Archive | October, 2010

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Q&A with Joanna Stanley: from cabin crew to aviation litigation

(Photo: Clyde & Co) Londoner Joanna Stanley studied law at the London School of Economics, but took time out to work as an Emirates crew member before returning home and joining the aviation litigation team at Clyde & Co. Why did you study law? I was living in Tokyo and had been watching too many re-runs […]

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Emirates first flew 25 years ago today

Photograph: AirSpace user boeing777 Twenty-five years ago today was the first ever Emirates flight. EK600 took from Dubai bound for Pakistan’s Karachi.In that week’s Flight International, we covered the occasion with this short report: EmirateAirlines,the recentlylaunchedDubai carrier, plans to purchase nine aircraft over the next four years for Asian, European, and Middle East routes, according […]

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Baby born on Etihad flight, but not named after airline

Etihad A340-600 in the F1 livery at the 2010 Al AIn Airshow 2010. Photograph: AirSpace user Davidgaughan We were doing so well. A baby born on a Singapore Airlines flight was named SQ after the carrier’s IATA code. Then last month a baby born on a Gulf Air flight was named George Francis, whose initials, […]

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Crocodile blamed for aircraft crash

Quirky news is a good beat to cover when the news is innocuous, but once lives are lost the news serves as a reminder we are in a serious industry and matters need to be checked, double checked, and re-checked. Or in this situation: thought through.The solve survivor of a 25 August aircraft crash in […]

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Flight attendant pretends dog is baby & puts it in stroller to avoid pet travel fee

One situations where dogs aren’t meant to fly. Photograph: AirSpace user aviation1 Continuing the saga of things flight attendants can do to get fired, meet Kersaundra Smith, who earlier this month lost her law suit against AirTran Airways. Smith was a flight attendant for AirTran and on 28 May 2008 booked a staff travel ticket […]

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VIDEO: New Turkish Airlines advert featuring Manchester United (and Wayne Rooney)

One airline that doesn’t need this week’s drama involving Wayne Rooney is Turkish Airlines, who have just released an advert to capitalise on their multi-million pound official carrier partnership with the club.The ad, which features the Manchester United team happily frolicking with a football while in the airline’s business class suite, ends with the unfortunate […]

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VIDEO: United Airlines Boeing 747 buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco celebrated its Fleet Week event last week with a very cool flyover of a Boeing 747. Look how small it looks in comparison to the Golden Gate Bridge:

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Frontier CEO Bryan Bedford cleans lavs, loads bags on ‘Undercover Boss’

Photograph: AirSpace user ksmd11 Bryan Bedford, the CEO of recently amalgamated Frontier Airlines (comprising Midwest Express and Republic Airways), is this week’s punter on the CBS show Undercover Boss. The premise is simple: a company’s boss goes incognito and carries out the less glamorous tasks at the company.Working on the front line is not unfamiliar […]

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737 deerstrike at Charlotte (yes, deerstrike)

What do you get when you mix a deer with a 737? Last year you would have ended up with this Thomson Airways 737-800. This year you get a closed runway for forty minutes because an aircraft literally hit deer.Upon landing last Friday at runway 36C at Charlotte, ABC reports, US Airways flight 1950 “plowed […]

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How far down the road really is Piaggio’s new jet?

We suspect Piaggio is a bit further down the line with its P1XX jet project than it cares to admit. On a visit to Italy recently, several suppliers mentioned that they were working hard on designs for elements of the aircraft. Mubadala – the Croesus-rich Abu Dhabi investment fund which majority owns the company along […]

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