Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

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!

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British Airways has confirmed the return of the Airbus A380. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

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!

Boeing Alaska ecoDemonstrator
Alaska Airlines will welcome the plane into its fleet next year. Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying

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.

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The UK government has cut 87% of countries from its red list. Photo: British Airways

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.

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We may be seeing the A380 flying out of Doha in a couple of months. Photo: Qatar Airways

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.

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United expects to use the 757-200 on 13 European routes next year. Photo: Mark Harkin via Flickr

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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Qantas flew non-stop from Buenos Aires to Darwin this week. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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