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Aeroflot takes delivery of its 100th Airbus aircraft, an A330

Aeroflot takes delivery of its 100th Airbus aircraft, an A330 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, has taken delivery of another A330-300, which will become the 100th Airbus aircraft to enter service with the airline.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, Aeroflot’s A330-300 features a spacious and comfortable two-class cabin layout seating 296 passengers (28 in business and 268 in economy class). Aeroflot plans to deploy the aircraft on numerous routes on its medium and long-haul network.
Aeroflot was the first airline in Russia to operate the A310, with an entry into service in 1992, as well as the first to operate the A320 Family (in 2003) and the A330 Family (in 2008). Currently the airline operates a fleet of 79 A320 Family aircraft and with today’s delivery 21 A330 Family aircraft.

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Watch as Emirates overhauls its first Airbus A380

Watch as Emirates overhauls its first Airbus A380 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Watch as the Emirates A380 goes through "the largest maintenance check on any aircraft".

The 3-C Check maintenance process, which took 55 days and is usually performed behind the closed doors of a hangar, was condensed into a 2-minute timelapse video.

According to the video, over 1600 parts from inside the cabin were removed, overhauled and put back in place. 

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Last Test Flight for Solar Impulse 2 in Switzerland

Last Test Flight for Solar Impulse 2 in Switzerland | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The last Swiss ‪‎TestFlight‬ of ‪Solar Impulse 2 (‎Si2)‬ will take place tomorrow! Come watch it in Payerne, Switzerland.

The aircraft will soon be dismantled and transported to Abu Dhabi, where SI2 will start the Round-The-World adventure with Pilots Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and the Solar Impulse Team.
Follow the historic event on: www.solarimpulse.com 

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Air France flight to Paris makes emergency landing in Birmingham

Air France flight to Paris makes emergency landing in Birmingham | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

An Air France flight from Dublin to Paris made an emergency landing in Birmingham after its windscreen cracked while in the air.

The crack formed shortly after the Avro RJ85 departed Dublin Airport for Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on Sunday evening.

After crossing the Irish Sea the plane changed its course over Wales as the pilot reported the problem around 6:30pm.

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Airbus Wins 50 Widebody Jet Deal With Delta Air Lines

Airbus Wins 50 Widebody Jet Deal With Delta Air Lines | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airbus Group NV won a deal from Delta Air Lines Inc. for 50 twin-aisle jetliners, according to a person familiar with the agreement, a big victory for the European company in its battle with Boeing Co. to sell long-range passenger aircraft.

The No. 3 U.S. airline by traffic is ordering 25 long-range A350-900s and 25 A330-900neo jets, the person said. The deal would be valued around $14.3 billion at list prices, not including steep discounts the manufacturers regularly give to airlines.

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World’s Most Popular Aircraft: Boeing 737 or Airbus A320?

World’s Most Popular Aircraft: Boeing 737 or Airbus A320? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) launched its 737 family of jets in 1964, and since then the company has snagged 12,257 firm orders for the plane. Airbus launched its competitor single-aisle, narrow-body family, the A320, in March 1984 and claims 11,021 firm orders since the A320’s launch.

Boeing’s 20-year longevity lead tips the scales in the company’s favor, but if only orders since the A320’s launch are counted, Airbus has taken roughly 52% of the orders, compared with 48% for Boeing. The data have been compiled by industry analyst and consulting firm Leeham and independent website pdxlight.
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The Absolute Worst People on the Plane

The Absolute Worst People on the Plane | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

One flight I was on had a particularly robust passenger. So robust, in fact, that he purchased three seats.

He was nice enough and the flight went along smoothly, until he got up to use the restroom. Airplane bathrooms are small for average-sized people. If you are a person who needs three seats, that airplane bathroom will not be OK for you.  He managed to get in and shut the door. Five minutes later, the flight attendant call bell from inside the bathroom rang. A petite flight attendant responded to the call bell and asked if the passenger was OK. He opened the door a bit and said he needed help wiping because he couldn’t reach. 
This attendant frantically waved her hand in front of her mouth and said, “Oh, no, sir: We only do food and beverage …  only food and beverage!”
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Airbus to expand oversize air transport capability with a new A330 Beluga

Airbus to expand oversize air transport capability with a new A330 Beluga | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

To industrially accompany the A350 XWB ramp-up and other aircraft production rate increases, Airbus took the decision to launch the development and production of five new Belugas.

