Iceland is now open to vaccinated travelers, including Americans, with no quarantine. As of April 6, 2021, all travelers (regardless of origin) who can show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or prior COVID-19 infection now have permission to enter Iceland. But before you start plotting your trip to see the still-erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano, there are some things to know.

This Thursday, United Airlines announced a purchase of 15 supersonic jets from the Denver-based start-up company Boom Technology. This news comes 18 years after the retirement of the Concorde and when commercial supersonic air travel was last in service. United’s proposal to buy these hyper-fast jets could finally bring supersonic air travel back into the industry in the years to come, but many variables still lie ahead. 

Airline amenity kits are nonetheless sought- after by Avgeeks and travel-enthusiasts alike. Like a bit of a small spa retreat in the skies, the First Class amenity kit provides travellers with all the essentials they may need in flight and upon landing. Think, an eye mask for better beauty sleep, a perfume for post-arrival hugs, and a hair brush to tame that static airplane mane. And whilst a standard brush or perfume may somewhat do, the First Class experience is never about things that will simply ‘just do’. Airlines have been quick to respond to this, battling it out with one another by featuring only the best brands for their specially curated sets.

After all, it is the amenity kit that stays with you long after you’ve stepped out of seat 1A and onto the tarmac of your destination. The amenity kit becomes a token of your journey, be it for better or for worse. From Givenchy sleep masks to Ferragamo perfume and a miniature RIMOWA suitcase, here is a list of some of the best first class amenity kits in the skies at the moment.

The least popular variant of the 747 has been unexpectedly brought back into commercial service after being absent for almost 2 years. A few weeks ago, Iranian based carrier “Mahan Air” reactivated one of their old 747-300s after it had been on the ground since 2015. Only 81 747-300s were ever built, and almost all of them are retired. As of 2020, the only 747-300 that remained in operation was a cargo plane owned by Trans Avia Export Cargo Airlines. The return of such an uncommon plane for passenger use is certainly a rare and surprising occurrence. In this article, we will be explaining why Mahan Air brought back and revived the 747-300.

As the Boeing 737 MAX planes have been gradually reinstated into service this past year, another problem has emerged with the infamous aircraft. Just a couple of months after the FAA approved of the aircraft’s re-entry into service, Boeing has discovered a production error in several of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and has called for the removal of several of these planes from service. This minor additional issue brings up questions about if this aircraft is actually safe to fly, and it could further damage the reputation of the aircraft type. In this article, we will discuss what the electrical issue actually is and how it has affected airlines with the 737 MAX.

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., what would you say? Luxurious or outrageous?

Almost 50 years ago, the first commercial supersonic jet was introduced into the world, revolutionizing air travel and opening a new chapter in the way people flew. Flying at 2 times the speed of sound and faster than the spin of the Earth, Concorde was a peak of innovation in aviation, and it allowed people to travel across the Atlantic Ocean in just 3 hours. Today, however, the time of flight for the same distance is double. In this sense, aviation seems to have taken a step backwards since the Concorde. If no level of innovation could match that of the Concorde, then why exactly was it retired?

If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you might’ve noticed that there’s a small hole in the bottom of your window. If you haven’t noticed it before, look for it next time; it’s on every plane. If you have noticed it before, you might have wondered whether it should be there and whether it was safe or not. The hole is actually an important component of the window, and contrary to what you might have thought it did, the hole actually helps the safety of the window. In this article, we will be discussing the function of the hole and what it actually does.

The airlines of most of the Gulf Countries are well known and reputable with their excellent services and high luxury travel experience. As an example for this, we have Qatar Airways & Emirates Airlines and much more! Geographically, the Gulf Countries are well located, and are considered to be in the middle of the world, and this is absolutely one of the main reasons of being a good choice to travel with one of these airlines, as they can fly anywhere! Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Etihad Airways are, according to global rating organizations such as SkyTrax, one of the best airlines in the world.

But what is not yet totally noticeable is that a new airline is coming into this top market with it’s amazing services and destination routes, providing their passengers luxury experience while they are traveling in all classes. We will be talking in this article about this airline and what makes it prospective competitor in the market.

Have you ever wondered which type of aircraft you were going to be flying on when travelling? Were you going to fly on a relatively large plane or a small one? The answer depends on the type of route you were travelling on. Aircraft are specifically designed to operate routes of a certain distance, so the plane that you would be flying on would typically be a plane designed to fly that type of route. In this article, we will be taking a look at which planes are usually used for short, medium, and long haul commercial flights.

