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Bulgarian Mig-29s escort Lufthansa Airbus A380 arriving in Sofia for the first time

Bulgarian Mig-29s escort Lufthansa Airbus A380 arriving in Sofia for the first time | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"On Oct. 16, a Lufthansa Airbus A380 landed for the very first time in Sofia. Piloted by the only Bulgarian A380 Lufthansa pilot, Senior First Officer Mario Bakalov, the largest passenger aircraft of the world took off from Frankfurt as a special flight carrying a delegation of politicians, customers and media to the Bulgarian capital to introduce the Lufthansa A380 to customers and the general public in the country and to promote long-haul flights to the U.S. and Asia."

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Malaysia Airlines Lures Travelers on KL-London Route

Malaysia Airlines Lures Travelers on KL-London Route | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Malaysia Airlines says lower fares to and from the U.K. are luring passengers from rival British Airways. The carrier is still trying to recover from two unexplained tragedies in 2014 and now dominates the London route. Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin reports on "Bloomberg Markets: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg)
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Bringing You The Finest Flavours Of The World (Behind the Scenes) | Singapore Airlines

What's the process like in a world where there's #NoDetailTooSmall? Go behind the scenes with us to find out!
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Qantas Boeing 787-9 economy seats: it's all about the legroom

Qantas Boeing 787-9 economy seats: it's all about the legroom | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Qantas will reveal the design and cabin layout of its new Boeing 787 economy class seating this coming Thursday October 27, at a major launch event which will also showcase new business class and premium economy seats..."

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Airbus offers a peek at its flying taxi

Airbus offers a peek at its flying taxi | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"European aerospace giant Airbus has quietly lifted the curtain on an ambitious Silicon Valley project called Vahana. It's a pilotless passenger aircraft that aims to someday add a vertical component to your commute."

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Exclusive: Boeing sales chief says the 737 Max vs. Airbus A320neo fight has just begun - Puget Sound Business Journal

Exclusive: Boeing sales chief says the 737 Max vs. Airbus A320neo fight has just begun - Puget Sound Business Journal | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Boeing's top salesman is betting that the established customer base for the 737 will power sales to an even split with competitor Airbus. Currently Airbus’ A320neo has a substantial 1,342-jet order lead over Boeing’s 737 Max. That gives the European plane 60 percent of the market."

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Airbus A380 cracks 600 passenger ceiling and 400 passenger floor

Airbus A380 cracks 600 passenger ceiling and 400 passenger floor | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Two decks. Four engines. Four classes. And fewer than four hundred passengers on board — or more than six hundred. That’s the reality of the Airbus A380 as 2015 comes to a close, ten years after the superjumbo first flew"

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US designer creates mini-Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 out of manila folders

US designer creates mini-Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 out of manila folders | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Singapore Airlines' (SIA) latest promotional video is going places, thanks to the creative talents of an American designer.

San Francisco-based Luca Iaconi-Stewart, who is renowned for making miniature airplane replicas, is shown in the two-and-a-half-minute clip creating SIA's signature Airbus A380 out of manila folders. The video, which was uploaded on SIA's Facebook page on Wednesday (Dec 3) afternoon, has since chalked up over 1.2 million views and shared more than 17,000 times."

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Malaysia Air Seals 90-City Emirates Deal, Drops Paris, Amsterdam

Malaysia Air Seals 90-City Emirates Deal, Drops Paris, Amsterdam | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Malaysian Airlines agreed a mammoth code-share deal with Dubai-based Emirates, the world’s biggest international carrier, allowing it to sell tickets to more long-haul destinations while scrapping unprofitable routes.
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Here's why we'll see Qantas fly Sydney-Chicago on the Boeing 787

Here's why we'll see Qantas fly Sydney-Chicago on the Boeing 787 | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Non-stop Qantas flights between Sydney and Chicago are firming up as a new route carved out by the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Although the first batch of red-tailed Boeing 787s due from late ...
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Best of Airways: Scoot, Low-Cost / Long-Haul

