Last Flight of US Airways

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US Airways Airbus A319

It’s the end of the line for US Airways. The airline that started as a tiny airmail service 76 years ago is retiring as part of a 2013 merger with American Airlines. The final US Airways flight was scheduled to take off from Philadelphia on October 16th. It’s a small part of a huge trend that’s affecting how more than 660m domestic air travelers fly every year. Fourteen years ago, the United States had 10 major domestic airlines. Now, Continue reading “Last Flight of US Airways” »

One more Triple Seven Freighter for Emirates

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Emirates 777F-Fleet. Photo: Emirates

Emirates freight division ,Emirates SkyCargo´ shortly welcomed the arrival of its newest Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, bringing the total number of dedicated cargo aircraft in its fleet to 15, including two Boeing 747-400Fs and 13 Boeing 777Fs.

The 777F, which left the Boeing Manufacturing Facility in Everett, Washington, in Septem- ber, flew its first mission to Hong Kong. Since being introduced to the SkyCargo fleet in 2009, the airline’s 13 Boeing 777Fs have logged an 30,250 flights totalling more than 175,000 hours. “The Boeing 777F is the backbone of Continue reading “One more Triple Seven Freighter for Emirates” »

,Auntie Ju´ becomes a ,flying memorial´

Junkers Ju52 der Deutschen Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung im Flug. Foto: Andy Jacobs / 07.1986 D10-13-189
The Junkers Ju52 of Deutsche  Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung.
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It is one of the oldest passenger planes in the world still flying. Its many admirers at home and abroad lovingly call it “Tante Ju” (Auntie Ju) or more respectfully, the “Grande Dame of the skies”. Now the ”old-timer”, built in 1936 in the Junkers aircraft plant in Dessau has been honored as no passenger plane has ever been before. Being its first and only historic commercial aircraft, Lufthansa’s Ju 52 has been placed under protection by the Office of Historic Monuments of the Hamburg Cultural Authority.

The presentation of the official plaque signifying the Protection of Historic Monuments took place on August 22, 2015 at the Airport Days in Hamburg. At a ceremony attended by 50 distinguished guests, Continue reading “,Auntie Ju´ becomes a ,flying memorial´” »

An inspection of the ‘Hushliner’

150804_Qatar_A350_015Qatar Airways, five-star airline and national carrier of the Gulf state of Qatar, invited media representatives to a breakfast and tour of one of their four (of 80 ordered) Airbus A350 XWBs during a transit stop in Frankfurt on 4 August.
Guests were cordially met by Frédéric Gossot, Qatar Manager Germany and Austria. The Gulf airline has been using its Airbus A350 XWB twice a day from Frankfurt since March. The aircraft is nicknamed ‘Hushliner’ due to its low noise levels.
15 January saw Qatar become the world’s first customer to ‘introduce’ the ‘environmental role model’ Airbus A350 XWB in Frankfurt. And not without reason. “We chose Frankfurt in order to demonstrate to Lufthansa the strength of its Gulf competitors”, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker explained at the event earlier this year.
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Estonian Air supports Austrian Airlines

estonian_austrian_airlinesEstonian Air, the national airline of Estonia, IATA member and IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certified, has flown on behalf of Austrian Airlines since June with aircraft of the type Embraer 170 in the Austrian Group Airline network.

From 1 August a second aircraft will support the Austrians together with cockpit and cabin crew in the event of staff shortages occurring at short notice.
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Passenger Experience of the Future

exotic-beachWhat will flying be like for passen- gers in 2025? Will conventional check-in have long become a thing of the past? These were just some of the topics discussed by representatives from the world of business, aviation and politics at Aviation Event 2015, which took place in the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) in Frankfurt on 6 July.

Nuria Fermoso, IATA Manager for ‘Passenger Experience, Europe’, showed this video

to start off the podium discussion on the topic of ‘What is set to change soon for passengers before, during and after their journey?’ Passenger Experience of the Future.
Will what we see in the video be a reality in ten years’ time? Increasing digitalisation should make flying a relaxed and almost stress-free experience in the future. For example, there will be information Continue reading “Passenger Experience of the Future” »

United Airlines to invest US$30m in Jetfuel from Waste

Employees load bags onto a Boeing 737-800 running on algae-based biofuel in Houston. Continental (owned by United Continental Holdings Inc.) flew the nation's first passenger jet powered by biofuels on Monday.
Employees load bags onto a Boeing 737-800 running on algae-based biofuel in Houston. Continental (owned by United Continental Holdings Inc.) flew the nation’s first passenger jet powered by biofuels on Monday.

United Continental said it has invested US$30m in alternative-energy provider Fulcrum BioEnergy in a move that could produce jet fuel from waste. Fulcrum, which is backed by Waste Management, converts household trash into renewable jet fuel.

It has tried to go public, but ended up scrapping its plans for an IPO. Its first alternative fuels plant will begin operation in 2017. United executive VP Brett Hart said investing in biofuel has “the potential to Continue reading “United Airlines to invest US$30m in Jetfuel from Waste” »