Archive | February, 2012

Photos of Note: Flyaway of the first 747-8 Intercontinental

SEATTLE — Even on its delivery flight, the identity of the first 747-8 Intercontinental was well hidden. Air traffic controllers in the Pacific Northwest knew they were looking at A7-HHE, but as a private business jet, the aircraft’s flight plan to Vancouver to clear export customs was blocked on Flightaware.  Despite the worst-kept-secret nature of […]

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First 747-8 Intercontinental set for Tuesday delivery (Update4)

SEATTLE — While no official confirmation exists beyond a very telling Qatari registration, the Government of Qatar Amiri Flight will take delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental today.  The aircraft, registered A7-HHE, the prefix denoting a Qatar registered aircraft, will depart Paine Field in Everett, Washington around noon pacific time enroute to a business […]

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Movie Monday – February 27 – Cold and Dark to Ready to Taxi

This week’s Movie Monday takes us to Lithuania, home to Baltic Aviation Academy. BAA’s social media presence is significantly larger than the overwhelming majority of pilot training centers and they’ve provided a look into two of the most prolific narrowbody aircraft on the planet. With our guide Pranas Drulis, an ATP student, BAA takes us […]

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR A7-BBI

Boeing’s leadership swap begins to chart 777 and 787′s future

The replacement of any high-profile program leader tends to elicit questions of confidence, though the trading of positions between current 777 vice president and general manager Larry Loftis and his 787 counterpart, Scott Fancher, represents two important changes for the heart of Boeing’s widebody products and the future of both programs. The move plays to […]

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Boeing’s 787 and 777 chiefs to swap roles

Boeing has appointed 787 vice president and general manager Scott Fancher to run the 777 program, shifting roles with current 777 chief Larry Loftis.   Loftis, a veteran of the 737 and 777′s transition to a moving final assembly line, will guide the 787′s move toward production maturity and lean manufacturing advancement.  Fancher, who has served […]

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A320 [F-WWBA]

On A320′s 25th birthday, where does automation go next? (Update1)

February 22, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the first flight of the Airbus A320-100, an aircraft type that has surpassed 5,000 deliveries since its 1987 first flight from the European airframer’s Toulouse, France base. In addition to firmly establishing Airbus in the commercial marketplace, the single biggest contribution of the A320 to commercial aerospace […]

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A first for Southwest

Southwest’s first 737-800 goes from green to Canyon Blue

After its 11 day trip down the 737′s moving final assembly, Southwest Airlines’ first 737-800, the company’s first new 737 variant since 1997, is out in the open on the flight line at Renton Municipal Airport wearing the airline’s signature Canyon Blue colors.  This aircraft, wearing registration N8301J and extended operations (ETOPS) tags, left the […]

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A350′s Trent XWB engine makes maiden flight aboard A380

On Saturday, Airbus’s A380 flying test bed made its maiden flight with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flying in the number two position under the superjumbo’s wing. The milestone flight for the A350 XWB’s powerplant also marked a first for the A380, which flew for the first time with different engine types. The contrast between the […]

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President Obama visits Boeing’s 787 final assembly line

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Boeing 777F N5020K

Kangaroo-buster 777-8LX concept being studied by Boeing

Anyone that has ever flown between the United Kingdom and Australia knows about the kangaroo bounce. The “bounce”, the stop in Asia, often Singapore, is part of the famous Kangaroo Route used to transit between the two nations separated by three continents and 9,188nm. Even with today’s ultra long-range jetliners in service, the Airbus A340-500 […]

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