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BREAKING: Air Asia A320 Missing Over Indonesian Airspace

Air Asia flight QZ8501 traveling from Surabaya Indonesia to Singapore has gone missing. The aircraft involved is an Airbus A320-216 registered PK-AXC. Stay with us for updates as the situation develops. Update: 7:34pm PST: Hadi Mustofa of the Indonesian Transport Ministry stated that flight QZ8501 lost contact with Jakarta at 6:17am local (23:17GMT). The aircraft [...]Show More Summary

Airlines Bring in Holiday Cheer: Top 5 Airline Christmas Videos in 2014

What better time to show passengers that you care than during Christmas? Airlines know this all too well, and each year they unleash some of their most creative marketing initiatives during this period. Of course, the trick to good marketing...Show More Summary

Festive txt from AirAsia X: We’ve ruined your holiday

AirAsia X has a very short period of time in which to compensate an unknown but most likely large number of passengers for ruining their holiday or family trip to Bali. The stuff up, one that is hard to imagine could have been perpetrated by an experienced high profile carrier, has been given considerable air [...]

Bigger Australian airports want more foreign flights

Seeking a Qantas bypass, airports ask for more Qatar, Emirates and Etihad jets in a cause that will inflame protectionist versus free trader conflicts

Flight Review: Taking Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350 Delivery Flight to Doha

Qatar’s first Airbus A350 at Toulouse, ready to fly to Doha – Photo: Chris Sloan | AirwaysNews This story was written by Chris Sloan and originally published on AirwaysNews. At 9:28 PM LT on Tuesday, December 23, Qatar’s first A350 XWB landed in Doha–under the cover of darkness–with approximately 70 Qatar employees, VIP’s [...]Show More Summary

No Room at the (Good) Inns

The next day the clouds are still towering above the mountains. Their fluffy-seeming shapes are pregnant with supercooled water, yearning for something to freeze on, especially something thin and sharp like my propeller blades or the leading edges of my wings and stabilizers. Show More Summary

MH17: Russia changes its allegations

There has been a significant change in the Russian position over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the disputed civil war ridden eastern Ukraine on 17 July with the loss of 298 lives. A blurred out video claimed to be of an eyewitness to a Ukraine flown Russian built Su-25 being involved in [...]

Flying on the Snowball Express with American Airlines

The Snowball Express folks lined up on the tarmac in Atlanta with some familiar faces – Photo: Jason Rabinowitz The sun had yet to rise over the control tower at New York’s JFK Airport on the cold December morning, but the party at Terminal 8 was already well underway. This was no ordinary day [...]Show More Summary

When flying is the last thing on our minds

It’s the time of year when we can be glad any flying is over for a week or two, and we can enjoy some good times with family and friends. Getting through Tullamarine this morning took all of 20 easy minutes, including a checked bag that could have gone missing three times between Toulouse and [...]

Taking the Inaugural Bangkok A380 Flight on Qatar Airways

Qatar First Class product on the A380. For our flight, there were no First Class passengers. The more that I fly the Airbus A380, the more I like the aircraft — as a passenger, but I am not so sure as an AvGeek. It is so smooth during take-off and landing, one might not [...]

Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of the First Airbus A350

Qatar Airways’ First A350 (MSN006) at the Airbus Delivery Center – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Qatar Airways, to much fanfare, took delivery today of the first commercial A350-900. Not only is this the first serial production A350 to be delivered to a customer, it is also the first of 80 A350s headed for [...]Show More Summary

Airbus chief: A350 family will grow, A380 future secure

The A350WXB family has at least 20 years in which to grow well beyond the current -900 and -1000 models, Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier said today as the first of the all new design wide body jets was handed over to launch customer Qatar Airways. M Brégier said “The A350XWB is at the [...]

Qatar Airways chief tells legacy carriers to get of his way

Qatar Airways group CEO, Akbar Al Baker,  today said those legacy carriers that objected to its success “had better shut up.” With his characteristic bluntness Mr Al Baker said they had gotten away with ‘crap product’ and ‘swindling their customers’ for too long and that ‘those days are over.’ He was replying to a question [...]

Etihad upgrades Melbourne to double daily Abu Dhabi flights

To take the contest to Emirates and Qantas from any major city Etihad needs at least a double daily service in its own right, and will double its Melbourne frequency to two 777-300ERs from 1 August. Connecting the dots, this almost wraps up the east coast cities, where Sydney is already double daily (777s and [...]

Airbus about to deliver first A350, the largest all new jet design for some time

The A350 is an amazingly quiet giant of a twin-engined jet, whether you are inside or outside of it, and tomorrow Monday here in Toulouse the first production airliner of this type will be delivered to Qatar Airways. But it is the also the last of three all new wide body designs to fly in [...]

The New Eastern Air Lines Takes Delivery of First 737 in Miami

Eastern Air Lines’ first 737-800 flies over Miami – Photo: Airways News This story was ooriginallypublished by Chris Sloan and Luis Linares on AirwaysNews.com Nearly 24 years after the original Eastern shut down on January 18, 1991, the new Eastern Air Lines welcomed home its first new aircraft on December 19. Ex-Kenya Airways Boeing [...]Show More Summary

Reopened Pel-Air inquiry could be on slippery slope to ruin

There is rising concern in the aviation sector that the Pel-Air accident re-opening may, like some other recent reforms, be on a slippery slope leading to Australia losing its status, as well as its reputation, in matters of air safety administration. The immediate concern is that the air safety investigator, the ATSB, has been too [...]

The Days I Don't

I'm sitting in a hotel room in British Columbia while an airplane my company wants in Alberta sits on the ramp at the local airport. It's a nice airplane, but some of the equipment that required for dispatch into "known ice" has been...Show More Summary

HECK YES! Win a TAM Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER Model

One of two TAM Boeing 777-300ER models you could win — we kind of want to keep them for myself, but we are givers – Photo: David Parker Brown We have these two awesome, 1:200 scale (aka, about a foot long) 777-300ER models from TAM Airlines that we don’t know what to do with. [...]

Etihad unveils its luxury for all strategy in new A380, 787

Unprecedented luxury fittings in airliners were on show in Abu Dhabi on Thursday when Etihad Airways unveiled its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. And it wasn’t really all about the premium cabins, but also the economy seats, where most of its customers will fly, even though the higher priced accommodations, in business class [...]

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