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American Airlines Passenger Arrested After Alleged Crew Attack




An American Airlines passenger was arrested on Sunday after allegedly assaulting a crew member. Chenasia Campbell, 28, punched a flight attendant multiple times whilst boasting, “cops aren’t going to do anything to me,” before an off-duty cop restrained her for the rest of the flight.

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A flight attendant was punched and dragged to the floor by a passenger. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Assault on AA flight 1357 from Miami to New York

A woman onboard American Airlines flight 1357 from Miami (MIA) to New York (JFK) assaulted a flight attendant after complaining they didn’t pick up her garbage. Chenasia Campbell followed an attendant to the crew area of the plane before launching into a verbal tirade. After a second flight attendant intervened, Campbell allegedly threw punches and pulled her hair.

The passenger briefly got into a heated argument with another passenger before returning to the crew area and yelling obscenities at the crew. She punched the second flight attendant again before claiming, “cops aren’t going to do anything to me.” The passenger also allegedly attempted to pull up or remove the flight attendant’s dress during the altercation.

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The attacker was restrained by an off-duty New York police officer who was onboard the flight. Photo: Getty Images.

The flight attendant reportedly asked the pilot to land the plane, but the request was denied. Eventually, an off-duty New York police officer onboard the plane intervened and placed the suspect in hand restraints for the rest of the flight. After the plane touched down at New York JFK Airport, Campbell was taken into custody by authorities.

According to court documents,

“The defendant reapproached the Victim in the crew area of the plane and began yelling obscenities. The defendant stated to the Victim that the “cops aren’t going to do anything to me,” and then struck the Victim with closed fists, causing the two of them to fall to the floor. At some point during the altercation, the defendant attempted to pull up or remove the Victim’s dress.”


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The passenger will face federal charges

The alleged attacker was arraigned at Brooklyn Federal Court for an assault charge on Monday. The passenger will be charged with interfering with a flight crew, which is classified as a federal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Campbell, a New York resident who is currently unemployed, is said to have worked for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in the past.


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The federal charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Photo: Getty Images

As stated in court documents,

“The defendant, CHENASIA I. CAMPBELL, did knowingly and intentionally assault and intimidate a flight attendant of the aircraft, interfere with the performance of the duties of the flight attendant, and lessen the ability of the flight attendant to perform those duties.”

The defendant attended a virtual hearing on Monday and was released on $15,000 bail. Prosecutors also demanded that Campbell undergo a mental health evaluation and random drug testing. Defending lawyers claim that the defendant is already participating in a mental health treatment program.

Flight attendant sustained minor injuries

Fortunately, the flight attendant received no major injuries and required no further medical assistance after landing in New York. However, court documents allege that the injuries sustained impaired her ability to perform her duties for the rest of the flight.

The flight attendant is said to have,

“… sustained scrapes to the arm and cheek, bruises to the forehead and leg, swollen hands from defending herself, and a strained neck as a result of being pulled to the floor by the defendant. The Victim was evaluated by medical personnel at JFK and refused additional medical assistance.”

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The flight attendant, fortunately, avoided any serious injuries during the assault. Photo: Getty Images

Despite the many perks of the job, being a flight attendant can be a tough gig, especially with aggressive passengers onboard. Another American Airlines attendant suffered serious injuries due to turbulence last month, while there have been several unruly passenger incidents in the past few months alone.

Have you ever experienced a similar incident on a flight? Let us know your experiences in the comments.

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The Story Of The Ethiopian Airlines 767 That Landed At The Wrong Airport



Back in 2013, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 flying from Addis Ababa to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Airport inadvertently landed at nearby Arusha Airport instead. The two airports are situated some 50km (31 miles) apart from each other. So how did this incident occur in the first place?

The incident involved a Boeing 767-300ER operated by Ethiopian Airlines. Photo: Joren de Groof via Wikimedia Commons 

The events of December 2013

It was on December 18th, 2013, that Ethiopian Airlines flight ET815 took off from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD), bound for Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). This flight number has had a few variations but usually sees a triangle route operating from Addis Ababa to some combination of Tanzanian destinations, including Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam (DAR), and Zanzibar (ZNZ). When the 2013 incident occurred, however, flight ET815 was scheduled to continue on to the port city of Mombassa, in Kenya.

