Archive | October, 2009


PICTURE: US Airways Flight 1549 crew receive Guild of Air Pilots & Air Navigators (GAPAN) Award

Captain Chesley B (Sully) Sullenberger and some of his crew, (Donna Dent, Sheila Dail) who ensured the safety of all 150 passengers after the US Airways A320 Flight 1549, crash-landed in the Hudson River west of New York City after a departure from LaGuardia Airport.  Sully accepted the Master’s Medal for “an outstanding aviation achievement” […]

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On This Day in 1998: John Glenn Returns to Space–Ego Trip?

On 29 October 1998, John Glenn became the oldest person to enter space as STS95/Space Shuttle Discovery hosted him as a payload specialist.You can read our original coverage here from the archives. A few months earlier we pondered whether his trip was for scientific purposes of just a “romantic ego trip”. What did we reckon? […]

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Qantas Wins Dubious Honour

Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity.The Age reports: Qantas says it does not deserve “in any way” the “Shonky” award itreceived from Choice today, for what the consumer watchdog believes isthe airline’s “sky-high” surcharge on bookings made with a credit card.The Shonky awards – now in their fourth year – aim to […]

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Shell Marks Its Centenary in Aviation

Shell Aviation is celebrating its centenary at the forefront of aviation technology & innovation this year – a milestone marked by the 100th anniversary of the BlĂ©riot cross-channel flight of 1909. This video celebrates this achievement with a look at a hundred years of aviation development and Shell’s contribution to it.Earlier this month Shell and […]

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What To Do With Empty Economy Seats

Air New Zealand’s announcement that it is looking at having economy class “seat beds” is not surprising.The grapevine has been chatting for a while there would be major innovation in the on-board economy product on the carrier’s new B777-300ERs, due to be delivered next year. Most rumours favoured the idea of sleeping bunks, but the […]

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Northwest Flight 188 Enters Lexicon

It may not be Webster’s dictionary or the OED, but Urban Dictionary has coined a new phrase in response to Northwest flight 188, which last week overshot its destination by 150nm.Welcome to your lexicon “Northwest Nap”, today’s Urban Dictionary Word of the Day.Urban Dictionary defines it as: A very deep sleep where you are unable […]

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Gordon Bennett Ballooning Cup To Be Held in UK For First Time

Next year’s Gordon Bennett Ballooning Cup, or Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, will be held in the UK for the first time in the cup’s history.The cup was inaugurated in 1906 and was frequently held until WW II. It went on hiatus until the 1980s when it was revived. At the 2009 cup, Britons Janet Folkes […]

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PHOTO: Boeing Delivers 777 to Cathay in Oneworld Livery

EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 19, 2009 – Cathay Pacific Airways 12th Boeing777-300ER sports a special oneworld alliance livery as it takes off fora test flight at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The new airplane expandsthe airline’s 777 fleet to 29 airplanes, including 12 777 300s and five777-200s. Cathay Pacific’s senior executives, Hong Kong government officialsand aviation […]

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Etihad’s First Emirati Female Pilot Graduates

Last month on the Image of the Day blog you might have read that Etihad’s 100th cadet pilot was an Emirati female. She was also the sixth female Emirati cadet pilot, and eighth female overall to join the programme.Today we hear from the Abu Dhabi carrier that its firstfemale Emirati cadet pilots, Salma Al-Baloushi and […]

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Introducing Tweek: TWitter wEEK Review

Missed a day of Tweets? Don’t have anaccount? Never fear! Here’s your first ever wrap-up of what the Twittercommunity had to say* about aviation and Flightglobal this pastweek. *besides that whole boy-in-balloon saga Boeing reiterates 787 schedule and saysmore details will be available this Wednesday   US Airways to sell 10 E-190s to Republic […]

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