PHOTOS: British Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

A milestone for the British aviation industry, as the country's national carrier took deliver of its first Airbus A380, becoming the tenth operator in the world to receive the superjumbo.

First look inside Singapore Airlines' brand new premium cabins

View these amazing photos and video showcasing the airline's next generation of business and first class cabin products, set to be the new industry benchmark for premium air travel.

PHOTO: First Airbus A350 XWB’s engines powered up

Rolls-Royce's Trent XWB engines have run for the first time on the A350 XWB, moving the aircraft closer to its maiden flight.

Pilot becomes online sensation with stunning cockpit photos

Air Arabia pilot Karim Nafatni's amazing photos have not only attracted a massive online following, but the global media have also jumped on the appreciation bandwagon.

PHOTOS: Thomson becomes first UK airline to receive Boeing 787

Thousands gathered to watch Thomson's first 787 Dreamliner (from an order of eight) arrive at Manchester Airport, completing its delivery flight from Paine Field in Everett.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Five Top Incentive Flight Destinations For 2014

Kalamata in Greece is a top incentive destination for 2014The top incentive flight destinations In terms of private jet hire demand are the ones that offer a combination of excellent weather, fascinating cultural attractions and high quality conference facilities.

Although certain incentive charter flight destinations, such as Spain and Germany are still popular, other destinations are increasingly getting the attention of travel managers.

Kalamata, Greece

Greece has beautiful beaches, fantastic weather, and delicious cuisine. Greece also offers a growing reputation for incentive travel - with Kalamata being the top choice of flight destinations in Greece.

Kalamata is situated at the apex of the gorgeous Messinian Bay, at the foot of the huge Mount Taygetos. Kalamata also has several excellent venues for meetings, incentives and business events. This includes the five-star e-Filoxenia conference Hotel that has top quality conference facilities.

Kalamata International Airport can receive charter flights and is just a 20 minute ride to the city.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has a diverse mix of beautiful architecture and historical sites and a constantly improving infrastructure.

Istanbul is served by two international airports, Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The latter is the fastest growing airport in the world. Both of these airports cater for charter flights of all sizes, and transfer to the city takes under 40 minutes.

There are plenty of incentive venues in Istanbul. The best example being the five-star Grand Cevahir Hotel. Another very popular venue is the Halic Congress Centre, which is located at a beautiful seaside location that overlooks the Golden Horn Bay.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a wonderful tourist and incentive destination. Marrakech Menara Airport serves the city, and is located just four miles from the city centre, so transfers in and out of the city are very fast. The airport has a VIP lounge, making it popular for private jet charter for groups and individuals.

The Es Saadia Palace Spa is now becoming a very popular venue for meetings, incentive and events. Those looking for a more unique hotel for a more luxurious event venue might like to take a look at the incredible Royal Mansour, which is located within the city walls. This stunning hotel looks like a palace.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai is famous for having the tallest building in the world. Dubai has recently become a major metropolis, and is widely considered a major business and cultural hub for the Middle East region.

The huge Burj Al Arab is considered by many as the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island and boasts a staggering 590ft atrium, over 200 rooms and high-class facilities for events and meetings.

Dubai International Airport is situated just 2.5 miles northeast of Dubai, so the city is easy to access. The airport also has an executive flight terminal that is exclusive for private jet charter flights into the airport.

Malta

Malta enjoys a warm climate and n shortage of superb historical sites, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Malta international airport serves the entire of the Maltese archipelago, and is situated three miles from the capital. The entire Island has superb venues, and the most popular choices are the Corinthia Hotel in St. George's Bay and the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana, they both have stunning views and excellent facilities.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

PHOTOS: Bombardier completes historical first flight of CSeries aircraft

Bombardier’s CSeries Aircraft Completes Historic First FlightIt was celebration time for Bombardier Aerospace yesterday, after the first flight of its much-awaited CSeries aircraft was successfully completed.

With perfect weather conditions, the inaugural flight departed from Montréal–Mirabel International Airport at approximately 9:55 EDT and returned at approximately 12:25 EDT.

I’ve included a couple of photos and a video on this page, which show Bombardier’s CS100 jetliner in the air, bearing Canadian registration markings C-FBCS. For more images, you can view an entire photo gallery on my Facebook page – click here to visit.

The historic flight was conducted under the command of Captain Charles Ellis (Chief Flight Test Pilot, Bombardier Flight Test Centre), who was assisted by Captain Andris Litavniks and Andreas Hartono in the roles of First Officer and Flight Test Engineer, respectively.

The historic flight of a CS100 jetliner was conducted under the command of Captain Charles Ellis
“The performance of the CSeries aircraft was very impressive! We couldn’t have wished for a better maiden flight,” said Captain Ellis. “Flight test vehicle one (FTV1)’s state-of-the-art flight deck was responsive and comfortable, and the aircraft handled exactly as expected. Overall, we had a very productive first flight and an excellent start to the flight test programme.”

The first flight marked the beginning of the CSeries flight test programme, which will lead up to the first customer delivery. A total of five CS100 flight test vehicles, all of which are currently in various stages of assembly, will join the flight test programme in the coming months.

“This is a very proud day for Bombardier and a true validation of the CSeries aircraft’s design and development, and of our extensive ground test program,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Programme, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “During its maiden flight, CSeries FTV1 reached an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,810 metres) and an air speed of 230 knots (426 km/h). In-flight tests included flap and landing gear retractions and extensions; in-flight manoeuvres that included a simulated landing; and early validation of the flight control system.”

The first CSeries aircraft was greeted by more than 3,000 Bombardier employees and Board members, customers, partners and suppliers, upon its return to the company’s Mirabel, Québec facility, where the final assembly line for the CSeries aircraft programme is now under construction.