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Boeing’s latest aircraft, the 777-9x, is part of the new generation of twin-engine widebody jets and was first announced in 2013 in response to the Airbus A350. The flagship aircraft is marketed as the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine aircraft, combining features of the Boeing 787 and iconic Boeing 777. It features an array of new technologies, such as folding wingtips, new GE9X engines, and wider cabins. The 777x was slated to be delivered in 2020, but the date has been constantly pushed back and delayed due to multiple setbacks and obstacles throughout the years, such as the 737 MAX incidents and the pandemic.

Have you ever wondered how WIFI works on a plane? How does a plane have an internet connection thousands of feet up in the sky when even a phone doesn’t have cellular data or any type of service? Furthermore, how is this connection strong enough to accommodate the hundreds of passengers onboard? Internet connection on a plane is a revolutionary invention and an astonishing breakthrough in air travel. In this article, we will explain how WIFI works on a plane and answer questions raised from this invention.

‘Is that a UFO?’ or ‘That surely is not a plane!’ are the words coming out of almost everyone when the B-2 flew past them. Although the B-2 was not a UFO, it could disappear like one in a blink of an eye. A plane, so unmatched and different that people still do date are seen scratching their heads when they see one. US’s most formidable and mysterious of weapons is the sole best-known stealth aircraft in the world, capable of dropping both conventional and nuclear payloads.

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In 1996, a Douglas DC-9 aircraft operated by ValuJet Airlines took off from Miami International Airport bound for Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Georgia. Only eight minutes later, a fire that had started during take-off, started to spread throughout the cargo hold, eventually engulfing the cabin and cockpit, which caused the electrical systems to fail. When Captain Candi Kubeck said: “We need to go back to Miami”, the crew knew that this was the turning point of life or death. While the pilots were overwhelmed by the perilous situation, the smoke gradually started to take over them while the DC-9 was in a nose dive. At this point, the crew were both unconcious. Seconds later it crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 passengers and crew on board.

Ever since the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, the aviation industry has been playing a critical role in the transportation of this valuable asset. Countries all around the world are in urgent need of this vaccine, and the world is counting on it to put an end to the global pandemic. However, the transportation of this vaccine also comes with many challenges. The shipping of the COVID-19 vaccine is not as simple as it sounds; it’s not just loading cargo into an aircraft and then flying the cargo to its destination. The process is much more intricate and complicated, and one simple mistake could ruin the entire shipment and cause the vaccines to be useless. 

Two brothers oriville wright and Wilbur wright famously known as The Wright Brothers, were American aviation pioneers who were involved in inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful motor-operated airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained aircraft flight on December 17th 1903 South of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On the morning of December 17th, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft.

The desire of vertical flight was always present, and it grew after the first successful flight of the wright flyer, but the technical limitations for reaching this did not give the needed result. Leonardo da Vinci illustrated a sophisticated “rotary-wing” similar to a helicopter, the main sketch that remain for years without any success.

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 standard economy throughout as they move towards business class and first-class.

A normal day like today, 14 december, 1986, the Voyager aircraft departed from Edwards Air Force Base in the Southern California using approximately 4.3 km of runway and a huge amount of fuel to fulfill the world record endurance without re-fueling and go around the world. Setting a world record that remains today it is awesome the high efficiency and capacity that this airplane had to beat the record.

This year, the airline industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been a tough year in aviation and many things have changed. One particularly interesting change that has occurred this year is the change in the food service of airlines. Food has been a key part of the flying experience, and this article will explore the ways the novel coronavirus has impacted this experience.

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 threats.

For the past 24 months, the manufacturer Boeing has been consistently reducing its monthly production tally. While the reductions make sense, there is still a disappointment at the manufacturers announced later last week that in 2021 their current plan of production of six 787’s a month would be reduced once again. By 2021,the company will be producing a total of five 787’s per month from the current original six

Yes, that title is correct. Flying is safer than grocery shopping during this global pandemic. How could flying on a plane, the main cause for the spread of COVID-19, be safer than grocery shopping? It may seem unbelievable, but it’s true. Even the thought of flying during the pandemic may terrify many people, but rest assured, the risk of contracting COVID-19 on an aircraft is significantly lower than the risk of contracting the virus from simple daily activities such as shopping in a store or eating in a restaurant.

