Airlines, Airports and Airliners 15 MAY 2024

Compiled by Willie Bodenstein

This Week in Airliner, Airports and Airlines

US senate approves an $105 billion that focusses on passengers right and safety and that aims to renew infrastructure.
India's IndiGo orders 30 Airbus A350 widebody aircraft.
Gulfstream G600 earns FAA steep-approach certification.
Dubai poised to become world's largest airport passenger hub.
ADM Aéroports de Montréal taking delivery of five Oshkosh airport products Striker 6x6 ARFF vehicles.
Glitch In American Airlines' reservation system tags 101-year-old woman as a baby.
Accidents and Incidents
Bonus Video - Chapter 322 April 2023 Fly in to Fly Inn Estates

Airlines, Airports and Airliners News


On the evening of May 9th, the US Senate passed an aviation bill that will have far-reaching effects on general and commercial aviation. It provides large amounts of for future funding to both the FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) to enable both to improve infrastructure and safety across the industry

The 1,089-page reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was introduced mainly to improve safety aspects in the industry which has become a major concern after 23 near-miss incidents and the Boeing 737 MAX 9 door plug blowout.

The bill, that was previously passed by Congress, was recently passed by the Senate with an overwhelming majority of 88. The bill will be in effect for four years between 2024 and 2028, allowing extensive improvements to be made across the FAA's regulatory network. Amongst the changes intruded in the bill are:

The FAA's reauthorization provides $105 billion over the next five years. The agency will use this money to introduce new technologies to aid ATC and hire the maximum number of controllers at its training academy.

NTSB will receive $738 million to modernize airports, introduce technology programs, codify airline refund requirements, and improve protections for disabled passengers.

Cockpit voice recorders will now record 25 hours of data.

Airlines must refund or offer customers credit valid for five years for domestic and international flight delays longer than three and six hours, respectively.

It prevents airlines from charging passengers extra to seat children next to accompanying adults if seats are readily available.

Establishes an FAA Ombudsman to coordinate the response to submissions of inquiries or objections relating to issues such as aircraft and pilot certifications, waivers, amongst others.


IndiGo, India's largest airline, has placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The order will help expand IndiGo's international network to long-haul destinations.

India, the world's fastest growing major aviation market, is on the verge of an international travel boom as the economy grows and household incomes rise. The A350 is perfectly positioned to serve the country's aspirations for long-range travel. The choice of the A350 is a reaffirmation of IndiGo's continued trust in Airbus and is yet another validation of the aircraft as the undisputed leader in long-haul air travel.

“Today's historic moment marks a new chapter for IndiGo and will further shape the future of the airline and for Indian aviation at the same time. For IndiGo, after successfully pioneering the Indian skies with an unprecedented journey, its fleet of 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft will allow IndiGo to embark on its next phase of becoming one of the leading global aviation players. At IndiGo, we take pride in being India's preferred airline and for offering connectivity to our customers, in and with India. This reaffirms IndiGo's belief in, and commitment to, the growth of India, and in our strategic partnership with Airbus,” said Pieter Elbers, CEO, IndiGo.

“A heartfelt thank you to IndiGo for putting its trust in Airbus once again, and to our respective teams who negotiated this agreement for 30 A350s. IndiGo's first widebody order opens an exciting new chapter in our close partnership. We are proud that our fuel-efficient, next-generation A320 Family revolutionised domestic air travel in India, and that now the A350 is poised to replicate the same success on long-haul routes,” Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Airbus EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft.

Bound in a relationship of symbiotic growth with India for more than half a century, Airbus products and services have catalysed the growth of the country's civil aviation sector. While the Airbus A320 Family is supporting the democratisation of air travel in India, the A350 has become the reference aircraft to unlock the true potential of the international market for the Indian carriers.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the clean-sheet, award-winning Gulfstream G600 has been certified for steep approach to landing by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), opening access to more airports around the world.

The G600 has successfully demonstrated its steep-approach capabilities with low-speed handling and short-field landings at London City Airport in England and Lugano Airport in Switzerland. These challenging airports require steep-approach operations, as London City has a short runway and Lugano is located in the mouth of a valley.

