Norwegian sets transatlantic speed record AGAIN
Norwegian sets transatlantic speed record AGAIN: Dreamliner races from New York to London in just 5 hours and 9 minutes thanks to monster jet stream that pushes it to 799mph. The Norwegian flight beat its previous best time by four minutes. The flight left JFK on Thursday February 8 and was almost an hour ahead of time. The fastest ever transatlantic passenger flight was by Concorde in 1996. – Read more here.
Manchester Airport nears 28 million passenger record
Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) is nearing a 28 million passenger record for the rolling 12 month period thanks to continued growth at the North of England hub. January’s passenger figures saw the UK’s 3rd largest airport hit 27,790,196 for the rolling 12 months, an increase of 7.45% compared the previous period. – Read more here.
Air Canada expects Air China joint venture in the spring
Air Canada’s chief executive on Friday said a joint venture with Air China, expected to be wrapped up this spring, would help it compete more “aggressively” in the Pacific market, after the Canadian carrier reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit. The two carriers already have agreements for passengers to use each other’s lounges and codesharing services but a full joint-venture would expand such collaboration, in a boost to Air Canada which is facing yield pressures on flights to China and Hong Kong. – Read more here.
Ryanair makes pledge to become ‘plastic free’ on all flights by 2023
Airline vows to eliminate use of nonrecyclable plastics on aircraft and at head offices and bases. Ryanair has pledged to become “plastic free” in the next five years, with the airline set to trumpet its relative green credentials as part of its ongoing makeover. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has famously suggested shooting environmentalists, and repeatedly denies climate change is driven by carbon emissions, which aviation produces in abundance. – Read more here.
The low-cost airline changing the way we fly
On Wednesday, the first ever budget flight from London to South America departs from Gatwick airport. Fares on the 14-hour Norwegian Air Shuttle flight to Buenos Aires start from £259 one-way. The seats are tightly packed and food and luggage cost extra, but the no-frills model of flying, so well established on short-haul routes, is becoming increasingly common on intercontinental flights. – Read more here.
Best of Aviation on Social Media – Tuesday 20th February 2018
Where are we taking you on your next adventure ? ✈️
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) 19 February 2018
See more unique EU culture and heritage with a
#PortugalStopover on the way to your final destination!
— TAP Air Portugal (@tapairportugal) 20 February 2018
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!
Take your moment and enjoy! pic.twitter.com/RJx7Q5FC83
— Royal Dutch
Airlines (@KLM) 9 January 2018
Spectacular cloud time lapse flying over Mount #Fuji ✈️🗻
Air France Airbus A340-300 arriving at the famous Sint Maarten Intl. Airport
Air France Airbus A340-300 arriving at the famous Sint Maarten Intl. Airport pic.twitter.com/3FLAEMUk5b
— Airplane Pictures ✈ (@iLove_Aviation) 4 January 2018
Very honoured to have my photo on a wall at Toronto Pearson Airport Central Deicing Facility.
Very honoured to have my photo on a wall at Toronto Pearson Airport Central Deicing Facility.
— Tom Podolec (@TomPodolec) 8
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
A7-APH @qatarairways #A380 arriving at Heathrow
Murphy (@patmurphy747) 20 December 2017
The beauty of the #A380 #Cockpit
The beauty of the #A380 #Cockpit and #wingviews
Reg: G-XLEJ #BritishAirways
On our way to Singapore #BA011 #FL390 #BA #Speedbird @Airbus pic.twitter.com/uN2IgwNSFi
— mariabonita (@flybyday63) 17 December 2017
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
Instrument Panel , read to learn ???? pic.twitter.com/tn1tYqFzaH
— Aviationdaily (@Aviationdailyy) 4 December 2017
Sky full of stars Boeing 767 more than 12000m above the Atlantic
Giant Airbus A340-313 touch the MOON
— sebastien lebrigand (@lebribri) 6 December 2017
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 ✈️
Incredible view from the 737 cockpit ✈️ pic.twitter.com/fhphpeP2OM
— Airplane Pictures ✈ (@iLove_Aviation) 20 November 2017
Delta 737 departing from LAX ✈️
#Rossiya’s new big cat: #B777
— Aviationdaily (@Aviationdailyy) 21 November 2017
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
Airbus with major presence at @DubaiAirshow
— Airbus PRESS (@AirbusPRESS) 7 November 2017
A golden hour arrival at Schiphol for this Cathay Pacific A340-313 in 2005
A golden hour arrival at Schiphol for this Cathay Pacific A340-313 in 2005.
Photo by Wolfgang Hut https://t.co/VaCsZMDSJ7
— Airliners.net (@airliners_net) 13 November 2017
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
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
The best office ever 😍 pic.twitter.com/sEv9Y8pw2Y
— Aviationdaily (@Aviationdailyy) 16 October 2017
Airbus and @Bombardier announce #CSeries partnership agreement
— Airbus (@Airbus) 16 October 2017
Leaving the confines of Costa Blanca
Leaving the confines of Costa Blanca. A nice view of Benidorm
— Ibz (@Barbell_737) 17 October 2017
Me and my bird, the @Airbus A321
(@FlaviaSLucilio) 18 October
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 ☀️
Here comes the sun ☀️ pic.twitter.com/kTDwFvMM69
— Royal Dutch Airlines (@KLM) 12 October 2017
Nothing compares with the view from our Airbus A350 seat.
Nothing compares with the view from our Airbus A350 seat. We’ll welcome the newest member as the global launch customer of the #A350_1000. pic.twitter.com/WEyu5y5UMv
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) 12 October 2017
#DYK our @Airbus A380 floral installation in Dubai Miracle Garden is made of over 5 million flowers? #MyDubai
airline (@emirates) 26 September 2017
#Throwback flying inside the @BoeingAirplanes 777-300ER while flying above Sudan.
— Julia ✈️ (@julia__levy) 10 October 2017
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
— FlyWeekly (@flyweekly) 1 October 2017
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
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!
— Heathrow Airport
(@HeathrowAirport) 21 September 2017
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
The Famous Princess Juliana International Airport Saint Martin
Aviationdaily (@Aviationdailyy) 13 September 2017
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
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
Boeing 737 cockpit ✈️ pic.twitter.com/TBbGdGOnCu
— Airplane Pictures
✈ (@iLove_Aviation) 17 August 2017
United A319 N807UA banking left toward the moon after departing Houston IAH
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
What does a thunderstorm look like from above the clouds?
What does a thunderstorm look like from above the clouds? Captain Fox captured one off the UK’s south coast!
See if you can spot it ? pic.twitter.com/cqDLWivJa2
— Monarch (@Monarch) 11
The best office in aviation
176″>29 July 2017
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
— wizzair.com (@wizzair) 4 August 2017
Pilot Hudson is ready for departure! #BabyPilot
Dutch Airlines (@KLM) 3 August 2017
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
— Air Canada
(@AirCanada) 26 July 2017
A KLM B747 peaking out over the trees at Saint Maarten!
It’s #RyanairFotoFriday folks! Think you can beat this shot over #Athens?
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) 28 July
— 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