2014’s most popular Airport Spotting posts

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Eastern Europe, Germany, Ghana, Heathrow, India, Indonesia, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Turkey, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 27-12-2014

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With 2014 coming to an end and lots to look forward to next year, I wanted to revisit some of our most popular articles from the past year.

These have all had the most views, shares and comments.

What has been your aviation or spotting highlight of 2014? Leave a comment below!

 

 

Spotting News

Jakarta Airport FM7 Spotting Hotel
This new spotting hotel was a welcome addition to one of the most interesting airports for spotters to visit.

Guide to aviation and spotting in India
Spotting is notoriously difficult and misunderstood in India, so I put together this guide on what to expect and where to spot in this huge country.

Sydney to close observation deck
Sad new for spotters this year when Sydney’s International Terminal observation deck closed. But all was not lost.

Heathrow opens new viewing area
Few saw this coming – Heathrow opening an official viewing area again! But there was a catch…

ex-Ghana DC-10 turned into a restaurant
A former Ghana Airways Douglas DC-10 has been converted into a restaurant next to the main international airport.

BLOC Hotel Gatwick – Spotting Hotel Review
London’s second busiest airport got a new spotting hotel. I visited this summer and reported here on the excellent views and opportunities.

9 top spotting airports to reach by budget airline
This little guide offers some inspiration on the major international airports that are great to spot at, and also easily reached by budget airlines, helping keep the cost down.

 

BrazilThemeWeek

Airline and Aircraft News

SunExpress expand with up to 50 Boeing 737 order
A large order for aircraft from the joint German/Turkish leisure airline SunExpress.

Farnborough Air Show Orders Summary
This year’s Farnborough Air Show brought an unprecedented number of aircraft orders from around the world. We put a summary together here.

Brazil World Cup Special Liveries
This year’s Football World Cup in Brazil brought a number of special airline liveries. See them here!

McDonnell Douglas MD-11 Farewell
The final passenger MD-11 flights took place in 2014. In this farewell piece we look at the history or the aircraft and where you can still see them flying today.

 

5 new airlines in Africa

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, South Africa | Posted on 06-06-2014

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A lot of new airlines are starting up in Africa at the moment. Here are five to look out for…

 

Libyan Wings

Libyan Wings, based at Tripoli, is due to take delivery of two Airbus A319s later this year on lease. The airline is expecting to start flying by September, offering scheduled services. It has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to order Airbus A320neo and A350-900 aircraft.

Discovery Air

Discovery Air of Nigeria has already taken delivery of a couple of Boeing 737-300s and indents to launch flights this month, once its Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority certification is granted. The airline hopes to fly from both Abuja and Lagos to Port Harcourt Omagwa.

FlyAfrica

flyafrica.com is a new Zimbabwean carrier looking to break the monopoly of Air Zimbabwe. It has gained its Air Operators Certificate and hopes to start flying this month. It has sourced five ex-CSA Boeing 737-500s, and will operate from Harare to Bulawayo, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.

Air Azman

Air Azman of Nigeria has recently been granted its Air Operator’s Certificate and now operates two Boeing 737-300s which were formerly flown by bmibaby. It plans flights across Africa from Kano, Abuja and Lagos, as well as to Dubai.

GoldStar Airlines

Goldstar Airlines is another new airline from Ghana. It hopes to begin services to China, the UK and USA, as well as offering flights to Brazil during the World Cup. Although flight times are available on the airline’s website, there are no aircraft or start dates available yet.

 

ex-Ghana DC-10 turned into a restaurant

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airport News, Ghana, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 16-01-2014

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Ghana DC-10 RestaurantOne of the most popular new restaurants in Accra has opened adjacent to Kotoka International Airport.

The former Ghana Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10 has been preserved on land adjacent to the airport, with its interior now a restaurant for 118 people.

The aircraft is painted in bright green colours, with the original flag tail scheme still in place. Inside, diners can sit in booths alongside the windows or down the centre of the cabin. Overhead lockers are still in place, and out of the window aircraft arriving and departing can be seen at the neighbouring airport.

The aircraft is believed to be ex-9G-ANB

Ghana market hots up ahead of Fastjet launch

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Ghana, Spotting News | Posted on 25-06-2012

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Source: WikipediaAirlines in Ghana are feeling pressured into staking their claim on the country’s air travel market ahead of the high-profile launch of Fast Jet – the new airline headed by easyJet founder Stelion Haji-Ioannou.

One such airline, Starbow, is planning to introduce a variety of short-haul international routes from its Accra base using BAe 146 aircraft, whilst also taking on Boeing 737-700 or Airbus A319 aircraft to allow it to stretch further into international markets.

Fly540 is an existing Ghanian low-cost airline, however it is set to rebrand as Fastjet, with its base at Accra, and offer flights to a range of domestic and international destinations. It also plans to franchise its brand to other African countries, bringing fast, modern and efficient operations to a continent that until recently has been largely reliant on older jets and lax safety standards.

FastjetBoth airlines are targeting similar routes, choosing to focus on business destinations, and on increasing frequencies on routes that have been underserved until now. This, they hope, will attract business customers and frequent fliers to their airlines.

Currently, airlines such as Emirates, South African, Ethiopian Airlines and Air Nigeria also provide plenty of capacity between African destinations as part of their long-haul routes, and it is hoped that these new low-cost airlines can muscle in on this market by being based at Accra and providing these high frequencies.

Aviation in Ghana is set to become busier, and no doubt more cut throat until the new airlines make their mark. Expect to see a variety of new airliner types operating, and a host of new destinations on offer.