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Airbus delivers its 500th A350

Airbus Delivers its 500th A350

Iberia, a major European customer with 20 A350s on order and 14 in service, recently received the 500th A350, an A350-900. Beyond being a symbol, the 500th A350 represents a significant milestone for Airbus and its expanding versatile family, which now includes the A350-900, A350-1000, and the newest Airbus freighter, the A350F. With this delivery…

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Brilliant or Burden | Is the A380 useful or a gimmick?

The A380 is the world’s only fully double-decked aircraft, but as the pandemic left many airlines retiring them, this brings us the question, are they actually worth all the hype? Size and Capacity Everyone knows that the Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft, meaning it can carry the most passengers. It can carry…

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Flight review: Qatar Airways Airbus A380 DOH – LHR Economy class

When the name “Qatar Airways” is said, the immediate thing that comes into my mind is the fact that the large majority of their passengers are transferring through Doha Hamad airport instead of going to visit Qatar. This is due to the large number of destinations that Qatar Airways and the One World alliance have…

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Is this the revival of the big birds?

Only a bit more than a year ago, in May 2021, the shocking news was all around the portals. It seemed that the A380 was coming to an end of its short life as many airlines seemed unhappy with the performance and the issues caused by the pandemic. In my opinion, looking back, it was…

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Why most of the Planes are painted in White?

White is the color that most planes are painted with. When looking at a ramp at an airport, the fact is clearly evident. The reason airlines choose this is because of several factors ranging from the cost to operational conditions. Starting with the cost is an important factor especially if an airline operates with a…

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Highlights of the First Future Aviation Forum

RIYADH – To unite international leaders from both sectors; the public and private, as well as international CEOs and regulators to initialize the evolution of international air travel as well providing new solutions, Saudi Arabia’s first future-aviation forum was held on the ninth and tenth of this month mainly focusing on passenger experience, sustainability, and…

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Narrow-body vs Wide-body: Which is better for transatlantic flights?

In recent years, we have seen many airlines such as TAP Air Portugal and JetBlue using narrowbody aircraft for their flights across the pond, but which option provides more comfort and ease when traveling? Why are Narrowbodies used? Narrowbodies are used on transatlantic flights to provide flights that may not have the same amount of…

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How to Recognize the Type of Commercial Airplanes – PART#2

Today I’ll be giving some simple and easy ways to differentiate between planes, with different angles of view. In part#1 we’ve talked about Airbus and Boeing’s narrow-body airplanes, and today it will be all about Airbus’s wide-body airplanes. Let’s dig in!!

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How to Recognize the Type of Commercial Airplanes – PART#1

Have you ever been sitting in the airport waiting for your flight whilst watching planes of different sizes taxiing, taking – off, and/or landing in front of you? Did that ever make you wonder what type of planes are these? And how specialists differentiate between them?

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The Miracle in the Hudson

“This is the Captain,” the captain’s voice said over the intercom, “Brace for impact!”. A hush fell over the passengers. They thought they were going to die as the flight attendants were screaming: “Brace! Brace! Brace! Heads down! Stay down!”

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B747 vs a380-How Much Are They Worth in 2022?

Brief history (B747) After the introduction of the 707 in 1958, Pan Am wanted a jet two and half times its size, to reduce its seat cost by 30% to democratize air travel. Hence in 1965, Joe Sutter left the 737 development program to design the 747-the first twin-aisle airliner.  The 747 is a quad jet, initially powered by JT9D turbofan engines, then GE CF6 and RR RB211  engines for the…

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What is the plane of the future?

As Boeing’s 777X brings high hopes to those working at airlines, and the A350 continues to dominate the market, when will new medium-haul aircraft come into play? Join me as I find out what could be the plane of the future. The good plane we have now It may come as a surprise to you…

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A340 Lands in Antarctica for the First Time

Last week, Portuguese charter airline Hi-Fly made aviation history when they landed an Airbus A340 in Antarctica for the first time. The flight was a unique and partially dangerous journey since crew members had to land an aircraft on an ice runway, as opposed to normal paved runways. This first flight to Antarctica will set…

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Qatar Airways Having Paint Issues With Airbus

A paint issue on an airplane? That is rarely ever heard of. But recently, Qatar Airways is facing a paint issue with their Airbus A350 fleet. A fault with fast deteriorating surface paint that caused the grounding of 16 of Qatar Airways’ Airbus SE A350 jets has also compromised lightning protection on the model’s fuselage…

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The Top 5 Traditional Airlines