Thursday, September 12, 2013

GUEST POST: The ultimate luxury of private jet tours

A tour by private jet remains in a luxurious class of its own
While it is undeniable that modern travel grows ever more comfortable and convenient, a tour by private jet remains in a luxurious class of its own.

From the moment of stepping inside the charter aircraft, one can relax in the knowledge that the most arduous part of the journey is already over and one's role has become that of a discerning traveller gaining a unique perspective on the majestic works of nature and phenomenal achievements of man.

From the long and varied list of destinations worthy of viewing from above, here are a select few to inspire a journey:

Himalayas, Southern Asia

Sir Edmond Hillary, who in 1953 led the first expedition to reach the top of Mt Everest, once commented that the Himalayas "will bring a tear to your eye and then freeze them to your face". There is, however, no danger from the extreme cold in the air conditioned comfort of an aircraft. The Himalayas are home to over a hundred peaks exceeding 7200m and include the earth’s highest point, Mt Everest. The snow-covered mountains are breath-taking on a clear day, and to see them from a bird’s eye view is a privilege that cannot be attained while one is earth bound.

Nazca lines, Peru

To gain any perspective of the Nazca lines, located on the west coast of Peru, an air charter is imperative. When viewed from the ground, the ancient enigma would seem nothing more than enormous lines carved at random in the ground. With the advantage of altitude, however, these lines form themselves into a collection of animal figures of massive proportions, including a condor at 134m across and a monkey at 93m by 58m. Scientists and historians are yet to agree on an explanation for the creation of these figures, but for those more concerned with appreciating the ingenuity its creators, a flight over the area is highly rewarding.

Dusky Sound, New Zealand

Remote and untouched, Dusky Sound is the epitome of pure, natural beauty that New Zealand is renowned for. Access to the area is by sea or by boat only, and so a flight over the unpopulated area is a rare chance to see nature at its finest. Dusky Sound is the largest of a chain of fiords located on the south west corner of New Zealand. Captain Cook was the first European to set eyes on the sound in 1770, and it was he who gave it its name, presumably for its solemn appearance. The sheer sides of the surrounding mountains, the green of the native forest and the blue of the crystalline waters all combine to produce a scene of startling beauty.

Serengeti, Tanzania

Few places on earth can match Africa's juxtaposition of wildness of nature with luxuriousness of travel. Hosting the largest mammal migration in the world, a jet charter flight over the Serengeti will be a delight for the nature lover. Approximately 70 larger animal species can be found on the Serengeti, as well as a range of terrain including riverine forests, swamps, grasslands and woodlands. Migration time is during October and November, when over a million wildebeest and around 200 000 zebra relocate from the northern hills to the southern plains, and to catch a glimpse of this epic journey from above is unforgettable.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Guest post: VLJs yet to take off in the private jet business

VLJs are intended for a wider market, offering lower operating costs than current private jets2006 saw the introduction of very light jets (VLJs) on to the aviation market, with the expectation of turning the air charter industry on its head. Industry experts predicted as many as 20,000 VLJs would be in operation by 2020. However, half way towards that time frame, there are only approximately 1000 currently in the skies.

These aircraft are specifically designed to make private jets more affordable through the use of more than 5,000 small community airports throughout the United States. VLJs are intended for a wider market, offering lower operating costs than current private jets.

The inadequate growth of VLJ manufacturing is largely down to financial backing. The air charter industry is not for the feint hearted; it requires deep pockets and a solid customer base. Many manufacturers have struggled to deliver their new business jets; notably Diamond Aircraft Industries are reported to have suspended the development of their D-Jet aircraft, which was scheduled to hit the market in 2010.

With all of the promises from the aircraft charter manufacturers, only three companies have successfully put their aircraft into the skies; the Embraer Phenom 100, Cessna Citation Mustang, and the Eclipse 500. However, with further charter aircraft models awaiting certification, the industry may be set to pick up.

VLJs are equipped with the latest in jet engine technology

These smaller, lighter, charter aircraft are equipped with cutting edge jet engine technology that offers a more cost effective fuel efficiency. They have the ability to take off and land on much smaller runways than other private jets. This allows them to use smaller airports, and avoid the time delays that are often present at larger, busier airports. Yet despite this much needed advancement in the industry, it is yet to reach the expectations of industry analysts.

In a recent interview with Alex Berry, Sales and Marketing Director at Chapman Freeborn, Alex explained how the economic advantages of VLJs are not as "game changing" as some people expected. Whilst VLJs represent a cheaper entry level option for twin engine jets, and their operating costs are slightly lower than their larger alternatives, much of the cost of fuel, landing, and handling remain more or less the same. Coupled with the similarities in the cost of crew for a small aircraft, it is easy to see why these aircraft aren't as popular as first predicted.

However, whilst supply and demand for VLJ's hasn't quite hit the levels that were expected, Alex remains hopeful that these smaller jets will have their place in the market. Alex explains that VLJs provide a solution that meets the customer's needs at a lower cost. The trade-off of course is a reduced level of comfort, but this is unlikely to deter those on a budget. There is also a perception that once a customer has tried a VLJ at a relatively cheap expense, they will understand the true value of chartered flying, and pull away from the commercial airlines. This ought to result in an increase in demand for business aviation.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Guest Post: KLM Aviation Empire Gives You The Opportunity to Run Your Own Airline

The marvellous machinations of modern air travel continue to achieve stunning industrial advancements that encourage massive consumer outreach. One of the daring innovations being yielded is the development of a technological interface that will allow passengers to conduct the operations of their own virtual airline. These new programs appear to be comprehensively in-depth, and their availability to the public is sure to attract significant media attention. The potential utility of simulation software is vast, and the application’s intuitive design is sure to spark public interest around the world.

