Aviation Blog https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog AviationCV.com Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:42:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 British Airways Reveals Classic BOAC Livery https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/british-airways-reveals-classic-boac-livery https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/british-airways-reveals-classic-boac-livery#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:18:58 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8413 British Airways Reveals Classic BOAC Livery To Celebrate Their 100th Birthday 2019 is an important year for British Airways. The flag carrier of Britain is celebrating a century of operations and is going to provide us with the chance to feel like we’re in the 70s again. The airline announced that starting from the 18th […]

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British Airways Reveals Classic BOAC Livery To Celebrate Their 100th Birthday

2019 is an important year for British Airways. The flag carrier of Britain is celebrating a century of operations and is going to provide us with the chance to feel like we’re in the 70s again. The airline announced that starting from the 18th of February a Boeing 747 will enter regularly scheduled flight service with an old school BOAC livery. The livery is a tribute to the predecessor of British Airways, BOAC.  The G-BYGC registered aircraft usually flies trans-Atlantic flights to such destinations as New York, Boston and other United States cities.

British Airways plans for the BOAC livery
British Airways plans for the BOAC livery

A peek into the past of British Airways

The company traces its roots back to a company that was called Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited. The company launched its first scheduled flights from London to Paris. As years passed by, more carriers have started services in the UK. To strengthen their positions, the companies, including the previously mentioned AT&T, formed a new airline. They called it Imperial Airways Limited.

The airline successfully expanded its network to multiple European cities and seen a lot of success during the 30s. Another company had formed meantime, as multiple small carriers in the UK decided to join forces and create the privately-owned British Airways airline. As the British Government reviewed the current status of both Imperial and British Airways, it decided to nationalize both and establish BOAC. BOAC stands for British Overseas Airways Corporation. The British government also established a new airline, BAE (British European Airways). BAE focused mainly on flying domestic and European routes, while BOAC started flying trans-Atlantic.

As BAE’s situation darkened with multiple other companies getting involved in the airline, the government intervened once again. This resulted that operations of BOAC and BAE were combined in 1972 and the new company being called British Airways.

More BOAC livery designs to follow

As British Airways announced, this is the first BAOC livery that will soar through the skies. The airline will reveal more designs later. However, new BA aircraft will not bear the old BOAC livery, as they will be painted in the Chatham Dockyard livery.

The freshly repainted Boeing 747 will land in Heathrow on the 18th and enter service the next day. The aircraft will fly with the old-school livery until its planned retirement in 2023.

And we cannot wait, as the BOAC livery is absolutely magnificent! Hopefully, we‘re going to get the chance to fly on the Queen Of The Skies with the unique paint scheme.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Liveries Of All Time https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/10-most-beautiful-airline-livery https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/10-most-beautiful-airline-livery#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:57:15 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8393 Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Liveries Of All Time Sometimes it seems like the current liveries in the air are quite bland. A white fuselage with a colored tail and engine covers and winglets is the magic formula for airlines. And while there is a good reason why this is done, as paint can add […]

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Liveries Of All Time

Sometimes it seems like the current liveries in the air are quite bland. A white fuselage with a colored tail and engine covers and winglets is the magic formula for airlines. And while there is a good reason why this is done, as paint can add quite a few pounds to the aircraft, we would wish there would be more livery variety nowadays.

But there are airlines which have kept their unique and magnificent liveries from the very first pages of aviation‘s history. Therefore, we present the top 10 most beautiful airline liveries of all time!

However, keep in mind these are not special liveries that airlines use to celebrate an occasion. These are your regular, scheduled flight liveries that you can or could have seen anywhere around the world!

10. Pan Am

Now I know my words will sound quite ironic, as Pan Am’s livery is literally a white fuselage with a colored logo on its tail. But hear me out – the livery is one of the most iconic liveries of all time. And not only because of the paint scheme. Pan Am was a huge airline at its peak when unfortunately it went bankrupt. It was the largest air carrier in the United States and was the unofficial flag carrier of the country. Plus, at the time it was very uncommon to carry liveries such as these, as airlines opted to paint their aircraft with wild colors. Because of the simple, yet the iconic look of Pan Am aircraft, they will always be engraved into aviation history.