“This certification further increases global access for the G600,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Building on the speed and range performance advantages that G600 customers already experience, steep-approach capability broadens possibilities and increases flexibility for travel.”

The G600 combines class-leading fuel-efficiency with unmatched performance capabilities and can fly 6,600 nautical miles/12,223 kilometres at Mach 0.85 or 5,600 nm/10,371 km at Mach 0.90. The award-winning interior can be configured in up to four living areas and provides the exceptional comfort of the Gulfstream Cabin Experience with abundant natural light from 14 Gulfstream Panoramic Oval Windows, 100% fresh air, whisper-quiet sound levels and a refreshingly low cabin altitude. The aircraft is equipped with the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck, which is engineered for enhanced safety and features the industry's first active control sidesticks and most extensive use of touch-screen technology.


Dubai is poised to become the hub of the world's largest airport terminal capable of handling 260 million passengers annually with the government announcing a AED128 billion (about USD 35 billion) design plan for the emirate's new aviation gateway at the Al Maktoum International Airport.

Dubai International Airport (DXB), currently the world's busiest airport for international travel, will be moved to the sprawling Al Maktoum International Airport once the project is completed within the next 10 years.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced the ambitious aviation milestone for Dubai on 28 April 2024.

“Today, we approved the designs for the new passenger terminals at Al Maktoum International Airport, and commencing construction of the building at a cost of AED 128 billion as part of Dubai Aviation Corporation's strategy. Al Maktoum International Airport will enjoy the world's largest capacity, reaching up to 260 million passengers. It will be five times the size of the current Dubai International Airport, and all operations at Dubai International Airport will be transferred to it in the coming years. The airport will accommodate 400 aircraft gates and feature five parallel runways. New aviation technologies will be employed for the first time in the aviation sector,” the Dubai ruler on X (formerly twitter).

“As we build an entire city around the airport in Dubai South, demand for housing for a million people will follow. It will host the world's leading companies in the logistics and air transport sectors,” Sheikh Mohammed noted. “We are building a new project for future generations, ensuring continuous and stable development for our children and their children in turn. Dubai will be the world's airport, its port, its urban hub, and its new global centre.”

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said the new airport is designed to meet Dubai's growing aviation needs for the next 40 years, saying, “It will respond to the Hub Airline ambitious plans in terms of fleet acquisition and passenger growth. The airport will provide cutting-edge technologies, passenger facilities with unmatched level of service, and state-of-the-art aviation support facilities.”

“Al Maktoum International (AMI) is planned in such a way as to represent a leap into the future. It will comprise of five parallel runways with a quadruple independent operation, west and east processing terminals, four satellite concourses with over 400 aircraft contact stands, uninterrupted automated people mover system for passengers, and an integrated landside transport hub for roads, Metro, and city air transport,” he added.

While embracing sustainability, Al Maktoum International will strongly contribute to mitigate environmental emissions, aligning with the UAE's vision for a sustainably built environment. Its integrated approach is targeted to leverage local resources and climatic conditions achieving exemplary efficiency targets and sustainability goals. AMI aims to achieve a LEED Gold Certification.”

“The announcement of phase two of Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport's (DWC) expansion, representing a substantial investment of AED128 billion, marks the start of a huge investment of resources by our many stakeholders in designing and building a state-of-the-art airport that will provide a quick, convenient, and high-quality 21st-century experience for our customers. This further solidifies Dubai's position as a leading aviation hub on the world stage,” he said at the start of work on the new passenger terminal.

Griffiths said DXB will continue to serve as the primary hub, in the meantime, while the new airport project is being constructed, meeting the needs of 100 million plus guests over the next few years as phase two of DWC takes shape.

“We will actively collaborate with our airline customers, our strategic partners, the Dubai Government, and our stakeholders to bring this visionary project to fruition,” he said.

