Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

As we come to the end of another week, let’s take a look at some of our top stories from the last seven days. From China to Fort Lauderdale via some of the world’s largest planes and oldest airports, this iteration of ‘Sunday Reads’ has something for everyone!

KLM Refuel
How much fuel do planes use? Photo: KLM

How Much Fuel Does A Jet Aircraft Use?

In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, airlines are working hard to reduce their fuel consumption. While these efforts are well documented, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at how exactly much fuel the average jet-powered commercial flight uses up. You can find out more by reading the article here.

How Do Chinese Jetliners Compare To Their Airbus & Boeing Equivalents?

Airbus and Boeing presently dominate the domain of jet-powered commercial aircraft. However, China’s COMAC is looking to penetrate this market with two new designs in the next decade. With this in mind, we took a look at Chinese jetliners from the past, present, and future to see how they compare to this industry-dominating duopoly.

COMAC ARJ21
The COMAC ARJ21 is the only Chinese jetliner currently in active service. Photo: Getty Images.

The Story Of The Boeing 720

With Boeing aircraft being known for their ‘7X7’ naming pattern, the 720 sticks out like a sore thumb. Earlier this week, we explored the fascinating history of this aircraft, which was a short-fuselage variant of the four-engine 707. You can read more about it here.

Boeing 720
The Boeing 720 was a shorter variant of the 707 family. Photo: RuthAS via Wikimedia Commons

The World’s Oldest Airports

Airports worldwide have rich histories, with countless stories to tell from the passengers that have passed through their doors. However, by the nature of time, some will have garnered more stories than others. With that in mind, we examined eight of the world’s oldest.

Hamburg Airport
Hamburg airport is the oldest international airport in the world. Photo: Getty Images

Why Emirates Stopped Flying To Florida’s Fort Lauderdale

Dubai-based UAE flag carrier Emirates boasts a diverse long-haul network, including several US destinations. One of these used to be Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which it served from 2016 to 2020. We took a look at why this service came to an end last year, despite having previously registered load factors of 90%. You can find out more here.

Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week
Emirates served Fort Lauderdale from 2016 to 2020. Photo: Cory W. Watts via Wikimedia Commons

The Top 10 Largest Planes Ever Made

An aircraft’s sheer size is often a key factor in turning the heads of both avgeeks and the general public. Earlier this week, we embraced this phenomenon by taking a look at the 10 largest aircraft in aviation history!

747 and A380
The Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 are among the world’s largest aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

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