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Episode 48: Aviation 2018: the good, the bad, and the weird

2018 was a year of highs, lows, and head scratchers. We take you through the year that was and we also revisit some of our favorite interviews from last year.

What was new in 2018

We begin the show with new aircraft, either taking to the air for the first time in 2018 or achieving certification and entering service.

Featured interview

8:34 Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current joined us to discuss Boeing’s plans for its New Mid-market Airplane (NMA), which will likely be unveiled at this year’s Paris Air Show.

Airlines no longer with us

39:00 We revisit some of the airlines that ceased operations in 2018. Brett Snyder at Crankyflier has a full list on his blog.

Accidents and incidents

43:18 We discuss some of the accidents and incidents that shaped the year, including Southwest 1380 and Lion Air 610.

Featured interview

1:01:44 UPS Airlines Captain Ken Hoke joins us to discuss his life as a cargo pilot flying for UPS Airlines and how that differs from passenger flying.

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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. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 43: A Little Brick Wall Won’t Stop a 737

On this episode of AvTalk, an Air India Express 737 clips a brick wall, Cobalt Airlines becomes the second airline this month to cease operations, and fresh off the relaunched world’s longest flight, Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren fills us in on the journey. (more…)

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Winter Winds: How Singapore Airlines’ New World’s Longest Flight is Saving Time (and Fuel) by Flying Farther

The shortest distance between two points on the earth is a straight line, but it it may not be the fastest. When Singapore Airlines relaunched its Singapore-New York flights last week, the route retook the title of world’s longest flight by distance. With a block time of 18 hours 45 minutes SQ21 from New York to Singapore is also the longest scheduled flight in the world. But strong high altitude winds have shortened flight times substantially this week for both flight legs, even while the flights are flying farther than the Great circle route. We’ve run the numbers to see just how much winds are helping reduce flights times and Singapore Airlines’ fuel bills. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 42: An Episode 60 Years in the Making

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason and Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren report on their visit to London on the 60th anniversary of the first transatlantic jet flight. We get ready to welcome back the longest flight in the world and we look at Primera Air’s bankruptcy and what it might mean for the ultra low cost transatlantic market.

The longest flight in the world

Singapore Airlines relaunches the world’s longest flight this week between Singapore and New York (EWR). We debate the merits of a non-stop versus connecting flight. We also discuss Singapore Airlines’ introduction of the A350ULR.

Primera Air declares bankruptcy

Primera Air, which made a splash in the ultra-low cost transatlantic market earlier this year declared bankruptcy last week. We discuss the effects and what it might foreshadow in the industry.

Jason and Jeremy take us back in time

Transatlantic jet flight celebrated its 60th anniversary and Jason and Jeremy traveled to London to visit British Airways for the occasion.

Air Niugini crash in Chuuk

An Air Niugini 737 crashed in Chuuk, landing short of the runway in the water. We discuss what we know so far.

50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 roll out

The Boeing 747’s 50th anniversary celebrations kick off with the roll out anniversary

The first 747 parked next to the first 737.

Norwegian overtakes British Airways in New York

Norwegian has surpassed British Airways as the largest passenger carrier in New York, according to data released by the Port Authority.

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AvTalk Episode 33: Parts for Sale, Inquire Within

On this episode of AvTalk, the first A380s to fly passengers find out their flying days are over. Heathrow moves one step closer to a third runway. Singapore Airlines officially announces the return of service between Singapore and Newark. And Captain Ken Hoke fills us in on how he gets gas for his airplane.

Parts for sale

In 2007, the first Airbus A380s entered commercial service with Singapore Airlines. Now just 11 years later the first two A380s to fly paying passengers (MSN 003 and MSN 005) are slated to be dismantled and sold for parts. After trying unsuccessfully to find a lessee for the two aircraft, aircraft owner Dr Peters Group decided that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. We discuss how this might impact the A380 program and just what exactly will happen to the aircraft.

Heathrow moves closer to a third runway

London’s Heathrow Airport moves one step closer to expansion with a third runway this week as the Northwest runway plan gained ministerial approval. We talk about the challenges that still lie ahead for London.

Canada’s Transportation Security Board issues report on WestJet low approach to Sint Maarten

We discuss the flight, Sint Maarten’s sometimes challenging conditions, and the TSB’s recommendations.

Flight track of WestJet 2652’s approach to St Maarten

Read the TSB’s full report (PDF)

Hamburg Airport goes dark for a day

Hamburg Airport suffered a power failure that forced the airport to suspend flight operations for the day last Sunday.

American Airlines flight damage by hail

American Airlines flight 1897 from San Antonio to Phoenix safely diverted to El Paso after flying through a hail storm.

Singapore Airlines relaunches Singapore-Newark flights

Singapore Airlines announced it will resume non-stop service between Singapore and Newark using the new A350-900ULR beginning in October, marking the return of the world’s longest flight. We talk about the 15,000 km, 19 hour flight and what makes the A350ULR different.

Captain Ken Hoke fills up the tanks

Ken Hoke explains how much fuel is needed for a flight and who decides.

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