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Pessimistic delivery list: Boeing hands over 28 aircraft only
Boeing suffered a significant drop of more than 40% in its deliveries compared to the number of distributed planes in the same period in 2019. The plane delivery list showed that the manufacturer handed only 28 jets to its customers.

Russia's Answer To The Airbus A380: The Sukhoi KR-860
Seven years before the A380 took flight, Russia was dreaming of a large flying people mover. The KR-860 would offer seats for up to 1,000 passengers, with 12 abreast on the main deck and triple aisles, plus a further nine abreast cabin upstairs. A scale model was presented at the Paris Air Show in 1999, but that was the last time the world clapped eyes on the Russian giant.

The Slow Decline Of The Boeing 747-400
The Boeing 747-400 is loved by many. However, its time is almost up. Following a gradual ten year decline in the type’s usage, the current COVID-19 crisis has largely drawn the curtains on the type, with airlines such as British Airways outright retiring a significant portion of the global fleet.

How Long Will The Already-Built 737 MAXs Take To Enter Service ?
Boeing has set itself an ambitious timeline for delivering the stored inventory of 737 MAX aircraft. Earlier this year, it said it wanted to get most of the 450 aircraft settled with airlines within the first year of the type being approved to fly again.


As Airbus A380 exits, what future holds for Etihad Airways fleet ?
In 2015, Etihad Airways changed the definition of luxury onboard an aircraft when its Residence suite, a three-room first-class offering that included a bedroom, a living room, and a lavatory with a private shower, took to the skies for the first time. Five years later, the market has shifted and the Airbus A380 is not needed anymore due to its massive operating costs. Without the double-decker, what does the future hold for the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s fleet ?

SKY express orders four Airbus A320neo
The Greek airline SKY express becomes a new Airbus client by placing a firm order for four A320neo aircraft.
The planes will be powered by two CFM-International’s Leap-1A engines.

Delta to speed up retirement of 49 Boeing 767-300ERs
Delta Air Lines, one of the major airlines of the United States, plans to retire its remaining 49 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The largest operator of the 767-300ERs in passenger configuration scheduled a gradual retirement of jets by December 2025.

Croatia Airlines Doesn't Want To Use Its A320s For 2 Months
Croatia Airlines is preparing to park some of its aircraft for the long-term. The Croatian flag carrier’s mechanics division estimates some aircraft will be parked for “a long time”, perhaps even a year. The Airbus A320s, of which Croatia Airlines has two, will not be used at all until Christmas.

JetBlue Targets Ski Destinations With Even More New Routes
JetBlue has today launched new routes to five cities in the west of the United States. The new routes that will launch by December are targeted around travelers looking to escape to ski resorts.

Lufthansa To Celebrate Final Berlin Tegel Flight With Airbus A350
Lufthansa is to celebrate its final flight to Berlin’s Tegel Airport with an Airbus A350. The old Berlin Airport is set to close in early November as the city’s new Brandenburg Airport finally opens, following ten years of delays.

A Look At Ryanair’s Crazy 200 Seat Boeing 737
Ryanair is currently hoping that it will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in early 2021. The airline has firm orders for 135 MAX 200 aircraft, with a further order for the larger Boeing 737 MAX 10 potentially on the cards.

China's Juneyao Opens Its Second Helsinki Route
This Monday saw the inauguration of Juneayo’s second route from China to Helsinki. The once-weekly flight to the Finnish capital is part of a continued codeshare collaboration with Finnair and is currently the only nonstop service from Zhengzhou to Europe.


Mobile food and drink ordering platform introduced at Teesside Airport
Teesside International Airport (MME) has made it easier than ever for passengers to order food and refreshments in a safe, COVID-19-secure way while waiting for their flight.
The OrderNext ordering platform is now live at the airport’s departure lounge café and bar, and is the latest in a series of improvements for passengers at Teesside Airport.

Quito Airport begins work on new import cargo distribution area
Construction work has begun on the new import cargo distribution area at Quito International Airport (UIO).
The first stone was laid at the Tabacarcen cargo logistics centre, where the investment of $2 million will see the new distribution area expected to be completed in mid-2021.

Hamad Airport first to receive BSI certification for COVID-19 safety protocols
Hamad International Airport (HIA) has become the first entity in the world to achieve independent verification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) for its implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocols.


BAE’s surveillance pseudo-satellite completes endurance trials
BAE announced that their Persistent High-Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35), a drone capable of loiter for up to one year in the upper atmosphere, has completed critical endurance trials in a harsh simulated environment.

The New Air Force One: What We Know So Far
The United States Air Force is getting some new presidential transport. While the VC25Bs, which will be designated Air Force One when the president is onboard, won’t be delivered until 2024, some details about the upgrade are already in the public domain. Here’s what we know about the replacement Air Force One so far.

The Air Force's Secret New Fighter Jet Could Pack This Highly Classified Tech
In September, the U.S. Air Force shocked the world when it announced it had secretly designed, built, and tested a new fighter jet—all in the astonishingly short span of just one year.
The secret new fighter jet—if it's even a new "fighter" at all—is part of the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, an Air Force project designed to supplement and eventually replace the F-22 Raptor.

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1. What airplane produced by a well-known aircraft manufacturer was rejected by the U.S. Army in 1973 because it could be brought down by bow and arrow?

2. What is the largest, post-World War II, piston-powered, twin-engine airplane designed from scratch and produced exclusively as a general aviation airplane?

3. Why should every dedicated pilot fly at least once to KFFA?

4. Several types of liaison airplanes served the U.S. military during World War II. Best known of these were the first five, the L-1, L-2, L-3, L-4, and L-5. Can you identify these utilitarian “L-birds?”

5. Almost everyone has heard of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, but what is the Lightning II?

6. U.S. military flight-crew positions often have nicknames. What are the official positions of a boomer, a GAFO (pronounced GAY-fo), a raven, a GIB (pronounced gib), and a whizzo?

7. The Pratt & Whitney J58 (JT11D) engines that powered the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird use JP-7 fuel so inert that it could not be ignited with spark or ignition plugs. How was this exotic fuel ignited during engine start?

8. On November 13, 1942, and after having survived in a life raft in the western Pacific for 23 days, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, Col. Hans Adamson, and Pvt. John Bartek were found by the pilot of a Vought-Sikorsky Kingfisher, a U.S. Navy seaplane. What was so unusual about the subsequent rescue?

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