Airline News – Wednesday 10th January 2018

Airline Safety: 2017 Was Safest Year In History For Passengers Around The World, Research Shows

In a year when more people flew to more places than ever, 2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers. The Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, has released its Civil Aviation Safety Review for 2017. It reports only two fatal accidents, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of 13 lives lost. – Read more here.

CES 2018: Jetpack Aviation’s chief has fear of heights

A former commercial pilot who has carried out about 500 jetpack test flights has admitted that he does not like heights. “I can look out of the window of an aeroplane no problem,” David Mayman, chief executive of Jetpack Aviation, told the BBC. – Read more here.

UK Home Office considers reigning in airport drinking

British newspapers have described the proposal to bring airport licensing under the power of local authorities as a ‘crackdown’ and the end of ‘the early morning pint’. The trade body representing British airlines has welcomed the news that the Home Office may bring fresh measures to bear over concessions in UK airports in a bid to cut the number of incidents caused by excessive drinking. – Read more here.

Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones

The Dutch engineer behind the idea for circular runways at airports has revealed plans to build a test runway for unmanned delivery drones. Henk Hesselink is collaborating with Valkenburg airport, a disused naval base near The Hague, which has ambitions to become a drone innovation centre. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Wednesday 10th January 2018

Take your moment and enjoy!

Spectacular cloud time lapse flying over Mount #Fuji ✈️🗻

 

Air France Airbus A340-300 arriving at the famous Sint Maarten Intl. Airport

Very honoured to have my photo on a wall at Toronto Pearson Airport Central Deicing Facility.

 

Airline News – Friday 22nd December 2017

Boeing to unveil mystery plane that will ‘change the future of air power’

Boeing, one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers, is poised to unveil a “robust” new plane that will be “changing the future of air power”, the company claims. – Read more here.

Lockheed Martin joins AS2 supersonic jet project

US aerospace giant to co-develop Aerion AS2, a 12-seat executive jet projected to ply routes between Europe and the West Coast of the US at speeds up to MACH 1.4. – Read more here.

The statistics that show why Norwegian has rattled BA – and how the A380 is falling from favour

The era of low-cost, long-haul flying is upon us – and new figures have revealed just how much pressure aviation upstarts such as Norwegian are putting on traditional carriers like British Airways. – Read more here.

Special delivery: Pizza, parcel-slinging drones inch closer to reality

America’s airspace watchdog sets out rules to green-light skies filled with Amazon bots. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 22nd December 2017

Boeing 787 flight deck 😍✈️

Window views to #Antarctica 😍

 

A7-APH @qatarairways #A380 arriving at Heathrow

The beauty of the #A380 #Cockpit

Airline News – Thursday 7th December 2017

Revealed: The world’s best airlines, according to you – has BA kept the top spot?

Swiss has taken the title of best short-haul airline in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards, based on the opinions of almost 90,000 readers, while Singapore Airlines has been named number one for long haul. – Read more here.

Bournemouth airport bought by Rigby Group as ‘mini-conglomerate’s’ aviation ambitions take off

Bournemouth airport has been acquired by Rigby Group, as the privately held business steps up its plans to grow its aviation interests and become what it calls a “significant player” in the “vital regional airports” market. – Read more here.

The 10 Best Airlines In The World

When it comes to air travel, competition is fierce between the carriers ferrying us around the world. But which is the best? And, more importantly, how about the worst? – Read more here.

A supersonic jet startup just landed a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines

Denver-based startup Boom Supersonic has won a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines in its push to build a supersonic passenger aircraft it claims will be faster, quieter and more affordable to fly than the Concorde. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Thursday 7th December 2017

Instrument Panel – read to learn

Sky full of stars Boeing 767 more than 12000m above the Atlantic

 

Giant Airbus A340-313 touch the MOON

This is a picture of the space shuttle leaving earth taken from the ISS

 

Airline News – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Brexit: UK has ‘vast amount’ of work to do to ensure planes aren’t grounded after EU departure

Aerospace manufacturing in the UK would also be hit hard by a no-deal Brexit, leading industry figures told MPs. – Read more here.

EasyJet profits fall after ‘difficult year’ for aviation

EasyJet’s profits have fallen during what the airline called a “difficult year for the aviation industry”. – Read more here.

Iata urges countries to adopt new global aviation security plan

Countries are being urged by Iata to swiftly implement the first Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) to stay ahead of threats to flying. – Read more here.

