Welcome to our first weekly round-up for the month of April. We’ve seen a bit of everything in terms of great aviation stories in the last seven days, so let’s get cracking and take a look at some of this week’s most notable articles!
Comlux 787 Operates 20-Hour Flight
When it comes to ultra-long-haul flights, you’ll do well to find a non-stop sector as long as this one! Simple Flying kicked off the week by covering the story of a privately configured Comlux Boeing 787, which flew from Seoul, South Korea to Buenos Aires, Argentina in one mammoth, 20-hour stint. You can find out more about this transpacific odyssey here.
Rolls-Royce Begins Building The World’s Largest Aircraft Engine
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce also started the week in spectacular fashion, by announcing that it had begun constructing its first ‘UltraFan.’ This powerplant will be the world’s largest aircraft engine, with a fan measuring 140 inches (3.5 meters) wide! The company is targeting completion of the demonstrator by the end of the year.
TAP Operates 10-Hour Airbus A321LR Flight
TAP Air Portugal is an airline that is becoming known increasingly for its long-haul narrowbody operations. Its location in western Europe means that it can easily reach North American destinations with the Airbus A321LR. However, this week, it operated a herculean 10-hour flight with the aircraft that took it all the way from Mozambique to Cape Verde!
Airbus Expands Product Line With The A360
On April 1st, Simple Flying shared an exciting article regarding a new Airbus design with a circular fuselage! The A360’s design was set to tear up the rulebook in this respect, while also being powered by a fuel known as unobtainium. You can read more about this (literally) unbelievable concept here!
The Fall Of The Airbus A310
This week also saw the 39th anniversary of the Airbus A310’s first flight. Simple Flying took a look at the history of this short-fuselage version of the A300, and why it declined despite initial prospects. You can find out more about this wide-bodied twinjet here.
Lufthansa Flight 2222 To Toulouse Leaves Passengers In Hysterics
In these difficult times, a bit of light relief can go a long way. Lufthansa appears to have provided this after a video emerged detailing a tongue-twisting announcement regarding flight LH2222 to Toulouse! Simple Flying took a closer look at this flight, as well as exploring several other amusing flight numbers.
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