Air Malta Retro A320 flies

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Malta, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 16-04-2014

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Air Malta Retro

Air Malta has painted its Airbus A320 9H-AEI in a retro livery, showing the airline’s 1970s and 80s colours.

It made its debut in a flypast at Malta Airport, with many spotters ready to take pictures.

Picture (c) Air Malta

Norwegian 787s to Gatwick

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Spotting News, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 01-04-2014

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Norwegian Air takeoffNorwegian will again fly its Boeing 787 aircraft into Gatwick this summer.

The aircraft will operate daily from Stockholm Arlanda to London Gatwick, with two flights per day on weekdays.

The flights will operate from 6th May to 24th July 2014.

 

 

 

Credit AirlineRoute.net

First A320neo in final assembly

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in France, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 18-03-2014

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First A320neo assemblyAirbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo at its Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse (France), with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany respectively.

Once this phase is completed, the next stage is the wing to fuselage join-up. Overall it takes about one month to complete the final assembly of an A320 Family aircraft.

The A320neo first flight will take place in Q4 2014 and first delivery in Q4 2015.

Sydney Rydges Hotel is the new spotting location

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Australasia, Australia, Spotting Hotels, Spotting News | Posted on 17-03-2014

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Rydges Hotel ViewWe recently reported on the closure of Sydney’s Observation Deck on the International Terminal. However, the airport has been working with the Rydges Hotel in providing an alternative place for spotters to congregate.

The hotel has a rooftop area which it is now opening up to plane spotters for a small fee of $10.This fee gets you access to the rooftop, a free beverage from the cafe, and a spotter information sheet to help you get to grips with Sydney Airport. There are also family passes available for $30 for 2 adults and 2 children.

The Rydges Hotel is located within the International Terminal complex, and is Sydney’s only airport terminal hotel.

Views from the roof look across the airfield and runways, with many of the International Terminal gates in view, and the Domestic Terminal visible in the distance. All movements can be seen to some degree, so you’re not going to miss anything from here.

Rydges Hotel Rooftop

Photography is also possible for aircraft at the International Terminal and on the nearest (16R/34L) runway but needs a zoom lens.

Rydges Hotel Room Views

Spotter Hotel Package
If you’re looking to stay in Sydney, the Rydges Hotel has a special Plane Spotter Package which guarantees you a Deluxe King Room with a great view of the airport and surroundings, a pair of binoculars, food & drink voucher, free Wi-Fi and late checkout. The price starts at AUS$229 for non-members, or $206 for members. Check it out here: http://www.rydges.com/accommodation/sydney-nsw/sydney-airport/offers/plane-spotter-package/

 

Austin welcomes BA Dreamliner. Where to view from

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Airport Spotting Guide, Heathrow, North America, Spotting News, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 28-02-2014

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British Airways 787Austin-Bergstrom International Airport becomes the latest to add Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on 3rd March when British Airways begin a daily flight from London Heathrow.

The airport’s Family Viewing Area will provide a vantage point and refreshments for spotters and other members of the public wishing to see the first arrival of the Dreamliner. British Airways’ flight 191 is scheduled for its first landing at 5 pm. Inaugural flight BA 190 is scheduled to depart ABIA for London Heathrow at 7 pm (after the inaugural launch, British Airways’ flights are scheduled to depart Austin at 8 pm).

Austin Bergstrom Family Viewing Area

Austin Bergstrom Family Viewing Area

The Family Viewing Area is located near the airport’s east runway. Please note, while the 787 may land on the east or west runway, Gate 2, used by British Airways, faces the viewing area providing ample time to see the aircraft. To access the airport’s Family Viewing Area, take the Hwy. 71 access road past Presidential Blvd. (road to airport terminal). Take the first right past Presidential Blvd. to Golf Course Rd. Follow Golf Course Rd. to the end, where the Family Viewing Area is located.

Sydney to close observation deck

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Airport Spotting Guide, Australasia, Australia, Spotting News | Posted on 20-02-2014

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Sydney Spotting. Photo (c) YSSYguySome sad news today… Sydney Airport is to close its observation deck on the International Terminal in March.

According to site Australian Business Traveller, Sydney Airport confirmed the closure due to “operational reasons” as the airport explores a range of potential uses for the space as it looks to redevelop parts of the terminal.

This is sad news for spotters who enjoy the panoramic views and great position for photographing and watching aircraft at the airport.

There are a number of alternative locations for spotting aircraft at Sydney, which the airport encourages you to use. These include the Rydges Hotel at Terminal 1, Qantas Drive, the mound next to runway 16L, and the area alongside the runway 25 threshold.

The airport maintains that the aviation enthusiast community is important to them and has a page dedicated to this (see here) with details of spotting locations. Nevertheless, some enthusiasts have reacted badly at the news of this closure.

FARNAIR Europe’s first 737

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, Spotting News, Switzerland, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 18-02-2014

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Farnair 737-400FARNAIR Europe has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

The aircraft is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 28492 – ex JA737F) built in 1996 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide. This is AEI’s 2nd of an anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014.

Guy Girard, CEO of the FARNAIR Group, said “This is the first of four aircraft we have secured, while the rest will join our fleet in the coming months.”

Hunnu Air to Paris CDG

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Mongolia, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 11-02-2014

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Hunnu Air A319

Hunnu Air – Wings of Mongolia, will begin twice-weekly flights from Ulaan Bataar to Paris Charles de Gaulle from 9th June.

Flights are initially scheduled to operate with Airbus A319 equipment, which will likely need to make a technical stop en-route. However, the airline is due to receive its first Airbus A330 later in the year, which will likely be used instead.

The flight will operate on Mondays and Fridays, arriving in Paris at 1300.

Picture (c) Hunnu Air

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.

 

Seattle Seahawks 747-8 painted

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Spotting News, USA | Posted on 30-01-2014

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Seahawks 747-8Boeing has painted a 747-8 freighter in the colours of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team’s National Football Conference Championship and upcoming appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area.

This 747-8 is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks logo and a “12″ on the tail to salute the team’s fans. The airplane will make its first flight in its new livery on Thurs., Jan. 30.