Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
News and Questions  
User currently offlineAlan From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (17 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Here's a bit of news and questions.
I'm presently on Xmas vacations in Sri Lanka from the UK and recently spoke to an AirLanka pilot.

Apparently three of the airline's five A340's have been grounded after 16+ cm cracks were found on the aircrafts' fuselages.

AirLanka is to upgrade all of it's cabins (F/J/Y) on it's A340 aircraft. A new livery is also planned and I guess this will appear on it's 1st A330. The cabin improvements include satellite phones (though not in every seat) and seat-back TV's in all classes. Other improvements will be made to the cabin decor and seating. Even though the TriStar's will stick around for a while, they will not be included in the upgrades.And now for 2 questions:

1) I flew to Colombo from Manchester via Dubai with Emirates. On approach to Dubai, the pilot initiated a go-around due to "visiblity dropping below permissible levels". It was unusually very misty at Dubai. However, the aircaft involved was an A300-600. I thought these aircraft could be landed automatically? Any ideas?

2) After having landed on the second attempt, I was taking a look at the aircraft parked at the stands in Dubai. The mist was so intense that the only external recognisable feature of our aircraft was the flashing navigation light at the end of the wing!! Anyway I did notice the aircaft that were parked in the clear patches of weather (namely a Swissair A330, Kuwait Airways A320 and a BA 777). I was amazed to notice a 737-500 of Olympic airways!! (I'm guessing it was a -500 series, as it looked like a short 737-300). Athens to Dubai is a long route- but is it within the range of some 737 models?

Sorry if my questions sound naive, but I only recently took an interest in civil aviation!!

Thanks a lot,

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
UK Airline Rumours, News And Questions! posted Thu Aug 29 2002 23:23:29 by Englandair
News and Questions posted Fri Dec 18 1998 14:10:42 by Alan
Some News And Some Questions About Swiss posted Mon Dec 9 2002 12:15:31 by KHI747
Phuket - Viewing The Movements And Questions posted Sat Jul 29 2006 23:06:00 by Pe@rson
Jazeera Airways - Some Info. And Questions posted Thu Jan 12 2006 12:10:43 by Pe@rson
Varig (RG) Positive News And Future Possibilities posted Fri Oct 21 2005 17:58:26 by LipeGIG
Latest CI @ JFK News, And Qustion... posted Fri Oct 14 2005 16:09:29 by FlyingHippo
UK Airports News And Rumours Thread posted Fri Sep 30 2005 14:19:16 by Gkirk
JetBlue Route Map Error (And Questions) posted Tue Mar 15 2005 19:04:11 by PanAm330
Indy Switches From Coke To Pepsi / And Questions posted Thu Mar 3 2005 02:04:32 by ACAfan