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Dreamliner wings: Half broken or half fixed?

Boeing isn’t revealing more about the destructive testing of the wing box of the 787 Dreamliner until Tuesday US time. Video highlights will be then posted. The editing process seems to be as glacial as the project itself. Earlier today we mistakenly believed there was to be a press conference on the same day. Apparently […]

Breaking news, Dreamliner wing box snaps

Breaking news, Dreamliner wing box snaps

This is the first picture of the broken wing box on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has been tested to destruction in Everett near Seattle. It isn’t yet clear if this is good news or bad news. The wing box was meant to break at not less than 150% of the maximum stress load anticipated […]

Out of control commentaries

Plane Talking is starting a blog roll that includes ‘out of control’ commentaries that can be found in sites that will lead you to the sometimes gritty candid videos of YouTube or at others to unhappy punters describing in detail how which airline failed to deliver. Airlines and airports and aerospace companies deploy enormous resources […]

For the love of airports

It is getting harder to like airports. Leaping out of a logistics blog in the UAE was an item about that problem from Tom Ronell, who manages an investment portfolio that also includes a luxury private jet arm that ensures that royalty, celebrities, and camera shy government and business figures can do business in Africa, […]

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Speechless in Seattle

Boeing has announced ‘adjustments’ to the delivery dates for the 748 freighter and 748i passenger jet, both of them the final models of their type in the long history of the 747. The slippery wording of the announcement really means the freighter version is running one year late into the last quarter of 2010 and […]

Facebook in the sky…in a blue nightie!

Air France KLM is bringing social networking to its flights. Via a site called (gasp)! The concept is daring to say the least. Members of its frequent flyer program can interact Facebook-style with others booked on the same flight for example, and, well, chat each other up, organise a date, share a taxi, or […]

Under the pump. Will airlines ‘hide’ their fuel surcharges?

The roll back of fuel surcharges on airfares continues apace as oil drops even faster and further than the Australian dollar. Virgin Blue is the latest example. It has cut its surcharges by 20%, to $19 per domestic sector and $35 per international flight across the Tasman or within the nearer South Pacific and PNG. […]

Boeing’s bad day out

If the news about the Dreamliner screw up this morning (in today’s Crikey) isn’t bad enough to warrant being sneaked out on US election day, there is also a further problem with its single aisle 737 assembly process in Seattle. One of assembly lines was kept partially open during the recent 57 day machinists strike […]

Lufthansa & the Virgins, will they make love or war?

An intensely interesting situation has arisen in Europe after Lufthansa assumed outright control of UK carrier bmi after chairman Sir Michael Bishop exercised a £318 million option to sell them his stake, lifting the German carrier’s equity to 80%. Sir Richard Branson, who shares Virgin Atlantic 51:49 with the less than thrilled owners of Singapore […]

Price fixing is theft

Qantas has announced a $20 million settlement with the ACCC in relation to price fixing within its freight division in Australia. It has previously settled its liability for similar conduct by its employees in the US, and says it could take several years to conclude its involvement in related investigations in Europe and elsewhere which […]

C’mon tigger, come out and play

Jetstar keeps trying to entice Tiger Airways to ‘come out and play’. The current ‘playground’ is Adelaide, which Tiger has been trying to mark as its own with recent announcements of new routes from the city. Today’s Jetstar response has been to announce new flights from Adelaide to Perth and Cairns from February, with introductory […]

Jetzilla meets the original V-jet

Jetzilla meets the original V-jet

What a shame Qantas didn’t shine a bit more of the spotlight on the original article when its first A380 inaugurated commercial services by the giant Airbus at LAX this week. That small object on the left in this photo by Joshua Bray is John Travolta’s own Boeing 707-138B, painted in the V-jet livery in […]

The fright is airborne

The fright is airborne

A great shot of an EVA Air of Taiwan 747 leaving Schiphol Airport at Amsterdam, taken by Dutch photographer Points1. The image was found on The Lowy Interpreter together with some interesting foreign affairs stories that have yet to make it into the general media. Apparently the distance between the fence and the edge of […]

New Melbourne money machine takes off

If the TV coverage of this morning’s inaugural Qantas A380 departure from Melbourne to Los Angeles is a good guide the fully laden jet took off in 23-25 seconds. That is incredibly prompt for a jet with all 450 seats occupied for a 14 hour flight. The Boeing 747-400s the bigger jet replaces could never […]

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

The US Federal Aviation Administration or FAA has put up a new resource on Lessons Learned from major crashes. So far there are 11 accidents on the website with plans to expand it to 40. With several of them outside the US already on the list it is possible that an Australian accident that changed […]

A unique incident that needs further examination

The ATSB media briefing this evening, at a time and place almost no-one could attend and without dial-in facilities, has described the QF 72 accident as being caused by a ‘unique’ fault in the jet’s computer linked control systems. A detailed statement issued after the briefing puts the spotlight on one of three sets of […]

QF 72 late developments

The ATSB has called a media conference to update the public on its QF 72 inquiry for this evening, coincidentally after most of the first editions of tomorrow’s newspapers will be locked up. Earlier today someone in CASA drew the technical media’s attention to this list of airworthiness directives that apply to the Airbus A330-300 […]

Inside the QF 72 investigation

The ATSB held another briefing on the QF 72 accident today which includes an animation of the episodes of uncontrolled flight, a pitch up from level cruise and two dives which might even squeeze in between the financial crisis coverage on tonight’s news casts. In fact it resembles some of the graphs of the flight […]