JetBlue Flight Landed In Newark With Small Fire

Earlier this month, a Jetblue Airbus A321-200 was seen partially on fire after landing at Newark Liberty International…

JetBlue Flight Landed In Newark With Small Fire

Earlier this month, a Jetblue Airbus A321-200 was seen partially on fire after landing at Newark Liberty International Airport. As a result, the situation is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The JetBlue A321 unit is still sitting at Newark after 13 days since the incident. Photo: Getty Images

A fiery landing

On July 10th, registration N981JT landed at Newark’s runway 22R after flying in from San Francisco International Airport. However, unusually, a small fire could be spotted on the plane’s right engine cover during its roll out.

According to The Aviation Herald, the A321 then taxied to its gate while maintaining routine communication. The NTSB has since confirmed that a small fire was visible on the engine and the event has been deemed as an official incident, which is presently under investigation.

RadarBox.com shows that the A231-231 left San Francisco at 22:56 PD to arrive at Newark at 07:23 EDT. The arrival taxi time took 19 minutes following a five hour and 27-minute flight, and the plane hasn’t been in the air since. The aircraft could be seen all over the country in previous days. It had landed at the likes of Los Angeles, Los Vegas, New York JFK, San Diego, West Palm Beach, and Boston the week before 

JetBlue A321
JetBlue’s A321 aircraft have been busy hopping across the United States amid a busy period following a year of significant downturn.

The Aviation Herald’s report comes on the same day we reported on another issue involving a transcontinental flight leaving SFO this month. A United Airlines service heading to Orlando had to be deplaned this week amid a passenger sharing photos with others that were deemed as a “threat”.

More about the aircraft

According to ch-aviation, N981JT, the aircraft involved in the SFO-Newark JetBlue flight arrived at the airline in May 2017. The A321 unit is currently stored at Newark following the fire. It joins one other A321-200 that’s currently on the ground. N957JB is undergoing maintenance. N4048J, an A321-200NX is also presently stored.

Altogether, JetBlue holds 63 A321-200s, 18s A321-200NXs, and two A321-200NXERs in its fleet. The New York-based carrier is a fan of the A320 family and has also been taking on A220 units, which have started to be deployed since April.

JetBlue
JetBlue has been bolstering its fleet ahead of ambitious expansion plans across the US and even the continents. Photo: Getty Images.

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Domestic progress

Most of the airline’s fleet is active following a strong rebound in domestic travel across the United States. Amid this progress, the operator has been heavily promoting travel to and from the New York area. Notably, this summer, it launched an initiative to ramp up summer tourism in New York City, offering special flight deals.

Simple Flying reached out to JetBlue for comment on this incident in Newark. We will update the article with any further announcements from the airline.

What are your thoughts about this JetBlue flight landing at Newark with a fire on its wing? What do you make of this situation? Let us know what you think of the overall incident in the comment section.

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The SWISS Fleet In 2021

With a fleet of 92 aircraft, Lufthansa Group member SWISS is an airline with an interesting mix of…

The SWISS Fleet In 2021

With a fleet of 92 aircraft, Lufthansa Group member SWISS is an airline with an interesting mix of aircraft. One of the more interesting aspects of this airline’s fleet is that it operates both the Airbus A340 and A220. The former being seen as outdated and inefficient, and the latter as an efficient performer and a shining star during the global health crisis. But with additional types being flown by the carrier, let’s take a full look at the SWISS fleet in 2021.

SWISS was an early backer of the Airbus A220 when it was still known as the Bombardier CSeries.  Photo: SWISS

Fleet composition at a glance

First, let’s take a look at the composition of the airline’s fleet as a whole. The aircraft types are listed below with quantities in parentheses. We’ll first start with Airbus:

  • A220-100 (9)
  • A220-300 (21)
  • A320ceo (18)
  • A320neo (3)
  • A321ceo (8)
  • A321neo (2)
  • A330-300 (14)
  • A340-300 (5)

The airline operates a single Boeing type, the 777-300ER, with 12 of these aircraft in the fleet.

Adding all of these aircraft up, SWISS’ total fleet size is 92 aircraft. This is smaller than its fellow Lufthansa Group legacy carriers, Lufthansa (389) and Austrian (122). However, it is larger than Brussels Airlines (73), another full-service Lufthansa Group outfit.

SWISS A320
Although the A220 takes more of the spotlight these days, the airline’s A320 family jets are a core part of SWISS’ intra-Europe operations. Photo: SWISS

The majestic quad jets

The Airbus A340 is becoming increasingly rare as a commercial passenger aircraft. The global health crisis has been a major part of this, with airlines like SAS, Iberia, and Virgin Atlantic retiring the quadjet over the past year and a half. However, SWISS is still holding on to its A340s.

SWISS currently has five A340-300s, of which four are active at the time of publishing this article. As we understand it, the fifth aircraft has been undergoing maintenance. The airline’s five 343s have an average age of just under 18 years, and all were delivered new to the full-service carrier.

There has been some expectation that the carrier will retire this portion of its fleet soon. However, a retirement date for the 343 has yet to be revealed. However, it is likely to be fairly close, especially as the wider Lufthansa Group increasingly focuses on smaller twins.

SWISS Airbus A340
SWISS’ A340s have 223 seats spread across 168 in economy, 47 in business, and eight in first. Photo: SWISS

The wide twins

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that SWISS will follow the industry-wide trend of using widebody twinjets for its long-haul operations. To this end, the airline is relying on the Airbus A330-300, and the Boeing 777-300ER.

The Boeing 777-300ER is the airline’s flagship jet and is a relatively young part of SWISS operations. The average age of these jets is just 4.2 years.

Previously, the airline had also operated the A330-200. However, a phase-out of this type first took place in 2003-2004, with two leaving for Air Caraïbes and another two going to Malaysia Airlines. One of these now serves with the Portuguese wet lease carrier Hi Fly. A second and more significant reduction of A330-200s took place in 2009. Between April and December of that year, four A330-200s went to Vietnam Airlines. One went on to fly with Australian carrier Strategic Airlines.

SWISS Airbus A330
SWISS has 14 A330-300s in its fleet. Photo: SWISS

The pandemic performers

SWISS, through its parent company Lufthansa Group, was one of the first airlines to order the Airbus A220, known at the time as the Bombardier CSeries. In fact, the carrier was the launch customer of the type, first operating the CS100 (A220-100) in 2016. 

The airline now has 30 A220s, with just nine -100s and 21 -300s. Across both variants, the longest route is from Geneva to the Egyptian resort of Hurghada, some 2,004 miles away, a clear demonstration of the type’s flexibility.

The airline is also in the process of modernizing its medium-haul narrowbody fleet. Its order of 25 A320neo family aircraft will eventually replace the airline’s older A320ceo and A321ceo aircraft.

Have you flown on any of these SWISS aircraft? For you, which type is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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