August 12, 2022
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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of The Yak-40

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the prototype of the Yakovlev trijet Yak-40 took to the air for the first time in 1966. It would be produced until 1981. The type’s brainchild was the JSC A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau, a Russian aircraft designer, and manufacturer founded by Soviet aeronautical engineer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev in 1934. However, some date […]

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Today in Aviation: Congo Airways Starts Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the new flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Congo Airways (8Z) commenced operations in 2015. The airline was created in 2014 after the countries government decided to re-establish a national airline. This followed the collapse of Lignes Aériennes Congolaises (LAC) – Congolese Airlines (4V) in 2013. […]

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Today in Aviation: Hamburg International Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, German charter carrier Hamburg International (4R) ceased operations in 2010, just after 12 years of operations. The airline was founded in July 1998 by a group of businessmen who saw a gap in the German charter market. German conglomerate Scmider Kleiser Holdings provided the funding, taking a 51% stake. Private […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 made its maiden flight from the manufacturer’s Long Beach, California site. The MD-80 was conceived in October 1977 as a stretched and upgraded version of the Douglas DC-9. Indeed, the type was initially known as the DC-9 ‘Super 80.’ The first model was delivered to launch […]

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Today in Aviation: The US Lifts Ban on Concorde

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the US Supreme Court paved the way for immediate trial flights of Concorde to New York’s JFK Airport. The first fight, without passengers, would be made two days later. The Supreme Court ruling was the end of the road of “a long and bitter struggle” between the operators of Concorde, […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Lockheed L-1011-500 Tristar

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the last variant of the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, the -500 took to the skies for the first time in 1978. The long-range variant was launched in August 1976 capable of flying up to 6,100nm (11,260km). It had a 4.1m (13ft 6in) shorter fuselage than its predecessors, a larger wingspan, higher […]

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Today in Aviation: Airbus Delivers First A380 to Singapore Airlines

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Airbus delivered the first Airbus A380 (9V-SKA) to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SQ) in 2007. The airline’s then CEO Chew Choon Seng described the new aircraft as “the new queen of the skies.” However, Mr. Seng had previously slated the European manufacturer for the severe delays in the aircraft’s delivery. […]

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Today in Aviation: Compagnie Corse Mediterranee Rebranded As Air Corsica

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, French regional airline Compagnie Corse Mediterranee (CCM) is rebranded as Air Corsica (XK) in 2010.  Founded in 1989 by Corsican politician Pierre-Philippe Ceccaldi, the airline was established on the grounds of Ajaccio – Campo dell’Oro Airport in Ajaccio, today Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA), Corsica, France, with the aim of […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Junkers Ju 52

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the German-built Junkers Ju 52 took to the air for the first time in 1930. The type flew for almost 90 years. The corrugated duralumin metal skin aircraft was developed by German Aeronautical Engineer Ernst Zindel. The initial model was powered with a single engine and offered seating for 17 […]

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Today in Aviation: World’s First Revenue Gas-to-liquid Fuel Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Qatar Airways (QR) operated the world’s first revenue flight powered by gas-to-liquid (GTL) kerosene fuel in 2009. It became the second flight powered by synthetic fuel after Airbus operated an A380 between Bristol (BRS) and Toulouse (TLS). Flight QR076, operated by an Airbus A340-600 took off from London Gatwick (LGW) […]

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