Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

Welcome once again to Simple Flying’s Sunday reads weekly digest! From stranded 777s to A340s in Antarctica via the world’s longest A220 route, there’s something for everybody this week! Without further ado, let’s check out some of the week’s top stories!

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An ex-Jet Airways Boeing 777 recently ended a 2.5-year stay in Amsterdam. Photo: Getty Images

Ex-Jet Airways 777 Flies To Be Scrapped After 2 Years Stuck In Amsterdam

Those of us who have visited Amsterdam know what a cool place it is to go. You might have stayed there for a long weekend, or even a full week. However, for stays lasting two-and-a-half years, look no further than a former Jet Airways Boeing 777. This aircraft had been stuck at Schiphol until finally flying to Victorville, California for scrapping.

How A New A340 Ended Up Written Off Before It Was Even Delivered

An aircraft having to be written off isn’t a fate that you would typically associate with brand-new aircraft. However, back n 2007, a two-month-old Airbus A340 had to undergo this terminal process before even reaching delivery after an accident during testing.

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The aircraft had been destined to join UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways. Photo: Getty Images

JetBlue Schedules The World’s Longest A220 Flight For September 2022

Next September will see JetBlue enter the history books by operating the world’s longest scheduled Airbus A220 flight. The new route will see the hybrid carrier fly the type directly from Boston to San Jose. This flight will be the longest for the A220 in terms of block time, clocking in at six hours and 39 minutes. You can read more about it here.

Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week
JetBlue will also fly a similarly long A220 route to Portland, Oregon. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

MD-87 Overshoots Runway, Bursts Into Flames

Earlier this week, Houston Executive Airport was the site of a scary incident in which a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 overshot the runway. Thankfully, all 21 occupants reportedly escaped the aircraft alive, despite it catching fire after crashing.

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The aircraft had entered service in 1988 with Finnair. Photo: Preston Fiedler

The Story Of Tijuana’s Abandoned “Global Peace” Boeing 747

Despite not being a typical location in terms of long-term aircraft storage, Tijuana Airport in Mexico presently houses an abandoned Boeing 747SP. Simple Flying took a closer look at the story of this curious quadjet earlier this week, which you can read here.

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The plane initially entered service with China Airlines. Photo: Daniel Martínez Garbuno | Simple Flying

Widebody Adventures: Could The A340 Find A New Home In Antarctica?

The events of the last few years have seen aging quadjet aircraft like the Airbus A340 become increasingly obsolete. However, there may yet be a new use for this four-engine widebody. Simple Flying recently had the chance to speak to White Desert CEO Patrick Woodhead, and you can hear all about his take on the A340 here.

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The A340 could find a new role before the year is over. Photo: Airbus

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