A female passenger died and three flight attendants were injured on June 24 when unidentified gunmen fired on a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A310 flying at approximately 5,000 feet and carrying 170 passengers. Reports say between four and eight bullets pierced the aircraft’s cabin as it overflew Badhber in the Peshawar region on approach to the local airport.
The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive (FAA-2011-0518) for Airbus A300/310 airliners to prevent high loading of the vertical stabilizer caused by excessive rudder pedal inputs, which could cause failure of the vertical stabilizer and consequent loss of control. The AD, effective Dec. 14, 2012, applies to A300 B4-600, B4-600R, F4-600R and C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called the A300-600 series), as well as to the A310 series.
Continued weakness in cargo markets and stubbornly high fuel prices have convinced FedEx to retire 18 Airbus A310-200s and 26 related engines permanently, along with six Boeing MD-10-10s and 17 associated engines, the company announced last Monday.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has stepped up Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) checks of Pakistan International Airways, after uncovering 40 defects on a single Airbus A310 operated to Paris in August 2011. The European Union called the problem “systematic deficiencies” in PIA maintenance.
“We’re an FAA Part 145 third-party repair facility,” Marcellus Montalvo, president of Memphis-based InterSky Precision Instruments, told AIN. Montalvo said the 30-year-old company specializes in helping customers optimize their supply chain. “Aviation agency-certified independent suppliers provide expert repair services on high-mile or failed parts.
Financial records at French air charter operator Blue Line are being scrutinized following the company’s compulsory liquidation on October 6 with debts of €37 million ($52 million). The suddenness of the 200-employee company’s demise prompted the judge in charge of the liquidation to tap a certified public accountant to investigate Blue Line’s financial affairs. A preliminary report is to be released by year-end.
Nigel Moll says:
Airbus has received a firm purchase order for 10 A320s from Yemeni flag carrier Yemenia, the European manufacturer announced today.
Airbus and Yemenia Airlines yesterday morning signed a memorandum of understanding covering 10 Airbus A320s, the first of which the official carrier of Yemen expects to arrive in Sanaa in 2011. On hand for the signing ceremonies, Yemenia board member Saleh Alawaji said the airplanes would replace some of the airline’s aging A310s and fill a gap in capacity while it waits for delivery of the first of 10 A350s by the end of 2015.
In the weeks following the June 30 crash of one of its Airbus A310s off the coast of the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, Yemen flag carrier Yemenia became the poster child for questionable airline safety standards. The accident, in which 154 people died, provoked renewed calls for a global blacklist of operators deemed to be unsafe.
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