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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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