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Step Inside the Restoration of the Original Boeing 747

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The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft that singlehandedly pushed the airline industry into the jumbo jet age. Sitting derelict at the Museum of Flight for 14 years, the very first of its kind is currently undergoing a rigorous restoration process to restore its former glory. (gizmodo.com) More...

Airbus A350XWB: On board the world's newest passenger jet

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Takeoff on one of Airbus' new A350WXB test planes is a strangely quiet experience. Powered by two hulking Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, you'd expect to hear more than just a low whirring noise when tearing down the runway. (www.cnn.com) More...

What a plane crash feels like - United 232

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Brad Griffin had his hands on the first class seat in front of him, which was the first row in the airplane. Gerald Harlon Dobson, a retired state trooper from New Jersey, sat with his wife, Joann, dressed in their festive Hawaiian clothes directly across from Rene Le Beau’s jump seat. Griffin had been meditating. He felt no fear, even though he could feel how unusually fast the plane was going. “And when we hit the runway,” Griffin recalled, “my seat belt pops.” He was stunned for a second,… (www.salon.com) More...

Southwest and SeaWorld part ways

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Southwest and SeaWorld announced Thursday they are ending their longstanding partnership when the contract expires at the end of the year. The promotional and marketing partnership began in 1988, cultivating opportunities involving airline passengers and the theme park's visitors. (www.usatoday.com) More...

ANA and Boeing Finalize Order For 40 Widebody Aircraft

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Today, Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet renewal plan. The order is valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices, and it was originally announced as a commitment in March. (airchive.com) More...

(Video) Airbus A340 Emergency - Engine Failure - Cockpit

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On the way from Zurich to Shanghai during the flight was an increased oil temperature found in engine 3. The flight had to be canceled, a landing was necessary. Then the flight was continued with a new plane. The video shows the entire approach to the landing, in an exceptional situation. (www.youtube.com) More...

Delta Enhances International Economy Service Offerings

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Delta Air Lines announced changes and improvements to its in-flight service in coach on international flights on Wednesday. The changes will be noticeable on most long-haul flights and include better meals and snacks, an amenity kit, new earbuds, and new entertainment options.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Delta to Begin to Retire Boeing 747s

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Delta Air Lines announced plans to retire 25% of its 747 fleet in 2014. The Atlanta-based airline currently operates 16 747-400 aircraft. The decision was announced in a memo to its pilots. Citing a “a re-evaluation of options to improve our international performance,” ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

SWA decides to end contract with SeaWorld

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The companies will continue to work together through Southwest Vacations. Southwest's three specialty airplanes will return to the company's traditional livery. To some people and spotters this is very unfortunate. (www.swamedia.com) More...