AvTalk Episode 225: The escaping escape slide | Aviation

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, a United 767’s escape slide escapes the aircraft just before landing in Chicago, Northern Pacific is off to a shaky start, and some airline worker unions are quite pleased while others are ready to strike.

Escape slide escapes

A United Airlines 767 on approach to Chicago from Zurich lost one of its off-wing escape slides on Monday. No one on the ground was injured as the slide landed on a house. The FAA is now probing why the slide deployed. And this isn’t the first this has happened with a 767.

United expanding Pacific routes

United is (re)launching a bevy of routes in the Pacific and it continues to build out its west coast presence. The headliner here is a daily San Francisco-Manila flight.

Northern Pacific off to shaky start

Northern Pacific’s inaugural went well with a large collection of avgeeks and a party atmosphere. The return flight, on the other hand, didn’t go at all.

Union dues

United’s pilot union has reached an “Agreement in Principle” with the airline on a new four year contract. Meanwhile, flight attendants at American Airlines are almost ready to strike.

Introducing AJet Hava Taşımacılığı Anonim Şirketi

Turkish Airlines has established a wholly-owned subsidiary to run Anadolujet as it works toward spinning out the low-cost carrier with its own operating certificate.

Pegasus tops up its A321neo orders

Turkish leisure airline Pegasus has added to its A320neo family order book, with an additional 36 A321neos.

Don’t fall for the call center scam

One Delta Air Lines passenger almost learned a very hard lesson after a canceled flight.

Who’s going to Oshkosh?

Ian is headed to Oshkosh on Saturday, 29 July. Who else is going? What should he do, what can’t he miss?

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