Category : Special Event

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Tracking the Airbus A350-1000 Flight Test Campaign

In just under a year, the Airbus A350-1000 went from first flight to type certification. Using three test aircraft, Airbus flew throughout Europe and visited North and South America and Asia to complete the necessary flights and tests. We’ve put together a visualization showing some of the A350-1000’s flight test program as it built hours […]

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United Says Farewell to the 747

17,275 days after the first United 747 flight the airline retires its 747 fleet today with a special flight between San Francisco and Hawaii. Passengers aboard UA747 will be treated to a flight that recreates the atmosphere of the first flight in 1970. Take a tour of United’s 747 fleet through the years and see […]

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Your Favorite Pilots on Twitter

We asked what we thought would be a quick question, but the response was overwhelming! We asked for your favorite pilots to follow on twitter and it turns out you have many, many favorites.

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Bye Bye Air Berlin

On 27 October, Air Berlin concluded operations after 38 years. The carrier ended its flying with a special flight from Munich to Berlin, which operated with the callsign BER4EVR.

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The Airbus A330neo Makes Its First Flight

The Airbus A330neo took to the skies for the first time today, completing a 4 hour 15 minute maiden flight from Toulouse, France. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2018 with launch customer TAP Air Portugal.

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Alaska Airlines Retires the 737 Combi

Long a unique feature of American aviation, Alaska Airlines is retiring its last combination—‘Combi’—737 today. Alaska inaugurated 737 combi service in 1981 with 737-200s and phased in -400s in 2007. It is the last of the -400s which will leave the fleet today. Cargo previously flown on the combis will now travel on a fleet […]

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Monarch Airlines Ceases Operations

Monarch Airlines has announced that is ceasing operations and entering administration with immediate effect. The airline’s demise leaves 110,000 customers outside of the UK and all future bookings are canceled affecting 300,000 bookings. The UK government has asked the Civil Aviation Authority to charter over 30 aircraft to help repatriate customers who have been left […]

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Out with the Old, in with the MAX at Southwest

On Friday, 29 September Southwest Airlines retired the last 30 737-300 ‘Classics’ in its fleet ahead of the 737 MAX’s entry into service today. Southwest was the launch customer for the 737-300 in 1984 and took delivery of 150 of the type direct from Boeing. Southwest currently has 200 737 MAX on order.

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Air New Zealand’s Heartfelt Koru Care Flight

On 3 September, Air New Zealand took 50 children with critical medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease, and their caregivers, on the flight of a lifetime over New Zealand. The nearly three hour flight took the aircraft and its passengers on a 440 km long and 483 km wide heart-shaped journey across New […]

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Chasing the 2017 Eclipse Across the Sky

On Monday, 21 August, millions across the United States turned skyward for a few moments to enjoy a total solar eclipse. Thousands of people in hundreds of flights also enjoyed the eclipse from the air.

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