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Before 2005, getting personnel to the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Troll Research Station (AT27/QAT) in Antarctica involved a weeks-long boat ride followed by a 250…
Have you ever flown a low-cost airline out of a major airport and had to board by bus, even though dozens of gates were…
Yesterday an Irkut MC-21 undergoing flight testing overran the runway at Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport (ZIA). No one was injured and it looks as if…
We’ve written before about all the fun there is to be had with IATA codes for airlines and airports. Not only are they great…
When it comes to time zones, if you’re still talking about Greenwich Mean Time there’s something you should know: it’s old news. Okay, that’s…
Wet-leasing: it’s an aviation term that tends to make ears perk up because it sounds, well, odd. Just what part is wet exactly? The…
Last week we covered some of the more high-profile routes that carry (or once carried) the flight number 1. The first round included Concorde…
There are plenty of airport codes around the world that are good for a laugh. Think of most words you’d avoid uttering in polite…
Let’s face it: airline codes are boring. Or so it seems at first. BA is British Airways, AA is American Airlines and so on….
In commercial aviation there’s no flight number quite as prestigious as flight 1. Flight numbers don’t often follow a readily apparent logic, but it’s…
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