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Singapore Airlines A380

Singapore Airlines A380s in 2023: Routes, Fleet & Retirement Plans

Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of the Airbus A380. With about 20 A380s in service at one point, it was also the second-largest operator of the type. While currently, its active fleet is much smaller, Singapore Airlines A380 is still one of the easier A380s to fly on. Not only that, but with enough …

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JAL A350 at Haneda

2022 in Review: Looking Back at My Highlights of Last Year

As I’m finishing writing this article, my daughter just turned 19 days old. What a year it has been! From visiting my family in Slovakia with my wife for a month at the beginning of the year all the way to my first child being born last week, it was a – in a good …

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British Airways Airbus A380

British Airways A380s in 2023: Routes, Fleet & Retirement Plans

With Air France having retired the Airbus A380, British Airways and Lufthansa are the two remaining operators of the type in Europe. The latter, however, only plans on bringing a handful of its Superjumbos out of storage. That leaves British Airways your best bet when it comes to flying the A380 on a European airline. …

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Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Review: Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is one of the five Disney hotels that are part of Tokyo Disney Resort. While I planned to write this article a year ago when my wife and I stayed there just after getting married, I ended up putting it on hold due to other priorities. Having stayed there again – and …

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Is Vueling Safe?

Is Vueling Safe? (Yes, It Is.)

Vueling is a Spanish low-cost airline based at Barcelona El Prat Airport, with hubs also at Paris Orly and Rome Fiumicino airports. It is the largest airline in Spain as measured by fleet size. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vueling carried more than 34 million passengers a year (2019). The airline has been part of …

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Do Aircraft Fly Over the Pacific Ocean?

Do Aircraft Fly Over the Pacific Ocean?

Pacific crossings, if flown directly, often offer few straightforward refueling points and minimal options for quick diversions. If planes cannot easily refuel or quickly divert, are such routes safe, or even possible? The use of such routings depends heavily on the aircraft used and on the exact starting point and destination in question, and it …

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Is Swiss Safe?

Is Swiss Safe? (Yes, It Is.)

Swiss is consistently rated as a safe airline to fly with. The airline is IATA IOSA certified and its safety regulator, FOCA, is one of the world’s leading civil aviation safety regulators, meaning that Swiss aircraft and crew licensing standards, and airline safety protocols are among the best monitored and regulated in the world. Fatal …

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Why Is There an X in Some Airport Name Codes? (& Some Funny Ones)

Why Is There an X in Some Airport Names? (& Some Funny Codes)

There’s a fascinating story about airport location codes. Yes, really, it’s interesting and there’s more to it than you might initially think! In this article, I’m going to give some background to how airport codes are designated, and then focus on a particular peculiarity – the presence of the letter ‘X’ in airport codes. Finally, …

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Boeing 737 MAX

Is Boeing 737-800 the Same as 737 MAX?

Launched in 1967, the Boeing 737 became the most widely operated aircraft in commercial aviation history by 1987. Now spanning more than half a century of production, the 737 has undergone several major updates and includes many variants, several of which are currently in use today – most notably the 787-800 and 787 MAX. Is …

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