Having a Break

In the next 2 weeks I’ll be on holiday. I’m sorry but during that time no new articles will be posted and no new commentators will be approved. I also won’t reply to your e-mails till I’m back.

I hope you’ll miss me and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in 2 weeks! 🙂

EgyptAir 737-800 Deliverd in Star Alliance Livery

Boeing on Monday delivered EgyptAir’s third Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane is the airline’s first 737 to be painted in Star Alliance livery.

EgyptAir 737-800 in Star Alliance Livery

On July 11, EgyptAir celebrated its induction as the 21st member of Star Alliance, officially expanding its network to 1624 weekly flights to 69 destinations around the world. The Cairo Airport Authority is scheduled to open a dedicated Star Alliance terminal later this year, capable of serving 11 million passengers annually.

Photo Credit: Boeing
Source: Boeing

Spanair MD-82 Crashed in Madrid

Spanair flight JK5022, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (EC-HFP) bound for Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), crashed today on takeoff from runway 36L at Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), Spain. It’s reported that the plane caught fire after overshooting the runway due to an engine failure during takeoff. Spanair reports that 164 passengers and 9 crew were on board. According to various media there are about 140 casualties.
Flight JK5022 was a codeshare flight with Lufthansa flight LH2554.


Video by BBC

Raw video by Reuters

Video by AP

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News story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/20/spain3
Video: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2008/aug/20/madridplanecrash

First 777-300ER Delivered to TAM Airlines

The first of 8 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes ordered by TAM Airlines, Brazil’s largest airline, left Paine Field for Sao Paulo yesterday. TAM is the first Latin American airline to operate the 777-300ER, the world’s largest, long-range, twin-engine jetliner, powered by General Electric’s GE-90 Series engines. The delivery also marks TAM’s first acquisition of a new Boeing airplane.

TAM Airlines Boeing 777-300ER

The airline’s new 777s feature the Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), a hardware and electronic data package used by pilots that replaces traditional flight manuals and provides operational and safety benefits. TAM is the first South American carrier to incorporate a Class 3 EFB, which is fully integrated into a commercial airplane’s avionics. The EFB features an Onboard Performance Tool, using sophisticated calculations to help the airline optimize its payload for airport and weather conditions and applicable regulations and policies.
TAM plans to operate its 777-300ERs on international flights within South America and connecting South America with Europe and North America.

Source: Boeing
Photo Credit: Boeing

Boeing Completes First BBJ 3

Boeing recently completed work on the first BBJ 3 (Boeing Business Jet). The BBJ 3 is a new, larger business jet based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The BBJ 3 has 1,120 square feet (104 square meters) of floor space, and provides 35 percent more interior space and 89 percent more luggage space than the BBJ 2. The BBJ 3’s range is between 5,435 nmi (10,066 km) and 4,725 nmi (8,751 km) depending on the number of passengers flown.

First BBJ3 Completed

The airplane is now at DeCrane Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., where it will receive its long-range auxiliary fuel system and a Head-up Display. The fuel system, new for the model, will undergo a two-month certification process at DeCrane. The airplane’s final stop is at a completion center of the owner’s choosing, where it will receive a custom interior. The un-named customer will receive the completed airplane in 2009.
All BBJs are equipped with Blended Winglets (wing tip extensions), which reduce community noise, lower emissions and increase the airplane’s range.

The BBJ program focuses on features that help owners fly safely, efficiently, reliably and comfortably. Boeing currently is delivering BBJs with lower cabin altitude and Future Air Navigation System technology. Lower cabin altitude allows the cabin pressurization control system to regulate the cabin environment to equal a maximum cabin altitude of 6,500 feet so that passengers travel in greater comfort. Future Air Navigation System (FANS) streamlines communication between flight crews and air traffic controllers. FANS adds another layer of safety and efficiency to the global air transportation system, and allows BBJ owners to take more direct routes, shortening flight times and saving fuel.

See http://www.boeing.com/commercial/bbj/ for more information.

Source: Boeing
Photo Credit: Boeing

American Airlines Orders 26 Next-Generation 737s

Boeing and American Airlines today announced an order for additional 26 Next-Generation 737-800s, airplanes that will help the carrier accelerate its fleet renewal plan.
Twenty of the 26 new orders are exercised options. The other six are incremental to American Airlines’ 2009-2010 fleet plan announced earlier this year.

American Airlines Next-Generation 737-800

“American Airlines continues to execute its fleet renewal plan to control costs while prudently reinvesting in the travel experience for customers,” said Tom Horton, AMR’s executive vice president of Finance and Planning and chief financial officer. “Replacing MD-80s with 737s at current fuel prices provides financial benefits while enhancing the customer experience.”
With today’s announcement, American has ordered a total of 36 Boeing 737-800s in 2008.

Source: Boeing
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of American Airlines

Video – AeroSur Boeing 747-300 performing spectacular low-pass

Last week the Bolivian Airline AeroSur received its first Boeing 747-300. The pilots performed a spectacular low-pass before landing at Santa Cruz airport.

The plane, painted with a purple bull, is called ‘Torisimo’, a mix of the Spanish words ‘toro’ (bull) and ‘turismo’. AeroSur will put on the 747-300 on flights to Madrid.

Thx to “prop-er” for submitting this news!

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Hong Kong Int – Airport of the Year 2008

Hong Kong International Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport for 2008, in the worldwide passenger survey results released by Skytrax. Representing a notable achievement, this is the 7th time in ten years that the accolade has been won by Hong Kong International Airport.

Singapore Changi Airport remains firmly positioned itself at the top end of the rankings, in 2nd position worldwide, ahead of Seoul Incheon International Airport in 3rd place. Asian airport dominance of the high survey rankings is topped off by Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which moves up into 4th place in the 2008 results.

I’m glad to see my favorite airport winning this title again 🙂 . Hong Kong really deserves it, it’s just amazing.


1 Hong Kong
2 Singapore Changi
3 Seoul Incheon
4 Kuala Lumpur KLIA
5 Munich
6 Kansai
7 Copenhagen
8 Zurich
9 Helsinki
10 Cape Town

For all details visit http://www.worldairportawards.com

Skytrax Awards 2008 – SIA Airline of the Year Again

For the 3rd time in 10 years, Singapore Airlines has been named World’s Best Airline, winning the 2008 Airline of the Year title in the latest Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The Top 10 airlines in the 2008 World Airline Awards:

1 Singapore Airlines
2 Cathay Pacific
3 Qantas
4 Thai Airways
5 Asiana Airlines
6 Malaysia Airlines
7 Qatar Airways
8 Air New Zealand
9 Emirates
10 Etihad Airways

Best Airlines by World Regions

Asia – Singapore Airlines
Australasia – Qantas
Africa – South African Airways
Europe – Lufthansa
Middle East – Qatar Airways
North America – Continental Airlines
South America – LAN

In addition following airlines have been awarded as well:

BEST CABIN STAFF – Asiana Airlines
BEST ECONOMY CLASS – Asiana Airlines
BEST FIRST CLASS – Cathay Pacific
BEST BUSINESS CLASS – Singapore Airlines

For more details visit: http://www.worldairlineawards.com