Air Canada Marks the 70th Anniversary of its Montreal–Paris Route

  • Air Canada is the North American airline that has offered service to France the longest

MONTREAL, April 1, 2021 – Today, Air Canada, the longest-serving North American airline in France, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its Montreal–Paris route.

On April 1, 1951, a four-engine, 40-passenger Canadair North Star, registered as CF-TFO and operated by Trans-Canada Air Lines (now Air Canada), touched down for the very first time at Orly airport, in the suburbs of Paris.

Initially entailing a layover in London, UK, the flight between Montreal and Paris quickly became a non-stop, weekly service after its initial success.

Air Canada’s Montreal-Paris route serves Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport on a year-round basis. The regular schedule consists of two daily flights in summer season and one daily flight in winter season.

Air Canada’s flights are operated with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (450 seats), Airbus A330-300 aircraft (297 seats) or Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (298 seats). Customers have a choice of three service classes: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy.

“This is an important milestone for our airline, our customers and, more specifically, Air Canada’s French colleagues,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. “This 70th anniversary is a testament to the special, enduring relationship between the two cities, which have a long history of partnership and collaboration. This transatlantic flight from Canada sees the most demand and is a key part of our DNA. In addition, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, Air Canada has never suspended its Montreal–Paris route during the pandemic, and our sole ambition is to re-establish Air Canada’s presence in other French cities in order to continue to strengthen the ties that unite us.”

For the last 70 years, Air Canada has continued to bolster its presence in France and the French Caribbean, and to increase its commitment to French territories. 

Before the onset of the pandemic, Air Canada served seven French cities: Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, and Nice, as well as Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre in the Caribbean. The airline operated up to 45 weekly flights from its hub airports in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, which offered connections to more than 50 destinations in the Americas.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, and in 2020 was among the top 20 largest airlines in the world. It is Canada’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2020, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the second straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

WestJet, JetBlue, Bamboo Airways Secure London Heathrow Slots

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March 27, 2021 | By Winston Shek

On Friday, the Airports Council of the United Kingdom released its latest slot allocation report on its airports, including London Heathrow. The report listed multiple airlines that secured slots including JetBlue, Bamboo Airways and WestJet, amid a slowdown in air traffic at the busiest airport in the United Kingdom.


WestJet obtained slots to London Heathrow for daily flights to Calgary and Vancouver. The Canadian carrier was allocated 732 slots, allowing it to start services as soon as May 1. Currently, the low-cost Canadian airline has slots at neighboring Gatwick that allow four daily services a day to Calgary, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. It is unknown whether WestJet will utilize Heathrow instead of Gatwick.

The flights will operate from Terminal 2. From Heathrow’s Terminal Finder tool, it displays a slot for a 9 a.m. arrival and 11 a.m. departure for Vancouver service and 11:20 a.m. arrival and 1:20 p.m. departure for Calgary service.

Tentatively, WestJet has filed a return to London at the end of May as the airline plans its return to transatlantic service when Canadian borders reopen. Last year, WestJet resumed 3x weekly service from Calgary to London Gatwick before canceling it due to the closure of Canadian borders.

These flights will operate using WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 featuring 320 seats, including 16 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 28 premium class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and 276 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.


Additionally, JetBlue secured 270 slots to London Heathrow, with 180 slots designated for New York-JFK service and 90 slots for Boston service. With its New York-JFK slots, the New York-based carrier can commence daily service as soon as August 2. Meanwhile, its Boston services can commence daily flights as soon as Sept. 16. Additionally, in the filing, it is shown that JetBlue will fly out of Terminal 2.

It is unknown whether these slots are temporary due to the COVID-19 pandemic or permanent. The slot allocations apply for service through October 30, known as the end of the “summer season.”

The airline has the option of pursuing 270 slots to the less preferable London Gatwick. In exchange, JetBlue returned its slots for flights to London Stansted. Whichever airport JetBlue chooses, it will operate its brand-new A321LR, featuring its new Mint business class in a premium-heavy configuration. In a statement, per The Points Guy, JetBlue stated, “We can’t wait to launch transatlantic service later this year and love all the enthusiasm and speculation for where JetBlue will touch down. We can only expect this speculation will increase as we get closer to an announcement, and we won’t comment on our specific plans until we have made a final decision on our initial London airport.

