Welcome to the 23rd iteration of Simple Flying’s ‘Sunday Reads’ weekly digest! This week saw a host of great stories, including a long-awaited transatlantic route launch.
JetBlue Touches Down In London Heathrow
JetBlue’s transatlantic plans have had people talking for a long time now. Earlier this week, the US airline was finally able to turn these words into actions by operating its inaugural service from New York JFK to London Heathrow. You can read more about it here.
Crazy Stunt: Emirates Flight Attendant Stands On Top Of The Burj Khalifa
The UAE was recently reclassified from the UK’s red list to the less serious amber category. To celebrate this, Emirates filmed an audacious advert which saw a stuntwoman dressed as one of its flight attendants stand on top of the world’s tallest building!
Inside Russia’s Concorde – The Tu-144
While the Tupolev Tu-144 didn’t enjoy the supersonic success of Concorde, it remains an interesting aircraft. Simple Flying recently had the opportunity to take a look inside this historic airliner, and you can see the fascinating photos for yourself here.
The World’s Longest Boeing 737 Routes
The aforementioned inaugural JetBlue flight to London Heathrow represents an increasing trend of operating narrowbody aircraft on longer-haul routes. While an Airbus A321LR operated this flight, the Boeing 737 also serves some rather lengthy corridors. Simple Flying recently took a look at the longest of these that are operating this summer.
New Air India One Boeing 777 Gets Stuck On Taxiway In Bangalore
An Indian VIP aircraft, known as Air India One, recently got stuck on a taxiway in Bangalore, having made a wrong turn on the ground at the airport. This stranded the luxurious Boeing 777 for hours. You can read more about how the incident unfolded here.
Qatar Airways Launches New Multi-Stop A350 African Route
Qatar Airways has killed two birds with one stone by adding a pair of African destinations in a single route. Using the A350, the Qatari carrier will fly from its Doha base to Lusaka, Zambia, before continuing to Harare, Zimbabwe. You can read more about it here.
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