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Singapore Airlines Cancels the World's Longest Commercial Flights

Singapore Airlines Cancels the World's Longest Commercial Flights Nov 5th, 2013 at 4:43PM: Flickr/Aero Icarus The longest commercial flights in the world -- Singapore Airlines' flights 21 and 22, running between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey -- are slated for cancellation The Economist's Gulliver blog reports. The flights traverse 9,525 miles in about 19 hours. Qantas's 8,576-mile route between Sydney and Dallas now has the top honor, according to USA Today, with Delta's Atlanta...

First Public Commercial Flight Simulators To Open In London

First Public Commercial Flight Simulators To Open In London Jun 13th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Courtesy Emirates Airlines The first public commercial flight simulators, including two Airbus 380s and two Boeing 777s, are the centerpiece of a new aviation-themed attraction by Dubai-based Emirates Airlines that will open in London this July. The simulators will utilize full landscape visuals to allow visitors to test what it feels like to take off and land commercial jets. The technology is...

Airbus Will Introduce Self-Tracking Baggage Line

Airbus Will Introduce Self-Tracking Baggage Line Jun 7th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Design Q, Vimeo.com Airplane manufacturer Airbus has been cooking up another innovation: a "smart bag" that allows travelers to check in and track their luggage from their phone. The tech-infused piece of luggage, Bag2Go, contains sensors and an RFID chip that communicates with airlines systems - including check-in and security - and relays the information to an iPhone app. For packing and...

An Airplane Is Born: Airbus A350 Shows Off Paint Job, Ready For Test Flights

An Airplane Is Born: Airbus A350 Shows Off Paint Job, Ready For Test Flights May 13th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The first flyable Airbus A350 emerged from a hangar in southwestern France earlier today, showing off a freshly painted livery stamped with the Airbus logo. But the significance of this morning's roll out goes beyond just a few layers of paint; according to Airbus, the plane has passed a number of milestones, including flight-test-instrument (FTI) verification, and should be ready for its...

Airline Hopes To Avoid Volcanic Ash Clouds With New Technology

Airline Hopes To Avoid Volcanic Ash Clouds With New Technology May 10th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Volcanic ash is something commercial airliners want nothing to do with. When Alaska's Cleveland volcano erupted not long ago, shooting low levels of ash into the atmosphere, many airlines were concerned. Another blast could send ash higher, directly into their flight path between Asia and North America, causing major flight schedule disruptions. But while most airlines watch and wait, one is...

Cockpit Chronicles: A Captain No More

Cockpit Chronicles: A Captain No More Mar 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Occasionally, pilots seek out a better ride by climbing a few thousand feet. Sacrificing a bit of fuel to climb earlier than scheduled often makes sense as long as there's less turbulence at the new altitude. But it's frustrating to discover that the premature climb didn't help and then find yourself headed back to where you started. Discontinuing a takeoff roll or performing a missed approach...

Aircraft Boarding Challenges Bring Innovative Designs

Aircraft Boarding Challenges Bring Innovative Designs Sep 26th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Boarding commercial aircraft, from a traveler's point of view, is all about getting to our seats, stowing gear and getting underway. We hope to have overhead bin space available, a reasonably comfortable seat and an on-time departure. Airlines are right there with us on the getting to our seats part and getting underway; they could not agree more. It's a major issue so aircraft designers...

The Future Of Air Travel Looks Good, By Airbus

The Future Of Air Travel Looks Good, By Airbus Jul 14th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The future of air travel can be defined in a number of ways. Right now more legroom, lower fares and a muzzle on barking luggage fees would be nice. But what will air travelers want and need in the future? Aircraft manufacturers have to consider factors ranging from environmental concerns to building long-term business relationships, pitting face-to-face meetings (increasing demand for...

Airlines On Course For Better Passenger Experience

Airlines On Course For Better Passenger Experience Jul 9th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Airlines continue to chip away at costs while making efforts to increase sales, all to make for a rosy picture on the bottom line. Passengers often see the down side to it all through baggage fees, tight seats and not much legroom. But behind the scenes, the airline industry is making changes and introducing new products that will make them more profitable and lead to a better passenger...

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video)

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video) Mar 8th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Powerful engines providing stellar performance and short field capabilities are just some of the features that set the Boeing 757 apart from the rest. But there has to be something that pilots dislike on the airplane, right? Well, there are two features in particular that I don't care for. I dream that someday someone from Boeing or Airbus will call me for advice on cockpit ergonomics. Each...