We have always said that we have a viable path into more than one London airport and that over the long term we expect to serve multiple airports in London – just as we do in New York, Los Angeles, South Florida, and Washington, D.C. JetBlue has applied for multiple slots at various airports and we are discussing the availability of various permanent and temporary slots with the slot coordinators. Those discussions are continuing and we will evaluate what each London airport is proposing before making a final decision that best supports our transatlantic strategy.  We believe JetBlue’s incredible service and low fares would be welcomed in all of London’s area airports, and we look forward to sharing official news once we have completed the process with each airport.”

In previous weeks, rumors of London Heathrow service for JetBlue left aviation enthusiasts speculating. For example, the airline loaded London Heathrow into its booking engine as a destination. However, JetBlue denied this as “routine IT testing.” Furthermore, eagle-eyed aviation enthusiasts spotted the service in the airport’s “Terminal Finder” tool, with the corresponding start date of Aug. 2. If the tool is correct, JetBlue would arrive at London Heathrow at 10:05 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. and depart London Heathrow at 6:00 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. for its Boston and New York services, respectively. 

Earlier in January, JetBlue filed complaints to the Department of Transportation about not having access to Gatwick and Heathrow after the U.K’s first round of summer slot allocations.

Bamboo Airways

Finally, Bamboo Airways received slot allocation to fly six times a week to London Heathrow. Specifically, the Vietnamese low-cost carrier secured slots to fly to Ho Chi Minh City three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and Hanoi three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. At the start of May, the airline is eligible to utilize its slots.

Based on Heathrow’s Terminal Finder tool, both flights will arrive at 3:30 p.m. and depart at 5:40 p.m. Similarly, Bamboo Airways will fly out of Terminal 2. 

The flight would operate using the airline’s only long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft features a 26 seat business class in a 1-2-1 configuration, a 21 seat premium economy class in a 2-3-2 configuration and a 247 seat economy class in a 3-3-3 configuration.

If Bamboo Airways were to operate the flight, it would face no competition. However, in the future, if it were to retain the slot, the airline would face competition from Vietnam Airlines. In the past, Bamboo Airways had stated intentions to fly to London and Frankfurt in the first quarter of 2021, which was delayed due to the closure of Vietnamese borders. Additionally, during COVID-19, Bamboo Airways had operated a repatriation flight to London Heathrow using its Boeing 787-9 as part of a series of repatriation efforts for the airline.

In the future, Bamboo Airways plans a long-haul expansion due to its influx of new long-haul Boeing 787-9 aircraft. To fund it, the airline announced that it would file an initial public offering (IPO), listing 105 million shares on two Vietnamese stock exchanges. It expects a $2.7 billion market capitalization for its IPO. Additionally, the Vietnamese carrier anticipates a summer ramp-up of demand, allowing it to fly to international destinations like to London Heathrow. Furthermore, Bamboo expects to launch U.S. flights in Q4, according to Bloomberg.

222 Boeing 787s Affected By New FAA Airworthiness Directive

From Simple Flying – link to source story

by Linnea Ahlgren | February 18, 2021

On Friday, February 19th, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will publish an  Airworthiness Directive (AD) requiring the inspection of approximately 222 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets. The deadline for initial checks of the jets’ decompression panels in the bilge barriers is set to 45 days from the AD’s publication.

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The FAA is issuing a new AD requiring visual inspection of the forward and aft bilge barriers of approximately 222 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Photo: Boeing

Looking for disengaged or damaged panels

The directive requires repetitive visual inspection of the bilge barriers located in the forward and aft cargo compartments to look for disengaged or damaged decompression panels. This is to be followed by their subsequent reinstallation in case of the former and replacement in case of the latter.

