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Bloomberg News Examines What it Means To Be an AvGeek

AirlineReporter’s own Bernie Leighton in front of a helicopter at Boeing Field (BFI) – Photo: Britton Staniar | Bloomberg News When Julie Johnsson, Aerospace Reporter with Bloomberg News, asked if I knew of a good plane spotter in Seattle that she could speak with, Bernie Leighton quickly came to mind! Bernie is a Managing [...]Show More Summary

Cheap fuel bonanza for airlines not quite what it seems, yet

It is much clearer to work out what record low oil prices mean for Airbus and Boeing than for airlines, and it isn’t good news for their newest designs. The sales merits of fuel saving new tech engines and airframes are reduced versus cheaper to buy current airliners which means they may have to discount [...]

Etihad adds Scandinavian to its coat of many colours

There are two types of relationship between Europe’s airlines and those of the Gulf countries. Stand alone head on conflicts, like that of Emirates versus the world, and Etihad’s collaborative alternative of buying-into-them or signing-them-up in a common cause. Etihad has done the latter overnight, by announcing an extensive code share treaty with SAS, which [...]

Happy Thanksgiving and Stuff(ing)

I don’t know if I would fly Turkey Airlines – Original Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMedia – Photoshop: David Parker Brown Although our readership has grown quite a bit outside the United States, we still have about half of our readers based in the country. And for those of us in the US, today [...]

China Southern’s A380 to make summer return to Sydney

China Southern has only five A380s but is recalling one of the them to Sydney to serve peak holiday demand from Friday week 5 Deecember until 26 February on the Guangzhou route. The 506 seat three class A380 will operate daily in addition to one of its A330-300s adding 222 more seats to CZ’s daily [...]

Is this the Boeing plan for a New Small Airplane?

Airbus could claim the credit for the latest Boeing leak that it will launch in 2018 a new 757-200 sized jet for service in 2024-2025 to counter a version of the A321 (the NEO LR) which might have been in service for six or seven years by the time the US planemaker’s response flies. Maybe [...]

VIDEO: Qantas Retires Their Boeing 767s [60 Minutes]

If you are a fan of the Boeing 767, this video might make you a bit sad. Qantas Airways is in the process of retiring their final 767-300ERs and the TV show 60 Minutes produced a story following VH-OGG from Australia over to Victorville Airport (VCV), home of probably the most famous airliner graveyard. [...]Show More Summary

AirAsia X founder tweets that he’s resuming London flights

The founder of the AirAsia low cost carrier franchise and its group CEO, Tony Fernandes, has tweeted that he’s keen to start flying to London. In fact AirAsia X stopped flying to London and Paris in 2012 after being unsuccessful on those routes, and the industry will be wondering what might have changed, other than [...]

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have started surfacing in the general media. This account of the disunity among the advisory panels that appears in the Wall Street Journal coincides with bean counter stress in [...]

Gone Gliding – Conclusion

Another amazing photo by Gordon Boettger, from 26,000 feet over the Carson Valley, during a glider wave flight Let’s pick up where we left off in Gone Gliding, Part Two, shall we? We’re at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Soaring NV’s LS4 glider, hooked up to the Piper Pawnee towplane, and just starting our takeoff roll. [...]Show More Summary

On the Flight Deck with 787 Test Pilot Heather Ross

Captain Heather Ross stands next to ZA003 at the Museum of Flight (Editor’s note: During the festivities surrounding the recent 787 test model handover at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, NYCAviation was granted an exclusive interview with Heather Ross who is one of the head 787 test flight pilots.) NYCAviation (NYCA): Before the [...]Show More Summary

MH370: Is Australia being taken for a fool?

Crikey’s Insider bulletin today urges Malaysia’s most uncritical supporter, PM Tony Abbott, to call for, or read, the latest intelligence it can summons on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

How can city metro airports be saved from big box retailers?

An heroic effort is being made today by the Australian Airports Association to give the small or metro airports in the major cities a future. It’s a huge ask, in the face of highly adverse public policy legacies, political inertia, and the inherent problems such airports have, of being redevelopment targets for non aviation retail [...]

Indonesia’s president makes a point about travel classes

How worried must (or mustn’t) Qantas and Virgin Australia be on news that the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, flew economy class between Jakarta and Singapore on Friday? If the head of the rapidly emerging economic power to our immediate north is happy to rock up to the Y class queue at the Garuda check-in [...]

Virgin Galactic states its case anew, but there are issues

The Virgin Galactic website has been relaunched, and makes a dignified, respectful, deeply moving and encouraging case for opening the experience of sub orbital (and eventually orbital) space flight to far more of us than has so far been possible. But there are, in the aftermath of the loss of Virgin Space Ship Enterprise and [...]

Flight Review: “We Flew Right There, We Flew Ryanair!”

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 – Photo: Steven Paduchak That’s right, people, it happened! Last weekend, I flew Ryanair with my buddy Dan. It was a quick weekend getaway from Frankfurt to London. We’re here in Germany on a semester abroad, and neither of us had been to the United Kingdom. Before coming over “the pond”, [...]Show More Summary

AirAsia X reported to be cutting back Australia flights

There are more signs of distress in the longer haul low cost part of the Australian international air travel market. According to Travel Mole, a UK based trade news service, AirAsia X has suffered a quadrupling of its losses on its A330 services to Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and the Gold  Coast. It quotes an [...]

Delta could be set to fly new Airbuses to Australia

For an airline which drives hard bargains for ‘run out’ model jets, Delta has broken its recent form by ordering 50 new, indeed, as yet not in service wide-body Airbus models. It is, according to widely reported leaks, buying 25 A330 NEOs, the -900 or larger version of the re-engineed Airbus that corresponds with today’s [...]

What if JetBlue had entered the Australian airline scene?

JetBlue has ‘delighted’ Wall Street but disappointed consumers by giving in to demands to downgrade its generously spacious cabins, cram in more seats, and charge for checked bags. The US reports, and discussions, like this thorough coverage on USA Today might cause some disappointment even this far away from the action, as the JetBlue model [...]

Aerial Firefighting Part One: Anchor, Flank, and Pinch

06 Lockheed P2V fire-fighting aircraft – Photo: Julian Cordle Fall brings cool, wet weather, which serves as a huge relief to areas devastated by the 2014 US wildfire season. In the last sixty days, a number of high-profile tragedies have highlighted the dangers of wildfires. In September, the town of Weed, California was nearly [...]Show More Summary

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