ATR 72-600 orders at Singapore Airshow

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, Thailand | Posted on 13-02-2014

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ATR 72-600 Bangkok AirwaysATR have had a good Singapore Airshow, with a number of significant orders for their ATR 72-600 regional turboprop announced.

Bangkok Airways have placed an order for eight aircraft (six firm and two options). The airline has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. The first new ATR 72-600s will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet and to offer all the new comfort and cabin features of the ATR-600s to its customers.

Secondly, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) announced they have purchased 40 ATR 72-600s (20 firm and 20 options) to add to its leasing business. This is the first time DAE has ventured into regional aircraft, and expects high interest from customers around the world for the type. Khalifa AlDaboos, Managing Director of DAE, declared: “ATRs are today operated by some 190 carriers all over the world, and this is clearly providing us with many potential opportunities to place this new fleet of regional aircraft”

Thai Boeing 787 routes planned

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Japan, Spotting News, Thailand | Posted on 04-02-2014

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Thai 787Thai Airways International have started loading their Boeing 787 flight schedules into the system according to Airlineroute.net.

It looks like the airline will operate their new Dreamliners initially on the following routes:

 

 

Bangkok to Perth
Daily, from 1st July

Bangkok to Tokyo Haneda
Daily from 1st August

As always you can keep up-to-date on the routes airlines are planning to operate their 787s to on our 787 Routes page.

 

Jetstar’s first Boeing 787 delivered

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, North America, Singapore, Thailand, USA | Posted on 08-10-2013

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Jetstar 787 LN123 B1 Flight - September 14, 2013Jetstar‘s first Boeing 787 was delivered from Everett direct to Melbourne on 6th October.

The aircraft, VH-VKA, will join the Qantas low-cost arm flying domestic flights initially, before being deployed on flights to Honolulu, Phuket and Singapore (see our 787 Routes Page)

The airline has a total of 14 787 Dreamliners on order and expects to fly an all-787 long-haul fleet by 2015.

Thai AirAsia to set up Chiang Mai base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, China, Thailand | Posted on 11-09-2013

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Air Asia A320Thai AirAsia is set to re-establish a base at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand in order to establish itself further in the Chinese market.

It already serves a number of domestic destinations from Chiang Mai, and intends to add services into China when this new base opens – which could be as soon as November 2013.

Where to fly Scoot

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, China, Japan, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand | Posted on 02-09-2013

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(c) FlyScootScoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.

The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • Nanjing, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Shenyang, China
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tianjin, China
  • Tokyo Narita, Japan

Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?

 

Thai postpones A380s to Heathrow

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Heathrow, Thailand, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 02-07-2013

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Thai A380Thai Airways has postponed the introduction of Airbus A380 aircraft on its Bangkok – London Heathrow route by almost a year.

Originally planned to operate one of the airline’s two daily flights on the route from 1st December 2013, the aircraft is now expected to start flying it on 30th October 2014.

The airline blames the need to perform technical modifications to its A380s for the delay in introducing it to the Heathrow route. In the meantime the two daily flights will be operated by Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340-600 aircraft.

Thai Lion Air to base at Don Mueang Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Indonesia, Spotting News, Thailand | Posted on 27-05-2013

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Lion Air 737The new Thai subsidiary of Indonesia’s Lion Air is likely to base six Boeing 737-800s at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport later in 2013.

The airline will be named Thai Lion Air and will go head-to-head with Thai Smile, Nok Air, and Thai AirAsia by operating low-cost domestic and regional routes from the capital.

The choice of Bangkok’s older airport continues the revival of its fortunes. Whilst it was once empty following the move to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang is now enjoying a renaissance as a low-cost airport.

Best airports to see active Boeing 727s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Asia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, North America, Saudi Arabia, South America, Thailand, USA | Posted on 15-02-2013

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Fedex 727-233The Boeing 727 is becoming quite a rare aircraft to see in action these days. Thankfully there are still a number stored and preserved around the world.

Most of the active examples are flown in cargo configuration, with only a few examples still flying passengers (see my Last Chance to Fly ebook for a list of airlines still flying 727s and other rare airliners).

So where can you catch Boeing 727s in action? Here’s a list of some of the airports which have a number of 727s based or visiting regularly.

USA
Memphis, TN – The main super hub for FedEx Express, which is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 727 aircraft. All of its -100 models are gone, but around 40 -200s are still flying and can be seen overnight at Memphis.

Detroit Willow Run, MI – Primarily a cargo airport, Willow Run is home to Kalitta Charters and its fleet of 727-200s.

Florida – A number of 727s operate out of Opa Locka in Florida, including a private example, and also out of Orlando International and Miami International airports.

Colombia
Bogota – One of the world’s busiest airports for Boeing 727 flights. Local cargo operators AeroSucre and Lineas Aereas Suramericanas operate a mixed fleet of -100s and -200s from the airport every day.

