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AvTalk Episode 28: Air India and Qantas Make History

On this episode of AvTalk, Air India and Qantas make history and Singapore Airlines takes home the first 787-10. Plus, Ken Hoke is back to fill us in on RVSM airspace.

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Air India flies to Tel Aviv through Saudi Arabia

On 22 March, Air India’s inaugural Delhi-Tel Aviv flight became the first commercial flight to transit Saudi Arabian airspace en route to Israel in 70 years. AI139 will operate thrice weekly service between Delhi and Tel Aviv, overflying Saudi Arabian airspace to save approximately two hours over the previous fastest routing between India and Israel.

A new kangaroo route

Qantas launched the first ever non-stop flight between Australia and the United Kingdom last week, connecting Perth and London via a 17 hour flight. The new QF9 also becomes the world’s second longest flight (by distance) at 14,500 km. Qantas’ first flights between Australia and London took four days and stopped in six cities in between London and Australia.

Singapore takes delivery of the first 787-10

Singapore took delivery of the first 787-10, the largest member of the 787 family.

An-225 prepares for commercial work

The An-225 is set to fly in April. We’re awaiting on the finalized schedule, but look for it to be flying over Europe soon. Here’s video of its first test flight after being equipped with ADS-B.

An A330 or Piper PA-28?

An A330 had an identity crisis and look at the reasons why.

RVSM airspace

Captain Ken Hoke returns with a new glossary term: RVSM airspace.

Things we promised to put in the show notes

 

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