Live: Boeing 787 drawing a giant aircraft over the USA

Boeing 787 draws a dreamliner

Keen Flight Radar 24 viewers have today been treated to a nice surprise from Boeing. The aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle over 12 hours ago and it’s since been making its way across the USA, drawing what is starting to look like a 787 on the popular Flight Radar 24 tracking app. The Boeing 787-8 aircraft, a test aircraft with registration N7874, callsign “BOE004” took off at 15:38 West Coast time (23:38 UK Time) from Boeing Field in Seattle. It made it’s way out towards Wisconsin, before turning…

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New Airbus A350-1000 carries out test flights over UK

Share Users of FlightRadar24.com may have noticed today that there was an unusual visitor in UK airspace. Airbus’ latest A350, the stretched -1000 version is in Cardiff for a short test flight programme which ends this Thursday. The tracks shown by Flight Radar show the aircraft test flying over Wales, in uncontrolled airspace which is ideal for this type of flight. The -1000, a stretched model seating 40 more people than the existing A350-900, is on course for certification in the second half of this year after its first flight…

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New larger Airbus Beluga XL on track

Beluga XL

Announced in 2014, the new Beluga XL, a bigger Beluga based on the Airbus A330-200 aircraft, will replace the current A300 model, that will eventually be retired after operating alongside the new variant. The new Beluga XL will have 30% more capacity and will be able to carry two A350XWB wings at a time. The first large sections, one central and two lateral rear section panels, arrived on 12 April 2017 at the Toulouse Final Assembly facility a factory in Berantevillain Spain. The new aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700…

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Boeing MAX 10X aircraft could be delivered by 2020

Boeing 737 Max 10x

A senior Boeing executive yesterday said that the airline’s latest aircraft the Boeing 737 Max 10X could be delivered as early as 2020, if an airline places an order before the end of 2017. The comments were made by Boeing chief project engineer and deputy program manager Michael Teal, on the day that the first Boeing 737 Max 9 is set to take to the sky on it’s maiden test flight. The Boeing 737 Max 10X has been marketed by Boeing as a competitor to the Airbus A320neo, with increased passenger capacity…

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IAG launches new low cost long haul airline

LEVEL Airline

International Airlines Group (IAG) have announced the launch of LEVEL a new low-cost carrier that will connect Barcelona with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana. IAG announced that the new airline will fly two brand-new Airbus A330 aircraft, which will branded in their own LEVEL livery and will be configured to carry 293 passengers in economy and 21 premium economy passengers. The new low-cost will be operated by Iberia crew and they announced that around 250 new jobs will be created at their base in Barcelona. LEVEL…

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British Airways teams up with celebrities for Red Nose Day

British Airways has today launched a number of comedy videos for the upcoming ‘Red Nose Day’ charity event, featuring David Walliams, Tom Daley and Emma Bunton, who are all dressed as British Airways staff, surprising customer in Heathrow Terminal 5, in support of Comic Relief, the UK airline’s charity partner. Spice Girl and radio presenter Emma Bunton can be seen in the video at BA’s ‘check-in kiosks’, assisting unsuspecting customers, asking if they may have packed nay ‘sporty or ginger’ products. Little Britain and Come Fly With Me comedian David…

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Ryanair Head of Training: “Ireland should be the capital of the billion-euro student pilot industry”

Future of flight training in Ireland

Ryanair’s Head of Training and Deputy Chief Pilot believes that Ireland could become the capital of the billion-euro student pilot training industry. Andy O’Shea firmly believes that Ireland could be top for pilot training with minimal investment, citing that the infrastructure is already there. The Head of Training said that “more than a third of the industries current stock pile of pilots will retire between now and 2027”. He went on to say: “The conservative estimate that I’ve researched is that between now and 2026, the world needs 250,000 pilots,”…

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Ryanair Announces New Frankfurt Routes

Ryanair expansion

Ryanair are set to challenge German flag-carrier Lufthansa at Frankfurt Hub, by increasing based aircraft from two to seven next winter (Winter 2017). New routes from Frankfurt include UK flights, to Manchester and Stansted as well as Madrid and Milan, along with several leisure destinations which will be announced shortly, bringing their total destinations from Frankfurt to twenty-four. Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has had to back track on his word, when he said he would never fly to or from Germany’s main hubs. The airline aims to squeeze out competition…

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Norwegian launches long-haul 737 flights from UK

Norwegian Airlines 737 Max

Norwegian Airlines this week announced their latest transatlantic routes, using Boeing 737 Max aircraft from 5 different Irish and UK airports to the United States. The services are scheduled to start in June 2017 and will connect with Hartford, Newburgh Stewart and Providence on the US East Coast. Norwegian will operate their fleet of brand-new Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft to the three US destinations from Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon airports, 38 times a week. The aircraft will be configured with 189 seats, the same as their current fleet of…

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White House says Norwegian of ‘huge’ economic interest

Norwegian Long Haul USA deal

Norwegian’s plans to expand with its Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International got a boost from the White House today, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying the US has a “huge economic interest” in the airline’s growth. “There is a deal in which [Norwegian’s] having 50% of the crews and the pilots are American based, they’re flying Boeing planes – there’s a huge economic interest that America has in that deal right now,” he says during a press briefing today. Spicer’s comments are the first by a Trump administration official on…

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