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- February Frigid and Forever Remembered
- Presidents Day / Unprecedented Weather We Covered.
- February First and Our Review of 2021 and More
- Frontier Airlines Signs Huge Eco-Friendly Deal
- Second week of 2021 winds down
February Frigid and Forever Remembered
Frigid February including Valentines day Sunday. Then came the snow and the Shutdowns and a week of misery starting that Monday. Texas and many parts of the country will not forget this February just passed. For some there are lingering affects where we all feel for you. Fire departments were running non-stop and along with EMS. First responders were exhausted and still answered the call. From Monday 15 that week we saw unprecedented shutdowns of airports and travel alike. Fire and Aviation TV extended its service on the closures and coverage.
Latter in the month two major aviation incidents one was a United Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft losing parts of its right engine showering parts on the ground below. Luckily, no one was injured below or on board the aircraft which landed safely back to Denver. In addition to that a cargo Boeing 747 had a similar incident with parts showering the ground below in Holland. That time two people were reported to have injuries on the ground. Other smaller aviation incidents occurred, and other media outlets echoed the small ones too in addition to recent events.
Boeing made headlines in many aspects from the recent event to more Boeing Max 8 ‘s cleared to fly again in other parts of the world. In addition, Alaska and Untied added to placing, more additional orders of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Other Boeing news relevant to the Boeing 787 added to the growing list of headlines in the month of February.
February kept Fire and Aviation TV busy with coverage but pushed us back on future projects. Weather woes continued to delay many of us and wishing for warmer weather. Well March has arrived rather rapidly as 28 days is always the shorted month February. We get one extra day every 4 years with the Summer Olympics. That too like everything the last 12 months got cancelled but aiming to proceed this summer.
What will we be looking at ahead of all this? We can’t tell you everything or were giving our business model away to competitors. For us better news like millions want and better days ahead. Just cannot believe it is almost one-year early March 2020 in Texas with Lockdowns and Shelter in Place. As we go to press with this, we just heard Texas Governor Greg Abbot announcing this afternoon March 2 next week mask mandates to be lifted. That and coronavirus executive orders and mandates to be rescinded effective March 10, 2020 and everyone can operate 100 percent. That does not mean there is no more COVID-19 it just states it is not mandatory to wear masks and opening at 100 providing the case numbers stay low. As we all know this can change at any time. With Texas being one of the biggest states and population where does this leave other states looking? Fire and rescue will mandate accordingly based on each Fire department S.O.P. / rules of engagement.
Airports and travel still mandate these rules per Washington D.C. Along with that other states still have travel restrictions, so we are a long way still to go from being normal prior to Coronavirus closing just about everything March 2020. It has been a long stressful and costly year for many in more ways than ever. We at Fire and Aviation TV will move forward pushing for some bigger and better things. Meanwhile the bigger corporations make it harder for us though we will soldier on. We support airports, airlines whether big or small. We are more into helping those smaller ones who need help. We stand up for Fire Departments, first responders, flight crews, and airlines. This goes also for the small business you too can help shop and support smaller business. Do not let this giant corporations take everything.
Last but not least March 11,2021 will be exactly 6 months from the 20 Year Anniversary of 9/11. Millions remember still to this day and we will NEVER FORGET. Being there the day before September 10, 2001 and fly back to work. The the next day at the airport again never forget. Also serving in the fire service thereafter we will never forget. Wish we could have done more to help over the years and that’s why there is Fire and Aviation TV.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 03/02/21
Presidents Day / Unprecedented Weather We Covered.
Presidents Day February 15, 2021 we are experiencing an unprecedented winter system named Uri. This winter storm is making history and we reported it as it started. Living in Texas you can expect 110 and 115 degrees in the summer. You do not expect only 11 degrees and with snow and ice closing an airport like Austin or both of Houston’s airports. Well, it happened, and Fire and Aviation TV provides this essential service to you. In addition. Baton Rouge, Lafayette Regional Airport, and Jackson – Medgar Wiley Evers International airport also closed as the day continued. One afternoon closure added San Antonio International airport. .We reported this and kept you up to date.
There are many companies including financial institutions off today, but Fire and Aviation tv delivers you coverage of this Historical winter freeze that many will remember for years to come. We are moving forward and will voice our opinion as today far too many are trying to suppress the smaller companies during these unprecedented times.
Air Canada recently allowed to acquire Air Transat even though theey seriously have a shortfall in operating cash. Many Canadians still cannot get refunds as the airline clearly took the money but cannot payback. WestJet said if this happened Air Canada will raise fares and the airline did not deny that fact. Air Canada is desperately asking for government money to stay afloat even after they recently stopped flying Air Canada Rouge the low coast version of the airline. Aside from that they have cut essential services from airports like Gander International Airport. That was the last commercial flight out of Gander now costing the community hundreds of jobs. This community depends largely of the airport to survive yet the airline dropped the route. Anyone helping Porter Airlines or Flair Airlines. The answer is no, they are taking care of their own. These are some of the facts and its our opinion that there should not have been any chance of Air Transat to be Acquired by Air Canada.
Fire and Aviation stands up for the smaller airlines even big ones too. Same goes for Fire Departments and those who are here to serve and protect your community. We stand by certain fire or aviation unions that stand up for their members. We will in time given the opportunity expand into other areas where we hope to give others the opportunity for future work. It’s time to unite together and bring future business. To protect those who serve including the military and the space force.
Fire and Aviation TV 02/15/21
February First and Our Review of 2021 and More
February 1, 2021 Winter Storm Orlena causing many travel headaches. The northeast is faced with some airports shutting down and others with many cancellations. We keep you updated as we work together with others. With our reports to you in the mornings we twitter travel updates when available. For February looks like to be a full month ahead for both Fire and aviation and from us at Fire and Aviation TV.
With January already in the history books so is a few events that will go down in history forever. Before all the chaos and disturbing events on January 6 there has been a growing problem at airports and up in the air. Disturbance and acts of, call it rage or unruly behavior. Either way it is unacceptable even a second time around gate agents have been hurt at Spirit Airlines and sent to hospital. Of recent weeks the F.A.A. had to make what has been a standard rule of law, an announcement of the rules. For aviation and airline employees should not have to come to work face violence specially at 35,000 feet. Be civil and let flight attendants be just that not be attacked for asking facemasks to be worn or other disagreements. Pilots should not have to tell passengers on a flight that they will land at the closest airport if people are not civil.
Threatening behavior will NOT be tolerated in both aviation and against first responders or fire departments. Last year in Texas firefighters were trying to put out a vehicle fire and objects being thrown at them during a protest. We stand by unions trying to protect and stand up for their own. With that said moving on Covid19 has strained many industries and cities. Now is not the time for cutbacks in fire service it should be the opposite. There are some cities and smaller towns trying to make cutbacks due to budget shortfalls. We stand by first responders and fire departments that need help. Your Fire department is a part of your community and city who even some go far above and beyond to help others.
February last year 2020 we were in LA starting on building some new business when we realized we as a country were in trouble. Seeing Cargo airlines being chartered for special flights with passengers from China and other areas due to coronavirus as we know as Covid19. We saw a surge of flights and people wearing masks which made us deeply concerned. Cutting the trip short heading back to Texas many future businesses started cancelling trips and business. Beginning March 2020, the airline industry started a sudden cancellation of thousands of flights. We all know the rest as airlines and planes were grounded.
Still to date the airline industry is suffering but flying more than it did back in March 2020. Bailout and some funds have been given to the airlines from the government. That being said now is NOT the time for mergers like American Airlines wanting a JetBlue acquisition. Even recently more stock options being released so American can raise more financial stability. We say no this is not the time or a good idea. Look back at history of airlines and mergers and takeovers of the past.
From former airlines like Piedmont, US Air and many others like America West and Western. All these airlines are no longer but that was not during a pandemic where airlines are losing millions and asking for more government money to stay afloat. A merger will cost jobs and increase airline tickets. That hurts those that are hurting, your future passengers. JetBlue is a great airline that can do better but at the same time recently being given denial to fly to London England. Whose to blame the competition? Why is JetBlue being denied the London route after they acquire aircraft for the route? Either way business investment and upgrades by JetBlue does not mean competitors make it harder for others during these exceedingly difficult times.
From earlier days before many aircraft were grounded in March 2020 Sun Country was smart in signing with Amazon known as Prime Air in the cargo airline industry. Many airlines realized this is one way to supply some sort of income, Other airlines have done it right like Delta Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, and a major decision for the future by Frontier Airlines. We salute you and thank you for doing the best you can during these unprecedented times.
Across the border north of us Canada aviation is much worse off. We are proud though of decisions made by some Flair Airlines, WestJet, and a decision that Porter Airlines had to make. Since Sunday January 31 further restrictions will create future uncertainty if the Canadian government does not step in and help. Air Canada wants to acquire Air Transat and we say no, not a great idea. There are many factors we disagree on for a merger. One thing will be evident is much higher air fares and a monopoly that gives Air Canada. We agree with WestJet it is not a good idea even though another airline disagrees with WestJet. Remember back in the day when there was CP Air and then Canadian. Air Canada has cut services to smaller airports and jeopardized other jobs for people.
Gander international airport no longer has commercial airline service as Air Canada suspends service until further notice. Gander is a city that depends on airline service does anyone remember back in September 2001. Back when 9/11 grounded flights many airlines and passengers became stranded at Gander. Many people from the city came to the airport to help strangers stuck at the airport. Let us reflect what history has taught us. Same goes for Mergers. Go back to the boardroom even if its through zoom today. Go back to basics and remember those who were for you in the past.