It’s the year 1972, on the 29th of December, Eastern Airlines flight 401 is flying between JFK, new york and Miami Airport, Florida. Operated by a 4-month old Lockheed l-1011-1 Tristar registered as N310EA which was just delivered to the airline in August 18, 1979. It is the tenth Tristar delivered to the carrier since fleet no.310.

We already know what VFR stands for, visual flight rules, but what is Special VFR? First, let’s recap, visual flight rules (VFR) is a set of rules under which a pilot operates an aircraft in generally fair weather where the pilot can clearly see where the plane is going. Generally, the basic VFR minimums are, visibility should be at least 3 statute miles and distance from clouds should be 500ft below, 1000ft above, and 2000ft horizontal. So, what’s the difference between basic VFR and Special VFR? What makes it so special?

It is not necessary to look like a mighty fighter to be an aviation gymnast and reach incredibly high speeds. This is a light bullet that can be manned by daredevils due to the high acrobatic performance only awarded by fighter jets. Just seeing how this plane flies is shocking because of its small size. We are talking about the BD-5. The small series aircraft created by Jim Bede, an aircraft designer.

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 preparing the plane for departure.

It is already hard for people to be in a confined space for a few hours, imagine now being for many days and within one-meter-wide and about three meter in length of cabin interior. This is the space where it a plane was piloted to get a world record of flight endurance, specifically a Cessna 172, a very popular and widely produced aircraft to date.

It is not only about piloting the aircraft but also driving to the boarding gates, that means taxiing the plane with a safe coordination to engine shutdown. How it is performed? A tool used as a standard in many air operations, the commonly known Marshalling Signals. These are intended for use by the signalman using the hands and in required cases the torchlights allowing visual communication between the crew and the personnel in ground.

Many of us have heard about the oldest airline or the first plane that was invented, but what about the first airline in the world, that first had a successful project. The recognition goes to DELAG, acronym for Deutsche Luftschifffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, that means German Airship Travel Corporation, founded on 16 November 1909. This was the world’s first airline to use an aircraft specifically an airship to generate income by mean of the commercial passenger-carrying.

I know what you’re thinking: Flying cars have a history? Do they even exist? At least that’s what I also thought, and it turns out it’s a long one. It starts in 1917 with Glenn Curtiss, who built the Curtiss autoplane, a combination between an automobile and an airplane, it was something unheard of back then. It looked like a car but with wings attached, so obviously, it never flew. It was only capable of making “short hops”. The good news is that it was the first stepping stone towards the exploration of the possibility of having flying cars in the future.

Airbus has today released its third-quarter financial results. Like all companies across the aviation industry, the European plane manufacturer has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the sudden lack of demand for new commercial aircraft. The company said that it had incurred €1 billion of COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday (29/10/20) Kuwait’s flag carrier; Kuwait Airways took delivery of both its first and second A330-800 NEO as part of their order for eight of the aircraft.with the pandemic still ongoing ad airlines still trying to cut costs we will be looking at the advantages of taking the new fuel efficient aircraft and where the Kuwaiti carrier will be flying them.

Boeing has decreased its ambitious plans among the 737 Max deliveries, the plan was that they were able to deliver 450 aircraft. The airline now only expects to deliver about half of that, or around 225 aircraft by the end of 2021, with the remaining being delivered in 2022.

Boeing announced in an early discussion about working on a new commercial aircraft. The United States-based manufacturer has spoken with the likes of plane leasing firms and suppliers about the prospects. This plane is not the previously anticipated NMA (New Midsize Jet).

Flybe is one of the airlines that suffered during the current crisis the collapse of flybe made loss of more than 2,000 jobs, this was because of the current spread of Covid-19 early this year in Europe. Flybe is one of Europe’s largest independent regional airline operating 80% or more flights from Southampton, Exeter and Belfast City airports, but the pandemic did not end after a long 7 months with no end expected any time soon.

Even the name sounds awesome, Supermarine Spitfire, no offence Boeing, you’re still my favorite aircraft, love you. Anyway, the amazing Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft, it was used by the Royal Air Force and the other Allied countries before, during, and after WWII. It’s extremely famous, I would be really surprised if you didn’t know about it, I personally found out about the aircraft a week ago. So let us learn more about this incredible aircraft that defeated the German air attacks during the battle of Britain together.

