Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

It’s time to reflect on some of the top stories from what has been another busy week in the world of commercial aviation. Let’s take a look at what have been some of our most notable articles from the last seven days. Here we go!

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British Airways has revealed its short-haul A380 schedule. Photo: Airbus

BA Reveals Short-Haul A380 Schedules

You may remember from last week’s Sunday Reads digest that British Airways was reportedly considering deploying the Airbus A380 on short-haul routes. A week later, the UK flag carrier has now confirmed the schedules for these. They will see the superjumbo fly to Frankfurt and Madrid ahead of the type’s reintroduction on long-haul flights.

How The Miracle On The Hudson Airbus A320 Got Recovered

The story of the Miracle on the Hudson is one that we are all familiar with, particularly since its dramatization in the 2016 film Sully. However, a lesser-known aspect of this miraculous tale is that of the recovery of the aircraft involved. Simple Flying took a look at this fascinating process earlier this week, which you can read about here.

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The recovery process for the ditched plane took several days. Photo: Getty Images

United Launches Unique 737 MAX Route To Remote Portuguese Island

This week saw United Airlines announce a significant long-haul network expansion in the form of a cryptic video. It revealed the destinations shortly afterward, with one being Ponta Delgada in the Azores. It will serve this Portuguese destination from Newark using the Boeing 737 AMAX. These interesting ‘almost transatlantic’ flights will begin in May.

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United is taking the MAX on a transatlantic trip. Photo: Boeing

One Month To Go: The Dubai Airshow Is Coming

Several of the world’s leading airshows have been canceled in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, next month, the Dubai Airshow is set to go ahead, with lots to look forward to despite the challenging climate. You can read our preview here.

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The Dubai Airshow will open its doors to the world in one month. Photo: Getty Images

Ryanair Boeing 737 Engines Affected By La Palma Volcanic Ash Cloud

A Brussels-bound Ryanair Boeing 737 recently encountered problems after ingesting volcanic ash into its engines. The incident occurred after its departure from Tenerife, despite having tuned to avoid the ash cloud from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on neighboring Gran Canaria. You can read more about this incident here.

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The 737 had to turn around when leaving Tenerife after encountering volcanic ash. Photo: Getty Images

60% Of Dallas Fort Worth’s International Passengers Come From Mexico

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is a key international hub for the US. Passengers from all over the world pass through the airport, but, of its foreign visitors, Mexicans represent the majority. Indeed, 60% of the airport’s international users come from Mexico, with DFW serving an impressive 24 destinations in the country.

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American Airlines and Dallas Fort Worth have a strong presence of Mexican travelers. Photo: DFW

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