Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2112 posts, RR: 21 Posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1608 times:
RDI reported the other day that C-GITS is back at Mirabel, being further looked at and tested by Air Transat Mechanics (should we trust THEM???), before expected re-entry to service next week. this is the A-330 that ran out of fuel and emergency-landed in the Azores in august. This seems to confirm that the plane is not a write-off, as was discussed a few weeks ago. Seems they're confident they'll have it ready soon, I guess they really need it for the holiday rush. i hope this info is accurate but I was a little dismayed by the fact that the footage they showed was of an L-1011 at YMX. But they also showed footage of GITS in the Azores. Anyone have more details?
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16126 posts, RR: 57 Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1411 times:
Since TS leased the aircraft, wouldn't it be the owners (ILFC) who decide whether to rebuild the aircraft? And not TS? Obviously with the A332 being relatively new, the capital cost of returning it to service will have been weighed against future lease/rental income...and it came out positive.
Incidently, are both pilots of the Azores incident still flying with TS?
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2112 posts, RR: 21 Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1279 times:
The plane returned to Montreal on Wednesday, I believe. However, I still don't know if it was coming back right from the Azores, or if it had been in France. there is a dearth of solid information on this!
Tristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
BWIA330, Air Transat does have flights for the Azores during the summer from both Montreal and Toronto, so that airstrip is sufficient, don't worry... I believe it is 11 or 12 thousand feet long.
The gears were changed and the fuel line repaired in Terceira. Then it flew to Toulouse sometime in mid-october where it got a full check. It came back to Montreal on Wednesday and in the hangar on thursday for an engine change on #1 engine. The engine change was actually something TC imposed Air Transat since both engines suffered a hard landing as you know. After that engine change was done, the aircraft was cleared to fly, so it is definitely in the air by now.
It's actually still the newest aircraft in Air Transat's fleet.
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56 Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1189 times:
I actually had a chance to fly from Portugal in February in that exact aircraft and it was very nice. It is interesting, because I had noticed a greatly improved product in Air Transat, from the relative comfort of this airplane to the service which was very good.
It really is unfortunate that this incident had to happen to them, because I really think that things were shaping up for Air Transat. Hopefully they still are.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster