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How much does an airplane diversion cost?

How much does an airplane diversion cost? Aug 19th, 2008 at 9:30AM: Lately we've been reading tons of stories about unruly passengers getting intoxicated on aircraft, making a ruckus and causing flights to make emergency landings. Whether they got tanked and tried to open the emergency exit mid-flight, drank too much in first class and ran around naked or struck a flight attendant with a bottle of vodka, drunken passengers have been all over the place this summer,...

Emirates A380 arrives in New York!

Emirates A380 arrives in New York! Aug 3rd, 2008 at 12:00PM: Dubai's Emirates Airlines made its inaugural Airbus A380 flight into New York's John F Kennedy airport this past Friday, on what will now become America's first regularly scheduled service with the the new two story jumbo jet. Gadling was on hand to capture some sweet photos in and around the aircraft, as well as through a press conference detailing the coming Emirates events. The airline...

How much are those Heathrow landing slots worth?

How much are those Heathrow landing slots worth? Jul 16th, 2008 at 2:30PM: Now that Open Skies is in full effect, carriers left and right are scrambling to take advantage of all of the sweet landing slots in the EU's congested airports. Case in point, London's Heathrow Airport. Most travelers flying into the United Kingdom prefer landing at Heathrow because of better connections and proximity to London via the Tube. But landing slots at LHR are all full, so whenever one...

A new era for zeppelin travel?

A new era for zeppelin travel? Jul 7th, 2008 at 11:00AM: Do you remember reading about the Hindenburg disaster in history class? You know, that giant blimp that burst into flames in New Jersey in 1936 1937, killing all most of the passengers onboard? For the fledgling blimp tourism industry of the 1930's, that was pretty much the end of the line. However, according to recent news, the blimp is experiencing a resurgence as a trendy new vehicle for the...

Lightning strikes twice on Irish flights

Lightning strikes twice on Irish flights Jan 7th, 2008 at 5:00PM: Fliers arriving at the Shannon Airport in Ireland on Saturday morning were greeted by a powerful force from Mother Nature -- two Aer Lingus planes were hit by lightning as they landed, according to reports. No one was injured, but both aircrafts had minor damage that prevented them from continuing on to the Irish capital, Dublin. Needless to say, it's pretty rare for two flights to get struck by...

Speed-dating at 35,000 feet in Europe

Speed-dating at 35,000 feet in Europe Dec 13th, 2007 at 3:00PM: Catherine recently talked about finding love at the airport and the popularity of online social networking to meet someone while hauled-up at the airport. But, if you want to skip the whole courage building process to approach the hottie you saw whilst boarding, or want immediate interaction with not one, but plenty of singles looking for in-flight spice, Central Europe's low-budget airline Sky...

Would you want to stay connected at 35,000 feet?

Would you want to stay connected at 35,000 feet? Dec 8th, 2007 at 12:00PM: I remember how thrilled I was when wireless became so common place at airports, and although talked about for a few years now, it always surprised me how it hadn't got onto flights yet. Little did I know that the Internet-on-flights saga has had its twists and turns. Although never introduced on any American airlines, Internet has been on certain carriers since 2004. The broadband service was...

Dubai Air Show set to soar in the Emirate

Dubai Air Show set to soar in the Emirate Nov 9th, 2007 at 4:30PM: It is easy to be oblivious to events happening in Dubai, simply because of the number of them happening throughout the year. Most of them are hyped in the media to give you nausea (e.g.GITEX), or they are events that you go to just to be seen (e.g.Dubai World Cup). One exception is the Dubai Air Show. This year, it will be held from November 11-15 and will host: 850 exhibitors from over 50...

China to Compete With Boeing and Airbus

China to Compete With Boeing and Airbus Mar 19th, 2007 at 1:01PM: By announcing plans to build a plane that can carry more than 150 people, China has officially become a competitor of Boeing and Airbus. The larger jets won't be finished until 2020 at the earliest, but the China Aviation Industry Corporation has already started building a smaller, regional plane that can carry up to 105 people. Increased wealth in China has made flying a more viable means of...

Birds Inspire Aircraft Of The Future

Birds Inspire Aircraft Of The Future Feb 13th, 2007 at 5:08PM: The people designing tomorrow's aircraft are turning to animals for inspiration. In an effort to create a plane that would make no noticeable noise outside an airport, the Silent Aircraft Initiative is mimicking owls. The owl's fringe-like feathers muffle the passing air as the bird swoops in for the kill -- an age-old technology that could be Incorporated into planes of the future. But it's...

Pimp my Jet: Vladimir Putin

Pimp my Jet: Vladimir Putin Jan 31st, 2007 at 8:47AM: So, you think that first class upgrade you got was great, huh? Well, sneak a peek at these shots of Russian President Vladimir Putin's jet. The source page is in Russian, but even with Babelfish, I couldn't find out much more information. I doubt that all of the adornments are real gold, but you never know. The rest of the photo set includes pictures of a conference area, bar, and entertainment...

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