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Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:05 am

On Oct.23 Tunisia's Syphax Airlines flew a kind of promotional flight to Montreal, Canada on the occasion of an exhibition there and some 140 businessmen and journalists were on that flight.

http://fr24.com/2013-10-23/10:12/12x/SYA8330/20ee728

You can notice that the aircraft didn't follow a NAT route and approaching Iceland it descended from FL380 to FL280. What could be the reason for that ? Flights to Montreal on that day were all on NATs, so why Syphax A330 flew further north on a classic route and why descended ? Does it have to do with MNPS certification ? Or ETOPS ? Or else ? The retour from Montreal on Oct.27 also did the same route back through Greenland and Iceland.
 
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RE: Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:28 pm

Quoting TS-IOR (Thread starter):
You can notice that the aircraft didn't follow a NAT route and approaching Iceland it descended from FL380 to FL280. What could be the reason for that ?

Probably lacked the necessary RVSM certification and was thus restricted to altitudes below FL290. I think that's the lower limit but I'm sureone more technical can advise in more detail.

The more northerly route was probably due to the lack of ETOPS certification.

[Edited 2013-11-07 15:30:37]
 
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RE: Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:06 am

The aircraft is ex-Emirates and AFAIK all A330s are ETOPS 180 at least or 240 even.
 
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RE: Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:51 pm

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 2):
The aircraft is ex-Emirates and AFAIK all A330s are ETOPS 180 at least or 240 even.

Yes but what operational specs is Syphax licensed for ? Also crew trained for ?
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RE: Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:32 am

After this flight and the flight back home, crew, 2 captains and 2 first officers, was granted an ETOPS/MNPS qualification. They were supervised by a TRI from Airbus. So maybe next flights will use a NAT and within MNPS +FL290 ?
 
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RE: Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:52 pm

Is this airline operating or planning to operate to YUL on a regular basis? I doubt it considering Tunisair already tried YUL-TUN. YUL already has a significant presence from the Mehgreb (AT and Air Algerie)
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RE: Syphax Route TUN-YUL

Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:50 pm

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 2):
The aircraft is ex-Emirates and AFAIK all A330s are ETOPS 180 at least or 240 even.

ETOPS certification is more than the plane. The crew, the airline and the maintenance organization also need to be certified.
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