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Boeing unwilling to comment on 777 security issues

Boeing is not casting any official light on the concerns that have been raised over the insecure access to an electronics and electrical systems bay located below and behind the floorline of the cockpit of its 777s, including the 777-200ER that was missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. This is Boeing’s response to a request made [...]

Giving Thanks to the Veterans

All of us at AirlineReporter would like to thank the Veterans who have served our country and those who are still serving. We know there are quite a few of you that read our site and we are always grateful. To celebrate this day, we wanted to share some of our veteran/military-related stories: Honor [...]

Scoot to keep its long haul 787s nearer to home, for now

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson says the wide body Singapore Airlines low cost carrier is comfortable and optimistic within its chosen space of non-stop routes of up to around nine hours flight time from Changi Airport. But in a wide ranging interview Wilson also said “We have a watching brief on possibilities beyond that nine hours [...]

Qantas classic logo jet goes through its pre-delivery paces

It’s always hard to keep a secret in Seattle, such as a special logo paint job, when the jet in question has to be rolled outside and taken on pre-delivery flights. But that’s what happened to Qantas yesterday when photos of an historic livery on its next Boeing 737-800 began to circulate, first in Airline [...]

PHOTOS: The Many Liveries on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Aerial photo of Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 at Paine Field – Photo: Bernie Leighton Here we have the fourth installment of showing off the beautiful Boeing 787 Dreamliner liveries that have been seen at Paine Field and around the world. There have now been 41 different liveries. Last update was from July 2013 and [...]Show More Summary

Should Sydney’s 2nd Airport celebrate Lawrence Hargrave?

Should Sydney’s second major airport be named after one of the great unsung heroes of Australian, indeed, world aviation, the modest but far sighted box kite and curved airfoil innovator, Lawrence Hargrave? The ‘Yes’ case has been made by the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society, whose president, Noel Schmidt, has written an open [...]

MH370: Boeing needs to explain neglect of 777 security flaw

The unsecured electrical and electronics bay located under the floor and behind the cockpit of the Boeing 777-200ER that performed vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is again in the spotlight. This very well written article on the Jeff Wise blog will not come as a surprise to those who have followed the MH370 mystery on [...]

Aviation in Seattle: Renton Plane Spotting Guide

Renton Municipal Airport, home of the Boeing 737 In the past, we have featured plane spotting guides for Paine Field and also other airports like Anchorage or Tokyo Haneda. With numerous airports in the Seattle area, including SeaTac and Boeing Field, there is sometimes a forgotten, but quite important, airport for plane spotters which [...]Show More Summary

Boeing, market forecasts, and … crowded Sydney Airport

There is a special form of agony involved in sitting arm-in-sling through an excellent Boeing market forecast in which no-one actually discussed whether or not the projected growth would ever fit into Sydney Airport. Without that dose of real world smarts, the hard work done by James Billings, the managing director of Market Analysis, Boeing [...]

Geo Referencing

You have at some point probably seen a movie or a television show, usually for children, that uses a gimmick where a story in a book comes to life, or morph into the action of the show. Usually the pages of a book are shown on screen, with text introducing the story, and then a picture. Show More Summary

Airbus A330-200 gets enough range for non-stop SYD-LAX

Warming to the topic that $$$ are all that matters when airlines choose airliners, it’s noted that the latest 242 tonne version of the A330-200 could do non-stop flights both ways between Sydney and Los Angeles. However its the same upgrade to the higher capacity A330-300, which misses out by a few minutes for such [...]

Flying 15,000 Miles to Spend One Night in Brazil – PART ONE

Hanging out on a safety slide next to the TAM pool. Lots of funny jokes about pushing me in. Who flies 15,000 miles to just spend one night in a foreign country? This guy! I was recently invited to Sao Paulo to take a look a behind the scenes look at TAM Airlines’ operations. [...]Show More Summary

Boeing to be ‘boring’ with a look alike 737 replacement!

There will be much gnashing of teeth and sobbing into anoraks among plane spotters today as the ghastly implications of a Reuters story quoting Boeing Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney spreads throughout the ranks. And probably groans from those who find it takes almost as long to get out of a tighly packed Boeing 737 [...]

Bradfield, a fitting if ironic name for Sydney’s 2nd Airport

Naming Sydney's 2nd airport for a man with such astonishing connections with turbulent politics in NSW is an act of generous genius by PM Abbott

Flight Review – Swiss Business Class from Zurich

Swiss International Airlines Airbus A330-300 on departure from Zurich – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW BASICS: Airline: Swiss International Airlines Aircraft: Airbus A330-300...Show More Summary

Silkair brings quality to Cairns and underserved FNQ

In an important boost to leisure as well as business connections with SE Asia, Singapore Airlines’ single aisle subsidiary Silkair is to start flights between Singapore and Cairns three times a week from May. The 737-800s will fly non-stop to Singapore but arrive via Darwin on the inbound service. Silkair’s first Australian destination was Darwin [...]

Space Tourism looks beyond sub-orbital hops to moon flights

Virgin Galactic's vision for space tourism was already under seige by competitors with even more ambitious plans, including Earth and Moon excursions

Highway 63

I've been to this airport before. I remember that you can't buy fuel on Sundays, but today is Saturday, and it turns out we've landed at the same time as another pilot who has a key to the pump, so she can fuel any time she likes. When...Show More Summary

Space Travel Runs into Some Trouble – Per Aspera Ad Astra

Antares explodes following a loss of thrust – Photo: NASA The last week of October, 2014 was not a good one for commercial space flight. The week started with Orbital Sciences (OSC) attempting to launch their Antares rocket, carrying their unmanned Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station. After a cancelled launch on [...]Show More Summary

Branson on SS2: “Grand program has horrible setback”

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson says the apparent pilot error that may have caused the crash of the SpaceShipTwo sub orbit craft last Friday is ‘easily fixable’ and has vowed to press on with the program. Speaking in Mojave where the NTSN investigation of the accident is in full swing he said “It’s a grand [...]

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