Ludicrous first class cabins and gardens on Mars: seven things we learned from the Dubai Airshow

Fully enclosed private suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, virtual windows and seats inspired by Nasa (and designed to simulate the feeling of weightlessness that astronauts experience on board spacecraft) were among the new innovations unveiled by Emirates for its first class cabins. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Incredible view from the 737 cockpit ✈️

Delta 737 departing from LAX ✈️

#Rossiya’s new big cat: #B777

An overview of Shenzhen airport. Photo by Ma Bo Ming

Airline News – Friday 10th November 2017

NASA builds a hybrid jetliner that can travel 10% farther than traditional planes with the same fuel

Nasa is developing a hybrid jetliner harvests air flowing along the body of the plane to create power. The futuristic jet could have more thrust with
10 per cent increase in efficiency, paving the way for the next generation of super-efficient air travel, experts claim. – Read more here.

The man who built an aeroplane on his Mumbai rooftop

Seven years ago, Amol Yadav announced to his family and friends that he would build an aeroplane on the roof of a boxy apartment building in the
teeming Indian city of Mumbai. – Read more here.

Instagrammers are hiring a grounded private jet to get the perfect shot

A company in Moscow is renting out a grounded private jet as a photography studio for aspiring travel “influencers” to pretend they’re living the luxury lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of. – Read more here.

Awesome prototype planes: 1949 to 2017

Aircraft manufacturers have produced some magnificent planes throughout aviation’s history, and while many have ruled the skies, some have barely left
the ground. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 10th November 2017

B747 at an incredible angle

Concorde lovers?

 

Airbus with major presence at @DubaiAirshow

 

A golden hour arrival at Schiphol for this Cathay Pacific A340-313 in 2005

 

Airline News – Friday 3rd November 2017

Which airline was just voted the best in the world for the fifth year running?

The world’s best airline for 2018 has been announced – and the winner is no stranger to the accolade, picking up the top gong for the fifth time in a row. – Read more here.

Airline plans to weigh passengers before they can board aircraft

A European airline will now ask passengers to step on the scales before they board an aircraft – but Finnair promises it’s not to penalise overweight passengers. – Read more here.

Air Mediterranean’s inaugural flight touches down at Stansted

Stansted Airport welcomed its latest airline as Greek carrier Air Mediterranean’s inaugural flight touched down from Athens yesterday. – Read more here.

A double bed and Lalique crystal: Singapore Airlines’ new first-class Suites revealed

Following an $850m investment and four years of development time, Singapore Airlines has unveiled its new premium cabin products, including new first-class ‘Suites’ that are set to drastically redefine the in-flight experience enjoyed by the airline’s most valuable passengers. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 3rd November 2017

Incredible shot

Ghost plane A340

 

The best takeoff ever B747

 

My favorite Bedroom

 

Airline News – Friday 20th October 2017

£3m fund will ‘revolutionise’ UK airport security, putting an end to laptop hassle

The Government will unveil on Friday a £3m fund to “revolutionise” airport screening so that passengers are no longer required to remove their laptops from their hand luggage during security checks. – Read more here.

Stobart Aviation ‘on track for growth and profitability’

Stobart Aviation, which owns the regional carrier Stobart Air as well as Southend and Carlisle airports, is poised “to grow and create significant value”. – Read more here.

There have been more US astronauts than BA Concorde pilots

Aerospace Bristol: the new £19m aviation museum where Concorde is the star. – Read more here.

Jet2.com awarded 5-star rating by OAG for on-time performance

Leisure carrier Jet2 is today ranked as one of the most punctual airlines in the world. The airline was awarded a 5-star rating by air travel intelligence company OAG with an on-time performance of 87.5% of flights running on time. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 20th October 2017

The best office ever

Airbus and @Bombardier announce #CSeries partnership agreement

 

Leaving the confines of Costa Blanca

 

Me and my bird, the @Airbus A321

 

Airline News – Friday 13th October 2017

Wizz Air forms UK company in case Brexit has no aviation deal

Wizz Air has confirmed that it has established a company in the UK to ensure its flights between Britain and the EU will continue in the event of no aviation deal after Brexit. – Read more here.

There’s a solution to the airport capacity problem in the UK, and it isn’t Heathrow

The good news is there is a solution to the UK’s capacity problem. There is spare capacity in airports all across the UK. – Read more here.

This airline finally replied to a passenger nine years after he tweeted them to suggest a new route

An airline has replied to a potential passenger nine years after he suggested it start flying to Hawaii. It was back in May 2008 that David Raatz first tweeted Southwest Airlines to ask for the new route. – Read more here.

Brexit ‘no deal’ spells disaster for UK aviation, says Balpa

A Brexit ‘no deal’ would spell disaster for UK aviation, pilots’ union Balpa warned. The British Airline Pilots Association intervened after prime minister Theresa May suggested that this was now an option. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 13th October 2017

Here comes the sun ☀️

Nothing compares with the view from our Airbus A350 seat.

