Betty White stars in an “old school” Air New Zealand safety video

Betty White (The Golden Girls) and others star in a hilarious “old school” safety video from (who else?) Air New Zealand!

Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland), Gavin Macleod (The Love Boat) and Jimmy Weldon (The Yogi Bear Show) star in a hilarious “old school” safety video from (who else?) Air New Zealand! Continue reading “Betty White stars in an “old school” Air New Zealand safety video”

ANA and JAL ground their 787 fleet

Due to safety concerns, two of Japan’s largest airlines have announced they would stop flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner until further notice.

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner
ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Photo credit: yasa_)

Due to safety concerns, two of Japan’s largest airlines have announced they would stop flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner until further notice. Operations will resume once “safety is assured”, says ANA, and “after further assessment of the situation with ongoing investigations”, says JAL.

The decision was made in light of an incident onboard ANA flight NH692, a Boeing 787 en route from Yamaguchi Ube to Tokyo Haneda with 137 passengers and crew, none of which were seriously injured. Continue reading “ANA and JAL ground their 787 fleet”

All aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner… today?

787 Arrival at Wisconsin Airventure 2011
787 Arrival at Wisconsin Airventure 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you Google number “787”, chances are you’ll find reports on issues involving Boeing’s newest airliner since the beginning of the month. So far, these problems are triggering scrutiny from the media and obviously causing an amount of concern for certain passengers. I remember one particular case of a frequent flyer making a comparison between new planes and new cars and suggesting to “wait a year or two to get all the ‘recalls’ sorted out”. Is it worth waiting a year or two indeed? First, let’s recap what happened so far this month… Continue reading “All aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner… today?”

Flying the 787, litterally

Boeing flight 286's route. Click above for details. Image from FlightAware.com.

On February 9, 2012, a Boeing 787 left Boeing Field in Seattle for an ETOPS endurance test. 19 hours later, it landed back. So far, nothing unusual.

But, along the way, it flew in such a way that as seen from a flight tracking software, it wrote the numbers “787” and drew a Boeing logo in the sky.

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Spanair ceases operations

Spanair (Madrid Barajas) - P1000493
Image by Patxi64 via Flickr

After 25 years of flying, Spanish airline Spanair announced that it was ceasing operations. In 2011, the government of Catalonia granted the airline a 10.5-million Euro loan as an emergency measure. One year later, Spanair and Qatar Airways were discussing a possible takeover, but the latter pulled out of talks.

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