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A Glimpse from Singapore Airshow 2024

A Glimpse from Singapore Airshow 2024

The much-anticipated Weekend@Airshow, formerly recognized as the Singapore Airshow Public Day, has kicked off in full swing. Regarded as the quintessential Airshow in Asia, it has drawn aviation aficionados and industry leaders from across the globe.

Showcasing an impressive array of static displays, attendees can marvel at the latest offerings such as COMAC’s cutting-edge C919 and ARJ21 Aircraft, as well as the iconic E195-E2 profit hunter by Embraer. Moreover, the excitement continues with captivating flying displays featuring highlights like the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Black Eagles. With such diverse offerings, there’s something to captivate every aviation enthusiast at this unparalleled event.

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Static Displays 

With a plethora of state of the art static display assets operated by a wide range of companies, there is no doubt that there will be something for everyone to view. Let’s take a look at a few of the most iconic static display assets.

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  • Embraer E195-E2 (Tech Eagle)

With the face of an eagle at the front of the aircraft, this is probably one of the most iconic livery ever to be on an aircraft! Furthermore, you could get up close with the aircraft, providing you with an amazing photo opportunity! 

  • COMAC C919/ARJ21

The C919 jet is a symbolic jet for Chinese Aviation as it signifies China’s attempt at breaking the Airbus-Boeing Duopoly. The world’s first C919 is currently on static display. The ARJ21 has 2 variants on display, mainly the passenger and freighter variant. 

  • RSAF Aster 30

One of the newest assets in the RSAF to have achieved Full Operational Capacity just last year, the Aster 30, operated by 163 SQN serves as a component in RSAF’s Island Air Defence System

Flying Displays

With the Singapore Airshow 2024 featuring a wide variety of flying displays with 6 aerial displays planned, it provides a unique opportunity for aviation enthusiasts and the public to catch a glimpse of the aircraft performing acrobatic acts! 

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  • COMAC ARJ21

Painted in a ‘COMAC Express Special Livery, the ARJ21 is a regional jet manufactured by COMAC and is currently in active service with multiple Chinese carriers, together with Indonesian Airline Transnusa. 

  1. ROKAF T-50

One of the most iconic demonstration teams in the world, the ROKAF Black Eagles would provide a jaw-dropping display, which is bound to captivate both geeks and non-avgeeks alike.

 

  • HAL Dhruv 

Flown by the Sarang Demonstration Team, this versatile helicopter has been used for humanitarian and aerobatics purposes. With its unique colour scheme of a peacock, this helicopter would definitely captivate its audience! 

Activities at the airshow

  • Crafting Eco Friendly Paper Planes

Unleash your creativity by creating your own eco-friendly paper plane! From recycled materials such as used toilet rolls, to even ice cream sticks and things which are commonly found in a house, you could craft your own paper plane! 

  • Catch RSAF CPT Ted

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s mascot, Captain Ted makes his appearance at the airshow! With multiple opportunities both at the RSAF Booth and Static Display area, this is a chance to not be missed! 

  • Giveaways/Meet and Greet with Pilots

Ever wanted to meet your favourite pilots and flight crew? Well, here’s your chance! During meet and greet sessions, there might be giveaways of special items such as limited edition aircraft models, or even unique patches! 

  • Explore booths from multiple aerospace companies, and get to see the latest technological advancements! 

Ever wondered what the future of aviation holds? Well, fret not! Inside the Exhibition hall, there are booths from a wide variety of aviation corporations from manufacturers to defence contractors. 

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En Jie Ooi loves airplanes and knows a lot about them. He's chosen by Jetline Marvel to represent them at big events like the Singapore Airshow. En Jie enjoys taking pictures of airplanes and sharing them on Instagram. You can follow him there to see his cool photos!

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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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