 

#DYK our @Airbus A380 floral installation in Dubai Miracle Garden is made of over 5 million flowers? #MyDubai

 

#Throwback flying inside the @BoeingAirplanes 777-300ER while flying above Sudan.

 

Airline News – Friday 6th October 2017

What’s the point of scrambling a fighter jet – and would one ever shoot down a passenger plane?

There is something incredibly jarring about seeing a commercial aircraft, packed to the rafters with sunseekers, flying alongside a fighter jet. – Read more here.

Boeing just made a big bet on drones and electric planes

Boeing announced that it is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences. The lesser-known company specializes in cutting-edge aviation technologies, including electric airplanes, vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) airplanes, and unmanned aerial vehicles. – Read more here.

UK’s aircraft sector soaring as deliveries reach £17bn this year

More than 100 aircraft were completed in August this year, bringing the total value for the UK industry to £17bn since the start of the year. – Read more here.

Jet2 adds 250,000 summer seats

On the back of announcing 55,000 extra winter seats earlier this week, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added 250,000 summer seats to meet increased demand at Birmingham Airport. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 6th October 2017

Concorde: Beautiful, magnificent – never to be seen again

Always check the rearview mirror for traffic

 

There is a KLM A330 in among all the condensation and cloud at Schiphol

 

Artificial birds of the sky , a beautiful evening image

 

Airline News – Friday 29th September 2017

EasyJet puts its weight behind plans for electric planes

EasyJet is backing plans to develop commercial passenger aircraft powered by electric batteries instead of conventional aero engines. – Read more here.

Worldwide airport chaos after computer check-in systems crash

Air passengers have been suffering major disruption at airports around the world after computer check-in systems crashed. – Read more here.

EasyJet and Lufthansa in talks to buy Air Berlin’s aviation business

Air Berlin’s creditors have picked German flagship carrier Lufthansa and Britain’s easyJet as possible buyers for the insolvent carrier’s aviation business and will negotiate with them for the next three weeks. – Read more here.

France’s bizarre new ‘airline for millennials’ unveils flights to Brazil and Seychelles

A new airline aimed at millennials has unveiled its first destinations, with the Air France sister project launching flights to Brazil and Seychelles from May next year. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 29th September 2017

Is this the best selfie ever?

Don’t look behind you

 

Bluetifull

 

Fly me too the moon… Photo by Soos Jozsef

 

Airline News – Friday 22nd September 2017

Trump supersizes America’s most famous aeroplane

Trump’s Air Force One looks similar to the one that Obama flew. But plans for a bigger one are now under way. – Read more here.

The incredible near miss that wasn’t

In skies over Surrey, the incredible near miss that wasn’t: Heartstopping moment two passenger jets appear to come perilously close as they cross paths over Heathrow. – Read more here.

Flight path changes over Edinburgh Airport put on hold by aviation authority

Plans to alter flight paths above Scotland’s busiest airport have been put on hold for now following a decision by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 22nd September 2017

Early morning in Dubai

Good morning from Heathrow!

 

Boeing just passes in front of craters

 

Airliner Boeing 737 passes in front of the SUN

 

Airline News – Friday 15th September 2017

Ryanair ramps up challenge to Lufthansa in German carrier’s own back yard

The Irish low-fares carrier, which has called for action to prevent Lufthansa taking over assets from troubled rival Air Berlin, is adding 34 new routes from the German airline’s hub at Frankfurt Main airport to give a total of 38 for next summer. – Read more here.

First-class fun or aviation disaster? Our take on Icelandair’s in-flight theatre

If in-flight entertainment leaves you a little cold, you may be interested to hear about Icelandair’s latest initiative: immersive theatre at 30,000 feet. Yes, really. – Read more here.

Will flying cars ever take off?

Are we close to a new era of commuting to work in personal air and land vehicles (that’s flying cars to you and me)? It is an appealing idea: the freedom of the skies, no traffic jams and maybe no vehicle tax. There has been a flurry of news suggesting it is about to come true. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 15th September 2017

What a beautiful view

Boeing 777 cockpit

 

The Famous Princess Juliana International Airport Saint Martin

 

Concorde: Beautiful, magnificent – never to be seen again

 

Airline News – Friday 1st September 2017

Planes fuelled by waste could take off from British airports

As part of plans to promote clean alternative fuels, the government is offering funding for projects in the UK to develop low carbon waste-based fuels for planes and lorries, with matching funding from industry. – Read more here.

Airlines compete on Scottish Highlands and islands routes

Loganair has started operations as an independent airline for the first time in 25 years. The move has brought competition to a number of routes in the Highlands and islands. – Read more here.

