Finally Thai Airways Introduces Much Awaited A380 Service On Heathrow-Bangkok Route

Finally Thai Airways Introduces Much Awaited A380 Service On Heathrow-Bangkok Route

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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 The route had been traditionally operated by Boeing 747-400s up until the middle of 2012 when the aircraft were withdrawn for cabin upgrades. After the one-year hiatus necessitated by the cabin upgrade work,  the 747-400s returned to service on March 31st 2013 with a four airplanes rotation servicing the two daily frequencies. That one year span between upgrade was completed saw the interim use of the A340-600. At that time in 2013 Thai Airways had only taken delivery of 4 of the 6 A380 it had on order with Airbus. While two aircraft were assigned on
Emirates Places A380 On Dubai-Dusseldorf Route

Emirates Places A380 On Dubai-Dusseldorf Route

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Dubai-based Emirates Airlines recently announced it is beginning daily service with its A380 between Dusseldorf and Dubai replacing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new destination marks the carrier's 12th service to a European city, and its 84th globally. Dusseldorf will also be the third German city to receive the A380. Emirates which now operate 62 Airbus A380 will also bring the A380 to Madrid beginning August 1st and Copenhagen on December 1st.  
Etihad Airways Introduces Brand New 787-9 On Abu-Dhabi – Zurich Route

Etihad Airways Introduces Brand New 787-9 On Abu-Dhabi – Zurich Route

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Zurich Airport and Etihad Airways officials along with the media gathered at the gate of the re-fashioned daily flight offering between Zurich and Abu Dhabi, the carrier's home base in the United Arab Emirates. The route that has previously been served with an Airbus A330-300 is only the third, beginning July 6th 2015 where the carrier is deploying its new state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner after Brisbane and Washington DC. The 787-9 will also begin serving the Abu-Dhabi - Singapore route on August 1st. The aircraft cabin which is introducing a new level of comfort that will soon make the 787 a rising star in Etihad Airways fleet is configured with 235 seats including 8 First Class Suite Seats, 28 Business Studio Seats and 199 Smart Economy Seats. Etihad began taking delivery of 78...
Iraq Air Force Sukhoi 25 Accidentally Drops Bomb Over Baghdad Neighborhood Killing 12

Iraq Air Force Sukhoi 25 Accidentally Drops Bomb Over Baghdad Neighborhood Killing 12

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An Iraqi Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 'frogfoot' attack plane returning from a bombing mission against ISIS targets on Monday July 7th 2015 accidentally dropped a bomb while overflying Baghdad.  The bomb fell on inhabited properties causing the death of 12 residents among which at least three were children and two women. Another 25 people were also wounded. An Iraqi official General Saad Maan Ibrahim speaking to the Associated Press evoked the possibility of a technical malfunction as the cause of the accidental ordnance release.   The Iraqi Air Force first received a batch of ex-Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 on June 28th 2014. By July 1st another 7 Su-25 had been transferred from Iran to help Iraq's defense against the Islamic State. The 7 aircraft sent from Iran were reportedly from dozens
EVA Air Cargo Begins Post MD-11F And 747-400F Era With Order For 5 Boeing 777F

EVA Air Cargo Begins Post MD-11F And 747-400F Era With Order For 5 Boeing 777F

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The Paris air show 2015 saw EVA Airways order 5 new Boeing 777F, a $1.5 billion list price investment towards building its future cargo fleet. The move highlighted the Taiwanese carrier effort towards modernizing its cargo fleet yet consolidating most economically its entire long haul passenger and freight mission on 2 variants of a single 777 type. Following retirement of its last MD-11 Freighter this past March, the airlines management had indicated its desire to retire its 8 Boeing 747-400F within three years. In fact March 23rd 2015 saw the last scheduled flight of a MD-11F in the Taiwanese carrier's color when registration aircraft B-16113 departed Taipei to Anchorage. The same aircraft, the last MD-11F still operating would soonafter arrive at San Bernadino, California for long term ...
Vietnam Airlines Accepts First Airbus A350XWB, Only Second Carrier To Receive The Type

Vietnam Airlines Accepts First Airbus A350XWB, Only Second Carrier To Receive The Type

