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"Solar Impulse" is now in San Francisco

"Solar Impulse" is now in San Francisco | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Fighting the glacial wind, known as the bise in this part of Switzerland, Solar Impulse’s team, Swissport and Cargolux employees together were able to load HB-SIA’s disassembled parts into Cargolux’s mastodon Boeing-747. The aircraft is already on its way for the United States and is expected to land sometime around 12:30PM local San Francisco time on Thursday 21 February.

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On the picture.... The Cargolux B747 with Solar Impulse on its belly!.... the bright light is forecasting a new Future... and Solar Impulse is blinding!

The Swiss solar plane is preparing its challenging next step ... crossing the USA from San Francisco to New York.... and then the following one will be a World Round Trip !

I strongly believe on this challenge as it will drive to outcomes for our future generations! 

No progress without Challenge !.... GO Solar Impulse !

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Lufthansa orders 108 new Airbus, Boeing jets for US$12b

Lufthansa orders 108 new Airbus, Boeing jets for US$12b | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, said it plans to order eight long-haul aircraft and 100 short- and medium-haul aircraft from Airbus and Boeing for a total 9.0 billion euros ($12.1 billion).
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Lufthansa is doing well even on crisis times ! Wise approach on splitting orders to Airbus and Boeing.

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IATA Applauds ICAO-CAEP Agreement on a More Stringent Noise Standard

IATA Applauds ICAO-CAEP Agreement on a More Stringent Noise Standard | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
IATA welcomes the agreement on a new noise standard with more stringent requirements for future aircraft achieved by ICAO, that will result in a reduction of 7 Effective Perceived Noise Decibels (EPNdB) compared to the current Chapter 4 Standard.
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Aircraft Retirement Ages: Down Again (With One Exception) - Blog

Aircraft Retirement Ages: Down Again (With One Exception) - Blog | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The trend has been to younger retirements in recent years, which has caused some alarm, so what happened in 2012? The age declined again, and pretty significantly.

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And The New American Airlines Livery Is…

And The New American Airlines Livery Is… | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The idea began about 2 years ago when American put in its historically large order of new aircraft. It was influenced by the fact that many of those aircraft would be constructed from new materials and composites, requiring different kinds of paint and that the airline wanted the exteriors of the new planes to match their more advanced interiors.

The new eagle design and the stripes are meant to evoke the spirit of modern America’s soaring spirit and its people’s passion for moving forward.

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Very nice !... showing the American spirit always alive!

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Boeing appears confident about launching folding wing 777X | NEWS.GNOM.ES

By Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher | NEWS.GNOM.ES  –  LYNNWOOD, Wash./PARIS (NEWS.GNOM.ES) - Boeing Co said Wednesday it plans to bring its next-generation 777X jet into service by the end of the decade, a time frame that had come under question after...
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.... the 777X design is expected to have folding wingtips

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Photos: Tupolev Tu-144 Vs. Concorde

Photos: Tupolev Tu-144 Vs. Concorde | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-144 aircraft

CCCP-77102 / 451 (cn 01-2) Not great quality, but evocative, taken the day before its fatal crash. Concorde cruises up and away, leaving Charger to its fate.

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Tupolev-144 or so called "Concordosky" was really not fully designed.... but a bad copy of the "Concorde" which remains as the most beautiful aircraft in History

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US Airways, American merger will top United as world’s biggest airline

US Airways, American merger will top United as world’s biggest airline | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways, to be formally announced Thursday, caps a turbulent half-decade of bankruptcies and consolidation for the U.S. airline industry and leaves travelers four big carriers to choose from.
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AvIation Humour: Final Approach is critical !

AvIation Humour: Final Approach is critical ! | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
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Tower: "Aircraft on final, go around, there's an aircraft on the runway!"
Pilot Trainee: "Roger" (pilot continues approach)
Tower: "Aircraft, I said GO AROUND!!!"!
Pilot Trainee: "Roger" 
The trainee doesn't react, lands the aircraft on the numbers, rolls to a twin standing in the middle of the runway, goes AROUND the twin and continues to the taxiway.