The FAA said that the AD was prompted by reports where inspections of the bilge area – performed as the result of another airworthiness directive issued in 2018 – had revealed multiple incidents of torn decompression panels.

The Administration further stated that this represented a different unsafe condition than the one addressed in the 2018 AD. Thus, a new directive had to be issued to address the specific condition, which could lead to the loss of continued safe flight and landing of the airplane if not taken care of.

“In the event of a cargo fire, significant leakage in the bilge area could result in insufficient Halon concentrations to adequately control the fire,” the airworthiness directive, seen by Simple Flying, states.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Takes First Test Flight
Boeing is currently developing a modification to address the problem with the panels, the FAA says. Photo: Getty Images

Boeing is working on a modification

Initial inspections are to be completed by the end of next month, 45 days following the AD’s publication, and then repeated within 120 days. According to FlightGlobal, the FAA estimates that each inspection cycle will cost $56,610.

Meanwhile, the directive added that Boeing is currently developing a modification to address the issues. Once this is developed, approved, and available, the FAA says that it might consider additional rulemaking.

Decompression panels separate the cargo area from the passenger area. They can open to act as pressure relief vents and allow a larger quantity of airflow into the cargo compartment.Advertisement:

…and background on the problem from 2016–dislodged panels–that uncovered the new problem.

— Sean Broderick (@AvMROSean) February 17, 2021

While the particular airworthiness directive may be new, the issue with the panels in itself is not. Boeing issued a service bulletin for inspection of the bilge barriers back in 2016, upon which the specific problem was discovered.

Boeing Displays Commercial Aircraft For Media Ahead Of Farnborough Air Show
In August last year, Boeing discovered a manufacturing issue that could weaken the 787’s fuselage. Photo: Getty Images

Not the only Dreamliner quality concern

Unfortunately, this is not the only 787 quality issue currently on Boeing’s list of concerns. In December last year, the manufacturer expanded its scope of examinations of some areas of the 787’s circumferential fuselage join, which the company told the Seattle Times may not meet skin flatness tolerances. The problem, discovered in August, although not an immediate safety concern, could weaken the fuselage structure.

Other Dreamliner manufacturing errors that the planemaker has reported include wrong-sized shims due to software malfunction, troubles with the autopilot flight-director systems, and problems that affect horizontal stabilizers.

Simple Flying has sought Boeing for a comment, but the manufacturer was not immediately available to respond.

Air Canada Will Launch Boeing 787 Flights To Cairo

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by Chris Loh | January 24, 2021

Air Canada is hoping to launch a seasonal flight between Montreal and Cairo this June and is waiting for the necessary approvals. The new service will commence on June 17th and run three times per week. Operated by a Boeing 787-8, this news marks the second new destination to the Middle East North Africa region in a matter of months.

The flight to Cairo, Egypt, will utilize a Boeing 787-8. Photo: Air Canada

Service details

According to Media In Toronto, Air Canada has confirmed that it will operate a seasonal flight to Egypt with an airline spokesperson issuing the following statement:

“We can confirm that Air Canada will operate a seasonal flight between Montreal and Cairo starting on June 17, with three flights a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner,”

While the news has yet to surface on the airline’s website or social media, the new service can be found on the airline’s booking engine on its website. We ran a search for a flight from Montreal to Cairo, departing June 17th and returning on the 25th, and found a non-stop service.

The flight will operate as AC74 outbound to Cairo and AC75 returning to Montreal. Here are the airline’s timings:

  • AC74: Depart Montreal at 18:20, arrive in Cairo at 10:25 the next day. The flight will take just over 10 hours.
  • AC75: Depart Cairo at 12:00 and arrive in Montreal at 17:00 the same day. The flight will take around 11 hours.
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A screen capture of the new flight on the airline’s website booking engine. Photo: Air Canada

Pending government approval

It looks like the service is not yet set in stone despite appearing on the airline’s search results. In fact, there is one rather unique note at the top of the flight search results after selecting this non-stop service, which reads:

“Tickets for flights AC74 and AC75 between Montréal (YUL) and Cairo (CAI) are sold subject to government approval.”

