Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft 5Y-JWC for Kenyan regional airline Jetways Airlines is a Fokker 50 that is 33 years old. It is 1 of 213 Fokker 50s (which are turboprops) produced and is powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127Bs. The Fokker 50 seats 58 people. 5Y-JWC was originally delivered to Aer Lingus in January 1989 under […]

China’s Tianfu Airport completes first test flights

Tianfu Airport, an international airport under construction in the central Chinese province of Sichuan, has completed its first test flights. Major Chinese airlines Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, Chengdu Airlines and Sichuan Airlines all brought their signature aircraft to test out at the new airport. Air China flew its Boeing 747-8, China […]

Air Serbia to begin flights to Geneva in March

Air Serbia will begin flights to the Swiss city of Geneva from the Serbian capital Belgrade on the 1st of March. Air Serbia already flies to the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich. It plans to operate 2 flights a week to Geneva, one on Mondays and another on Fridays. The Belgrade to Geneva route was […]

Volotea has retired its Boeing 717 fleet

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea has retired its remaining 9 Boeing 717s. It was the last European operator of the type and was 1 of 4 operators of the type as of the beginning of this year. Volotea received its 1st Boeing 717 (which was its 1st aircraft) in May 2012, EI-EWI, when the airline started […]

China Airlines to retire its Boeing 747 fleet

The last China Airlines (the flag carrier of Taiwan) Boeing 747 flight will occur on February the 6th, after which China Airlines’ will officially retire its Boeing 747 fleet. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 747-400, which is, interestingly enough, the last passenger Boeing 747-400 produced, B18215. It will takeoff from Taoyuan, a […]

Italy to have new flag carrier in April

As of April this year, Italy will have a new flag carrier under the name of ITA (Italia Transporto Aereo). The airline will possess 52 aircraft (43 narrowbodies and 9 widebodies) instead of Alitalia’s 104 and will reduce operations from 114 destinations in total to 60 (domestic and international). This comes after 3 years of […]

The Supermarine Spiteful: the Spitfire’s replacement

By 1944, the RAF was looking for a piston-engined aircraft that would replace its aging Spitfire, that had been the main British fighter aircraft since the beginning of the Battle of Britain in 1940. Although later versions of the Spitfire became more powerful, with updated engines and better aerodynamics, there was a need for a […]

Aircraft of the week:

This Airbus A320-200, registered under the name YL-LCU, has been with 6 different airlines in its 19-year history. Built at Airbus’ Airbus A320 assembly unit in Toulouse (France), it was first delivered to German leisure airline LTU International in April 2002 under the registration number D-ALTG. It was 1 of 12 Airbus A320s that operated […]

New Ilyushin Il-114 turboprop completes 1st flight

Yesterday, the Ilyushin Il-114-300 turboprop completed its 1st flight at Zukhovsky Airfield near Moscow, Russia. The aircraft carries up to 68 passengers and is powered by 2 Klimov TV7-117SM engines. It has been created to link passengers in remote parts of Russia with polar or tundra-like climates and poor infrastructure to cities and towns. Yury […]

Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft OE-LTK for People’s Viennaline (an Austrian charter airline based at the Swiss airport of St-Gallen Altenrhein), this Embraer 170LR (long range) has been in service with 5 airlines, all of which are situated in Europe. Embraer 170s are powered by 2 high-bypass General Electric CF-34s and have a maximum seating of 66 passengers in […]

Montenegro Airlines introduces 4 new routes

Montenegro Airlines (the flag carrier of Montenegro) will introduce flights from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica to the cities of Kiev (the capital of Ukraine), Lisbon, Istanbul and Prague from the 28th of March next year. These flights will all be seasonal, taking place in the summer. The airline has already created a flight schedule for […]

Virgin Australia cancels 23 Boeing 737 MAX orders

Virgin Australia has canceled 23 Boeing 737 MAX orders. Its original order was of 48 aircraft, but that has now been lowered to 25. This is due to the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic and the end of its takeover by Boston-based Bain Capital last month. All its canceled orders are for the […]

La Nova: another Swiss start-up?

After Air Ticino, which has not yet started operations, could Geneva-based start-up La Nova be the solution to a rather poor last decade for the Swiss aviation industry? This year, we saw Swiss start-up Fly Bair begin operations this July, but it’s main route network, which consisted of flights from Swiss capital Bern to different […]