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Air New Zealand: The Hobbit’s Unexpected Safety Briefing

Nov 01, 2012 No Comments

In what has to be the most unique airline passenger safety video made in some time, Air New Zealand teamed with famed Hollywood director and New Zealand native Peter Jackson to use characters from his upcoming film The Hobbit to create a new spin on what’s become a tired staple of air travel. The video [...]

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Planes of Fame WWII Zero to Visit Japan

Oct 31, 2012 No Comments

The world’s only fully authentic and flyable Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero is beginning its third trip to Japan for temporary display. The fighter, built in May 1943 and restored to flying condition in the 1970s by the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif., was taken apart this week and placed in shipping containers for the [...]

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Airline Cancellations from Sandy Extend to Thursday

Oct 31, 2012 No Comments

Airline cancellations continued to mount, with a few carriers beginning to cancel flights scheduled for Thursday. Superstorm Sandy is now blamed for the cancellation of 18,100 flights, stretching from Saturday to Wednesday, according to the travel monitoring site Flightaware.com. The canceled flights were primarily to and from storm-ravaged cities along the East Coast. About 50 or so [...]

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Boeing 787s for United Airlines Delayed

Oct 31, 2012 No Comments

Boeing said delivery of at least two 787 jets for United Airlines was taking longer than expected, a surprise hitch in delivery to its first U.S. customer that is set to disappoint some customers wanting to ride the new fuel-efficient aircraft. The aircraft builder said it is working diligently to complete United’s next 787s for delivery but [...]

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Myanmar Spitfire Recovery Effort Gains Sponsor

Oct 30, 2012 2 Comments

Aircraft enthusiast David Cundall’s efforts to recover the British Supermarine Spitfires reportedly buried in Burma at the end of World War II will be funded by Wargaming, the creator of the award-winning games World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and the upcoming World of Warships, the company announced yesterday. The investment will allow Cundall and the [...]

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Sandy Ravages Airline Schedules as Toll Rivals Blizzards’

Oct 30, 2012 No Comments

Airlines scrapped one in five scheduled U.S. flights today after the Atlantic superstorm Sandy flooded New York’s airports and spawned disruptions rivaling the toll from recent blizzards. The former hurricane, now termed a post-tropical cyclone, grounded 6,117 U.S. flights, or 20 percent of the day’s total, according to data compiled by industry researcher FlightAware. All [...]

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Su-24 Crashes, Pilots Survive

Oct 30, 2012 No Comments

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber crashed on Tuesday during a training flight in the Chelyabinsk region, in the country’s Ural Mountains region, when its nose cone came off, the Defense Ministry said. “After an unsuccessful attempt to make an emergency landing, the pilots decided to steer the falling aircraft away from populated areas and [...]

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Japan Airport Closed After WWII Bomb Found

Oct 30, 2012 No Comments

Japan shut down Sendai Airport in the northeast last night after construction workers found an undetonated bomb believed to be from World War II near a runway. A total of 92 domestic and international flights were canceled after the 250-kilogram (550-pound) explosive was found around 10:15 p.m. yesterday by workers at the southern end of one [...]

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