TAAG Angola aims to develop Luanda into large hub

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Airport News, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dubai, France, Heathrow, Italy, Middle East, Portugal, South America, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 01-04-2014

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TAAG_777-3M2ERTAAG Angola Airlines is planning to turn its Luanda Airport base into a hub to link Central Africa with worldwide destinations in association with Emirates Airline.

TAAG is currently on the EU banned airline list, but it is hoped it will emerge soon and begin expanding its connections to Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Paris CDG, and Rome Fiumicino.

Luanda will also be linked through Dubai via Emirates, who will also take on TAAG’s links to Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.

A new airport is being built at Luanda which will be able to handle this increased traffic, and match modern standards expected at airports.

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.

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

5 new cockpit videos from Justplanes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Ethiopia, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Norway, Spotting Equipment Reviews, Spotting Videos, Switzerland, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 05-01-2014

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Justplanes really are the best in the business when it comes to cockpit recordings, with such a wide ranging back catalogue.

JustPlanes thiopian 787

I thought I’d bring you details of a few recent additions to their collection which have caught my attention.

1. Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Join the world’s most advanced airliner on flights from Addis Ababa to destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe. 8 flights included.

2. Norwegian Boeing 787-800
Fly Norwegian’s 737s on routes across Scandinavia and mainland Europe, including a flight to the most Northerly airport in the world!

3. Air Canada Boeing 767-300
Fly long haul and short haul in Air Canada’s 767s, including a trip to Hawaii, and the famous landing at St. Maarten as seen from the cockpit!

Just Planes SWISS

4. Air France Boeing 777-200ER
Follow the pilots of this state-of-the-art aircraft in a flight from Paris to New York JFK. It covers everything from the moment they arrive at the airport, including planning and pre-flight, to the charts, cockpit instruments, approach, landing and all the outside cockpit views.

5. Swiss Airbus A340-300
Like the Air France 777 example above, this one follows the pilots through every aspect of their flight both on the ground and in the air, as they take an A340 from Zurich to San Francisco. Fascinating documentary and cockpit views.

 

Airbus A350 MSN2 rolls out in Carbon livery

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in France, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 02-01-2014

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Airbus A350 Carbon LiveryAirbus today rolled out its second A350 XWB aircraft in a special new ‘Carbon’ livery.

As well as featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, this aircraft is also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.

MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the coming weeks and will be the first A350 to transport passengers when it undertakes the Early Long Flights (ELF) later in the year.

Air Seychelles eyes growth

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, France, India, Middle East, Seychelles, Western Europe | Posted on 13-12-2013

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Air Seychelles are expecting to take an Airbus A319 aircraft in late 2014 to allow growth from its Mahe base to destinations around the Indian Ocean.

Destinations are likely to include Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, St Denis Reunion, and Mumbai.

The airline will also resume service to Paris Orly (via Abu Dhabi) in February 2014.

Air France A380 to San Francisco next year

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, France, North America, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 01-11-2013

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Air France A380 (c) Joe RaviAir France will begin flying their Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft on its route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to San Francisco next year.

The aircraft is an upgrade of the regular Boeing 777, and will start flying on March 30th, for the summer season at least.

 

Second A350XWB takes flight

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in France, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2013

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A350_XWB_MSN3_First_Flight_take_offThe second Airbus A350XWB test aircraft has taken to the skies on its first flight at Toulouse.

F-WZGG, MSN3, carries equipment to aid in the testing and certification process, like the first aircraft which flew in June on the type’s maiden flight.

The first deliveries of the A350 are expected in late 2014. Here’s a list of the carriers who have ordered the type.

 

First Asiana A380 taking shape

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea, Western Europe | Posted on 26-09-2013

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A380 Asiana assemblyThe first Airbus A380 for Asiana has entered the final assembly line at the manufacturer’s Toulouse facility.

The main sections of the aircraft arrived in recent weeks from the various manufacturing sites around Europe and are now being attached at the airframe assembly station (Station 40).

Asiana Airlines will become the twelfth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2014. The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its primary routes from Seoul to the US.

Transavia to lease Air Transat 737s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Canada, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Western Europe | Posted on 14-09-2013

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Transavia.com France Boeing 737In July we reported that Air Transat are planning to lease Boeing 737-800 aircraft to help supplement the widebody Airbus A310/A330 fleet on Summer services.

It has now emerged that the carrier is planning to lease some aircraft from Transavia France on a seasonal basis, starting with four in 2015 and increasing to nine examples by 2019.

Seasonal aircraft leases are commonplace between North American and European carriers, allowing capacity (and costs) to be shifted during the lean Winter season in Europe.