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I have started the ultimate digital photo library of the fascinating world of airliners and airlines. The goal is to have the complete history of all airlines and the various aircraft operated. I have been photographing airplanes since 1965. Join us in this adventure.

Photo: The first Boeing 777X comes together

Boeing has brought together the major fuselage sections to form the first 777X airplane that will take to the skies in 2019.

In a major production milestone called ‘final body join,’ Boeing teams connected the airplane’s nose, mid and aft sections in the company’s factory in Everett, Wash.The jet now measures 252 feet long (77 meters) from nose to tail, making it the longest passenger jet the manufacturer has ever produced.

“The 777X is a new airplane and a new production system,” said Josh Binder, vice president and general manager of the 777X. “With the 777X, the production system was integrated into the development program sooner than any other airplane, and the team is doing a great job of hitting our milestones as expected.”

The 777X builds on the market-leading 777 and the 787 Dreamliner to offer airlines the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world. The airplane provides 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than competing airplanes.

The 777X achieves the unprecedented performance through the introduction of the latest technologies such as the most fuel-efficient commercial engine ever, the GE9X, and a fourth-generation all-new composite wing design that provides lift and efficiency. With the extension of a set of folding, raked wingtips, the airplane’s wing spans 235 feet (72 meters).

By adding folding wingtips, the 777X’s wingspan has been increased to enhance the aerodynamic efficiency of the wing, reducing engine thrust and fuel use. Additionally, the folding wingtips allow the 777X to maintain airport compatibility with the existing 777 family, adding value for customers.

The first 777X introduced will be the 777-9 model, which can seat 400 to 425 passengers in a standard configuration and offer a range of 7,600 nautical miles (14,075 km). Boeing is building on the passenger-preferred interior of today’s 777 and building on 787 interior innovations to create a passenger experience like no other. Passengers will enjoy windows that are larger and located higher on the fuselage than the current 777, along with a wider cabin, new lighting and enhanced architecture.

The first 777X test airplane for static ground testing was completed in September 2018. Three additional flight test airplanes will be built after flight test #1.

The 777X first flight is scheduled for 2019. First delivery is slated for 2020.

Photo: Boeing.

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UPS Airlines receives a special gift from Boeing

UPS Airlines on social media made this announcement:

During delivery of our latest Boeing 747-8F (above), Boeing presented us with this amazing gift (below) – a cutout from a retired Boeing 747 fuselage, with pictures of each UPS Airlines aircraft type, delivered new from Boeing over the last 30 years. Wow! Thank you.

All photos by UPS.

Joon introduces “Cozy Joon” for parents and kids

Joon has made this announcement:

Are you traveling with 2 young children? Joon has innovative, adjustable seats that make you and your family more comfortable on board. Sounds great. Thanks Joon!

Cosy Joon makes it possible for kids to sleep horizontally in a comfy bed and have play space! In an instant, the cabin crew can transform your child’s seat into a comfortable area for him or her to play and sleep. And suddenly, the entire space between rows is all yours!

FOR FAMILIES:
Cosy Joon seats are available for families made up of 1 or 2 adults and 2 young children who are all on the same booking. Seats for 2 children transform into 1 bed for 2 measuring 105 x 76 cm / 41 x 30 in.

An adult must be seated beside his or her children. For security reasons, it is not possible to use Cosy Joon seats for infants under 2 years of age.

PRICING:
Take advantage of Cosy Joon for €20 per family member per flight. According to your family size, the total amount is:

  • For 1 adult and 2 children: 3 x €20 = €60
  • For 2 adults and 2 children: 4 x €20 = €80

BOOK YOUR SEATS:

Starting in November, you can book your Cosy Joon seats :

  • After buying your tickets, in the ‘Your reservations’ area of our website

Please note: there is a limited number of Cosy Joon seats. To best ensure availability, book your seats as early as possible and at least 2 days before departure.

Cosy Joon seats are situated in the 4 middle seats of rows 33 to 36 on our Airbus A340 aircraft.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SAFETY!

To ensure your child’s safety during the flight, we provide an additional seat belt adapted to the bed. All you have to do is sit back and relax.
BENEFITS FOR FLYING BLUE MEMBERS

Cosy Joon seats are free of charge for Flying Blue Silver, Gold and Platinum members. This benefit is only applicable on the price of the seat for Flying Blue members. To take advantage of this benefit, don’t forget to identify yourself with your Flying Blue number when buying your ticket.

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Eurowings introduces its “Sky Blue” cabin crew uniforms, phases out the Germanwings uniforms

More than 3,200 flight attendants take off for the Eurowings Group – since the beginning of November all of them in uniforms in ‘Sky Blue’.

“Now we have a uniform appearance in the cabin and present ourselves to our guests as one company – another visible milestone towards a uniform brand presence in all our flight operations,” says Michael Knitter, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Eurowings Group.

Around 100,000 uniform parts were required for the change of uniform, an average of 30 items of clothing and accessories for each flight attendant. All articles are Öko-Tex-certified and, with a few exceptions, suitable for washing machines.

The last 700 cabin employees at Germanwings changed from blackberry-colored uniforms to ‘Sky Blue’. The dress was a bestseller: more than 500 flight attendants ordered this ‘one-piece’. This means that every female cabin member has at least one of the Eurowings uniform dresses in their wardrobe.