History of mergers like when Delta had acquired Northwest Airlines and cost CVG – Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport a hub. It cost many jobs and even future growth plan for the airport itself. Look at when American Airlines also took over Trans World Airlines. There is so much that can be learned from history. There is area few new start up airlines on the horizon ready for takeoff so a merge here and there are not good for the economic growth by far. For now, February looks full of many more changes yet to come. From Covid19 to many others try to recover let us remember that people matter and not just cutting corners or massive mergers.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 02/01/21
Frontier Airlines Signs Huge Eco-Friendly Deal
Monday January 25 Frontier Airlines signed major engine deal with Pratt and Whitney, a division of Raytheon Technologies corporation. This deal seals the fact Frontier Airlines is in the forefront now of green innovation in the airline Industry. We share a video released today courtesy of Frontier Airlines and C.E.O Barry Biffle
We are excited for the airline and the face this is to date the most eco-friendly deal to last a long time. An order for the Pratt and Whitney GTF engines will start deliveries in 2022.
The new engines will supply for 49 Airbus A320neo, 67 Airbus A321neo and 18 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. Along with this major deal the airline has signed up with Engine maintenance through with the deal an engine wise comprehensive service agreement. The engines will burn far less fuel and emissions thus cutting fuel cost and great for the environment. Another major savings in fuel will allow the airline to keep air fares low. Making this airline a healthy long look of life for the aircraft as well.
Frontier Airlines is a first time Pratt and Whitney customer and with the GTF engines. This will give them the step ahead of other airlines along with more environmentally friendly.
Courtesy Frontier Airlines / Editorial Fire and Aviation TV 01/25/21
Second week 2021 winds down
Well officially second week of 2021 and so much has happened in both Fire and Aviation. Before we get into the announcements, we like to say a BIG thank you to all airlines that have provided larger aircraft chartered to professional football teams of the National Football League during these exceedingly difficult times. Over the season we noticed that United Airlines and American Airlines specially as a few times stories hit twitter as to the extra miles to make things safer like bigger aircraft far social distancing.
Next week 1/21/21 we have a few positive and productive announcements to make ourselves. We wanted to wait until the airwaves of media headlines calm down. We honestly believe and stand by the fire rescue and aviation industry. For the aviation industry there is a new campaign we will begin called #calmerskies campaign. This is directed for the best interest of cabin crews and pilots alike with airlines best interests.
Fire rescue and many cities are faced with a shortfall on budget. As recent as today a major city in Northern California made an announcement to cut three fire engines off a rotating shift basis. Further details and following news outlets have shared these stories. For many this leaves concerns for the proposed next six months. This among many other stories we have a positive proposal for future projects we like to share 1/21 so stay tuned.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 01/15/21
First Monday of 2021
Medical and cargo go hand in hand and will do for many months if not years ahead. As we start the first Monday of 2021 its time to ramp up on distribution and supply of the two companies for Covid19 Vaccines. The most three prevalent airlines at the very beginning to transport the vaccine by air was United Airlines followed by UPS and Fed EX. Others have followed them in the strict transport protocols.
Moving forward worldwide we all need to see this ramped up to make this world a better one and move forward. Logistically it is a mammoth task in practical and more time consuming than on paper. This is something that needs to be improved by far. For all airlines and cargo companies alone are adhering to the strict protocols and in advance we like to thank you.
Cargo airlines in general were seeing last year in February some major challenges ahead. As the Coronavirus took to gripping the world and officially known worldwide as a pandemic in March 2020. This is where commercial airlines and flight were almost total grounding. However, the cargo industry pent up with demands has since grown in proportions not originally projected. One airline to mind got real good business sense earlier was Sun Country Airlines signing a deal with Amazon air known as Prime Air. This unique deal was to supply several Boeing 737-800 aircraft that became BCF aircraft. Now standing at a total of 12 Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft being operated for Cargo.
Recently Amazon Air acquired seven Boeing 767 aircraft from Delta Airlines for conversion to freighter aircraft. This deal came to light at the end of December 2020. Thus, putting a spotlight of Amazon Air, they will this year 2021 open its 1.5-Billion-dollar air cargo hub at CVG, Cincinnati / Covington Kentucky Airport. This is a big shot in the arm for business as Delta cutback its operations as a flight attendant base in June 2020.
Source fire and Aviation TV 01/04/21
This Day 1903 we now Celebrate Wings Brothers Day
Eight Days before Christmas two brothers sought for first flight in 1903. True love to the Wright Brothers who begun aviation in Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. The maiden flight lasted 12 second on December 17, 1903. Forever thankful we all are around the world as aviation was born that day that year from true passion and determination.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright had been experimenting since 1899 with the concept of powered flight. From that day December 17, 1903 we have cone a long way. Without them many things would have been different specially in the early days of flight. Another of many famous stories was the birth of Trans World Airways that was founded by Howard Hughes July 16, 1930 with a true airline that is became synonymous as TWA. As we all know acquired by American Airlines December 1, 2001.
From propeller to jet age one of the marvels was the De Havilland DH 106 Comet which became the first commercial worldwide jetliner. First prototype flew in 1949 with some unfortunate yet catastrophic breakups. Latter on an as years of redesign and intense testing the improved comet 2 and 3 subsequently provided the industry the new and improved Comet 4 series which began flying commercial flight in 1958. The last commercial flight was in 1981. It continued to be flown by the British Royal Air Force until 2011 spanning a 60-year lifetime of flying.
Many years from the birth of aviation gave us the McDonnell Douglas DC 8 the first flew April 9, 1958 from its Long Beach Airport production line. From there on many other great s like the Boeing 747 as known as the Jumbo Jet or as we say the Queen of the skies. The first flight was February 9, 1969 and late December that year certified to fly commercial flight. Pan American World Airways known as Pan Am was the first airline to fly commercial Boeing 747–100 series flight.
So, we at Fire and Aviation TV like millions around this world would like to take a moment today. To thanks and remember the great Wright Brothers that began the history of powered flight back on December 17, 1903. Wing Brothers Day.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 12/17/20
Cargo Airlines Shipping Vaccine for Coronavirus
Thursday last week December 10, 2020 the FDA voted and approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. Friday freight forwarders and cargo airlines UPS and Federal Express loading up for delivery over the weekend. Today Monday morning December 14, 2020 US administers its first doses to some health care workers.
Almost ten months ago when coronavirus gripped the country with almost a standstill of airline operations due to lockdowns with shelter in place. We begin a chapter that can be the beginning of the end. Covid19 coronavirus is not going to disappear overnight. It may never disappear but by far a start for the cure. Many cargo airlines and airlines in general will adapt and bring the essential cargo to all areas across the globe. United Airlines was the first commercial airline with a charter flight and other will follow.
Logistics on a monumental level beyond years gone by will start gearing up. Extreme low temperatures of negative 80 degrees is needed to transport and special care with temperature controlled is required. This does not mean any cargo carrier can transport there are many specific requirements needed to transport. As one reported said this weekend there is a light at the end of a very long tunnel. With that said we have a long way to go to get to the end of this tunnel, so patience is something we need to understand. First responders and fire rescue will also be among those tops of the list to receive the vaccination for coronavirus. Already the Fire Chief of and five members of DC fire rescue will be among the first to receive the vaccination.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 12/14/20
Thanksgiving and Maybe Christmas Shuts Downs
Starting Saturday, the majority of California shuts down from 10pm until 5am. Mandatory non-essential travel and workers must be inside your home by 10pm. Aviation industry and many others industries are facing another shutdown of business or at least shortened chances of doing business. California just made an announcement this afternoon starting Saturday until December 21, 2020 this takes effect.
Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement and made it clear it can be extended past December 21 is they choose to do that. Other restrictions may apply also as his state and others like Ohio. Other Midwest cities and states have different versions. Now quarantines are being imposed again by states if travelling from other areas. Best thing you can do is call or check your airlines website.
We get it there is a sudden surge but there has to be some understanding and due diligence across the board. We at fire and aviation TV have cancelled a few business trips out of due caution. However, Shelter in place everywhere is not recommended. We come to find there are areas around the country that did not mandate facemasks. This country and many businesses like the airline industry can not afford to survive another shutdown. Same goes for many other industries. Fire and rescue are always available but now many cities are saying, due to COVID19 their budgets are depleted. There are some cities even cutting back. We ask everyone to social distance and mask up. Yes, winters are tough in general but if you shut business down from doing business this is why your city has no budget,
Fire rescue and aviation industry like millions of others are essential to keep the economy and budgets afloat. We will see what happens in the next ten days. Remember if flying and not sure about quarantines check with your airline or the websites. As we all now things can change quickly. As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching if you have to travel stay safe and adhere to masking up and social distancing. Airports across the country are working hard to keep you safe and constantly cleaning.
Many of us use to love driving around looking at Christmas lights but if a city or state puts a curfew on us then how are we supposed to enjoy what little enjoyment we have left. Lastly think about all the different religions during the holiday season at least let people share joy and hope this season. We are all in this together just mask up and social distance and at least keep it clean. We do not want and can not go through another shutdown nationwide!!
Fire and Aviation TV 11/19/20
Unprecedented Weather to Unprecedented Times
October where did it go a whirlwind of events claiming life, property, and business losses. From a global warming event to catastrophic weather events that might change our world forward. Today as we stand Hurricane Zeta about to affect New Orleans the 27th named storm this hurricane season. Then there are abundance of wildfires devasting many of peoples lives and livelihood, including their homestead. Among all this we are several months into Covid19 where surges just about rocking the economy and stocks markets. For both Fire and Aviation these two other major factors in our lives play significant roles to surviving.
