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VIDEO: Flying in a 737 Business Jet Cabin and Flight Deck

Often I am asked what some of my favorite aviation experiences has been. No question, being able to fly in a Boeing 737-700 Business Jet from Boeing Field (BFI) to Anchorage (ANC) was one of those moments. I have previously shared in the trip in great detail on a previous story, but I haven’t [...]Show More Summary

SAS to Operate Business Class-Only 737 to Houston

A standard SAS Boeing 737-700 without a fancy interior – Photo: Aero Icarus | Flickr CC For many, taking a ride on the 737 is nothing to write home about. How about flying on a 737-700 with only 44 seats in it? That spark your interest? Typically you will see the 700 with 128-140 [...]

Japan’s first A380 takes off for an unusually roomy future

At a time when the future of the A380 looks set to become more crowded because of high density formats, the first such giant Airbus ordered by a Japan flag carrier has taken off on its way to a future flying for a much roomier business model. The Skymark Airlines A380 flew from Toulouse to [...]

Tigerair offers Infrequent Flyers club marketing deal

In what could be less than funny to some members of existing frequent flyer programs, Tigerair has launched an Infrequent Flyers Club. It’s actually an attempt to get people to sign up with their details to a direct data based marketing list in which you give away your privacy, just like any other so called [...]

MH370 Suspected black box signals showed signs of ‘fading’

It may be too soon to declare that the black box ‘pingers’ in the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have fallen silent but they may well be ‘fading.’ No further acoustic signals at a frequency similar to those transmitter by submerged black box flight recorders have been picked up the Australian Defence Vessel [...]

Fireproof Clothing One Can Pee Out Of

Fireproof clothing that doesn't need to be removed before urinating: is that too much to ask? I have asked this question before on this blog, but then it was more rhetorical, Now I'm actually in the market for Nomex flightsuits compatible with in-flight urination. Show More Summary

MH370 More success in search for missing jet expected shortly

There is a major announcement scheduled to be made at RAAF base Pearce near Perth at 11 am local time or 1 pm in eastern Australia that will involve defence minister Senator David Johnston and the head of the Joint Agency Coordination  Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret’d). It is likely to announce that following [...]

[Interview] Boeing’s Randy Tinseth on the future of aviation in Asia Pacific

Randy Tinseth has an enviable job if you are into aviation – as the Vice President, Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, he gets to travel the world, painting the vision of what the future of aviation would look like. Many aviation...Show More Summary

MH370 The ‘voices’ of lost flight heard calling from the depths

The ‘voices’ of lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has almost certainly been heard calling from the depths of the wild Indian Ocean some 1680 kms NW from Perth. Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield heard separate acoustic signals consistent with the pingers on the missing Malaysia Airlines 777?s cockpit sound recorder and flight data recorder for [...]

MH370 Today’s critical search map, and vital question

Today’s MH370 search map from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows the critical change of emphasis that have taken shape since multiple ‘fleeting acoustic events’ have been heard at the frequency of signals that would be emitted by the black box recorders on board the lost Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER. It doesn’t of course answer the [...]

EPIC: Aerial Photo of Air New Zealand’s First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

ZK-NZE on the Boeing compass rose at KPAE – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter What beats a photograph on the ground of Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in “All Blacks” livery? One from the air, when it is not pouring rain. The first ANZ 787-9 was rolled out of the paint hangar [...]Show More Summary

Video: Super Constellation V crosswind at Albion Park

Every now and then the Illawarra Regional Airport sees a flight by one of its treasures, a fully restored Lockheed Super Constellation like those that took Q.A.N.T.A.S  to international fame even before the jet age. But yesterday aviation enthusiast and airline professional ‘timjbo’, caught the Connie and its volunteer pilots put to the test when [...]

Photos: Air New Zealand’s First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Rolled Out

Air New Zealand’s first 787-9 rolling out of the paint hangar. Photo – Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com Unsurprisingly, given the time (9:00pm) at Paine Field, it was dark. Even with that, and the incipient precipitation- there was good reason to be on the Boeing Commercial aircraft ramp. ZK-NZE under tow from the paint [...]Show More Summary

MH370 Australian vessel also hears ‘acoustic event’

While the language remains cautious, a third ‘acoustic event’ heard early this afternoon 6 April by Australian’s supply vessel Ocean Shield is causing optimism that the wreckage and flight recorders of the lost Malaysia Airlines 777 flight MH370 are indeed in the general areas currently being searched off the Western Australian Coast.  Pulses or signals [...]

MH370 China going is own way, and getting results

Standing in front of RAAF Pearce, ABC News reporter Philippa McDonald has just put into words something that has occurred to some other watchers of the MH370 search. Ms McDonald made the case, in laying out the facts as they are known, that China has been following its own intelligence concerning the death of a [...]

MH370 Northern search focus detects possible pulse

Caution urged over possible breakthrough The sharp northwards shift in emphasis in the search for missing Malayasia Airlines flight MH370 in recent days may have paid off with a Chinese vessel picking up a signal at the same frequency as that of the ‘pinger’ attached to the black box flight recorders that were carried by [...]

Flying All Nippon Airways’ Inaugural Flight from YVR to HND

Climbing out from Vancouver-YVR on ANA’s inaugural flight to Tokyo-Haneda In Part 1 of our story, you joined me for the arrival of ANA-All Nippon Airways‘ first flight to Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the celebrations at the gate, and Flight NH 115’s departure for Tokyo-Haneda (HND). Soon after takeoff, our 767-300ER made a wide [...]Show More Summary

Jetstar incident near Gold Coast important yet not a ‘drama’

Keep on eye on the ATSB’s latest Jetstar inquiry involving  an incorrect air pressure value being entered into a flight computer on approach to the Gold Coast airport. It could get tabloid headlines in the media, or it could get totally ignored. Neither response would be appropriate. What is appropriate is the ATSB’s vigilance on [...]

MH370 Search goes underwater on ‘recently arrived data’

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has now entered its underwater phase, somewhere west of Perth, based on what retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston says is “data that has arrived recently.” Some might suspect that defence intelligence from whatever source has been discretely passed to the search effort coordinated and lead by [...]

Emirates does Dallas with A380s from 1 October, as well as Qantas!

Emirates will fly A380s to American Airlines’ super hub at Dallas Fort Worth from 1 October, having outgrown the Boeing 777-200LR it now uses, and leap frogging the possibility of upgrading to the 777-300ER  which has a capacity between that of the smallest 777 and the giant Airbus. The news may well fill Qantas watchers [...]

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