Monday 30 November 2020

Man Grills Steak In Lavatory On Delta Air Lines Flight

It looks like someone is about to be banned from Delta for something other than mask compliance. 

         DELTA CONNECT BOMBARDIER CRJ-700 N603SK (CN 10248)       
File Photo

A TikTok user posted a video that he ended up deleting, which shows him allegedly grilling a steak in an airplane lavatory. The video seems to be filmed in the lavatory of a Delta Connection regional jet.
The video depicts the man placing a heater in the toilet bowl, then starting a fire with a lighter, and then placing an aluminum grilling sheet across the toilet seat. At that point he places the steak on the sheet, pours some white wine on it, and eventually the steak is cooked. Afterwards he plates the steak and returns to his seat with it. At least that’s how it’s presented.

Why is he doing any of this? Obviously to get attention. But the premise of the video is that he’s doing this because “they don’t have hot meals on airplanes anymore.” I’m not sure when in his lifetime they served hot meals in economy on a short haul domestic US flight, but the irony is that the CRJ doesn’t have ovens, so even in first class there haven’t ever been hot meals on the plane.

Real or not, it goes without saying that something like this shouldn’t even be shown jokingly, because of the ideas it gives people. Having an open fire on a plane is ridiculously dangerous, and you shouldn’t be putting other peoples’ lives at risk. Not only that, but you could eventually be looking at jail time for something like this. Anyway, for whatever reason, Southwest Airlines retweeted the video, and wrote the following:
“We have no words. Other than please don’t even think about cooking a steak on one of our flights.”
Southwest ended up deleting that tweet, and then later posted to say that the video’s creator suggested that the video was “fake.” I’m not sure what exactly that means, though. That has me wondering whether the video is actually fake, or if the person behind the prank realizes the trouble he’s potentially in, as consequences could go beyond being banned from Delta.

As an avgeek, a lot of this does check out:
The cabin looks to me like a CRJ-900, and the lavatory shown is also what you’d find on a CRJ-900, so there’s at least continuity between the lavatory and the cabin (sometimes airplane prank videos are clearly filmed across multiple flights, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here)
The video seems to be filmed pretty recently, since passengers are wearing masks. You do hear the engines going in the background, so it does sound to me like this was filmed while flying (though of course you also add those noises to the video, if you wanted to)

To me the setup for this looks “real,” at least. What I’m not sure about is whether the flame used was actually real: It’s possible that some sort of a “fake” candle was being used instead to create the illusion of a fire He could have brought one raw steak and one cooked steak into the lavatory, with one being placed on the “grill,” and the other being placed on the plate
Then again, at a minimum he did have a lighter, and he did place it in the toilet for some amount of time
I would imagine using a flame for an extended period of time in a lavatory would set off a smoke alarm. How did he walk into the lavatory with all of this stuff, since the galley is right up there, and the CRJ lavatories are also tiny?

Best I can tell, the video is “real” in the sense that this did in fact happen on a Delta Connection flight. What I’m not sure of is whether there was actually a fire going. As far as I’m concerned it shouldn’t matter, though. Even doing this as a prank is completely unacceptable, because this has the potential to be dangerous. We know he at least put a lighter into the toilet seat for a moment. And unfortunately this will surely cause someone else to try to “top” his prank.

This wasn’t the guy’s first attempt at an airplane prank. He previously filmed a video where he gave the woman seated in front of him a “haircut,” because her hair was blocking his personal television. However, that turned out to be a setup, and the woman was wearing a wig.

Story sourced from here
Man Grills Steak In Lavatory On Delta Air Lines Flight | One Mile at a Time

