Are we all going to San Francisco? It seems so. SF Travel promotion photo
The activation by Air New Zealand of the potential of its Star Alliance relationship with United to bring the US carrier onto the San Francisco-Auckland route means Qantas would be really keen to have its first tranche of Boeing 787-9s now rather than in the second half of 2017.
Lovely, but unloved, the protype CSeries 100 on its first flight two years ago.
It has been a damaging few days of bad news stories for Bombardier’s CSeries of regional jet airliners, culminating in Airbus breaking off talks apparently aimed at selling it control of the program for a big discount over its development costs.
The larger of the two CSeries jets the 300 is the size of an A319 or 737-700
Update: Airbus has now responded to the earlier Reuters report about the Canadian jet maker, Bombardier offering to sell it control of its CSeries regional jet program, confirming that there were talks, but that ‘such discussions are no longer being pursued’.
A cheerful cover about a really serious climate change report by an airline
Cathay Pacific isn’t the only airline seized by the need to reduce fossil sourced carbon emissions, but its 2014 Sustainable Development Report may be the most lucid and honest account of what a major airline is doing, and how, overall, it may yet fail.
Are these people milling around at an unidentified airport fodder for CIA attacks?
For those who enjoy conspiracy theories, there is a very good one being circulated about how two jets and a captured US drone command post in Afghanistan led to the murder by the CIA of almost everyone on MH370 in order to stop the equipment being sold to China by the Taliban.
CSeries 100, will it ever find its destiny in the Australian outback?
Devoid of more ‘quality’ orders and at risk of losing some that it already has the Quebec plane and train maker Bombardier is reported by Reuters to be asking for even more cash for its CSeries airliners from the provinces appropriately named Caisse pension fund.
Those who miss the civilized seven across main cabin seating on the once widely used Boeing 767 jets might take some encouragement from a graphic circulated by ‘wealth managers’ Merrill Lynch and Flightglobal this last week.
While casting no light on yesterday’s kerfuffle over fresh search strategy talks in China, the delayed MH370 update has eliminated the first of two sets of objects of potential interest on the floor of the south Indian Ocean after a closer look.
One of the most powerful forces in the world today, disruptive new technology, will destroy all of the hopes that rode into space this morning on the rocket that launched the first of two NBN National Broadband Network satellites toward geostationary orbits.
Orbital sunrise on the ISS seen from Russia's Zvezda module
That background chattering about the chances of the International Space Station being abandoned in the near future may be turned down by Monday’s extension by five years of Boeing’s contract to provide engineering support services, resources and personnel to the program until 30 September 2020.
Enough to bring salty tears to the eyes of real scientists?
The important scientific evidence that water is able to flow short distances on the frigid and very low atmospheric pressure surface of Mars because of dissolved salts was thoroughly prostituted in an embarrassing NASA media conference overnight.
The nose and 'office' of the first A350-1000 as seen last week
It is about the size of a 777-300ER, but far more efficient in operation, and based on three flights this observer has taken in the first edition of the A350, the -900, this -1000 model will be ultra quiet to fly in.
Russian ground-to-air missiles on display at a defence show
This last week the Australian media largely ignored Foreign Minister Julie Bishop pressing once more for a special multi-national tribunal to investigate the MH17 atrocity in which a Malaysian Airlines 777 was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July last year, killing all 298 people onboard.
A reporter since November 30, 1960, Ben Sandilands looks at what really matters up in the sky: public administration of air transport and its safety, the accountability of the carriers, and space for everyone’s knees.