Air Canada must seem fairly confident that the service will be approved if it appears as an available flight.

Connecting Canada to MENA

It was just last month that we saw Air Canada commence its Toronto-Doha service. Announced back in October, it looks like the airline is looking to expand its reach in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

These two new services will add to Air Canada’s existing direct flights to the region, which include Toronto to Dubai and Tel Aviv, as well as Montreal to Algiers and Casablanca.

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Toronto to Doha was launched in mid-December, while Montreal-Cairo will commence in June pending government approval. Photo:

While US carriers offer direct flights to Israel and Morocco, Air Canada’s services to Dubai and Doha make it the only North American carrier to serve the countries of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). It doesn’t appear that any major US carrier serves Cairo at the moment either. Delta Air Lines indefinitely suspended its New York JFK-Cairo flight in 2011.

With Star Alliance partner EgyptAir already operating a service between Cairo and Toronto, this new seasonal service should complement it rather than become competition.

WestJet 737 Max flight cancelled before takeoff due to cockpit warning light

Eric Atkins, Transportation Reporter | January 22, 2021

WestJet Airlines Ltd. cancelled a flight by a Boeing 737 Max on Friday because of a cockpit warning light that signalled as the aircraft was being pushed back from a gate at Calgary’s airport.

The plane was returned to the gate and the 35 passengers flying to Toronto disembarked and boarded a Boeing 787 that took off within an hour, WestJet said.

Lauren Stewart, a WestJet spokeswoman, said the cause of the warning light was unrelated to the safety concerns that caused the Max to be grounded worldwide for almost two years after two crashes killed 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

The aborted flight was an untimely hiccup for a plane that was WestJet’s third passenger-carrying Max flight since Transport Canada cleared the model to resume flying on Thursday. The regulator made the ruling after a 22-month revamp and review of changes Boeing made to the plane’s control system software.

The minor problem with the WestJet Max was quickly solved, and the plane will be ready to fly its next scheduled run on Sunday. “It’s already been cleared by maintenance,” Ms. Stewart said.

“After a normal engine start, a standard function of the health monitoring system indicated a potential fault that needed to be verified and reset. This process takes time and requires a subsequent engine run, which we do not perform with guests on board,” Ms. Stewart said. “In the interest of our guests’ time, we cancelled Flight 658 and its return 665 (Toronto to Calgary) and we rebooked them on the next available flight to ensure a timely arrival in Toronto.”

The fatal crashes are linked to the Max’s automatic control system, which sent the planes into repeated, uncontrollable dives shortly after takeoff. Changes to the Max include new software, cockpit procedures and pilot training.

The U.S. allowed the Max to resume flying in November. Europe’s regulator said the model can fly there next week.

Air Canada’s first Max flight since March, 2019, is scheduled for Feb. 1.

Both Canadian carriers allow passengers to change their flights for free, with some exceptions, if they do not want to fly on a Max.

Ms. Stewart said it is not possible to say how many passengers have switched their flights to avoid the Max, given the travel restrictions and testing requirements related to the pandemic are also prompting itinerary changes.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ends up in the mud during taxi at Vancouver

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By Bart Noëth – 21 December 2020

On 20 December, a maintenance crew working for Air Canada was taxiing in a company Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (registered C-FVLU) at Vancouver Airport, Canada. During the taxi from hanger to terminal, however, the aircraft ended up in soft ground next to the taxiway. 

According to information on flightradar24, the airline was forced to cancel domestic flight AC304 between Vancouver and Montreal. Ground crews pulled out the aircraft using a sling device and a tug.

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Boeing 787 plane deliveries to be delayed after production flaw found during inspection

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By David Koenig,  The Associated Press | September 8, 2020

From Air Canada

Inspections triggered by production flaws in Boeing’s 787 jetliner are further slowing deliveries of the two-aisle planes, compounding Boeing’s struggle to recover from the grounding of its 737 Max and the coronavirus pandemic.

