Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

Hello and welcome to the 16th installment of our ‘Sunday Reads’ weekly digest. This week has been full of fascinating stories in the world of commercial aviation, and we’ve compiled six of the most notable for your perusal. Let’s get started!

Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week
A BA 787-8 has been damaged after the nose gear failed. Photo: Reposted with kind permission of @airline_kitty

British Airways 787 Nose Gear Collapses

In a rather alarming incident at London Heathrow Airport earlier this week, a Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ suffered a nose gear collapse. The parked British Airways plane thankfully had no one onboard at the time, as the UK flag carrier is presently using it to operate cargo-carrying flights in line with present demand. You can read more about it here.

Delta A320 Returns To Minneapolis

Although this incident took place last month, details of the case have only recently emerged. This saw a Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 encounter multiple problems on a flight from Minneapolis to Baltimore, causing it to return to the airport. One of the issues concerned the plane’s brakes, causing the pilots to ask for the longest available runway.

A Delta A320 returned to Minneapolis last month after reporting multiple faults. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Inside Drake’s Boeing 767 Private Jet

While recent stories on Simple Flying have examined private jets belonging to sports team owners and business people, this week took more of a musical turn. Canadian rapper Drake has a private Boeing 767-200 known as ‘Air Drake,’ which you can read about here.

Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week
‘Air Drake’ has a registration of N767CJ. Photo: Getty Images

How Does The CR929 Compare With The 787?

China’s COMAC and Russia’s UAC are hoping to penetrate the widebody market with its upcoming joint-venture ‘CR929’ project. As such, we took a look at how it compares with one of the key players in this domain: the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ family.

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The CR929’s launch has been subjected to several delays. Photo: Getty Images

The Top 5 Biggest Private Jets In The World

Private jets are a conspicuous way for the world’s elite to showcase their wealth. However, with so many in the skies, size can be a good way to stand out. With this in mind, we listed the world’s five largest private jets, and you can read the full rundown here.

Billionaire Joseph Lau may only be the fifth wealthiest man in Hong Kong, but his Boeing 747-8 VIP grants him the top spot on this list. Photo: Getty Images

Cathay Pacific Plans Single Pilot A350 Flights

In an eye-catching development, Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific is reportedly planning to roll out single-pilot flights using its Airbus A350s by 2025. This would reduce the number of crew needed to operate them, although it has several hurdles to overcome.

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The project would slash crew costs significantly, a huge benefit for Cathay Pacific after the pandemic. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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