In Episode 5 we sit down for an extended interview with CNN Aviation Editor Jon Ostrower to talk about the COMAC C919’s first flight and burgeoning Chinese aviation market. We also learn how to track newly built aircraft and send Jason off to Japan.

COMAC C919 First Flight and Chinese Aviation

We sat down with CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower for an extended discussion of the COMAC C919’s first flight and what the C919 means to the rapidly expanding aviation market.

The C919 on final approach, completing its first flight

Tracking New Aircraft

Following our discussion of the C919, we explain how to track newly built aircraft from Airbus and Boeing to newer entrants like Mitsubishi. For more on using aircraft filters, see our quick tutorial.

Jason Flies to Japan

Jason is headed to Japan, where he’ll meet up with John Walton to discuss Japanese aviation for our next episode.

New Liveries and Flights

We also discuss the first passenger flight to St. Helena, Hawaiian Airlines’ new livery, and the new special livery Iceland Air has painted on one of its 757s.

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Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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