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7 best airplane movies to watch on Netflix

7 best airplane movies to watch on Netflix
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Society of the Snow

Society of the Snow

2024 | Maturity Rating:A | 2h 25m | Drama

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Following a plane crash in the remote heart of the Andes, survivors join forces and become each other’s best hope as they navigate their way back home.

The film depicts the real-life events of a Uruguayan rugby team’s harrowing ordeal following the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes mountains in 1972. Featuring a cast predominantly comprised of Uruguayan and Argentine actors, many of whom are emerging talents, the movie premiered in Uruguay on December 13, 2023. It garnered critical acclaim, securing 12 awards, notably including Best Picture and Best Director at the 38th Goya Awards.

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Top Gun: Maverick

2022 | Maturity Rating:U/A 13+ | 2h 11m | Action

After more than 30 years as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Maverick trains a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized — and dangerous — mission.

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The narrative follows Maverick as he grapples with his personal history while mentoring a new generation of Top Gun graduates, among them the son of his late closest companion, for a perilous assignment. “Maverick” made its debut at CinemaCon on April 28, 2022, before hitting theaters across the United States. The film achieved remarkable financial success, grossing $1.496 billion worldwide, thus becoming the second highest-grossing film overall and the most lucrative of Tom Cruise’s career.

Into the Night

2020 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 2 Seasons | Sci-Fi

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Passengers and crew aboard a hijacked overnight flight scramble to outrace the sun as a mysterious cosmic event wreaks havoc on the world below.

The inaugural season of the series revolves around a group of individuals who find themselves aboard a red-eye flight from Brussels, only to have their journey disrupted by a hijacking. Terenzio, an Italian NATO soldier, commandeers the plane, insisting on an early departure. As the narrative unfolds, these few passengers become survivors of a catastrophic global phenomenon triggered by exposure to sunlight.

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In the subsequent season, the remaining survivors embark on a quest to reach safety within a NATO bunker located in Bulgaria, where they hope to shield themselves from the lethal effects of the sun’s rays. Premiering on Netflix on May 1, 2020, the series marks Netflix’s debut Belgian original production. The second season premiered on September 8, 2021, further delving into the survivors’ struggle for survival in the face of an unprecedented threat.

Manifest

2018 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 4 Seasons | Drama

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When a plane mysteriously lands years after takeoff, the people onboard return to a world that has moved on without them and face strange new realities.

“Manifest” is an American supernatural drama series that follows the events surrounding Montego Air Flight 828. During a routine flight from Jamaica to New York City, the plane encounters sudden and intense turbulence. Upon landing at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, the 191 passengers and crew are informed by NSA deputy director Robert “Bobby” Vance that more than five and a half years have elapsed during their time in the air, a period during which they were believed to be deceased.

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Keep Breathing

2022 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 1 Season | Drama

When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone survivor must battle the elements — and her personal demons — to stay alive.

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“Keep Breathing” is a survival drama limited series crafted by Martin Gero and Brendan Gall for Netflix. With a total of six gripping episodes, the show debuted on July 28, 2022. The narrative centers on Liv Rivera, a pragmatic lawyer from New York City, whose journey takes a dramatic turn when her plane crashes while traversing northern Canada. Stranded in the unforgiving wilderness with nothing but her wits and determination, Liv embarks on a profound inner journey, drawing upon her past experiences to muster the resilience needed to endure and survive.

Blood Red Sky

2021 | Maturity Rating:A | 2h 3m | Horror

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When a group of terrorists hijacks an overnight transatlantic flight, a mysteriously ill woman must unleash a monstrous secret to protect her young son.

Released on July 23, 2021, by Netflix, the story centers around Nadja, a German widow, and her son Elias as they prepare to board a flight to New York. Nadja, who appears to be battling leukemia, intends to seek medical treatment from a doctor in the United States. At the airport, Elias strikes up a friendship with a man named Farid, while Nadja grapples with the discomfort caused by her medication. As the passengers settle in for the journey, a sinister plot unfolds as a group of individuals, including co-pilot Bastian, carry out a heinous act. They murder the sky marshals and tamper with the black box, effectively disabling the plane’s radar tracking capabilities.

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Catch Me If You Can

2002 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 2h 21m | Drama

An FBI agent makes it his mission to put cunning con man Frank Abagnale Jr. behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

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Catch Me If You Can” is an American biographical crime comedy-drama from 2002. The film portrays the exploits of a young man who alleges that before turning 19, he executed cons amounting to millions of dollars, assuming various roles such as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. However, the veracity of his claims remains highly contentious.

Despite the controversy surrounding the protagonist’s accounts, the movie was a commercial triumph, amassing a global box office revenue of $352 million.

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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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