By all accounts, the departure and takeoff of flight 815 went smoothly and without incident. The aircraft headed south-southwest towards its first stop at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania- the main gateway airport for international tourists either planning a safari adventure or a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

The flight overflies Kenya to land at Kilimanjaro airport, fairly close to the border. Photo:

Approaching Kilimanjaro

According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), the pilot made first contact with Kilimanjaro International Airport when descending to FL240. He told Kilimanjaro that he had been cleared by the Dar es Salaam Area Control Centre to descend to this altitude, with the intention of heading to a given waypoint before final approach.

Along the way, the pilot was informed that Kilimanjaro’s runway 09 was not available due to a disabled aircraft located at the approach end. Thus, he was directed to approach the runway from the other side (runway 27). While approaching runway 09 would have provided instrument arrival guidance, runway 27 was not equipped with an instrument landing system.

About 14 minutes after being informed of this, the pilot reported having the airport in sight. After confirming the position of the disabled aircraft, the surface wind was communicated, and clearance to land was given by air traffic control.

Arusha Airport (left) is located 60km (by road) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Photo: Google Maps

Kilimanjaro’s control tower, expecting a 767 to land, failed to see the aircraft. The controller made attempts to contact the aircraft on the Kilimanjaro frequency, but no reply was received.

After repeatedly trying to reach the aircraft by radio, a telephone call came in from the Arusha tower. They had informed Kilimanjaro tower that the Ethiopian Airlines 767, registered ET-AQW, had landed at runway 27 of their airport instead.

Less than half the runway length

Ending up at the wrong airport is an interesting story in itself. However, the story gets more interesting when considering Arusha’s status as a small regional facility. While the airports of Kilimanjaro and Arusha are located relatively close to one another and have runways with identical orientations, the characteristics of each runway are quite different.

The local newspaper ‘The Citizen’ reported that there was much confusion from aviaiton officials. “It probably landed here by mistake,” Arusha’s airport manager is quoted saying on the day. “The pilot was not supposed to land here because this is not an airport its size.”

Kilimanjaro’s runway has a full length of 3,600 meters (11,811 ft) (without the presence of a disabled aircraft at one end), Arusha airport’s runway is a mere 1,620 meters (5,315 ft). Indeed, Arusha (ARK) is a domestic-only airport that serves small aircraft hopping between other towns and cities in Tanzania. The airport would typically see small aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan while the largest one might see at this airport is an ATR72.

Arusha airport was never meant to handle such large aircraft. Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Wikimedia Commons 

Therefore, the presence of a Boeing 767-300ER presents quite a challenge for both the airport and the aircraft’s flight crew, as the approximate length required for a 767-300 takeoff is somewhere over 2,600 meters (8,563 ft). This would, of course, vary by payload, altitude, and temperature.

Aircraft stuck in the grass

Thankfully, the aircraft managed to safely land at Arusha’s runway 27 within the length of the runway. However, during an attempted 180 degree turn, the aircraft’s nose and main landing gear wheels exited the runway, becoming stuck in soft soil. Arusha’s runway is just  32 meters (105 ft) wide compared to Kilimanjaro’s 45 meters (147.5 ft).

According to FlightGlobal, Ethiopian Airlines reported that there was a long delay before passengers could disembark and images from the scene indicated that the escape slides were activated. The Aviation Herald reports that this was because some emergency exits were opened for air circulation and to “calm discontent amongst the passengers,” who had been stuck in the aircraft for three and a half hours after landing. This lengthy delay was reportedly due to the need for appropriately-sized aircraft stairs – unavailable at Arusha airport.

The jet was towed back and ASN notes that there was no damage to the aircraft and no injuries were reported from the 223 persons onboard.

Enca reports that Precision Air diverted some of its flights that would have normally landed in Arusha to Kilimanjaro. The Tanzanian regional carrier said that it had to ferry its passengers into town by bus instead.