Sunday 29 November 2020

America's newest start up airline Avatar to acquire 10 747's from Thai Airways

Ultra-low fare newcomer Avatar Airlines has extended a letter of intent to Thai Airways to acquire 10 long-haul Boeing 747-400 aircraft. “We’ve developed a creative and considerable investment opportunity for Thai Airways to convert some of its unused and off-lease wide-body aircraft and potentially realise a far greater return than if the aircraft were simply liquidated for cash,” said Avatar’s founder and chief executive Barry Michaels. Due to the nature of the deal, specific terms were not disclosed.
Avatar plans to operate scheduled services between major city pairs throughout the US and Hawaii, with routes including popular domestic vacation destinations and large family-oriented attractions.
“Our offer to Thai Airlines is part of a bigger partnership opportunity that we believe will not only accelerate Avatar’s plans to start flying within 12-18 months,” said Michaels, “but also position Thai Airways for a code share entry into the US market and a long-term relationship between our two companies.” Avatar said it chose to utilise the Queen of the Skies, as it remains highly popular among experienced travellers and offers a roomy cabin built to accommodate as many as 581 comfortable seats.
Its considerable cargo space also enables more efficient point-to-point commercial hauling of storage containers and pallets, ideal to meet the growing needs of e-commerce retailers and customers, Avatar said. Avatar’s use of the Boeing 747 will enable it to offer “all inclusive” regular fares such as $49 from New York to Miami and $79 from California to New York, increasing markets for those that fly infrequently and creating new markets for those that don’t fly at all. Avatar’s exclusive use of the Boeing 747 will earn additional significant income by e.g., wholesaling commercial cargo, an operation not available to Avatar’s competing counterparts due to the physical dimensions of their fleet. Several other profit centers are similarly designed for Avatar to earn additional revenue from strategic partners, rather than relying solely on passenger revenue; advertising both inside and outside the cabin is one such profit center.

Saturday 28 November 2020

Remembering Air New Zealand Flight 901

Air New Zealand Flight 901 (TE-901) was a scheduled Air New Zealand Antarctic sightseeing flight that operated between 1977 and 1979. The flight would leave Auckland Airport at 8am, spend a few hours flying over the Antarctic continent, before returning to Auckland via Christchurch arriving in Christchurch at 7pm. It would sit on the ground in Christchurch for 45 minutes and then depart for Auckland, arriving there at 9pm. On the 28th November 1979, the fourteenth flight of TE-901, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, with 237 passengers and 20 crew on board, flew into Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica, killing all on board. The accident became known as the Mount Erebus disaster. (Mount Erebus is the second-highest volcano in Antarctica (after Mount Sidley) and the southernmost active volcano on Earth. It is the sixth-highest ultra mountain on the continent. With a summit elevation of 3,794 metres (12,448 ft), it is located in the Ross Dependency on Ross Island, which is also home to three inactive volcanoes: Mount Terror, Mount Bird, and Mount Terra Nova. The initial investigation concluded the accident was caused by pilot error, but public outcry led to the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the crash. The commission concluded that the accident was caused by a correction made to the coordinates of the flight path the night before the disaster, coupled with a failure to inform the flight crew of the change, with the result that the aircraft, instead of being directed by computer down McMurdo Sound (as the crew had been led to believe), was instead re-routed to a path toward Mount Erebus. Justice Mahon's report accused Air New Zealand of presenting "an orchestrated litany of lies" and this led to changes in senior management at the airline. The Privy Council later ruled that the finding of a conspiracy was a breach of natural justice and not supported by the evidence. The accident is New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster, as well as the deadliest accident in the history of Air New Zealand. ZK-NZP was the 182nd DC-10 to be built, and the fourth DC-10 to be serviced by Air New Zealand. The aircraft first flew on the 8th November and was handed over to the airline on the 12th December 1974 at McDonnell Douglas's Long Beach plant.

Nationalities of passengers and crew
The nationalities of the passengers and crew included:

Country  / Passengers / Crew  Total
New Zealand 180 / 20 / 200
Japan 24 
United States 22 
United Kingdom 6 
Canada 2 
Australia 1 
France 1 
Switzerland 1 
Total 237 / 20 / 257

Aircraft Information
Airline: Air New Zealand
Code: NZ / ANZ
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Registration: ZK-NZP
Serial Number: 46910
Engines: 3 x GE CF6-50C2
First Flight: 08/11/1974
Age: 5 Yrs Old

Friday 27 November 2020

Friday Spotting inc Antonov 124

I haven't been out to Brisbane airport to do spotting for so long and since I had today off, and I knew there was an Antonov 124 on the ground, I got up at 4.30am and headed out to the airport arriving at the airport at 5.40am, I left at 10am.






QANTAS B737-838 VH-VYJ (CN 34182)





REX SAAB 340B VH-ZLK (CN 340B-381)

TOLL AVIATION B737-476 ZK-TLK (CN 24474)




HEVILIFT ATR 72-500 VH-YWV (CN 0761)


JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VGA (CN 4899)


HEVILIFT ATR 72-500 VH-FVM (CN 0979)

QANTASLINK B717-23S VH-NXE (CN 55063) 






ANTONOV AN-124 UR-82008 (CN 19530501006)

RAAF A330-203 MRTT A39-005  (CN 1183)

