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John Travolta’s 707 is at the Paris Air Show–but why?

Way, way, way in the background of the above pic taken while walking about the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget is John Travolta’s Boeing 707, N707JT. It is parked with some vintage jets away from the publicly-accessible static area, and thus no opportunity to pry further.We do know Travolta loves aviation, and he did […]

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Annals of history: How Boeing lost Qantas’s VLA order to Airbus

During its VLA order decision in 2000, Qantas thought the A380′s dual full-length upper decks would be more impressive to passengers. It was November 2000 and the Qantas board was deciding between two very large aircraft (VLA) known only as the A3XX and 747X-Stretch to replace and grow its 747-400 fleet, which in turn would […]

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Fly on a DC-6 in 2011 in Australia

Namibia Commercial Aviation Next February Namibia Commercial Aviation’s DC-6B (above) will arrive in Australia for a two-month long tour to commemorate Australia’s centenary of powered flight. (Historically speaking, I presume they mean the centenary of Australia’s powered passenger flight–which occurred in 1911–as Australia’s first powered flight was in 1909.)The DC-6B, V5-NCG serial no. 45564, was […]

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Photo of Note: V Australia First Flight One Year Ago

It was one year ago today Virgin Blue subsidiary V Australia made its first commercial flight, taking off from Sydney for Los Angeles. Yours truly was on the Sydney tarmac that day to capture the above photo of VH-VOZ making her last few seconds of contact with the runway.Flightglobal publication Airline Business went on an […]

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AirAsia and Jetstar Want A320/B737 Replacement Designed Around Low-Cost Needs

Photos: Author   The new non-equity joint venture between low-cost carriers AirAsia and Jetstar will further push aircraft manufacturers to design aircraft around the needs of low-cost carriers, instead of just full-service carriers.   Amongst other initiatives in the JV’s first phase of driving costs down in order to offer lower fares, AirAsia and Jetstar […]

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Tonight: A380 Inaugural Flight to Antarctica

Antarctica, as seen from a previous Qantas 747-400 sightseeing trip. (Croydon Travel) In two hours at 6:10 PM Australian eastern time, a Qantas A380 charted by Croydon Travel will depart Melbourne as QF 2903 for a 12 hour sightseeing trip to Antarctica. It will be the first time an A380 has been in the south […]

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