Travel Like a Boss: Onboard Singapore Airlines new A380 out of JFK

Travel Like a Boss: Onboard Singapore Airlines new A380 out of JFK Feb 15th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Casting away most comforts afforded a modern traveler, Gadling Labs typically ventures out as cost-effective as possible; be it on a boat, the back of a pickup truck or the occasional Mongolian yak. But when Singapore Airlines announced they were bringing the A380 to the United States, we couldn't resist. Packing our bags for JFK we checked in on the new aircraft which started service among...

Engineers call for grounding of A380 after cracks found in wings

Engineers call for grounding of A380 after cracks found in wings Jan 9th, 2012 at 9:00PM: The Daily Mail reports this evening that cracks found in the wing sections of several Airbus A380 jumbo jets have led to deep concern among a group of Australian aircraft engineers. Calling for the grounding of all A380 aircraft, the group highlighted recent faults uncovered in the wing structures of several Singapore Airlines and Qantas jets in their complaint. Acknowledging the cracks, the...

United Airlines to order A380 jumbo jet?

United Airlines to order A380 jumbo jet? Dec 3rd, 2011 at 9:00AM: Things are going pretty well for United this year. Full approval for their merger with Continental Airlines went through, they became the first domestic carrier to adopt bio fuel and one of their biggest competitors has gone bankrupt. Their media and public relations departments should get the rest of the year off. In fact, they should buy us dinner. In addition to all of that good news,...

Cockpit Chronicles: There's more behind the Air France 447 crash than pilot error

Cockpit Chronicles: There's more behind the Air France 447 crash than pilot error Aug 12th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Recently a couple of pilots found themselves in a situation that was foreign and perplexing to them; a scenario the designers of the airplane hadn't fully expected. They fought their way for 3 minutes and 30 seconds while trying to understand what was happening after a failure of one of the pitot static systems on their Airbus A330. At times the flying pilot's inputs exacerbated the problem when...

Cockpit Chronicles: Eight ways to slow a jet

Cockpit Chronicles: Eight ways to slow a jet Jul 31st, 2011 at 9:00AM: One of my first posts on Cockpit Chronicles was an explanation on how to park a 757. At the risk of catering only to people who have recently acquired their own Boeing jets, I'd like to continue with another lesson. The eight ways to slow a jet When you're driving your 5-speed manual transmission car and you exit an offramp, besides just taking your foot off the gas pedal, there are a couple...

American Airlines makes largest purchase in airline history

Jul 22nd, 2011 at 10:30AM: There was deep speculation in the airline nerdery about whether American Airlines was going to be making a purchase at the Paris Air Show, and though the event came and went without a spark of activity, a palpable sense of excitement has been humming ever since. After all, with one of the oldest fleets on the planet, there was no doubt that American needs to freshen up -- it was just a matter of...

Search for Air France 447 to resume

Search for Air France 447 to resume Nov 28th, 2010 at 8:00AM: French air accident investigators announced yesterday that search teams will return to a remote region of the Atlantic to resume the search for Air France Flight 447 in early 2011. Officials from the airline and the investigative agency recently met with families of the passengers on board that flight, who urged them to continue the search for the missing plane. Those families have lingering...

Airbus reveals super future fancyplane concept

Airbus reveals super future fancyplane concept Jul 23rd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Part of the fun in each year's leading air shows comes in the showboating. Whether it's the newest, best window technology from PPG, the sexiest landing gear from Goodrich or the quietest, most efficient jet engine from Pratt and Whitney, people love seeing new products and the way that our future might look. And just like auto shows around the planet, where concept cars with futuristic designs...

The world's longest and shortest flights

The world's longest and shortest flights Jul 12th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Because you're just apoplectic to find out how you can maximize your time on an airplane, right? We covered this a while back, but things keep changing: planes keep getting bigger, stronger, and faster, routes change based on demand and somehow, we keep increasing our tolerance for being locked up and pressurized like pringles in a can. Fortunately, the world's many airline nerds have already done...

Dubai based Emirates places $11.5 billion Airbus A380 order

Dubai based Emirates places $11.5 billion Airbus A380 order Jun 8th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Dubai based Emirates just placed a whopping $11.5 billion order for 32 Airbus A380's. This is in addition to the ten they currently own and the 48 they still have on order - which instantly makes them the largest customer of the super jumbo. Once all their orders are delivered, Emirates will operate a fleet of 90 A380's - worth about $30 billion. This news comes hot off the heels of the...

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