The Boeing 777X is slated to be the future of air travel. The new aircraft is a more fuel-efficient variant of the traditional 777 while also carrying more passengers thus making it the ideal replacement for not only older 777’s but also the Boeing 747. So today we will be looking at who has ordered Boeing’s latest flagship.

Firefly, Malaysian ATR turboprop operator, airlines will be operating 10 narrow body jets in three phases. Because the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) is struggling in supplementing the international flights as the Malaysian Airlines satisfy domestic demand from the north of the country. Firefly will start the jet operation using Malaysian airlines Boeing 737-800s from Penang international airport.

As we know, the 1st industrial revolution was mainly started because of the steam engine which started at 1760s. From this point the innovation in the steam engine made it to the ICE or the internal combustion engine. The ICE has revolutionized the world transportation until now. This type of engine is first type in our story of aircraft propulsion.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a report on the proposing pilot training procedures for the Boeing 737 MAX. The report could be a significant step forward for the recertification of the aircraft, which has been grounded for over 18 months after two fatal crashes.

The basis of designing anything comes from the goal of this product. Such as the goal of an aircraft is to transport people from point A to point B in an easy and efficient way while flying in the air. Then looking on any previous or existing designs which will aid the upcoming new one. After that engineers apply the fundamentals of the science behind building up an aircraft.

Airbus has revealed a A220 business jet, Called the ACJ TwoTwenty or 220 business jet, it is like the Gulf Stream or Bombardier. The purpose of this design was that some owners of private Jets may need a larger private jet, hence the manufacturer’s new designation: “the xtra large biz jet.”

What is risk management? it is the vital process of making constructive and effective decisions. It includes two frequently-used tools: PAVE and the 5Ps. I chose to write, in detail, about the 5Ps checklist because I simply prefer it and feel it pays attention to the smallest detail. This checklist is crucial for the flight and that is why a pilot goes through it thoroughly. But why is it so important? Because it helps the pilot make fundamental and careful conclusions.

In the history of aviation, the goal to fly vertically was not far away from application. The world’s first practical vertical flight other than hot air balloons was accomplished by Igor Sikorsky who was the designer and the pilot for VS-300 helicopter. The design was using a single main rotor and single tail rotor.

In corporation with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), a multinational electricity company, Malaysian airlines Chief Financial Officer, Boo Hui Yee signed an agreement to install solar panels on four MAB’s buildings at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). This agreement is between the retail solar company GSPARX Sdn Bhd owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Malaysian airlines. 

Pilots need to have great self-awareness; they need to understand what they’re capable of. Each flight is different, so while pilots do a thorough check of their aircraft, they must also evaluate their fitness for the flight. They must create a checklist to help them understand if whether or not they are prepared for that specific flight. They have checklists for everything and for this particular assessment they have the I’M SAFE checklist to fully understand their capabilities for flight.

The GE9X one of the biggest and most powerful engine for any aircraft has been manufactured as well as developed by GE Aviation ( General Electric ) specially designed for the 777X, this engine type is now certified from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). The test went through 5000 hours of examination and tests to complete the certification.

It has been obvious that motorsport, especially Formula racing cars has been technologically advanced in term of every aspect even in simplest components of the car. Then for the car enthusiasts, the modern supercars are close to a replica of the F1 cars, however these are mainly only for road use and daily driving, which can also be taken to the track. 

As airports all around the globe become nearly as dense as a seaport, the layout of them has been evolved and changed to create the momentum for the passengers to travel easily and have a better experience. The layout of the airport starting from the main entrance and ending with entering the airplane. The designs have been filled with alot of modern technology to achieve the most comfort throughout the airport. 


British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300ER jets will include upgraded first-class suites with sliding doors, The move follows the launch of the carrier’s Club Suite business class product last year, which also features a sliding privacy door and which has been well received by customers.

It’s not easy being a pilot, one mistake and it’s game over. Studies have shown that certain attitudes can interfere with a pilot’s better judgment and they are called “hazardous” attitudes for a reason. What makes them a real issue is that sometimes these attitudes are part of someone’s personality and that is not something a person can easily shake off. That is why pilots are incredible people because not only do they study and train hard for their career, they also need to have great self-control and the ability to change major aspects of their personalities to become better pilots. So what are the 5 hazardous attitudes that if not addressed will make a bad pilot?