Volga-Dnepr Grounds Antonov 124 Fleet Following Crash

VOLGA-DNEPR AN 124-100 RA-82075
C/N 9773053459147

An Antonov An-124-100 traveling from Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport (OVB/UNNT) Russia to Wien-Schwechat International Airport (VIE/LOWW), Austria has crashed after an emergency return to Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport. The An-124, registration RA-82042, operated the Volga-Dnepr flight 4066 from Seoul-Incheon Airport in South Korea to Vienna-Schwechat Airport in Austria with an en route stop at Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport, Russia. The aircraft took off from runway 25 at 12:09 hours local time (05:09 UTC). During takeoff, around 1800 feet, the no.2 engine suffered an uncontained failure. This resulted in the failure of the power supply of the aircraft, radio communications, braking system and a limitation in the the trust control of the remaining engines. The Antonov then turned back towards the runway with smoke coming from one engine. It was later found, debris from a fractured turbine damaged cabling. Among other things, it took out the communications system. The flight crew performed a low altitude turn for a landing back on runway 25 (LDA 3597 meters). The aircraft was not able to stop on the runway and overran, coming to rest 300 mts past the end. The nose landing gear had collapsed. Fragments of what appeared to be the fan disk were found inside a warehouse near the airport. The aircraft itself also sustained damage. Debris had penetrated the left hand side of the fuselage and leading edge slats. A hole in the right hand top fuselage suggests debris had gone through and through. Footage shows the Antonov having difficulties braking, and it overshot the runway by some distance. As the aircraft leaves the runway and hits snow, the nosegear breaks off, leaving the Antonov’s nose down in the dirt and snow.

VOLGA-DNEPR AN 124-100 RA-82079
C/N 9773052062157

So, in the wake of the incident Russian cargo airline Volga-Dnepr has grounded its fleet of Antonov An-124 aircraft until further notice. According to the airline, the grounding is a proactive and pre-emptive decision made in-house. 

“We want to be proactive and pre-emptive and demonstrate that we are a responsible airline where safety comes first.

“We have not received any official notifications or service directives yet, and there are no preliminary conclusions, so we have to suspend the entire AN-124 fleet with immediate effect.”

Volga-Dnepr operates a fleet of 12 Antonov An-124s with an average age of 26.9 years. The plane involved in the incident, RA-82042, has been with Volga-Dnepr since July 1991. The grounding leaves Volga-Dnepr without planes big enough to service much of its cargo market niche. Volga-Dnepr is a world leader in the unique, oversize, and heavy cargo market. Their Antonovs are a familiar sight at airports around the world.

“We don’t care how much revenue we will miss. It’s not even relevant right now. Safety is more important than any potential benefits from the peak season”, says Mr Vekshin.

Aircraft Information
Airline: Volga-Dnepr 
Code: VI / VDA
Aircraft: Antonov An-124-100
Registration: RA-82042
Serial Number:  9773054055093
Engines: 4 Lotarev D-18T

Their have been six incidents involving the Antonov 124

13th Oct 1992  Antonov An-124-100 CCCP-82002 Antonov Design 8 deaths
15th Nov 1993 Antonov An-124-100 RA-82071 Aviastar 17 deaths
08th Oct 1996 Antonov An-124-100 RA-82069 Aeroflot 2 deaths
06th Dec 1997 Antonov An-124-100 08 Black Russian AF 45 deaths
29th May 2019 Antonov An-124-100 5A-DKN Libyan Air Cargo 0 deaths
13th Nov 2020 Antonov An-124-100 RA-82042 Volga-Dnepr 0 deaths

Thursday 26 November 2020

Etihad Tells Pilots to Move into Cheaper Company Accommodation or Face Being Sacked

