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2018 Aviation Year in Review

As 2019 begins, we look back on a decidedly mixed 2018 for aviation. Positively, a variety of new aircraft entered service and airlines added new and longer routes, bridging continents. Conversely, 2018 erased the previous year’s record streak of fatality-free jet airliner accidents. Here’s our 2018 aviation year in review.

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Airbus unveils ANA’s first fully painted A380

Airbus and All Nippon Airways unveiled ANA’s first fully painted A380 today in a ceremony in Toulouse. ANA has 3 A380s on order and each will wear a special ‘Flying Honu’ livery featuring the green sea turtle as ANA will employ them between Tokyo and Honolulu.

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Watch Air France’s stunning air-to-air film featuring its Boeing 787

After taking delivery of their fifth Boeing 787 last November, Air France partnered Daher and Airborne Films to capture stunning air-to-air footage before the aircraft entered commercial service. We’ve posted the final version of Air France’s Boeing 787 air-to-air film below, along with a much longer behind-the-scenes version that shows the close coordination of the […]

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Singapore Airlines Relaunches the World’s Longest Flight with the Airbus A350ULR

1782 days after stopping service, Singapore Airlines is relaunching the world’s longest flights today as it brings back SQ21/SQ22 service between Singapore and New York (EWR). With a Great circle distance of 15,336 km, it is almost 1,000 km further than the current longest flight between Auckland and Doha operated by Qatar Airways. The return […]

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Celebrating 60 Years of Transatlantic Jet Service

On 4 October 1958, British Overseas Airways Corporation—the predecessor to British Airways—inaugurated transatlantic jet service, operating each way between New York and London with the De Havilland DH-106 Comet 4. 60 years ago there were just two passenger jet aircraft above the Atlantic Ocean, while today nearly 3,000 aircraft cross the Atlantic daily.

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Route Proving with the Airbus A330neo

On 6 July, Airbus invited us to join an A330neo function and reliability test flight from Chicago to Atlanta. The airframer is currently working towards certification of the A330-900, which it intends to deliver to launch customer TAP Air Portugal later this year. As part of the certification process, Airbus is conducting a 5 continent […]

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Flights to Rome: A Stunning Visualization of Earth’s Mobility

With their 2015 award-winning project ‘Roads to Rome’, the creative team at moovel lab answered the question ‘Do all roads lead to Rome?’. But the project felt unfinished as human mobility is no longer limited to land. By using Flightradar24 data, moovel lab’s new project ‘Flights to Rome’ adds a third dimension—mobility in the sky.

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Airbus A330neo Begins Five Continent Route Proving Tour

As the A330neo’s campaign for certification moves forward ahead of expected entry into service later this year, Airbus is taking the show on the road. The first production A330neo, slated for delivery to TAP, will venture to 15 cities on 5 continents over the next few weeks.

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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 […]

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