Unprecedented yes, we would say this even though stronger words should be said. The year 2020 is officially the beginning of a new era and decade. Life changing for fire service first responders and so much more. Globally for airlines and aviation industry changing the face of many. Structure and organization are something that has been bashed harder around business than ever. Size of airlines that do survive will be smaller for at least the next few years with 2023 predicted a new growth. Forecast for the beginning of 2021 is reflected in many airlines cut of flights and capacity.
Our analysist of airlines with some are on the money and straight to the point. So, it is in our interest at fire and aviation tv to push forward in a slightly different direction yet like an original plan. Like many airlines we have taken a hit and yet adapt to the changes. Lufthansa reflects on less air travel and continues to ground more aircraft during the winter months to come. Larger aircraft to be extended in storage and smaller more versatile aircraft to fly the airlines flag. In the states we hear of Southwest taking the Airbus A220 as a major consideration for future flight ops. Truly can Boeing lose the 737 operating airline to its competitor for future of some aircraft sales. Its about surviving and taking the best option to try and be profitable so yes Southwest could go to a smaller aircraft. Storage of aircraft is at an all time high since commercial jet flight has been available. The 9/11 event does not count for those few days.
One aircraft manufacturer we have not heard much of but a great one is Embraer. They build great planes from the 170 and 175. In addition to the 190 and 195. Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways operate different types along with SkyWest. Best way to stay afloat is to maximize fleet and availability. On the other hand, Airports too are failing to make money like prior to covid19. Nearly 200 airports in Europe are close to insolvency. Canadian Airports are asking the government for help. Again, this is needed the help to maintain structure. We see smaller airports here in the states losing flights and revenue that could cause many financial strains beyond.
Finally, fire departments and first responders are going to be affected in some municipalities on financing. Just yesterday the city of New Orleans announced 2021 budget cuts that would affect fire rescue and others first responders. With a hurricane fast approaching this is the last thing they need. Again, structure its needed and so is the cost of keeping it. The next few years we are looking at recovery for many industries and both Fire and Aviation. This where so much more is needed and where here for the long haul. Follow us at twitter and keep informed what is important. More avenues or spreading the news to be announced November 2020.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 10/28/20
First Official Day of Fall 2020
First day of fall and millions of us want 2020 to be over with already. Unprecedented times and many strains in both financial and in health for many of us in this world. Covid19, coronavirus has thrust this world into unbelievable times that are more than ever going to change history. The many who lost their lives to families and friends affected one way or another we all pray for better times. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who lost their lives. Millions have lost their livelihood and much more too.
From hospitals, medical facilities to the aviation industry being tried and stretched beyond belief. Covid19 places more restrictions on day to day living then ever before. How we all took so much for granted until coronavirus put a stop to millions of things in this world. As we move forward and time ticks on this world adapts to many changing things. We will come together one way or another and fight this to succeed and bring back better times.
Global warming and natural disasters are far more excelled in this year 2020 than ever before. From earthquakes in places like Salt Lake City in March to even a small earthquake in North Carolina this summer of 2020. While unheard of for North Carolina not quite expected in Salt Lake City which caused moderate damage to spread wide and far. Damage to speak of that morning of March 18 struck a 5.7, breaking water pipes at the old Salt Lake City terminal. Yet still under construction at the time of the new terminal which is now only a week old in operations suffered absolutely none. Why you ask well simple the new terminal is built to withstand earthquakes and part of the planning of the new structure. A state of the art and most modern airport terminal in the western U.S. hemisphere to date.
Natural disasters will always happen at some point or another but 2020 has outdone itself in wildfires as the entire west coast from San Diego to all points north of Oregon have severely been burnt to the ground. Literally to the ground nothing left in many areas heartbreaking to see as thousands of people have lost homes and some lives have been lost too. Tragic in many ways as dangerous for wildlife too this without a doubt the worst wildfire season ever in history. We had read somewhere in many reports that someone mentioned a similarity to the devastating Australian Wildfires of recent, last year.
Then to put a lid on the natural disasters and global warming even today the first day of fall gulf coast resident are dealing with torrential rains and heavy flooding from tropical storm Beta. They ran out of names and using Greek alphabet to name storms. Beta is soaking parts of Texas that is already waterlogged. This Hurricane season is the worse ever and second only in the history since it ever started naming storms. The year was 1950 the only other time they ran out of named storms. This year though to date we have reached 23 named storms and the season is not officially over yet. With this said and done millions more ask is 2020 the year done yet? No, we are officially the first day of fall 2020.
Social media and many made the meaning “we are all in this together” a regular and well known saying. We can say this it is not over yet, but we will overcome this and succeed. Stay focused and determined as many businesses will eventually bounce back. Some will not but its challenges in life that will make you stronger and we pray for all. Fire rescue and medical profession we will always be thankful forever. Everyone that is a frontline hero that means all including grocery stores with thank you always.
Moving forward this fall Fire and Aviation TV is entering phase two October 8, 2020 adding more. As we move forward to getting back to some kind of normal business and better times ahead. Our dedication and years of experience bring you coverage in both fire and aviation industries we are here to stay.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 09/22/20
9/11 Millions Will Never Forget
We woke early this 9/11 as every 9/11 since the day this editor had to be up earlier than normal September 11. 2001. Having flown the night before from New York September 10, 2001 our flight was normal as usual. However, that morning September 11, 2001 was not normal by far for
United Airlines Flight 175 and United Airlines 93, Two others were used to terrorize many that being American Airlines flight 11 and American Airlines flight 77.
Valor, courage, and true heroes on that day among tragedy that struck this nation and many others in disbelief. Canada became a great savior specially those at Gander Airport in NewFoundland. The entire community came together, that day alone as the American skies grounded all aircraft and not allowed to return to the skies. Gander airport became the temporary home to 38 airliners with 473 crew members. Passengers among those 38 airliners added 6,122 people stranded. The city of Gander was a lifesaver as the entire community came together helping strangers they would never had met.
Other Canadian provinces like Nova Scotia, Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Yukon, and Northwestern Territories. This made for hundreds of aircraft being diverted to 17 different airports Canadian airspace was shut down temporarily at that time once everyone was on the ground as Canada assisted the F.A.A in coordination.
From New York with the world trade center to the Pentagon in DC and United Airlines 93 that crashed in Shanksville Pennsylvania. Memories are still clear as the day we stand here today next to the memorials of all those lives lost. For all the police officers, first responders, firefighters and true hero’s that came to rescue all affected in this tragedy of terror you will never be forgotten.
While in the United States 19 years to the day adjusted ceremonies due to Coronavirus Covid19 many still showed up and gave their respects, Across the nation from Los Angeles to New York and all corners of this country many performed ceremonies to remember 9/11 and those lives lost.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 09/11/20 See our post www.Fireandaviation.tv
Fire and Aviation TV Returns After Shelter in Place
Fire and Aviation TV is gradually starting back up. On this day 7/7 we are evaluating a vastly different world that we left at the end of February in L.A. On returning from that trip the beginning and wake up call for U.S. travel. The airline and aviation industry spiraled to almost a complete halt. Worldwide already in the grasp of Covid19 coronavirus epidemic. North America and Canada came to terms at the beginning of March that this is worldwide even at our doorstep. Fire and medical field stretched beyond belief therefore still to this day. We salute and support all front-line heroes of all industries
We are like many almost at a re birth of our business and will come out stronger more diverse. Although over the past months with shelter in place our business like an airline parked waiting for flight. We have made some trips to discover the business needs. Over the next few months, we strive to build a network and business that serves each other. A structure that is needed to adapt to this ever changing and strange world we live in. Times of extreme uncertainty bringing the ability to rebuild along with others. Our years of experience is not going to waste, but to adapt to this strange time we live in and move forward.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 07/07/20
Fire and Aviation TV Saturday May 16 Update
First of we like to give a million thank you to EVERYONE on the front lines and our front-line hero’s during these very uncertain times. We are extremely thankful to all in the medical profession to first responder, Military, Airline and aviation employees. Volunteers, Grocery store employees and many others during this worldwide pandemic caused by Covid19, coronavirus.
So much has happened and we like millions of areas around this world sheltering in place. A few times we have been extended in our part of the world. There is a reason we have not been active as we like others have been pro active and stayed with the orders of officials. Homestead and immediate family come’s first and we are not a news reporter or news network only. We are involved in both Fire and Aviation that comes with our name. Small amounts of media shared on social media, Twitter and Facebook on our accounts. We also have been grounded like an aircraft sitting on the tarmac since March. We will fly again and so will many others from airlines to aircraft.
As your kicking your heels or kicking the tires we cannot wait to get back as millions of others say the same. By months end there is a light of positive progress where many can join the ranks of others that have already begun their phase 1, phase 2 and more phases to come. Meanwhile we have been idling our engines and ready to get back to normal. There are many projects that we have held back as the year began so did many great opportunities.
Summer 2020 we will be here rebuilding and invite many to join us saying ‘Lets Fly Again”. Fire and rescue departments, we hear you and again we salute you Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
Editorial Fire and Aviation TV 05/16/20
Fire and Aviation TV April 9, 2020 Update
From Fire and AviationTV to all front-line workers we thank you forever doing the job you are there for everyone. The world has been turned upside down in so many ways. Our hearts and prayers go out to this world that’s hurting beyond belief. Be strong come together help if you can those that need help. Globally both fire and aviation has changed in different ways. Again, from Fire and Aviation TV we thank all of you on the front line, all jobs and careers.
As far as our business this has affected us too. We are grounded since the beginning of March and still to May 1, doing what is asked. After so much has happened worldwide the airline and travel industry will forever be changed. We learn from so much, yet this pandemic continues to affect people around the world.