Boeing said Tuesday it was inspecting separate issues that have been found where rear sections of the 787 fuselage are joined together and on part of the tail called the horizontal stabilizer.

The affected planes haven’t been delivered to customers yet, and “We expect these inspections to affect the timing of 787 deliveries in the near term,” spokesman Peter Pedraza said in a statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the matter.

“It is too early to speculate about the nature or extent of any proposed Airworthiness Directives that might arise from the agency’s investigation,” said the spokesman, Lynn Lunsford, referring to potential safety orders that could be imposed on Boeing.

The Chicago-based company, which builds planes in Washington state and South Carolina, said it delivered 13 airliners last month, including four 787s, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner. It is a popular plane among airlines for international routes.

Boeing’s slow pace of deliveries since early 2019 has robbed the company of much-needed cash.

During production of the horizontal stabilizer at a Boeing plant, some parts were clamped together with too much force, resulting in improper gaps between sections. Boeing doesn’t believe it is an immediate safety issue but could lead to premature aging of the fuselage, and it is delaying some 787 deliveries while determining whether repairs are needed on planes that have already been delivered.

Boeing is still working with U.S. and foreign regulators to clear the Max for return to flying after two deadly crashes. Nearly 400 Max jets were in use when the fleet was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. The Max was Boeing’s bestselling plane.

Boeing dispatched a Max to Vancouver on Tuesday for flight tests this week with European regulators. The company has already conducted several test flights with FAA experts to demonstrate changes that Boeing made to computers and software after an automated system pushed down the noses of planes before they crashed.

The company reported Tuesday that it received orders for five Maxes in August, two to Polish charter airline Enter Air and three to a buyer that Boeing did not identify. It also reported selling three 777 cargo freighters.

However, cancellations continue to outpace new orders, and Boeing has removed other sales from its backlog because the financial health of the airline customer makes the orders uncertain.

So far this year, Boeing has lost 932 more orders than it has gained. The pandemic has undermined air travel, leading to fewer flights and leaving airlines with no need for new planes.

Boeing shares fell 4 per cent in midday trading.© 2020 The Canadian Press

Boeing Woes Mount With Manufacturing Defect Found in Dreamliners

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Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg News ~ 27/28 August 2020

(Bloomberg) — Boeing Co. found two “distinct manufacturing issues” in the fuselage of 787 Dreamliner jets and has told airlines operating eight affected planes to remove them from service so they can be repaired.

The issues were found in the join of fuselage sections toward the rear of the aircraft, and as a result, the jets don’t meet Boeing’s design standards, the company said in a statement Friday. Boeing said it has notified the Federal Aviation Administration and is conducting a review into the cause of the problem.

“We determined that eight airplanes in the delivered fleet are affected by both issues and therefore must be inspected and repaired prior to continued operation,” Boeing said. “We immediately contacted the airlines that operate the eight affected airplanes to notify them of the situation, and the airplanes have been temporarily removed from service until they can be repaired.”

One of the affected aircraft is operated by Singapore Airlines Ltd. The jet is not in service and the carrier will work closely with Boeing on a solution, it said in a statement Friday.

The Dreamliner, Boeing’s marquee wide-body jet, experienced a series of teething problems after its 2011 debut, including a three-month global grounding in 2013 after battery meltdowns on two planes. Some others were grounded in 2018 after faulty Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc engine blades deteriorated faster than expected. Boeing’s 737 Max hasn’t flown since March 2019 following two deadly crashes blamed on flight-control software.

The Air Current reported the Dreamliner fuselage issues earlier Friday. In addition to Singapore Airlines, it said United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Air Canada are impacted by the grounding, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.

©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Air Canada’s First Refurbished Airbus A330 Takes Flight

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by Emily Derrick, June 25, 2020

Air Canada is celebrating the first flight of its newly refurbished Airbus A330 aircraft. The A330 flew from Montreal to Vancouver on June 24th. In 2018, Air Canada chose to do an interior refit on its A330s. This was in addition to adding more A330s to its fleet to replace its aging Boeing 767 fleet. The final 767 operated its last commercial flight on June 3rd.