Lineas Aereas Suramericanas 727s

Brazil
Airlines such as Rio Linhas Aereas and Total Linhas Aereas operate a number of Boeing 727-200 cargo aircraft from airports throughout the country, with bases in Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro.

 

Kuala Lumpur Subang
Formerly the main airport at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Subang is now a secondary airport used for cargo flights and aircraft receiving maintenance. It is also home to Transmile Air Services. Its fleet of Boeing 727-200 freighters can be seen every day, and photographed from a number of locations around the airport.

 

Tehran Mehrabad
The domestic airport in Iran is where you can catch the last passenger Boeing 727-200s on a daily basis, with both Iran Air and Iran Aseman Airlines operating the type for the time being. These operated to destinations such as Mashad, Kish Island, and Dubai.

Iran Aseman 727

Canada
One of the best places to catch Boeing 727s in action, the airlines Cargojet Airways, and Purolator operate throughout Canada. Their main bases, and thus the best places to catch their 727s, are Hamilton, ON, and Kelowna, BC respectively.

Mexico City
Mexico’s Police and Government both operate a number of Boeing 727-200s on official duties from the country’s main airport. Their flights are irregular, but not uncommon.

Saudi Arabia
Boeing 727-100s and -200s still operate in Saudi Arabia, with private and government examples, plus those operated for DHL out of Jeddah and Riyadh. Spotting is not easy in Saudi Arabia, however.

There are many more airports that both receive aircraft from the airlines listed above, and have their own based examples. Some that spring to mind at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Lasham and Southend in the UK, and Cochabamba in Bolivia, where passenger examples still flew until recently.

The chance to photograph a Boeing 727 is quite rare now, so why not post the pictures you’ve managed to take recently for us all to enjoy? And why not comment below if you’ve seen a 727 recently, telling us where you saw it.

Thomson announce a raft of 787 destinations

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Asia, Barbados, Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Thailand | Posted on 15-01-2013

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Thomson Airways are to be the first operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the UK, with their first aircraft due in the Spring.

The airline has announced a raft of destinations that the type will fly to from the Winter season, starting in November 2013. These include a number of long haul destinations, which will be served mainly from their London Gatwick base. However, regional bases at Manchester and Newcastle will also get 787 routes. The full list announced so far is:

London Gatwick – Punta Cana – Starts 1 November 2013
London Gatwick – Male – Starts 3 November 2013
London Gatwick – Mombasa – Starts 4 November 2013
London Gatwick – Phuket – Starts 5 November 2013
London Gatwick – Montego Bay – Starts 7 November 2013
London Gatwick – Puerto Plata – Starts 13 November 2013
London Gatwick – Holguin – Starts 11 December 2013
London Gatwick – Barbados – Starts 15 December 2013
Helsinki – Mombassa – Starts 22 December 2013
Newcastle – Cancun – Starts 1 April 2014
Manchester – Punta Cana – Starts 2 April 2014

For a full list of Boeing 787 routes from the airlines operating the type, head to the Boeing 787 Routes page.

7 Most Bizarre Airport Runways

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Caribbean, France, Japan, Portugal, Sint Maarten, Thailand, Western Europe | Posted on 30-11-2012

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David Eaves at Private Jet Charter has compiled this great selection of some of the most bizarre airport runways around the world.

How many of them have you travelled to? Are they as crazy in an aircraft as they look from the outside?

 

1. Funchal Airport’s Extended Runway

Above: When engineers were looking for a viable way to extend Funchal Airport’s dangerously brief runway, they cleverly opted to ‘rest’ the enormous structure on 180 pillars, each measuring 230ft, rather than using landfill to support the strip. – more info.

2. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport runway

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Above: This is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba and because it is so short it is extremely difficult for even very experienced pilots to land on. – more info.

3. Princess Juliana International Airport runway

Above: The beach pictured can be found on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean and is unfortunately located directly underneath the landing path of planes approaching the airport runway.

 

4. Gibraltar Airport’s Runway

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Above: This airport runway located in Gibraltar is one of the only airport runways to intersect a public road. The runway operates similarly to a train crossing so traffic is put on hold whilst planes take off.

 

5. Don Mueang International Airport Runway

Above: The bizarre thing about the runways at this Bangkok airport is that there is about this an 18 hole golf course situated between the two different runways.

 

6. Courchevel Airport Runway

Above: Courchevel Airport is a French airport that serves Courchevel, which is located in a ski area in the French Alps mountain. The airport has a very short runway of only 525 m (1,722 ft) with gradient of 18.5%. – more info.

 

7. Kobe Airport Runway

Above: The picture above is of one of Japan’s custom made runways on an artificial island just off the coast of Kobe which can be seen on Google maps. More info can be found on Wikipedia.