Origins of the Virtual Airline

In an unprecedented business move, the company that initiated this new conceptual system is KLM. They have formally unveiled their inspired initiative, and the program is officially dubbed as “KLM: Aviation Empire.” It is a startlingly educational venture for the brand. The program steadily progresses through the worldwide history of air travel. A hundred years of aviation events are traversed utilizing the perspective of the company itself. Players will be able to take control of every minute element that comprises air travel, and they ultimately arrive in modern times to find the complex industry that is currently in place.

The prototypical development of this game showcases the company’s first attempt at marketing their brand for general consumption. In terms of animation quality, the game seamlessly transitions across a globe that is smoothly rendered to generate an engagingly sleek effect. There are copious tasks embedded into the interface that are capable of occupying a player’s attention for extended durations of time. These intricate features include land management, airport construction, customer outreach, airplane acquisition and international route navigation. Because the game’s sequence of events directly parallels the chronology of KLM’s inception, the first global connections formed are between Amsterdam and London.

Perks of the Software

There are several incentives for airlines to offer the services of online airline simulators. For instance, these revolutionary programs can provide a bountifully entertaining distraction during the era of extended waiting times in the terminal. The game can be fully integrated into individual travelling patterns around the world by offering achievement awards for arriving at different airports in real life. With this unique function, airlines can actually increase the amount of seats they sell on their flights. This feature is accomplished by encouraging avid participants to travel to various locations for the purpose of unlocking exclusive in-game material. In according with their historical theme, Amsterdam is a physical destination that provides grand virtual compensation.

Innately, this software has been programmed for portable enjoyment. It fluidly accommodates worldwide networks, and the game itself barely exposes any tendency to lag. The company does a phenomenal job of blending promotional material with factual information. By providing accurate details on the development of air travel, KLM demonstrates a reputably unbiased capacity. This ability to be objective will earn new consumers from an untapped arena of the market. The game is presently available for a variety of mobile platforms, which means that a continuous stream of internet savvy customers will be engaging with the brand for the first time.

Integration with Modern Times

Even though it may have the persona of a mere novelty device, some speculators have worried that the program may actually detail crucial aspects of airline operations to unwelcome parties. Fortunately, possible threats can be mitigated. Ideally, the creators will be able to prevent steadfast realism from providing vital information to prospective terrorists and hijackers. This has been managed by implementing subtle adjustments to accuracy. These slight alterations are too minor to be detected by the average user.

Players of the game  are rewarded in a number of ways such as getting game credits, which can be redeemed for various in-game items, such as new airplanes or landing rights in different cities around the globe. There is an opportunity to earn different kinds of badges after making progress and accomplishing certain goals in the game. By logging in with a Facebook account players can share their achievement and progress in the game with friends. The leader board feature show how well each player is doing among their friends and the rest of the world. There are claims that indicate KLM and game developers may be working on expanding how the game interacts with the real world. Among the ideas that have come up is putting leader boards on KLM boarding passes. Speculations suggested that KLM may give discounts on air travel for the top players of Aviation Empire. However, however no specifics were confirmed as of yet.

Surprisingly, this game’s glossy graphics are supported by unmatched substance. With credibility, the developers have brought a new forefront to the competitive industry of airline management. Online notoriety leads to an increased base of consumer support, which results in financial staying power for brands that connect to users through modern methods. Furthermore, the program’s massive entertainment values will likely provoke young people to pursue careers in a field that has witnessed a dwindling of its occupational applicants. “KLM: Aviation Empire” comfortably establishes the brand’s image for providing pristine service, and it invites flight enthusiasts to enjoy a first-hand retelling of the worldwide flying industry.


KLM operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 90 destinations. Flights can be booked online at KLM.com or you can just head over to Cheapflights.co.uk and compare KLM flights quickly and easily.

Monday, July 29, 2013

VIDEO: Emergency vehicles greet Germanwings flight at Hamburg Airport after crew declare emergency

A Germanwings Airbus A319-100 was greeted by emergency vehicles at Hamburg AirportGermanwings received quite a welcome at Hamburg Airport earlier this week, after the airline declared emergency on a flight arriving from Stuttgart, with 149 people onboard.

Alarm bells were ringing soon after the Germanwings Airbus A319-100 departed from Stuttgart, with airport officials noticing that the airplane had left debris from its tyres on the runway.

According to a report in Aviation Herald, the flight crew was informed about the discovery and entered a hold at 7000 feet for around 25 minutes. During this time, emergency services from the airport and surrounding area were alerted.

A ground observer, Thomas Nebel, managed to film the Airbus A319’s landing on runway 22, where it was greeted by an impressive lineup of emergency vehicles.

The video, which you can view below, also shows the aircraft stopping on the runway for a check by emergency services, after which it taxied to the apron on own power. No damage was found on the gear or tyres.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

PHOTO: Boeing unveils new-look livery, which debuts on a 787-9 Dreamliner


First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Features New Boeing Livery
Boeing Commercial Airplanes unveiled a new-look livery today, with the design making its debut on the first 787-9 Dreamliner.

Having just rolled out of the paint hanger, the 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8.

“With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters), the 787-9 will carry 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometres), with 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes,” stated Boeing in a press release.

“The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering the features passengers prefer such as large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.”

I've included a photo of the new livery on this page - what are your thoughts? Feel free to leave you comments below, as always.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Shock as body falls from Air France Airbus A330 during flight, landing metres away from horrified resident on the ground

An Air France Airbus A300 [Photo: Air France]It’s not something that many people will experience (or want to experience) in life.

Yesterday, in the West African country of Niger, an unsuspecting resident was out and about in the early morning, when suddenly out of nowhere a human body came hurling down from the sky, landing metres away on the ground.

Imagine the shock of witnessing such a horrific sight. According to media reports, it turned out to be the body of a suspected stowaway, who fell from the landing gear of an Airbus A330-200, which was performing Air France Flight AF-547 from Ouagadougou.

