Unique video of DC-10s on the flight line at Long Beach

AirlineRatings.com has been gifted unique footage of the DC-10 flight line at Long Beach, California, in early 1971 when the DC-10 flight test program was underway. DC-10s in the colors of McDonnell Douglas, American Airlines and United Airlines can be seen in the -silent- footage. SEE the podcast: Flight Safety Detectives dissect the Netflix doco […]

Boeing Stratocruiser, the jumbo of the 50s, brought to life with color

It is an art in itself – bringing ageing black and white photos back to life with brilliant color. In his latest efforts, the 24-year old Frenchman Benoit Vienne has worked on the famous jumbo of the 1950s the Boeing Stratocruiser. For Mr Vienne colorization is a passion that started years ago when playing historical […]

Aviation safety expert criticizes Netflix Downfall documentary

Captain John Leahy FRAeS, an expert* in airline safety and pilot training with over 30,000 flying hours, offers a personal view of the Netflix documentary ‘Downfall’ and highlights potential lessons from the Boeing 737 MAX tragedy. We have reproduced John’s views in full as under, and they are the views of this website and many […]

Vietjet reopens three new routes between Vietnam and Seoul

Vietjet has reopened three services connecting Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Hai Phong with Seoul (Incheon International Airport). The Seoul – Nha Trang was re-opened on May 20, and Seoul-Phu Quoc and Hai Phong on May 21 and May 27, 2022, respectively, rounding up to 6 services operated by Vietjet between Vietnam and South Korea. […]

Delta’s first Airbus A321neo takes-off for San Francisco

The latest addition to Delta’s fleet, the A321neo, has lifted off from Boston Logan International Airport Friday morning, bound for San Francisco International Airport. The A321neo featured an improved cabin experience throughout – including a new domestic First Class seat. The inaugural flight takes off as the airline continues to grow Boston as a major […]

Air France cuts CO2 emissions by 45 percent on demo flights

Air France has conducted two eco demonstration flights with a cut of 45 per cent in CO2 emissions. The flights were detailed in ICAO’s Uniting Aviation which we reprint in full below. In April Air France launched “Air France ACT“, a programme that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent per passenger-km by 2030 […]

Interview: Delta Air Lines’ SVP of Fleet, TechOps

DALLAS – This interview was conducted with Mahendra Nair, Senior Vice President of Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain at Delta Air Lines (DL), following the debut of the airline’s A321neo into its fleet.  AW: At what rate will Delta be accepting deliveries of the A321neo, and how many do you have planned for the rest […]

Brussels Airlines Cancels Flights amid Severe Weather

DALLAS – Brussels Airlines (SN) has canceled five flights after Brussels Airport (BRU) issued a flight delay warning due to bad weather. The Royal Meteorological Institute (KMI/IRM) of Belgium issued an orange signal for thunderstorms in Brussels earlier this morning. According to BRU and SN, flights are generally safe during thunderstorms, but any delays or […]

New International Arrivals Facility Fully Open at SEATAC

DALLAS – The new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is now fully operational. The facility replaces the 50-year-old customs processing facility and improves the passenger experience by offering views of the Pacific Northwest, more international-capable gates and passenger capacity, and enhanced technologies that expedite baggage and passport check processes. The phased […]

5/20/1932: First Female Solo Transatlantic Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Amelia Earhart took off on her solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1932, becoming the first woman, and the only person since Charles Lindbergh, to accomplish such a feat. Earhart took off from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada, and landed 15 hours later near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in a red […]

Delta’s LAX Sky Club is big, bold and stunning

The first phase of the $2.3 billion Delta Sky Way at LAX is now open to passengers — nearly 18 months ahead of schedule. And when LAX passengers visit the new Delta terminal, they’ll have more than just a streamlined check-in experience and gleaming new facilities to look forward to with the airline’s stunning new […]

Boeing and IAG finalize large Boeing 737 MAX order

Boeing and International Airlines Group (IAG) have announced an order for a combined total of 50 737-8-200s and 737-10s, plus 100 options that was first flagged at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The IAG of airlines consists of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Iberia Express, LEVEL, Vueling and IAG Cargo. “The addition of new Boeing […]

Nok Air is Going International – India and Vietnam

DALLAS – The pretty yellow-beaked airline of Thailand, Nok Air (DD) is getting back on track to launch an international expansion to India and Vietnam. Since its founding in 2004, DD has used Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) as its home base and flies to over 20 destinations within Thailand, including Phuket (HKT) and Chiang Mai […]

