This footage was taken a few years ago before Aerosur folded. It’s a great piece of footage with some colour added by the spectators on the ground.
It’s amazing to see just how clinical and crisp this Lufthansa crew is – juggling ATC, cabin announcements and cockpit conversation while seamlessly toggling between English and German.
12 minutes of great footage of all active Airbus types operating at LAX.
A couple of years ago I posted a video from Vimeo by Andy Rüesch showing some of his excellent work covering movements in Geneva. Well, he’s still at it and the results are better than ever. I implore you to spend ~12 minutes of your day watching his newest video – it’s well worth the time. If you can, I would encourage you to contribute a donation towards his work through his website: rueschproductions.com
Once keen to connect the four corners of the earth via Doha on its own metal, Qatar Airways has changed its position and now looks set to join one of the three global airline alliances. This is a huge development that will fundamentally change Qatar Airways forever and make things more than a little uncomfortable for Emirates, Etihad and some of the major carriers in the alliances they don’t join.
As an ardent Springbok supporter it pains me to my very core to admit that the best-looking livery-aircraft combination gracing the skies today is none other than that of Air New Zealand’s 777-300ER in the special All Blacks livery. The airframe itself is spectacular but when coupled with a bold black basecoat it just demands your attention. The additional details in shades of gray and white complete the offering perfectly – a fitting tribute to the reigning world champions.
The sensible folks at Air New Zealand waited until after winning the world cup for a second time before unveiling this beauty. Continue Reading
Nearly three decades after the service was started using 747-SP aircraft, SAA has announced that is it will axe non-stop service between Cape Town and London. Given the demographic and commercial ties between the two cities and tourist appeal of the Western Cape, this may come as a surprise to many. To others the writing has been on the wall for a while.
Carriers and governments around the world seem to be getting increasingly hostile towards Emirates. Skirmishes in Canada and Germany are well documented but they are not the only fronts. In the background, there have been other smaller exchanges in Australia, India, France (really the whole EU) and South Africa to name but a few. In an effort to proliferate its views, the airline recently released a document detailing the things it feels global aviation stakeholders and travelers need to know. The PDF can be found here. Truth be told, I’m not so sure how useful this exercise has been. A cursory look at the web attention it has received seems to show that it has served only to force people to dig their heels further into the positions they already held. A few things about this document have left me perplexed: Continue Reading
After a challenging few years that saw the carrier lose privileges to fly into the EU things now look to be on the right track at Garuda. To accommodate the growing domestic scene as well as demand to and from Indonesia Garuda have elected to sign up for an additional eleven A330-300′s. Assuming that these birds are configured like their current crop of A330-300′s they will carry 257 passenger in a 42/215 split between business and economy classes.
A couple of years ago I blogged about Aerolineas Argentinas retiring the 737-200, the Chancha, from service. Today another icon of Argentine aviation – the MD80 – flew in Austral colours for the last time. Flight AU 2883 from Rio Gallegos to Aeroparque landed at 6:22 AM local time signalling the end of an era.
For many years the MD80 formed the backbone of the Austral fleet. Continue Reading
In light of the walk off, I arrived nice and early for my flight (AC001) to try and figure out what my options were should it be cancelled. There was lots of shouting and whistling around the A check-ins. I elected to avoid that and check in at the E area. The terminal is very quiet and nobody seems to know whats going on. In fact staff here at the Maple Leaf Lounge are asking me what’s going on…
AC002, NRT-YYZ, has been cancelled but I’m told this is for an unrelated reason. So far the only cancellations of international AC ops has been YYZ-HKG (AC015) and YYZ-MBJ (AC982). Beyond this there are seven delays: with Basseterre, Bridgetown, Grand Cayman, Kingston, and London all feeling the brunt of this illegal action.
Things are changing fast at Turkish Airlines. Since their ascent into the Star Alliance they have demonstrated a high energy, high activity approach to getting things done. Big sponsorship deals with with Manchester United and FC Barcelona, a battery of new routes and upped seat counts into existing markets all in the space of months.
Despite all of this frantic activity it seems that the powers that be at THY have not forgotten the most important piece of their puzzle, their employees. Continue Reading