"The police discovered the lifeless body of a black person lying in blood," commented Niger Interior Minister Abdou Labo, adding that blood had also been spotted on the left wing of the plane.

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The A330 was approaching the capital city of Niamey when the incident occurred, but continued for a safe landing. Authorities then grounded the plane, meaning that the onward flight to Paris was cancelled and passengers were rebooked onto a couple of alternative services.

Officials were holding the plane in Niamey so crew members and passengers could be interviewed, and investigators in Ouagadougou were also looking into "the conditions in which the passengers boarded," added Labo.

"At the moment, the plane is grounded on the tarmac at the airport and the flight to Paris is cancelled until the end of the investigation," he said.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

VIDEO: US Airways flight delayed after bees swarm around aircraft, leaving passengers stranded onboard for hours

An image from wsoctv.com showing the US Airways plane as experts try to move away a swarm of beesIf you’re a fan of Samuel L Jackson films, you’ll know about the perils of snakes on a plane. However, passengers onboard a recent US Airways flight lived out an unlikely sequel to the Hollywood blockbuster involving a swarm of bees!

Around 70 people had already boarded the airplane at Charlotte Douglas Airport this week, ready to depart on their flight to Indianapolis, when a last-minute delay was announced by the pilot.

The reason? A large number of bees were hovering around the airplane nose, close to the push-back tug, and the stubborn swarm was refusing to be moved.

Unfortunately for passengers, the flight was unable to take off until the situation was resolved, and nobody could leave the plane for safety reasons.

HILARIOUS VIDEO: Sleeping airline passenger uses neighbour as makeshift pillow

At face value, moving the swarm would appear an easy task, however initial attempts only angered the pesky creatures. Fearing for the worst, cabin crew even started to check if passengers were allergic, while paramedics were also called on stand-by.

Thankfully, an unlikely hero soon appeared on the scene in the form of a local bee keeper, who used his expertise to quickly shoo away the bees, allowing the flight to depart a couple of hours later than scheduled.

While the situation was out of US Airways’ control, passengers were treated to $100 vouchers for a future flight... and hopefully our man of the moment, Mr Bee Keeper, managed to snag one too.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Amazing footage inside cockpit of fighter jet, as pilot does killer stunts at UK airshow




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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HILARIOUS VIDEO: Sleeping airline passenger uses neighbour as makeshift pillow

Video footage of a sleeping passenger using her neighbour as a pillow has gone viralHas your personal space ever been invaded during a flight by other passengers?

It’s a common complaint, especially in economy class, and YouTube user Steve Callum can definitely relate. And after watching his latest video on the social media website, you’ll understand why!

The video, which was uploaded a couple of weeks ago, had been filmed during a recent flight across the US East Coast. Soon after take-off, the woman seated next to Steve decided to have a little nap… and unintentionally started to use Steve’s body as a makeshift pillow.

After his initial efforts to move the lady off him, Steve decided to start filming his failed attempts, and the video has become a viral hit online, attracting more than 200,000 page views since being uploaded two weeks ago… and the number is growing fast.

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“Here I was... Minding my own business on a flight home, when I ended up in an extremely awkward situation. This lady was totally out of it. As soon as she sat down, she started falling asleep, and it only got worse as the flight continued,” he commented on YouTube.

“I tried lifting her up, shaking her, and startling her, but it seemed like nothing was going to work. So, I thought it would be fun to get some of it on video to share with family and friends. Then she finally moved... Only to find someone else for the last part of the flight. Ha!”

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Boeing Completes 737 MAX 8 Firm Configuration

An artist rendering of the Boeing 737 MAX 8Boeing has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family.

"We have defined the design requirements for the 737 MAX that provide our customers with the most value in the single-aisle market," said Michael Teal, chief project engineer, 737 MAX, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We continue to follow our disciplined process to ensure that we have completed all the requirements for the development stage of the program and are ready to begin the detailed design phase."

As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin. Final assembly of the 737 MAX 8 is scheduled to begin in 2015 with first delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

The 737 MAX will be 13 percent more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient single-aisle airplanes and 8 percent more fuel-efficient per seat than tomorrow's competition. The configuration includes new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International that are optimized for the 737 MAX, a redesigned tail cone and the Boeing designed Advanced Technology Winglet to reduce fuel use. Other changes incorporated include upgrades to the flight deck displays, an electronic bleed air system and fly-by-wire spoiler flight controls.

"The 737 MAX will not only be the most fuel-efficient airplane, it will maintain the 737's industry-leading reliability," said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and program manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are working closely with our customers and industry partners to ensure that the airplane we deliver will perform as promised."

Related story: Southwest becomes first airline to order Boeing 737 MAX 7

Additionally the MAX will take advantage of advancements in connectivity. "As we continue to improve connectivity on the 737 platform, the 737 MAX will offer customers the capability to use real-time data to make operational decisions around maintenance on the ground during flight," said Leverkuhn. "This will allow airlines to more efficiently manage their fleets. Enhanced connectivity also will benefit passengers as the demand for more wireless access to information and entertainment in flight continues to grow."

The 737 MAX family includes the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 and will serve the 100- to over 200-seat market. The 737 MAX will extend the Next-Generation 737 range advantage with the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km), an increase of 400-540 nmi (741-1,000 km) over the Next-Generation 737. First delivery of the 737 MAX 9 is planned for 2018 followed by first delivery of the MAX 7 in 2019.

To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated orders for 1,495 airplanes.

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PHOTO & VIDEO: Southwest Boeing 737 lands without front landing gear at New York's LaGuardia airport

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 landed without its front landing gear at New York’s LaGuardia airport
It’s amazing how aviation incidents are reported these days… literally within minutes, details will start to appear online through various websites and blogs.