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Vietnam Airline has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft on June 30th 2015 in Toulouse, France. This aircraft is the first of 14 A350-900 ordered from Airbus part of major plan to revamp the long haul fleet product. Qatar Airways is the only other carrier to date having received a A350XWB. The new aircraft is actually 1 of 4 aircraft that will be operated under lease while the 10 remaining orders will be financed by the carriers. Dutch lessor AerCap has been identified as the owner of this particular aircraft. The Vietnamese national carrier has configured the 305-seats aircraft in a 3 class arrangement consisting of 29 fully flat beds Business Class seats along with 45 Premium Economy seats and 231 Economy seats. Following a two-months familiarization on the Hanoi - Ho ...
Indonesia Air Force C-130 That Crashed Into Neighborhood With 135 On Board Was Built 54 Years Ago

Indonesia Air Force C-130 That Crashed Into Neighborhood With 135 On Board Was Built 54 Years Ago

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The Indonesian Air Force Lockheed C-130B aircraft that crashed into a neighborhood on Tuesday June 30th 2015 and was carrying near maximum payload had been built in 1951. While no one from amongst the 122 passengers nor 12 crew members survived the air disaster, another 7 people on the ground had also reportedly been killed. The Lockheed C-130B carried the registration number A-1310 with construction number 3616 and had just taken off from Soewondo Air Force Base bound for a set of remote Indonesian islands at a 7 hours flight distance. The aircraft did not stay airborne more than 2 minutes following its take-off. Onlookers observed that one of the aircraft propeller was not rotating properly when the airplane started veering to its right, plunging towards a neighborhood in the town of M...
Tragic Death Of Iraqi Air Force General While Training In F-16 In Arizona Signals Program Setback

Tragic Death Of Iraqi Air Force General While Training In F-16 In Arizona Signals Program Setback

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by Karim Toure The crash of a lone F-16 flying a night training mission over the Arizona desert  Wednesday June 24th 2015 did not initially hint of a setback for a major security program between the US and Iraq. The following day, a Iraq Defence Ministry spokesperson Brigadier General Tahseen Ibrahim revealed that Iraqi Air Force Brigadier General Rafid Mohammed Hassan was at the control of an Iraqi Air Force-owned F-16 Fighting Falcon that had crashed the previous evening a few miles from the town of Douglas, Arizona. Confirmation of the death of Brigadier general Rafid Mohammed Hassan came on June 26th when after battling an intense fire ignited following the accident, rescue teams recovered his body from the crash site. Iraq Air Force general demise over the Arizona desert The trag
With Purchase Of 40 New 737-900ERs, Delta Will Also Acquire 20 Boeing-Owned Embraer E190 Previously Flown By Air Canada

With Purchase Of 40 New 737-900ERs, Delta Will Also Acquire 20 Boeing-Owned Embraer E190 Previously Flown By Air Canada

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The $4 billion deal between Delta Airlines and Boeing announced June 10th 2015 is contingent on the ratification of a new tentative agreement with the airline's 12,000-strong pilot union. This investment highlights a major effort by the airline to revamp its aging narrow body fleet. This latest order for 40 737-900ER comes in addition to an existing backlog order with Boeing of another 100 such aircraft and another 27 aircraft already in operation. Bracing for major narrow body aircraft retirements, the bulk of which is set to occur by 2019 will see the Boeing 737-900ERs supplant mainly the carrier's 123 Boeing 757-200 (whose average fleet age is 20 years old), and 117 MD-88 (who average over 24 years of age). The 20 Boeing-owned Embraer E190 aircraft that form the other part of the deal ...
Qatar Order For 24 Dassault Rafale Is Third This Year For The Aircraft

Qatar Order For 24 Dassault Rafale Is Third This Year For The Aircraft

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In a stunning reversal of commercial fortune, Dassault Rafale scored its third customer in as many month this year alone. The year has proven pivotal for an aircraft that had yet to find a foreign customer after more than 10 years of service in its home country. The latest order sealed May 4th during French president Francois Hollande visit to Qatar will see 24 aircraft supplied to the oil rich small gulf nation. The Euro 6.3 Billion package ($ 7.1 Billion) which comprises 18 single seats and 6 tandem seats aircraft and as many as 12 options, will also provide advanced MBDA-produced air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions along with Sagem precision strikes kits. The kingdom intends to upgrade its air force with a more advanced aircraft than the highly effective 12 Dassault Mirage 2000-5 acq...