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Boeing warns customers of 787 delays

Boeing warns customers of 787 delays | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Boeing warns customers awaiting delivery of new 787 Dreamliners to expect delays amid a continuing investigation into their safety.
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Safety first !

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European Airline Food Awards for SAS Lufthansa and KLM win Skyscanner

European Airline Food Awards for SAS Lufthansa and KLM win Skyscanner | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

In the short-haul category it was Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) that triumphed. Germany’s Lufthansa came in second place and last year’s winner Turkish Airlines took third place ahead of British Airways, whilst Russia’s Aeroflot also ranked well, coming in fifth place.

In the long-haul dining category, Dutch airline KLM claimed the number one position, followed by Aeroflot, SAS, Air France and BA.  Overall, SAS, Aeroflot and British Airways performed well, each appearing in the top five for both their long and short haul meals.

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Photos: Lufthansa retiring all its Boeing 747-430 fleet

Photos: Lufthansa retiring all its Boeing 747-430 fleet | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Worth every penny, D-ABVC is the latest of the 1989-built 744s Lufthansa has retired. With more than 120.000 hours its probably the 744 that has flown the most so far. No other airline has utilized them as much.

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Lufthansa has maintained all of its Boeing 747-400's in excellent condition up to their last flight! Lufthansa always set the highest standards on Maintenance... and I will keep flying with it !

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SOLAR IMPULSE - Across America !

SOLAR IMPULSE - Across America ! | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Thanks to loyal partners like Solvay, Schindler, Bayer MaterialScience and SwissRe Corporate Solutions, the dream to conquer new horizons is coming true. Their additional support allows Solar Impulse to achieve a flight mission which was not at all planned before we made the decision to rebuild the wing spar and to postpone the round-the-world flight from 2014 to 2015: crossing the United States from West Coast to East Coast this year! Other partners will probably join in the adventure.

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"Solar Impulse" has already found strong sponsors supporting a Historic step towards future possibilities !... Those Sponsors (and others to come! ) will not only be part of this historic Moment.... but will become the Beacon for new generation's Future !

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Pol Bacquet's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:46 PM

"Solar Impulse" has already found strong sponsors supporting a Historic step towards future possibilities !... Those Sponsors (and others to come! ) will not only be part of this historic Moment.... but will become the Beacon for new generation's Future !

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The Swiss Solar Plane on its way to San Francisco !

The Swiss Solar Plane on its way to San Francisco ! | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Thanks to loyal partners like Solvay, Schindler, Bayer MaterialScience and SwissRe Corporate Solutions, the dream to conquer new horizons is coming true. Their additional support allows Solar Impulse to achieve a flight mission which was not at all planned before we made the decision to rebuild the wing spar and to postpone the round-the-world flight from 2014 to 2015: crossing the United States from West Coast to East Coast this year!

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Becoming a pioneer is all in the mind. Would you too like to break free of certainties and confront the unknown?

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Pol Bacquet's curator insight, February 20, 2013 2:06 PM

Solar Impulse flying on a Boeing 747 to San Francisco.... and get prepared for a Historic Flight across America !.... these are Historic Moments for our future generations !

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Lufthansa returns to profit in 2012 thanks to equity sales, cancels dividend

Lufthansa returns to profit in 2012 thanks to equity sales, cancels dividend | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
German airline Lufthansa says it made €990 million ($1.3 billion) net profit last year but canceled its dividend payment to shareholders and said it would close sites and merge office functions as it presses ahead with restructuring its business.
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Airbus activates "Plan B" for the A350 XWB batteries

Airbus activates "Plan B" for the A350 XWB batteries | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airbus is confident that the lithium ion (Li-ion) main battery architecture it has been developing with Saft and qualifying for the A350 XWB aircraft is robust and safe. The A350 XWB flight test programme will continue as planned with the qualified Li-ion main batteries.
 However, to date, the root causes of the two recent industry Li-ion main batteries incidents remain unexplained to the best of our knowledge. In this context, and with a view to ensuring the highest level of programme certainty, Airbus has decided to activate its “Plan B” and therefore to revert back to the proven and mastered nickel cadmium main batteries for its A350 XWB programme at Entry into Service (EIS). Airbus considers this to be the most appropriate way forward in the interest of programme execution and A350 XWB reliability.

