airline, a company that provides air transport services for traveling passengers and freight. Airlines utilize aircraft to supply these services.
World Economic Forum 2018
Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held at the Swiss town of Davos. The forum, formed in 1971, is attended by political leaders, CEO`s of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world. The WEF has big influence on worldwide decision making and thus is a powerful advisory organization.
KLM Fokker Farewell
With its last passenger flight just the night before, 4 Fokkers 70s we retired Sunday 29 October 2017 from KLMs Cityhopper fleet. This marks the end of an era, 97 years of shared history between KLM and Fokker. Hundreds of people showing up at Schiphol East to witness this event.
Paris Air Show 2017
19 June, Aviamagazine attended the Salon International de l’aeronautique at Paris Le Bourget, better known as the Paris Air Show. The 52nd edition of this bi-annual trade show featured a lot of debuting aircraft, like the Embraer ERJ-195-E2, Mitsubishi MRJ-90, Airbus A350-1000, and Boeing 787-10 to name a few.
Introducing KLM Dreamliner
As part of KLM’s fleet renewal program, its first Boeing 787-9 touched down at it’s home base Amsterdam Schiphol on November 14. Just a week later, on Sunday 22 November, we were able to fly the first ever passenger flight. 21 Dreamliners -9 and -10 will join the KLM in the coming years.
After 21 year in service with KLM, the last scheduled passenger McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flight was operated on October 26, 2014, followed by three special farewell flights on November 11. These were to be the last passenger flights of the type in the world. Tickets for this event were sold within minutes, but Aviamagazine was fortunate to been on one of the flights.
Hermeskeil Aviation Museum officially named Flugausstellung Leo and Peter Junior, has the biggest privately owned collections of military and civil aircraft in Germany. The collection with over 100 aircraft on display has some unique aircraft from the Cold War age. Lots of former East German military aircraft are on display but also Germany’s military allies during that period.
Air Force Days 2014
20, 21 June Gilze-Rijen Air Base hosted this year’s Royal Air Force Days. This year’s theme was operation air support and showed the capabilities of today’s Air Force. 245.000 visitors saw modern equipment, but there was also time to look back, for instance to celebrate 50 years of Alouette III service in the RNLAF.
Saudi Arabian Airlines
In 1962 Saudi Arabian Airlines was the first Middle Eastern airline operation a jet airliner, when two Boeing 720´s were delivered. Nowadays, rebranded as Saudia, the airline flies a modern fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft with a total of 90 destinations. Besides being Saudi Arabia´s domestic and international airline, Saudi Arabian also provides cargo and Royal / government-related flights, provided by special aircraft types.
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The days of the mighty tri-motor airliner are numbered. Production ended in 1989 with over 400 build. The last scheduled passenger flight with a DC-10 was flown on December 7th 2013. The DC-10 now only continues as cargo aircraft and will disappear entirely over the coming years.
Open door Melsbroek 2013
15 Wing organized an open door event to celebrate it’s 65th anniversary, and 40 years of C-130 operations. The whole Belgium Air Force utility, VIP fleet was present and lots of C-130s. The Federal Police which also uses Melsbroek Air Base also participated in this open door event.
Canadian Buffalo Airways has been in the business of providing scheduled and chartered passenger and freight service for over 40 years. Buffalo mostly operates in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Buffalo’s fleet consists of vintage piston powered war planes like the DC-3 , DC-4 and C-46 Commando. For the fire fighting contracts the PBY-5 and CL-215 was added. Latest addition to the fleet is the turboprop powered L-188 Electra.
Central Air Force Museum
The largest Russian aircraft museum in the world is located on the site of the former Monino airfield east of Moscow. With over 170 aircraft, mainly from the Cold War-era, this museum is a must see! The collection has many unique (one-off) aircraft and prototypes. For example the only existing Sukhoi T-4, Myasishchev M-50 and ground effect Bartini Beriev VVA-14 can be seen here.
Not known by many people, the Tupolev 144 was the world’s First supersonic transport aircraft (SST) just two months before Concorde. It was also the first SST to exceed Mach 2. Very similar in design to Concorde, allegations were often made that the Soviets had stolen Concords plans. In this article we will look into the history, and present status of this remarkable aircraft.
In 2009 we made a trip across the southern part of China, exploring famous sights like Shanghai, Tongli, The Yellow Mountains at Huangshan, Karst mountains near Guilin , the rice terraces at Ping An and the famous giant panda’s at Chengdu. And most of all, experiencing the real China. Along the way we checked out some airfields, like Nanchang, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and Beijing focusing on civil aviation.
Air China is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China. By fleet size Air China is the world’s 10th largest airline, nowadays consisting of mostly Western types. Air China was formed when the CAAC was split up in 6 different airlines. In this airline profile we will look into de CAAC history and the modern day Air China.
China Aviation Museum
The China Aviation Museum, often referred to as Datangshan, is China’s biggest Aviation museum with a collection over 300 aircraft. The museum offers a great collection dating from the Korean- and Cold War, till current Chinese airpower. The museum is located 60 km north of Beijing, near the town of XiaoTangShan, and was once part of the Shahezhen airbase.
First A380 visit Schiphol
Tens of thousands watched the first visit of the Airbus A380 to Schiphol International Airport. Although there are already 40+ A380s in service, this was the first ever visit to the Netherlands. The Airbus test airframe (F-WWDD, 2e prototype MSN004) is on a European tour for airports to test their readiness.
Gatwick Airport London's second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow. Gatwick is especially interesting in the summer season, when holiday charters take up most of the slots, flying to Mallorca and Ibiza and the Greek islands.
Czech International Air Fest
The Annual Czech international air fest was held on Friday 10 and 11 September at Turany airport located just southeast of the city of Brno. What makes this show interesting is the large amount of Russian and east European air forces like Romania, Slovakia and Serbia and Montenegro.
London Heathrow 7 May 2005
Traditionally day two of our trip brings us to the busiest airfield of England, London Heathrow. Because runway 27R was in use, we went to a spot next to the maintenance hanger on a small commercial area. An ideal spot, out of sight of passing traffic and right next to the aircraft on final.
Manchester 6 May 2005
The first stop on our annual England trip was of course Manchester International. Manchester is the busiest airport outside the London area. What makes this airfield interesting is the large amounts of holiday carriers like Thomas Cook, My travel and Monarch.
Europe in 4 days
How about four airports in four day's across whole Europe? Why not. First stop Frankfurt Rhein-Main, always lots of interesting visitors and off course the USAF military field. Day two: Zurich International, Switzerland's main port. Day three: Geneva. Beautiful scenery and lots of bizz-jets. And then back again via Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Manchester - London 2004
Two day trips to the two major airports of England, Manchester International and London Heathrow. Like expected lot's of new operators and livery's were photographed.
Virgin Atlantic was developed as an offshoot of the Virgin Group founded by Richard Branson, at that time better known as the flamboyant leader of Virgin Records. Virgin Atlantic started cheap flights between London and New York in June 1984. AviaMagazine.com looks at one of the first low budget airlines, and all it’s current and former offshoots.