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

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

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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 been operated by a 777-300ER. The new aircraft variant dubbed Ultra High Density had been up to 3 years in the making, and follows on the two previous cabin configurations spread among the currently 60 aircraft-strong A380 Emirates fleet.   The third A380 variant to fly with Emirates Emirates was the second carrier to operate the Airbus A380 type right after Singapore Airline with first service taking place on the Dubai - New York JFK route on August 1st 20
India Finally Orders 36 Dassault Rafale

India Finally Orders 36 Dassault Rafale

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The announcement came April 10th as India's prime minister Narendra Modi was on official visit to France. The contract whose value is estimated at EUR 5 billions will see all 36 aircraft built at Dassault's Merignac factory in the south of France. Deliveries of the aircraft to the Indian Air Force would occur between 2017 and 2019. India has become the second nation to acquire the type after Egypt this past February. The deal at last ends a decade long failed acquisition process that initially sought to equip India's Air Force with a potent future replacement for its obsolescent and accident-prone fleet of Mig-21 which had numbered more than 850 machines. The EUR 15 billion competing tender first issued in the early 2000s put a requirement for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft MMRCA. ...
Emirates To Deploy A380 On Dubai – Dallas/Fort Worth Route On October 1st 2014, Replacing 777-200LR

Emirates To Deploy A380 On Dubai – Dallas/Fort Worth Route On October 1st 2014, Replacing 777-200LR

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Emirates Airlines announced on April 4th 2014 that Dallas / Fort Worth International would become the 28th destination it serves from its Dubai global hub with an A380, replacing a 777-200LR which had operated the direct flight since the route opened in 2012. The new daily flights which are set to begin October 1st, 2014 would also make Dallas / Fort Worth the carrier's 3rd A380 destination in the US after New York and Los Angeles. Emirates Airline has grown a sustainable long haul global airline in a relatively short amount of time building a dense network of currently 130 global destinations it can conveniently serve from its global hub in Dubai International (DXB) due to its geographic positioning at 8 hours flying time from most major world destinations (connecting 2/3 of world's popu...
China Southern Airlines Inducts Boeing 777-300ER Into Fleet Replacing The 777-200ER

China Southern Airlines Inducts Boeing 777-300ER Into Fleet Replacing The 777-200ER

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By taking delivery of its first ever Boeing 777-300ER, China Southern Airline became Asia's newest operator of Boeing's highly successful higher passenger capacity long range -300ER variant offer of its 777 twin engine family. The official acceptance ceremony held on February 25th 2014 at Boeing's Everett facility highlight the new era that China's largest carrier by fleet size was entering as another 9 new 777-300ER are scheduled to join the fleet through the year 2016 including 3 additional aircraft to be delivered this year alone.   A replacement for the 777-200ER The new aircraft has been configured to accommodate 309 passengers in a four-class layout with 4 seats in First Class, 32 in Business Class, 44 in the ubiquitous Premium Economy Class in addition to the 227 Economy se...