Lion Air flight JT610 departed Jakarta for Pangkal Pinang at 06:20 local time (23:20 UTC) on 29 October and lost contact shortly after departure. Flightradar24 received the last ADS-B message from the aircraft at 23:31:56 UTC at an altitude of 425 feet AMSL. The flight was operated by Boeing 737 MAX 8 registration PK-LQP. The aircraft was delivered to Lion Air on 13 August 2018, just over two months ago and entered service with the airline on 18 August. It is powered by two CFM LEAP-1B engines. (more…)
AvTalk Episode 43: A Little Brick Wall Won’t Stop a 737
On this episode of AvTalk, an Air India Express 737 clips a brick wall, Cobalt Airlines becomes the second airline this month to cease operations, and fresh off the relaunched world’s longest flight, Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren fills us in on the journey. (more…)
Behind the Scenes of a UPS Airlines Air-to-air Photo Shoot
On 16 September, we received about a dozen messages on social media regarding a low flying plane over Los Angeles being shadowed by a single ‘fighter jet’-like aircraft. Upon investigation, it became clear that it was a UPS Airlines air-to-air photography flight with Wolfe Air. This week, UPS Airlines released behind the scenes footage from the flights. (more…)
Winter Winds: How Singapore Airlines’ New World’s Longest Flight is Saving Time (and Fuel) by Flying Farther
The shortest distance between two points on the earth is a straight line, but it it may not be the fastest. When Singapore Airlines relaunched its Singapore-New York flights last week, the route retook the title of world’s longest flight by distance. With a block time of 18 hours 45 minutes SQ21 from New York to Singapore is also the longest scheduled flight in the world. But strong high altitude winds have shortened flight times substantially this week for both flight legs, even while the flights are flying farther than the Great circle route. We’ve run the numbers to see just how much winds are helping reduce flights times and Singapore Airlines’ fuel bills. (more…)
AvTalk Episode 42: An Episode 60 Years in the Making
On this episode of AvTalk, Jason and Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren report on their visit to London on the 60th anniversary of the first transatlantic jet flight. We get ready to welcome back the longest flight in the world and we look at Primera Air’s bankruptcy and what it might mean for the ultra low cost transatlantic market.
The longest flight in the world
Singapore Airlines relaunches the world’s longest flight this week between Singapore and New York (EWR). We debate the merits of a non-stop versus connecting flight. We also discuss Singapore Airlines’ introduction of the A350ULR.
Primera Air declares bankruptcy
Primera Air, which made a splash in the ultra-low cost transatlantic market earlier this year declared bankruptcy last week. We discuss the effects and what it might foreshadow in the industry.
Jason and Jeremy take us back in time
Transatlantic jet flight celebrated its 60th anniversary and Jason and Jeremy traveled to London to visit British Airways for the occasion.
Air Niugini crash in Chuuk
An Air Niugini 737 crashed in Chuuk, landing short of the runway in the water. We discuss what we know so far.
50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 roll out
The Boeing 747’s 50th anniversary celebrations kick off with the roll out anniversary
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Air India Express 737 Hits ILS, Damages Wall on Departure, Flies for 4 Hours Before Diverting
Air India Express flight IX611 struck an ILS lighting tower and damaged a nearby brick wall at the departure end of RWY 27 in Trichy on departure early the morning of 12 October local time. The aircraft climbed to cruising altitude for 3 hours before safely diverting to Mumbai. No injuries have been reported. (more…)
Singapore Airlines Relaunches the World’s Longest Flight with the Airbus A350ULR
1782 days after stopping service, Singapore Airlines is relaunching the world’s longest flights today as it brings back SQ21/SQ22 service between Singapore and New York (EWR). With a Great circle distance of 15,336 km, it is almost 1,000 km further than the current longest flight between Auckland and Doha operated by Qatar Airways. The return service from New York to Singapore is also the longest flight by time, with a block time of 18 hours 45 minutes. (more…)
On 4 October 1958, British Overseas Airways Corporation—the predecessor to British Airways—inaugurated transatlantic jet service, operating each way between New York and London with the De Havilland DH-106 Comet 4. 60 years ago there were just two passenger jet aircraft above the Atlantic Ocean, while today nearly 3,000 aircraft cross the Atlantic daily. (more…)
New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in September 2018
In September, we tracked 5.5 million flights thanks to our newly activated receivers and the over 20,000 receivers already connected to the Flightradar24 network. This month, our new receiver activations focused on areas where we could substantially improve our ADS-B or MLAT coverage. Each month we send out complete receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts. You can apply to host one of our receivers or easily build your own.
The September Map
Here’s the full map of all receivers activated during September (click to expand).
New Flightradar24-provided ADS-B receivers activated in September
Help Add ADS-B Coverage
We are always looking for new receiver hosts. Especially if you or someone you know lives in a remote location, please apply to host a receiver. All of our receiver hosts get a free Flightradar24 Business Subscription, which can be used on the web or within our mobile app. If you’re interested, please apply today. If you’d you like more information about our application process, you can read more about it in our blog post.
Use Your Own Hardware
Have a Raspberry Pi sitting around collecting dust or looking to get started with tracking flights with a quick project? Build your own receiver to help us increase ADS-B and MLAT coverage in your area. Our simple guide walks you through the steps from getting the parts you need to setting up your receiver. Learn more today!