That’s exactly what happened today, after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 landed without its front landing gear at New York’s LaGuardia airport. It had around 150 people on board at the time, who were arriving from Nashville.

According to media reports, the airplane skidded to a halt after the technical malfunction, with 10 passengers being treated on the scene for injuries, six of whom were taken to a nearby hospital.

“Southwest Airlines flight 345 landed at New York's LaGuardia at 5:40 PM Eastern Monday evening from Nashville. The aircraft is a Boeing 737-700. Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft's nose gear collapsed upon landing. There were 150 people on board including Customers and Crew," Southwest Airlines confirmed in a statement emailed to Yahoo! News.

"All Customers have been deplaned and transferred to the terminal," the statement continues. "Initial reports indicate local responders are caring for five Customers and three flight attendants who have reported injuries at this time. Southwest is cooperating with local authorities, and the NTSB has been notified.”

The FAA added that pilots, “reported possible front landing gear issues” before landing.

La Guardia was closed for air traffic while emergency personnel helped passengers exit the Boeing 737 jet and federal investigators began trying to determine a cause.

“It’s too early to say what happened,” FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford told Yahoo! News. “The plane is on the ground and the nose is on the ground.”

I’ve included a photo of the aircraft on this page, plus there’s a new video below that shows the plane landing (although the footage is not great quality). Sign-up for The Aviation Writer’s FREE newsletter to keep updated with the latest aviation news, photos and videos – you can subscribe here.






Monday, July 22, 2013

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Amazing footage inside cockpit of fighter jet, as pilot does killer stunts at UK airshow

Video filmed inside the cockpit of a MiG-29 jetThis year’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford has been receiving a lot of media attention in recent days, most of which has focused on a British Airways A380, which flew in formation with the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows.

However, that wasn’t the only cool display to take place at the British aviation event. The Polish Air Force also impressed with their own acrobatic displays, involving the MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft.

Imagine piloting the fighter jet, with around 130,000 visitors at the Royal International Air Tattoo, all mesmerised as the MiG-29 Fulcrum performed rolls and high g-force turns.

Actually, scrap that… you don’t need to imagine at all, because a cool new video was filmed inside the cockpit, showing Captain Adrian Rojek doing his thing over the Cotswolds.

All the footage was captured on the new Replay XD camera which is so small it can be mounted in places where cameras have not been able to film before.

You can watch the footage below, which has been uploaded onto telegraph.co.uk’s YouTube channel.

“The Russian built fighter jet can fly at Mach 2.25 and has a top speed of almost 1500 miles per hour making it a giant among modern-day combat jets,” reported the newspaper.

“Fast jet pilots are trained to do special clenches and breathing to avoid the risk of g-force induced lack of consciousness (GLOC) and they also wear special clothing.”

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

It’s a miracle! Aircraft collides with sheep during emergency landing. Aircraft is damaged, sheep is fine!

Call it a miracle, but a Welsh sheep was knocked by a light aircraft and survivedWould you consider including sheep in a list of the world’s strongest animals? I’m guessing not… although after reading this story, you might want to reconsider that decision!

According to a new report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, a 71-year-old pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Wales, after the engine of his light aircraft cut-out.

With almost 1,500 hours of flying experience, Bernard Ridgway really had to use his vast experience to land the plane in a nearby field, which was packed with sheep at the time.

Unfortunately, despite the elderly pilot’s best attempts, the right wing of his 1964-built Jodel plane actually hit one of the poor sheep. In most cases, that would prove fatal. However, miraculously… and I find it hard to believe… the accident report stated that “the animal did not appear to have been injured”.

Thankfully Bernard and his passenger, who intended to land at Rhigos Airfield in Powys, were fine too. The right wing of the aircraft, on the other hand, WAS damaged after its collision with the sheep and needed repair.

Using a combination of towing and taxiing under its own power, the aircraft was brought back onto the airfield after the incident, which happened on April 6.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen very often though, as what we do is usually quite safe. We have the odd bit of damage but what happened with the sheep is very unusual,” commented Keith Richards, a friend of Bernard’s who fixed the wing. “They’re quite tough I think.”

Talk about an understatement, I would say the sheep are really tough! What are your thoughts on the story? As always, feel free to leave your comment below, and sign-up to The Aviation Writer’s FREE newsletter for more aviation stories, photos and videos. Click here to subscribe.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

VIDEO: First look at the forthcoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which rolled out of the factory this week

Did you know the first 787-9 Dreamliner was rolled out of Boeing’s factory in Everett this week?

Under normal circumstances, this massive development for the US-based aircraft manufacturer would have been celebrated with much fanfare.

However, with dark clouds still looming over the smaller 787-8 due to recent issues, it is little surprise that Boeing opted for a low-key rollout on this occasion.

Still, that hasn’t stopped The Aviation Writer from getting its hands on a cool video of the rollout, which was uploaded on Vimeo by amateur photographer and self-confessed aviation nut Liz Matzelle.

At the moment, the aircraft is painted in a simple Boeing livery (which actually looks great on the bird), but it will eventually feature the Air New Zealand livery, as the national carrier is the 787-9 launch customer.

Check out the video below – and remember to like The Aviation Writer’s Facebook page for more aviation videos, photos and stories. Click here to visit!

What do you think of the Boeing 787-9? Does it look better than the 787-8? Stay tuned for more updates on the forthcoming aircraft, with an inaugural test flight expected next month. We cannot wait!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Ryanair’s latest money-making scheme… placing adverts on the outside of its Boeing 737s!

Ryanair is selling advertising on its planes, on the wing tips and the front and rear fuselageAdvertising has become an additional revenue source for airports throughout the world, with companies spending millions of dollars to feature on digital screens, pillar wraps, and the like.

