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Delta 747 In Flight

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Reg: N809NW
cn: 0663
Manufacturer: Airbus Industrie
Type: Airbus A330-323
Company: Delta Air Lines Inc
Construction Year: 2005

#DeltaAirlines #Boeing757 #RaaAir

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Reg: N647DL
cn: 24218
Manufacturer: Boeing
Type: Boeing 757-232
Company: Delta Air Lines Inc.
Construction Year: 1989

#DeltaAirlines #Boeing757 #RaaAir

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United Airlines bids farewell to the 747

Known as the world’s first jumbo jet, when you walk through the door of a 747 you are walking into history.

On Wednesday, that history landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport to give a couple hundred United employees the chance for one last ride before the model was retired out of the airline's fleet.

“It was a completely different time. You might not know where you were going or what you were going to do. You just hung out. Went to the airport, looked at the signs. Ah, Honolulu, OK,” said Connie Douglass.

On Tuesday, Douglass celebrated 40 years working for the airlines. She has fond memories of the 747 from the 70s.

“I never worked on one. I just flew and drank,” said Douglass.

The design debuted in the late 60s becoming the go-to for long-duration flights. Its iconic hump was home to a second-level lounge. Douglass remembers one flight she took in 1974, three years before she got her job with Texas International. The airline was later bought by Continental which then merged with United.

“Up around the front here was a nice buffet. Big fruit buffet, all laid out and you just went up there and sat on the couch and visited. Drank champagne and ate food. It was a party,” said Douglass.

“The handling characteristics, the ability to take 374 people halfway around the world is just amazing,” said Dean McDavid.

As a pilot and director of flight standards for United, McDavid has a different sort of appreciation for the plane. Among its accolades it has been turned into Air Force One and used to transport NASA shuttles. Having joined United in 1989, McDavid spent 18 years of his career in the cockpit of a 747.

“It’s just a joy to fly. It’s probably one of the easiest planes I've ever flown. I flew F-16s in the military, A-7’s, and this airplane is just a big pussycat,” said McDavid.

He also appreciates a few of the craft's amenities. Including one just for the pilots.

“The bunk, as we saw back there, it’s a complete lay down. Totally comfortable. This plane is humidified so your experience at altitude is much better,” said McDavid.

And though the birds are being retired so newer, lighter planes can take their place, McDavid will always remember them by their nickname.

“She’s definitely the 'Queen of the Skies,'” said McDavid.

Only eight 747s remain in United's fleet as of Wednesday. However the final revenue flight for any of them will take place on Oct. 29. In the meantime, McDavid's 747 will make three more stops on its farewell tour before heading to San Francisco for the model's final United flight on Nov. 7 to Honolulu.

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Just south of Doha, Al Wakrah has grown from a small fishing and pearl diving village into a big town with a deep history. An opportunity for citizens from more than 80 countries to avail visa-free entry into Qatar and explore this hidden gem.

Photo credit: sam_forever0 (Instagram)

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Emirates to take delivery of 100th Airbus A380

Emirates will cement its position as the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380 superjumbos with the delivery of its 100th aircraft on November 3.

More than 80 million passengers have flown on the double decker aircraft in the nine years since it first joined the Dubai-based carrier’s fleet.

A380s now serve to more than 45 destinations across the Emirates’ network including Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Emirates Airline president, Sir Tim Clark, said: “The A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular amongst our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it.

“But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best possible inflight experience.

“Our frequent flyers will have noticed countless improvements onboard over the years, ranging from minor updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to bigger cabin overhauls where, for instance, we relocated the central overhead luggage bins to create more spacious cabin on the upper deck, and when we introduced bigger and better inflight entertainment systems, amongst many other initiatives.”

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Qatar Airways to launch service to exotic Malaysian holiday destination Penang

Qatar Airways announced the launch of direct flights to Penang, the award-winning airline’s second Malaysian destination, on 6 February 2018, as part of its ambitious global expansion plans.

In addition to its beautiful sandy beaches and stunning natural scenery, Penang is considered to be the gourmet capital of Malaysia. From street food to fine dining, visitors will be spoilt for choice with the variety of dishes available, with influences ranging from Malay to Chinese; Indian to European.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Malaysia has long been one of our most sought-after destinations, and as such, we are delighted to launch a new direct service to Penang, offering our passengers a second gateway into the country. With three weekly flights between Doha and Penang, we are sure travellers to this exotic holiday destination will be enchanted by both Penang’s magnificent natural scenery and our unrivalled five-star onboard service.”

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This Day in Aviation History
October 18th, 1979
First flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is a family of twin-engine, short- to medium-range, single-aisle commercial jet airliners. The MD-80 series was lengthened and updated from the DC-9. The airliner family can seat from 130 to 172 passengers depending on variant and seating configuration.
The MD-80 series was introduced into commercial service on October 10, 1980 by Swissair. The series includes the MD-81, MD-82, MD-83, MD-87, and MD-88. These all have the same fuselage length except the shortened MD-87. The MD-80 series was followed into service in modified form by the MD-90 in 1995 and the MD-95/Boeing 717 in 1999....
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