Fire and aviation tv, is about to change course as to the way we see the future and do business. Our course may change from time to time focusing on some of the original plans. With many years of experience in the fire department and working side by side at airports we will prevail. After Easter weekend we will be gearing up for changes. No matter what happens it is in our heart to continue as a company and adapt to change.
Airports we know many are reduced to a small percentage with consolidation of terminals and operations. At Changi International Airport, Singapore for example. Beginning May 1, 2020 they will suspend terminal 2 operations for 18 months to consolidate airport operations. Many of the world’s airports are consolidating where some around the world shutdown operations for a period of time. We are here for you reporting, planning working on future development. Things are not going to change overnight neither is our past content on this site. Moving forward we are working with another company. Building on that relationship, prior communication with others and future business. We look forward to a better day and share the positive signs when we can. Stay safe, stay strong worldwide we are here for you.
Editorial Fire and Aviation TV 04/09/20
Travel Advisory and CoronaVirus
March 9, 2020 in such a short time worldwide the CoronaVirus has officially become a global Pandemic. Although many government agencies worldwide grapple with this deadly disease there way too many areas globally to list as travel advisories. Even though all those that have been listed and complete shutdown for travel for Italy not just the northern section was announced latter today.
We first reported when it became an extremely serious situation overseas in China in January 2020. Since then we all know worldwide the spread of this deadly virus was an epidemic and now mass media are calling it a pandemic. Our travel plans have subdued seriously to almost nothing recently. We are still travelling but a fraction of what we did and at times stay longer in regions
Like the aviation industry the whole world has been turned upside down from economy to other aspects that even day to day operations are affected. For any travel advisories please pay attention to you local, state and government advisories in general. We pray for this to end and take precautions accordingly. Aviation travel among all other types of transport are affected and continue to monitor your local agencies wherever in the world you might be. We hope by the summer 2020 things will get better. At this time Travel advisory section of Fire and Aviation will not be updated until Monday June 1, 2020. This is so we can focus on business at hand in fire and aviation industries. We will print when possible on media and front page www.fireandaviation.tv
Source Fire and Aviation TV 03/09/20
Fire and Aviation Industry and Agencies make adjustments Concerning Corona Virus
he city of New York office of emergency management (OEM) gathered with other agencies early today with a response team. Cities of large population and smaller are ready or getting plans in preparation in a what if situation. Fire and rescue services along with other agencies will take the necessary actions to serve and protect. Information and communication something that’s done right along with keeping calm. This is where we ask people to stay calm and not cause pandemonium. There have been recent reports of people panicking with mass store purchases. We will get through this with calm prevailing.
Media outlets and local agencies can advise you with news and updates whereas keeping yourself aware of your surrounding and wash your hands often. This is a major virus where we can be smart and overcome this. For our aviation industry and air travel restriction to other global areas are now Italy, Iran and other middle east hot spots. For air travel in these regions your advised to contact your airline if you are supposed to travel anytime soon. For most major airports international you can see our international division.
Air travel first started to be affected where it all began in China, Wuhan province. Chinese authorities quarantined many cities and areas affected right before the Chinese New Year (January 25, 2020). Over a time, it has now spread in various parts of the world. Sunday March 1, 2020 the latest country to have airline cease operating flights to are Italy and Iran from US. Delta and American made that announcement on Italy this past weekend.
There have been challenging times in the airline industry before. In 1993 the Gulf War, then there was 9/11 which grounded aviation for the first time since first flight began. Sars was an outbreak in 2003 for which caused major issues back then. Gas prices and then in 2008 the stock market crash. Millions had been lost and fortunes vanished. Then too did a few airlines. AS some ceased operations others including low budget airlines came.
Today the airline industry ten-year growth has come to an end. To date 73 airline have ceased flying to China not including recent routes being stopped in Singapore and other south east Asia markets along with Italy and Iran. The fact being the Boeing 737 Max grounding since March last year many airlines will not be in any hurry to receive their outstanding orders until the Corona Virus is curtailed and or over with.
There are many budget airlines that might fold and already financially feeling the economic slowdown. Other major airlines will survive and continue but may need government backing. Cathay Pacific has half its fleet grounded due to lack of flights operating because of the virus outbreak. Hong Kong Airlines has been grounding many of its aircraft. Even recently Emirates announced that its asking staff to take unpaid leave until such time business and routes pick up. Even airports like Hong Kong International airport are feeling the downturn operating capacity down from three terminals to only enough traffic that can be serviced by one terminal. Macau International Airport has significant amounts of flights cancelled for which they are hurting economically
We are in times where aviation industry as many other industries globally will be affected for a very long time. Many businesses will fold, and others might be revived in a very slow pace. We need to put a stop to this virus as soon as possible. Without a doubt the airline and aviation industry will loose of lot of ground in 2020 and the strongest will survive with a restart in 2021 growth. Asian carriers and airlines fleets will be reduced and a demand for aircraft orders will shrink in 2020. This is a time to take stock of future forecasts and not blame executives for profit shortcoming this year. Let’s take a moment and relax think of the positive for our global future.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 03/03/20
Delta to become first carbon neutral airline globally
Starting March 1, 2020, Delta Air Lines is committing $1 billion over the next 10 years on its journey to mitigate all emissions from its global business going forward. The airline will invest in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and establishing new projects to mitigate the balance of emissions.
“There is no substitute for the power that travel has to connect people, which our world needs today more than ever before. As we connect customers around the globe, it is our responsibility to deliver on our promise to bring people together and ensure the utmost care for our environment,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “The time is now to accelerate our investments and establish an ambitious commitment that the entire Delta team will deliver.”
Delta’s approach to tackling carbon reduction and sustainability reflects the focus and rigor it has become known for, and that it used to build a financially secure airline. This announcement comes as Delta pays $1.6 billion in profit sharing to employees this Valentine’s Day and reflects its longstanding approach to placing a high value on supporting all stakeholders and communities worldwide.
The aviation industry accounts for roughly 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Delta’s carbon footprint is its largest environmental impact, with 98 percent of emissions coming from its aircraft. Here is how the company is focusing its efforts to become carbon neutral:
Carbon reduction: Reducing Delta’s carbon footprint through enterprise-wide efforts to decrease the use of jet fuel and increase efficiency. Areas of focus include an ambitious fleet renewal program, improved flight operations, weight reduction, and increased development and use of sustainable aviation fuels.
Carbon removal: Investing in innovative projects and technology to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere that go beyond the airline’s current commitments, and investigating carbon removal opportunities through forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, marine and soil capture, and other negative emissions technologies.
Stakeholder engagement: Building coalitions with our employees, suppliers, global partners, customers, industry colleagues, investors and other stakeholders to advance carbon reduction and removal goals and maximize our global impact.
“When customers choose to fly Delta, they should feel they’re making a statement about taking care of our planet,” Bastian said. “Our commitment to carbon neutrality means flying with Delta represents far more than a great travel experience – it’s about joining arms to create a better world.”
Delta’s carbon strategy will account for emissions across its business – both in the air and on the ground. Delta’s investment will create new projects and methods to reduce its carbon footprint, benefit global communities and make it easier for other organizations to explore similar options to address their own carbon footprints – all while minimizing reliance on today’s limited carbon offset markets. To support this strategy, Delta will allocate some of its financial commitment into investment vehicles, including a dedicated fund focused on achieving its carbon neutral ambition.
Delta’s journey to carbon neutrality and its $1 billion investment build on its industry-leading voluntary sustainability efforts.
The Delta Environmental Sustainability Principles will guide the airline’s efforts to advance its path to carbon neutrality and overall sustainability. They are:
Action – Make progress continually by leveraging the tools of today even as we work to drive progress on a global scale. Embed environmental impact as a consideration in every business decision.
Innovation – Investigate, enable and advance new projects, innovative technologies and operational efficiencies to substantially reduce and mitigate emissions and our overall environmental footprint.
Collaboration – Engage with employees, suppliers, global partners, customers, investors and other stakeholders with the understanding that environmental protection must be a shared goal.
Evolution – Be nimble in evolving and adjusting in response to the latest scientific findings and technological developments.
Transparency – Continue to publicly report on our goals and progress, aligned with leading disclosure frameworks and standards, and track efforts and achievements through our robust governance structure.
2020 will see a number of milestones that demonstrate Delta’s progress and commitment, and that Delta will share broadly as each of them launch. Powered by its 90,000 people around the world, Delta is the U.S. global airline leader in products, services, innovation, reliability and customer experience.
From being the first and only U.S. airline to voluntarily cap greenhouse gas emissions at 2012 levels, to adding more than 80 new aircraft in 2019 in an effort to renew its fleet with aircraft that are 25 percent more fuel efficient than the aircraft they are replacing, Delta has been undertaking a multi-year effort to achieve more sustainable air travel. As part of its commitment, Delta has partnered with industry innovators to advance the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels, including its recent partnership and offtake agreements with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels and Gevo. The airline also has partnered with the international advocacy organization Global Citizen on Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream event, to help reach United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on sustainability, gender equality and human capital.
Delta was the No. 1 airline named among America’s Most Sustainable Companies by Barron’s in 2020 and has been awarded the Vision for America Award by Keep America Beautiful and the Captain Planet Foundation’s Superhero Corporate Award. Delta has also earned a spot on the FTSE4Good Index for five consecutive years and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for nine consecutive years.
Source Delta Airlines / Edited By Fire and Aviation.TV 02/19/20
China, Coronavirus, and Economics
As the close of bell on trading in wall street the spread of Corona Virus causes concern. Stocks dropped 100 points with more growing fears at the end of Thursday 13 February. We are in a world of hurt from the virus to economics as the airline industry is severely affected. Imports too are feeling the affect.
