Come see a Dreamlifter up close at the Future of Flight. With the unveiling of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, some of your favorite aviation journalists are all in Seattle. What better time to have a little TweetUp? What the heck is a TweetUp you ask? It is an in-person meeting of like-minded people from Twitter getting [...]
What goes better than mixing a little airline action with Star Trek? This is an old Western Airlines ad from 1985 with Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Spock. At the time, I doubt William Shatner would have any idea he would have a great future career as a travel company’s spokes person. Did you know he [...]
During a career preparation talk at flight school, an administrator asked my class what we though the greatest single threat to our career progress was. I had a ready answer, "the advent of the single-crew airliner cockpit." I remember...Show More Summary
The Sky Couch is super comfy and great to snuggle with your valentine. Man, airlines have just been pulling out all the stops with contests recently. The most recent one is pretty slick and is from Air New Zealand. Remember, not that long ago Air New Zealand showed off their new Boeing 777-300ER with the sky [...]
Listen to an Embraer technical briefing on the Legacy 500/450 fly-by-wire system with Fabrício Caldeira, flight control laws manager (first speaker), and chief project pilot Eduardo Camelier: For as long as there has been fly-by-wire on aircraft, there's been a...
In the dogma associated with lean manufacturing, the Andon Cord holds particularly venerable position in industrial circles. The Andon Cord, coined by Japanese car maker Toyota, places the power of stopping a production line in the hands of each and...
Baltia Air Lines Boeing 747-200 (N705BL) at LAX aftering being taken out of the airline junkyard in August 2010.. I have loved following Baltia Air Lines for quite sometime now. Since August 2009 when Tom Luly on The Airline Blog first talked about the airline, or lack of an airline, I have been intrigued. Really the story [...]
Spanair delights holiday travelers Just around when thousands were stranded at London’s Heathrow Airport and missing Christmas gatherings, Spanair had delightful surprise in store for their customers. On Dec 24, Spanair’s flight from Barcelon to Las Palmas arrived close to midnight. And when the passengers reached the baggage belt upon landing, they were surprised to [...]
I referred yesterday to the American Airlines runway excursion at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That's looks like a tough, could-happen-to-anyone situation. The high airport elevation makes your gut instincts wrong, because as a result of low density air the airplane is moving faster over the ground than the airspeed indicator shows. Show More Summary
This is surely not the first time-lapse livery video we have seen, but this one is unique. Instead of starting the video of the aircraft being pulled into a paint hangar, we start the video with watching the actual Airbus A320 being manufactured. Probably my favorite part is seeing how they have to raise the nose, which lowers [...]
Near mind the joke about the chicken that crossed the road. An incredible You Tube about an emu that crossed the dirt strip in front of the plane has been posted in the public domain by Sydneyflyer76, and is screening on Pprune.org The location is unknown. It’s out there, somewhere. Oh, and if you just watched this at [...]
The journey till now… SimpliFlying, the blog, is now almost three years young. The 358 articles on this blog on airline branding and social media have been read almost half a million times by readers from over 200 countries (gotta drive some traffic from Madagaskar!) And thank you for making it such a huge success. [...]
For a second season the Wilkins blue ice runway in Australian Antarctic territory is closed because of warm conditions. Comparatively warm of course. But too warm to even open it to flights by the Airbus A319 operated for the Australian Antarctic Division by Skytraders. The irony of this mightn’t amuse too many of the northern hemisphere [...]
Early this year, the first Sukhoi Superjet will be delivered to its first customers, Aermenian carrier Armavia and Russian flag carrier Aeroflot. While the world hasn't seen what the Armavia colors look like on the SSJ100, a sneak peek of the...
The dawn of the commercial jet-age had to be an exciting time to be an airline nerd. From slow props to larger jet aircraft like the Boeing 707 and DC-8 had to be an incredible transition. Even though they sell the aircraft on no vibrations and not much noise, I am sure it is a more [...]
I'm home from Cambodia but I keep wanting to learn more. I've paid a few dollars for iPod Khmer lessons and reading Cambodian news. I'm finding news stories about people killed on the Diamond Bridge during the water festival an interesting...Show More Summary
There’s a famous saying that the way to a man’s heart is through its stomach. I guess the same applies to an airline passenger’s heart too. Turkish Airlines has taken this quite seriously – a partnership with Austrian gourmet entertainment company Do&Co has not only resulted in the ‘Best Economy Class Catering’ at the 2010 World [...]
Today is December 17, 2010, 107 years after Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight at the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Needless to say, a lot has happened since then. Just 65 years after that first flight,...
One year ago today many waited at Paine Field for the first flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA001. The aircraft’s first flight had already been delayed and the weather wasn’t looking so great, but hopes were still high. After the clouds cleared, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA001 made her way to the south end of [...]
If you have been to the Boeing factory you have seen how easy it looks to make a Boeing 777. However, it is a very complex process. This video follows British Airways Boeing 777 (G-STBA) from start to finish. Photos of British Airways G-STBA [...]