And now, it seems, airlines might be jumping on the bandwagon as well. Earlier this week, Ryanair announced its latest money-making scheme, offering companies the opportunity to place advertisements on the livery of Boeing 737-800s.

In total, four different locations on the Boeing 737 are being offered to advertisers (the inner and outer winglets, front fuselage and rear fuselage) at what has been described as “a fraction of the price of newspaper adverts”.

“Ryanair is Europe’s largest carrier, flying more aircraft between more airports and carrying more international passengers than any other airline,” commented Ryanair’s Robin Kiely.

“And it’s not just low fares that we deliver as we’re now offering businesses the chance to reach millions of consumers through livery advertising on our fleet of 303 Boeing aircraft, ensuring their brand is featured on Europe’s largest – and cheapest – outdoor advertising medium.”

Ryanair is well-known for exploring all potential avenues for increasing revenue… we’ll all read the articles about charging passengers to use the toilet and offering standing-only tickets, none of which have materialised to date.

Advertising is not new to them either. According to the Ryanair website, unique advertising options include; Homepage Advertising, Newsletter Advertising, Boarding Card Advertising, Destination Pages Advertising and In-Flight Magazine Advertising.

Therefore, at face value, Ryanair could make a serious amount of money with this initiative. After all, it operates more than 300 aircraft, which transport millions of passengers across Europe, with around 1,600 flights per day. And its not the first airline to try this out... remember the advert for Bulgari designer watches on one of Alitalia's Boeing 747 (see below)?

Advertising for Bulgari designer watches in Alitalia Boeing 747
But what do you, as someone that works in aviation or is passionate about the industry, feel about this latest idea? Will this ruin the beauty of aircraft liveries? Do passengers already face too much advertising during their travel experience? Or is this a great idea to help lower the cost of tickets?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

PHOTOS: Check out Aeroflot's 90th anniversary livery, designed by a talented competition winner!

As one of the oldest airlines in existence, Aeroflot launched a very special competition earlier this year to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

What made the competition so special, I hear you ask? Well, members of the public were invited to design a unique livery, with the winning entrant being painted onto the airline’s Sukhoi Superjet.

That’s a pretty awesome opportunity, and while aviation enthusiasts throughout the world were rubbing their hands in glee, there was a slight hurdle for most of them in the terms and conditions... only Russian nationals were permitted to enter!

Despite that geographic limitation, Aeroflot were inundated with entries, which were eventually shortlisted to a handful of finalists and the winner was announced as Alexander Sosnovsky, who wanted the livery to be themed around the Russian folk painting Khokhloma.

Now, I’ve never heard of Khokhloma before, but apparently it’s a decorative painting from the 17th century, which features a variety of wooden utensils and furniture, made with red, green and black on a gold background.

True to its word, Aeroflot has now revealed its SSJ-100 with Alexander’s design, and I’ve included a couple of photos on this page.

More of the images, which were taken by Marina Lystseva, can be found on my Facebook page – click here to visit!

So what do you think of the final result? Was Alexander Sosnovsky a worthy winner?

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PHOTO: China Airlines Boeing 737 dented by airport worker in Philippines… will cost millions to repair!

An aerobridge worker in the Philippines has been named and shamed on the internet after accidentally damaging a China Airlines Boeing 737-800.

Carmelo Adaptante has been accused of “over steering” at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 earlier this week, causing an aerobridge tube to strike the aircraft’s door.

Although the incident was described as ‘minor’ by officials, a report on InterAksyon.com estimates that repairing the dent could cost anything between $1-3 million, depending on the extent of damage. That’s a pretty steep bill for China Airlines!

I’ve included a photo of the aircraft (with the aerobridge tube attached) on this page. Remember to like my Facebook page for more aviation photos, videos and stories – click here to visit!

The Boeing 737-800 was scheduled to operate a Taipei-bound flight when the incident occurred on Monday. However, China Airlines was forced to cancel the service as a safety precaution, leaving over 100 passengers stranded.

Around 40 of the passengers were booked onto an Eva Air flight to Taipei, while the rest were eventually accommodated on another China Airlines flights.

RELATED VIDEO: Unbelievable footage of China airport worker's terrible cargo handling



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

VIDEO: Watch two EXTREME examples of China airport rage... when will the madness end?

A clash between passengers and airline staff at Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Chinese airports have been plagued with flight delays in recent months. In fact, according to the latest report by FlightStats, a US-based data provider on air travel, the worst airports in the world for on-time performance last month were Shanghai and Beijing.

In total, 35 major international airports were tracked by FlightStats for the report, with only 28.72% of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport’s flights being on-time last month. The figure is even worst for Beijing Capital International Airport, where the on-time performance was a shocking 18.30%.

The situation isn’t much better in other parts of China. None of the country’s provincial airports (including Guangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Chengdu, Changsha and Urumqi) scored above 50%, reported FlightStats.

That might explain the unprecedented rise of ‘airport rage’ in China. And we’re not talking about minor little incidents here, but full-blown, violent examples that are injurious to health.

Just look at the photo on this page, taken at Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport following a recent clash between passengers and airline staff. Three people (including two men) were accused of assault. Flights were delayed as a result of extreme weather conditions.

"Beating up ground staff doesn't change the weather," stated a comment on the Sina Weibo microblog, where the photo of airline workers lying on the ground was posted. "Don't vent your anger on innocent people."

A video uploaded on LiveLeak.com a week ago (which you can watch below) seems to show this incident (or a similar one) ‘in action’.



Shocking behavior, isn’t it? Here’s another video uploaded onto LiveLeak.com this week:



This isn’t the first time I am reporting on ‘air rage’ in China. You might want to check out these two blog entries as well: Shocking video of airport rage incident in China goes viral and Passengers cheer as air hostess is attacked on flight… is air rage on the rise in China?

