Airline Industry News

World’s Biggest Aeroplane is Wider Than a Football Pitch

01 Jun 2017

Microsoft co-founder Tim Allen has unveiled the world’s largest plane with six engines and a wingspan wider than a football pitch.

Weighing in at 580 tons, standing 50 feet high with a wingspan of 385 feet, and boasting six jet engines, the "Stratolaunch" is designed to launch rockets into space from the air, reducing the cost of sending cargo into space and saving jet fuel compared to launching from the ground.

It is set to demonstrate its first launch as early as 2019.

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Airline’s Touching Tributes to the Manchester Attack Victims

31 May 2017

The travel company Thomas Cook revealed a touching “I ♥ Manchester” sign on the fuselage of one of its planes.

“All our employees felt last week’s events deeply and as Manchester our biggest base, we wanted to send a visual message of solidarity to the community and beyond, out to our destinations.” Said a Thomas Cook spokeswoman.

Other airports have painted runway tributes and posted signs, showing their support to the world to visitors and locals.

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Airline to Use Facial Recognition to Save Time at Baggage Drop-Off

17 May 2017

Delta Airlines introduce facial recognition technology which will match passengers with their passport photo at drop-off, saving time and freeing up staff to help travellers with other matters. Self-service drop-off stations can help to serve and process up to twice as many fliers per hour.

The tech is said to debut this summer at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Airline Satisfaction At All-Time High

17 May 2017

Contrary to popular belief airline customer satisfaction is higher than ever.

Michael Tayloof of the research firm J.D. Power says “our data shows that, as a whole, the airline industry has been making marked improvements in customer satisfaction across a variety of metrics, from ticket cost to flight crew,”

It’s reassuring to hear- despite the recent horror stories in the press- that airlines are still greatly improving their customer services, losing fewer bags, and charging lower ticket prices.

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First Chinese-Built Passenger Jet Completes Maiden Flight

05 May 2017

The first Chinese-built passenger jet took to the skies for its maiden flight on Friday, a hugely symbolic moment for a country seeking to transform its image from a producer of cheap factory goods to a technological leader.

In a historic moment for the country, the first Chinese-built passenger jet took off on its maiden flight on Friday. The nation has been looking to reassert its status from producers of low-budget factory goods to technological leaders, and this is symbolic first step in challenging the western-dominated aviation market.

"The C919 passenger jet has been billed as China’s answer to Boeing's 737 and the Airbus A320," The Telegraph further explains.

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