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Alrosa Mirny :: The Tupolev took skies again

Aircraft Brand News Posted on Thu, March 24, 2011 19:10:22

Izhma Airport, March 24, 2011 – On 7 September 2010, Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Flight 514, operated by Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. A successful emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport but the aircraft overran the overgrown runway and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived. The aircraft was on a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Polyarny Airport, Udachny to Domodedovo International Airport,Moscow.

RA-85684 flown by test pilots of Tupolev took the skies again on Mar 24th 2011 departing from Izhma with 11 tons of fuel on board using a takeoff distance of 800 meters/2600 feet, flew a circuit at low level over Izhma and continued to Ukhta for a safe landing. The gear was not retracted during the flight as planned. The airplane was further flown to Samara where final repairs will be made before the airplane returns to service with Alrosa Mirny.

Source: Wikipedia and The Aviation Herald. Movie: kp.ru at YouTube



DAE :: Interline agreement with Copa Airlines

Airline Brand News Posted on Thu, March 24, 2011 12:38:47

Willemstad/Panama City – Recently DAE and Copa Airlines signed an interline agreement. This agreement which will be fully functional soon, will offer DAE and Copa Passengers the ability to ;

Buy airline tickets for both carriers using Copa’s Panama and Copa Colombia’s Bogota HUB and DAE’s Curacao hub

Check in bags through the hubs from one destination to the other without having to pick them up and checking them in from one airline to the other

Make reservation on Copa flights at www.flydae.com or DAE flights using www.copaair.com when the passengers have to use both carriers on the same itinerary.

Copa Airlines is based in Panama and was founded in 1947 as the national airline of Panama. It’s a leading Latin American provider of airline passenger and cargo service through our two principal operating subsidiaries, Copa and AeroRepública. Copa Airlines operates from its strategically located position in the Republic of Panama, and AeroRepública provides service primarily within Colombia complemented by international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama City, Caracas and Quito. Copa currently offers approximately 152 daily scheduled flights among 45 destinations in 24 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from its Panama City hub. Through its Panama City hub, Copa is able to consolidate passenger traffic from multiple points to serve each destination effectively.

Copa Airlines Colombia provides service to 12 cities in Colombia as well as international connectivity with Copa Airlines’ Hub of the Americas through flights from Barranquilla, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin and Pereira. Additionally, Aero Republica has international flights from Colombia to Caracas and Quito.

As of December 31, 2009 Copa Airlines operates a fleet of 55 passenger aircraft: 28 Boeing 737-Next Generation aircraft, 26 Embraer 190 aircraft and 1 MD-80 aircraft.

DAE Airlines Operates 2 flights weekly to Panama, Bogota which connects into Copa’s hubs.

Source: DAE – Picture: © by Szabo Gabor



Azul :: Promoting FEMAMA

Theme Liveries Posted on Thu, March 24, 2011 10:28:12

David Neeleman’s (former jetBlue CEO) founded Brazilian airline Azul (Blue) is operating one of its ATR 72s in a special pink scheme for the promotion of FEMAMA, a Brazilian non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the disease of breast cancer. Breast cancer is a disease which can affect both, women and, though less, men.

© Picture by Azul