All major carries in the US and foreign airlines have put the brakes on flights to many areas affected. Macau International Airport is operating only a fraction of flights compared to its normal operations. Many other airports are affected like Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Looking over at our international division that shows flights from various Asian and China airports affected.
Long term affects many airlines USA to Asian airlines like Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong Express. and many others to name. Even today flights to Germany recently came to a halt like the flights to Berlin. Global ramifications in the light of the Corona Virus to try and quarantine those areas and protect others. Sure, frustrations will grow both economically and financially for many airlines. Health and safety come’s first for which something of this magnitude was not expected or considered in any company’s financial adjustments.
There will be a fallout in the airline industry for those that already operate under tight profit margins. Long term adjustments need to be made. Cathay Pacific recently asked for its employees to take a three-week unpaid vacation to help adjust all the flight cancelations due to the Corona Virus. Last year Hong Kong was affected by many demonstrations where up until September 2019 affected the airport itself.
Across the globe signs of this have affected people’s perception and fears. You can see many wearing masks at airports like at Los Angeles International where we just came from. All major airports are taking the necessary precautions to protect people coming from other parts of the world. Tom Bradley terminal was a sight that even us the seasoned traveler realize the severity of peoples concerns.
To date the Olympics that are scheduled to take place July 24 thru August 9 are not affected and still plan to go ahead. This was announced today despite other sports before those date like some Golf and racing events earlier this year postponed until further notice. Once global control and federal public health agencies give the green light. Then and only then will airlines be able to start scheduling future flights. Not until then and governments give the all clear can we expect any normal operational flights. Now might be a good time for many airlines to re group and anticipate and modified schedule or fleet for capacity. No matter what the situation at least Etihad Airways before all this had announced over a week ago it as selling 38 of its 114 aircraft in fleet to try and become profitable again. Maybe some airlines feeling the affect of the current situation need to take some advice and cutback.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 02/13/20
Worldwide Cooperation to Prevent and Protect
CoronaVirus excels world-wide where many countries, airports, ports, Shipping lines, and Airlines take action. Many airlines across the globe have ceased flying to parts of those regions and country affected.
From Canada to any country globally are doing what it takes to inform millions and counter measures to prevent spread of this deadly virus. Airlines world-wide are acting accordingly and for any air travel with any airline we advise you contact them regarding your travel plans. Governments as mentioned a few days ago have implemented flight bans to certain airports in areas concerned.
We strongly recommend that you contact your consulate if you are abroad and in need. There are many Canadians and Americans even Europeans living and working in China and other provinces. On twitter the Canadian government is posting information regarding phone numbers to contact.
Some airlines share similar information regarding the routes that are temporarily suspending due to the virus outbreak. Economically this is going to cost billions, yet it is these extreme measures that are needed to prevent mass global outbreak. As of today, every major US airline are cancelling flights to mainland China.
To date some 170 people have been killed from this virus and almost 8,000 reported cases globally as of Thursday morning. The American CDC has advised that no non-essential travel should be taken to affected areas. Some of the airlines globally that have made announcements are United Airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines Swiss Airlines and many more to follow.
In addition to Canada and US evacuating citizens from affected areas in Wuhan Britain France, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Morocco, Russia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, and Australia. This is what we know currently. World Health Organization (WHO) are working hard and informing everyone worldwide. We strongly advise you contact your embassy or consulate if you are in the affected areas in China. For in depth information stay tuned to worldwide media you trust for in depth details.
Fire and Aviation TV 01/30/20
Tragedy Darkens the First Month of 2020
We all know the true loss when loved ones and family members pass away. When great people die due to accidents, we call this a tragedy. Either way you look at it loss of loved ones can have an affect on us all. Sunday a few days ago in Calabass, California 9 people lost their lives when a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed killing all on board. Those among the dead were Kobe Bryant his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. Media have covered this extensively with awe and shock. We at Fire and Aviation gave our thoughts and prayers through social media as any loss of any loved one friends, or family is hard. This goes out to all those affected.
Fire and rescue arrived that foggy morning to find the crash site to be a hard area to recover. It was an area where no matter what first responders attended and aided to the best of their abilities. All necessary agencies recovered what they could under the circumstances. Being a first responder no matter what division or department you work for it runs deep to help those that is what is required.
Today January 28, 2020 a 7.7 magnitude earthquake was felt near Jamaica and just south of Cuba. Other parts felt this like The Cayman Islands giving you the vertigo feeling. With such intensity Tsunami warnings were issued. A report of a 0.4-foot Tsunami in the Cayman Islands at George Town. There were several aftershocks and one of them measured 6.1.
As far as Miami this was felt where first responders responded to tall bank building being evacuated and even an elevator rescue was need at one time on a call in Miami. Brickell Avenue in Miami where some tall buildings are located were evacuated just as a precaution only. News media gave extensive coverage as this part of the world earthquakes are not normal like other parts of the world. Even as we begin 2020 other parts like Puerto Rico and across the globe in Turkey. As first responders and other agencies we are going to have to be multi tasked with global environmental changes. As far as airport operations there were no reports of significant damage from the Jamaica earthquake. There were no operational cancellations at the time of this report.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 01/28/20
Another Extreme Virus Causes Unprecedented Action
There is an extremely serious virus called the Coronavirus that many will hear about. As time moves forward you will constantly hear about in both fire and aviation industries. This recent outbreak is spreading globally where governments are mandating the aviation industry. Unprecedented actions are needed for these extreme measures.
Rapidly across many continents airports quickly set up Coronavirus inspection areas for air travelers. Many get the preventative measure right. Swift action in many global entrances are taking the necessary precautions. Fire and rescue are being brought up to speed among many other entities. Take this as a thing’s to come over this next decade. We are not strangers to epidemics including many in the past like Ebola virus and before that there was S.A.R.S in 2003.
Airline industry is yet again challenged with different circumstances. This is where the strongest will survive as in the far east Hong Kong like many other areas are faced with different challenges cancelling flights in areas affected. Government of China shutdown all transportation in Wuhan China including airport to try and quarantine millions before the Chinese New Year last week.
No matter what happened the American CDC is handling this extremely well along with other governments. We will get through this at some point there will be a turning point. Yes, there will be those affected and undoubtedly many flight crews in the airline industry are afraid that they may have to fly to China as part of there routes. Precautions are being taken and there will be more banned routes in the airline industry. For full news media see your countries leading media outlets and stay informed.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 01/28/20
Boeing Officially Stops 737 – 800 Max Production
At approximately 10.30am central time Tuesday 21 January we received word that Boeing had officially stopped production of the Boeing 737 – 800 max planes. It has been said that they actually stopped last night Monday 20 January, but this has not been confirmed. We will go with the original.
There comes a time where in business we have to restart a project, a program, and even a product. Not a one for recreating the wheel but being pro-active. The time has come for Boeing and the max 8 to temporarily stop production. From today forward the next 60 days are peril for the aircraft manufacturer as production line and employees of Boeing that worked on this line are not online. They will be paid for the next 60 day based on various sources. Many a media outlet has reported the same.
We have and in addition to others including yesterday at a conference in Dublin Ireland Monday January 20, 2020 stated there needs to be change. Mr Steven Udvar – Hazy the founder and chairman of Air Lease Corp has made a statement the name max should not be the name of the aircraft anymore. We have said the same too. Boeing for the love of your product and the future of this aircraft you need to change the name.
There are many people who travel that may not be as informed as those in the industry. For those who may fly in the future a clear and precise identification of this model and make need to be removed far from its original name. We have suggestions and a clear marketing idea that could clearly make it to everyone in the future. There comes a time in life itself that information is clearly a great piece of mind. It eases our thought process and thinking of what’s to come when we are more informed.
Boeing is working hard with the Federal Aviation Authority and other regulators around the world to try and get the aircraft re-certified. At this juncture though the new C.E.O. is David Calhoun who replaced Dennis Muilenburg January 13, 2020. With so much at stake it comes to a point where something has to change.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 01/21/20
Unknown Cause of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 Cras
Flight 752 of Ukraine International airlines was climbing Wednesday morning out of Tehran’s Imam International Airport. The flight took off at 6.12am local time. During that time the flight reached about 8,000 feet when it suddenly lost contact on radar with ground control. Reports estimate 176 people on board including crew members of the airline.
Amateur video was caught in the early morning sky supposedly by a bystander of the Boeing 737 as it lit up the night sky and exploded on impact. Various sources speculate it was not a mechanical failure as originally reported but more like other reasons. During the video and other witness seeing this Boeing 737 plane show fire coming from the engine and an unusual but possible explosion before impact.
Source say the three-year-old aircraft was recently inspected January 6 on routine maintenance. It is way too early to say what was the cause of the plane to crash. There are speculations going around as recently it that area bombings by missiles were used against American Bases in Iraq. Until the black box and a full investigation can be done there is no conclusive evidence as to how this happened.
The aircraft was delivered to Ukraine International Airlines in 2016 and in good condition with no reports at the time of any problems during recent inspection. It was on a commercial flight to Kyiv, Ukraine with many different nationalities on board. Reports say Canadians, British, Swedish, Germans, Iranians, and Afghans were on board this flight.
