Month: July 2012

American Airlines To Introduce New First And Business Class Flat Bed Seats On New Transcontinental A321 Flights. Will Replace 767-200

American Airlines To Introduce New First And Business Class Flat Bed Seats On New Transcontinental A321 Flights. Will Replace 767-200

Featured, Headline
American Airlines announced on Monday ambitious new plans to re-introduce 3 classes of services aboard newer Airbus A321 aircraft assigned to transcontinental services from New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The initiative would showcase the forceful return of three classes service not only on domestic flights, but also on narrow body aircraft. Under the plan American Airlines would install fully lie-flat seats on both First class and Business class. The new Airbus A321 aircraft that are intended to form the new American Airlines transcontinental fleet are not due to begin arriving in the carrier's fleet until November 2013 through 2014. Reflecting a major shift in products offerings for narrow body and transcontinental service, the First Class cabin fitted with 10 Simca-designe...
USAF F-16 Crashes Off Japan’s Coast

USAF F-16 Crashes Off Japan’s Coast

Defense, Headline
A US Air Force F-16 based at Misawa Air Base in Japan was reported to have crashed Sunday morning off of Japan's Northern coast. According to Misawa Air Base web site, the F-16 crashed at about 11:30am local time (10:30pm New York City time) about 250 miles off of Hokkaido's Island in the North Pacific sea where efforts to locate the sole pilot on board the aircraft at the time of the crash were underway. The New York Times citing Japan's Coast Guards, indicated that the aircraft went down at 1000 km (621 miles) off of Japan's northernmost coastline. The aircraft which had taken off from Misawa Air base, the Joint Facility housing US Navy, US Air Force and Army and even Japan Air Self Defense Forces 3rd Air Wing units is likely to be a F-16CJ Block 50 aircraft belonging to either the 13t...
United Airlines Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX-9 and 50 Boeing NextGen 737-900ER Worth $14.7 Billion

United Airlines Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX-9 and 50 Boeing NextGen 737-900ER Worth $14.7 Billion

Airlines, Featured, Headline
Boeing capped off the week of the 2012 Farnborough Air Show  with announcements of avalanche of orders for its Boeing 737 single aisle aircraft. Latest big news came July 12th from US mega carrier United Airlines with an order for 150 Boeing 737. Worth an estimated $14.7 billion, the order consists of 50 Next Generation Boeing 737-900ER (Extended Range) and 100 highly fuel efficient Boeing 737 MAX 9. The currently produced -900ER will allow the carrier to add newer planes in its fleet while awaiting the new 737 MAX design not scheduled to arrive until late 2017. The 737 Next Generation initiative was Boeing 1993 attempt to provide a longer term viable replacement for -300/-400/-500 series which had then supplanted the -100/-200 'Classic'. While the first Next Generation -700 and -800
SAS To Start Flying Copenhagen To San Francisco With A340. More Frequencies To Newark

SAS To Start Flying Copenhagen To San Francisco With A340. More Frequencies To Newark

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In an effort to accommodate growing number of Nordic countries travelers to the US, SAS is adding 9 weekly flights services to that market. Opening a direct flight from Copenhagen to San Francisco that will operate 6 times a week and adding three more flights to its Copenhagen-Newark KEWR will allow the global carrier to expand its market share, significantly enhancing its passengers network connectivity between North America and the Scandinavian countries. The new route to San Francisco, a hub of commerce, technology and a major travel hub in the US west coast is set to operate six times per week. The departures from Copenhagen will occur daily at 12:25pm except on Tuesdays with return legs from San Francisco leaving at 5:25pm using an Airbus A340. On that route the carrier projects to t...
Turkey Phantom F-4E 2020 Upgrades

Turkey Phantom F-4E 2020 Upgrades

Defense, Featured, Headline
Following last week downing of a Turkey Air Force F-4 Phantom by Syrian Air Defense, we look into the fleet of 54 F-4E 2020 Phantom that equip Turkey's 111 and 171 Filo. Dubbed F-4E Phantom 2020, these aircraft are F-4E airframes initially delivered by the US between 1974 and 1992 but upgraded by Israeli Aircraft Industries Lahav Division between 1999 and 2003. Hence they retain the highly robust and popular basic mating of the F-4 airframe to the two reliable General Electric  J-79 powerplants, to which highly sophisticated electronics flight and missions systems have been added. All the results of intense indigenous Israeli combat systems development backed by strenuous and uniquely valuable  operational experience. International Air Power Review estimates that some 182 F-4E  multirol