Jean Leloup
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Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Sun Dec 16, 2001 10:53 am

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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captaingomes
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 2:52 am

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?
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Jean Leloup
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 3:56 am

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!
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 4:08 am

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?

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 4:10 am

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

Yes.
 
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 4:21 am

Thanks Marrrty

Neil
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: L1011s

Mon Dec 17, 2001 5:19 am

How many old L1011-100s has TS brought back into service? Are they in old TS colours?
 
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RE: L1011s

Mon Dec 17, 2001 5:22 am

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.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 7:54 am

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?

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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 9:12 am

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.
 
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RE: L1011's

Mon Dec 17, 2001 9:52 am

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
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Jean Leloup
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 1:12 pm

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!
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 3:54 pm

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
 
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Mon Dec 17, 2001 7:33 pm

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
 
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Wed Dec 19, 2001 1:52 pm

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.

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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Wed Dec 19, 2001 2:56 pm

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.
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RE: Azores 'Glider' Back At YMX

Wed Dec 19, 2001 4:55 pm

Amen, Captaingomes, Amen.

Speaking as an ex-TS F/A.

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