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ICAO Air Transport Symposium

ICAO Air Transport Symposium

Setting the Course: The Development of Air Transport The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in partnership with the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS), will convene the second ICAO Air Transport Symposium (IATS 2014), entitled “Development of Air Transport: Setting the course” at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada from the 7th to 8th May 2014. For … Continued

Fish and chips are the latest treat to be tested on BA flights

Fish and chips are the latest treat to be tested on BA flights

British Airways chefs have been tasked with perfecting the traditional fish supper for their passengers and after months in development the airline is testing fish and chips on some of its short-haul flights this week. Passenger on flights from Heathrow…

More Dreamliner news – United 787-9 leaves final assembly

More Dreamliner news – United 787-9 leaves final assembly

The first United Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of the final assembly last night at Boeing’s Everett facility. The rollout marks the first major milestone in the aircraft’s production ahead of its expected delivery this summer. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner…

All aboard the Skymark! Their first A380 completes maiden flight

All aboard the Skymark! Their first A380 completes maiden flight

The first A380 for Skymark Airlines has successfully completed its maiden test flight. The new super jumbo took to the air after the completion of the airframe assembly and full system tests in Toulouse, France. After its first check flight…

There is nothing negative about the Air New Zealand 787-9 livery

There is nothing negative about the Air New Zealand 787-9 livery

The first Boeing 787-9 aircraft bearing the new distinctive all black livery of launch customer Air New Zealand has been revealed at Boeing’s Everett factory near Seattle. This aircraft, which will soon become the first 787-9 in commercial operation, rolled out…

Cessna offer Alpine Edition Citation CJ2+ business jet

Cessna offer Alpine Edition Citation CJ2+ business jet

Cessna  has announced an upgrade program for the company’s successful Citation CJ2+ business jet. The new Alpine Edition CJ2+ modification package from Cessna includes the installation of a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, making the jet compliant with Next Generation (NextGen) requirements. In addition to the avionics upgrade, the Alpine Edition CJ2+ features new pressurisation and … Continued

Gogo launch new Aircell ST-4300 business aircraft communications system

Gogo launch new Aircell ST-4300 business aircraft communications system

Gogo has announced that its business aviation group, Aircell, has unveiled the ST-4300 – a new in-flight communications system for business aircraft. The ST-4300 combines voice, narrowband data and cockpit data link services into a single unit. Available with one, two or three Iridium voice/narrowband data channels, plus one dedicated Iridium data channel, the system allows business aircraft … Continued

New Next Generation First Class for BA 787-900 aircraft next year

New Next Generation First Class for BA 787-900 aircraft next year

When the first of British Airways’ new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners arrive next year, they will be boasting one significant addition – the airline’s next generation First Class cabin. Frank van der Post, British Airways’ MD of brands and customer experience,…

Peninsula Hotels add to SWISS Taste of Switzerland

Peninsula Hotels add to SWISS Taste of Switzerland

Ever the pinnacle of good taste, The Peninsula’s restaurants are famed around the world for their meticulous attention to detail, sublime quality of ingredients and bold innovation. Now, thanks to the extension of its partnership with Switzerland’s national airline, SWISS,…

Why you should visit Malta according to Joesph Callega

Why you should visit Malta according to Joesph Callega

Air Malta has been speaking with tenor Joesph Callega about why there is no place like Malta. One of Malta’s biggest celebrities, Calleja was selected to serve as Malta’s first cultural ambassador in 2012 and is very passionate about his…

It’s lights out at Dubai Airport for Earth Hour

It’s lights out at Dubai Airport for Earth Hour

Dubai Airports flipped the switch on  Earth Hour earlier than usual this year by launching a campaign to turn off all non-essential lights at Dubai International for an hour everyday over 24 days in the run-up to Earth Hour on…

ClipperJet to offer new business jet service between LA and NYC

ClipperJet to offer new business jet service between LA and NYC

If you regularly fly First Class between New York and Los Angeles but would prefer that little extra ‘easiness’ of flying, along with exceptional service, then there might just be a new option for you. But you will need to be quick as places are limited! ClipperJet is looking to take to the air later this … Continued

Cessna Citation Latitude prototype flies closer to certification

Cessna Citation Latitude prototype flies closer to certification

It’s been a good week for Cessna as they continue the development of their latest business jet. Cessna is celebrating another testing milestone with the Citation Latitude. In only the aircraft’s third flight, the Latitude prototype has successfully achieved full envelope performance for maximum speed (440 KTAS, 506 mph), Mach speed (0.80) and altitude (45,000 … Continued

The worst air disasters in history and what caused them

The worst air disasters in history and what caused them

Despite it remaining the safest way to travel and with modern safety technology and strict maintenance standards now in place, many people have an acute fear of flying, and a large part of that will undoubtedly be the presence of…

JAL inflight food takes off with enhanced meals with restaurant in the sky

JAL inflight food takes off with enhanced meals with restaurant in the sky

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been introducing enhanced inflight food on its North America, European, Australian and Southeast Asia routes with its exclusive restaurant in the sky meals since January 2013. The airline now has a new member of their team…

Boeing 747-8 shows support for Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII

Boeing 747-8 shows support for Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII

Boeing revealed a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team’s National Football Conference Championship and upcoming appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has…

JAL SKY NEXT cabin upgrades to be introduced on domestic routes from May

JAL SKY NEXT cabin upgrades to be introduced on domestic routes from May

JAL is to introduce cabin upgrades to include new interiors and in-flight internet services on its Japanese domestic routes. These updated features will appear across the airline’s Boeing fleet in May 2014, with the in-flight internet service beginning from July 2014.…

Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner at highest ever twin-aisle production rate

Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner at highest ever twin-aisle production rate

Boeing has rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at the increased rate of 10 airliners per month. This particular aircraft is a 787-8 and the 155th Dreamliner built. It will be delivered to International Lease Finance Corp. for operation by Aeromexico. The new 10 per month rate is the highest ever for a … Continued