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We’re not exactly sure why, but we’ve got a thing for winglets. It might be their fuel saving capabilities, or it might just be that they look kind of cute and cool hanging out there at the end of the wings. Either way we’re excited about the latest design that United is testing out.
One of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800s has already received the updated wingtips, as the new split scimitar made one its first appearances. These new winglets will eventually make their way to the Boeing 737 MAX, so it’s kind of a big deal to see them in the wild for the first time.
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What a week of ups and down in aviation, and there's one more in store as news hit earlier than an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffered a fire while on the ground at London-Heathrow International Airport.
Details of the circumstances are scarce as the investigating agencies look into exactly what happened, but the important preliminary questions (like 'was anyone killed?') have been answered. Here's what we know right now:
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Here's a film we can really get into; 'Planes'! In what could be a modern day twist on the retro animated favorite, Pedro, the newest full-length film from Disney features cute little planes, complete with a heart-warming story conveying a very valuable life lesson. Pay close attention when the movie debuts later this summer (August 9) and you'll notice there's a character we're all familiar with: American Airlines' shiny new 777-300ER.
The widebody goes by the name of Tripp and is (of course) painted in AA's fresh livery as an homage to the newest aircraft in the family. Tripp only has a cameo as a flashy commercial aircraft who motivates the misfit crop-dusting plane, Dusty, to fly higher and achieve greatness. Genius brand placement.
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The current interior of a JetBlue A320all economy class
Have you heard the awesome news? JetBlue, airline of all-economy-class seating and free snacks, is not only getting new A321 airplanes but brand new "premium" seats along with them. Wait wait waitthese won't just be any old seats, no; they'll be "mini-suites" of First Class privacy and comfort.
Although this is something we rumored as early as March, a confirmation finally came in the way of Airbus and JetBlue declaring their intentions for such seats to the FAA, news broke last week by APEX.
As JetBlue won't be taking any keys to shiny A321s until later this year, there's still quite some time to wait before your butt may enjoy a JetBlue Suite on a flight from one side of the country to the other. Not much is known of the new seats other than that there'll be 16 premium ones, only four of which will get "first class" treatment, complete with "surrounding furniture" and a "sliding element" for privacy.
A flight from Singapore to London on a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 is normal enough, an everyday occurrence of 13 hours with a few meals and hopefully some nap time over oceans and continents. That is, it's all routine unless you were onboard the flight one week ago when the doubledecker aircraft flew through "Clear-air turbulence," literally shaking up the cabin.
None of the 328 passengers and 28 crew onboard were seriously injured when the plane lost several hundred feet in altitude in a split second somewhere between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, but breakfast trays and hot coffees did take their own flights. Instagrammer/passenger @alan_crossx managed to capture some of the resulting mess.
An unattainable dream is about to come true. Someone who is not the President nor in the government will be able to say that they are now the owner of Air Force One*.
The aircrafta DC-9 with seats for 42 travelersmay not be the jumbo jet 747 we're so used to seeing presidents emerge from on state visits, but nabbing this plane for a starting bid of $50,000 isn't half bad. For that amount of money, The Telegraph notes, one could "only run Mr Obama's main presidential aircraft for a quarter of an hour."
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You know we get all worked up when there's anything new to report in the saga of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but eventually we’re going to have to shift our focus—and airplane love—towards a new aircraft. It looks like Boeing has something up their sleeve already, and if things go according to plan the world’s longest-range passenger jet may roll off the assembly line sooner rather than later.
Sure, it’s technically not a totally new aircraft, as we’re sure the engineers at Boeing are copying and pasting some stuff from one set of blueprints to another. Nonetheless, the Boeing 777X is a totally revamped and renovated option from airplane manufacturer.
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For the first time in nearly three months, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is in the headlines for a positive reasonthey're returning to the skies! Of course, this comes after battery fires and millions upon millions lost by grounding the jets, but stillgood news.
According to Reuters, the fix required for the airplane's batteries won't be a cheap one, as the FAA "pegged the cost of repairing United's six jets at about $2.8 million." The installation of the modified lithium-ion batteries in Dreamliners should be complete by mid-May, meaning tickets are again being sold for 787 flights.
There are currently 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in service with airlines, all of which will be "fixed" and flying again as soon as the airlines can handle it. Here's the dates for when airlines expect their 787s to again fly with paying passengers:
It’s been a little bit of time since we first heard about the Side-Slip Seat, but now it looks as though the latest idea in airplane seating design is making the rounds once again. We’ve got a few more details and some additional renderings, since Molon Labe Designs sincerely hopes this will be the next great thing in airplane seating.
The basic premise behind this new design is that the aisle seat can slide over the middle seat, with the goal that the aisle of the airplane gets a little bit roomier during the boarding process. Faster boarding means quicker turnaround time for the airlines, and as a result that might just lead to more cash in their bank accounts.
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We haven’t heard too much from Porter Airlines lately. Sure they’ve had their share of new route announcements, and of course they’re still busy doing the free lounge access things for all of their passengers. However, they might be in store for something big, as it looks like they’ve got their eyes on a whole bunch of new airplanes.
They must have a fairly nice PowerPoint to show off, as they’ve got an expansion plan that includes like a $2 billion order for those brand new Bombardier CSeries jets. Sounds all fine and dandy, but there’s a little bit of a problem. A lot of Porter’s success has been dependent on their use of the very convenient Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport right near Toronto’s downtown core; however, there’s also all kinds of rules, regulations, and restrictions regarding what can and cannot fly to and from the airport. That means these new planes aren’t necessarily allowed there, so Porter Airlines is going to need to ask for permission first.
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There’s nothing about Concorde that we don’t like, except the fact that it no longer flies high in the supersonic skies. From trip reports, photographs, and even souvenirs we’re all about the world’s greatest commercial airliner, so of course we’d be all about a museum dedicated to Concorde this and Concorde that. Unfortunately it seems like not everyone is down with scoring some t-shirts at the gift shop.
The Save Concorde Group put the original plan forth for a museum, because just like us they thought a £2 million Concorde home was a pretty sweet idea. They were going to construct something in Filton, UK but unfortunately British Airways isn’t cool with the purposed plan.
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Its been nearly two full months since the FAA grounded Boeing's brand new 787 Dreamliners due to caution over battery issues, but last week saw the bird return to the air...over the skies of Washington State, at least. Boeing is in the process of trial flights to asses a fix to prevent future fires in its lithium-ion battery system.
Changes could be approved as early as the end of this month, and it's obvious that's exactly what a few airlines are betting on as a recent schedule update shows United's confident enough to put some 787s back on schedule, starting May 31. And those flights, between Houston and Denver, are already on sale, according to AirlineRoute.net.
We attempted to purchase a ticket on the first United flight using the 787, on May 31, and it was not only still available but reasonably priced and light in load.