The U.S National Transportation are monitoring as they need to be invited into the country to investigate. With U.S. sanctions against Iran they need special permission to do so. Relations between Boeing, and Iran are not good at the time of the crash. At this time of release sources are saying there might be a problem in obtaining the black boxes. Being is closely monitoring and trying to assist in this Boeing 737-800 crash.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 01/08/20
Australian Fires Estimated 50 Million Animals Dead
All the years we all known in our lives nobody, and we mean nobody has seen such devastation from bush fires in Australia. An estimated 500 million animals are dead due to the wildfires. The eco system in Australia and landscape will forever be altered and never the same. Anyone says there is no destruction from global warming is wrong.
Being a firefighter never have had fight a fire like the firefighters in Australia are fighting. The catastrophic destruction and aggressive fires leave many fire service / county fire services drained and fatigued. They still fight the fight and will not give up on the fight. Resilience, endurance and courage to serve and protect lives and property is part of the tactical and coordinated efforts to douse the humongous fires across the country.
Disturbing pictures of Kangaroos and Koalas burnt have been shared by some media and we are disturbed like many. We are not going to show these pictures. We are going to ask for many to help. How can you help by listening to the authorities if you are in these area’s? If you are not in these areas any local fire department is accepting donations whether it be food or water or other. Many firefighters have lost their home s too so its personal.
Many a star in film and music industry has donated. Pink recently donated half a million dollars, along with others like Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban also the same amount. Over 100 bush fires have caused this major devastation fanned by hot air, dry conditions and windy days. Its been reported a few days ago January 2, 2020 5.9 million hectares of land had burned so far. According to sources the most recent count of human life loss is now 25 dead. Millions of people are displaced by these fires and even smaller communities destroyed
Worse affected areas across the country are in New South Wales., Just about every corner of the country is affected one way or another. The Australian forces have been involved along with the firefighters to help this unprecedented disaster. Millions are displaced and Australia needs help from across the globe.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 01/06/20
Frontier Airlines Expansion
Its been an interesting decade for many an airline and the industry. We like to see great success stories and companies that start small from humble beginnings. That’s where we started and like to share and report about great airlines like Frontier Airlines. No matter who and where you came from as a person your company is yours. Building it starts with hard work and perseverance to succeed. For those who created many a company, and not just given to them are those that feels like a great achievement Frontier Airlines is an example of its history and story
Before we exit 2019 a major announcement of flight schedule and routes has been made. Including a new base in Orlando Florida creating new jobs. Strictly Airbus operator of different variants of the A319 320 and 321 they also have future orders of Airbus A321 Neo and XLR’s. December 19, 2019 announcement of a new Training facility and hanger adding 45 new jobs in Orlando with a new training base. Planned to open the new 35,000 square foot hanger and facilities will open in 2 years. In addition, it will be able to house the Airbus A321 with 2 dedicated outdoor parking areas for the Airbus A320. As 2020 begins the airline will add 18 nonstop flights in total and to Guatemala, El Salvador and Caribbean airports. Frontier Airlines will start a Miami based hub in 2020 with 8 more flights and crews based in Miami.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 12/20/19
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES TO SHARE PROCEEDS FROM BOEING AGREEMENT WITH EMPLOYEES
DALLAS—Dec. 12, 2019—Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) recently reached a confidential agreement with The Boeing Company (Boeing) to compensate Southwest for a portion of projected financial damages related to the grounding of the airline’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In light of this agreement, the Southwest Board of Directors has authorized a discretionary, incremental profitsharing accrual for Employees, which is tied to the projected reduction in operating income for annual 2019 due to the MAX groundings. The Company currently estimates this incremental profitsharing accrual to be approximately $125 million.
Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our People have done an incredible job managing through the MAX groundings, while providing the highest levels of Customer Service and one of the best operational performances in our history. On behalf of the Southwest Board of Directors, we are grateful to our Employees for their extraordinary efforts throughout the year and are pleased to share proceeds from our recent agreement with Boeing.”
This incremental profitsharing award will be funded as part of the Company’s annual 2019 profitsharing distribution in 2020, in accordance with normal ProfitSharing Plan policies and Board of Director approval. The Company plans to provide 2019 profitsharing details early next year, including the percentage each eligible Southwest Employee will receive.
The Company continues to engage in ongoing discussions with Boeing regarding compensation for damages related to the MAX groundings. The details of these discussions and the settlement with Boeing are confidential. While still evaluating the applicable accounting principles, the Company currently expects to account for substantially all of the compensation as a reduction in cost basis of both existing and future firm aircraft orders, which will reduce depreciation expense in future years.
The Boeing 737 MAX fleet has been grounded since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) order was issued on March 13, 2019. Southwest Airlines continues to monitor information from Boeing and the FAA on the impending 737 MAX software enhancements and training requirements. The airline remains confident that, once certified by the FAA, the
enhancements will support a safe return of the 737 MAX aircraft.
Source Southwest Airlines / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV 12/12/19
First E175- E2 Jet Makes its Maiden Flight
São José dos Campos – Brazil, December 12, 2019 –The Embraer E175-E2 made its inaugural flight today from the company’s facility in São José dos Campos. The E175-E2 is the third member of the E-Jets E2 family. The maiden flight kicks off a rigorous 24-month flight test campaign.
“Today’s flight of the E175-E2 marks the completion of our vision to produce a family of new-generation commercial aircraft that bring unparalleled cost savings to our customers, exceptional comfort for their passengers, and fewer emissions for the planet,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E190-E2 and the E195-E2 are already stellar performers. The E175-E2 is just as impressive. We’re eager to get working on certification. My sincere thanks to every Embraer employee who helped make this day possible.”
The E175-E2 departed at 11:07 a.m. local time from the runway adjacent to Embraer’s Faria Lima complex and flew for two hours and 18 minutes. Embraer’s Captain Mozart Louzada commanded the aircraft along with first officer Wander Almodovar Golfetto, and flight engineers Gilberto Meira Cardoso and Mario Ito. The aircraft took off and landed with fly-by-wire (FBW) controls in normal mode. The crew evaluated aircraft performance, flight quality and systems behavior.
Embraer will use three aircraft for the E175-E2 certification campaign. The first and second prototypes will be used for aerodynamic, performance and system tests. The third prototype will be used to validate maintenance tasks and will be outfitted with interior furnishings.
The E175-E2 has one additional row of seats compared to the first-generation E175 and can be configured with 80 seats in two classes, or up to 90 in a single class. The airplane will save up to 16% in fuel and 25% in maintenance costs per seat compared to the E175.
Like the E190-E2 and the E195-E2, the E175-E2 will have the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years compared to current generation E-Jets.
The E175-E2 features new Pratt & Whitney GTF™ PW1700G ultra-high bypass ratio engines, a completely new wing, full fly-by-wire controls and new landing gear. Compared to the first-generation E175, 75% of aircraft systems are new.
Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers across the world. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleets of 80 customers from 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline network carriers.
Source Embraer / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV 12/12/19
Southwest Airlines Extends Flight Schedule Through August 10, 2020
DALLAS—Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) Announcement that bookable flight schedule through August. 10, 2020. As part of the schedule extension, Southwest also announces plans to bring new service to some of the largest cities across its network including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Houston (Hobby), and Nashville.
Effective June 7, 2020, Southwest will fly seasonal service daily between:
Atlanta and Charleston, S.C.
Atlanta and Panama City, Fla.
Atlanta and Norfolk, Va.
With these new additions, the carrier will operate 135 weekday departures during the summer, the most weekday flights ever offered by Southwest from Atlanta.
Effective June 7, 2020, the carrier will add seasonal service between:
Baltimore/Washington and Pensacola, Fla.
Baltimore/Washington and Tulsa, OK
Southwest’s summer schedule from Baltimore now will peak at 248 weekday departures, an increase of 11 flights. This is also the most departures the carrier has ever offered Baltimore travelers.
Southwest is strengthening its position at Chicago Midway by adding flights across routes already served. The summer schedule will see the carrier offering up to 260 flights, an increase of 14 flights.
The carrier is adding flight frequencies in Denver to give travelers more options. In May, the airline will operate 240 weekday departures before increasing weekday departures to 249 in June, the most flights Southwest has ever operated from Denver.
Southwest is expanding its international options from Houston with nonstop service seasonally between Houston and Nassau, The Bahamas, available on Saturdays beginning June 13, 2020, subject to requisite government approvals. This will be the carrier’s second announcement of new international destinations from Houston this year, as it previously announced twice-daily service between Houston and Cozumel will begin on March 7, 2020, subject to requisite governmental approvals. The carrier is also adding flights on routes already served from Houston to offer 191 weekday departures in summer 2020.
In Nashville, the carrier is adding several new destinations with nonstop service on Saturdays seasonally between:
Nashville and Portland, Maine
Nashville and San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nashville and Portland, Ore.
Finally, Southwest also will offer new seasonal service linking Kansas City, Mo. and Charleston, S.C. The Saturday-only service will begin June 13, 2020.
Source Southwest / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV 12/12/19
Delta and Wheels Up Partner Up
Delta Air Lines and Wheels Up are partnering to create one of the world’s largest owned and managed fleets of private aircraft. The partnership will make private aviation accessible to more consumers and provide unparalleled travel options.
The companies have reached a definitive agreement for Delta Private Jets, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta, to combine with Wheels Up. The transaction will pair Wheels Up’s membership programs, innovative digital platform and world-class lifestyle experiences with Delta Private Jets’ renowned reliability, safety, service and scale. When the transaction closes, Wheels Up will have a fleet of more than 190 private aircraft and over 8,000 members and customers. Delta will also hold an equity position in Wheels Up.
“This groundbreaking partnership will democratize private aviation – making the convenience of private jet travel accessible to more consumers,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Wheels Up’s lifestyle experiences and innovative digital platform, combined with the scale and service of Delta Private Jets, helps further Delta’s mission of connecting people and communities worldwide through travel. This agreement is the latest step in Delta’s ongoing effort to build partnerships that extend Delta’s brand beyond its core business.”
