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 »

  • American Airlines 1st Quarter Results, Additional Boeing 777-300ER Orders

    The airline announced April 20th 2011 its first quarter results marked by modest improvements over last year’s first quarter. The $436 million quarterly net loss compared favorably to last year first quarter loss of $505 million. This latest result is taking place in a high fuel price environment which is negatively impacting a noticeable global… Read more »

  • Reviewing The F-18 Fighter Jets 3 Crashes In 3 Weeks

    Latest incident involving a F/A-18C took place aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on April 11th 2011. The incident occurred as the ‘Hornet’ pilot was conducting ‘touch-and-go’ landing practices. A fire on one of its two General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofan engines apparently started soon after departing the carrier. The emergency landing procedure that ensued,… Read more »

  • NTSB Investigating First Lady’s Plane Go-Around Procedure

    In the latest of what has been a very embarrassing succession of revelations for the FAA, the NTSB is now investigating why the first lady airplane was ordered to initiate a ‘go-around’ procedure as it was preparing to land at Andrews Air force Base at about 5:00 pm on Monday April 18th 2011. Preliminary accounts… Read more »

  • Air China Cargo To Link Northeast China Industrial Center To Europe

    Air China Cargo announced today that it had closed a significant gap in its cargo operation service offerings by opening a new route linking China’s main northeast industrial and commercial base to Europe. The 3 weekly Air China Cargo flights originating at Zhoushuizi International Airport in Dalian will terminate in Frankfurt via Shanghai’s Pudong International… Read more »

  • GECAS To Lease 5 Boeing 737-800 And 12 Boeing 737-700 To SAS

    General Electric Capital Aviation Services GECAS announced April 19th 2011 that it had reached leasing agreement with Scandinavian Air Systems (SAS) airline. The agreement will ensure that the Stockholm-based multinational airline will take delivery of 5 brand new Boeing 737-800 along with 12 new Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The airline which already operate more than Boeing… Read more »

  • FedEx MD-10 Freighter; DC-10 or MD-11?

    We are visiting the 1997 Boeing MD-10 program which involved retrofitting 1970’s era DC-10 flight decks to the standard of the modern MD-11 avionics architecture. The installation of a 2 flight crew members flight deck in place of the traditional DC-10’s 3 flight crew members would cement commonality between both types. For FedEx Express which… Read more »

  • US Army $173 million Contract With General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc For Gray Eagle UAV

    Defense Department announced April 12th 2011 that the US Army had awarded a $173,458,076 contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. covering Low Rate Initial Production of Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems. the announcement also specified that contract completion target date is April 30th 2014. The Gray Eagle also referred to as the Sky Warrior… Read more »

  • Air France A380 Wing Clips Comair CRJ 700 At JFK

    An Air France Airbus 380 was involved in a ground  collision with a Comair CRJ700 Monday April 11th 2011 while taxiing at New York John Kennedy airport. The incident occurred around 8 pm as the Air France A380 flight 7 was preparing to depart to Paris with 520 passengers on board and Comair 6293 CRJ… Read more »

  • AWACS Upgrades For Boeing E-3 Sentry And Japan Boeing E-767 (Part 1)

        This entry is the first installment of our detailed presentation of major upgrades carried out on the Airborne warning And Control System (AWACS) fleet. We have relied on a large number of publicly available documents from Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Department of Defense etc in order to discover the actual stage of systems configuration… Read more »

  • Virgin Atlantic And South African Airways Latest Bet On Airbus 330

    On the delivery side the A330 aircraft has been able to showcase the type superior ability by altogether displacing well established quad engined wide body aircraft flying with airlines like South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways. On April 5th 2011 Virgin Atlantic Airways began deploying its newly delivered A330-300 on its Trans Atlantic Manchester-Orlando… Read more »

  • Follow Up On Gulfstream G650 Crash

    Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics recently identified the four employees who lost their lives during a test flight on board a Gulfstream G650 Saturday April 2nd 2011. The prototype aircraft that crashed in the desert of Roswell ,New Mexico was being piloted by Kent Crenshaw, 64 and Vivan Ragusa, 51… Read more »

  • US Navy Super Hornet Crash Kills Both Crews.

    A Boeing F18-F Super Hornet crashed today Wednesday April 6th 2011 around 12:08pm in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore, near Fresno California. Both aircrew on board the aircraft attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 lost their lives during the accident which is reported to have occurred during a routine flight training. This incident… Read more »

  • Southwest Airline Boeing 737; Maintenance Issues

    Following last week’s Southwest airlines fuselage in-flight decompression the FAA is announcing it will issue new Airworthiness Directive that would mandate new inspection procedures for earlier model Boeing 737-300/-400/-500. The measure is taking place after the roof of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 (modified with fuel efficient blended winglets) registered N632SW ruptured during flight 812… Read more »

  • Air France Flight 447 Located; Pictures Of The Site

    During today’s press conference at Le Bourget-Paris airport, the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety released underwater photographs taken from what is believed to be the main Air France flight 447 crash site. The released photographs (shown below) depict aircraft engines, one main landing gear, the nose wheel, part of the wing,… Read more »

  • F-18 Engine Explodes On Aircraft Carrier Deck; 11 Sailors Injured

    The Navy announced that 11 sailors suffered injuries March 30th 2011 while one of the engine on a F/A-18C they were working on blew up. The incident occurred on the flight deck of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier which was taking part in an exercise off the coast of south California coast. The… Read more »

  • Turkish Airlines To Acquire 10 Boeing 737-800 And 5 Boeing 737-900ER Worth $1.2 Billion

    Turkish Airlines and Boeing have finalized a $1.2 billion order  for fifteen new Boeing 737 Next Generation comprising ten 737-800 and five 215-passengers Boeing 737-900ER. This latest order will complement the forty-eight Boeing 737-800 currently operating with Turkish Airline. Boeing was keen to point out that the newly ordered 737 offer a 7% improvement in… Read more »

  • Performance Improvement Package On Boeing 777-200/200ER/300

    United Airlines latest adoption of the Performance Improvement Package retrofit kit for its 52 Boeing 777-200 is adding to a list of 17 airlines combining 350 aircraft that will receive the upgrades. PIP has been initiated by Boeing in 2008 in order to allow 777-200. 777-200ER and 777-300 to benefit from advances in aerodynamics refinements… Read more »

  • Air China Announces It Doubled Profit In 2010

    Air China Limited was the latest airline today announce spectacular profits for the year 2010, almost doubling operating profit to RMB 10.93 Billion ($1.67 Billion) (98.65% improvement from 2009), with the board considering a RMB 12.01 billion ($ 1.83 Billion) (up 147.31%) overall dividend payment to shareholders. Very strong increase in domestic demand (46.67%) for… Read more »

  • Japan Airlines Exit From Bankruptcy;Turning Around A Legacy Airline

    Final judgment was entered today by the Civil 8th Division of Tokyo District Court sealing Japan Air Lines bankruptcy restructuring phase that was initiated in October 2009 as the debt ridden airline was struggling to continue operations. The final judgment emphasized that with the debtor had complied to the lump sum debt repayment option stipulated… Read more »

  • Air France Expands New Business Class, Also Adds New Global Destinations

    This is a follow up to an earlier December 11th 2010 post featuring Air France accepting its 200th Boeing aircraft, a 777-300ER, also marked entry in service of its new Business Class seat. The new seat would allow fully flat sleeping position along with a 15-inch In-Flight Entertainment system. The new 777-300ER was configured with… Read more »