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About Bruce Drum

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.

FlyViking to start operations on March 27

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FlyViking has announced it will start up flights from Tromsø‚ Hammerfest and Bodø on March 27‚ 2017.

From April 18, 2017 the new airline will start up flights from Svolvær.

This comes after FlyViking AS received its Air Operators Certificate – AOC.

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FlyViking’s goal is to provide scheduled operations on regional airports in Norway that can only be handled by regional aircraft (aircraft up to approximately 78 seats).

The initial fleet will be build on the Bombardier DHC-8-100 (DHC-8-101 Dash 8 LN-FVA, msn 017).

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FlyViking is owned by Viking Air Norway AS, that in turn are owned by a number of shareholders with Ola OK Giaever jr, the founder and Chairman of the Board, – as the largest investor.

Our main operational adress and base are located in Tromsø, Flyplassveien 31.

All images by FlyViking.

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Boeing rolls out the first 787-10 Dreamliner

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The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut on February 17, 2017 at Boeing South Carolina.

The 787-10, built exclusively at Boeing South Carolina, will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks.

Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The airplane has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.

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The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency. As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s preferred passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition. The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing’s twin-aisle strategy, which offers a modern, optimized and efficient airplane family in every market segment. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.

Top Photo: Boeing.

Copyright Photo Below: Jay Selman. N528ZC is officially designated as a 787-10 (msn 60256).

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Eurowings operates its last Bombardier CRJ900 revenue flight

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Eurowings operated its last Bombardier aircraft revenue flight on February 15, 2017. The airline ended an era when it retired its last Bombardier CRJ900 and will now focus on its Airbus-only fleet.
The pictured D-ACNM operated flight EW4187 between Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden to Hamburg.

Copyright Photo: Eurowings (Lufthansa Regional) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D14) D-ACNM (msn 15253) NUE (Gunter Mayer). Image: 936972.

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JetBlue Airways introduces a new tail design

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JetBlue Airways (New York) has introduced a new tail design, reportedly named “High Rise” in salute to its home city of New York. The first aircraft to wear the new design is the pictured Airbus A320-232 N537JT (msn 1785).

The airline has not yet officially made the announcement.

Copyright Photos: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N537JT (msn 1785) (High Rise) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 936970.

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Air Mauritius to lease two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft from ALC

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Air Lease Corporation (AL) announced long term lease agreements with Air Mauritius for two new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, outfitted with latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus and are scheduled to deliver in September and October 2018.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com

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Juneyao Airlines finalizes its order for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Juneyao Airlines and Boeing announced the finalization of an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at about $1.32 billion at current list prices.

This new order, which also includes options for five more 787-9s, represents the Shanghai-based private airline’s first Boeing order and first widebody airplane order.

Juneyao Airlines, one of China’s largest private carriers, was founded in 2005 and started operation in 2006. It currently operates domestic routes and short-haul international flights to neighboring countries such as Japan, South Korea and Thailand. The carrier plans to open new routes to North America, Europe and Australia by 2020.

Image: Boeing.

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Icelandair becomes the first European airline to operate a Boeing 757-200 with Scimitar Blended Winglets

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced on February 15, 2017 that Icelandair is the first airline in Europe to install and operate with Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW) on its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Aviation Partners’ latest Winglet design, the Scimitar Blended Winglet, uses existing Blended Winglet technology but adds new aerodynamic Scimitar tips and a small outboard aerodynamic trailing edge wedge, further increasing the efficiency of the airplane.

A Retrofit enhancement to their current 757-200 Blended Winglets, Icelandair expects increased savings to block fuel, reduced engine maintenance, improved takeoff performance, and lower emissions, among other benefits.

The Scimitar Blended Winglet replaces the standard aluminum Blended Winglet tip with an aerodynamically optimized, scimitar-shaped tip cap. This helps provide the additional drag benefit over the standard Blended Winglet configuration.

The Scimitar Blended Winglet modification reduces Boeing 757-200 fuel burn by up to an additional 1.1% over the Blended Winglets alone; together they can reduce fuel burn by more than 6%.

 

Icelandair is currently working on their 4th Scimitar Blended Winglet modification and plan to have a total of 17 units in service before the 2017 summer season.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

Photo: APB.

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