Monthly Archive: January 2011

Qantas to fly world’s longest 747 route

A 747-438ER pictured at Los Angeles in 2009 is the same model aircraft to be utilized on the new route.  (Photo: Mark Plumley - OPShots.net)

In 1989, just to show off, Qantas demonstrated the phenomenal range of the new-fangled Boeing 747-400 by flying non-stop from London to Sydney in a little more than 20 hours. The trip required special ”high specific gravity” fuel and there were no passengers as they would have made the plane too heavy to get the …

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Horizon Air to ‘retire its public brand’ in favor of Alaska Air – USATODAY.com

A Horizon Dash 8 Q-400 lands at LAX in 2009 (Photo: Mark Plumley - OPShots.net

The Horizon Air name is on its way into the aviation history books as a standalone brand. The regional carrier announced today that it will start to “retire its public brand and adopt Alaska Airlines’ Eskimo.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes “Horizon will repaint its Q400s with a new scheme saying ‘Alaska’ across the fuselage, with …

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Mexicana Plans Feb. 14 Return To Service | AVIATION WEEK

A Mexicana Airbus A320 pictured at Miami International, a destination it plans to resume service to on February 14  (Photo: Chuck Slusarczyk Jr. - OPShots.net)

Mexicana de Aviacion’s revival plan now expects to return the carrier to revenue service Feb. 14 with a fleet of six operational Airbus A320s and one spare. The much-delayed return of Mexicana took its first solid step forward last week when the airline operated two maintenance certification flights. The revival continued this week with the …

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Court Nixes Santa Monica Large BizJet Ban | AVIATION WEEK

A NetJets Cessna Citation X business jet at Santa Monica  (Photo: Chris Jacobs - OPShots.net)

The city of Santa Monica, Calif., Jan. 21 lost its long battle with FAA over the city’s effort to prevent large business jets from landing at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the city’s petition. The court ruled that FAA was not being “arbitrary …

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