A successful takeoff was accomplished two days after landing, on December 20th, 2013- this time without passengers. Excess fuel was also offloaded as well. The aircraft then made the short hop to Kilimanjaro International airport.

While reporting doesn’t mention what happened to the passengers, we would presume that immigration officials would have been dispatched to process arriving passengers, with those heading onwards to Mombassa being transfered to JRO by land.

What happened?

ASN reports that during the descent the pilot apparently saw an airport and “prematurely abandoned the given arrival procedure,” which would have positioned him at the proper waypoint and approach for Kilimanjaro’s runway.

He subsequently approached runway 27 at Arusha Airport believing that he was headed to Kilimanjaro. The aircraft’s downwind position report was not challenged by the Kilimanjaro controller, who should have confirmed the situation visually.

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Alaska Airlines Grows Its Boise Portfolio Even More



On Thursday, Alaska Airlines inaugurated two new daily nonstop services from Boise, Idaho’s capital. Alaska Airlines has even more planned, announcing two more new nonstop flights scheduled to start this fall. The airline’s focus continues to be on growing its Western US presence.

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Alaska Airlines is continuing to grow in Boise. Photo: Getty Images

Alaska Airlines starts two new routes out of Boise

Alaska Airlines has inaugurated daily nonstop services from Boise Airport (BOI) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The two routes have come just in time for summer.

Chicago O’Hare is a major hub for American Airlines, and American also has plans to fly the route. Alaska Airlines flights complement American’s and provide more options for travelers looking to get from Boise to Chicago and the rest of the world. Alaska is using an Embraer E175 on the route.

As for Austin, Alaska Airlines has a monopoly on the route, which also flies with an Embraer E175. Austin is a growing focus city for American Airlines, so Alaska can tap into some of American’s marketing power in the city thanks to the two carrier’s West Coast alliance.

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Alaska has used the E175 to launch new services out of Boise. Photo: Getty Images

Adding two new flights

This fall, Alaska Airlines is adding a new route from Boise to Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

Flights to PUW will run five times per week on a Q400 turboprop. The aircraft will depart BOI at 11:10 and arrive in PUW at 11:15. The return flight leaves PUW at 11:55 and arrives at 13:34 in BOI. All times are local. Flights will start on August 17th.

Flights from BOI to PHX will depart at 10:30 and arrive at 12:30. The return flight will depart PHX at 13:10 and arrive in BOI at 16:15. All times are local. This flight will run daily with an Embraer E175. Flights will start on November 19th and are set to end for now on April 18th.

Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines, stated the following on the airline’s Boise expansion:

“Our guests are showing us how excited they are about our new service to Chicago and Austin from Boise with strong bookings throughout the summer months. Our new year-round route bridging Boise and PullmanMoscow will offer a crucial link to that area’s two major universities, and the seasonal nonstop to Phoenix is another terrific way to quickly escape to sunshine and warmth in the desert this winter.”

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Alaska will have an expansive route network out of Boise. Photo: Alaska Airlines

The flight to Pullman is made possible with an agreement between Alaska Airlines and the University of Idaho. The University announced the agreement, paying up to $500,000 each year if Alaska does not make 10% more than the cost of operations on the service. This helps connect the University in Moscow, Idaho, to Boise and the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, the route to Phoenix is similar in strategy to the Chicago O’Hare service. This is a major hub for American Airlines, and American already operates flights on the route. Alaska will complement American’s flight times and allow for more connections.

Building out in Boise

Come this winter, Alaska Airlines will fly up to 30 daily nonstop departures out of Boise to 14 destinations. The airline will have more daily departures to more nonstop destinations out of Boise than any other airline. This sets up the airline to continue to do well in the western US.

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The new route to PUW will run on a Q400. Photo: Getty Images

Boise is the kind of market that is ripe for Alaska Airlines’ expansion. It is a growing city with passengers who want to go to many points across the US and where many Americans want to visit. Much of Alaska’s flying, such as to San Jose, Palm Springs, San Diego, Spokane, Pullman, Austin, and soon Everett, among others, are mostly point-to-point services.

