Extreme cold hinders traffic at O’Hare, Chicago

United Express de-iced at O’Hare

Icy temperatures hinder traffic in the Midwestern United States on Wednesday. Hundreds of flights were canceled at the Chicago O’Hare hub and adjacent Midway airport. The website ”Flightaware” reported on Wednesday at daybreak local time that Southwest alone in Chicago 591 flights canceled. Skywest canceled 207 flights, Air Wisconsin 191, United 129 and ExpressJet 101 flights. Other airlines had to make deletions. Overall, more than 2,700 flights were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday, including more than 1,500 flights in the Greater Chicago area.

Reason is due to record cold heavily disabled operations. Also, the railway company Amtrak had to cease operations in the greater Chicago area. In the current cold frostbite threatened after four minutes of all unprotected skin. For Thursday, a warming to almost ”summery” minus 16 degrees is predicted, which is likely to cope with the severe winter quite accustomed Midwestern US better again.


Is A380 losing out to smaller jets?

For a year, Emirates has been negotiating with Rolls-Royce
about the engines of the latest A380 order lot.
Now the airline could rewrite its contract to
smaller A350, with far-reaching consequences for
the entire A380 program.The news agency Bloomberg
had reported on Thursday evening, citing negotiating circles,
Emirates consider rewriting part of their announced A380
order on smaller A350. A year ago, Emirates announced a
"firm" order for 20 more A380s and 16 options in Dubai.
This order would have utilized A380 production for the
foreseeable future and kept the program alive. But if the
announced order can not be realized, the A380 threatens
the early exit, because too few new orders are received.
Although a well-known new customer for three aircraft was
won with ANA, the remaining orders, but some of them are
considered "card-rich", are not enough for a longer-term
program future. Airbus had already lowered the production
rate to 0.5 aircraft per month, commercially the lowest,
justifiable measure.
The tug-of-war over the signing of the Emirates contract
is said to be about the Airline's required improvements in
Rolls-Royce Trent engines. Supposedly, the Dubaier sign
their reordering only if Rolls-Royce contractually guaranteed
them a tailor-made "Performance Improvement Package".
Rolls-Royce, however, is busy with the costly aftermath of
the Trent engine problems on the Dreamliner and the
consequences of Brexit and is now reluctant to make that commitment.
Emirates often operates its A380 in extreme heat in Dubai on
extreme long-haul routes and requires maximum performance.
At Airbus, aircraft sales are generally negotiated separately
from the engines. The customer negotiates and orders the engines
selected by him independently of the actual aircraft. Only with
a signed package will the aircraft be built. Airbus merely
confirmed on Thursday that it was in discussions with its
customer, Emirates Airline, about its A380 contract.
Details of all customer discussions are confidential and would not be mentioned.
Meanwhile, this past spring, Airbus is transferring leadership
from Tom Enders to Guillaume Faury, who will join the Group
on April 10. This is an important moment for the promulgation
of policy decisions, such as for any A380 program end.
The Airbus Annual Press Conference will be held in
Toulouse in 14 days.

Sleeping in the cargo hold: Airbus plans to have cabins below deck

On long journeys simply go down the stairs and sleep comfortably in the cargo hold: Airbus wants to enable this in its long-haul aircraft A330 in the next couple of years.

Passengers may soon be able to retire to sleep in the cargo hold on long journeys. The aircraft manufacturer Airbus wants to create beds in the belly of the machines.

The sleeping cabins are to be offered from 2020 onwards for the twin-jet long-range jet A330, as the company announced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

The underdeck beds for passengers are therefore planned as modules, which can be easily replaced if necessary against normal freight containers.


European airlines serving free food and drinks?

Flying has become a mass-market business and those who want to enjoy a delicious menu with a glass of bubbly must pay a lot of money for a business or first-class ticket.

But which airlines in Europe offer a free menu in Economy?


At Lufthansa, there are free drinks and meals on almost all routes. What is served depends on the length of the flight. On small and medium-haul flights, small snacks or hot meals are served. On long-haul flights, Lufthansa offers a three-course meal in economy class with two main courses to choose from and a second meal as the flight progresses.


In the economy class, on-board catering is not included within Europe and North Africa. Passengers can, for example, buy coffee for 1.50 euros or beer for 3 euros and snacks or pre-order a menu up to 24 hours before departure. On the long haul there is a free meal and another meal before landing. Non-alcoholic drinks are also free here.


For all short- and medium-haul flights, the Lufthansa subsidiary’s highest fare (Best) offers a special snack and drinks. The smart fare is a hearty or sweet snack, a still drink and another drink. On the long-haul route, the Smart fare includes hot and cold food, as well as soft drinks and coffee with meals. The Best fare offers a free choice of bistro menu with six premium menus and snacks. In addition, the drinks are included in the price. The Basic rate of Eurowings does not include free food and drinks.


The low-cost airline does not offer free food and drinks on board. However, passengers can buy drinks and sandwiches and other snacks as well. Passengers in the Flexi fare receive a credit of 7 British pounds (around 8 euros), which they can redeem on board. From 30 days before departure, meals can also be pre-ordered online at slightly lower prices.


Free food and drinks are not available at Ryanair either. On board, passengers can buy both. As examples, the low-cost airline calls a croissant with coffee for 5 euros or a panini with drink and chips for 10 euros. On different flights, passengers can also pre-order various breakfast options.


At Germania each guest receives a free snack per flight – usually a sandwich – and soft drinks. For a flight duration of 3 hours and 45 minutes, a free hot meal is served, usually a vegetarian pasta dish. Alcoholic drinks and other snacks can be bought on board. The possibility to order food in advance is, according to spokeswoman Sabine Teller in preparation. Starting in the summer of 2018, there will also be special dishes on the flights with warm food, for example gluten-free or vegan.

Nasa commissions a new supersonic jet – without a bang

15 years after the end of the Concorde Lockheed Martin is to build a supersonic jet for NASA. The special feature: the ”X-Plane” should fly without a sonic boom.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

Through the sound barrier without bang: The US space agency Nasa has signed an agreement with the defense company Lockheed Martin for the construction of a new ”X-Planes”, which should fly faster than the sound without noisy shockwaves. As NASA announced, $ 247.5 million (€ 201 million) is earmarked for the development of a new version of the legendary US experimental aircraft. The first test flight should take place in 2021.

The new market leader? A321LR – NEO

Source: airbus.com

Passengers choose Hamburg’s airport in first place

Hamburg. Long waits on the luggage belt. Complaints due to construction work on the apron. Hamburg Airport has often caused negative headlines in recent months. But most of the passengers are obviously very satisfied with Helmut-Schmidt-Airport.

The airport in Fuhlsbüttel has once again been voted the best regional airport in Europe at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. It is the fourth time after 2011, 2012 and 2017.

Europe’s best, only and cheapest Low-Cost-Carriers 2018

Pilots needed to shut one engine (PW127) down.


Smoke-filled WestJet emergency evac in British Columbia, Canada.