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Thai airways to ground it fleet of A340s

As per Bloomberg report, Thai Airways has grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A340s, some of which are barely a few years old for cost efficiency purposes. The airline says that it’s unable to make any flights on these quad engine aircrafts profitable even after the substantial oil price drop. In this age of twin engines aircrafts performing as good as the yesteryear 4 engine beauties, the need for such aircrafts has been almost wiped out. No airline has any pressing need to fly these birds anymore unless they are flying to hot and high destinations such as Johannesburg or Mexico to name a few. Thai has tried to sell these aircrafts for a while now but without any success and as has been the case…

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Air France 747 Forever video series

Air France recently retired the last of the Boeing 747 from its active fleet. In recognition of the great service that the “Queen of the skies” has performed for the airline, the airline put a up a nice compilation of videos detailing how each and every department was involved in keeping the great bird running. You can view the series of videos at the playlist below: Personally, I have been a big fan to the 747s because they are so reminding of the golden age of travel and specially the first class right in its front. What are your favourite memories of the Queen of the skies?

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Air India losing senior Dreamliner pilots

In what could be termed as a big setback to Air India’s international plans, at least 8 Senior Boeing Dreamliner pilots have either left or are serving their notice period. Given that the airline is pushing ahead with managing its international operation on the back of the 27 Boeing 787s it has on order, losing senior pilots at this critical juncture can prove to be an expensive disaster. The pilots seem to be headed for greener pastures at Spicejet which has recently bounced back after its own fair share of troubles and given it operates a Boeing fleet the pilots make a good fit. Another reason for he pilots choice is attributed to the move of Mr SP Puri who was earlier with Air India,…

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Oxygen mask selfies and Boeing moving away from titanium in 787

If you are sane and in an emergency situation I am sure I for one wouldn’t be the one clicking selfies but it seems like some people aboard the United flight UA447 from Denver to Los Angeles seem to find clicking selfies as natural response to any emergency situation. Due to a medical emergency the pilot on the plane decided to divert the flight to the nearest airport and deployed oxygen masks as a safety measure, once the masks were deployed. The smartphones came out and lo and behold it was selfie time for some of them. You can read more about it here. Boeing 787 has proven to be quite a revolutionary plane due to use of various unique elements in its construction whether…

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Does Airbus A380 helps easing traffic congestion at airports?

Bloomberg ran an interesting article about how the current regulations mandating 12% more separation between the Airbus A380 and other planes to avoid the wake turbulence generated by the A380 is inhibiting Dubai airport to maximize the benefits of the super-jumbo by increasing the number of flights it can land or take off from the airport. There are no clear cut answers as to whether the A380 is really making the airlines help carry more passengers in totality from an airport. The article has interesting comparison between the separation required between the Boeing 777s which are the other mainstay of Dubai’s flagship carrier, Emirates and the Boeing 747 jumbos and how that fares against the A380. The comparison seems true at face value but to quantify…

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Hainan to place B787 order worth $7.7 billion

The Street ran an interesting article about the most innovative routes that are now being run using a B787. One of those interesting routes is 7,071 mile Beijing-Boston flight on a B788 flown by the China’s fourth biggest airline, Hainan. Hainan is a unique airline given that at a time when most of the Chinese airlines are focusing on strengthening their domestic and short to medium haul network, Hainan has opted to go big on the long haul markets such as Western Europe and Americas. Hainan has been using its A330/B787 fleet to operate flights to its various routes from its global hub in Beijing to various cities in the Europe and Americas such as Chicago, Toronto, Brussels, Berlin, Moscow, Seattle and many more. The…

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ANA places $16.6 billion order for 70 planes

After months of hectic negotiations, ANA seems to have finally made up its mind to place an order for 70 planes worth $16.6 billion at list prices. The order consists of 40 planes for Boeing and 30 for Airbus. The Boeing order consists of 20 777-9X, 14 787-9 and 6 777-300ER and 7 A320neo along with 23 A321neo. The planes which will be delivered from 2016 to 2027 are aimed at replacing the existing A320/21, 737-500 and A320ceo. This is also the biggest buy in carrier’s history. Adding up to the previous total the ANA total orders for the 787 series now stands at 80. With rapid modernization, both ANA and JAL are trying to capitalize on the growth in the Asian markets and putting…

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When pilots lose their way…….

Apparently the pilots of Atlas Air 4241 learnt this first hand. The plane in question here is the Boeing Dreamlifter which has the distinction of having the largest cargo hold in the world is frequently used to ferry the Boeing 787 Dreamliner parts from various Boeing and its suppliers facilities around the world. The plane was originally scheduled to land at the McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas but due to pilot error ended up landing in the tiny airport of Jabara, 12 miles away. How and why this happened is still being determined but it seems really shocking that experienced pilots can also lose way and end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Dreamlifter needs more than 9000 feet of…

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SingaporeAir Boeing 747-400 farewell flight on 6th April 2012

Singapore Airlines will commemorate the retirement of the legendary Boeing 747-400 from its fleet by running a special flight on the 6th of April 2012 from Singapore to Hong Kong and back. One can go ahead and make a request for booking SIN-HKG and HKG-SIN flights, I’m sure seats on the flight will be taken up very very fast so you really need ASAP. The Packages offered for the Ex-SIN flight as mentioned on the website are:   And the ex-HKG packages as mentioned on the website are   I’m personally looking forward to be on atleast one of these flights and am sure with all the aviation enthusiasts on board it’s really going to be one hell of a ride. Singapore Airlines has created…

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Cathay Pacific to launch new seats for Premium Economy and Economy

Cathay Pacific has announced the launch of its new Premium Economy class and also an overhaul of its international economy seating. The airline to bring these changes onto its aircrafts starting March 2012 with the firs flight from Hong Kong to Sydney. The other routes which will be getting the Premium Economy seating will be Singapore, New York, Toronto and Vancouver followed by other destinations. In contrast to the usual practice of placing Premium Economy seats in the same cabin as Econ0my, Cathay plans to create a seperate cabin space for the same having 26 to 34 seats based on the aircraft config. The Seat pitch will be 38 inches, which is six inches more than Economy Class and 19.3 inches wide, with an 8 inch…

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