ETIHAD A380-861 A6-APC (CN 176)       File Photo

Etihad Airways has told pilots to move into smaller company-provided accommodation close to its headquarters near Abu Dhabi International Airport or face being sacked according to internal company sources who claim to be familiar with the matter. The latest cost-cutting move comes nearly two weeks after the heavily indebted airline warned pilots of more imminent job losses in the face of a slower than expected recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many airlines in the Middle East, Etihad provides accommodation for most of its workers including cabin crew and pilots. Most employees live in shared apartments with the majority of bills covered by the airline but pilots are afforded the opportunity to live in accommodation of their choosing with rent and bills heavily subsidised. Sources claim pilots have now been given an ultimatum to move into apartments within Etihad Plaza, part of the airline’s head office. Pilots who decline the move will reportedly have their contracts terminated. As of February 2020, Etihad employed 1,969 pilots although the airline has not updated these figures since Coronavirus related lay-offs were initiated. Etihad has declined to say exactly how many pilots it has made redundant since February but the airline’s chief executive Tony Douglas has admitted that “thousands” of employees have been laid-off. Sources claim a further 240 foreign expat pilots were made jobless in the last couple of weeks, along with a further 680 cabin crew. Last week, the airline told staffers that it had “indefinitely” grounded its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s citing a slower than expected recovery in the demand for air travel. Unlike neighbouring Dubai, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is still shut to international tourists and a resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe, the United States and elsewhere is continuing to pummel demand. Douglas told reporters last month that no decision had yet been made whether to scrap the A380’s but a spokesperson for the airline said the double-deck aircraft would remain grounded unless demand increased sufficiently. Etihad has confirmed plans to significantly downsize the airline, labelling itself as a mid-sized carrier. The company has already jettisoned some of its senior management team in an attempt to reduce costs, while further cabin crew redundancies are expected early next year. Cabin crew on older, better-paid contracts are expected to be firing line. A spokesperson for Etihad said the airline does “not comment on rumour or speculation”.

Story sourced from here
Etihad Tells Pilots to Move into Cheaper Company Accommodation or Face Being Axed (

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Qatar airport police face possible jail for strip searches of female passengers

Prosecutors in Qatar say the airport police officers who ordered forced internal medical examinations of female passengers after an abandoned newborn was discovered in a rubbish bin face possible three-year prison sentences. Prosecutors did not say how many police officers at Hamad International Airport faced charges over the October 2 incident that sparked widespread anger in Australia, a key destination for the state-owned Qatar Airways. “Extensive investigations revealed that some employees of the Airport Security Department acted unilaterally by summoning female medical staff to conduct external examination to some female passengers, thinking that what they had done was within the law,” a statement from prosecutors said. Meanwhile, overseas media have reported that authorities have identified the mother of the baby girl, who was found in an airport rubbish bin, and charged her with attempted murder. Qatar public prosecutions reportedly released a statement saying: “Investigations revealed that the infant’s mother… threw the newborn infant in the trash can in one of the toilets in the departures lounge at the airport and boarded the plane to her destination.” The abandoned newborn’s mother, whom the statement described as a “convict”, also faces up to 15 years in prison if apprehended. The woman apparently flew out of the country before the baby was discovered. Qatari authorities say they have started the process of trying to arrest her. Prosecutors said DNA helped them identify her and the baby's father. The physical examinations of passengers bound for Sydney and nine other unnamed destinations triggered outrage here in Australia. Eighteen women, including 13 Australians, on a Qatar flight from Doha to Sydney on the 2nd of October were subjected to what was described as “grossly disturbing” physical examinations after the baby was found. At the time, our Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as a father of two daughters he “could only shudder at the thought that anyone would, Australian or otherwise, it would be subjected to that”.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

QANTAS Founders Museum - Douglas C-47A

This time we have a look at the Douglas C-47A, Hayden, our tour guide, didn't spend a lot of time on this one as we couldn't climb inside or go underneath for a look so it was just a brief overview.

Facts about VH-EAP. 
Douglas C-47A-20-DK. CN 12873.
This aircraft has also been registered as: VH-EBY, VH-SBG & VH-BPL.

This aircraft was constructed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant in March 1944
It was built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DK
It was allocated U. S. serial number '42-93009'
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force on the 28th March 1944
It was transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the 'lend / lease' agreement on the 12th April 1944
It entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-44 and was allocated to No 33 and 38 Squadrons, No 86 Transport Wing during the war
It was sold to Qantas Empire Airways in April 1948
It was entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAP on the 08th June 1948
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd
It was re registered as VH-EBY on the 29th July 1957
It was then sold to Trans-Australia Airlines (T.A.A) on the 1st September 1960 and it operated its first revenue service with TAA on the same day.
It was re registered as VH-SBG on the 8th December 1960
Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale on the 31st October 1973
Sold to Air Nuigini on the 12th February 1974
The aircraft entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-SBG on the 1st June 1974
Withdrawn from service and stored at Port Moresby on the 31st July 1977
Sold to Air Queensland in October 1982
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BPL on the 15th October 1982
Registered to Air Queensland Ltd, Cairns
Operated by Air Queensland in a freighter configuration
Withdrawn from use and stored at Cairns when Air Queensland ceased operations - April 1988
VH-EAP was later donated to Qantas Founders Museum by John Williams, with the aircraft being dismantled, transported to Longreach and repainted in its original Qantas Empire Airways colours by retired and serving Qantas staff.

