The AviationSource Weekly Recap: 30th January-5 February 2023

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LONDON – Hello and welcome to the AviationSource weekly recap for the 30th of January to the 5th of February 2023. Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s highlights!

This weekly recap will replace previous versions of the AviationSource Newsletter that we used to do, meaning everything can be accessed from the website only instead of annoying emails!

Let’s take a look at the top 10 highlights from this week!

Bomb joke on flight leads to passenger arrest in Davao City


A joke about a bomb on a Cebu Pacific flight has led to the arrest of a passenger in the Philippines Davao City over the weekend.

According to local news source GMA News, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised that police boarded a Cebu Pacific flight on Sunday and arrested a passenger after they were summoned by security.

A 59-year-old female passenger on board Cebu Pacific flight 5J97 was placed under arrest after the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEU) boarded the aircraft at Davao International Airport.

The airline’s flight crew had reportedly raised the alert via the airport control tower, which led to the subsequent police response.

Boeing prepares to farewell the last Queen of the Skies


Almost exactly 54 years since the first flight of the iconic airliner, Boeing is today preparing to say its final farewells to the last Queen of the Skies – the Boeing 747.

At 1.00 PM PST today, Tuesday, January 31, 2023, thousands of current and former Boeing employees will gather at Everett, Seattle factory to farewell the last production Boeing 747 aircraft.

The final Queen, a role-modified cargo freighter destined for air cargo operator Atlas Air will today officially close the page in aviation history, becoming the 1574th aircraft ever built.

As much as today will mark something of a bittersweet commemoration for the Boeing community, so too will it be a milestone that will impact the entire aviation community.

UK government announces ‘business as usual’ for aviation this summer


On 31 January 2023, the UK government laid regulations before Parliament that brings airport slots rules for the upcoming summer season back in line with pre-pandemic levels.

At the same time, certain flexibilities will be maintained to support the aviation industry’s recovery.

USAF awards Boeing contract for 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers


The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $2.3 billion contract for the ninth production lot of 15 KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft.

This will further expand the USAF fleet of the world’s most advanced multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft.

CAA Implement Ticket Price Cap For London Heathrow


The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued its decision on an interim price cap on how much Heathrow Airport LTD can charge its airline customers for 2023.

Flyr Declares Bankruptcy


Norwegian carrier Flyr has declared itself bankrupt after over 1.5 years in service, the company states in a press release.

In a press release issued on Tuesday evening, Flyr official Erik Braathen stated;

“It’s a sad day. We tried. We gave everything we had of energy, knowledge, and experience, but that, unfortunately, wasn’t enough.”

LIVE: The Final Boeing 747 Delivery


The final Boeing 747 delivery is amongst us! Be sure to follow our live blog for updates over the course of today!

Almost exactly 54 years since the iconic airliner’s first flight, Boeing is preparing to say its final farewells to the last Queen of the Skies – the Boeing 747.

At 1.00 PM PST today, Tuesday, January 31, 2023, thousands of current and former Boeing employees will gather at Everett, Seattle factory to farewell the last Boeing 747 aircraft.

The final Queen, a role-modified cargo freighter destined for air cargo operator Atlas Air, will officially close the page in aviation history, becoming the 1574th aircraft ever built.

As much as today will mark something of a bittersweet commemoration for the Boeing community, so too will it be a milestone that will impact the entire aviation community.

Finnair modifies ten A350s to carry more payload


Finnish flag carrier Finnair has announced a modification to ten of the carrier’s Airbus A350 aircraft, thus increasing cargo and passenger capacity with a higher maximum takeoff weight.

The modification has been done alongside the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, and the aircraft modifications also include minor changes and updates to the software and placards.

Heathrow Airport CEO to stand down


Following a year of intense criticism by airline operators, London Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye is set to stand down from the position.

News source The Guardian has today reported the announcement of the Chief Executive’s intention to resign at some stage this year, after what it characterizes as a difficult year for the UK’s largest airport.

Heathrow Airport management has faced the year mired by criticism of their handling of the post-pandemic resurgence in air travel. The imposition of travel on passengers across the peak summer season drew an intense backlash from some of the major airlines.

UK news source The Independent reports that John Holland-Kaye has advised the board of his intention to resign. It is understood that Holland-Kaye will stand down from the top position once a suitable successor has been arranged.

Airbus-Qatar Airways Dispute Ends Amicably


In one of the biggest disputes, Airbus and Qatar Airways have come to an amicable agreement regarding surface erosion on the Airbus A350 aircraft.

The agreement means both parties will now avoid a court case worth over $2 Billion in what is being earmarked as an unprecedented public rift.

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