AeroBrief | Guyana crash landing & $3B deal stuck on fan blade
In the skies on November 12, 2018: Guyana airport publishes more images of terrifying FlyJamaica incident. On a positive note, airBaltic unveils its “once in a hundred years” A220 livery; and Boeing boasts getting the ”go-ahead” for its joint venture with Safran. Meanwhile Flynas’ $3B order hangs on fan blade.
FlyJamaica crash lands in Guyana
FlyJamaica Boeing 757 made emergency landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana, on November 9, 2018. Upon landing, the plane overrun the runway, injuring six passengers on board.
Flight OJ256 departed the (CJIA) for Toronto, Canada, but turned back 43 minutes into the flight, after the pilot reported problems with the plane’s hydraulic system. In total, there were 120 passengers and eight crew members on board.
“There were no broken bones or other serious injuries reported, however, six passengers suffered minors injuries due to the impact to the back of the aircraft,” a social media statement by the CJIA reads. The airport also released several photos and a video from the site of the incident, as seen below:
Boeing, Safran joint venture gets a green light
Boeing confirmed on November 9, 2018, that its joint venture with the French aircraft engine manufacturer Safran has received regulatory approval and is now open for business. The joint venture is to design, build and service aircraft secondary power systems or Auxiliary Power Units (APUs): small turbine engines that are used to start one of the aircraft’s main engines. Etienne Boisseau was named as Chief Executive Officer for the joint venture; the new company’s name and future headquarters have not yet been announced.
Special livery of airBaltic’s A220
airBaltic revealed its A220-300 (YL-CSL) painted in colours of Latvia’s national flag and named after the country’s capital - Riga. This year Latvia is celebrating its 100th anniversary, since the Latvian National Council declared the country an independent, democratic republic on January 30, 1918. airBaltic is a state-owned Latvian low-cost carrier and the country's flag carrier. By the end of 2018, the airline plans to have a total of 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in its fleet.
Flynas: choice between A330neo and B787-9 hangs on a fan blade
Saudi Arabian low cost carrier, Flynas, is in talks to purchase at least 10 (probably more) widebody aircraft. The carrier is looking into either Airbus A330neos or Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, but the option depends on terms available by engine manufacturers, Flynas CEO Bander Almohanna admits, according to Bloomberg. The A330neo is powered exclusively by Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines, while the Boeing 787-9 can be fitted with either Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or General Electric GEnx engines. Based on Bloomberg estimations, the aircraft deal might be worth over $3 billion at list prices.