Airlink, BAE Systems
South African investigators have determined that slippage of a worn nose-gear steering cable led to an Airlink British Aerospace Jetstream 41's veering off the runway during take-off from Port Elizabeth last month. The aircraft, bound for East London, had travelled around 400m along Port Elizabeth's runway 08 and reached a speed of about 70kt when it started heading to the left. It came off the runway and stopped about 35m from the left-hand edge. In the early stages of take-off the aircraft is normally steered through a self-centring tiller, which connects to the nose-wheel through a gear and a steering cable. Once the aircraft reaches about 70kt, the rudder gains sufficient authority to take over from the tiller as the primary steering control. 12/29/2009
Airlink, BAE Systems
Embattled South African regional carrier Airlink has grounded its entire British Aerospace Jetstream 41 turboprop fleet, after another safety incident. The carrier has acted after a Jetstream yesterday aborted take-off from Nelspruit, in the northeast of the country, when it suffered a component failure in one of its engines. Investigation of the incident has found that one of the Honeywell TPE331 engines suffered a failure of a turbine seal plate component. Airlink says that the failure bore similarities to the engine problem which contributed to a fatal Jetstream crash at Durban on 24 September. 12/24/2009
All Nippon Airways, Etihad Airways
ANA and Etihad Airways plan to launch a codeshare relationship and link their loyalty programs on March 1. ANA will place its code on Etihad's four-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Nagoya service scheduled to start Feb. 1, while EY will place its code on ANA's daily flights from Nagoya to Sapporo and Fukuoka and between Tokyo Narita and Osaka Itami. ANA also will codeshare on EY's five-times-weekly AUH-NRT service scheduled to begin March 28. 12/23/2009
Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to open Airbus A380 services to Saudi Arabia, with operations to Jeddah early next year. The Dubai-based airline will deploy the aircraft on the route to the pilgrimage gateway city from 1 February. It has a daily service to Jeddah but will operate the A380 four times per week. Emirates will operate the 517-seat version of the aircraft to Jeddah. The jet will have 14 first-class, 76 business-class and 427 economy-class seats. 12/24/2009
Emirates will launch daily Dubai-Prague service July 1...