Information sourced from Wikipedia, QANTAS Founders Museum and

Sunday 22 November 2020

Happy Birthday QATAR

Qatar Airways Logo.svg

QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BAE (CN 36104)

Company Slogan "Going Places Together"

Qatar Airways is the national airline of the State of Qatar. Although the airline was founded on the 22nd November 1993 operations didn't began until the 20th January 1994.
Amman was the first city served in May 1994. In April 1995, the airline's CEO Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Bin Jabor Al Thani employed a staff of 75. By this time the fleet consisted of two Airbus A310s that served a route network including Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, London and Tokyo. During 1995, two ex-All Nippon Airways Boeing 747s were bought from Boeing. The airline then acquired a second-hand Boeing 747SP from Air Mauritius in 1996.
The airline currently has 222 aircraft and has 196 on order.
Qatar Airways has one of the world's youngest airlines fleets, with an average aircraft age of approximately five years. Narrow-body and wide-body Airbus and Boeing variants operate a mix of short, medium, and long-haul international routes.

QATAR A380-861 A7-APD (CN 160)

Due to Covid not a lot has happened in the aviation industry but in the last few years Qatar Airways has:
▪ added 11 new destinations (including Canberra, Cardiff and a return to London Gatwick)
▪ placed an order with Boeing for 200 aircraft, worth $US20.2 billion.
▪ confirmed its deal with Airbus for 37 A350-1000s – the largest commitment by any airline for the new plane.  
▪ Called into Brisbane performing repatriation flights and is looking for a permanent slot.
In May 2014 the airline became fully owned by the Qatari government. Qatar Airways has been fully controlled by the government following the buyout of a 50% stake from a former foreign minister and other shareholders. Qatar Airways Group employs more than 40,000 employee's; 24,000 of them work directly for the airline. 
Qatar is also apart of the One World Alliance
Qatar Airways owns a 10% stake in the LATAM Airlines Group and they own a 9.99% stake in Cathay Pacific.

QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BAF (CN 37661)

In 2014 the airline became the global launch customer of the first Airbus A350. In June 2015, Qatar Airways achieved a major accomplishment receiving the Skytrax Airline of the Year 2015 accolade for a third time. Last year Qatar Airways won World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff service in the Middle East at the Skytrax Awards. They announced a commitment for 100 Boeing aircraft: 10 777s, 30 787-9s and 60 737 MAX aircraft.   One of the biggest orders in the airline’s history, worth more than US$90 billion, the announcement brought the total number of aircraft the airline has on order to more than 350. 
Qatar Airways has since become one of the fastest growing carriers in the history of aviation with unprecedented expansion averaging double digit growth year on year.

                               QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BEJ (CN 60336)

Since their launch, Qatar Airways has earned many awards and accolades, becoming one of an elite group of airlines worldwide to have earned a 5-star rating by Skytrax. Voted Airline of the Year by Skytrax in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017. At the 2019 Skytrax awards held in June QATAR was voted No:1 best airline in the world.
(The 2020 World Airline Awards were cancelled due to COVID-19, and will return in 2021 at the Paris Air Show.)

The World’s Top 5 Airlines of 2019 were:
  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines 
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Cathay Pacific
  5. Emirates
Current Fleet

As of April 2020, the Qatar Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:
Qatar Airways fleet
AircraftIn serviceOrdersPassengerNotes
Airbus A319-100LR28102110
Airbus A320-2002912132144
To be phased out by 2024
To be replaced by Airbus A321neo.
Airbus A321-200312170182
Airbus A321LR1016150166
Deliveries to begin in 2020.
Airbus A321neo4016150166
Airbus A330-200624236260
To be phased out by 2022.
To be replaced by Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.
Airbus A330-3001230275305
Airbus A350-9003436247283
Launch customer.
Airbus A350-1000182546281327
Airbus A380-80010848461517
To be phased out from 2024.
Boeing 777-200LR942217259
To be phased out by 2024.
To be replaced by Boeing 777X series.
Boeing 777-300ER4842312354
Boeing 777-810TBA
Boeing 777-950TBAOrder with 50 purchase rights.
Boeing 787-83022232254
Boeing 787-9323TBAOperate for cargo transport
Four aircraft stored at Doha
Qatar Airways Cargo fleet
Airbus A330-200F4CargoTo remain until end of 2020.
Boeing 747-8F2Cargo
Boeing 777F215Cargo

Qatar Airways has an Oryx on the tail , the national animal of the State of Qatar
The Arabian Oryx or white Oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail