Branson serves as flight attendant for a day


Sir Richard Branson honoured his bet to serve as an AirAsia Xcabin crew, by donning the low-cost carrier’s red uniform – which includes a skirt- aboard a charity flight on 12 May. The founder of Virgin Group had his legs publicly shaved ata cocktail event the evening before the flight, which operated from Perth toKuala […]

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VIDEO: view of Avalon from KC-30A taking off


Last week at the Avalon air show I had a unique opportunityto fly aboard the RAAF’s new KC-30A while it conducted the air-to-airrefuelling of two F/A-18C aircraft.  I wassuper busy at the show, so only now do I have the chance to post my photos anda video of the trip. Riding the KC-30A (AKA Airbus […]

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“That’s right, Ice Man. I am dangerous.”

During lunch last week my colleague @runwaycontact and I werestanding around Changi Business Park waiting for some passport photos to bedeveloped – just part of the significant waiting required for attending AeroIndia. We noticed a trailer for the 2012 South Korean movie Soarinto the Sun playing outside a video shop. Although I’ve become used to inaccurate […]

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COOL PHOTOS: Satellite images of Xian Y-20


Satellite imagery firm GeoEye has produced an image of whatappears to be the Xian Y-20 strategic transport at China’s Yanlian air base. The image shows the aircraft situated on the base’s runway06 L, surrounded by what appear to be support vehicles and personnel.  The resolution is sufficient to discern the aircraft’syellow prototype colour scheme, its […]

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Kingfisher lounge at DEL a symbol for carrier’s condition


I recently happened upon Kingfisher’s first class lounge inNew Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.  Though the carrier seems adamant aboutresuming service at some point, its abandoned lounge presents a gloomy, run downprospect.  I swear: I didn’t steal the missing letters for souvenirs. Cool chairs. Will there be a liquidation sale? Any chance of a free […]

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Malaysia Airlines’ retro livery

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A walk down memory lane for those who can remember Malaysia Airlines’ original livery, first launched on 1 October 1972.  The livery was recently painted on a Boeing 737-800 to commemorate the airline’s 40th anniversary. Notice the moon kite logo in bold red, as well as the words Malaysian Airline System. The flag carrier, which […]

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Airshow China


The Flightglobal team put out three editions of the Interactive Flight Daily News at Airshow China in Zhuhai last week: I spent most of my three days at the show following the Chinese’s C919 narrowbody and ARJ21 regional jet programmes. Below are some pictures I snapped, but do check out our IFDNs […]

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The Chinese dream.


I had a pleasant surprise on a recent trip to Shanghai when told that Comac would be happy to bring me on a tour of its facilities. “The only way you’ll understand our company is to see for yourself what we’re doing,” says the official who has kindly agreed to spend his Sunday with me. […]

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PICTURES: Changi finally gets in on the 787 act


Singapore’s Changi Airport is normally on top of the game, but it has endured a frustrating wait for its first Boeing 787 commercial flight. That ended on Sunday when Japan Airlines (JAL) started operating the 787-8 to Singapore on the Tokyo Narita-Singapore route. A loud round of applause broke out when the 787 finally landed around […]

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PICTURES: RAAF ‘Haul-a-herc’ event raises money for Special Olympics


Received a cool email earlier today from the RAAF. They recently held a charity event to raise money for the Special Olympics where 20 teams of 20 people hauled a Lockheed Martin C-130J over 10m. The objective was to pull the 40-tonne aircraft 10m in the fastest time possible. The quickest time of 11.68s was […]

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