Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

October is now upon us, and it’s time for this month’s first weekly digest. The last seven days have seen a wealth of fascinating stories from the world of commercial aviation. As ever, we’ve compiled some of the most notable articles from this week for you right here.

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London Gatwick is the second UK airport that JetBlue has begun serving this year. Heathrow (pictured) was the first. Photo: Sumit Singh | Simple Flying

JetBlue Operates Its First Flight To Gatwick

US hybrid carrier JetBlue has further increased its UK footprint by commencing service to a second London airport. September 30th saw the airline touch down at Gatwick for the first time, with a flight from New York JFK operated by one of its Airbus A321LRs.

Norse Atlantic Leaks First 3 Transatlantic 787 Routes In DOT Filing

Upcoming Scandinavian low-cost startup Norse Atlantic has revealed its first three US-bound routes as part of a DOT filing. The new carrier will fly Boeing 787s from Oslo, Norway to Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Stewart (New York), and Ontario (California).

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Norse Atlantic Airways expects to have 15 Boeing 787s by mid-2022. Photo: Norse Atlantic Airways.

Qatar Airways Confirms Impairment On All 10 Airbus A380s

Qatar Airways appears to have cut ties with the Airbus A380 for good. Having previously taken an impairment on five of its superjumbos, the Doha-based carrier revealed this week as part of its annual report that it would do so for all 10. You can read more on this here.

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Qatar Airways has confirmed an impairment on all ten of its Airbus A380s. Photo: Airbus

Teenage Twinjets: The Youngest Active 757s

Over the years, Boeing produced more than 1,000 aircraft from its famous 757 family. Of these, more than half remain active today, with some yet to reach their 20th birthday. This week, Simple Flying took a closer look at these teenage twinjets, which you can read here.

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There are presently 50 active Boeing 757s that are less than 20 years old. Photo: Getty Images

Interesting: Air France’s 16 Mile A330 Flight

The Airbus A330 is a capable long-haul aircraft that Air France deploys all across its intercontinental network. However, did you know that the French flag carrier also uses it for an especially short hop that measures just 16 miles? Find out which route it is here.

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Air France operates an A330 on a 16-mile hop across the Congo River. Photo: Air France

Airbus Says Single Pilot Flight Crews Are The Long Term Future

Over the years, the number of members of crew required in an airlier’s cockpit has fallen. A particularly significant change was the introduction of glass cockpits, which removed the need for a flight engineer. However, Airbus now wants to go one better, by using single-pilot crews. The manufacturer believes that these are the long-term future.

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Airbus is already working with airlines on reducing crew members. Photo: Cathay Pacific

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