We all know of a traditional airline, no matter where you are, the country you live in will most likely have a traditional airline as it’s flag carrier, but why have they taken off as well as Low-cost airlines, and why do people still fly with them? *DIsclaimer before we start, All these airlines are…

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Update: Qatar Airways’ A350 Dispute with Airbus

There have been further developments in Qatar’s A350 situation with Airbus, as the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) issued an official directive for 13 of Qatar Airways’ A350s to remain grounded last Thursday. The 13 grounded Qatar A350s are to remain out of service until a cause and solution can be determined for the surface…

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First Signs of Recovery for the Aviation Industry

With the current headlines in the news where COVID19 cases are still high and new variants keep expanding, you might think this headline is unbelievable. However, society has a growing travel demand, the aviation sector itself of course wants this too. What signs do we see at the moment? Demand for air travel, especially for…

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Airbus and Cathay Pacific Partner To Cut Pilot Staffing On Long Haul Flights

Long haul flights currently have up to four pilots Currently, all commercial flights have from two to four pilots in the cockpit. Two pilots is the absolute minimum for any length of flight Then for long haul flights there are often one or two relief pilots, who take turns at the controls while the primary…

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A 17-Year-Old Dispute Comes to an End against a Common Rival

The feud over Airbus and Boeing is one of the longest-running battles in WTO(World Trade Organisation) history. It took a common threat for the US and Europe to finally put an end to their dispute this past week, as the two sides signed a five-year truce suspending tit-for-tat tariffs. While the United States and Europe…

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What Does Airworthiness Mean?

A word that gathers a lot of conditions that an aircraft must meet. An official definition does not exist. However, the aviation and aeronautical regulations states the minimum requirements for which the aircraft is deemed to be airworthy and this is also showed under a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA). You may think of the minimum…

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Aerospace Medicine

Have you ever wondered about the possibility of suffering trauma or a pathology while flying? Almost everyone has experienced emotional sensations and behavior not very normal when flying by plane at some point whether on take-off or landing. You probably have felt or faced this. Imagine the sensations while flying in helicopters, racing aircraft or…

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Boeing B797 in the Making?

In 2015, Boeing determined the market was large enough to launch a new design. In 2017, multiple airlines expressed interest in a composite, seven-abreast twin-aisle with an elliptical cross-section. The new aircraft, which would likely have been named the Boeing 797, would be available in two versions: a 225-seater with a 5,000 mi (9,300 km) range and a 275-seater with a…

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Why Airlines are Converting Passenger Jets to Freighters?

The growth of air cargo, especially for e-commerce, implies a need for more than 1,500 aircrafts to be converted from Passenger to Freighter(P2F).

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AIRBUS A321XLR – Gamechanger in the World of Narrow Bodies

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit a severe blow to the economy worldwide and none has been hit as bad as the aviation industry. Not one to be put down, aircraft manufacturers have been looking for ways to beat around it and one such aerospace giant,Airbus, is already looking towards a new plane to help drive its…

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Hydrogen Fuel Vs SAF(Sustainable Aviation Fuel)

What is hydrogen aircraft? A hydrogen aircraft is an airplane that uses hydrogen as a power source. Hydrogen can either be burned in a jet engine, or any other kind of internal combustion engine. It can also be used to power a fuel cell to generate electricity to power a propellor. Unlike most aircrafts that use wings for storing fuel,…

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Birds Fly in Formation. Soon Would Airliners! Read on to Know Why

WHY DO BIRDS FLY IN FORMATION? First, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired. In this way, the birds can fly for a long time before…

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VTOL – The Concept Behind It and Why It Is the FutureVtol – The Concept Behind It and Why It Is the Future

A Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft is one that can hover, take-off and land vertically. This classification includes a variety of aircrafts including fixed-wing aircrafts as well as choppers and other aircrafts with powered rotors. Some VTOL aircraft can operate in other modes as well, such as CTOL (Conventional Take-Off and Landing), STOL (short take-off and landing), or STOVL (Short take-off and Vertical Landing). Others,…

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What are ETOPS and why do they matter?

