• Virgin Orbit Completes First Drop Test of LauncherOne Rocket

    Virgin Orbit completed the first drop test of its LauncherOne rocket this week. The drop test marks a major milestone in the program to send small satellites into space aboard a rocket launched from a modified 747.   Read More

  • One More Orbit Attempts World Circumnavigation Speed Record

    One More Orbit is attempting a world circumnavigation speed record in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER by flying around the world over both poles in less than 48 hours.   Read More

  • Lauda honors Niki Lauda with flypast and special message

    On 20 May 2019, Formula 1 legend and aviation great Niki Lauda passed away at the age of 70. On 21 May, the airline Lauda paid tribute to Niki Lauda with a special flypast and message in the aircraft’s windows at Vienna airport.   Read More

  • Where the grounded 737 MAX are stored

    Updated 18 December 2019 Boeing announced this week that it will temporarily halt production of the 737 MAX beginning in January 2020. Since the grounding of the 737 MAX in March 2019, Boeing has continued to produce 737 MAX and now approximately 400 undelivered aircraft sit in storage. We’ve updated our list of where 737 …   Read More

  • Track the British Airways Centenary Special Liveries

    To celebrate its centenary, British Airways is repainting four aircraft into special liveries to reflect heritage airlines and past liveries. The first aircraft, 747 G-BYGC, wears British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery. An A319 in British European Airways (BEA) livery, a 747 in Landor livery, and a 747 in Negus livery complete the line up.   Read More

  • Air France to shutter its roof top bar Joon

    Air France is changing its state of mind and has announced its intention to shutter roof top bar Joon. The fashion designer that’s ‘also an airline’ will soon no longer be an airline.   Read More

  • Virgin Orbit 747 ‘Cosmic Girl’ performs first captive carry test of ‘LauncherOne’ rocket

    On 18 November, Virgin Orbit completed its first captive carry test of its 21.4 meter ‘LauncherOne’ rocket using its specially modified 747-400 ‘Cosmic Girl’ (N744VG). The 1 hour 19 minute flight out of Victorville took the 747 and rocket up to a max altitude of 16,000 feet.   Read More

  • Antonov An-225 Goes to Guam

    The Antonov An-225, the world’s largest cargo aircraft, has had a busy summer. With heavy lifting in South America and the Middle East there hasn’t been much down time. This week it returns to work bringing typhoon relief to Guam.   Read More

  • Thar it flies! — the Airbus BelugaXL Makes First Flight

    Airbus’ supersized whale took to the skies for the first time today in Toulouse, spending 4 hours 14 minutes above southern France. The BelugaXL will join the current Beluga fleet in moving Airbus aircraft components between production sites. The BelugaXL is 30% larger than the Beluga, enabling it to carry two A350 wings at a …   Read More

  • How Kim Jong Un and the North Korean Delegation Traveled to the Singapore Summit

    After weeks of speculation, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un answered how he would arrive at the summit with US president Donald Trump by stepping off an Air China 747 (B-2447) in Singapore. Air China supplied a pair of aircraft for the summit, including Kim’s transport, while North Korean national carrier Air Koryo sent two aircraft …   Read More