It’s not a jet likely to fly for an Australian airline for some time, nor is it an exact equivalent of any 737 or A320 model, but China’s COMAC c919 single aisle prototype has been rolled out in Shanghai.
It would be a terrible waste of great scenery to fly into Queenstown, New Zealand’s spectacular little airport by night, which is currently forbidden and unthinkable, but this could change from next winter when legal flights after dark begin.
What caused this Metrojet charter flight to crash in Egypt's Sinai?
If as Russian authorities are reported as claiming, the Metrojet A321 that crashed in in Egypt’s Sinai on Saturday killing all 224 people on board, broke up in mid air, a great deal hangs on just how high the jet was when this happened.
Early photos show that the Russian Metrojet which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula yesterday appears to have struck the ground with more vertical than forward momentum in an area of flat rather than mountainous terrain.
How valid will the slogan on this A320 be in coming decades?
Airbus’s confirming this week that it will lift the a production rate of its A320 single aisle family of jets to 60 a month by mid 2019 has triggered informed talk of similar ambitions for the Boeing 737 family, and possibly even sooner.
Florida TV image of the jet as emergency services foam it
Despite the alarming live vision of a fire in a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767-200 at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale airport first reports say only seven people were taken to hospital with injuries, some said to be from burns.
Blurry but damning. Passengers with luggage watch their plane burn in this video frame
In a safety notice reminiscent of a ‘Yes Minister’ parody, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has issued a safety alert about the dangers of passengers taking cabin baggage with them in an emergency without once mentioning British Airways and its flight (BA2276) that caught fire at Las Vegas airport on 8 September.
NTSB: Charred Japan Airlines 787 lithium ion battery after the 2013 incident Boston
Halloween surprise? Lithium ion batteries continue to burn under the floors of 787s (if only rarely) but fear not, all is well even if no one in the maker or regulator knows why nor how to stop it happening.
Associating purple mood lighting with pain in a plane may seem perverse in this 787
If the view is taken that a business model that involves deliberately hurting and humiliating adult sized passengers is ultimately bad for air travel then a report in the South China Morning Post about Cathay Pacific’s thoughts on smaller seats in 777s is rather bad news.
A question for the future, doesn't Qantas need more than eight of these 787s?
If as Senator Nick Xenophon reminded us in this Fairfax opinion piece, Qantas had successfully extracted a $3 billion unsecured loan from the Abbott Government early in 2014, there would have been some dramatic consequences.
Surely there is a need to see this possible debris field in sharper detail than shown in this ATSB image?
The Australian managed search for the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has no option but to take a very close third look at part of the floor of the southern Indian Ocean where previous sonar scanning detected objects it later dismissed as natural features.
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.