Best of Airways: Scoot, Low-Cost / Long-Haul | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"There is a long queue inside Gate E3 at Singapore Changi Airport. But it is not made up of people waiting to board Scoot flight TZ 206 to Taipei and Seoul. The air bridge is almost empty. Instead, people line up in front of the only gate-side water fountain, patiently filling empty bottles they brought along with drinking water. A scene seldom seen before in long-haul travel from Changi Airport, dominated by full service carriers like Singapore Airlines (SIA). On board the Boeing 777-200ER, registered 9V-OTE, painted in bright yellow, things are different. Even in the front rows, called “Scoot Biz”, offering what other airlines would call premium economy service. There is a pre-take off drinks service – consisting of a single miniature plastic can of drinking water. If a thirsty passenger asks for a second one, the flight attendant in black and yellow uniform regrets: “We just have one serving per passenger, but you can buy drinks after take off.” By now, the queue around the water fountain in the terminal begins to make perfect sense. Welcome to Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost long-haul offspring. It started operations on June 4, 2012, currently operates six Boeing 777-200ERs taken over from SIA and will shortly switch to an all-new Boeing 787 fleet. Since launched, the airline has carried almost 3.5 million passengers until late 2014, the aim is to move around two million customers annually with ticket prices up to 40 percent cheaper than full service airlines. In the industry, Scoot seems to establish itself as a blue print of how to achieve a sustainable business model for low cost long-haul operations, a segment with a checkered history. “Scoot is an interesting concept”, says for example Lufthansa’s CCO Jens Bischof, setting up his own low cost long-haul offspring called Eurowings, based at Cologne/Bonn. It will start with three leased Airbus A330-200s from October 2015, operating initially to Florida, the Indian Ocean and Southern Africa. “We have thoroughly reviewed what we can learn from Scoot, that’s important if you want to start up a carrier based on such a formula”, Bischof tells Airways. “But you need to have staying power and lot of money.”

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Delta to Keep 14 of Oldest Narrow-Body Jets on Failed Pilot Vote

Delta to Keep 14 of Oldest Narrow-Body Jets on Failed Pilot Vote | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Delta Air Lines Inc. will hang onto 14 of its aging, workhorse Boeing Co. 757 jets that were to be retired in two years, partly because pilots rejected a proposed contract that would have added new aircraft. The 757-200s are crucial to Delta’s single-aisle fleet because they can fly between the U.S. and Europe. Once set to be parked by late 2017, the 14 planes now will stay in operation after Delta dropped a tentative purchase of 40 smaller narrow-bodies, spokesman Michael Thomas said. The airline had tied that deal to ratification of the labor accord in July.

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Airbus Pursues Saudia A380 Order With Super-Dense 615 Seater

Airbus Pursues Saudia A380 Order With Super-Dense 615 Seater | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Airbus Group SE is aiming to seal a prospective Saudi order for the A380 superjumbo by pitching a new 615-seat, two-class version it says would be the ideal congestion-buster for carrying pilgrims to Mecca.
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Copa launches new LCC to stem Colombia losses

Copa launches new LCC to stem Colombia losses | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

Panama’s Copa Holdings has unveiled a new low-cost carrier, Wingo, as it aims to turn its loss-making Colombian operations around. Bogota-based Wingo will operate its first flight on 1 December, and will take over all of Copa Colombia’s routes except its flights to and from Panama City.

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Iberia to introduce premium economy in 37 long-haul aircraft

Iberia to introduce premium economy in 37 long-haul aircraft | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Spanish flag carrier Iberia has detailed plans to roll out a new premium economy cabin across 37 of its long-haul aircraft, starting from summer 2017.
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Biggest passenger plane comes to Christchurch

Biggest passenger plane comes to Christchurch | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Aviation enthusiasts will get to view the world's largest passenger aircraft as it begins daily service to Christchurch.
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Sydney Airport seeks more low-cost carriers

"Sydney Airport is looking to lure more low-cost Asian airlines to its operations in a bid to continue passenger growth at the nation’s premier airport. China — and its burgeoning and travel-hungry middle class — remain a key driver of growth for Sydney Airport, but at an investor update in Sydney yesterday the airport said it wanted more Asian low-cost carriers to use the airport."

