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My Last Post as Editor of FlightBlogger: A Thank You Note

ON BOARD UNITED 917 — It’s perhaps only fitting that I author this final post at altitude enroute to Seattle – it’ll post on April 6 – for it is here where I have spent much of the last five years; a window seat in economy, Channel 9 buzzing in my ear, bouncing from one […]

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Photo of Note: Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, side-by-side

When A350 began assembly yesterday, the released photos from Airbus allowed for the first time a side-by-side comparison between the first two majority composite jetliners. On the left is ZA001 from May 2007, then a largely unfinished 787 and on the right is the A350 static test airframe. Most notably the overall architectural differences between […]

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Airbus formally activates A350 final assembly line

Airbus has begun assembly of the A350 static test airframe, MSN5000, at its Toulouse facility, officially activating the new final assembly line. The December arrival of the forward fuselage from St. Nazaire was followed Wednesday by the center fuselage built up at the same French site. With both now in Toulouse, Airbus formally began joining […]

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Narrowbody Battle

Bombardier stares down CSeries pricing challenge

Despite claiming significant performance and operating economic advantages over its narrowbody competitors, top lessors appear unwilling to embrace the Bombardier CSeries on two criteria outside of the control of its engineers: Price and residual value. “Something’s missing I can’t explain it,” says Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman and CEO of Air Lease Corp.  “We’ve had offers. They’re […]

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Movie Tuesday – April 3 – The Birth of Concorde

This week’s Movie Monday takes a deep look at the birth of the first commercially operational supersonic airliner, Aerospatiale/BAe Concorde. The development of the Mach 2.4 aircraft goes back through the technical origins that served as the basis for the drooping nose, delta wing design of jet. The hour-long documentary examines the material and aerodynamic […]

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A Closer Look: Inside Japan Airlines’ first 787

Japan Airlines has been in possession of its first two 787s since last Sunday when it took delivery of Airplanes 23 and 33. Both departed Everett the following day for Tokyo – Haneda and Narita Airports, respectively – and will begin formal commercial service on April 22 when the Japanese capital is linked for the first time […]

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Lufthansa pegs Dulles as first 747-8 destination (update1)

Lufthansa has announced Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport will be the German airline’s first destination for its 747-8 Intercontinental, which will be delivered around April 23, according to Lufthansa Technik. The company did not specify a date for the aircraft’s planned daily operation from it Frankfurt base to Dulles, but will replace its 747-400 on […]

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From the engine beat: JAL’s (twin) 787 delivery, Trent 999/1000, PW1500G pushes into cert

JAL take first (and second) 787 on March 25 Japan Airlines, second customer for the 787, will contractually take delivery of its first 787 on March 25 before a flyaway departure to Tokyo the following day. The final regulatory hurdle before delivery was cleared earlier this week when the Federal Aviation Administration gave final approvals […]

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Hazy Pane

Udvar-Hazy weighs in on 737 Max, 787-10X, E-198 E-Jet revamp

SCOTTSDALE — A busy first day at ISTAT is currently in the book and we had an opportunity to sit down with Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy, who weighed in on a variety of topics. For a year-by-year comparison, make sure to re-read our interview with Udvar-Hazy from ISTAT 2011. 737 Max ‘not a long-term […]

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Photo of Note: Bombardier’s first CSeries flight test aircraft

SCOTTSDALE — Bombardier released today the first photo of the forward fuselage structure of FTV1, its first CSeries CS100 flight test vehicle, currently under fabrication at its facilities in Mirabel, Quebec. The aircraft is expected to fly in late 2012 or early 2013. Photo Credit Bombardier

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