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Converted 747 now largest fire-fighting tanker plane

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It can deliver nearly 20,000 gallons of water or fire retardant per flight, almost twice the capacity of the next-biggest tanker. Bigger is always better... (www.avweb.com) Ещё...

Solar planes are not the green future of air travel

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The Solar Impulse 2 only has enough power to carry 2 tons of weight, including a single passenger, at a top speed of just 43 miles per hour. By contrast, a Boeing 747-400 can transport 400 people at top speeds of 570 miles per hour. (A gallon of jet fuel packs about 15 to 30 times more energy than a lithium-ion battery of the same weight.) (www.vox.com) Ещё...

Amazon Agrees to Contract 20 Boeing 767 Freighters From Atlas Air

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Amazon has reached an agreement with Purchase, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings to wet lease 20 Boeing 767-300 converted freighters, the second freighter lease deal the Seattle-based online retail giant has signed this year. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

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paceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space early Friday morning. It's the third time the company has recovered the vehicle post-launch, and the second time the rocket has landed intact on the ship. Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process. (www.theverge.com) Ещё...

Airbus A350-900 Gains Beyond 180 Minutes Diversion Time ETOPS From FAA

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The Airbus A350-900 has gained extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval from FAA for routes that require beyond 180 minutes diversion time, which will give US A350 operators more range and flexibility with the aircraft. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

When plane food WAS first class: Vintage photos show passengers being served lobster, caviar and cream cakes during the golden age of flying

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If you've ever been disappointed by the beige looking gloop presented to you as a meal on a long-haul flight then you may wish you were transported back half a century to the golden age of fine dining - on a plane. A surreal collection of nostalgic images of plane food taken on board Scandinavian Airlines flights in the 1950s to 1980s depict relaxed-looking guests being served caviar, lobster and whole cream cakes. As if that wasn't enough to make modern passengers salivate in disbelief, there… (www.dailymail.co.uk) Ещё...

Eurowings launches two new routes from Düsseldorf hub

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Eurowings is increasing its flight range from its busiest location, Düsseldorf, with two new summer routes. The German airline will depart from Düsseldorf for the first time to Kavala in Macedonia Greece this summer, and Bastia on the French island of Corsica. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) Ещё...

Accident: Flydubai B737 at Hail on May 5th 2016, sand and gravel ingested into both engines

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A Flydubai Boeing 737-800, registration A6-FDY performing flight FZ-885 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Hail (Saudi Arabia), landed in Hail. The aircraft however was unable to depart for the return flight due to ingestion of large amounts of sand and gravel into both engines (avherald.com) Ещё...

JetBlue and Bombardier Are Talking About the CSeries Again

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JetBlue Airways Corp. resumed talks with Bombardier Inc. about a possible order of the planemaker’s CSeries aircraft, after a pause in discussions, people familiar with the matter said. (montrealgazette.com) Ещё...

KLM Begins Nonstop Flights Between Amsterdam and Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City International Airport became an even bigger player in international air travel as KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s first direct flight from Amsterdam arrived at the airport Thursday. (www.ksl.com) Ещё...

Etihad: 31 Passengers Injured In Severe Turbulence Near Jakarta

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An Etihad Airways Airbus A330-200, operating as flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta on May 4, encountered severe and unexpected turbulence about 45 minutes prior to arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, injuring 31 passengers, the airline reported in a statement. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

Accident: Sun Express B738 at Antalya on May 1st 2016, nose gear retracted at gate

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A Sun Express Boeing 737-800, registration TC-SNP performing flight XQ-366 from Antalya (Turkey) to Paderborn (Germany), was preparing for departure at the gate, passengers had not yet boarded, technicians were working to replace one of the nose gear tyres when the nose gear retracted. A technician received minor head, two cabin crew members minor injuries, all were taken to a hospital. (avherald.com) Ещё...

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