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Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Pierce Manufacturing Inc., and a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), announced ADM Aéroports de Montréal has taken delivery of five Oshkosh Airport Products Striker® 6x6 ARFF vehicles. The vehicles will support emergency operations at two of the province's largest airfields, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport - which now serve over 21 million travellers annually - and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

ADM's new ARFF vehicles were sold by Commercial Emergency Equipment Co., in cooperation with L'Arsenal in Quebec province. Aftermarket service and parts for the vehicles will be provided locally by L'Arsenal.

“This project represents one of the largest single non-military ARFF sales in Canadian aviation history,” said Jack Bermingham, business unit director for Oshkosh Airport Products. “ADM's retirement of a fleet of existing Strikers for this replacement order clearly demonstrates the ongoing trust they have in Oshkosh. Alongside the Commercial Emergency Equipment and L'Arsenal teams, we are proud to continue this long-standing relationship by once again providing leading edge ARFF vehicles, and dedicated service and support from our dealers and support network.”

“The acquisition of these new vehicles is part of a drive to modernize ADM Aéroports de Montréal's equipment and will enable us to respond more quickly and efficiently to incidents requiring firefighting services. We would like to thank our long-time partner Oshkosh for its support and the quality of these high-performance Strikers,” said Stéphane Larin, Director, Security, Operations and Fire Department at ADM Aéroports de Montréal.

Three of the five Striker vehicles feature a Snozzle® high-reach extendable turret, and two feature standard roof turrets. All five vehicles are equipped with low-attack bumper turrets.


A 101-year-old woman was repeatedly mistaken for a baby due to an error with an airline's booking system. Indeed, the passenger explained that this issue had occurred before! To see why it happened watch the video.

Japan, east of Naha, Okinawa prefecture: A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-8F PAC/PO989 from Tokyo/Narita to Singapore/Changi, was at FL400, east of Naha, Okinawa, Japan over the Pacific Ocean when a hydraulic issue occurred. The flight turned back to Narita where an emergency landing was carried out safely. No injuries reported. The runway 16R was temporary closed for inspection.

Pacific Ocean, northwest of Amami Islands, East China Sea: A Malaysian Airlines' Airbus A350-941 on a flight from Tokyo/Narita, Japan to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, suffered a No.1 engine trouble while cruising at FL400, northwest of Amami Islands, Japan, over the East China Sea.. The flight crew decided to turn back to Tokyo, requested priority to ATC and diverted to Tokyo International Airport/Haneda (HND/RJTT) where a safe landing was carried out on runway 34L at 02:50 LT. No reported injuries among c. 200 onboard. The runway was temporary closed for an hour to check the oil spill.

Turkey, Istanbul Airport (IST/LTFM): FedEx Express Boeing 767-3S2F, performed a nose gear-up landing on runway 16R at Istanbul Airport (IST). The initial approach to runway 16R was aborted, after which the aircraft made another approach before circling for a landing with emergency services standing by at 05:17.

Japan, near Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF): A United Airlines' Boeing 737-824 from Fukuoka, Japan to Guam, suffered a problem on flaps just after take-off from Fukuoka at 11:07 LT, which forced the crew to turn back to Fukuoka where a safe landing was carried out at 11:45 LT. The airplane proceeded to the gate by its own power after landing. No reported injuries. The runway 16 was closed for four minutes for inspection, and other 11 flights were affected to be 26 minute of delay in maximum.

Japan, Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF): A Japan Airlines' Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flight from Fukuoka to Tokyo/Haneda,experienced a runway incursion while taxiing for departure. The flight entered to the active runway from taxiway E6 though it was instructed to hold short by the tower. At the time of the occurrence, J-Air JAL/JL3595 to Matsuyama (MYJ/RJOM), an Embraer ERJ170-100STD, had accelerated for take-off on the runway at 100 or 120 km/h. The tower controller ordered both aircrafts to stop and JAL made a halt on the second ATC order. After the occurrence, JL312 could continue to the destination, however, JL3595 cancelled the flight for maintenance. There were no reported injuries among 176 and 48 (or 47) onboards of both aircrafts. At the time, the active runway 16 was going to be changed to 34. JCAB is not going to rate the happening as a serious incident since there was sufficient distance between both flights.

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