July 2010 Archives
"Virgin Atlantic has a strong history of investing during downturns and we believe that our new livery and the forthcoming delivery of the Airbus A330-300 signals another period of growth for the airline," CEO Steve Ridgway says.
The carrier explains the features of its new livery:
The Virgin Atlantic name, previously on the front end of the fuselage is now emblazoned large across the whole of the aircraft in a fine custom drawn font. In addition, the undercarriage of the aircraft now features the new Virgin Atlantic logo in dark purple - making the aircraft more easily identifiable when taking off and landing. The winglets are now red with the Virgin script on the inner side, visible to passengers on board the plane.
The new livery uses an entirely new paint system which is unique to Virgin Atlantic - a first on commercial aircraft. It has been specially developed to achieve a highly reflective depth of metallic colour.
The painting process has been simplified, using fewer maskings and applications for a drastic reduction in materials used. Over 450 litres of paint was used and took over 3,000 - 3,500 man hours to paint. The new paint is more durable so aircraft will only require re-painting once a decade.
The iconic, flag carrying flying lady, who appears on all Virgin Atlantic aircraft, has been rejuvenated with a subtle cosmetic makeover and enhanced detailing - now fluttering a larger Union Jack.
Virgin Atlantic says it commissioned brand agency Circus in 2008 to review its brand. The new livery and logo was developed by Johnson Banks.
What do you think? Have your say here on our AirSpace forums.
Here's an artist's impression of the new livery on the carrier's new A330-300, which the carrier will introduce into service next April. Note the registration is G-VNYC, although reservation systems indicate the first A330 flights will be to Orlando.
This aircraft will be the first for the carrier to feature OnAir's in-flight wifi and mobile connectivity, including voice calls. Read more...
The aircraft involved in today's crash in Pakistan has been identified as an Airbus A321 operated by privately-owned Pakistani carrier Airblue. Airbus says the A321 has..
picture credit PA
Further details have emerged about the Lufthansa Cargo Boeing MD-11 freighter destroyed in a landing accident in Riyadh today, although the reasons for the crash remain unclear.
The aircraft's fuselage ... read on....
The 15.2m (50ft) wing on the aircraft are not removable, says Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, and working out how to move the UAV has been going on "for some time." Continue reading...
In a flight test on 14 July, the F-15E1 testbed fired the missile
from a newly integrated conformal weapons bay that was modified from a
conformal fuel tank, Boeing vice-president and general manager of Global
Strike Systems Shelley Lavender. Continue reading...
At the Farnborough show, it was announced TUI would be the first European operator of the aircraft and also aimed to be the first global carrier to have in-flight connectivity on the 787.
The 787 may be gone but our Farnborough Airshow coverage continues here.
The 4.5-tonne class twin helicopter is meant to challenge Eurocopter's Dauphin and EC145 lines. While the company has not yet put a price tag on the 10-passenger multi-role design, AgustaWestland chief executive Giuseppe Orsi during the unveiling ceremony said the company expects "at least" 1,000 sales over the next 20 years. Continue reading & watch a video of the unveiling...
Picture credit apgphoto
Two icons of the UK aerospace sector joined up today to make a spectacular fly-by appearance at the show.
Nine BAE Systems Hawks from the Royal Air Force's Red Arrows aerobatic display team led restored Cold War veteran Avro Vulcan XH558 down the centreline, giving visitors a taste of the weekend flying display at Farnborough.
More images of the 787 landing see apgphotos in AirSpace
Qinetiq is due to launch a record-breaking flight with its Zephyr high-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle, with the company aiming to have the lightweight design remain airborne for around a fortnight.
"The aim is for two weeks this time, to show that we've moved out of the research phase to a product that you might buy," says HALE business manager Jon Saltmarsh.
Already flown as a 6m (19.7ft) wingspan subscale demonstrator, the new Zephyr design weighs 53kg (117lb) and has a 23m wingspan - 4m wider than the company's previous iteration. Its wing area also has been increased by 50% by using a wider chord, and new winglets provide improved lift. A new T-tail configuration has also been adopted as a drag-reduction measure. Continue reading...
