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AVIATION NEWS

Air Canada To Fly Non-Stop Flights (Toronto-Dubai) In 2015

Air Canada has announced that it will launch non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai beginning in November 2015. The new route will extend the airline's international network farther into the Middle East. Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO at Air Canada, said: "Air Canada's international growth strategy continues to accelerate with the addition of the seventh new international destination to our global network".



The three-times-weekly Dubai service will be Air Canada's first non-stop flight to the UAE at a time when air travel between North America and the region is growing, including more international connecting traffic over our Toronto global hub.

Air Canada currently serves the Middle East region primarily through an extensive joint venture with its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa over Frankfurt and Munich. In addition, the new route will build on Air Canada's existing codeshare relationship with Etihad Airways, with whom it codeshares on three flights a week between Toronto and Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.


Qatar Airways First A350 has been postponed, why?

The first aircraft for Qatar Airways flew for the first time in mid-October and received certification for a special configuration and Category IIIb autoland capability only last week. The aircraft was handed over from production to the delivery center on 3/Dec and usually 10 days are sufficient to finalize the handover to a customer. However, A couple of minor issues have been detected over the past few days that required some more tests and test flights than planned.



Airbus had already carried out 3 extra acceptance flights and still had 2 or 3 more to do, just to ensure everything had been properly tested and that Qatar Airways is satisfied with the new aircraft.  The A350 had originally been set for handover to Qatar Airways this Saturday, Dec. 13, followed by a flight to Doha.

It’s unclear whether this delay will change the inaugural flight date planned for Jan 15, 2015 between Doha and Frankfurt, and Airbus expects the matter to be resolved quickly. Qatar Airways has not announced a change of date for the plane’s inaugural service.


Pakistan International's Boeing 777 made emergency landing at Toronto Pearson.

It was an scheduled flight, PK 782 (Dec 5/14) from Toronto to Karachi (YYZ - KHI) with about 200 passengers and crew onboard. The flight departed 15 minutes late then scheduled time and soon after reaching the assigned altitude of 33,000ft, the aircraft had Emergency Descent due to the loss of cabin pressure as a result of the malfunctioning pressure regulating shut-off valve.

     

After landing and taxing to the assigned gate on Terminal 3 of Toronto airport, the passengers and cabin crew remained inside the plane for about 3 hours more before they were allowed back inside the building. The plane was pushed back to the Air Canada Hanger for diagnosis and repair.

PK-782 was scheduled/re-scheduled about 2-4 times and each time, the passengers were called to the airport and later were sent back to their homes in Toronto. Never the less, PK-782 departed Toronto on Monday (Dec 8/14) and safely flew back to Karachi, Pakistan.