Archive for : June, 2017

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British Airways Leasing Nine Qatar Airways Aircraft During Cabin Crew Strike

In an effort to mitigate the effects of a planned 16-day strike by its mixed-fleet cabin crew, British Airways is leasing nine A320 aircraft from Qatar Airways. The aircraft were flown from Doha to London on 30 June and will enter service on 1 July. (more…)

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Passngr app hosted by Munich Airport adds real-time flight tracking powered by Flightradar24

With the new Passngr app, a cooperation of German airports lead by Munich airport, users can now track flights arriving and departing Munich, Hamburg, and Dusseldorf airports in real-time. Thanks to the Flightradar24 SDK, users can follow flights from directly inside the Passngr app, now available for Android and iOS, and see a flight’s actual path. Flightradar24 provides real-time data and an intuitive map interface to follow flights to or from all three airports, with more airports to launch the Passngr app soon.

Flightradar24 inside Passngr, with integrated design specifically for the app

From the arrival or departure boards, users can tap on a live flight to find its exact position of the flight and information about the aircraft and its speed and altitude.

Passngr’s implementation of the Flightradar24 SDK is the first by an airport cooperative, and follows inclusion of the SDK by major airlines, like easyJet, in their mobile apps.

Want to add real-time flight tracking to your app?

Are you an airline, airport, or app developer looking to add real-time flight tracking to your mobile app? The Flightradar24 SDK is a flexible, easy-to-integrate solution for flight tracking in your Android or iOS app. If you’d like to learn more about how you can include real-time flight tracking to your app, please get in touch.

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Off to Barra for an Avgeek Beach Day

This week, a few members of the Flightradar24 team took some time during their visit to Scotland for an avgeek beach day at Barra. Flights at Barra are unique as they land and take off on the beach. Naturally, operations occur during low tide. Check out some of the photos and video from their day trip. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 8: Turning the MAX up to 10

In episode 8, we recap some of the major announcements from the Paris Air Show, like the launch of the 737 MAX 10, this year’s big seller, Boeing’s tease of a ‘New Market Airplane’, and Airbus’ new A380plus winglets. (more…)

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Continuing Toward a Global ADS-B Ecosystem

ADS-B-supported surveillance offers the most promise for the widest variety of safety, environmental, and operational performance solutions and we continue to work with a variety of industry leading partners to develop global coverage solutions. We’re excited to announce today two new initiatives that add to our efforts to track any aircraft, anytime, anywhere. (more…)

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Taking the Jump Seat to Málaga

On 19 June, we were fortunate enough to join the pilots of Norwegian flight DY4221 (NAX21U) on the flight deck for the four hour flight from Stockholm-Arlanda to Málaga. When we weren’t busy staring out the window or staying out of the way, we took a few photos and some video.

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Tracking Boeing’s Pre-Paris Air Show Performance

If you haven’t watched the video of the Boeing 787-10 and 737 MAX 9 flying together yet, take two minutes and watch it below. Then we’ll take a look at the tracking data. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 7: Meltdowns and Bans

In episode 7, we discuss the flight ban affecting Qatar and how it is reshaping air traffic in the region. We also attempt to understand the IT problems that forced British Airways to cancel a full day of flights at London-Heathrow.

Qatar Flight Ban

Following the severing of diplomatic relations with Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates banned all flights to and from Qatar and overflights by Qatar-registered aircraft. Restrictions put in place by Bahrain leave Qatar Airways with one route in and one route out of Doha. We discuss the particulars and what effects the ban is having on air traffic in the region.

For more on the Qatar flight ban, see our in-depth blog post

British Airways’ IT Meltdown

We try to understand the British Airways IT meltdown that stranded thousands of passengers and created headaches for the better part of a week.

Quick Bits of Good News

We leave bans and meltdowns behind for a few small pieces of good news as well.

✈️ The first Airbus A321neo (N921VA) entered service with Virgin America.

✈️ We set a single-day tracking record on 26 May, tracking 182,790 flights.

✈️ Stratolaunch rolls out

✈️ Follow Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two and VSS Unity.

Upcoming in a Special Episode 8

We’ll have an in-depth discussion of Air Traffic Control privatization in our next episode with guests who know much more than Jason and Ian. Tune in then!

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Flight Ban for Qatar Flights in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt

Following the severing of diplomatic relations with Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are banning flights to and from Qatar. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are also banning overflights by aircraft registered in Qatar. Bahrain is severely restricting overflight access to Qatari aircraft. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in May 2017

In May, we activated nearly 100 new Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers, helping us track over 4.9 million flights. Those receivers also helped us track the most flights in a single day so far this year with 182,790 flights on 26 May. (more…)