Ryanair demands limit on alcohol sales at airports

Ryanair wants a ban on UK airports serving passengers more than two alcoholic drinks per person. Chief executive Michael O’Leary confirmed Ryanair has written to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) demanding a ban, saying: “There is a growing problem of drunken passengers on aircraft. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 1st September 2017

Beautiful view from the A380

Like father, like son

 

Pilot captures incredible nighttime thunderstorm at 37,000 feet

 

Somewhere, over the rainbow… #FridayFlyDay

 

Airline News – Friday 18th August 2017

Ryanair calls for two-drink limit at UK airports

Ryanair has called for a two-drink limit after an investigation revealed the number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour has risen by 50 per cent in one year. – Read more here.

CAA rates four UK airports ‘poor’ on disability assistance

The UK’s aviation regulator has told four airports, including Heathrow, that they must improve the help they give disabled passengers. – Read more here.

UK ministers consider licensing laser pointers in bid to reduce attacks

Sales of laser pointers could be licensed in an attempt to protect pilots and train drivers from attacks that could cause fatal crashes. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 18th August 2017

Boeing 737 cockpit

United A319 N807UA banking left toward the moon after departing Houston IAH

 

Fly me to the moon

 

Airline News – Friday 11th August 2017

Access to air travel

Air travel opens up the world to holidaymakers, families and business travellers. Since 2010 the number of journeys made by people requesting special assistance has increased by more than two thirds to three million a year: a record number of disabled passengers are now travelling by air. – Read more here.

Gatwick and easyjet named as Britain’s tardiest airport and airline

Flown easyJet from Gatwick over the past two summers? The chances are your plane took off or landed nearly half-an-hour late. – Read more here.

Here’s Why Brexit Could Disrupt UK Aviation

The global aviation sector is, unsurprisingly, saturated with regulations linked to security, air traffic management, safety, noise limitations and environmental impact. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 11th August 2017

Boeing 787 flight deck

Amazing approach!

 

What does a thunderstorm look like from above the clouds?

The best office in aviation

 

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Airline News – Friday 4th August 2017

EGYPTAIR looks to modernise fleet

EGYPTAIR plans to add 33 different types of aircraft and manufacturers as part of its fleet modernisation plan. EGYPTAIR CEO Safwat Musallam said in a July 28 statement the plan includes short-, medium- and long-haul aircraft. – Read more here.

Flybe announces 2018 summer schedule

Flybe has announced its 2018 summer schedule including new and extended routes. The regional airline will have 157 routes on sale between March 25 and June 17 next year. – Read more here.

Turkish Airlines Pushes Forth with Aggressive Growth Plans

Through 2023, Turkish Airlines will exceed 500 aircraft, as well as 120 million passengers. This year, we’re running through 69 million passengers. Turkish Airlines is continuing to expand to new destinations. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 4th August 2017

Stunning wing view with plane below

The 21st #A321 aircraft joined the Wizz Air

 

Pilot Hudson is ready for departure! #BabyPilot

The Queen of the skies such an amazing shot 747 getting de-iced

Airline News – Friday 28th July 2017

Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to Strengthen Transatlantic Partnerships

The Air France-KLM Group, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Limited announced their intention to expand their strategic partnership and offer customers access to the most comprehensive transatlantic route network via an extensive joint venture. – Read more here.

Flybe’s grip on number of seats it offers cheers investors as shares surge

Buoyant passenger growth at regional airline Flybe alongside evidence it finally has control over the number of seats it offers has helped its shares rocket. – Read more here.

Panasonic Avionics Brings Premium Entertainment and Global Connectivity to Air China

Air China, the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, has selected inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions from Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) for its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. – Read more here.

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 28th July 2017

The beauty of the #NorthwestTerritories is as striking as it is untouched – Air Canada


A KLM B747 peaking out over the trees at Saint Maarten!

It’s #RyanairFotoFriday folks! Think you can beat this shot over #Athens?


— Air France (@airfrance) 20 July 2017

An Air Canada 777-333/ER passing over the PetroCanada on final at Toronto.

 

Airline News – Friday 21st July 2017

Air France just launched a ’boutique’ airline for millennials

On Thursday, Air France launched Europe’s newest airline, Joon. The newest offshoot of the 84-year-old company is aimed at younger clientele aged 18 to 35. Read more here

Wizz Air eyes lower costs after banking record profits

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air reckons its plan to move to larger planes and own some of its fleet will propel earnings further after it reported record first-quarter profits. – Read more here

US airline mechanic achieves record-breaking 75 years of service

An American Airlines worker has landed in the record books after becoming the world’s longest-serving airline mechanic. – Read more here

Best of Aviation on Social Media – Friday 21st July 2017

Record flights in UK skies

Why do plane flights curve rather than go straight to their destination?

 

Stunning photo of KLM plane

Air France introduce Joon