Archive for April 2015

Four Seasons launches luxury airplane service starting at $100,000 per person

Four seasons jet

Four Seasons is taking their luxurious hotel experience to the skies. The premier hotel chain has unveiled its newest private jet experiences, offering elite individuals the chance to travel around the world on one of four custom tours. The new jet features custom designs handpicked by the hotel group with features like leather flat-bed seats…

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Top 5 Modern Improvements in Aviation Safety

Airplane generic - Free

While the airline accident du jour continues to (annoyingly) grab the headlines and be overanalyzed ad nauseum by the media’s self-proclaimed yet often clueless “experts,” airline safety continues to improve by leaps and bounds. All this blathering tends to worry the public, giving them a false perspective on aviation safety. In recent decades, however, improvements…

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Boeing CEO Sees 747 Jumbo Sales Reviving as Air Freight Rebounds

KLM 747 Cargo

Boeing Co.’s 747 jumbo jet isn’t about to glide off into the sunset just yet. The planemaker is seeing renewed interest in the freighter version of the 747-8, best known for its hump-backed fuselage, as the global air cargo market rebounds from a prolonged slump, Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said Monday. “We actually have…

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Airbus gets A320 orders from China

Airbus A320

Three Chinese companies have ordered a total of 68 A320 aircraft, Airbus announced last week as air travel takes off in the world’s most populous country. The aircraft-leasing firm BOC Aviation ordered 25 planes, Qingdao Airlines requested 23 planes and Zhejiang Loong Airlines sought 20, the European planemaker said in statements on the sidelines of…

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In wake of deliberate German Airbus crash, FAA still has no formal mental exam for U.S. airline pilots

Andreas Lubitz Germanwings pilot

While the poor mental health of a co-pilot is suspected as the cause of the deadly Germanwings Airbus 320 crash in the French Alps last month, and pilot mental health issues are believed to have played roles in six other believed-intentional airliner crashes during the past 20 years, the Federal Aviation Administration does not require…

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Airbus upbeat on sales as A380 marks bitter-sweet anniversary

British Airways A380

Europe’s Airbus pledged on Friday to boost sales of its A380 superjumbo, as the world’s largest passenger jet prepares to celebrate a bitter-sweet 10-year anniversary in the skies having booked no new airline orders since 2013. “This will be a very good year for A380 deliveries and orders,” sales chief John Leahy said, adding the…

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Crowded Seating Could Increase Airlines Safety Risks

United 777 seats

Airlines are packing more seats into their commercial planes, and that could increase airlines safety risks for consumers, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation committee hearing this month. Airlines must prove they can safely evacuate their planes in 90 seconds or less during an emergency, Cynthia Corbett, an investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration,…

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United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc would make the…

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Bombardier, Cessna have large shares of Asia Pacific region biz jet fleet

Cessna Citation XLS-Plus Business Jet

A new report examining the Asia Pacific region’s business jet market said Bombardier and Cessna account for sizable percentages of the region’s fleet. The region, which includes 18 countries or territories, saw its total fleet of new and used business jets increase 15 percent between 2013 and 2014, but the eight aircraft manufacturers – including…

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easyJet takes delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft

easyJet Airbus A320

easyJet and Airbus have celebrated their successful partnership at a ceremony in Hamburg to mark the delivery the airline’s 250th Airbus A320 family aircraft. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP and Head of Programmes, and Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific were present at…

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The Bombardier CRJ Family

Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen

Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier is currently testing its latest family of commercial passenger aircraft, the CSeries, which will enter service in 2016. Over 25 years ago, the Montreal-based company launched its first family of commercial passenger aircraft, the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), which consists of the CRJ-100, CRJ-200, CRJ-700, and CRJ-900. As Bombardier prepares to…

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