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No Airbus A380 Air Force One

Call it wishful thinking, but I was so hoping to see the Airbus A380 in the Air Force One livery. Alas, my wish will not come true, and I will have to live with this CGI image by Gareth Burgess of Flight International. EADS North America confirmed that it will not respond to a request for information by the US …

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER low visibility take off

Over the last few weeks, we in India, especially New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata have been experiencing flight disruptions due to low visibility and fog. May be this picture from Flickr user moonm, of Singapore Airlines newest Boeing 777-3000ER, 9V-SWT, taking off from the cold foggy confines of Paine Field, might inspire some airlines, airports, and air traffic controllers, to …

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Singapore Airlines to upgrade Bangalore to Boeing 777-300

In its Summer 2009 time-table, effective March 29, Singapore Airlines will revert back to servicing Bangalore Singapore with the Boeing 777-300, an upgrade from the existing Boeing 777-200. The slowdown in the global economy caused significant impact in the Information Technology sector, which constitutes a bulk of Bangalore’s international traffic. In response Singapore Airlines had downgraded services from a daily …

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An era ends as Qantas retires its Boeing 747-300s and their flight engineers

An era came to its end as Australian carrier Qantas retired its last Boeing 747-300. The fleet of six, which entered service between 1984 and 1987, clocked more than 524,000 flying hours. Along with the retirement of the fleet, comes another retirement — flight engineers. Modern airliners with their “glass cockpits” have eliminated the flight engineers’ station. Qantas will no …

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JetLite Boeing 737-800 returns to Kolkata after engine fire – Update 1

JetLite Boeing 737-300A JetLite Boeing 737-800 performing flight S2-361 from Kolkata to Guwahati, India, returned to Kolkata airport, after the crew declared an emergency after the left hand engine caught fire shortly after take-off at 0629 local 0059 GMT, January 17, 2009. The crew shut the engine down, activated fire extinguisher, and stopped the fire. The plane landed 0648 local. …

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Gulf Air to lease four Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ERs

Jet Airways procured ten ultra-luxuriously appointed Boeing 777-300ERs for its ambitious international expansion. It even won awards for its international first class, featuring private suites. Now those plans are in tatters, and Jet has abandoned its international ambitions, at least for the foreseeable future. Recently TravelBizMonitor reported Jet Airways, has dropped its expansion plan, especially plans of expanding overseas informed …

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Pakistan Airlines flight returns safely after captain suffers heart attack

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777-300ER, registration AP-BID, performing as flight PK785, from Islamabad (ISB), Pakistan to London Heathrow (LHR), United Kingdom, with 435 passengers on board, had to return back to Islamabad airport, when the captain suffered a cardiac arrest one hour in to the flight, as per reports from Aviation Herald. The landing was safely performed two …

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Continental successfully completes bio-fuel flight, more airlines should follow

Following the successful bio-fuel test at Air New Zealand just 9 days ago, Continental Airlines, became the first U.S. airline to conduct a successful bio-fuel test yesterday, January 7. The test at Continental was very similar to the one at Air New Zealand. The air-frame manufacturer was Boeing, at Continental it was a Boeing 737-800, while at Air New Zealand …

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Indian navy orders 8 Boeing P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft

The Government of India has ordered eight Boeing P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft. At $2.1 billion this will be the biggest-ever defence deal of India with United States, double of the $962-million contract signed with US for six C-130J `Super Hercules’ aircraft for use by Indian special forces, last year. The Boeing P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine …

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Honeywell’s “very odd” Boeing 757

Honeywell did a test flight of this very odd looking Boeing 757. The small engine attached to the front part of the fuselage is being developed for regional jets and private commercial jets. See all the pictures here from Cupps at Flightglobal Airspace. Thanks to Jon at FlightBlogger for the tip. Incidentally, Jon has done a very interesting analysis which …

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Air New Zealand conducts biofuel flight

The much publicised bio-fuel test flight of Air New Zealand was conducted successfully. Congratulations to the teams at Air New Zealand, Boeing, Rolls Royce, and UOP division of Honeywell. The blend of fuel was 50% Jet A-1, and 50% Jatropha oil. The Jatropha plant is grown extensively in India, and bio-diesel is slowly inching its way in to the market. …

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Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER in Turkish Airlines THY livery

Harun Ornek captured two of the Boeing 777-300ER’s recently wet-leased by THY Turkish Airlines from Jet Airways. The aircraft retain their Indian registrations and flags. VT-JED has been named Akdeniz (meaning the Mediterranean Sea in Turkish).VT-JEE has been named Karadeniz (meaning the Black Sea in Turkish). Observe the Indian flag.This picture of VT-JEE from jetphotos.net.To see an extensive photo gallery …

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Boeing 787-9 delayed till 2013 says launch customer

Air New Zealand, the launch customer, of the much awaited, and much delayed, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, in a statement announced “Boeing confirmed yesterday a further 12 month delay could be expected with the first 787-9 aircraft to be delivered to Air New Zealand in the first quarter of 2013,” Air New Zealand has eight 787-9 on order. Originally deliveries were …

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Continental Boeing 737 crashes at Denver

In a second incident involving a commercial jet mishap at a major airport in just about twelve hours, as per Reuters, a Continental Airlines Boeing 737 plane went off the runway and caught fire at Denver International Airport at 18:18 December 20, (01:18 GMT December 21). Less than 12 hours earlier, at 13:51 GMT, December 20, a Gulf Air Airbus …

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner – first flight 2Q2009, first delivery 1Q2010

Just received a release from Boeing. Boeing announced today an updated schedule for its all-new 787 Dreamliner program that moves the commercial jet’s first flight into the second quarter of 2009 and first delivery into the first quarter of 2010. The new schedule reflects the impact of disruption caused by the recent Machinists’ strike along with the requirement to replace …

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India should pursue aviation bio-fuel

On Jan. 7, 2009, Houston, Texas based Continental Airlines will partner with Boeing to test a 737-800 passenger jet using a biofuel and traditional jet fuel mixture. The biofuel is to be made from algae and jatropha plants. Air New Zealand and Boeing were to test bio-fuels on a Boeing 747 Jumbo jet, using UOP (a Honeywell company) technology, on …

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Boeing F/A-18 Hornet crashes in San Diego

CNN is reporting a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter attack jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California, on Monday as it tried to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The pilot ejected before the jet, an F/A-18, went down two miles from the airfield about 11:55 PT (19:55GMT), Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. Photo : …

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Etihad finalises major order on Airbus

Airbus reported completion of the largest civil aircraft deal of the year, a 51-plane order from Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways worth over $10 billion. The order includes 6 A380 superjumbo, 25 A350XWB and 20 single-aisle A320 aircraft. The order was first announced at the Farnborough air show in July. However, Etihad’s financial woes, and speculation of a merger with …

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