Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

Sunday has rolled around once again, meaning that it’s time to take a look at a round-up of some of our most notable stories this week. Let’s get cracking!

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Lufthansa Cargo is to apply sharkskin technology to its Boeing 777F fleet. Photo: Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa To Equip Entire Boeing 777F Fleet With Sharkskin Technology

German flag carrier Lufthansa is set to enhance the sustainability of its cargo division by equipping its Boeing 777F felt with sharkskin technology. This reduces an aircraft’s friction inflight, which, in turn, saves fuel. You can read more about it here.

Air India Carries 30 COVID Positive Travelers To Italy

Amid a devastating second wave of coronavirus in India, the country’s flag carrier was found to have transported 30 COVID-positive travelers from Amritsar to Rome. This has meant that all 242 occupants of the busy repatriation flight have been placed into quarantine. It is thought that some of the positive tests even corresponded to crew members.

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Italy has restricted travel from India amid a devastating second wave in the country. Photo: Getty Images

Soon To Be Extinct: The Airbus A340-500

Simple Flying also spent time this week taking a look at the limited remaining operations of the Airbus A340-500. This rare aircraft presently serves just one route, namely that of Azerbaijan Airlines from Baku to Moscow Domodedovo. You can read more about the aircraft, which is set to be withdrawn from the route later this month, here.

Emirates was the largest user of the A340-500 in the past decade. Photo: Airbus.

Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines Halts All Flights

The impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines to halt its operations. The carrier, like many others, has been hit hard by the present lack of demand, and uncertainty regarding a potential recovery.

The subsidiary airline will indefinitely suspend all flights pending further developments. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

The Logistics Of A Boeing 747 Private Jet

While we generally think of private jets as being small aircraft, there is also the possibility to fit Boeing 747s out for VIP purposes. Simple Flying examined the logistics of such aircraft earlier this week. You can take a look at these luxury jumbos here.

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A rendering of the 747-8 BBJ inflight. Image: Boeing

American Airlines Hosts Pizza Party On ERJ-175 Following Diversion

Now and then, flights have to divert due to adverse weather. While passengers know that this is done with everyone’s safety in mind, the subsequent delays may still prove frustrating. However, after thunderstorms forced a Key West-bound American Eagle flight to divert to Charleston, its captain thoughtfully looked to negate such frustration by… ordering everyone pizza!

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Thunderstorms had forced the American Eagle flight to divert. Photo: Getty Images

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