Pan Am Boeing 747
Pan Am Boeing 747

9. Northwest Airlines “Bowling Shoe”

In 1989, Northwest Airlines introduced a new livery after a merger with Republic Airlines. Nicknamed “Bowling Shoe” by its employees, the paint scheme was designed by Landor Associates. The aircraft were painted in 3 different colors: Red, Grey and White at the bottom. The three colors are an excellent match and they have managed to create an incredible looking aircraft. Add a Boeing 747 into the mix, and you have a look that is going to withstand the trial of time. Unfortunately, Northwest used this livery only until 2003, when they switched to a more traditional look.

But the bowling shoe will hit a strike in everyone’s memories, as Northwest Airline’s history book had its last page written in 2010.

Northwest Airlines Boeing 747
Northwest Airlines Boeing 747

8. Aer Lingus old livery

Just last week Aer Lingus announced and showcased their new livery. The paint job received mixed reactions – some loved it, some hated it. Admittedly, we do not like it either. Simply put, the old livery had more “Irishness” to it. The green fuselage with the bright green shamrock on the tail truly represented Ireland around the world. As a livery of a flag carrier should do!

Old Aer Lingus Livery
Old Aer Lingus Livery

7. Flybe

The regional airline that was recently bought out by Virgin Atlantic has magnificent looking aircraft. While most of the airlines have a white fuselage with a colored tail, Flybe has done the opposite. A purple fuselage and a white tail with their logo have created a pretty simple, yet beautiful look. Hopefully, Flybe is here to stay – or at least their brand, as we will dearly miss their livery.

Flybe Bombardier Q400
Flybe Bombardier Q400. Source: Flybe photo gallery

6. Southwest

The low-cost carrier that was established by the creative spirit that was Herb Kelleher, who unfortunately passed very recently, has a livery that truly represents the company values. Daring, yet professional, Southwest’s blue, yellow and red livery has become recognizable all over the United States.

Southwest Boeing 737
Southwest Boeing 737

5. Braniff International

If you thought Southwest’s livery is daring, wait till you see what Braniff International showed up in airports with. Established by the Braniff brothers, the airline always had brave marketing campaigns and business moves. It was only one of the 4 airlines that have operated a Concorde.

To get back to the point, in the 1960s, the president of the company at the time, Harding Lawrence, set out to change the public image of the company. He hired an advertising agency to do the job and the first thing to change was the livery. The campaign, dubbed “End of the Plain Plane”, definitely added a splash of color to the airline. Well, a lot of splashes. You might think that the airline started to use a unique, colorful livery for all of its aircraft. Where that is where you (and me) are wrong – Braniff International showed up with a different livery for every aircraft!

Braniff International Boeing 747
Braniff International Boeing 747
Braniff International Boeing 727
Braniff International Boeing 727

4. KLM

The iconic KLM bright blue livery has dominated the European skies since 1971. KLM introduced the historical livery to celebrate the introduction of new Boeing 747 aircraft. While throughout the years there were several alterations made to it, KLM kept the bright blue fuselage so far. Hopefully, it will never go away, as the livery is truly synonymous with KLM. While a new livery may lead the path towards modernization, like in Aer Lingus’ case, keeping your heritage is also important. Especially when you are called KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – royalty is all about keeping heritage!

KLM Embraer E190 with the updated livery
KLM Embraer E190 with the updated livery

3. American Airlines Metallic Livery

The largest airline in the world currently and named the best airline in the world by ATW in 2017, American Airlines has a rich history of various liveries and branding images. While the current AA livery is definitely quite pleasing to look at, we love the old Metallic American Airlines paint scheme. Or rather, lack of paint. Before 2013, the airline was the only major American carrier with parts of aircraft left unpainted. There were 2 reasons why – the first one being the founder of American Airlines, C.R. Smith. He noted that he did not like painted aircraft and did not approve any liveries that painted the whole plane. The second reason was Robert Crandall. He defended the metallic finish of the aircraft because it saved the company money. As paint adds additional weight, flights require more fuel and thus flights are more expensive to run.