What are your thoughts on the matter? Why do you think air rage has become so prominent in China and what would be the response if passengers behaved this way in other parts of the world? Leave your comments below and sign-up to The Aviation Writer’s FREE newsletter to keep updated with the latest aviation stories, videos and photos! Click here to register.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Hot off the press! New milestone for Airbus A350 XWB, with almost 100 flight test hours achieved since first flight


The Airbus A350 XWB flight test campaign has been progressing at full pace
It’s been a month since the Airbus A350 XWB performed its very first flight in Toulouse… but what has been happening with the much-awaited aircraft since that time?

Quite a lot, according to Airbus! In fact, the flight test campaign has been progressing at full pace, with the first 92 flight test hours already completed since the maiden flight.

During these 92 hours, ten Airbus experimental test pilots have flown the first A350 (MSN1) and collectively put the aircraft through its paces to get to know its handling qualities and behaviour.

This early phase of test flights has resulted in the clearance of the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems.

These include: engines, electrics, Ram Air Turbine (RAT), landing gear and braking, fuel and cabin pressurization, as well as a preliminary assessment of the autopilot and auto-land functions.

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The A350 MSN1 will now undergo routine maintenance and upgrades of its flight test installation to ready it for the second phase of the flight test campaign which will start in August, while the design office will analyse the results of these initial flight tests.

So watch this space, as there’s still a lot to come with the A350 XWB flight test campaign. In total, around 2,500 flight hours will be completed with a fleet of five development aircraft.

To date, Airbus has recorded 678 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 34 customers worldwide. Entry into commercial service of the first customer aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2014.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

SHOCKING PHOTO: Graffiti artists cause $100,000 damage to private jet at US airport

Imagine being lucky enough to own a Learjet Model 60 and finding out your US$2.3 million private jet had been vandalised by graffiti artists… talk about heart breaking!

That’s exactly what happened at Van Nuys Airport in the United States this week, where criminals broke into a secure area and spray-painted terms such as ‘R.I.P’ and ‘Flame’ on the fuselage.

In addition, there are some unidentified initials on the tail of the aircraft, which Los Angeles police believe are “gang related and gang initiated”.

I’ve included a photo of the Learjet on this page, plus there's a video report below… the damage will cost an estimated US$100,000 to repair.

An investigation has now been launched by Los Angeles Airport Police and the FBI, while meetings are also being held to ensure repeat incidents are prevented.

I’m not sure if that softens the blow for the Malibu-based aviation company that apparently owns the Learjet… probably not!

"This is a big deal to me, to have somebody who could get onto the airfield and who could do that kind of damage, that kind extensive graffiti to an aircraft, and not be seen," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. "I'm not happy about it."

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

VOTE! Which airline launched the best cabin crew uniform in 2013? Virgin, Qantas, United, China Eastern or Fiji Airways?

Airlines seem to be revamping their cabin crew uniforms left, right and centre!

More than 180 Virgin Atlantic employees started to trial the airline’s new uniform, created by Vivienne Westwood, yesterday.

In addition to cabin crew, the new design will be worn by pilots, ground staff, Clubhouse employees and Virgin Holiday staff.

Other airlines, such as Qantas, United Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Fiji Airways, have also launched new uniforms this year in a bid to modernise their public appearance.

There’s an obvious question around this… which airline did the best job? There’s a collage on this page with images from each airline’s new uniform, which are numbered as follows: 1 is Virgin Atlantic, 2 is China Eastern Airlines, 3 is United Airlines, 4 is Qantas and 5 is Fiji Airways.

Here’s a chance to vote for your favourite! State which one is your favourite in the comments section below… and you’ve find more fun surveys on my Facebook page, so feel free to head over there and like the page to keep updated! Click here to visit.

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Guest Post: Jet manufacturers look to boost sales with celebrity endorsements

Embraer premiered a short film to promote the Legacy 500 which featured Jackie ChanAs the global recession rumbles onwards, the aviation business continues to feel the financial turbulence over the sales of private jets (pardon the pun). So, in an effort to combat this, some manufacturers are now using celebrity brand ambassadors, hoping that they can use star status to boost their fortunes.

One recent example of this came from the Brazilian jet producer ‘Embraer Executive Jets’. They premiered a short film to promote the Legacy 500, a new jet, which featured Jackie Chan. The video is called Unbelievable, lasts for 6 minutes and has the production values of Hollywood whilst portraying the jet as something out of this world.

Naturally the Kung Fu master, in his capacity as an official brand ambassador for Embraer, also owns a Legacy 650. This private jet has the personalised touch, with the tail displaying a unique ‘Jackie’ motif (pictured below).

The aim here is simple. By using a huge star from Hong Kong, Embraer are convinced that Chan’s image will be able to help grow the company’s business within emerging markets such as China.

Bombardier Business Aircraft are another company that widely use brand ambassadors. One of the most significant is John Travolta, who has had an association with Bombardier since 2011 when he purchased his own Challenger 601 and thus became their most famous pilot.

It is well known that Travolta is an aviation fanatic, he possesses 11 different aeroplane licenses and has gone so far as to be a test pilot for the new Challenger 350 midsized jet. At the 2013 EBACE convention in Geneva, Travolta told the audience of his experiences and how ‘I felt like an astronaut’.

However, Bombardier have not rested on their laurels. They have an eclectic range of brand ambassadors which has included the men’s world no. 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, classical pianist Lang Lang and the architect Frank Gehry. Similarly, Gulfstream Aerospace have jet users that are very high-profile, with Jim Carrey and Tom Cruise the tip of the iceberg.

Still, in the world of private jets there is always the potential for some more unusual examples of publicity. Cessna made headlines around the world due to Justin Bieber being a passenger on a chartered Cessna Citation X that flew into Germany.

