Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in North America, Spotting News, USA | Posted on 25-11-2010
Crestview Airport in north-west Florida has become the latest airport where airliners go to die.
The new venture has been set up by Qwest Air Parts Inc of Mobile, AL, who selected the quiet Bob Sikes Airport as a location to part-out and scrap old airliners to keep others flying in this lucrative market. In fact, the first airliner – a DC-10-30 from World Airways, has already arrived. A second example is due any time.
Qwest employ 22 people currently and are planning to build a permanent hangar for their works at Crestview. They have received investment from the FAA, Florida Department of Transportation and other investors.
Sadly this is another place where redundant airliners will die as the recession kicks in. However, from the enthusiasts’ point-of-view, it is another place to catch older aircraft before it’s too late.
Crestview Bob Sikes Airport is located 85 miles east of Mobile, just off I-10. There are numerous vantage points over the small aprons from the roads which surround the airport.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 08-11-2010
Next year’s World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland will once again fill up Zurich (and to a lesser extent Geneva) Airport with exotic biz jets from around the world. The best action takes place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 30th January.
BUCHair are once again providing ramp tours at Zurich Airport for enthusiasts interested in getting up close to the aircraft.
You can find out more and book here: http://www.buchairnet.ch/de/tour/2011_schedule.pdf
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Germany, Western Europe | Posted on 05-11-2010
If you’re keen to find out how they’re getting on with building the new (fourth) runway at Frankfurt Airport in Germany, the airport has set up a number of live webcams at different positions and pointing in different directions.
You can see the cams by visiting this page and clicking on the different positions on the map. You might even get a glimpse of some of the airport’s traffic in the background.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in North America, USA | Posted on 03-11-2010
Here’s an interesting video from a new Youtube channel called airlinereporter.
The video is from the famous Radisson hotel alongside Atlanta Hartsfield Airport’s runways and features 15 minutes of footage sped up to show over 2 minutes. The action is intense, as I’m sure you know if you’ve ever visited the airport. Click on the link below to watch the video.
Atlanta Hartsfield Airport Action
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, USA | Posted on 27-10-2010
From February 2011 Allegiant Air will switch all of its Orlando flights to Sanford Airport.
The airline currently flies 10 routes out of Orlando International (MCO), but these will be transferred to Sanford with operations starting on 1st February. Its five MCO based MD-80 series aircraft will all be transferred.
Emirates will begin flying their Airbus A380 aircraft to Munich from next year.
The carrier currently flies the Boeing 777-300 aircraft daily to Munich on an evening, with an Airbus A340-300 service most weekdays.
The carrier has strong demand on their route to Dubai and will provide extra capacity by upgrading to the A380. Spotters should expect this to be the first German airport to receive the type by a carrier other than Lufthansa.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2010
Subject to them emerging from Examinership (Irish version of bankruptcy protection), Aer Arann will be coming to London Southend Airport next year.
Stobart Group, who own Southend Airport, have pursued the carrier to begin flights to Ireland for both passengers and cargo, and expect the airline to eventually carry 300,000 passengers per year on the route(s).
Stobart have also set aside 2.5million Euros for marketing and pursuing passengers for these flights, which will start in March 2011.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, UK, USA | Posted on 13-10-2010
Virgin Atlantic have announced the initial routes to be served by their new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which are to be delivered in April 2011.
These routes will start the same month, and feature three different UK airports.
London Gatwick to Orlando International, from 1st May (Wed, Sat, Sun)
Manchester to Orlando International, from 2nd April (daily)
Glasgow to Orlando International, from 7th May (Sat & Sun)
There will be more routes to come, since the airline has 10 A330s on order.
The 8th Aviation Collectors Show will be held on Saturday 12th Feburary 2011 at the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg EuroAirport.
This is a chance for aviation enthusiasts and collectors to get together to buy, sell and trade items such as postcards, prints, slides, models, books, safety cards, DVDs.
To find out more about the show, please visit www.aerocollections.net
Birmingham Airport has grown to become one of the largest and busiest in the UK, with an interesting mix of carriers serving long haul and short haul, as well as charter, low cost and full price scheduled options. The airport also has strong links with carriers serving the Middle East and Indian sub-continent due to the large ethnic population in the UK’s West Midlands.
Spotting at Birmingham is well provided for, with a viewing gallery and well-stocked hobby shop in the main terminal building called the Aviation Experience. Although recent expansion works has somewhat reduced the views from this gallery (which is also behind glass, so not ideal for photographers), this is still pretty much the best place to see all movements. It costs