The new Beluga will be based on the A330 with a large re-use of existing components and equipment. The distinctive looking lowered cockpit, the cargo bay structure and the rear-end and tail will be amongst the items which will be newly developed. 

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Four Air France Flight Attendants injured as flight hits severe turbulence

Four Air France Flight Attendants injured as flight hits severe turbulence | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Four Air France cabin crew members suffered concussion when a flight from Paris to New York hit severe turbulence shortly after take-off on Tuesday.

The airline confirmed flight AF006 from Charles de Gaulle Airport to JFK Airport ‘encountered strong turbulence’ at the beginning of the cruise phase.

It says the plane’s captain decided to abort the transatlantic journey and return to Paris, where the superjumbo jet landed safely just before 4.30pm local time.

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Boeing's 737 MAX Closes The Gap With Airbus' A320 neo With A Large Order From SMBC Aviation

Boeing's 737 MAX Closes The Gap With Airbus' A320 neo With A Large Order From SMBC Aviation | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
We figure orders for the 737 MAX lag behind those for the A320 neo as the latter was launched by Airbus a full year before Boeing launched the 737 MAX. Gains from that launch lead are still accruing to Airbus, positioning its A320 neo in lead in terms of total orders. However, 737 MAX’s steadily growing order book will likely play a key role in allowing Boeing to retain its share of the global commercial airplane market in the coming years.
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Tragic footage: Cockpit dashcam catches moment of deadly plane crash in Russia (VIDEO)

Tragic footage: Cockpit dashcam catches moment of deadly plane crash in Russia (VIDEO) | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
A cockpit dash camera has recorded the dreadful moment a light aircraft crashed in Russia. The plane went down shortly before a scheduled landing as the two pilots failed to perform a go-around. A 44-year-old pilot died immediately.
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Ask the Captain: Fuel efficiency in flight

Ask the Captain: Fuel efficiency in flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
How flight plans are set to maximize efficiency and minimize fuel burn

Question: On short flights where the plane is at cruising altitude for only a few minutes, why not just stop at, say, 15,000 feet? Isn't it a waste of energy to climb to 30,000 just to go right back down?

— submitted by reader Ryan Joyce, St. Louis

Answer: Jet performance is carefully calculated by flight-planning programs. Climbing to a higher altitude allows the jet to operate in thinner air, where fuel economy is better and drag is reduced for longer. Although it is counterintuitive, climbing to a higher altitude and then descending can save fuel.

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Boeing and Airbus: The Narrow-Body Battle (BA, EADSY)

Boeing and Airbus: The Narrow-Body Battle (BA, EADSY) | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Planemakers Boeing and Airbus currently reign over the aerospace firmament, and their rule could continue well into the days ahead. Both are fiercely competing to grab a greater share of the commercial aircraft market. In this industry, opportunities for both narrow-body and wide-body planes go hand in hand -- the former adds more in terms of volumes while the latter fetches higher prices. We've earlier examined the ongoing tussle between Boeing and Airbus in the wide-body segment, but now let's take a look at what the duo is up to in the narrow-body space.

 

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes: 1 Dead, 1 Injured - NBC News

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes: 1 Dead, 1 Injured - NBC News | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Virigin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said.

The explosion scattered debris across a two-mile swath of the desert floor outside Mojave, California, and came after the plane was released from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane. SpaceShipTwo was testing its rocket engine in flight for the first time in more than nine months.

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Photos: Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 102 with Singapore Airlines livery

Photos: Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 102  with Singapore Airlines livery | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Singapore Airlines livery on the port side, British Airways livery on the starboard side.

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Lufthansa Turns An Airbus A340 Into 'Ebola Jet' For Evacuating Infected Personnel

Lufthansa Turns An Airbus A340 Into 'Ebola Jet' For Evacuating Infected Personnel | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Lufthansa, the biggest airline in Europe by passengers carried, is converting one of its airplanes into an “Ebola jet,” whose mission will be ferrying health personnel to treatment facilities in the West.

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Lufthansa will turn one of its Airbus A340 long-range planes into a medical evacuation transport, featuring three “isolation cells” that will ensure patients can be transported safely.

 

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Abu Dhabi Energy Company Aims for Solar-Powered Travel

Abu Dhabi Energy Company Aims for Solar-Powered Travel | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The Solar Impulse experimental flight program is one of a slew of international projects in which Masdar, a renewable energy company, has invested.
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Can you believe the first plane was took flight back in 1903? 

