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WestJet Opening New Direct Route Linking Calgary To Paris With Dreamliner

WestJet Opening New Direct Route Linking Calgary To Paris With Dreamliner

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WestJet, Canada’s second largest carrier has inaugurated the first ever Calgary to Paris direct flight. An accompanying codeshare partnership agreement has been put in place with Air France, facilitating passengers travel to an aditional 11 european cities. The new route is made possible by the recent introduction into WestJet service of the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configured in 16 first, 28 business and 276 coach seats. The new aircraft is expected to play a key role in executing the carrier’s new international ambitions. With three Dreamliner already operating in WestJet fleet and another seven due for delivery, direct services from Calgary to London, Dublin and now Paris have been started. The May 17th inaugural flight of the new four times weekly Calgary to Paris
With new 787-9 Dreamliner arriving on the Sydney to San-Francisco route, Qantas finally retires 747 from US service.

With new 787-9 Dreamliner arriving on the Sydney to San-Francisco route, Qantas finally retires 747 from US service.

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Qantas, Australia’s largest carrier has finalized plans to deploy its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Sydney to San Francisco route. The move would also close the final chapter on the carrier’s rich history of Boeing 747 service to and from the US. Following the retirement of the 747-400 from the Sydney to Los Angeles route back in 2018,  the Sydney – San Francisco route had been Qantas sole remaining 747 US operations. The Dreamliner set to take over on December 4th 2019, will attempt to replace an aviation legend with 40 years-plus service with the carrier by bringing new standards of operating economics and comfort. Qantas currently operate eight 787-9s, with another six due to arrive by fall 2019. These aircraft have been configured to  accommodate 236 passengers in thre
São Tomé and Príncipe international airport to undergo runway improvements

São Tomé and Príncipe international airport to undergo runway improvements

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São Tomé and Príncipe’s International Airport The economic and trade advisor at São Tomé and Príncipe’s China Embassy announced Wednesday April 17th 2019 that China would finance a project to upgrade the local international airport. According to the web site macauhub.com.mo, the works due to begin before the end of the year will comprise extending the runway from 2,170 metres to 2,800 metres, enlarging the aircraft parking apron surface,  revamping the airport lighting systems, the modernization of air traffic systems as well as making improvements to the cargo handling facilities. The online publication stated that the project presentation ceremony was attended by São Tomé and Príncipe’s Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus and members of the Chinese government mission in São Tome and Prínc
Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

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Boeing-provided picture of a Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia E-3 AWACS 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 France. According to Keith Burns, who manages the Saudi Arabia AWACS fleet upgrade program for main contractor Boeing, the technological effort provides a leap in detection range and sensitivity capabilities for the massive rotodome-mounted AN/APY-2 radar antenna, only made possible after the installation of a “new radar computer” along with an accompanying suite of “modernized software”. Th
Following 50th Delivery, ANA Now Operates The World’s Largest Boeing 787 Fleet

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

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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 the launch customer for Boeing's new highly fuel efficient 787 type. The first aircraft delivered to the fleet; a Boeing 787-8 arrived in 2011. Subsequently the carrier has accepted another 35 Boeing 787-8 along with 14 stretched 787-9 variants. The 787-9 started being delivered from 2014. This 50th aircraft delivered is a stretched 787-9. To date the carrier has outstanding order for another 30 Boeing 787-9 plus 3 of the even larger Boeing 787-10. Curren...
FlyDubai 737-800 Crash On Approach In Rostov-On-Don, Russia Kills All 62 On Board

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

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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 km short of Rostov On Don Airport Runway 22, visibly due to gusts of wind approaching 67 km/hr.  At this juncture it appears that the aircraft was put on holding pattern nearby for close to two hours before pilots began to re-initiate another landing attempt. During the same time, another aircraft that had aborted two landings had already been diverted to Krasnodar. This second attempt to land failed tragically when the FlyDubai aircraft plummeted sudden
The Qantas Boeing 747-400 That Flew With A 5th (Spare) Engine Under Wing – Analysis

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

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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 being immobilised in Johannesburg, South Africa in urgent need of a replacement engine, a 5 Tonnes spare engine was simply bolted under wing of another 747-400 flight QF63 departing Sydney to Johannesburg for ferrying. By reason of its tremendous size and weight, expedited shipment of a Rolls Royce RB211-524 turbofan can only be done in the main deck of a dedicated wide body cargo aircraft (or combi) plane. Except if there is an option to transport it externa...
Airbus A320NEO Enters Service With Lufthansa

Airbus A320NEO Enters Service With Lufthansa

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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 European plane maker. The A320NEO (New Engine Option) represents Airbus latest incarnation of the highly successful A320 family which has sold nearly 6,900 since the late 80's with 4,500 NEO destined for some 80 airlines since its plans were finalized in 2010. The aircraft characteristically differs from regular A320 aircraft due to the addition of the new blended wing extension christened "sharklet" (similar to boeing "Winglets"), as well as with their new larger ...
Two Years After Tragedies, Malaysia Airline Withdraws 777 From Fleet

Two Years After Tragedies, Malaysia Airline Withdraws 777 From Fleet

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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 a 777-200ER that disappeared somewhere probably in the Indian Ocean on March 8th 2014 with all 239 people on board. MH17 incident involved another Boeing 777-200ER being shot down by a surface to air missile while cruising over battle- scarred Ukraine, killing all 298 on board. Despite the recovery of a small number of aircraft parts, the aircraft involved in the MH370 tragedy is missing to this day. The effort marks a dramatic new ...
Air France Bids Farewell To 747 After 45 Years Of Service

Air France Bids Farewell To 747 After 45 Years Of Service

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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 airport, flight 439 received celebratory water canon treatment by airports firefighting vehicles. Remaining events saw two special 747-400 flights carrying the highly symbolic designation of Air France  Flights 747 and 744 depart Paris CDG at 9am and 11:30am respectively on January 14th using (the 3 last remaining 747-400 are two 1992-vintage aircraft registered as F-GITD and F-GITE along with F-GITJ built more recently in 2004). On board a privileged group of Air Fran