The new uniform in ‘Sky Blue’ was introduced three years ago with the new Eurowings brand identity. The blue uniform is well received by guests and flight attendants alike. Knitter: “It looks fresh, modern and lively – so it suits our crews perfectly.”

Not only are the Eurowings crews on the move in a uniform look, the airline is also pushing ahead with the harmonisation of its brand image elsewhere.

Soon all aircraft will also be painted in Eurowings colors and provided with Eurowings lettering.

This will also mean the end of the Germanwings brand with the repainting and integration. Germanwings currently operates under the Eurowings code and brand although all aircraft have not yet been repainted.

All photos by Eurowings.

Qatar Airways adds the Airbus A380 to its Frankfurt route

Qatar Airways Airbus A380-861 A7-APA (msn 137) LHR (Rob Skinkis). Image: 925281.

Qatar Airways has announced it will add Airbus A380 service to one of its two daily services from Doha (DOH) to Frankfurt (FRA)  from March 31, 2019.

The move will increase the airline’s current daily capacity on the Doha to Frankfurt route by 23 percent, as well as offer passengers the option to choose from First Class on board the A380 or its patented, award-winning Qsuite Business Class experience offered on the Boeing 777 aircraft, which will serve the route’s second daily flight.

The A380 aircraft features a luxurious and exclusive First Class Cabin with ultra-wide seats, which recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, and designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities. Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class can also enjoy direct aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of entertainment options including on-board Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected while up in the air.

In addition, passengers in First and Business Class can relax and socialize at the on-board lounge located on the upper deck of the A380 aircraft (above).

The 517-seat capacity is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class, featuring world-class amenities and first rate services that set it apart from other aircraft. Economy Class passengers also benefit from the added spaciousness of the A380, with higher ceilings on the main deck and a wider seat configuration and design to offer more leg room, plus contoured headrests.

As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans to launch an array of exciting new destinations over the coming months, including Mombasa, Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Daily Flight Schedule: 

Doha (DOH)-Frankfurt (FRA) QR69 Departs: 1:35 Arrives: 7:10 (B777)

Frankfurt (FRA)-Doha (DOH) QR70 Departs: 10:55 Arrives: 17:55 (B777)

Doha (DOH)-Frankfurt (FRA) QR67 Departs: 08:05 Arrives:13:40 (A380)

Frankfurt (FRA)-Doha (DOH) QR68 Departs:17:35 Arrives: 00:35 (A380)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Qatar Airways Airbus A380-861 A7-APA (msn 137) LHR (Rob Skinkis). Image: 925281.

Qatar Airways aircraft slide show:

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Jeju Air orders 40 737 MAX 8s with 10 options

Boeing and Jeju Air announced the airline is ordering 40 737 MAX 8 airplanes with options for 10 additional jets. The deal, valued at up to $5.9 billion at list prices, is the largest order ever placed by a Korean low cost carrier and reflects rising demand for air travel in South Korea.

Jeju Air, based in South Korea’s Jeju Island, began operation in 2005 as the country’s first low-cost carrier. Since that time, the carrier has spearheaded the rapid development of Korea’s LCC market and contributed to the expansion of the broader Korean commercial aviation industry.

Flying a fleet of nearly 40 Next-Generation 737-800s, Jeju Air has steadily expanded its business and its profits. The airline has achieved 25 percent annual sales growth over the past five years and recorded 17 consecutive quarters of profitability.

Jeju Air is looking to build on its success with the enhanced version of the 737 jet. The 737 MAX 8 provides more range and offers 14 percent better fuel efficiency and environmental performance thanks to the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other aerodynamic improvements.

Along with the new airplanes, Boeing Global Services will provide Jeju Air with digital tools to reduce their operating costs. The solutions include the Fuel Dashboard Program, which allows operators to look across their fleet and identify areas where they can optimize their fuel spending.

Jeju Air serves 60 domestic and international routes with approximately 200 daily flights. The carrier is a founding member of the Value Alliance, the first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance formed with eight airlines based in Asia.

Image: Boeing.

United Airlines expands spring schedule, 5 new routes from Denver

United Airlines has made this announcement:

Just in time for Thanksgiving, United Airlines is giving families across the country a topic of conversation everyone can agree on at the dinner table – spring break vacation planning. The airline is adding nearly 150 additional flights between its hubs and popular spring break destinations including Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and select ski destinations.

United also announced the extension of its new seasonal nonstop service between Chicago (O’Hare) and Brownsville/South Padre Island through the end of the spring travel season in April.

Across the United States, United is adding seven additional flights to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; 15 additional flights to 10 cities in Florida; eight more flights to four islands in Hawaii, and 10 more flights to four of Colorado’s top ski destinations, including Vail, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs and Telluride.

Adding five new nonstop flights from Denver

United’s spring network expansion also includes brand-new nonstop service to beach destinations in Florida and Texas. The airline announced it will begin service between Denver and Destin, West Palm Beach, Pensacola and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, and between Denver and Brownsville/South Padre Island in Texas. With this new service, United offers more nonstop service between Denver and Florida than any other airline.