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 »

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 »

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 »

The Qantas Boeing 747-400 That Flew With A 5th (Spare) Engine Under Wing – Analysis

  A very unusual aviation event took place on Wednesday January 5th 2016. A Qantas Boeing 747-400 (VH-OJH) normally powered with four Rolls Royce RB211-524 turbofans was seen flying with a 5th engine under its left wing. The event was commented by a Qantas spokesperson  via the web, indicating that due to another Qantas 747-400… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Air France Bids Farewell To 747 After 45 Years Of Service

Air France has now officially turned the final page on its 45 years old history operating the Boeing 747. The farewell festivities began January 11th 2016 as the last commercial revenue flight arriving in Paris from Mexico was operated by one of the fleet’s 3 surviving 747-400. Upon its arrival at Paris Charles De Gaulle… Read more »

Singapore Airlines To Launch Ultra Long Range A350 Variant For Direct Flights To The US

On October 13th 2015, Singapore Airlines has announced it was adding 4 more A350-900 to its current outstanding order of 63 with Airbus. On that occasion, the carrier detailed new plans to fly direct non-stop flights to the US once it takes delivery of 7 specially configured new Airbus A350-900. The 7 aircraft will be… Read more »

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 »

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 »

  • Oil Prices Jumpy As Libya’s Situation Worsen

    Oil markets appeared to enter a new cycle of volatility as tension is escalating in Libya the 17th world largest producer of oil with 1,789,160 barrels a day (source: US Department Of Energy year 2009). In London ICE early trading Monday morning, futures contract deliveries for April showed the Brent trading at $US 104.3 +1.7%… Read more »

  • Useful Glossary Of Terms For Commercial Aviation Data And Statistics

    We are presenting a comprehensive glossary of commercial aviation terms. We are hopeful that it will help readers capture more efficiently some of the key aspects of our analysis. As well we are confident that it can also help navigate more efficiently the numerous financial documents, news articles, research papers …etc that are available to… Read more »

  • Orbital Sciences Corporation Uses Lockheed L-1011 To Launch Craft Into Space

    From ARG. Orbital Sciences Corp (Public, NYSE:ORB) announced on February 7th 2011 that it had successfully launched a a U.S. Government payload into orbit on February 5th 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. On a February 6th 2011 announcement the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) announced its successful launch of a payload aboard a Minautor… Read more »

  • French Navy Gets Newer Exocet MM40 Block 3 And Rafale Gets New Meteor BVRAAR Missile

    from ARG Naval Warships to receive newer Exocets missiles for anti-shipping French DGA (General Directorate for Armament) recently made announcements regarding various advanced weapons systems contracts taken on behalf of the French Ministry of Defense with Europe leading missile manufacturer MBDA. DGA recently announced that it had received on behalf of the French Navy the… Read more »

  • Southern Air Builds Value With Its Boeing 747 ‘Classic’

    From ARG analysis – updated We’re taking a look at air cargo operator Southern Air, a most promising airline that offers low cost ACMI (Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance) services and charter flights. This global airline is based in Norwalk, Connecticut although most flights operate out of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in the 100-tons cargo… Read more »

  • Snapshots Of Current Boeing 747-200 Freighters Operation

    Here is a snapshot of  747-200 currently operating 5:13 pm EST. It is in preview of our upcoming analysis of cargo operators. We will attempt to understand the value of Boeing 747-200 and DC-10 freighters remaining in operation. We feel that MD-11 brings significant value in that segment , so we will consider that model… Read more »

  • Australia Transport Safety Board releases report regarding Qantas Boeing 747 incident in January 2008.

    Australia Transportation & Safety Board released on Monday safety report recommendations in regard to in-flight electrical failures involving a Qantas Boeing 747-438 that occurred on January 7,2008. The regular scheduled flight originating in London, England was descending for landing in Bangkok, Thailand when cabin crew noticed water leaking in the forward galley. Soon after electrical… Read more »

  • Lufthansa orders eight new EMBRAER 195 jets.

    EMBRAER, the aircraft manufacturing company based in Sao Jose Dos Campos (Brazil) announced on December 9th 2010 that it had signed a $US 338 millions with airline Lufthansa for 8 brand new Embraer 195 jets. The eight new aircraft are set to be delivered starting in 2012 and will complement a fleet of 30 Embraer… Read more »

  • Southwest treating Twitter users to $ 1,000 holiday season giftcards.

    Southwest Airlines announced today it was providing $ 1,000 gift cards to participants of its new Holiday Season contest. The “12 Days of Luv” contest will last 12 days and will reward the winner of the with $ 1,000 gift card sponsored by Visa. The contest is being staged in Twitter and allows anyone with… Read more »

  • Air France new Boeing 777-300ER marks 200th airliner received from Boeing.

    Air France took delivery of its 200th Boeing aircraft on Wednesday December 8th, 2010 at Everett, Washington. The new aircraft, Boeing 777-300 ER is joining a fleet that has already operated several Boeing jetliner model beginning with the 707 back in 1959. Throughout its very successful relationship with Boeing Air France continuously committed to Boeing… Read more »

  • Cuban ATR-72 crash kills 68.

    (Picture insert shows an ATR-72 belonging to Air Dolomiti similar to the AeroCaribean flight 883 that crashed Thursday evening in Cuba killing all 68 on board) Difficult times for general aviation. An ATR-72 belonging to AeroCaribean crashed late Thursday in Cuba killing all 68 passengers on board.AP reported that flight  883 is a twice weekly… Read more »

  • Qantas Airbus 380 in-flight emergency.

    A Sydney bound Airbus 380 flight QF32 originating in London was forced to return to Singapore  Changi International Airport after experiencing troubles with engine number 2 just 15 minutes after having taken off from Changi International Airport. The brand new Airbus 380   delivered on  and carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew started to experience… Read more »

  • Airlines Financial Performance Outlook After April Disruptions.

    Cursory review of Airlines earning potential following last week disruptions IATA estimates show the depth of the catastrophe as losses total upwards of $ 1.7 Billion for Airlines alone. North American Airlines in the previous cycles had confronted inherent structural costs deficiencies by entering Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy code. This least desirable alternative (out… Read more »

  • Industry On Edge After Oil Rig Sinks

    Fears of a major environmental disaster 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the gulf of Mexico heightened on Thusrday evening after an oil rig that had exploded the day before sank The events US Coast Guard District Eight command center New Orleans , La. first received report of an explosion and fire aboard… Read more »

  • EADS-Airbus to bid for $ 35 billion future air force tanker contract

    EADS the parent company of Airbus announced Tuesday that it would participate in the contract competition to produce the next generation aerial refuelling tanker for the US Air Force.The deal is worth $ 35 billion covering some 179 planes that will replace the 1950’s era KC 135 . In is a surprising turn of event… Read more »

  • Evening Transatlantic Flight out Of JFK

    Early evening JFK transatlantic departure Air France 19 7:05 pm Air france 19A 8:20 pm Air India 144 Frankfurt 6:20 pm  no info Air India 160 Mumbai 6:45 pm Air Malta 2925 Munich 8:10 pm Air Portugal 104 Lisbon 6:15 pm British Airways  184 London Heathrow 6:25 pm cancelled British Airways 188 London Heathrow 8:50… Read more »

  • Update on flights disruptions in Europe

    Disruptions in air traffic over Europe remained significant today as ash could from a volcanic eruption in Iceland continued to spread high above most of western Europe skies.The unprecedented crisis in air travel is already seeing upwards of 95,000 flights cancellations since last Thursday.The catastrophe will have serious financial repercussion for the industry which is… Read more »