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Air Canada’s first newly refurbished A330 flew from Montreal to Vancouver. Photo: Air Canada

The first flight

Air Canada tweeted that it is looking for things to celebrate during this challenging time, and its newly refurbished Airbus A330 is undoubtedly worth celebrating. The aircraft, registration C-GFUR left Montreal a little late at 19:26 local time and landed in Vancouver over four and half hours later at 21:07 local time.

The plane had flown the day before for just under an hour as it moved from Montreal’s Mirabel International Airport to the main Trudeau Airport in Montreal. Eventually, Air Canada has planned on using the new A330s for international routes from Montreal across the Atlantic. However, with travel restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, the aircraft’s first flight was within Canadian borders.

Refurbishment details

Air Canada chose to work with ST Aerospace to refurbish its aircraft and bring them in line with its Boeing 777s and 787s. Despite recent complications, the aircraft have been finished on time. The airline’s A330s have an average age of just over 15 years.

The A330 economy cabin is in a 2-4-2 configuration with Panasonic eX3 touchscreen seatback entertainment screens for all passengers. Premium economy features a 2-3-2 configuration with Signature Class in 1-2-1. Each seat also has its own power outlet and USB charging point.

Overhauling other aircraft

The Airbus A330s aren’t the only planes Air Canada has been overhauling recently. The airline recently repurposed four Boeing 777 jets to carry more cargo to essential workers. One 777 was used to take over 20 tonnes of facemasks for Canadians during the pandemic. By transforming the passenger cabin and removing the seats, Air Canada was able to double each plane’s cargo capacity. The airline also converted three A330s to carry cargo.Advertisement:

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The airline has removed seating from Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s to carry cargo. Photo: Air Canada

Air Canada is also welcoming brand-new Airbus A220s into its fleet. The airline has taken delivery of five new A220s since December of last year, with a further 13 A220s scheduled for delivery later this year. A new A330 should be joining the Air Canada fleet later this year as well.

Fleet changes

Air Canada is going through a definite period of change when it comes to its fleet. It recently retired 79 aircraft early and cut the number of Boeing 737 MAX jets it will receive. Currently, the airline’s MAX jets remain grounded. With brand new A220s, newly refurbished A330, old aircraft sent to retirement, the airline should have a robust, young fleet to tackle this period of uncertainty.

Operators of 787s warned after latest ILS deviation incident at Hong Kong

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By David Kaminski-Morrow. 25 April 2020

Hong Kong authorities have warned Boeing 787 operators of possible adverse autopilot behaviour during localiser capture at the city’s international airport, after the latest in a string of incidents involving the type.

A newly-issued NOTAM instructs carriers to check a Boeing flight crew operations bulletin referring to “anomalies” in localiser capture and possible misbehavior by the autopilot flight-director system, particularly during ILS approaches to runways 25R and 25L.

It states that the issue can lead to “proximity to high grounds”, adding that – if it doubt – crews should climb back to minimum sector altitude and conduct a missed approach.

The NOTAM follows an incident on 21 April involving an Air Canada 787-9, arriving from Vancouver, which had been cleared for an ILS approach to 25L.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada says the crew contacted air traffic control after reaching the waypoint LOTUS, located about 15nm from the threshold, and reported being established on the ILS.

After controllers advised the crew to switch to the Hong Kong tower frequency, they observed the aircraft “overshooting the localiser” of 25L and descending to 3,900ft – below the minimum sector altitude of 4,300ft.

Controllers contacted the crew to warn of terrain and the pilots corrected the flightpath to re-intercept the ILS. The crew reported receiving a “false capture” of the ILS, says the safety board, which adds that the pilots had visual contact with both the terrain and the airport at the time.

The safety board indicates that only four occupants were on board the 787 (C-FNOH), suggesting it was operating a special freight supply service.

Boeing has been working on a resolution to the issue, which has affected several 787 flights into Hong Kong including four between July and October last year involving aircraft operated by Virgin Atlantic, Ethiopian Airlines, and Etihad Airways.