The city is also not picking up the keen interest of major US airlines, leaving Alaska Airlines as one of the fastest-growing and dynamic airlines in the city. There are still plenty of options for Alaska Airlines to grow in the future as demand warrants.

Are you glad to see Alaska Airlines add more flying in Boise? Let us know in the comments!

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Delta Air Lines Drops Cape Town With Nonstop Johannesburg A350 Flights



Delta Air Lines has announced its return to South Africa this August. However, the airline will only serve Johannesburg and has axed its plans to serve the Atlanta-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Atlanta triangle route. Instead, using an Airbus A350-900 will serve Atlanta to Johannesburg nonstop and fly its longest nonstop flight.

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Delta will fly an A350 nonstop between South Africa and the US. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Delta will return to Johannesburg

Delta Air Lines will return to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) on August 1st. The airline’s only route to South Africa, Delta will serve the airport from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Delta plans to fly the route three times per week to start. The flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg will run on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The return flight will operate on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays.

Flight DL200 departs ATL at 19:00 and arrives the next day in JNB at 16:30. Flight DL201 departs JNB at 22:55 and arrives the next day in ATL at 09:15. All times are local.

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Delta is the only airline flying nonstop between Atlanta and Johannesburg. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Joe Esposito, Delta’s SVP of Network Planning, stated the following on the airline’s return to South Africa:

“Delta has proudly served South Africa for more than 15 years, and we’re thrilled to return to a market so highly sought after by tourists. Two-thirds of Americans report making summer travel plans, and with demand growing rapidly alongside U.S. vaccination rates, we’re bringing back more flights and destinations to deliver on their anticipation to get back out in the world and reclaim the joy of travel.”

Onboard, passengers will be able to delight in inflight entertainment and high-capacity overhead bins. The airline has also decided to offer uniquely crafted menu items, choosing flavors unique and known in South Africa. All customers will receive a choice of an entreé, alongside an appetizer and dessert. There will also be a full beverage selection available.

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Delta can serve the route with an enhanced A350-900 capable of making the jaunt nonstop. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Meal items in economy include dishes like beef stew with jollof rice, fried plantains, and sautéed spinach, or Malay chicken curry with coconut rice and ginger-infused French green beans. Meanwhile, Delta One customers can pre-order their meals on flights between the US and South Africa. This includes items like Peri Peri chicken or grilled prawns with jasmine rice.

The aircraft

Delta will use a four-class Airbus A350-900 on the route. This features the airline’s Delta One Suites in business class, Premium Select (premium economy), Comfort+ (extra-legroom economy), and standard economy. There are 32 Delta One Suites, 48 premium economy seats, 36 extra-legroom seats, and 190 economy seats.

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Passengers in business class can delight in the Delta One Suite product. Photo: Jay Singh | Simple Flying

Delta had previously planned to use the Airbus A350 to fly the route. However, Johannesburg is a hot and high airport, and this limits aircraft performance. Pre-crisis, Delta flew a Boeing 777-200LR between the two cities, which was the initial aircraft that unlocked nonstop flying between the two cities.

Delta bid farewell to its 777s last year. The plan was to use Airbus A350s to fly all the ultra-long-haul routes the 777-200LRs flew. However, Delta needed to wait for a higher gross weight, longer range Airbus A350 to serve the routes nonstop.

The lack of those Airbus A350s was why, last year, Delta announced plans to add a stop in Cape Town on the way back from Johannesburg. Delta could sell tickets between Cape Town and the US, but not exclusively between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Losing its competitive advantage

Delta was the only US airline flying year-round to South Africa. United Airlines ran a seasonal nonstop between Newark and Cape Town. American Airlines did not serve South Africa on its own metal.

With South African Airways in an uncertain future, United Airlines decided to throw its hat in the ring with a nonstop between Newark and Johannesburg using a Boeing 787-9. This would leave Delta’s one-stop return routing uncompetitive compared to United’s nonstop.