Unbeknownst to the star, his pet capuchin monkey Mally required certain paperwork to be allowed free entry into Munich, paperwork that was not forthcoming. The German customs authorities were therefore left with little choice but to confiscate Mally and to place him within an animal sanctuary.

Happily I can report that Mally has a new home as a part of the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen (North Germany). Although I must add that at this time he has not been contacted to become a brand ambassador for any jet charter companies.

Reporting: Darren Douglas



Friday, July 12, 2013

OOOPS... Push-back tug accidentally driven into nose gear of Delta Air Lines plane at San Francisco Airport!

Here’s an interesting photo doing the rounds at the moment, taken by a passenger at San Francisco International Airport earlier this week.

Although it’s not immediately clear from looking at the image, it actually shows a push back tug on the ground, which was accidentally driven into the nose gear of a Delta Air Lines plane… oops!

The unfortunate incident happened moments before the aircraft was scheduled to depart on Cincinnati, Ohio-bound flight. Around 138 passengers were on board when the collision occurred, according to media reports, and they felt ‘a big time jolt’.

This could have been an expensive mishap for Delta Air Lines, but luckily for the carrier there was no evidence of damage.

NBC Bay Area interviewed one of the passengers, Bob Meyer, who explained that everyone had to disembark and wait for a replacement aircraft, which departed a few hours later. The video report is included below.

“They immediately opened the doors back up and both of the captains came off the plane and went out to inspect what happened,” he commented. “They told everybody that one of the tugs had hit the plane and we all had to get off. We couldn’t use the plane.”

The replacement plane, although just a safety precaution, helped to keep passengers calm, especially with everyone feeling a bit sensitive after the recent Asiana Airlines crash at SFO.

"Luckily they were able to get us off the plane. It would have been racing through my head the whole time if they had thought it was okay to fly the plane. You know, is it really safe to fly the plane,” Meyers added. “It’s  night time out, something that big hit the plane, I’m sure everybody out there was worried about something like that happening. You don’t want to crash land after something like that just happened over the weekend.”

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

VIDEO: The ultimate test drive… Watch the new 2014 Range Rover Sport being driven through a Boeing 747!

Land Rover invited journalists in the UK to test drive the 2014 Range Rover Sport the other day.

Now, I wouldn’t normally cover the launch of a new car on this blog, but this particular test drive will definitely interest aviation enthusiasts… in a BIG way!

That’s because Land Rover arranged for lucky journalists to test drive the 2014 Range Rover Sport through a Boeing 747 aircraft at Cotswold Airport. How cool is that?

Journalists were guided through a special course, where they drove the car up a ramp, into the Boeing 747 (which even had some seats inside), through a challenging little course inside the plane (which, at one point, tipped the car at a 40-degree angle), and then back out again.

As someone involved in digital marketing, I thought this was a brilliant idea. There’s already been heaps of coverage in the media, including the video below from Autoblog, with footage of senior editor Steven Ewing doing the test drive himself.

“All in, the experience was mildly terrifying, and one of the stranger things I've done in my life,” he later commented. “Words can't really describe the full experience, but thankfully, we captured a video of the whole stunt.”

Thankfully indeed. Check out the video below… enjoy, and remember to like my Facebook page for the latest aviation videos, photos and stories. Click here to visit.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

American Airlines apologises about cabin crew photo shoot... but did they really need to?

Imagine being stuck in a plane for four hours due to a flight delay. Not a great feeling, right?

How would you react if cabin crew from the delayed flight were outside the aircraft, posing next to the engine while having their photo taken by the captain?

This exact scenario played out at San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica recently, where maintenance issues resulted in a delayed American Airlines flight to Dallas. The flight attendant having her photo taken was apparently close to retirement and wanted a keepsake.

However one of the passengers, Brian Kelly, was so furious that airline staff were taking photos while passengers were stuck in the aircraft that he snapped them in the act.

“They’re having fun to me,” Brian Kelly told the media afterwards. “That seemed like an enjoyable time, and I’m stuck in a plane and can’t go anywhere. It just didn’t seem right.”

The flight was eventually cancelled and American Airlines provided overnight hotel accommodation to passengers as a result. Before everyone left the aircraft, a pilot walked through the cabin and personally apologised for the inconvenience.

PHOTO: Southwest Airlines unhappy with ‘leaked’ photo of airport worker

Since the photo has been published in the media, American Airlines has issued a public apology for the incident. “Our people did their best to accommodate passengers during difficult circumstances, but showed poor timing when they chose to take a commemorative photo,” commented a spokesperson. “We’re reaching out to every passenger on board that flight to make amends.”

How exactly is the airline making amends? Well, Brian Kelly received 25,000 AAdvantage bonus miles from the customer relations department.

Aside from public apologies and gestures of good will, the flight crew were apparently contacted by supervisors and were all “sincerely apologetic for not only the inconvenience of the delay, but also the timing of the photo” according to media reports.

The question is… was all of this really needed? Not according to online commentators on the website of news channel NBC 5 DFW, who have blasted Bryan Kelly for basically being a kill joy.

“Honestly Mr. Kelly, are you for real??? Nothing was being harmed except your over sensitive feelings. You don't deserve an apology, just to grow up,” wrote Donny Hilgeman from Texas.

“I guess Mr Kelly would have preferred a grumpy unhappy crew that didn't enjoy their jobs,” added Kari Dawn Wynn Moore. “Or he wanted something for free, which he probably would've received anyways with the lengthy delay... but let’s throw the poor flight crew (who didn't want to be delayed any more than you did) under the plane so to speak.”

“Quick, send a whambulance!” commented Maria Flengas, receiving 25 likes from other readers for her humorous input.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. I couldn’t find anyone that supported him from the 125 comments on the article! What are your thoughts? Did American Airlines need to apologise, compensate and discuss the matter further with flight crew?

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