Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in France, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2013
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.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea, Western Europe | Posted on 26-09-2013
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.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Canada, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Western Europe | Posted on 14-09-2013
In 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.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Hong Kong, Western Europe | Posted on 19-07-2013
“The A330 has played an integral part in Cathay Pacific’s growth and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership in the future,” said Ivan Chu, Chief Operating Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways. “The A330 is the backbone of our mid-size fleet and we are delighted with the reliability, flexibility and above all the economics of this great aircraft. We are very proud to be the recipient of the 1,000th A330.”
Since its first delivery of the A330 in 1995, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus fleet now comprises 38 A330-300s and 11 A340s.
The 1,000th A330 carries the registration B-LBB.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Africa, Algeria, Dubai, Eastern Europe, France, Middle East, Spain, Turkey, Western Europe | Posted on 17-07-2013
The airline is planning further international expansion, with routes linking Algeria to Dubai, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey all touted for a start before the end of 2013.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Eastern Europe, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 22-06-2013
Faith Norris from LowCostHolidays.com has written this run-down of some of the scariest runways around the world. How many have you flown to?
Scary Runways around the World
Flying can be a turbulent experience for some, especially the take-off and landing. However, the thrill of arriving at an exciting and fun location means that most of us are keen fliers who love knowing we’re just hours away from dream destinations. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s look at five of the shortest and scariest runways around the world.
The international airport on Madeira Island is known as Funchal Airport, located just 13km from the Funchal Cathedral. The runway is 9000 ft. long and the landing process is not a straight forward descent. With the Atlantic Ocean to one side of the runway and sheer mountains to the other, the pilot has to direct the plane towards these mountains before making a last minute turn to land on this short runway. The airport opened in 1964, when the runway was just 5,200 ft., before being revamped in the 21st century. Once landed on this beautiful Portuguese island, tourists can enjoy exploring towns such as Funchal and Canico, taking stunning mountainous walks, as well as visiting excellent beaches. The southern location of the island means that the weather on Madeira is great all year round. Click here for information on Madeira hotels and to find out more about the island.
Also known as Lukla, the Himalayan airport is renowned for having one of the most feared runways in the world. Built on a steep incline in the middle of the Himalayan Mountains, it’s a mere 1500 ft. long and 65 ft. wide! There is no room for error when landing as you approach the runway, winding your way through mountain peaks and clouds. The take-off is just as daunting, accelerating at full speed down the runway before reaching a 9000 foot drop into the valley. The airport is usually quite a busy place as it’s the starting point for people trekking to the Khumbu and the Mount Everest Base Camps.
The airport at Corcheval in the French Alps has a steep runway, with a gradient of 18%, a length of just 1700 ft. and a vertical drop at the end. The weather conditions throw another spanner in the works, with snow, wind and ice making for a challenging landing at the best of times. As pilots approach to land they have to carefully manoeuvre between the snowy valleys and mountains, this can only be performed by specially trained pilots. As well as being rather dangerous, the airport also has another claim to fame; filming for the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies took place here. Even Pierce Brosnan must have been slightly scared! To calm your nerves, make a detour at the après-ski bar in the airport, grab a hot chocolate or a shot of schnapps to really warm you through, as you watch the planes attempt the awkward landing. Once sufficiently settled after the nerve-racking land, tighten those ski boots, click on your skis and carve up the piste.
Heraklion, Crete, HER
Heraklion airport, also known as Nikos Kazantzakis, is the second busiest airport in Greece after Athens. It was first opened in March 1939 where it was simply a flat area of agricultural land. It wasn’t until 1953 that it had a concrete runway measuring a mere 5,100 ft. Over the years, the airport has had a number of improvements, with terminals being built as well as the runway being extended to 8,000 ft. It operates to 102 destinations in 27 countries offering stunning views of the island as you fly over the Mediterranean Sea. In 2012 over forty thousand flights arrived and departed the airport. Unfortunately, it’s requested that photographs or videos are not to be taken, as the airport is the base for the Hellenic Air Force. Fear not, as once you’ve landed, there will be plenty of opportunities to take your holiday snaps. The island has a lot to offer, with sandy beaches, shallow waters and a vibrant nightlife. Discover more information and places to stay in Crete here.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, FUE
The runway at Fuerteventura airport, also known as El Matorral, is 7000 ft. long and requires a skilled pilot to land safely on the short stretch. It reaches out to 66 destinations in 11 countries and caters to millions of tourists every year; 5 million in 2012! Built in the 1960s, and next to the Atlantic Ocean, it gives passengers a stunning view as they arrive in Puerto del Rosario, the island’s capital. As you come in to land, you’ll notice the lunar landscape and golden sand dunes. Once you’ve touched down, head to the coast to try out water sports activities, such as windsurfing and kite surfing, taking advantage of the strong winds and great waves. Corralejo and Costa Calma are both popular resorts, with long sandy beaches and excellent restaurants. To experience the landing and explore the island, find accommodation in Fuerteventura here.
Even though you may have to overcome some minor panic, the destination will make the flying experience worthwhile, and you’ll have some great stories to tell your friends if you spend time one of these iconic runways. Buckle up and enjoy your travels.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 18-06-2013
The order is for 100 Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) aircraft, with options on a further 100. These aircraft will be delivered between 2017-2022.
easyJet will also acquire 35 current generation A320 aircraft between 2015-2017.
85 of the aircraft will replace older examples in the current fleet, whilst the remainder will be used to allow the airline to expand.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 15-06-2013
Following yesterday’s first flight of the Airbus A350, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of who has ordered the aircraft and where you’ll see it flying.
Like our Boeing 787 Routes page, I’ll be adding a similar one for the A350 once airlines start taking deliveries (this is going to be in 2014).
I think this list will be added to now that the aircraft has flown, and with the Paris Air Show happening next week. I’ll try to report any new orders as they happen.
US Airways (to become American Airlines)
Air Asia X
Air Lease Corporation
Hong Kong Airlines
TAM Linhas Aereas
US Airways (to become American Airlines)
Air Lease Corporation
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in France, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 14-06-2013
The Airbus A350XWB made a successful first flight this morning from Toulouse, with millions watching live on TV around the world.
Initial responses were positive, particularly regarding the aircraft’s sleek appearance and extremely quiet nature. Airbus’ executives were quick to (rightly) point this out as a major advantage of the type, which has the potential to improve the noise impact at airports it will operate into. John Leahy commented “Did you hear how quiet it was? Did you hear what you didn’t hear? We’re going to set new standards. Not just for comfort, not just for performance. But for environmental friendliness. People living around airports won’t even know we’re taking off.”
The aircraft flew with its wheels extended on a general test flight and returned to Toulouse. The weather was a perfect backdrop for the event, with sun shining.