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​Analyst sees Boeing Co. going past 60 737s a month - Wichita Business Journal

​Analyst sees Boeing Co. going past 60 737s a month - Wichita Business Journal | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
While Boeing can go as high as 63 planes a month with little risk, further increases could put stress on the Wichita companies and others in the supply chain.
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Boost for Boeing: Export-Import Bank wins revival

Boost for Boeing: Export-Import Bank wins revival | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Nearly six months after the Export-Import Bank was shut down due to congressional wrangling, the federal agency has been revived – which is good news for the Boeing Co. The bank plays a key role in making loans and guaranteeing loans to foreign buyers of U.S. goods. Since 2007, it’s provided support for $135 billion in exports from Washington state, according to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., one of the backers of the bank’s reauthorization."

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Boeing finishes design work for North Charleston-made 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing finishes design work for North Charleston-made 787-10 Dreamliner | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Boeing Co. finished nearly two weeks early the detailed engineering and design work for its 787-10, the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family that will be built exclusively in North Charleston.The milestone is critical because it means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released for fabrication or procurement, Boeing said in a statement. Assembly of the first “Dash 10” will be completed next year with initial flights scheduled for 2017 and the first delivery set for 2018. Boeing officials have said the design moved faster than scheduled because of lessons the company learned while building its predecessor, the 787-9. The Dash 10 is a stretched version of the 787-9, which entered service in 2014."

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India's SpiceJet eyes Dubai base with 7th freedom rights

India's SpiceJet eyes Dubai base with 7th freedom rights | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) is planning to set up its first international base at Dubai World Central airline Chairman and Managing Director, Ajay Singh, has told Gulf News. Though the Indian LCC currently serves Dubai Int'l, Singh said the airfield was not a good longterm prospect given rising congestion there."

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Spring Airlines Signs Pact to Buy 60 Airbus A320neo Planes

China’s Spring Airlines Co., founded by billionaire Wang Zhenghua, signed an agreement to buy 60 Airbus A320 planes to meet demand in a country poised to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest travel market.
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Why a Boeing 757 Replacement Is Probably Coming -- The Motley Fool

Why a Boeing 757 Replacement Is Probably Coming --  The Motley Fool | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"One of the biggest questions in the aviation world this year has been whether Boeing(NYSE:BA) will build a successor to the Boeing 757. Most of the speculation has revolved around questions of market size and the potential capabilities of a newly designed airplane. However, there is one factor that hasn't come up much: engineering resources. Boeing's major development programs are scheduled to conclude by the end of the decade. At that point, all of its products will be fairly new. The one thing left for its engineers to do would be to design a new airplane to fill one of the gaps -- and the obvious choice would be a 757 replacement."

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New Heathrow Expansion Images Released

New Heathrow Expansion Images Released | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

London Heathrow Airport has released several new images of  what its third runway expansion could look like, if development plans get the approval. Images show a new central terminal area and a business park, to be built at the west of Terminal 5, providing space to replace commercial premises lost to the third runway, and underground passenger system to reduce travel times between terminals has also been depicted.

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Out-there Airbus patent: Detach cabin from airplane - CNN.com

Out-there Airbus patent: Detach cabin from airplane - CNN.com | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

The latest: Turn cabins -- the part of the plane where you and you sit -- into detachable modules separate from the planes. Then mix and match them, Airbus said. Squeezing out a net profit is tough in the airline business. And while straining to do so, plane manufacturers have come up with some interesting ideas. The latest: Turn cabins -- the part of the plane where you sit -- into detachable modules separate from the planes. Then mix 'em and match 'em, and you save all kinds of time and money, says Airbus, which got a U.S. patent on the idea this week. But first, back to those profits. With the peppery price of a plane ticket, you don't believe it, eh? Currently, airlines pocket an average of $8.27 per passenger, said the International Air Transport Association. And that's a recent improvement, thanks to falling fuel prices and a rebounding economy.

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