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We realize that Santa is hanging out in the islands, relaxing after a busy holiday season, so we’re not exactly ready to send off a letter fir Christmas 2013 just yet. However, we do already know what we want, and it’s one of these snazzy devices from the minds of the folks over at PowerUp.
The PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane is exactly what it sounds like. It’s basically a toy airplane for both big kids and little kids that you can control with your mobile device. They’re raising money for their (awesome) idea on Kickstarter, and we’re far from the only ones that want one. Apparently they’ve raised nearly $915,000 and that is way, way more than the $50,000 that they initially set as a goal.
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Nok, a budget airline based in Bangkok, called up Playboy Thailand and collaborated with the men's publication to choose the "10 Hottest Bunnies" to star alongside Nok's colorful fleet of Boeing 737s (and ATR 72s) for a 2014 calendar. There's no word on the cost of the calendar, but it's safe to assume that passengers may buy them onboard Nok's flights.
Last week another Airbus A350 XWB—that’s a mouthful—rolled off the assembly line, as the airplane manufacturer moves forward with the latest and greatest from its most recent line of jets.
This is airplane number three, and it’s designed for all the testing required before a plane like this can take to the skies packed with passengers. The folks over at Airbus refer to this one as MSN2, and what makes it a little more unique and design forward from its plane siblings is its paint-job. This one has a special livery to reflect the carbon-fiber composite materials that are utilized as part of the construction of the new bird.
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Just last month we were talking about the DC-10 making its last scheduled flight, and now this week there’s something similar happening with the DC-9.
Delta inherited a bunch of that type of plane during their merger with Northwest, and ever since the DC-9 has been busy doing its thing with the Delta logo and colors along its fuselage. Well now it’s time for things to come to an end, as Delta is sending the plane into the skies one last time.
The final flight of the DC-9 from a domestic carrier is now scheduled for January 6, as Delta looks to mark the end of an era. There’s still a few of these planes scattered across the globe, but when Delta stops flying them that will pretty much close the book on the story and life of these aircraft.
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Six hours is an incredibly long time to be sitting on a domestic flight. To a frequent flyer, that stretch from New York to LA or SF means lost hours of work and sleep. To an infrequent traveler, it's an interminable wait only made bearable by the promise of eventually getting off the thing.
Why does transcontinental travel suck so hard? The problem: old airplanes, with old seats and old technology. The solution: new airplanes, with new seats and new technology. Please welcome American Airlines' fresh and fighting Airbus A321s to the skies.
For travelers who've experienced American's current transcontinental service onboard the achy-breaky old 767-200s, the new A321s will be a revelation. No doubt; we fully expect passengers to board these aircraft and think "hallelujah, this is going to be a great flight," no matter the class.
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Ahh, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, currently the most advanced passenger aircraft to take to the skies. Although it's now over two years since the first airline (ANA) received the keys, there's still plenty of flyers out there waiting for their chance to experience a Dreamliner.
In addition to new features like improved fuel efficiency, increased passenger comfort, fancier lighting, gentler pressurization, and bigger overhead bins, we're pretty enthralled by the windows!
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From Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s to the smaller Bombardier CS100—we’re always interested in the latest and greatest in shiny new airplanes. However, we certainly can’t look forward without looking back, as we also have a soft spot for those aircraft which paved the way. That’s why we’re a little sad to say goodbye to one airplane in particular, as the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 just completed its last regularly scheduled commercial flight.
The plane’s Wikipedia article is a good read for while you’re waiting for your inbox to load this morning, and that’s where you can learn all kinds of fun facts about the plane, which first took to the skies in the early 1970s.
Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, is a World War II drama following the trials of a tank squadron as they infiltrate Nazi territory. The movie's not due out in theaters until November 2014, but the crew has nearly concluded filming and Pitt's congratulated himself for his own hard work by buying an airplane.
Since this is Brad Pitt we're talking about, the airplane in question won't just be any old thing; the purchase is in fact a WWII Spitfire flown by the Royal Air Force. The price tag? A cool $3.3 million.
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Things are moving along slowly but surely over at Bombardier, as the airline manufacturer gets ready to send their new C100s into the friendly skies. There’s already a few orders here and there, and now a local—as in one from Canada—is looking to get in on the new airplane smell.
As of now Porter Airlines is strictly a fan of propeller power, but it looks like they’re sold on the goings-on over at Bombardier. A little jet power could propel the carrier to spots beyond their usual range in and out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but before the planes and people can get to 35,000-feet there’s a lot of discussions that need to take place.
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Yet another new Hobbit movie has the folks down at Air New Zealand all excited to launch their latest homage to Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. The Kiwi airline has given fans of the movie a sneak peak of the latest release's namesake character by emblazoning a plane with Smaug, a mythical dragon of The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug.
There's no doubt that Air NZ loves anything and everything Hobbit, as this is actually the second Boeing 777-300 to be wrapped with a Hobbit scene. Both colorful Boeings regularly fly between New Zealand and the US, which makes Los Angeles the best place to spot the new dragon.
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For a limited time, pedestrians hoofing it through London's Piccadilly Circus can stay up-to-the-minute informed about exactly what flight is going their way. You see, British Airways has installed what seems to be the perfect billboard, with a concept of interaction with the highways in the sky.
The video billboard feature a little boy looking and pointing up to the sky. And since this is not your run-of-the-mill "buy a ticket on BA to a warm destination" advertisement, that boy will shift to point directly up at a real airplane crossing the sky thanks to the sorcery of GPS. Displayed on the billboard will even be the flight number and destination of the plane.
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The king is dead, long live the king!
Just before dawn across the world at Singapore-Changi Airport, an Airbus A340-500 touched down and taxied to its gate. The passengers filed off, followed by the flight crew, and there was no fanfare for this last arrival of the longest flight in the world.
At nearly 18 hours and 9,500 miles, Singapore Airlines' SQ 21/22 between Newark and Singapore was a monster of a nonstop which only accommodated 100 travelers in all-Business Class comfort. All good things must come to an end, however, and Singapore dropped the route in order to trade in the old, gas-guzzling, four-engine A345s for some shiny and efficient A350s to come.
It's a smart move, but a sad one regardless. Singapore 21/22 will live on through the stories of those who flew it, and we're proud to add our hour-by-hour account to the aviation history books.
Moving on, another flight route must now ascend to the throne and claim the title of "longest flight in the world." For that, look no further than Texas.