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Helios Suspends Flights, Grounds Fleet  
User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3952 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

Not a totally unexpected development. You cannot beat public perception, even if it is hystery-driven:

... Helios Airlines suspended all its flights Friday five days after one of its 737's crashed outside Athens killing the 121 people onboard, Cypriot radio reported Friday. The Cyprus-based charter airline confirmed its decision to the government in Nicosia and has agreed to allow independent experts to examine its remaining three aircraft. The decision to halt all flights comes after a Helios plane was forced to divert from London's Luton airport to Stansted Friday morning with landing gear problems.....

Source: dpa (German press agency)


In other news, it is said that they are sending their Boeing 737-800s to Sweden for inspection. Not sure if "suspending" just means their "own" flights or also includes flights with wet-leased aircraft.

[Edited 2005-08-19 21:17:48]

[Edited 2005-08-19 21:27:39]

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User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4821 times:

I can confirm 1 of their 800's has been parked up at STN.

It makes me wonder why the aircraft was 'forced' to divert to STN. Couldn't they have landed at LTN?

D.


User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

Seems as if the press slightly exaggerated the situation or there has been a misunderstanding. According to this:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L19085755.htm

one of the remaining Boeing's will be sent to Sweden on Sunday for two days, with the other one going upon return of the first. For the time of the inspections, a replacement will be leased.

The article mentions a fourth a/c in Helios' fleet, an Airbus not wearing Helios livery - from whom is it leased ?


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4750 times:

Hi all,

http://www.flyhelios.com is reporting "All Helios Airways flights are operating as scheduled"

Hope this helps

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Quoting LGW (Reply 3):

It appears that the latest update to their website was two days ago.



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

Quoting Trent900 (Reply 1):
It makes me wonder why the aircraft was 'forced' to divert to STN. Couldn't they have landed at LTN?

Decision by ATC because of the longer runway available at STN.


User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4334 times:

This looks like the sure end of Helios.

Thanks,
Aaron J Nicoli



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

Fleet AOG for 5 days.Will be a Kneeling blow.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

5B-DBH and DBI are still flying today.

A319 SU-LBF and B757 4X-BAZ are flying on behalf of HCY.

Cheers



Falcon....like a limo but with wings
User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

Quoting OO-AOG (Reply 8):
5B-DBH and DBI are still flying today.

see:

Quoting Vfw614 (Reply 2):
one of the remaining Boeing's will be sent to Sweden on Sunday for two days,


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24904 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

I understand that the Helios 737 that diverted to STN had flap problems, and decided to divert to STN due to it's longer runway. It's believed that this same plane also had flap problems flying into Birmingham a few weeks ago.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineScott0305 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Saw one of them at LTN this morning when I dropped a mate off. Looked like it was loading up ready to depart to me.

User currently offlineDrinkstrolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3299 times:

Quoting Trent900 (Reply 1):
It makes me wonder why the aircraft was 'forced' to divert to STN. Couldn't they have landed at LTN?

I couldn't understand that either.


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

I think the accident and the surrounding publicity has done irrepareable damage to Helios. I cant see many German and Dutch tour operators giving them much business, condisering the hard time they gave Onur, and that airline hadnt even had an accident.

British holidaymakers and tour operators seem less willingly and not as quick to 'brand' an airline because of an incident/accident. Onur, for instance, was still operating to UK for British tour companies while German companies had washed their hands of them and were shifting to home airlines.


User currently offlineFlydubai From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3190 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 10):
It's believed that this same plane also had flap problems flying into Birmingham a few weeks ago.

I don't think Helios fly to BHX, although I could be wrong. There were two emergency landings at BHX within the past eleven days. One was a BA jet. The other is unknown to me. Could this be it?

Hamzah


User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Quoting Vfw614 (Reply 9):
Quoting OO-AOG (Reply 8):
5B-DBH and DBI are still flying today.

see:

Quoting Vfw614 (Reply 2):
one of the remaining Boeing's will be sent to Sweden on Sunday for two days,

5B-DBH will indeed go to ARN from NCL sunday morning but both 738s are still flying today, that was my point.

Cheers.



Falcon....like a limo but with wings
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