Archive | March, 2009


BREAKING: Concorde to fly again June 16, 2009 (Update1)

Full disclaimer up front: This post originates from the official website of the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in France. I have already noted tomorrow’s date (April 1st) and am crossing my fingers that this is real and actually going to happen. In honor of the 40th anniversary of its first flight in 1969, […]

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Here to there: 787 pre-first flight milestones explained

For Dreamliner One to take to the sky by the end of June, three test aircraft must complete an orchestrated set of milestones in order to earn clearance for the 787′s maiden voyage. Right now, the 787 schedule is being guided by the completion of the following milestones. “It all has to get done,” said […]

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Boeing and Airbus go tit-for-tat on India and China

The war of words between aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus has taken a subtle, yet biting, turn. On March 30, Reuters quoted the President of Airbus China as saying that no Chinese carriers have canceled their aircraft orders. The following day, the Wall Street Journal quotes the President of Boeing India as saying that it […]

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Unveiled: New Delta SkyTeam livery (Updated)

Pictured above is the new Delta Air Lines SkyTeam livery that has been painted on a 767-400 (N844MH). The fuselage is painted silver, not white. Individual aircraft from Aeromexico, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Air France, China Southern, KLM, Aeroflot and Korean Air will all receive this custom paint to promote the alliance. A very special thanks […]

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March 30 – The Week Ahead Open Thread (Freshly Painted Edition)

The Empress of London CityDuring the course of today, this specially painted Embraer E-190 prototype (MSN001 PP-XMA) will be flying steep-approach trials at London City airport. The aircraft is seeking certification for the 5.5-degree approach into the city center strip, though Embraer needs to demonstrate an approach capability of up to 7.5-degrees. The certification, which […]

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Movie Monday – March 30 – Malaysia Nonstop: The 777 Story

This week’s movie Monday was inspired by a blog authored by a 24-year-old Malaysian 777 pilot. Journeys Across Continents is a must read that chronicles a MAS first officer’s cross-crossing the world in the right-seat of a 777-200ER. He guides you through all aspects of his world travels and delves into the technical workings of […]

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Photos: Lufthansa’s first A380 completes final body join

Lufthansa’s first A380 (MSN038) has departed the massive final body join facility and was towed outside in Toulouse for fuel calibration and cabin pressurization tests. The aircraft will return to Station 30 in the sprawling A380 final assembly building for final systems installation before returning to the flight line for its first flight to Hamburg […]

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777th 777 wears the new Air France colors

Air France F-GZND Boeing 777, originally uploaded by moonm.Boeing 777-300ER (F-GZND) arrived on the Everett flight line just the other day sporting the new (very) subtle changes to the Air France livery. The French airline made a few small tweaks to its 40-year old paint job and this appears to be the first example on […]

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ILFC in trouble? Some perspective

The short term answer is unclear & the long term answer is likely no, though our friends at add some much needed perspective on the situation. ILFC is owned by a company that has been in the news lately: American International Group (AIG). Because of the difficulty securing financing, ILFC has been advanced nearly […]

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Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan demonstrator comes home

The Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine returned home to Connecticut after concluding a two-phase, 120-hour flight test program under the wings of a Boeing 747SP and Airbus A340-600. The PW1000G engine was shipped by air freight from Toulouse, arriving back in the United States where P&W will inspect the engine and analyze its […]

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