Boeing hopes a series of demonstrations will prove the potential of its A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter to the US military
Check out our special page for the Farnborough Airshow, which has a range of dynamic content: articles, photos, videos, interactive daily magazines, Tweets and more.
On the cover of Flight International is a graphic design of the 787 against the Union Jack. Flightglobal's Head of Design and Production Alexis Rendell conceived and executed the design, which was inspired by the 787 making its air show debut at Farnborough, which will undoubtedly be one of the show's highlights.
You can subscribe to Flight International here or here for the digital version.
Randeep Singh is in his second year of Doncasters Group's graduate development programme. Originally from India, he is the first graduate to spend a placement working at one of the company's US sites.
What first attracted you to aerospace and engineering?
After completing my BSc (Hons) in business administration and spending a year working in the construction industry, I decided to pursue my passion for supply chain engineering and logistics by taking an MSc in supply engineering and logistics at Warwick University.
The size and challenging nature of the aerospace sector provided a
real opportunity to make an impact. The Airbus
A380 and Boeing
projects have seen a revolution in terms of supply chain management and
I wanted to be part of it. Continue reading...
In this week's cover article in Flight International we ask: why are newer aircraft being retired in greater numbers?
Meanwhile, BAE will roll out its Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle
demonstrator (artist's impression pictured below) during an
event to be staged at its Warton facility on 12 July. Continue reading...
The third and final Gulfstream G250 business jet has joined the 1,300h flight-test programme, six months after the campaign began.
The super-midsize aircraft made its first flight on 28 June at Ben
Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, home of the G250's co-developer Israel
Aerospace Industries. Continue reading...
Honeywell has given its Convair 580 test aircraft a facelift to reflect the trademark red and white colour scheme of its engine/avionics manufacturer. The twin-engined turboprop - registration N580HW - is pictured at its Paine Field in Everett, Washington base where it is used to test the new avionics.
The CV580 was previously decked in the blue and white paint scheme
and N580AS registration of AlliedSignal - which bought and merged with
Honeywell in late 1999. Continue reading...
On the cover is an Air Team Images photo of an ex-Air France A320 meeting its end at Air Salvage International's yard at Kemble airfield, also known as Cotswold airport, in the UK.
Also featured in this issue are:
- Fixing a future: In our MRO report, we ask: Can Brazil be a global hub for maintenance?
- WTO Judgment: The WTO's ruling on subsidies is finally published, but can both sides really claim they came out on top?
- Slicker A380: Airbus gets to grips with superjumbo production as out-of-sequence work slashed at Toulouse
Michael Helling, general manager of the Aviator Hotel
in Farnborough since 2008, is gearing up for his busiest time of the
year and ensuring that standards do not slip as preparations for July's
air show gather pace. We'll be covering the Farnborough airshow in full force so check back soon to see our dedicated page to Farnborough news, interactive daily magazine, videos, photos, Tweets, and more. If you're attending, let us know on our Facebook page.
How long have you been at Aviator and what were you doing before?
I came to the Aviator having worked at the Hong Kong Club for three years. I've been here since the hotel opened just before the 2008 Farnborough air show.
What attracted you to Aviator?
The idea of working at a hotel that had a different driving force
behind it was really attractive. With the proximity to Farnborough
airport we have an almost "built-in" clientele who need a convenient
location close to the airport. We're noticing passengers choosing to
save travelling time by using the hotel as a base for meetings or even
as their UK office. Read more of the Q&A...
Bombardier is assembling a composite panelled, aluminium-framed aft CSeries fuselage section demonstrator at its Saint-Laurent facility in Montreal.
The plant will be responsible for full fabrication of the twinjet's
forward and aft fuselage. Although the majority of the CSeries fuselage
is fabricated from advanced alloys, the rear section aft of the cabin
incorporates composite panels. Continue reading...
Rolls-Royce has conducted a first-time run of its new Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350 family. The engine ran yesterday on a test-bed at the manufacturer's Derby facility.
Rolls-Royce says the operation initiates the "most extensive pre-flight programme in Trent history", ahead of flight tests on an A380 in 2011.
Seven Trent XWB development engines will be operating by early next
year, says the company, while flight-testing is scheduled to start on
the A350 in 2012. Continue reading...