Seattle Seahawks 747-8 painted

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


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.

A380 ban lifted in India

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Dubai, Germany, India, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, Western Europe | Posted on 28-01-2014


Filton A380In a move that is likely to see airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines reviewing their operations to India, the government there has agreed to lift a ban on Airbus A380 flights to the country.

The ban was put in place to protect national carrier Air India from predatory carriers stealing passengers and market share to the country. It was also in part because of a lack of infrastructure to handle the huge superjumbo.

Now, however, A380s will be allowed to fly to the country’s four biggest airports: Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

Both Emirates and Singapore Airlines have now said they will review their operations to India with a view to introducing A380 services. Lufthansa, which currently operates Boeing 747-8s to India said it would also not rule out the possibility of flying its A380s to the country.


Final ANA 747 flights planned

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 25-01-2014


ANA 747400DFollowing on from the previous report we made about the end of ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 747 operations, details have now been announced of the date and routes to be flown by the final aircraft.

The final ANA 747 flights will take place on 31st March 2014. The final route will be Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa and back.

The aircraft will leave Haneda at 0840, arriving back at 1500, marking the end of decades of operation of the type with the airline.



5 Must-Visit Aviation Events for 2014

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Austria, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Spotting News, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 24-01-2014


Farnborough Air ShowHere are five aviation events not to miss in 2014. Which will you be going to?


1. DC-10 Final Flight, Birmingham UK
22-24 February

The Douglas DC-10 will make its final passenger flights on a series of enthusiast trips from Birmingham Airport in the UK. There are no other airlines operating passenger variant DC-10s, so this is your last chance to fly!

Website: Biman Airlines

2. DC-3 Meet & Fly-In, Salzburg
3-7 July

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Austrian DC-3 Dakota Club, an event is being held over a few days at Salzburg Airport which will see seven DC-3s, a Li-2, and a DC-6 attend. Guests will be permitted to look around the aircraft and attend events, as well as make pleasure trips in some of the aircraft. Some 5,000 people are expected to attend.


3. Farnborough Air Show
19-20 July

Always great for the airline orders and demonstrations of new aircraft, both military and civil. Farnborough is also a great day out for the general public, with hours of flying displays and lots to see on the ground. This year the show will focus on 100 years of aviation, to coincide with the anniversary of WWI.


4. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
26 July – 3 August

For a week, Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI, is turned into the busiest airport in the world. Thousands of aircraft fly in to the event every year, creating the greatest air show on earth. There are also spectacular flying displays, and so much to see on the ground (suppliers, talks, static aircraft, entertainment) that you’d be hard pushed to get through it all in a week!


5. NBAA, Orlando
21 – 23 October

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) descends on Orlando Executive Airport for three days, along with hundreds of biz jets. It is always an interesting trip for the spotter hoping to make a lot of new biz jet tail numbers in a short space of time.


Which other events would you recommend for 2014? Which ones will you be attending?

Reborn HK Express reveals new logo and livery

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea | Posted on 23-01-2014


(c) HK Express

HK Express, formerly Hong Kong Express, has revealed its new logo and aircraft livery.

The airline, which flies Airbus A320s, has turned itself into a low cost carrier (LCC) operating from Hong Kong to a number of destinations. Its latest route will link Seoul in South Korea from 30th March.

The airline hopes to have 11 A320s flying by the end of the year. They will wear the smart new livery seen here.

Mr. Andrew Cowen, Deputy CEO of HK Express explained, “The new logo and livery design will be rolled out across all of our branding towards the end of March. We wanted to establish a new brand for HK Express to reflect and support the amazing transition that HK Express has undergone in the past year, and the fresh, youthful and dynamic sense that the new design inspires fits perfectly with our ethos as Hong Kong’s one-and-only low fare airline. We look forward to the adventure continuing in 2014 and beyond!”

Greatest Flights – Buffalo Airways DC-3 ‘sked’

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Canada, Greatest Flights, North America | Posted on 20-01-2014


Buffalo Airways DC-3Thanks to the popular Ice Pilots NWT TV series’, Buffalo Airways and its fleet of vintage wartime and 1950s piston airliners have been brought to the attention of a great number of people around the world.

In particular, it has highlighted the airline’s daily scheduled DC-3 passenger flight, known as the ‘sked’, which is a rare and welcome chance for anyone to get a flight on this immortal aircraft type.

YZF-YHY route map

Often flown by “Buffalo” Joe McBryan himself, the sked operates between Hay River and Yellowknife. It operates on the following schedules:
Yellowknife to Hay River
Mon-Fri departs at 5:00pm
Sat no flight
Sun departs at 4:30pm

Hay River to Yellowknife
Mon-Fri departs at 7:30am
Sat departs at 8:00am
Sun no flight

Reservations can be made on 867-874-3333, or


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


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

American Eagle to become Envoy

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 15-01-2014


American Eagle ERJ135The uncertainty surrounding the future of American Eagle following the merger of American Airlines and US Airways has been cleared with the announcement that the regional and feeder carrier will be rebranded as ‘Envoy’ from the Spring.

All ten carriers currently providing regional services for American and US Airways (under both American Eagle and US Airways Express brands) will be brought under this banner.

American Eagle president Pedro Fabregas said in a statement. “By taking on the Envoy name, we can better differentiate ourselves from the competition and better market ourselves.” The carrier currently employs around 14,000 workers and has taken on a lot of extra coverage with the US Airways merger.

Monarch A300 retirement enthusiast flight

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 14-01-2014


Monarch A300I’ve been meaning to give this one a mention for a while.

Monarch Airlines are retiring their Airbus A300-605R fleet on Sunday 13th April after 23 years in the fleet (where did the time go!?). The final example is G-OJMR, which was delivered new in 1991.

Monarch have arranged for their last commercial A300 flight to be for enthusiasts on a special trip from London Gatwick to Birmingham airports, with every one of the 374 seats up for grabs at a special price of £74, including taxes.

For more details see this page:


airberlin and Etihad A320 revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Germany, Middle East, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 14-01-2014


airberlin and Etihad livery A320airberlin and Etihad Airways today unveiled an Airbus A320 aircraft in specially designed joint livery, symbolising the close ties between the two airlines and marking the launch of a new Moving Forward media campaign.

Following the implementation of joint codesharing across the networks both airlines will strengthen the commercial partnership in 2014.

The developments in the commercial partnership are set to further increase the number of passengers who fly on the airberlin and Etihad Airways network, which currently serves 228 destinations in 84 countries.

The A320 aircraft was revealed in Berlin and will enter service with airberlin, so photographers keep your eyes out!