Most of us have faced flight delays at least once. And these delays could be one of the two situations. The first is a controllable situation which could be the performance of the maintenance team, passenger punctuality, or terminal changing. The second is not under the control of the airline such as weather conditions, malfunction of the plane which needs more hours of maintenance, security issues, or air traffic control.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted airlines greatly with many airlines reporting astonishing losses, with a vaccine still undergoing trials and Europe facing a second wave it seems that airlines will start to reshuffle their fleets and lay-off more staff. The Airbus A380 has been an aircraft that has been a casualty of the pandemic, we have already seen Air France retire its A380s and rumours that British Airways will retire their A380 Fleet the next airline to be considering the retirement of their A380s is German Flag Carrier, Lufthansa.

The life of everyone on board any aircraft all comes down to the pilots. Such as the safety and the controlled flight deck. So when pilots show up to work, they are given totally different regulations then the rest of passengers on the plane. One being that the co-pilot and captain should NOT eat the same meal aboard an aircraft.

On August 13th 2020,The UAE and Israel announced that they would be normalising relations between the two countries. The news stated that the first commercial flight between Israel and the UAE would take place on the 31st of August, Following the return flight from the UAE. It is understood that El Al (The Israeli National Carrier) will now start operating cargo flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai.

KLM ( Royal Dutch Airlines) CEO Pieter Elbers and Dean Of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delta University of Technology (TU Delft) professor Henri Werij had signed a cooperative contract by manufacturing a flight concept known as V-Shaped and has the potential Shaped aircraft, which has totally different design, structure and Long distance flight.

All aircraft are equipped with a variety of lights that are used for navigation, safety, and to improve visibility during flight or when taxiing on the ground. The external lights on aircraft fall into two general categories. The first is navigation lights or beacons. these are always illuminated while the aircraft is in operation. A second type includes takeoff and landing lights that are used to improve visibility when the plane is close to or on the ground. Some lights are discussed in greater detail below.

Nowadays, the globe is undergoing extraordinary conditions-ones that were never experienced before! These conditions are especially tough on the aviation and airlines industry; but with travel demand increasing day by day and as countries loosen restrictions, airlines and airplane manufacturers are mounting a major push to build confidence among travellers.

The covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced the demand for aircraft meaning that airlines don’t particularly need their older fleets of aircraft such as the 747. This week Qantas completed its last commercial flight before the aircraft are scrapped. However, last night a memo was sent to British Airways staff with the news of the airline considering retiring the aircraft.

While the world is still working through the covid-19 pandemic, we are starting to make our way back to some form of normality.With that people are starting to want to travel again, so today we will be looking at the UK government’s list of countries that vistors can arrive from and not have to quarantine; and what that means for airlines across the globe.

The aviation industry is going through a very tough time nowadays due to the global spread of the corona virus, and with its negative repercussions on the aviation industry, demand is at an all time low for air travel. Analysts say that the current effect is larger that the aftermaths of 9/11 and the 2008 depression combined.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports the idea of wearing face coverings for passengers and masks for crew while on board aircraft as a temporary procedure to prevent from the spread of CoronaVirus (COVID19) when people return to traveling by air.

COVID-19 has proven to be a tumultuous time for people worldwide. In their effort to keep people safe, certain airlines have instituted new policies which include passengers having to wear a mask when flying aboard their aircraft and transitting through the airport.

Have you ever listened to a conversation between a pilot and the air traffic controller (ATC) during a flight? If yes, then for sure you noticed that they mention strange words in their conversations Like ‘Romeo’, ‘Juliet’ and ‘Hotel’ for example! But why they are saying this in their flight?! Of course you know our normal English letters (A, B, C,…etc.), and because certain letters sound very similar, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) created what is called “International Radio telephony Spelling Alphabet.”

South African Airways (SAA) has been a hot topic in the will-they-won’t-they collapse conversation. The Business Rescue Partners (BRP’s) requested a ZAR 10 Billion bailout from the South African Government-which was denied. As such, the BRP’s have stated that they intend to begin proceedings on retrenching their entire staff by the end of this month.

So you’ve boarded an aircraft, strapped yourself in, and the crew announces to the pilot saying “Cabin crew ready for takeoff”. The plane then starts moving slowly for a while. The momentum pushes you into your seat and suddenly you find yourself in the air looking down on the airport below.

Lets see what exactly happens here: When the plane starts to move it follows ATC’s commands to taxi to the runway, navigating through the airport’s taxiways and finally reaching the runway.