First US Airways Aircraft Takes to the Skies in American Airlines Livery

American Airlines Airbus A319
American Airlines Airbus A319

American Airlines today entered into service the first legacy US Airways aircraft, an Airbus A319, painted in the American Airlines livery. The newly dressed plane, tail number N700UW, will debut its freshly painted fuselage with service from Charlotte to New York’s LaGuardia Airport on flight 2060.

“Today marks an important next step in our airlines’ integration and is a tangible way for customers and employees to see the result of our progress first hand,” said American Airlines president, Scott Kirby. “The integration of our airlines, including painting the rest of the US Airways fleet, will take many months as we work to deliver value through this merger for our employees, our customers and our investors.”

The Airbus recently spent 13 days receiving its makeover. In anticipation of the new coat of paint, the existing paint was gently removed, the aircraft sanded and washed. Following the metallurgical exfoliation, the seams were sealed, the aircraft masked and 80 gallons of specially chosen paint applied to the exterior. A final detailing was completed to ensure the highest shine before sending the plane out the door and back to work.

This past December, following the close of the merger with US Airways, a survey was launched allowing employees from both airlines to vote whether to change or to maintain American’s current livery. In January 2014 the voting results were announced to keep the new flag tail livery.

The airline will be adding the new look to its entire fleet of aircraft over the next few years. Approximately 640 aircraft are in line to receive the makeover, with newly arriving legacy American Airlines aircraft already outfitted in the new colors and US Airways aircraft delivered in the new colors beginning this June. By the end of second quarter 2014 American Airlines anticipates that more than 275 mainline and regional aircraft will have been painted in the new livery.

American Airlines Takes Delivery of its First Airbus A319 Aircraft

American Airlines Airbus A319
American Airlines Airbus A319

Taking the next step forward in creating a more modern, fuel-efficient fleet, American Airlines today welcomes its first Airbus A319 aircraft, the first of 260 planned Airbus narrowbody deliveries. American and Airbus celebrated this important milestone with a special delivery ceremony at the Airbus manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

The Airbus A319 will offer customers modern technology and increased comfort onboard, including leather seats, Wi-Fi and in-seat entertainment throughout the aircraft. In addition, customers will be able to stay connected throughout their travels with individual universal power outlets and USB jacks at every seat.

“Everything about the new A319 aircraft has been designed with the customer at the center,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The introduction of the A319 is another important step in building a strong foundation for the new American. We’re pleased to be partnering with Airbus.”

The Airbus A319 will offer a wide selection of inflight entertainment options for customers throughout the aircraft. First Class customers will enjoy a complimentary selection of up to 200 movies, up to 180 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections and up to 15 games, on a 12.1-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor at each seat. Each seat throughout the Main Cabin will offer 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitors with an assortment of entertainment options, including movies, TV programs, games and audio selections.

In addition to increased technology offerings, the new Airbus aircraft pave the way for American to have a more fuel-efficient fleet, incorporating the latest in aerodynamic improvements. The A319s have sharklets on the wings and other modifications to reduce fuel burn and keep American on the path toward being a more environmentally friendly airline.

“It’s our great pleasure to welcome back American Airlines to the Airbus family,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer – Customers. “With its introduction of the A320 Family, the airline is demonstrating its confidence in a single-aisle product that has proven to be a game-changer for airlines around the world. American is undertaking a major strategic evolution and we are pleased to watch the A320 Family becoming an integral part of the airline’s future success.”

American’s A319s will begin service in September from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to select cities, followed by additional routes throughout the end of the year. Initial routes planned for the A319 include service between DFW and Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland; Memphis, Tenn.; and Wichita, Kan.

As previously announced, American plans to take delivery of 260 Airbus aircraft from the A320 family, including 130 current-generation aircraft from the A321 and A319 variants through 2017, and 130 A320neo aircraft with next-generation engine technology beginning in 2017. American will configure some of the current-generation A321s for use on transcontinental flights, designating these aircraft as A321Ts. The A321T is scheduled to begin service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in early 2014.

Cebu Pacific A319 Skids off Runway at Manila

Cebu Pacific Airbus A319
Cebu Pacific Airbus A319

A Cebu Pacific jet skidded off the runway after landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Philippines) yesterday damaging several runway lights before coming to a stop back on the runway surface.

‘The aircraft skidded to the right portion of the runway after flight 5J448 landed at 4:16pm from Iloilo on Thursday, June 13, amid heavy rain.

“Five runway edge runway lights were damaged,” Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado told Rappler.

He added that no one was harmed and that the pilot was able to taxi the aircraft to NAIA Terminal 3 where Cebu Pacific operates its domestic and international flights.’

There were 95 passengers aboard the Airbus A319.

The aircraft was not damaged.


British Airways A319 Jet Returns to Heathrow When Both Engines Suffer Major Problems [VIDEOS]

British Airways Airbus A319 limps in to London Heathrow after possible double engine failure
British Airways Airbus A319 limps in to London Heathrow after possible double engine failure

A British Airways jet en route to Oslo, Norway returned to London Heathrow Airport this morning when both engines suffered major mechanical issues.

British Airways Flight 762, an Airbus A319 with 75 passengers on board, was climbing out of Heathrow when the left side engine lost the cowling doors after an apparent loud bang.

Reports then say another loud bang was heard as pilots were positioning for an emergency landing. (see the dramatic videos below)

‘British Airways said in a statement that an Airbus A319 carrying 75 passengers destined for Oslo, Norway, was forced to turn around not long after takeoff due to a “technical fault.”

“The aircraft landed safely and emergency slides were deployed and we are currently caring for our customers,” BA said in the statement, adding that a full investigation into the incident would be carried out.

Officials gave no indications that terrorism was suspected.

One of Heathrow’s runways was quickly reopened, but the other remained shut as emergency services attended to the disabled aircraft, which was seen trailing smoke from an engine as it returned to Heathrow. Reports on British media suggested the plane had hit a bird.’

There is no information yet if both engines were lost before landing.

We will update when we find out more.