Vueling starting Brussels base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 07-11-2013


This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.Spanish low-cos carrier Vueling will open a new base at Brussels Airport in May 2014.

The carrier already operates four routes from the airport, and will commence seven new ones to Rome, Lisbon, Oporto, Venice, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza and Palma when the base opens.


Aerolineas Argentinas taking A340-500s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Argentina, Asia, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, South America | Posted on 05-11-2013


Aerolineas A340 (c) Aldo BidiniAerolineas Argentinas will take delivery of former Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 9V-SGA soon.

The aircraft was recently part of the fleet operating the world’s longest scheduled flights, from Singapore to both New York Newark, and Los Angeles International. Singapore Airlines is retiring the fleet and the routes, however.

Aerolineas is adding the type to replace its older A340-200s, and to operate alongside the -300s it operates. It will eventually fly a number of -500 models.


Air China Cargo to add 757 and 777 aircraft

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, Frankfurt, Germany, Japan, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 05-11-2013


Air China 777Air China Cargo has announced plans to introduce both Boeing 757 and 777 freighters to its operation.

A total of five converted Air China 757s will join the fleet, with the first beginning domestic flights from Chengdu to Nanjing in mid-November.

Eight Boeing 777 freighters are on order, which will be used on international services to Frankfurt and Osaka amongst others. They will begin flying in January 2014.


(credit CH-Aviation)

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


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.


KLM brings forward MD-11 retirement

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Canada, Dubai, Middle East, Netherlands, North America, Spotting News, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 31-10-2013


KLM MD-11The retirement date for the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 from passenger service has been brought forward by two years as KLM looks to end operations in a year’s time.

KLM are now the only operator of the MD-11 in passenger configuration, and is currently flying it from its Amsterdam Schiphol hub to destinations such as Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and Dubai on a seasonal basis, with four examples still in active service.

However, whilst the retirement was originally planned for 2016, it has now been brought forward to October 2014.

Final flights will be from Montreal and Toronto on 25th October 2014 (exact details not yet known).

Interestingly, the MD-11 will be retired from passenger service in the same year as its predecessor, the DC-10, despite them entering service almost 20 years apart.

I have had the pleasure of flying on MD-11s twice – first with American Airlines in 1995, and most recently on KLM’s PH-KCK in 2007. It has had mixed fortunes, with poor performance stats and a number of high profile crashes contrasted with a reputation as a solid and reliable aircraft – particularly for cargo carriers. It will be a sad day when the MD-11 is finally retired.

Find out more about rare passenger aircraft and how you can fly on them today in our ebook, Last Chance to Fly, featuring the MD-11

Take aircraft photos? Share your newsworthy snaps

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Spotting News | Posted on 31-10-2013


Air Berlin A319One of the things I really want to do with is to show you pictures of the latest airliners, aircraft and liveries from around the world. But I can’t be everywhere at once, so I rely on people who can share their pictures and news with us.

If you’re an aviation photographer and take pictures of new deliveries, new colour schemes, new airlines, unusual aircraft at certain airports, or just something you’d like to share with other aircraft spotters, please send them in!

You’ll get your name alongside the picture and copyright remains yours.

If you have anything, please send it to this e-mail link.

You can also share your pictures, trip reports and updates on our Facebook page!

Air Seychelles orders new Twin Otters

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 30-10-2013


Air Seychelles Twin OtterAir Seychelles has placed an order for three new Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, valued at $20 million.

The aircraft will revitalise the airline’s domestic fleet, and replace the three ageing original de Havilland Canada Twin Otter variants currently in service.

Air Seychelles flies its Twin Otters from Mahe to islands such as Bird, Denis, Fregate, and Praslin on over 200 weekly flights.

Dubai World Central gains two new airlines

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Bahrain, Dubai, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Middle East, Western Europe | Posted on 27-10-2013


Dubai Al Maktoum InternationalThe new Dubai World Central (also known as Dubai Al Maktoum) airport has had some positive news over the past few days as two airlines have announced their intention to fly routes to the airport.

First, Condor will introduce Boeing 757 charter flights to the airport from both Dusseldorf and Frankfurt starting 21st November.7

Second, Gulf Air has announced its intention to begin daily flights to the airport from Bahrain using Airbus A320 aircraft. It is hoped to attract business travellers to the new facility, in addition to its 51 weekly flights to Dubai International Airport.

The new airport is set to open its passenger terminal today, with Wizz Air already having announced it is to fly there from its Eastern European bases. Eventually it is anticipated that Emirates will relocate its operations to Dubai World Central.

Best of the Web – Airport Spotting Videos – Bolivia MD-10 low fly-past

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Bolivia, South America, Spotting Videos | Posted on 25-10-2013


It’s been a few weeks since I posted a video, so it will take something pretty spectacular to make up for that. Well, how about this video of an incredibly low and fast fly-past of a MD-10 freighter at El Trompillo in Bolivia?

Details of final Biman DC-10 flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Bangladesh, North America, Spotting News, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 22-10-2013


Bangladesh Biman DC10In an update to a previous report on the final operations of Biman Bangladesh’s DC-10 operations (see story here), and recent report on the excellent Austrian Wings site has uncovered some updated details of the date and route of the final flight.

Biman is the last airline in the world to operate the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in passenger service.

The airline has seemingly negotiated to send its last aircraft to the USA to be preserved in a museum. The final flight is planned for February 2014 and will route from Dhaka to Seattle, with a stop in the UK (likely to be Birmingham or Manchester). The flight will be open for bookings as a regular flight, which would make it a perfect choice for enthusiasts wishing to take part in this historic event.

If the exact date is announced I will report it on here along with any other details. Otherwise, you may find details on the Biman website.