Flying over the atlantic and suddenly you go, ”What would happen if one of the engines fails?”. Just me?! Perhaps. Maybe not! Well, the civil aviation authorities have long thought about this too.And that’s exactly why we have the ETOPS rules. Initially developed as a standard in the 1980s, they have come a long way…

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Airbus Beluga vs Boeing Dreamlifter

Airbus Beluga The Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter), or Beluga, is a modified version of the standard A300-600 widebody airliner to carry aircraft parts and outsize cargo. It received the name ”Super Transporter” early on, however, Beluga – a whale it resembles gained popularity, and has been adopted ever since. The Airbus A300-600ST shares many design…

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The Emirates First Class Experience — A Whole New Level of Luxury

Emirates claims the title of the World’s Best Airline. Fittingly, the First Class cabin on Emirates Airlines is nonetheless a prestigious and luxurious flying experience – even being called the “hotel in the sky”. Emirates continues to surprise us in every way possible. From complete entertainment systems and gourmet meals to spas at 30,000 ft.,…

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Wings: Until They Break

The wings are the most relevant parts of an airplane. They maintain the flight by the reaction forces against the air. Now, talking about the wing as a structural part of a plane, this is taken to the limit. Civil structures are tested, the aerospace structures are subject to dynamic and static forces, sometimes, until…

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What’s Behind A320-xxx Model Designation?

The Airbus A320 family has undoubtedly a wide range of members, visible at any airport. Some of us can see an Airbus and easily identify it whether it’s an A320, A321 or A318. They have their differences, in the structure, size, and of course, the performance. But what if you see an A320, the variant…

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ATA 100 (Aeronautical Maintenance Documentation)

As known, ATA stands for “Air Transport Association”, an American organization. But when talking about it now, ATA 100 refers to a methodology of reference for numbering the aircraft documentation. Allowing the ease of understanding the procedures and topics of a specific item or part of the aircraft. Within the aviation field, this numbering system…

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The Ultimate Airbus which Failed to Deliver

The pinnacle of excellence, and an eye-catcher; the Airbus A380 is truly a marvel. When Singapore Airlines took the A380 for its first commercial flight in 2007, there was huge excitement and noise around the world that the future of air travel had finally arrived. From hotel suites to bars in business class, all seemed…

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The Revival of Ultralongrange Flights!

Introduction & History Since the starting days of aviation, the technology has improved and new records were often achieved; aircraft could reach higher altitudes, became faster, and could fly longer distances. When it comes to longer distances, there is no single definition. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a flight of more than 16…

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Emirates A380 updates

Emirates has recently welcomed their first of the three Airbus A380’s which will be joining up with the carrier’s operations this month. One of them will be featuring the premium economy product. Carriers within the Gulf region have been famous for not being fans of having premium economy seats on their aircraft, instead, they prefer…

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Rotate! What are V-Speeds?

In today’s article, we will talk about one of the most wonderful moments in aviation. Lean back, fasten your seatbelts, taxi to the runway, and enjoy your view while we take off! Have you ever asked yourself, how does a pilot know when to pull the yoke? Or how does he know whether to continue…

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One engine rule (ETOPS)

We all wonder how a plane could fly if an engine fails, but it is more worrying if it is in the middle of miles and miles of ocean before finding a place to land safely. These same concerns were expressed by aircraft manufacturers and operators when they wanted their aircraft to cross the oceans…

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Missile hit at Baghdad

In November 2003, Baghdad airport was the home to American troops in Iraq. The US Air force flew in daily to supply the troops and help at its best to help rebuild the country. Around and outside the airport are terrorists therefore Apache helicopters are deployed full time to check and eliminate any kind of…

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Australia’s close call: Emirates flight 407

During the night of 20th of March of 2009, An Airbus A340 was to fly out of Melbourne to Dubai with 275 people on board. The flight was to depart Melbourne at 10:25 local time and the flight time was 14hrs 8mins. As the crew prepared for departure, the pilots were busy in the cockpit…

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Have you ever heard of the Airbus A321LR?

The A321 is a member of the A320 family of narrow-bodied, commercial passenger jet airliner with two engines. This specific type of aircraft was launched in 1994 after the A320 and carries 185-265 passengers. It has a common rating with all other A320’s made…..let us know how this plane is winning.

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AIRBUS A318-WHERE CAN I FLY THE BABY BUS?

The Airbus A318 is the smallest aircraft of the A320 family, dubbed “the baby bus” it never sold as well as other variants of the A320 family.With British Airways retiring their one and only aircraft, that previously operated an exclusive business class service out of London city airport to New York’s JFK as BA1 (Using…

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Airbus A320 Replacement by 2030

Along with the announcement of the €15 billon aid package for the French aviation sector, the French government has revealed that it will be heavily backing the development of a “zero carbon” aircraft. A replacement for the A320 by 2030Working towards a carbon neutral aircraft will be a challenge for France and Airbus. However, it…

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