Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wide Body Report - April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

A Pakistani International Airline Boeing 777, en route from Manchester, UK to New York made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after smoke was reported in a lavatory.

Another Boeing 777, a Cathay Pacific flight en route from Hong Kong to London made an emergency landing at Chongqing, China after reporting low oil pressure readings in one of its engines.

The FAA has ordered that "urgent", mandatory repairs be made on all Boeing 787 jets equipped with GE GEnx-1B PIP2 engines, requiring them to retrofit the anti-icing system on 176 Dreamliners.  The FAA edict affects 44-percent of the Dreamliner fleet.  The FAA order cites a risk of ice accumulation on the fan blades, which resulted in an in-flight shut-down and emergency landing of a Japan Air Lines (JAL) 787 in January.  In the JAL incident, one of the airplane's two engines shut-down due to ice accumulation and could not be restarted.  The pilots made a successful emergency landing on one engine.

Airbus has completed painting the first Thai Airways A350, in preparation for delivery in mid-2016.

Airbus plans to slow production of its A380 super-jumbo airliner, beginning in 2017, as a result of slow sales.

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