Archive | January, 2009

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NATO to deploy first RQ-4s in 2012

NATO is “shooting for” a 2012 entry-into-service date for its long-awaited airborne alliance ground surveillance (AGS) fleet, although the contract remains unsigned and the most likely contractor acknowledges facing development issues. Read on… Aircraft profile: Northrop Grumman Global Hawk More aircraft profiles plus create your own….

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Obama boarding Air Force C-32 to D.C.

Barack Obama, President-Elect is shown here (4 January 2009) about to board an Air Force C-32 (Boeing 757) aircraft leaving Chicago’s Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois departing for Washington D.C. to prepare for his inauguration today. FlightBlogger obtained a video of Obama meeting and greeting aircraft crew from National Geographic.   Picture credit: Rex Features

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Qantas A380 taking off from Heathrow

Here is a Qantas A380 departing London’s Heathrow. The picture was taken by APG Photography photographer and AirSpace user APG Photography. The ultimate shot would be to get all three A380s from the three different operators on the ground together but this time there were only two A380s on the ground at the same time, […]

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EADS concerned over Tranche 3 Eurofighter

The slow pace of negotiations with customer nations has become a “problem” for the planned Tranche 3 production phase of the Eurofighter programme, EADS Defence and Security head Stefan Zoller has warned. Read on…

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Air Austral to take 840-seat A380s in 2014

Reunion-based carrier Air Austral is expected to take delivery of its all-economy Airbus A380s in 2014. The carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire two of the type, which will be configured with around 840 seats. Read on….  Aircraft profile: Airbus A380 More aircraft profiles plus… create your own aircraft profile. 

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US Airways Airbus A320 crashes into New York’s Hudson River

Here is a picture taken by citizen journalist Janis Krums, who was on a ferry on the Hudson River at the time the US Airways A320 crashed onto the water. He captioned the image on Twitpic: “There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.” Speaking of […]

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Wataniya Airways’ first A320

Wataniya Airways has been assigned the designator code ‘KW’ for its services and has sealed agreements – with lessors ALAFCO, ILFC and AerCap – to acquire a fleet of 122-seat Airbus A320s. Here is its first. Read more on Wataniya …..

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Airbus formally unveils A350 XWB design

Airbus has formally revealed the definitive design of the A350 XWB at a ground-breaking ceremony today for the new twin-jet’s production plant in Toulouse. Two large scale models ….

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KLM celebrates 90th year with ‘retro’ Boeing 737

  Dutch carrier KLM has become the latest airline to adopt a retro-style livery, painting a Boeing 737-800 in a historic scheme to mark the company’s 90th anniversary. It was founded on 7 October 1919, and within five years had expanded from regional routes to serving its first intercontinental destination in Indonesia. It began transatlantic […]

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A winged Buffalo

Attempts by Canada’s Viking Air to restart production of the de Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo utility aircraft could be scuppered by the Canadian government. Ottawa may opt for new aircraft for its future fixed-wing search and rescue requirement and reject the British Columbia-based company’s proposal to modernise the country’s fleet of ageing twin-engine Buffalos. Read on…

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