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What another 32 A380s for Emirates could mean

What another 32 A380s for Emirates could mean

Today’s order of another 32 Airbus A380s by Emirates is about as many of the giant jets as it would need to operate all of its current or approved flights between Australia and New Zealand and its Dubai hub. Or put another way, when Emirates has 90 A380s in service, for argument’s sake, by 2020, […]

A glorious past bites Boeing where it hurts

A glorious past bites Boeing where it hurts

It can be argued that a design choice made for the Boeing 707 about 58 years ago is causing Boeing present day grief. And that choice was to make the 707 sit close to the ground. Too close to it for future changes in engine technology. The low profile chosen for the main gear or […]

This new jet engine is really important

This new jet engine is really important

Reports about progress in jet engine design are generally eye-glazing in their detail, however, the most recent blurb from Rolls-Royce about its E3E program is important for reasons the UK engine maker doesn’t discuss. And that is the “you-go-first, no-please-you-go-before-me” signalling that is going on between Boeing and Airbus over their ambitions to building ‘something […]

How far has myth making outflown the realities of plastic jets?

How far has myth making outflown the realities of plastic jets?

There are some sharp reality checks in recently published NASA documents for anyone who believes the age of lightweight breakthrough composite airlines is about to begin with the Boeing 787 or the Airbus A350 families. These papers were released last week as the NASA N+3 studies into the airliners of the 2030s. They were drawn […]

Porn and air travellers

Porn and air travellers

So, Australian customs officials are now asking a question on the arrival form that technically requires the traveller to decide whether any photos they have of themselves and their lovers is ‘pornography’ when in fact the alternative answers might be that is ‘art’ and that it is definitely ‘none of your business’. In my opinion, […]

Five amazing airliners for the future

Five amazing airliners for the future

How does a ‘virtual window’ for passengers, or a cockpit where the pilots fly lying prone grab you. Or a total of 25 seats across in a flying manta ray blended wing body airliner. A NASA funded program to identify advanced airliner concepts for the 2030s has produced five subsonic designs that address tough rules […]

Qantas & Jetstar 787 time warp persists as Boeing discloses another glitch

Qantas & Jetstar 787 time warp persists as Boeing discloses another glitch

Qantas today confirmed that it expects to gets its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in mid-2013, or five month’s sooner than the first of that model is delivered to launch customer Air NZ in December 2013. Our query as to how the Dreamliner orders were tracking was prompted by Flightblogger’s scoop over a somewhat embarrassing glitch […]

How Qantaslink bent a jet with a 3.6g hard landing

How Qantaslink bent a jet with a 3.6g hard landing

On February 7, 2008, a Qantaslink Boeing 717 was slammed onto the runway at Darwin Airport so hard it deformed and wrinkled the rear of the fuselage sufficiently badly for it to be officially declared an air accident. Of course Qantas insisted at the time that “National Jet [which operated the Qantaslink 717 fleet under […]

Serious AirAsiaX incidents at Gold Coast being investigated

Serious AirAsiaX incidents at Gold Coast being investigated

The ATSB has launched an inquiry into two very dangerous incidents at the Gold Coast Airport last week, on May 3 and May 4, when an AirAsiaX A330-300 dropped below the safe radar minimum altitude while apparently looking for the runway in bad visibility. The announcement of the inquiry says little. But the words mean […]

It’s fog diversion season again in Rockhampton

It’s fog diversion season again in Rockhampton

Last week’s diversion of a Qantas 747-400 inbound from Los Angeles to Brisbane to Rockhampton because of fog gave David Blackwell at its airport some more trophies for his portfolio of jets you don’t really expect to see at an Australian country airport. It can only be a matter of time, and nature, before he […]