane. The flights will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 737 aircraft, offering 2,000 seats on the routes each week.

The new flights will initially operate for three months as part of a contract awarded to Qantas by the Federal Government, with the potential to extend for the longer term. This follows several repatriation flights that Qantas operated in recent weeks after Air New Zealand suspended flights between Norfolk Island and Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Qantas Domestic & International CEO, Andrew David, said the flights would maintain options for residents and tourists travelling to and from the island.

“We’ll be promoting these new flights to millions of our frequent flyers across the country, with seamless connections from our large domestic network through Sydney or Brisbane, who will have the opportunity to earn and redeem points on flights to Norfolk Island,” said Mr David.

“With international borders closed, we know Australians are looking for new holiday experiences and Norfolk Island is a destination that has so much to offer.

“The flights also provide an ongoing service for residents to get to the mainland.”

Customers will depart and arrive from the International Terminal in Sydney and Brisbane. Flight time is two and a half hours from Sydney and around two hours from Brisbane.

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20 January, 2021

BBAM Adds Up to 12 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

Boeing and BBAM Limited Partnership have announced the lessor is expanding its 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter fleet with six firm orders and six options. The agreement brings BBAM’s 737-800BCF orders and commitments to 15 and highlights the continued strength of the e-commerce and express cargo market.

“As we look ahead to expanding our cargo fleet, the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter provides the performance and efficiency our customers need,” said Steve Zissis, CEO of BBAM. “Adding these highly capable freighters to 276 Boeing aeroplanes in our managed fleet helps to further strengthen our leadership position in the marketplace.”

09 January, 2021

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 Missing


A Boeing 737 belonging to Sriwijaya Air with 62 people onboard is missing and believed to have crashed into the sea shortly after departing the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta.

According to various sources, the aircraft disappeared from radar around four minutes into the flight from Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province. indicates the jet dropped more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in less than a minute and according to the BBC witnesses 'said they had seen and heard at least one explosion'.

The last contact with the jet was made at 14:40 local time according to the transport ministry who also advised that a rescue mission was already underway. 

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19 November, 2020

Indian Navy gets its 9th Boeing P-8I patrol aircraft

Boeing has delivered the 9th P-8I patrol aircraft to the Indian Navy this week, to help with long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities.  The ninth P-8I is the first aircraft to be delivered under an option contract for four additional aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defence placed in 2016. The Indian Navy was the first and is the largest international customer for the P-8 and recently completed seven years of operating the fleet. In addition to maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, P-8I have been deployed to assist during disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

“Our focus has been, and will be, on delivering the world’s best maritime patrol aircraft to the Indian Navy,” said Surendra Ahuja, managing director of Boeing Defence India. “The P-8I, with its exceptional maritime surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, versatility and operational readiness, has proven to be an important asset to the Indian Navy. We remain committed to supporting the modernization and mission readiness of India’s defence forces.”

17 November, 2020

CargoAir Switches to AEI for Two AEI B737-800SF Freighter Conversions

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc announced the company has signed a contract to provide Bulgaria-based CargoAir with two AEI B737-800SF Freighter Conversions. CargoAir originally signed agreements for two B737-800BCF conversions, however, the company recently cancelled those agreements and signed up with AEI - citing AEI’s responsiveness, slot flexibility, ease of doing business, and the intrinsic value the AEI B737-800SF provides as a better-priced option. This past year AEI added two additional authorized AEI Conversion Centers and currently has slots available starting in May 2021.

“CargoAir is a highly valued customer, which currently operates three AEI B737-300SF and seven AEI B737-400SF freighters. At present, we are converting a B737-400SF for CargoAir, which will be redelivered in January 2021,” stated Robert T. Convey, AEI Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. “We are proud that CargoAir continues to recognize the extraordinary business value of all our freighter conversion products, including the B737-800SF, and we are delighted that our renowned accommodative business approach and responsive customer service has again been affirmed with this recent order.”

21 August, 2020

Enter Air to Purchase up to Four Boeing 737-8 Jets

Boeing and Enter Air have announced an order for two 737-8 aircraft with an option for two more jets.

The Polish charter carrier, is already a Boeing operator with a fleet of 22 Next-Generation 737s and two 737 MAX that are currently grounded.  Part of the compensation package included greater discounts on future 737 MAX aircraft, which might rise up to 10 aircraft.

“Despite the current crisis, it is important to think about the future. To that end, we have agreed to order additional 737-8 aircraft. Following the rigorous checks that the 737 MAX is undergoing, I am convinced it will be the best aircraft in the world for many years to come,” said Grzegorz Polaniecki, general director and board member, Enter Air.

“In the settlement with Boeing, we agreed to revise the delivery schedule for the previously-ordered airplanes in response to current market conditions. The specific terms of the settlement are strictly confidential, but we are pleased with the way Boeing has treated us as its customer,” added Polaniecki.

“We are humbled by Enter Air’s commitment to the Boeing 737 family. Their order for additional 737-8s underscores their confidence in the airplane and the men and women of Boeing,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company. “We look forward to building on our decade-long partnership with Enter Air and working with the airline to safely return their full 737 fleet to commercial service.”

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27 July, 2020

The US Federal Aviation Administration issues emergency airworthiness corrosion warning on parked 737 NG and Classic aircraft

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration -FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness warning of possible corrosion on over 2,000 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 NG and Classic aircraft, that have been parked up and stored during the pandemic.

The warning of possible corrosion came from the FAA on Friday which could lead to a dual-engine failure.  According to reports, some inspectors had found compromised air check valves when returning aircraft to service following a period of storage following four recent reports of single-engine shutdowns on aircraft that had been parked for seven or more days.

The 737's manufacturer,  Boeing  reported on Friday that it advised operators to inspect the aircraft, “with airplanes being stored or used infrequently due to lower demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the valve can be more susceptible to corrosion.”

The point of the directive, the FAA said was to address corrosion of the engine bleed air 5th stage check valves for both engines. To avoid compressor stalls and dual-engine power loss without the ability to restart.

Alaska Airlines confirmed that one of its aircraft is likely one of the four incidents and was inspecting valves on all aircraft as they return to service.

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09 May, 2020

One person dead after being struck by plane landing at airport in Austin, Texas

Photo CBS News
A person was killed late Thursday after being struck by a plane landing at an airport in Austin, Texas, officials said.

The person was struck and killed on runway 17R by a landing aircraft on Thursday evening, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas said on Twitter, adding that the incident was being probed. The deceased was an adult, emergency officials added.

The airport said that a pilot had spotted a person on the runway before the death was reported.

“According to initial information, Southwest Airlines Flight 1392 reported to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport that they saw an unauthorized individual on runway 17-Right, after their aircraft (a Boeing 737) touched down at 8:12 p.m. Central Time on Thursday”, the airport said.