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With United Airlines launching its own nonstop between Newark and Johannesburg, Delta’s one-stop was not very competitive. Photo: Delta Air Lines

With the enhanced Airbus A350-900, Delta can eliminate the stop in Cape Town and regain a competitive foothold in the market. The airline has not detailed any other plans to serve Cape Town at this time. It will offer interlining to Cape Town, and passengers can connect in Delta’s partner European hubs to fly to Cape Town.

Delta in Africa

When Johannesburg service resumes, Delta will have restored its entire pre-crisis Africa network. This includes resuming flights to Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), and Lagos (Nigeria).

Delta is operating nearly 20 weekly flights to Africa. This includes daily service between Atlanta and Lagos and New York-JFK, and Accra. There is another five-times-per-week service between JFK and Dakar. On July 8th, Delta will bring back service four times per week between Lagos and JFK.

Are you glad to see Delta gear up to resume its ATL-JNB nonstop route? Are you sad the airline will not service Cape Town? Let us know in the comments!

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Volaris Sets Date To Start Flying To Colombia



Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris is flying to Colombia, starting on October 6. With two new routes, Volaris becomes the latest player in a contested Mexico-Colombia aviation market that is set to become one of the fastest growing following the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s investigate further.

Volaris is launching new routes between Mexico City and Cancun to Bogota, Colombia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

All about Volaris’ new routes

Earlier this year, Volaris received approval from the Colombian authorities to launch direct flights to Bogota. Along with Viva Aerobus, it is one of the new Mexican carriers set to enter the market.

Viva Aerobus will launch its Mexico City-Bogota route on August 21, with two weekly frequencies. Then, on September 15, Viva will increase to daily flights.

Meanwhile, Volaris will start flying two routes on October 6. These segments will be Mexico City-Bogota and Cancun-Bogota. Volaris will operate four weekly flights for the first one and three weekly frequencies for the latter.

The Mexico City-Bogota route will depart on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meanwhile, the Cancun-Bogota will operate on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays said Volaris in a statement.

The company will start selling the tickets for these routes on June 23.

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Volaris has had one of the fastest recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Photo: Getty Images

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The Mexico-Colombia aviation market highlights

During the last year, the Mexico-Colombia market has become one of the highlights in South America. Both Volaris and Viva Aerobus will launch routes between both countries; also, Colombian low-cost carrier Viva has just started flights on two of its four routes between these two nations.

According to Cirium’s database, there will be four airlines operating flights between Mexico and Colombia in July. These are Aeromexico, Avianca, Wingo, and Viva. They will offer 449 flights, with 75,214 seats available.

Flavia Santoro, ProColombia president, said in a statement,

“The arrival of Volaris is proof of the international trust set on Colombia. It also strengthens the commercial relationship with Mexico, which is now our third destination by the number of air frequencies and seats available.”

Despite the recovery of this market, there’s still a long way to go before getting to the pre-pandemic levels. Cirium states that there are 54% fewer flights right now than two years ago. Additionally, the market has lost a player with the exit of Interjet. This carrier operated flights to Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena de Indias.

Volaris can’t increase its routes and capacity to the US at the moment. Photo: Getty Images.

Volaris’ growth for the following months

Volaris is one of the most successful airlines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier has recovered 100% of its domestic traffic, and it is close to doing the same in the international segment. Volaris currently has 184 active routes (108 domestic and 76 international) and has carried nearly 18 million people since the start of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, following Mexico’s air safety rating downgrade to Category 2, Volaris had to readjust its plans going forward.

Volaris won’t be able to increase its presence in the US while Mexico remains in Category 2. Therefore, the Mexican low-cost carrier will strengthen its domestic market share, it said in a statement. Volaris will also deploy new capacity to the international markets it serves or plans to do, like Colombia.

In the meantime, Volaris hopes the Mexican government will quickly restore its air safety rating with the Federal Aviation Administration. The longer it takes, the hardest the hit will be on Mexican airlines, as they can’t add routes or capacity to the US.

Are you eager to try Volaris’ new routes from Mexico and Cancun to Bogota? Let us know in the comments. 

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