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The Air India Maharajah – to get a makeover, or not?

This last weekend, sphere erupted in a lively discussion on whether or not the Air India mascot – The Maharajah – should be adapted for modern times. The discussion was sparked off by a report in the Times of India on Sunday, that the...Show More Summary

CSeries on ice: The jet that hasn’t come in from the cold

Bombardier’s photo release of the CSeries 100 small single aisle jet doing part of its cold weather testing seems unfortunately apt after further recent changes in the project’s management and a buyer drought. On paper this is a very attractive design for Australia’s remote centres and its regional services, including Canberra, which generates long haul [...]

MH370: Is it time to investigate the investigators?

A Canadian mathematician, Brock McEwen, says it’s high time to investigate the MH370 investigators themselves because there are reasons to believe the search is being set up to fail for reasons unknown. It’s a compelling analysis at a number of levels, but manages to self destruct at a critical point by buying into an unscientific [...]

235 miles on an A340-600 – Qatar Airways’ Economy Class Flight Review

Qatar Airways’ A340-600 at LHR – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter QATAR AIRWAYS’ A340-600 ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT REVIEW BASICS: Airline: Qatar Airways Aircraft: Airbus A340-600 Departed: Dubai (DXB) Arrived: Doha (DOH) Stops: Non-stop flight Class: Economy Class Seat: 38A Length: About 1 hour On a recent trip to the Middle East I had to [...]Show More Summary

Mars: The Beagle was landed all those years ago

Scrutiny of high definition mapping images from a NASA Mars orbiter has found what looks like the UK's missing probe.

[Interview] The Digital Airline of the Future and its Implications for Travel

Editor’s Note: To kick-start 2015, we are publishing a four-part weekly series on the Future of Air Travel. For this exclusive series, SimpliFlying consultants have been interacting with leading thinkers and futurists and tapping their valuable insights. Show More Summary

Boeing’s measured view of the future may not have MAXed out

Comfortable but cautious, Boeing still talking to airlines about something beyond a 737-9 MAX

Delta Air Lines Completes Second Phase of JFK Terminal 4 Expansion

A Delta pilot makes his way to one of the new gates as Delta Air Lines unveiled the next phase of a Terminal 4 expansion at JFK – Photo: Michelle McLoughlin | Newscast Creative As part of their $1.2 billion effort at improving their space at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s (JFK) Terminal 4B, [...]Show More Summary

Delivering the Mail 100 Years On – Following Maurice Guillaux’s Historic Route

A Jabiru J-230D – Photo: Owen Zupp Things weren’t looking good. The next morning I was scheduled to depart Essendon and reenact the historic air mail flight undertaken by Maurice Guillaux in 1914. As I sat in my air-conditioned hotel room I logged onto the digital service, only to find that the weather forecast [...]Show More Summary

Singapore Navy finds fuselage of AirAsia flight 8501

The main fuselage section of the crashed AirAsia A320 has been found by the Singapore Navy, and this message and images have been posted on Facebook by the country’s Defence Minister,  Ng Eng Hen. Chief of Navy RADM Lai Chung Han just informed me that one of SAF’s ships, the MV Swift Rescue, has located [...]

MH370 searchers to look at hard to reach sea floor wrinkles

The deep holes and wrinkles that might hide the wreckage of MH370 from the current sea floor search are about to be probed by a new underwater robot

Your Clearance Cancelled Time is Cancelled

I overheard this post title on switching to a frequency. No one has ever said that to me and I'm not certain which of two possible but contradictory meanings it might have. If I received it, I would ask a clarifying question, but the...Show More Summary

Flying Andy Granatelli’s Indy 500 Race Cars on a TWA Boeing 707

A TWA Boeing 707 freighter on Runway 25R at LAX – Photo: Jon Proctor Here’s a little background about a wonderful encounter I had with racing legend Andy Granatelli in the late 1970’s. At that time, I flew for Trans World Airlines on their Boeing 707 and 727 aircraft. In April and May of [...]Show More Summary

Airbus commits to A321LR and a whole new 200 pax jet market

Airbus won the net order contest with Boeing in 2014, but the real news from its annual press conference in Toulouse today includes the firm launch of a trans Atlantic capable A321 LR or long range version of the new engine option version of its largest single aisle jet. The European plane maker’s go ahead [...]

AirAsia crash investigation gets second data recorder

Recovery of both flight recorders means the hard work in understanding the AirAsia crash can now get underway in earnest

Most capable A330 yet makes first flight, extends model life

The options for new wide body twin engined airliners have become more complex as older designs live on with new engines, 'sharper' packages

Qatar Airways Airbus A350 Photo Tour

The Qatar Airways A350, simply beautiful – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter Ever since first seeing the Airbus A350 at the Singapore Airshow last year, I have had a soft spot for this aircraft. I was over the moon with excitement when the news came that I had been invited by Qatar Airways to [...]Show More Summary

[Interview] How Airbus is Marketing the New A350 XWB

Last week, Qatar Airways did a mega reveal of the newest widebody jet in the market, and probably the newest for the next 20 years or so: the Airbus A350. Our CEO, Shashank Nigam, caught up with the Marketing Director of the A350 XWB...Show More Summary

AirAsia FDR recovery confirmed, with potential answers to many riddles

While the state of the recovered flight data recorder from AirAsia flight 8501 has not been checked out, has the potential to explain why the Surabaya-Singapore flight crashed with such force and lethality 15 days ago. The FDR was retrieved early this morning local time from the floor of the Java Sea about 3000 metres [...]

MH17: Blogger tears down Moscow made conspiracy claims

UK based blogger Eliot Higgins has analysed hundreds of pieces of social media evidence in reaching his just published report destroying the made up assertions by Russian officials and the RT News agency that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July, killing all 298 people on board, as well as its lucrative [...]

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