American Airlines Cancels All Flights For Hours

Oh poor American Airlines. It seems it just can’t seem to catch a break. The bankrupt air carrier was forced to cancel all its flights for hours today due to problems reaching its reservation system. In a tweet it initially blamed another reservation and booking tool, Sabre, for going offline.

American Airlines Airbus A320 Picture

American Airlines Airbus A320 Picture

Though there was no press release providing any background, from the timeline on Twitter, it seems the problem began around 9 am PT on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Approximately four hours later, American posted this tweet: “Our systems have been fully restored, however we expect continued delays & cancellations.” Continue reading “American Airlines Cancels All Flights For Hours” »

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JAL Battery Fire Update From NTSB

JAL 787 Fire APU Battery Picture

NTSB photo of the burned auxiliary power unit battery from a JAL Boeing 787 that caught fire on Jan. 7 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The dimensions are 19x13.2x10.2 inches and it weighs approximately 63 pounds (new).

The National Transportation Safety Board released a second update on 14 January 2013 on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.

The lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit on the airplane was removed and transported back to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington on Jan. 10. The battery is currently being examined by NTSB investigators, who plan to disassemble it this week. Continue reading “JAL Battery Fire Update From NTSB” »

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Boeing 747 Video – Hot Pics Episode 2

Our friends at AeroSpaceNews.com and AeronauticPictures.com have come up with a new episode of their awesome aviation video series, Hot Pics. This time it is the uber airliner, the mighty Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet video.

Watch it in HD if you have the bandwidth. The video features air-to-air shots, aerials at airports, and amazing location and historical captures.

There are images from now-closed Kai Tak in Hong Kong of a Cathay Pacific 747-400 flying past the famous checkerboard and in the cockpit on short final.

Another cockpit shot was captured during the delivery flight of Asiana‘s first 747 as it was on final approach to South Korea’s Kimpo Airport. Tragically, the plane that later became TWA Flight 800 was caught during operations at LAX. Another Los Angeles International Airport image is N174UA, the 747-400 that had to land there gear up after a long trans-Pacific flight.

Be sure to share it with your friends on forums, Facebook and Twitter!

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Fuel Leak Adds To Problems On Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliners – Video

JAL 787 Fuel Leak Video More trouble for JAL and Boeing on the 787. After a Japan Air Lines 787 Dreamliner caught fire Monday, a fuel leak was reported on a similar plane from the same airline at Boston’s Logan International Airport. 

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Update – JAL Boeing 787 Fire Investigation

The Boeing 787 During Flight Testing

Boeing 787 During Flight Testing

New details are coming to light as the investigation into the fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Boston’s Logan International airport continues. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an update that describes a small area of the incident aircraft damaged by the event but a fire that seems to have taken a long time to extinguish. JAL Boeing 787 Fire Investigation

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