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Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Air Force has become the latest air arm to see its entire fleet of Boeing E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) aircraft undergo Boeing’s Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) upgrade. This follows in the footsteps of the AWACS fleets operated by the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom and… Read more »

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Following 50th Delivery, ANA Now Operates The World’s Largest Boeing 787 Fleet

ANA, Japan largest carrier has reached a milestone when taking delivery of its 50th Boeing 787 Dreamliner on August 17th 2016. The new aircraft was handed over by manufacturer Boeing that day at an official ceremony held at the Everett facility near Seattle, Washington state. By initiating a 50-aircraft order back in 2004, ANA become… Read more »

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FlyDubai 737-800 Crash On Approach In Rostov-On-Don, Russia Kills All 62 On Board

A Boeing 737-800 operated by United Arab Emirates low cost carrier FlyDubai crashed while attempting to land at Rostov-On-Don in southern Russia this Saturday March 19th 2016. The aircraft had departed Dubai six hours earlier with 55 passengers and 7 crews on board. Operating as Flight 981, the 737-800 first aborted its landing while 6.7… Read more »

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Airbus A320NEO Enters Service With Lufthansa

Lufthansa the launch customer for Airbus new A320NEO aircraft began operating the type this January 25th 2016 with its maiden flight on the Frankfurt – Munich route. The aircraft registered D-AINA (MSN 6801) was delivered to Lufthansa on January 20th 2016 ahead of another 70 A320NEO and 45 A321NEO ordered by the group from the… Read more »

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Two Years After Tragedies, Malaysia Airline Withdraws 777 From Fleet

Malaysia Airlines is ending Boeing 777 operations immediately, the Independant UK reported. The government-owned carrier has announced that the new restructuring plan being currently executed imposed to do away with the aircraft that was involved in the two MH17 and MH370 tragedies. Both incidents had involved two of the carriers 6 Boeing 777-200ER. MH370 is… Read more »

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EVA To Order Another 2 Boeing 777-300ER With 24 787-10

EVA Air has manifested its intention to acquire another 2 Boeing 777-300ER along with 24 Boeing 787-10. The new build aircraft package compounds a list price of $8 Billion. The October 15th 2015 statement by manufacturer Boeing Company reminded that the Taiwan-based carrier already operates 21 Boeing 777-300ER with another 15 due for delivery from… Read more »

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Finally Thai Airways Introduces Much Awaited A380 Service On Heathrow-Bangkok Route

Thai Airways International, Thailand main’s carrier has finally introduced its flagship A380 on the coveted Bangkok-London Heathrow on July 1st 2015. The move comes more than two years after the aircraft became operational in Thai service. The route had been traditionally operated by Boeing 747-400s up until the middle of 2012 when the aircraft were… Read more »

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Emirates Places A380 On Dubai-Dusseldorf Route

Dubai-based Emirates Airlines recently announced it is beginning daily service with its A380 between Dusseldorf and Dubai replacing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new destination marks the carrier’s 12th service to a European city, and its 84th globally. Dusseldorf will also be the third German city to receive the A380. Emirates which now operate 62 Airbus… Read more »

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Etihad Airways Introduces Brand New 787-9 On Abu-Dhabi – Zurich Route

Zurich Airport and Etihad Airways officials along with the media gathered at the gate of the re-fashioned daily flight offering between Zurich and Abu Dhabi, the carrier’s home base in the United Arab Emirates. The route that has previously been served with an Airbus A330-300 is only the third, beginning July 6th 2015 where the… Read more »

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EVA Air Cargo Begins Post MD-11F And 747-400F Era With Order For 5 Boeing 777F

The Paris air show 2015 saw EVA Airways order 5 new Boeing 777F, a $1.5 billion list price investment towards building its future cargo fleet. The move highlighted the Taiwanese carrier effort towards modernizing its cargo fleet yet consolidating most economically its entire long haul passenger and freight mission on 2 variants of a single… Read more »

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New Emirates A380 Variant Will Seat 615, The Highest To Date.

Emirates has announced that it would begin deploying a new seating configuration on its flagship A380. The new aircraft cabin configuration, capable of seating 615 passengers would be the largest yet among all in-service A380s and is set to enter operation on the Dubai – Copenhagen route this coming December. To date the route had… Read more »

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Horrific Plunge Of TransAsia Airways ATR-72-600 Into River At Least 13 Fatalities

Horrific images of yesterday’s TransAsia Airways flight GE235 crash have began to appear.  The aircraft, an ATR-72-600 had departed Taipei Songshan Airport on February 4th 2015 at about 10:50 am on a flight to Kinmen crashed less than 5 minutes later. Footage of the incident was captured by a dashboard-mounted camera aboard a car, showing… Read more »

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The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin And Operations Part III: China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Malaysia Airlines and British Airways

This entry is the third installment of our series highlighting the Airbus A380 fleet’s various cabin configurations. The selection of cabin products and services made by China Southern Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways and British Airways the latest carriers to celebrate the super jumbo entry into service, will be discussed. The A380 aircraft had first… Read more »