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BA A380: Thatcher would have (probably) approved

If you think the British Airways Airbus A380 looks resplendent in its new livery, you probably ought to thank, at least in part, the late former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher openly disapproved of BA’s bold decision to abandon its Union flag colours in favour of a multitude of ethnic designs intended to reflect its global […]

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Kingdom’s prince gives up Airbus’s queen

If Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has truly sold his VIP Airbus A380, ordered in late 2007, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone paying close attention at last year’s Farnborough air show. Because Airbus’s demonstrator aircraft, MSN4, arrived at the show with a subtle amendment to the customer list on its fuselage – […]

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From Flight to facepalm

So which muppet managed to write an inadvertent howler in the opening line of this Germanwings story, only for some wise-guy to send it to a BBC comedy quiz? (Listen to the clip here, if you must)

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Amman (For All Seasons)…

…really ought to be the name of Jordan’s new year-round unified time zone after the country’s government, in a fantastic demonstration of impulsive decision-making, gave everyone two days’ notice that it’s cancelling winter, at least chronologically. Jordanian standard time is two hours ahead of UTC but, instead of reverting back to this time zone on 26 […]

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When selling VC10s was a core business

Whatever price Middle East Airlines negotiated for those newly-ordered Airbus A320neos, it probably didn’t involve part-payment in fruit. Which wasn’t the case in 1966 when BAC was desperately trying to flog a batch of Super VC10s to MEA in a bid to attract sales from other overseas customers – even Czechoslovakia. “If…we lose the Middle […]

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New seat opens sky to disabled children

European safety authorities are testing an upgraded passenger seat specifically designed to provide postural support to physically disabled children on board aircraft. Known as the TravelChair 2012, the seat has been developed by the children’s disability charity MERU and was unveiled at the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s offices at London Gatwick in May. Virgin Atlantic […]

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In pursuit of Scoot…

If Singapore Airlines isn’t naming some new airline company ‘Scoot’ then a lot of effort is going into throwing nosey hacks off the scent. Not only is there apparently a Scoot-related website domain registration linked to SIA, but a trawl through the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s trademark database turns up the following entry, listed on 20 June, under […]

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LOT 787 model shows new paint scheme

Fresh from its appearance at the Paris air show, the Boeing 787 has arrived in Warsaw, the home base of Polish flag-carrier LOT - one of the first European operators to sign up for the twinjet. Plenty of images of its arrival on the Gazeta Wyborcza website, although possibly the most interesting – featuring a different […]

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About that Indian super-dense A380 rival…

We’ve all been there. One misheard quote and suddenly your journalistic creativity runs riot while your common-sense filter is out on a tea-break. Even on a publication as venerable as The Times of India. Can’t say I was at the press conference, but a quick check of other Indian papers suggests minister Ashwani Kumar actually said […]

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How not to make an A380 assembly video

Korean Air might want to pick up a couple of tips from Emirates on the art of creating a polished Airbus A380 advertisement. The Seoul-based airline, which took delivery of its first A380 in May, has its own promotional video showing the aircraft being put together in time-lapse footage.   But wait a second… Korean […]

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