ATR Unveils Plans for Next-Generation ‘EVO’ Aircraft

DALLAS – Today, aircraft manufacturer ATR announced plans for a next-generation version of its best-selling family of aircraft, the ‘EVO’. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter into service before 2030, and will feature a new powerplant with hybrid capabilities, along with various improvements that will lower operating costs for operators and improve passenger comfort. […]

Fishy Business: How Alaska Airlines Delivers Copper River Salmon

DALLAS – Yesterday, Alaska Airlines (AS) delivered the season’s first salmon to Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA), marking a splashy beginning to the summer fishing season. The first shipment of nearly 17,200 pounds of salmon was flown by Alaska Air Cargo, and is the first shipment of the season that stretches through September. Copper River Salmon […]

5/18/1981: International Air Bahama Ceases Operations

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, The independent passenger carrier International Air Bahama ceased operations in 1981. Founded as Air Bahama in 1966 by Major Norman Ricketts, Brigadier General OD Lassiter and Mr Tommie Thompson, the trio decided to set up an airline after Sir Lynden Pindling, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, looked at developing […]

Bonza puts off launch till final quarter of 2022

Bonza, the new Australian based start-up, has put off its launch till the final quarter of 2022. Carly Povey – the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer – said in an open letter that people shouldn’t wait -for Bonza- to book their essential July and August flights. “The response we’ve had since announcing our initial 17 destinations […]

Inodonesia lifts COVID PCR requirement for vaccinated travellers

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Tuesday that the country will no longer require vaccinated travellers from overseas to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entering the country reports Channel News Asia. “Domestic and international travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take PCR or antigen swab tests,” President Joko Widodo announced on […]

Emirates Takes off on Worldwide Hiring Tour

DALLAS – Has your aviation dream included flying to exotic locations on a respected international airline? This may be your chance to make your dream come true. Emirates (EK) today announced that it is launching a world tour that will land in 30 cities over the next six weeks. According to the announcement, EK is […]

Singapore Changi Airport Resumes Mega-terminal Work

DALLAS – Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) and the Ministry of Transport have resumed work on SIN’s new mega Terminal 5. The project was launched in 2018, but it was stopped in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the reopening of the borders and the increase in travel demand, the airport is confident the […]

Miami International to Roll out Largest US Biometric Tech

DALLAS – Miami International Airport (MIA) will have the largest rollout of biometric technology in the US after its slated 2023 installation. According to the airport’s plan, passengers departing from MIA will be able to board international flights with the quick, touchless click of a camera in a year’s time due to a recently granted […]

Henri Coandă International Airport: a Romanian Beacon of Hope

DALLAS – The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 forced airports across Eastern Europe to adapt to accommodate refugees fleeing war. Perhaps no airport better exemplifies such adaptation than Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Located just outside of the Romanian capital of Bucharest, OTP is both the largest and busiest airport in the country […]

Make Beer Not War Polish Pilot Writes in the Sky

Make beer, not war. is the slogan written by a Polish pilot operating out of Poznań last weekend. According to FlightRadar24.com the pilot of a Tecnam P2008 JC spent nearly four hours in the air and 2 hours 20 minutes creating the sky-writing the message to be recorded by flight tracking websites such as Flightradar24. […]

Ryanair boss slams Boeing executives over 737 MAX deliveries

Ryanair Group chief executive Michael O’Leary has called “Boeing management headless chickens” over late deliveries of the 737 MAX as the airline reports a dramatic improvement in performance. In an earnings call Monday, Mr O’Leary, said that while the airline is an interested and loyal customer of Boeing with the vast majority of its fleet […]

Three Very Rare A320 Family Models

DALLAS – The Airbus A320 family is one of the most popular aircraft models built. The Airbus A320 series itself is almost on the verge of overtaking the record held by the 737 for the most sold type. In the A320 family – A318, A319, A320, and A321, all the class members look identical besides […]

Hawaiian Airlines Invests in REGENT Seaglider

DALLAS – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) will invest in REGENT to support the initial design of a next-generation all-electric seaglider. The craft, dubbed Monarch, will seat 100 passengers and is scheduled for service by 2028. “Innovative inter-island transportation has been core to our business since 1929 when we replaced steamships with airplanes. We are excited to […]

JetBlue Makes Hostile Bid for Spirit Airlines

DALLAS – JetBlue (B6) has filed a “Vote No” proxy statement asking Spirit (NK) shareholders to vote AGAINST what it says is an inferior, high-risk, and low-value Spirit/Frontier (F9) merger at NK’s impending special meeting. Furthermore, B6 has launched an all-cash, fully financed tender offer to acquire all of Spirit’s existing shares for US$30 per […]