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Last summer Northwest airlines cancelled about 100 flights, causing much understood frustration from ticket holders. This earned them quite a bit of bad press and a few upset pilots. This summer, the airline is running much better, some days even running 100% on-time.

Northwest had to work with the pilots union and change it scheduling, but it wants to be known as a reliable airline. Part of the changes allows the pilots to bid for 80hrs instead of the old 88-90hrs. The negotiation also allowed 150% pay for any hours over 80.

With airlines cutting everything from flights to free peanuts, having delayed or cancelled flights just makes flying that less desirable. Cheers to Northwest for being able to bring a little positively to the current flying environment.

Source: Star Tribune Image: Points1

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Emirates Airline has signed a letter of intent for 30 Airbus A350 and for 30 Airbus A330-300s. Emirates already had signed a firm order for 70 A350, making a total of 100 probable orders to date. 

Sheikh Ahmed, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline, stated, “Dubai’s aims to attract 15 million visitors a year by 2012 and Emirates is forging ahead with expansion plans. The A 350 and A330 will enable Emirates to expand using modern fuel efficient aircraft and alongside the A380 will be key tools in achieving our goals.” 

Source: Al Bawaba Image: fly_unibe

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Fragments, found on the Qantas 747 that had an emergency landing on Friday, are believed to be from an exploded oxygen tank. The combination of finding the fragments and the fact that some of the passenger’s oxygen masks did not work, the FAA is quite certain an oxygen tank is to blame for the explosion. 

A few months ago the U.S. FAA prompted airlines to inspect their oxygen cylinders. They warned that cylinders on 747-400’s may not have been properly heat treated which could cause them to fail.

 

Qantas states that all their aircraft were inspected and passed. However, they have been ordered to inspect every oxygen bottle aboard all their 30 747’s.

 

All things considered, this incident could have been much worse. 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald  Image: MSNBC.com