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Photos: First Airbus A330-302 for Iberia

Photos: First Airbus A330-302 for Iberia | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

EC-LUB (cn 1377) The very first A330 for Iberia is landing on rwy 32L at Barajas after a ferry flight from Amsterdam.

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Swiss Mulling 747-8 for Fleet Upgrade Following Parent Lufthansa

Swiss Mulling 747-8 for Fleet Upgrade Following Parent Lufthansa | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. said it will consider ordering Boeing Co.’s 747-8 as a potential replacement for its aging Airbus SAS A340s, following the lead of parent Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the model’s first customer.
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Polish airline grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliners through October

Polish airline grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliners  through October | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Polish airline LOT said Thursday it is keeping its Boeing 787 Dreamliners grounded through October while the U.S. company tries to solve a potential safety threat.
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... and who pay the Bill?

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US Airways, American merge in $11 billion deal

Directors of US Airways Group Inc. and AMR Corp's American Airlines late Wednesday approved a merger valued at $11 billion to create the world's largest airline by passenger traffic.
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The new company will have a combined 98,000 employees, 1,500 planes, 6,500 daily flights, nine major hubs, and nearly $39 billion in revenue.

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Photos: Boeing 747SP-21 with Pan Am

Photos: Boeing 747SP-21 with Pan Am | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Picture of the Boeing 747SP-21 aircraft
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Wonderful plane !... now in pieces !

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Grounded: Where the Boeing Dreamliner went wrong - New Scientist

Grounded: Where the Boeing Dreamliner went wrong - New Scientist | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
An advanced airliner brimming with untried technologies is on the tarmac until further notice. What did anyone expect, asks Paul Marks

the Dreamliner probably incorporates the broadest collection of untested aviation technologies since the Wright Flyer lifted off the beach at Kitty Hawk in 1903.

In the end it was the plane's advanced battery system that brought it down to Earth (though fortunately not with a bump; no one has been hurt) but it could have been any of a number of systems.

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Photos: Boeing 737-340 Emirates... where all started!

Photos: Boeing 737-340 Emirates... where all started! | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

It all started for this new airline company Emirates in 1985 and I was able to see their single airplane (leased from PIA) on Boxing day in 1985. In a few years Emirates would operate the biggest fleet of Airbus A380s.

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.... Excellent growth !!.... and I admire it !

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Aeroflot finally got the long awaited permission for Boeing 777-300ER commercial flights

Aeroflot finally got the long awaited permission for Boeing 777-300ER commercial flights | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Aeroflot has finally got the permission for new long-haul Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and immediately puts it into service. The air company received the long awaited green light from the Russian aviation authorities on February 04, 2013.

Russia’s largest air carrier took delivery of Boeing 777-300ER at Seattle manufacturing plant at the end of January 2012 and on February 05, 2013 at 20:40 (Moscow time) Aeroflot will celebrate the inaugural commercial flight of this aircraft on Moscow-Bangkok route.

Boeing 777-300ER newcomer to Aeroflot fleet is the first out of 16 aircraft ordered by the air company in 2011. According to Aeroflot Network expanding strategy, the forthcoming supplies will significantly strengthen the long-haul transport capacities, especially on international destinations. Aeroflot is planning to provide services on Boeing 777-300ER together with SkyTeam partners on international routes during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and World Football Cup 2018.

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The Logic choice from Russia.... but we know it takes so much time to obtain any type of permission there !

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Boeing develops 777X to challenge Airbus A350

Boeing develops 777X to challenge Airbus A350 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

As the development of the Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) family aircraft gears up this year, with the first A350-900 example entering final assembly in March ahead of its first flight in the second quarter of 2013 (“Airbus faces a crucial year on A350 development“, 25th Jan, 12), the same holds true for the competitive response from its transatlantic arch-rival Boeing on the development of a revamped and upgraded version of the highly popular long-range 777 jets.

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The Airbus A350 was supposed to compete the Boeing 787. It seems that Boeing is searching other options due to the unexpected problems with their "Dreamliner"

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