• Impressions of the New Lufthansa Brand Design

    Impressions of the New Lufthansa Brand Design

    Lufthansa has revealed its new, modernized brand image to customers and employees at two major events at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs. The most visible change is the new aircraft livery. The familiar blue-yellow color combination of Lufthansa will be retained – but the use of these primary colors has been redefined. The blue specially…

  • Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar

    Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar

    With glittering skyscrapers reflecting the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is home to one of the most dramatic skylines in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship – and the 2018 season promises thrilling action to match. Thirteen of the world’s best pilots will resume their rivalries at 370kph with forces up to 10G, joined by…

  • Sky Airline: Why operating in other LATAM countries seems inevitable

    Sky Airline: Why operating in other LATAM countries seems inevitable

    The norm when a market has reached its peak is to look elsewhere. Especially in aviation, when the move can be financially justified in the long term, expanding to foreign markets in a same region is the next step when thinking globally down the runway. It’s a step Chilean low-cost carrier Sky Airline is willing…

  • How cryptocurrencies are changing private jet travel

    How cryptocurrencies are changing private jet travel

    For private jet passengers, time and reliability are paramount when booking a flight. Flexibility and safety is also within the coveted traits of this market. During the past few months, a new payment method, the cryptocurrencies, have propelled this market to new heights, granting clients with a swifter, secure and universal transaction system. Speed and…

  • History and Retirement of Boeing 747

    History and Retirement of Boeing 747

    After 48 years of service one of the most popular passenger jets, the Boeing 747, is being retired. Here’s a look back at the jumbo jet’s history. It’s time to say goodbye to one of the world’s most iconic aircrafts, the Boeing 747. United and Delta, the last two airlines to fly 747s, have announced…

  • Key West after the Hurricane – FAA installs Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower

    Key West after the Hurricane – FAA installs Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower

    No, this is no camper! After Hurricane Irma has destroyed Florida Keys, FAA has implemented this mobile air traffic control tower at Key West International Airport (KEYW). It was brought making a road trip down the East Coast by trailer from Hartford, CT. This fully-equipped tower will provide air traffic services for all of the…

  • Photo of the Week –  Korean Air Cargo Boeing 777F Gear Spray

    Photo of the Week – Korean Air Cargo Boeing 777F Gear Spray

    We haven’t done a “Photo of the Week” in a while. But this one is definitely worth a dedicated posting. Korean Air Cargo B777 at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport – Photo (c) Ramon Kok (via Flickr) Remember to add your photos to the Flightstory Flickr Group to be featured here, too! It’s a fast growing…

  • Should I buy or hire a private jet?

    Should I buy or hire a private jet?

    So your business competitor has a private jet? Maybe you are planning to travel a lot next year? Whatever the case, there are pros and cons of buying your own private jet. But most importantly, in order to make the right long term decision, it is important to account for different variables; especially the range…

  • What’s an empty leg flight and why is it so cheap?

    What’s an empty leg flight and why is it so cheap?

    Searching for an opportunity to fly on a private jet for a bargain? Well, there’s an option, but you will have to be willing to travel on short notice and sometimes adapt to last minute changes. An empty leg is a flight that becomes available during the reposition of a jet, flying empty to start…

  • Iran Air takes delivery of its first new Aircraft since decades

    As part of an ambitious fleet renewal program, Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new, modern aircraft – an Airbus A321. Decades of sanctions by US and EU had forced the airline to keep operating their old aircraft, like 8 Airbus A300 (37 years old), 2 A310, 21 year old A320, and 27…

  • New Russian Strategic Bomber May Takeoff Sooner

    Russian “Sputniknews” is reporting that work on the all-new Russian stealthy strategic bomber PAK DA is coming along at a good pace. According to the Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces, the prototype may hit the skies well before 2021. Russia’s prospective complex of distant aviation (PAK DA) is a proposed next-generation strategic…

  • First Boeing 737 MAX 8 – What is new?

    First Boeing 737 MAX 8 – What is new?

    This week Boeing celebrated the completion of the first 737 MAX 8. The freshly painted 737 MAX 8, named the Spirit of Renton, will undergo pre-flight preparation in the factory before departing for Renton Field to continue flight test readiness. The airplane is on track for first flight in early 2016. With the second and…

  • Mustang, Spitfire, Hurricane – The Fighters that Brought the Luftwaffe to its Knees

    Germany had the most powerful air force in Europe when the World War II started. It was a bitter truth for the Allies, forced to deal with a strong, well trained, and modern Luftwaffe (the German air force) that appeared seemingly from nowhere. For more than five years after seizing the power, Hitler managed to…

  • KLM Unboxing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    The latest trend in online videos is the so-called unboxing videos. In these videos people show how they unpack their newest, sexiest gadgets. Smart phones, smart watches, tablets, game consoles, you name it. The whole world watches how someone unpacks his or her latest purchase. To introduce the newest member of the KLM fleet, DDB…

  • Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III leaves Long Beach

    Today, the final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III has departed the company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif., marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach. The airlifter flew over a crowd and the facility before heading to the company’s San Antonio location, where it will remain until delivery to the Qatar Emiri Air Force…

  • RIAT 2015 Photo Dump – Royal International Air Tattoo

    RIAT 2015 Photo Dump – Royal International Air Tattoo

    Like every year, we’ve been at RIAT 2015 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (UK) and it was breathtaking! Of course, this year’s focus was the Vulcan XH558 farewell tour. By end of this flying season, under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, the Vulcan will be prohibited from flying forever. Sad sad! It’s really a…

  • Emirates Press Conference – “Big three US Carriers playing with dirty hands” (Video)

    This week, Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, has held a press conference to response to allegations of subsidy and unfair competition leveled by the “big three” US legacy carriers – Delta, United and American Airlines. The video below features Clark’s media conference in Washington DC, following meetings where an Emirates delegation briefed officials…

  • 10 Reasons – Why not to fly with Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    10 Reasons – Why not to fly with Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Over the past 30 years I’ve been flying all across the globe with almost all passenger aircraft you can imagine and with a huge number of different airlines – on long-haul, short-haul, charter, low-cost – for both business and pleasure. Of course in recent times I was also flying with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.…

  • The New Airbus Helicopters H160

    Say hello to the new Airbus H160 helicopter. The H160 is the first member of all-new “H” family that has been unveiled at Heli-Expo trade show. The entire design is based on the goal to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. The new H160 offers some radically…

  • Bombardier CSeries Cockpit Shots

    Cockpit shots from the all-new Bombardier CS100 and Bombardier CS300 test aircraft. All photos (c) Jon Ostrower via Flickr

  • Bombardier CS300 Completed First Flight

    Bombardier’s newest member of its single-aisle commercial planes, the CS300, has successfully completed its first flight. The CS300 is joining it’s smaller sister, the CS100 model that already completed the maiden flight in September 2013. The Bombardier CSeries is an all-new family of single-aisle jets designed for the 100- to 150-seat market segment. The CS300…