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Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX  
User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1778 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.  Confused But they also showed footage of GITS in the Azores. Anyone have more details?

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Next flight.... who knows.
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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

So, since it is back, and there were heated discussions saying that it was a write off for sure, blah blah blah, how come it is back and about to be put in service?


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1586 times:

i would like to know that meself, Captain!
I think TS did not release much information about this in the past, which led to a plethora of different opinions!



Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1581 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.
User currently offlineMarrrty From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1574 times:

"Incidently, are both pilots of the Azores incident still flying with TS?"

Yes.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1565 times:

Thanks Marrrty

Neil



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1550 times:

How many old L1011-100s has TS brought back into service? Are they in old TS colours?

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1547 times:

In various news items, they are reported as having 7 standard and 6 -500's in service. Not sure whether the 7 includes the one that received hail damage in France in May -- which is still there.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

My question to all of you is how did they get that A330 off that island? The airport is real small and did they repair it there? How long ago did it come back to CanadA?

Regards,

BWIA330


User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

The runway where it landed in the azore is over 10,000 ft long, if you call that small I can't imagine what's big for you.

User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

I think there is only one of the L1011's in the "old" livery.

I saw it not too long ago, and I did make a post.

Hope that helps,

Grant



Drive it like you stole it!
User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1449 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!


Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

It was repaired in the Azores by Airbus, and was flown to Toulouse where a heavy landing inspection was performed, then flown back to YMX.

Hope they didn't forget 'bout that fuel line.  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineA330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Landing gear replaced, fuel line problem repaired. No reason why it shouldn't fly again. Hek, I'll take the plane if they don't want it Big grin

User currently offlineTristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1370 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.

With regards,
Tristar2000


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1359 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
User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

Amen, Captaingomes, Amen.

Speaking as an ex-TS F/A.


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