“Bringing together our complementary businesses, which represent the best consumer brands in private and commercial aviation, is transformative and a first for the industry,” said Wheels Up’s Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter. “The combination of Wheels Up and Delta Private Jets, along with the partnership commitments between Delta and Wheels Up, aligns with our growth objectives and vision of building a platform that will make private flying and the private flying lifestyle accessible to significantly more individuals and businesses in the U.S. and around the world.”
The transaction will provide an array of new products and valuable features for existing and prospective customers of Wheels Up, Delta Private Jets and Delta to make private aviation travel more accessible to all. Details will be announced when the transaction closes.
Wheels Up Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter will continue in his role leading the Wheels Up senior management team as it builds its partnership with Delta. Additionally, Wheels Up is committed to providing ongoing career opportunities for Delta Private Jets employees, who provide world-class private travel, safety and service.
The transaction is expected to close early next year, and in the interim, Delta Private Jets and Wheels Up will continue to serve and communicate with their existing employees, customers, members, partners and vendors in the same way they do today.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and required governmental and regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the transaction will not be disclosed, and there is no expected impact to Delta’s 2019 financial guidance.
Source Delta Airlines and Wheels Up / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV 12/12/19
Indian Market Making A Shift In Airlines
Since earlier this year 2019 many airlines have ceased to operate around the world and in India. From Jet Airways to many other the market share has shifted. The year is not over an Air India is in financial trouble to a point that if something is not done will probably be gone. There is nothing solid to make this one for the history books. Aviation industry recently seen Hong Kong Airlines narrowly escape operation status.
Delta Airlines will return service from New York JFK to Mumbai with a non-stop service. This will begin December 22, 2019. In addition, there are new additional airlines vying for India’s markets. The new addition is set to be Air Tanzania, VietJet Air, LOT Polish Airlines. That just to start along with a few more that we have been notified by Arika Israeli Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, and a few we don’t normally hear from Scoot Air, Nok Air. The Indian market is up for big changes with this wide variety of airlines. We expect the start of 2020 to be an interesting one for this part of the aviation sector. Let’s see what happens with Air India can they manage to sustain the course. Now if they go many will gain.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 12/09/19
Delta, LATAM to launch code sharing partnership in Latin America
Delta and LATAM will launch code sharing for flights operated by certain LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru beginning in the first quarter of 2020, pending receipt of applicable government approvals.
The codeshare will offer customers increased connectivity between up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and up to 51 onward destinations in South America. Important step begins to deliver benefits to customers with expanded connectivity to up to 51 destinations in South America
Delta expects to expand codeshare opportunities to include more destinations in the near future. The airlines are also working toward introducing frequent flyer program reciprocity and reciprocal lounge access.
“This is an important milestone for customers as we begin to deliver on the transformative partnership between Delta and LATAM announced earlier this year,” said Steve Sear, Delta President – International and Executive Vice President – Global Sales. “Once fully realized, this partnership will give us the ability to offer our shared customers an industry-leading network and superior service across the Americas.”
In September, Delta and LATAM announced an agreement that would bring together the leading airlines in North and South America, which once fully implemented will offer significantly expanded travel options for customers with access to 435 destinations worldwide. The enhanced cooperation is subject to governmental and regulatory approvals.
Source Delta Airlines / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV 12/03/19
Southwest Airlines Executive Honored by Business Travel Industry
DALLAS, Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced one of its executives was recently recognized for being one of the most influential leaders in the business travel industry. Business Travel News named Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business, to its annual list of the 25 most influential people in 2019.
Harvey was named to the list in part for leading a major evolution of the Dallas-based carrier’s business travel Team as it strives to make it easier for corporate Customers to choose Southwest for their travel needs. During the summer of 2019 the carrier announced it would be participating in industry-standard corporate global distribution systems (GDS’s) by mid-2020, expanding its direct connect channel strategy through ATPCO’s NDC Exchange; further investing in its free online booking platform, SWABIZ.com; and working to ensure its fares and flight schedules are in the channels business travelers and travel managers use to book corporate travel. To help with these travel solution enhancements solutions, Southwest Business is growing its Sales Team across the nation while also building a Corporate Travel Management Relationship Team.
“It’s extremely humbling to be recognized by the leading voice in the industry, but the real honor goes to our Team Members across the United States who are working every day to make it easier for companies to do business with Southwest Airlines,” said Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business. “As we grow, we remain focused on being the most trusted partner for business travel in the nation with our expansive point-to-point network, business-friendly policies, low-fares, and award-winning Loyalty Program that business travelers love. Additionally, I believe our People set us apart from the industry when it comes to providing the absolute best hospitality in the travel industry.”
Source Southwest Airlines / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV 12/03/19
American Eagle Flight Slides After Landing
As we predicated last week it was going to be a very cold and slow start to the week. Monday has already caused an American Flight operated as American Eagle flight 4125 to slip off a taxiway close to where it just landed on the runway. A scary situation for those on board. Landing at Chicago O’Hare in snow and ice from Greensboro North Carolina the incident was at 7.45am local time.
All 41 people on board were not injured during the scary moment as they slid off the P4 taxiway. The right center landing gear collapsed into the snow as did the right wing tipped into the snow. American eagle flight operated by Envoy Air for American stated it was 38 passengers and 3 crew members. All passengers and crew disembarked with no injuries. Conditions at the time of landing were windy and snow and ice conditions on the ground. By lunch time some 500 flights had been cancelled and many delays due to the weather. More cancellations are expected by the end of the day.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 11/11/19
Advisories and Weather
Friday November 8 even after feeling the change in the weather yesterday many media outlets are saying next week will be a very cold. A freeze warning in areas which do not normally freeze or areas where its not due this time of the year. Many records will be broken weather wise next week and airports will still operate as normal as possible
Airport operations has multi complex levels in order to get a flight from departing, take off, and landing. With this said time is of the essence and much more complex at larger airports. We recommend getting to your airport a little earlier than normal more so for inclement weather conditions. We travel from time to time and know what it takes.
Fire and Aviation TV has an added tool for millions of travelers that most major airports are covered with real time information. See our airports division for your major airport and Canadians can see International page. Yes, we got you covered in other parts of the world for real time updates. Much more to come in addition as time moves forward from us at Fire and Aviation TV. Were just getting started this winter season and many more.
Travel safe and arrive early is a must specially during the holiday seasons. With Veterans Day weekend this weekend we have already seen an increase on air travel where airlines have got this running smoothly. Unfortunately, mother nature gets the last say with conditions and we like millions of airport employees, TSA agents and Airline crews ask for your patience. We like others thank you for flying so let’s enjoy the holidays and many years of flying make it fun and enjoy.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 11/08/19
New Orleans New Terminal Brings History
New Orleans starting Wednesday November 6 will be bringing in a brand-new era. Sad to see the old terminal go with nostalgia and history. For millions with the new terminal hesitation and nervous about how it’s going to start out. We say when the saints come marching in guide us to the new light, the new terminal.
Many from airport officials to city leader will be on hand along with extra police force to help guide and make this as smooth of a transition as possible. Its advised that make extra time for arrival at the airport. The new terminal at Louis Armstrong International airport will have bigger parking areas to assist the growing airport and markets. Long awaited the date is tomorrow with all sixteen airlines operating that day.
To get there by road it will be a whole new entrance with one way in and one way out using Loyola Drive to get onto the access road. Do not use the old road to access the airport on Wednesday. Confusion yes many will be but there are extra police and staffing to assist and guide you to the area. We strongly suggest give yourself two hours at the beginning of this transition as it might be a little hectic. Change is inevitable and this reminds us when in 2008 Indianapolis International Airport opened and a completely different part of the airport for the Terminal. Please give extra time and it all starts Wednesday at New Orleans airport.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 11/05/19
Too Many Fires in California
Friday lunch time at an exhausting week since the weekend fire fighters and Californians ask when does this stop. If you feel helpless yet not a fire responder assisting but want to help, please contact the American Red Cross who is assisting with what they can. In times of need now is the time to help by contacting them.
Far too many fires burning in California across the state. Fire names Kincade, Caples, Taboose, Burris Saddleridge, Hillside, Hill, Cooper, Getty, Palisades, Maria, and easy are all different fires from Northern California to southern California. Stretching all fire crews thin many from other agencies and states join the fight. Various counties along the California state are fighting both on the ground and in the air to fight these devasting fire that destroy home and people livelihood. Kincade fire out of all of these started October 23 and the largest with an estimated 80,000 acres burned in northern California.
Earlier this week we reported like many media outlets about the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library being threatened. Thank God this did not happen and the hard work by Ventura County Fire Department and ingenious way of preventing it. All agencies fought the fire the best way possible and with Santa Anna winds this week gusting up causing situations to get worse. Extreme Red flag conditions were many other factors that has made this one of the worse fires in California’s history.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 11/01/19
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Threatened by Wildfire
Early this morning Wednesday October 30, 2019 wildfires now threaten the area where former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan are laid to rest. Along with this on the museum is the Boeing 707 a former Air Force One that was used during his presidential term of office and former presidents. Despite the fire a minimal amount of staff is staying as they feel the site is still safe. Many are concerned as it edges closer in the Simi valley and being named the “Easy Fire” that was reported in the early hours of the morning of October 30, 2019
Wildfires have ravaged California since last week starting with the Kincade fire and here are the latest
_ 76,825 acres, 30% containment
— At least 189 structures destroyed, 36 damaged with up to 86 homes lost approximately
— No reported deaths or missing persons
— 90,000 structures threatened
—2 injuries (firefighters)
Tired Californians of so many wildfire breakouts then at times you have rolling blackouts by the power companies. Way too many fires have burned and continue to stretch fire crews thin. Many other agencies from other counties and states are assisting with what they can. Right now, as of lunch time October 30 California is under an Extreme Red Flag warning and winds whipping up to 80 mph in gusts from Santa Anna winds.
With the Getty Fire of this lunch hour October 30 we have noted that 745 acres have burned with no other information other than that is about 30 per cent contained. This fire named the Getty Fire has had parts of the 405-freeway closed with the Santa Anna winds as mentioned earlier not making it any easier. Los Angeles fire crews and other agencies from other areas are constantly working all hours to prevent further spreading of these fires and try to get under control. Weather conditions are not helping at all with the extreme red flag warning.
Many still today remember the horrific fires that spread in 2017 with major loss of property and landscaping. Its like many are living this all over again and animals are affected just as people are including people pets. We ask agencies to please send assistance and even the Red Cross will need millions of donations and help those that need the help.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 10/30/19
California – State of Emergency in Sonoma County
Friday afternoon October 25, 2019 a state of emergency has been declared in Sonoma county by Governor Gavin Newsome. Earlier Friday morning some 40,000 people were advised to evacuate the area due to the fires spreading. Power company had to cut power in some areas and is being criticized for its actions. Friday morning an estimated area of 20,000 had already been burnt around this area alone. The Sonoma Fire is a reminder in the area of what happened back in 2018 when they had the deadliest fire ever called the Camp Fire. When it comes to fires and power lines it all depends on many aspects from wind weather and other.
In Santa Clarita county fire is fighting a fire known as the Tick Fire. This fire broke out at 1.45pm (PST) along Tick Canyon Road. The Tick Fire is north of Los Angeles and already claimed several homes where more than 600 firefighters are reportedly fighting the fire. The Santa Ana winds are not making it any easier with reports of them whipping up to 65miles an hour. The entire area is under red flag waring which means very tinder conditions.
In San Diego the Valley Center community are facing mandatory evacuations. The fire is known as the Miller Fire as Cal Fire is reporting on social media with Road Closures. We are hearing road closures on Cole Grade Road which crosses with Miller lane, and Valley Center Road. Oak Glenn Place is another road closure by 3.40pm (PST) 20 per cent of this area of the fire has been contained. This is a fluid situation where many Californians are on edge in these areas.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 10/25/19
Southwest Airlines Reports Record Third Quarter
Southwest Airlines Co the Dallas based airline released its third quarter 2019 results today. In a teleconference with media Fire and Aviation TV was among those in attendance. Despite the grounding of the Boeing Airplane 737 Max 8 version Southwest reported a significant third quarter earnings over last years. The third quarter earnings grew 13.9% averaging $1.23 per share over last year’s results.
With the Boeing Max 8 groundings was initially planned for January 6 of 2020 estimated time to gradually roll back into service. Due to further delays from Boeing a new projected date is February 8, 2020 for which is not guaranteed as both F.A.A. and Boeing need to make sure that MCAS can proceed after the testing of the new software. Furthermore with 34 of Southwest MAX 8 aircraft grounded it has caused some 200 cancellations each day off the original schedules. There was to be 41 max 8 aircraft to have been delivered this year but as everyone knows that’s not happening During the initial grounding of the Max 8 aircraft there have been 9 separate schedules for which made it very difficult due to the season coming up. There is only one schedule that makes it “operational feasible” that was quoted by Tom Nealon President of Southwest.
Growth with even the max groundings calls for over a 3% growth during the 4th quarter load factor at this time is showing 83.5 %. Employees gave an outstanding performance with great customer feedback. Stellar record earnings. Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer that the Network planners and operations planning had the “Warrior Spirit”. The Teleconference you could feel the positive energetic feeling as so many departments within the airline had been challenged to no end during this year with the max 8 groundings. This airline is truly blessed with great employees. We at Fire and Aviation TV felt the pride and sense of greatness among the board of directors.
During the time of the Teleconference the airline reiterated it will seek compensation from Boeing Co over the grounding of the Max 8 aircraft. Due to the lack of aircraft the airline has cut back on its schedules and will miss out on the peak season during the holidays for the 4th Quarter. Even though fuel is estimated at $2.05 per gallon during the last quarter of this year fuel efficiency is a factor due to the Max 8 groundings. There has been no new delivery of aircraft this year and only one Boeing 737 700 series retired to date this year. Ten more are expected t be retired a total of eleven instead of the target total of eighteen. Due to the light schedules until the end of the year load factor for fourth quarter is expected to grow by 0.05 to one per cent.
During the middle of 2020 it is planned to retire 20 – 25 Boeing 737 – 700 series aircraft. Meanwhile if the Max 8 aircraft do enter February 8, 2020 it will take 30 to 40 days to upgrade pilots on flight training to get back to operational standpoint. One thing Mike Van de Ven Chief Operating Officer stated was that operational services have done an exceptional job and the best in the industry. All in all, the airline had the best performance with the lowest customer complaints ever. During the summer and month of Junes schedule even with the Max 8 groundings they had 83.4 per cent on time which is the best since 2011.
Rapid Rewards and with a new investment in a new reservation system they had a record operating revenue. With a 8.6% increase of revenue and 11.4% from Rapid Rewards. More people using the credit card from rapid rewards as during research makes this the top card in a person’s wallet for usage. Next year 2020 in the middle of the summer a new program will be rolled out targeting business travelers’ market. That is estimated the first and foremost is getting the Max 8 back into service and increasing the schedules. At this time with the one schedule they have as an airline and amount of aircraft in the fleet they are 8% below capacity. This schedule was adjusted by taking out long haul shaving international flights. Therefore, affecting airports like BWI, HOU, and DEN airport schedules. They are able to sustain market to market frequencies The airline has also suffered $435 Million income penalty with the Max 8 groundings from flight cancellations.
A record third quarter giving a very strong cash flow on unit revenues. Cost control among with airport settlements have benefited the airline. Airport costs have not increased so far thus brining a $659 Million net income and at $819 Million operating income. Tammy Romo Executive Vice President and Chief financial Officer reports the very positive third Quarter numbers rounding up the balance sheet. All in all, a very bright future during this very complex and frustrating year with the max 8 groundings. Southwest is very eager like many to get this over with and focusing on growth with many new projects. Both Mike and Tom are looking to ramp up the network and schedule in the new year increasing load factors at HOU, BWI, DEN, including California and Hawaii. There is far too much sitting on the bench, and we like the airline like to see them get all into the action. Southwest increase with a very strong network and business with a target of 749 operational aircraft at the end of this year.
Source Southwest Airlines / Written by Fire and Aviation TV 10/24/19
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All aboard the longest flight with Qantas
Over the weekend Qantas Flight 7879 from JFK NY to Sydney Australia. Flying the Boeing 787 totaling 19 hours and 15 minutes it took of Friday night at 9.30pm (EST) form NY and arrived in Sydney around 7.45 am Sunday morning. On board for non-stop flight were 49 passengers plus crew members.
Qantas called this experimental this the “Project Sunrise “flight. The airline plans to do a second one of these flights. Years ago, long flights were from LAX los Angeles to Sydney on board the Boeing 747-400 and before the 400 series the 200 series. Back then that was considered one of the longest flights. We all have come a very long way. Were have the days gone.
As we proceed to the future of long flights and new planes Qantas is looking for the future of Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777x types to fly these long-haul routes. This is if Qantas gets the green light to operate after test results come from various sources including those of each pilot that conducted that project sunrise flight this weekend past. For 20 days after the flight was conducted prior test were done on the pilots 20 days before the flight. Many aspects and results will depend if the airline moves forward with its goals for the long haul.
Source Qantas and Fire and Aviation TV 10/21/19
Fire and Aviation Media / News
We begin mid, October starting our page right before we began a major fire in California broke out called the saddle ridge fire. Far too many times major fires breakout causing major loss and destruction. Our hears and prayers go out to all affected. With that it also affected some flights in that area.
Our media news section is for both fire and aviation and for those more important stories that affect those in a major way. Other news and up to the minute’s alerts can be seen for fire on twitter @Fireandaviation. As social media and events seem to occur more frequently this is the best source for fire.
For now, any aviation related news can be seen on twitter @airlineadviser. With so much going on in both fire and aviation we have enlisted airline adviser.
Source Fire and Aviation TV 10/16/19
Saddle Ridge Fire LA October 2019
As we begin our site a brief media notes about the Saddle Ridge Fire. Air quality far north of Malibu to the south of Santa Monica. West to Burbank and north towards Santa Clara Valley the air is hazardous to breathe stay inside. If you have to venture out wear a mask it is very poor air quality. If you are in a evacuation area please follow the announcements and guide of fire service. This is a very dangerous and extremely serious situation
Our hearts and prayers go out to millions affected by this latest outbreak of fire. As of Friday October 11 today, so far noted one person has died, one firefighter injured, and 25 homes damaged. These numbers may change as the day and the fire continues. Flames are spreading at 800 acres on average an hour with 4700 acres already up in flames. There is many firefighters battling this fire and risking their lives too to save others and property. As of 5pm PST the following road closures. This may change at any time in the future.
NB 5 at 118
SB 14 at Newhall Ave
WB 210 at 118
EB 210 at 5
NB 405 at 118
SB 5 to NB 14
NB 5 to NB 14
SB 5 to EB 210
EB 118 to WB 210
EB 118 to NB 405
Source Fire and Aviation TV 10/11/19
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