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You say goodbye, I say hello

Commercial aviation is pushing into a new frontier. Some are calling this an industry super-cycle; the civil aerospace industry is developing (A320NEO, 737MAX and G2 Embraer E-Jet family), assembling (787-9), ramping-up (787-8), rolling out (A350 and CSeries), and rolling over (727s and 747s) an unprecedented number of aircraft types. Preparing to Fly: Airbus A350, Friday 14 […]

Qantas Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation

Fifties aircraft safety, a glamourous affair.

Today’s treat is this amazing Qantas relic, a safety procedures card that I have been told came from a Qantas Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation. Passed on by an elderly friend, it harks back to the fabulous fifties when flying was more than just the cheapest fare, and still that little bit glamorous. Qantas Empire Airways’ […]

MSN1 powers up for the first time. Image: Airbus SAS.

Next steps for the next generation.

With the worst news for airlines behind them, Airbus and Boeing are now making fast tracks in the development of their next generation aircraft families. On May 30 in Everett, Boeing commenced final assembly – the process of joining the wings, fuselage sections, and integrating systems – of the first Boeing 787-9 on the former 767 […]

China Southern's first 787-8 B-2725 arrives at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Image: China Southern Airlines.

China Southern: The blue dragon has risen.

Today, after years of production and bureaucratic delays, China Southern marked a significant milestone with the arrival of its first Boeing 787-8 in Guangzhou. The airline having taken delivery of the aircraft registered B-2725 on May 31. The 787 delivery marks the next chapter in the transformation of China Southern. B-2725 will enter revenue service […]


China’s CAAC issues 787 type certification

It’s been a long wait. After years of delays, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) today issued the Chinese type certification certificate for the Boeing 787-8. A team from China Southern is currently in Seattle undertaking preparatory work and customer acceptance flights before formally accepting the carrier’s first 787 LN 34, registered B-2725, on […]

Image: Airbus SAS.

Ain’t she pretty? Airbus rolls out painted A350XWB.

Airbus has rolled out its first Airbus A350-900 MSN001 in its full paint scheme at its Toulouse production facility. Airbus is yet to set an official date for the maiden sortie of the prototype flight test aircraft. Fitted with Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines the aircraft has spent close to a week in the paint […]

JAL is preparing to sue the Japanese Government over favoured allocation of slots at Haneda Airport. Image: San Diego International Airport.

Japan Airlines is bringing the dream to Sydney.

Pushing ahead with it’s 787 expansion, Japan Airlines will be the first international airline to introduce Boeing 787 services to Sydney. Operating the daily JL771/772 service from Tokyo Narita, the Boeing 787-8 will replace the Boeing 777 currently operated from December 1. Three months after the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was grounded in late-January, the aircraft […]

National Air Cargo 747-400F accident

This video is purported to be of the Boeing 747-400BCF, registered N949CA, of National Air Cargo that crashed after takeoff from Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan on 29 April. During climb out the nose of the aircraft appears to pitch up sharply, before enters into a stall and coming down near the airport perimeter […]

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