It has been another busy week in the world of commercial aviation, with multiple operators announcing plans to bring the Airbus A380 back into service! Let’s take a look at these stories, as well as some of the other most notable articles from the last seven days!
It’s Official British Airways Is Bringing Back 4 A380s Next Month
British Airways has announced its plans to tentatively return some of its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft to service. Beginning in December, the UK flag carrier will deploy four of the quadjets on flights to the likes of Los Angeles, Miami, and Dubai.
Inside Boeing’s Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9 ecoDemonstrator Aircraft
Boeing has partnered with Alaska Airlines for the most recent iteration of its ecoDemonstrator program. The manufacturer will test various sustainable technologies on a 737 MAX that Alaska will later take delivery of, and Simple Flying got to see it in person!
UK Government Cuts 87% Of Countries From Travel Red List
Traveling to the UK from abroad has got a whole lot easier for 47 of the 54 countries previously on its red list. The government announced this week that just seven nations would remain under the most serious classification going forward. You can read more about it here.
Surprise Superjumbo Return: Qatar Airways Schedules A380 Services
British Airways isn’t the only airline to have announced plans to bring the A380 back to service this week. Indeed, Qatar Airways has made a similar announcement concerning select flights from Doha to London and Paris this December. You can find out more here.
Then There Were 2: Transatlantic Boeing 757 Operations In 2022
Thanks to the advent of ETOPS, the Boeing 757 used to be common on lower-demand transatlantic routes. However, just two airlines are set to use the type on such services next year. This will represent 4.5% of scheduled transatlantic flights for the period in question.
Qantas Publishes Incredible Video Of 9000 Mile Flight Over Antarctica
Australian flag carrier Qantas recently operated a record-breaking non-stop flight to Darwin from Buenos Aires. The 17.5-hour odyssey saw the flight pass over Antarctica, resulting in stunning video footage, which you can see for yourself here.
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