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SOLAR IMPULSE 2 making latest Test Flights

SOLAR IMPULSE 2 making latest Test Flights | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Test Flights of Si2 are coming to and end. The aircraft will soon be dismantled and transported to Abu Dhabi, where we will start our Round-The-World adventure on 2015.

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Airbus wins contract for US space capsule Orion

Airbus wins contract for US space capsule Orion | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Airbus Group will develop and build a service module for the future American human space capsule, Orion, marking the first time a European firm will provide system-critical elements for a U.S. space project, it said on Monday.

Europe's largest aerospace group said the contract, signed with the European Space Agency, was worth around 390 million euros ($488 million).

The contract comes days after European scientists celebrated landing a probe on the surface of a comet for the first time.

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Remember the Smoking Section? 15 Ways Flying Was Totally Different in the '80s

Remember the Smoking Section? 15 Ways Flying Was Totally Different in the '80s | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

From smoking on the plane to awful but free food on the plane, here are 15 things about flying from the “good old days” of the 1980s.: There were meals, You could smoke,  Music was only available through in-flight radio or your Walkman, There was no Internet to buy tickets, You showed up 20 minutes before your flight, and got on, People met you at the gate, Unlimited checked bags, FO’ FREE, You needed ACTUAL tickets to board your flight,... and Flights cost more. A LOT more !...

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Airbus applies to patent 'flying saucer' plane

Airbus applies to patent 'flying saucer' plane | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is hoping to patent a new plane that looks more like a doughnut or flying saucer than the usual cylinder-shaped passenger plane.

The France-based company filed a patent application at the end of October for a new type of aircraft, structured to limit the strain of cabin pressurization. The design also offers space for more passengers, who will sit in a 360 degree cabin, rather like an amphitheater.

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Need to Replace a Boeing 757? Call Airbus

Need to Replace a Boeing 757? Call Airbus | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

With the remaining Boeing 757s headed into at least their second decade of use, Airbus is looking to replace them with its own aircraft.

Currently, Airbus is looking to get the A321neo certified for a higher maximum takeoff weight, which would allow it to carry additional fuel tanks and extend its range. In a statement from Airbus, as reported by Bloomberg, the manufacturer said, "The higher maximum takeoff weight version of the A321neo will be the ideal 757 replacement, with true trans-Atlantic range, 25 percent lower fuel burn, and true, long-range comfort."

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World's longest Dreamliner flight takes off from Melbourne

World's longest Dreamliner flight takes off from Melbourne | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

United Airlines launched its first non-stop Melbourne-Los Angeles flights with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - the longest Dreamliner route in the world - with a cake and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.

Passengers were greeted with red, white and blue balloons upon check-in and invited to join executives from United, Melbourne Airport, Boeing and Los Angeles Tourism for champagne and cake to celebrate the new flights. Each passenger was also given a certificate to mark the occasion.

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Air France - Le Premier Boeing 747 - YouTube

L'achat de 4 Boeing 747-100, les premiers avions geant d'Air France

A l'époque c'était presque la totalité du Capital d'Air France !

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Boeing considers single, twin aisle, co-development 757/767 style for next new airplane

Boeing considers single, twin aisle, co-development 757/767 style for next new airplane | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Boeing is looking at a number of scenarios for its New Airplane Study (NAS) that would replace the 757 and 737, have ranges from 4,000nm-5,000nm, and carry as few passengers as 130 or as many as 240.

To cover this broad range of demands could require reverting back to the 1980s when Boeing simultaneously developed two airplanes serving very different missions, the 757 and 767, that shared cockpits and some other common elements.

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Pan Am resumes luxury 747 flights - booked until 2015

Pan Am resumes luxury 747 flights - booked until 2015 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Pan American World Airlines has sold all seats for the remainder of the year on roundtrip flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) aboard the Boeing 747-200. To meet the overwhelming demand, a 2015 schedule has been planned and will be announced November 15.

In reality, Pan Am, the airline that revolutionized luxury air-travel in the 60's and 70's before its demise in 1991 remains deceased. However, in passionate deference to Pan Am's gilded age of travel, one company is reliving the era, and boarding passengers on an aircraft that never leaves the terminal. The four hour 1970's reenactment 'takes off' once a week in a reconstructed Boeing 747.

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