• Celebrating 50 years of the Boeing 747

    On 9 February 1969, the Boeing 747 lifted into the sky for the first time, completing a years-long effort to design and build the world’s first twin aisle aircraft. The first flight 50 years ago ushered in a new age of air travel.   Read More

  • Drawing a plane with a plane, 2019 edition

    Adding another to our list of planes drawing a plane in the sky. On Wednesday, 6 February, a Baron G58 took to the skies off the coast of Japan near Okayama to continue the grand tradition of aircraft portraiture. The Baron spent an hour on its aerial art, drawing a four engine aircraft before landing.   Read More

  • 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.   Read More

  • 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.   Read More

  • 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 …   Read More

  • Behind the Scenes of a UPS Airlines Air-to-air Photo Shoot

    On 16 September, we received about a dozen messages on social media regarding a low flying plane over Los Angeles being shadowed by a single ‘fighter jet’-like aircraft. Upon investigation, it became clear that it was a UPS Airlines air-to-air photography flight with Wolfe Air. This week, UPS Airlines released behind the scenes footage from …   Read More

  • 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 …   Read More

  • 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.   Read More

  • 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 …   Read More

  • 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.   Read More

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