Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

Hello and welcome to the 35th iteration of our Sunday digest! The Dubai Air Show has been stealing the headlines left, right, and center this week, with an array of interesting orders and displays. Elsewhere, other airlines have had big news too, so let’s get cracking!

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Indigo Partners placed a huge order for 255 Airbus A321 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

Indigo Partners Reveals Huge Order For 255 Airbus A321 Aircraft

Among the most significant orders placed at the Dubai Air Show this week involved Indigo Partners. This group owns Frontier, JetSMART, Volaris, and Wizz Air, and it has ordered 255 Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft to be split among these carriers.

In Pictures: Onboard Honeywell’s Boeing 757 Technology Demonstrator

As well as being the perfect place to reveal major orders, companies also use the Dubai Air Show to showcase their work. One example was Honeywell allowing access to its Boeing 757 technology demonstrator, with Simple Flying even getting to fly onboard!

Honeywell 757 flying testbed
The pylon on the side is occupied when testing engines. Photo: Joanna Bailey | Simple Flying

Qantas 787 Crew Unable To Raise Landing Gear After Takeoff

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published an investigation into an incident involving a Qantas Boeing 787 earlier this year. The aircraft was unable to raise its landing gear after takeoff, with the report finding that this was due to the failure to remove two downlock pins before departure. You can read more about this incident here.

The incident involved one of Qantas’ 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Photo: Qantas

Emirates President Reveals Launch Date For Premium Economy Sales

Emirates’ new premium economy cabin onboard its Airbus A380s is one of the most highly anticipated cabin products in recent years. This week, Simple Flying was able to ask CEO Sir Tim Clark about a timeline for its launch, and found that Emirates plans to put the cabin on sale next June. You can read more about this interesting development here.

Emirates Premium Economy
Premium economy will be on sale in June. Photo: Joanna Bailey | Simple Flying

Flybe 2.0 Set To Operate Out Of Birmingham

Since Flybe collapsed in March 2020, there has been something of a gap in the UK regional and short-haul air market. However, a second iteration of the carrier now looks ready to commence operations next year, with Birmingham chosen as its new headquarters.

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Flybe plans to hire 200 people for its Birmingham base. Photo: Getty Images

Say Hello To Lynx Air: Canada’s Newest Ultra-Low-Cost Airline

Canada’s low-cost scene has seen something of a boom in recent years, and 2022 will see another carrier throw its hat into the ring. Known as Lynx Air, this new airline will be based in Calgary, and initially plans to fly three Boeing 737 MAXs. You can find out more here.

Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week
Lynx Air plans to start flying three 737 MAXs in 2022. Photo: Lynx

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