We’ve come a long way since the early days of flying, from the rough-ride commercial airliners in the early 1900s to the glamorous, smoke-fogged flights of the 1960s. Continue reading »
According to Birute Bikelyte: “This year for the first time in my life I was traveling to other continents in long-haul flights. After unpacking plastic bags with pillows, blankets, headphones, eating tasteless food, drinking 100% pure artificial orange juice, pretending to be reading a book, watching 3 movies, finally, I felt my eyes closing.
But sleeping in the plane was not that simple.” Continue reading »
Molly Choma of Portland, Oregon, has spent nearly a decade working as a flight attendant on Virgin America planes. In addition to her work in the skies, Choma is also a talented photographer. Her series The Secret Life of Virgins is a look at life in Virgin America flight crews. Continue reading »
When Airplane Food Was First Class – A Mouthwatering Look At What In-Flight Meals Used To Be Like In The Golden Age Of Flying
Have you ever had any complaints about the meals served up to you during a long-haul flight? They are admittedly not the same as they were before. You can now travel back in time to the golden age of flying when airline food was actually first class. Continue reading »
Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland, flies over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, California, U.S. April 23, 2016, before landing on Moffett Airfield following a 62-hour flight from Hawaii. (Photo by Jean Revillard/Reuters/Solar Impulse) Continue reading »
Artwork of the Uzbek professional photographer Ravshaniya Azulye is unique universes full of airy images and incredible events. Ravshaniya successfully realizes fascinating ideas in different genres, from wedding and family photography to advertisements. In this post we picked up the best Ravshaniya’s photos in the genres of portraits and staged photo. Continue reading »
Renowned New York Times illustrator Christoph Niemann recently took a transatlantic flight from New York City to Berlin (with a layover in London), and documented the journey in his sketchbook. The trek itself was typical for your average flight of this distance, but this is precisely what makes his work so enjoyable and humorous to read. Niemann perfectly captures the frustration, boredom, and routine that comes from sitting on a plane for over 12 hours. Continue reading »
Image: Lee Beattie
These two men are not brothers, nor has this now-viral photo been Photoshopped. The two strangers met on Thursday evening on a flight from London to Galway. 32-year-old Neil Douglas was surprised to find a man that looked exactly like him sitting in his seat. The doppelganger, 35-year-old Robert Stirling, had changed seats so that a couple could sit together. Continue reading »
Photographer Brian Finke spent nearly two years traversing the friendly skies, following the life of flight attendants in the air and on the ground, from Delta and Hawaiian Air, to Hooters Air, Southwest, Air France, British Airways, Air Asia, and dozens more. His images of flight attendants waving, applying makeup and deboarding plans while smiling appear as if they were ripped from an advertisement in a glossy magazine. Continue reading »
Karim Nafatni is an Airline Captain and photography enthusiast. He seriously got into the Art when he got his first DSLR some years ago. Addicted to height and fan of architecture, he climbs the highest skyscrapers of Dubai to take his pictures, sometimes more than 300 meters above ground. Continue reading »
Imagine leaning out of an open door of a helicopter 7,500 feet over New York City on a very dark and chilly night… And seeing this. Continue reading »
A prospective flight attendant uses a hair spray during a training session at Indigo Airlines’ Ifly training centre in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi November 18, 2014. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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Igor Perne (L), 53, an electronic engineer and a member of the International Virtual Aviation Organisation (IVAO), and fellow virtual pilot Franc Lavric gesture for the camera before taking off on a virtual flight in a flight simulator in Nova Vas, Slovenia November 13, 2014. In 2011, Perne, a lifelong flying enthusiast, bought parts of a written-off Cyprus Airways airliner and then spent two and a half years turning the entire nose of the scrapped aircraft into an elaborate flight simulator. Perne had to install some 10km (6.21 miles) of wiring to connect some 300 working switches and 250 indicator lights, as well as hooking up six computers to run the simulation. Perne cooperates with fellow flying enthusiasts in the Netherlands, Germany, and several other countries, flying on virtual routes across a virtual European sky, complete with virtual flight control operators and realistic checklists and weather conditions. (Photo by Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters)
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Flight attendants wearing Brazil soccer team jerseys walk along the aisle on an airplane travelling from Kunming to Hangzhou June 23, 2014. A Chinese airline company renovated the cabin of one of its flights then dressed the flight attendants with soccer jerseys as a way to celebrate the 2014 Brazil World Cup and hoping to attract more customers, local media reported. (Photo by Wong Campion/Reuters)
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“The RSPB’s Snettisham Nature Reserve lies on the edge of The Wash, one of the most important bird estuaries in the United Kingdom. The Wash, on England’s east coast, supports over 300,000 birds, and Snettisham sometimes holds more than a third of them.
A few times every year, higher than average tides force thousands of waders, including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Pink-footed Geese, Black and Bar tailed Godwit and Plover, to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. Dan Kitwood, a photographer for Getty Images, photographed what is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK on September 9, 2013”. – The Palm Beach Post
Pink-footed geese fly over the reserve at sunrise. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images via The Palm Beach Post) Continue reading »
The day has finally arrived for the next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner: on Monday, September 26, 2011, Boeing (BA) delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways (ANA).
The 787 Dreamliner costs $185.2 million to $218.1 million each, depending on model configuration, and seats 210 to 290 people, depending on seat configuration. It’s a mid-sized, wide-body plane with a lightweight carbon composite airframe. Flying range: 7,650-9,780 miles or 14,200-15,700 kilometers.
Analysts expect the plane to use roughly 20 percent less fuel than comparable planes and that will represent a substantial savings for airlines: jet fuel usually ranks second or first in flight expenses, just behind/ahead of employees salaries.
Further, as noted, one can’t underscore the importance of the 787 for the United States. Commercial aviation represents one, critical, high-value-added export for the world’s largest economy. Sales of commercial planes are vital to the United States’ effort to end its trade deficit and start recording trade surpluses — a key component of any nation’s wealth. Commercial plane construction is also responsible for hundreds of thousands of domestic U.S. jobs.
The 787 Dreamliner preparing for its maiden flight in December 2009. (Reuters) Continue reading »
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