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What happens to commercial aircraft not flying

Lufthansa medical supplies

Amidst the pandemic, how do airlines manage their fleet

As can be seen in the photo above, Lufthansa didn’t bother to remove the seats when converting one aircraft to a freighter. The overhead bins also contained smaller, lighter packages. Aer Lingus and LOT are amongst the passenger carriers utilising their aircraft for cargo, mainly collection of vital medical supplies from China. Dedicated cargo airlines such as UPS, FedEx, Cargolux and DHL usually operate at night. Over the past few weeks, many more are visible on day operations.

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Aviation Humour

Airbus funny picture

Some true stories to lift our spirits.....

Pilot: Bratislava Tower, this is Oscar Oscar Kilo established ILS 16

Tower: Oscar Oscar Kilo Guten Tag. Cleared to land 16, wind calm and by the way this is Vienna Tower

Pilot: (after a short pause) Bratislava Tower, Oscar Oscar Kilo passed the outer marker

Tower: Oscar Oscar Kilo roger and once more, you are approaching Vienna

Pilot: (another pause) Confirm, this is not Bratislava?

Tower: You can believe me, this is Vienna

Pilot: (one more pause) But why? We want to go to Bratislava not Vienna! 

Tower: Oscar Oscar Kilo roger. Discontinue approach, turn left 030 and climb to 5000 feet, vectors to Bratislava follow

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News - FlyBe Demise and Coronavirus

Aurigny ATR

Who’s taking over routes and who’s reducing capacity

Realise there is so much happening in the aviation world, will deal with UK news first. As a result of FlyBe’s failure, it didn’t take long for other regional airlines to step in. Although some aircraft have already been seen at airports, 16 March is the official start date for some flights.

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The Final A380

A380 Levignac CNet      A380 Levignac Lufthansa

The end of an era

21km from Toulouse lies the village of Levignac-sur-Save in the Haute-Garonne departement of SW France. An unusual setting for one of the world's most modern aircraft, every two weeks it hosts a nocturnal procession of huge A380 parts on their way to the Airbus assembly line. Convoys travel down the main street, with only centimetres to spare from the surrounding buildings. Major works were required to pedestrian paths, parking areas and lighting to accommodate these giants.

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International Women's Day

Female Military Pilot

The changing face of aviation...

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020, let’s take a look at their involvement in commercial, military and general aviation. Whilst the names of Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson are easily recognised, other women have made their mark in aviation history.

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