Whatever the reason might be, we love the metallic finish!

American Airlines Metallic Livery
American Airlines Metallic Livery

2. Pacific Southwest Airlines

Pacific Southwest Airlines or PSA for short definitely has the most wholesome livery of all. Simply looking at it makes your heart melt, as if the aircraft was a cute and fluffy dog. Add in the funky coloring of the fuselage and you’ve got yourself a livery that will remain forever in everyone’s hearts!

Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 757
Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 757

1. Nok Air

A primarily domestic low-cost airline in Thailand, the carrier definitely lives up to its slogan. “We Fly Smiles” is perfectly portrayed on its aircraft. Or rather beaks, as Nok means bird in Thai and the logo of the airline is a smiling beak. Similarly to Braniff, Nok Air has a unique and one of a kind design and name to every aircraft. The unique, fun and beaky liveries not only fly smiles but make us smile as well!

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Nok Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400

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Top 10 Most Punctual Airlines of 2018 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/top-punctual-airline-2018 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:49:01 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8384 Top 10 Most Punctual Airlines of 2018 We have all been there. We plan our journeys to the second and hope nothing gets delayed. But when we arrive at the airport, we can see the dreadful sight on the departure board – your flight has been delayed. And just like that, your travel plans fall […]

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Top 10 Most Punctual Airlines of 2018

We have all been there. We plan our journeys to the second and hope nothing gets delayed. But when we arrive at the airport, we can see the dreadful sight on the departure board – your flight has been delayed. And just like that, your travel plans fall apart. Not the best feeling in the world, is it?

London Gatwick Deparute Board
London Gatwick Departure Board

However, we have a solution for you! But before we provide you with the answers, we would like to clarify one thing. Punctuality is measured by On Time Performance (or OTP for short.). OTP is when the flight either arrives or departs within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. So, if a flight is delayed by 20 minutes, that flight’s OTP is negative. To illustrate, if an airline operates 2 flights per week and one of them is delayed by 20 minutes and the other one arrives on time, the airline’s OTP is 50%.

So with that cleared up, we can move on! When you plan your holidays for 2019, try to fly with these airlines because they were the most punctual airlines in 2018:

10. KLM – 84.52% OTP (Last year: 30🔼)

The first entry into the most punctual airline list is KLM. Last year KLM did not even make it to the top 10 – the airline was ranked 30th. But 2018 was a much better year for KLM, as they managed to improve significantly. The Dutch airline had a pretty successful year all around. With 10 new aircraft added to its fleet, an increased number of passengers and was the leading airline in using biofuel for over 350 flights. Congratulations, KLM!

9. Qatar Airways – 85.17% OTP (Last year: 15 🔼)

The Qatari airline has seen an increase in its OTP compared to the last year. Although not as drastic as KLM’s jump, it was enough to secure them the 9th place on the ranking board. Another significant achievement for the airline was that it was the launch customer of the new Airbus A350-1000. Qatar Airways as a brand also made moves. Specifically, it signed sponsorship deals with Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Boca Juniors and Brooklyn Nets. It also sponsored the Fifa World Cup in Russia.

8. Azul Brazilian Airlines – 85.21% OTP (Last year: 12 🔼)

Fairly young as an airline, Azul began services in 2008. In 11 years it has managed to grow significantly. It also managed to sustain its image as a punctual airline, because it has consistently had a great OTP. The third largest carrier in Brazil is on a great trend – definitely a reliable choice when planning your next trip.

Azul Brazilian Airlines
Azul Brazilian Airlines

7. LATAM Airlines Group – 85.60% OTP (Last year: 36 🔼)

If you thought KLM’s jump was big – wait till you see LATAM’s! The airline jumped 29 places and became the 7th most punctual airline in the world. But, honestly speaking you cannot call it an airline, because it has 9 subsidiaries. On the other hand, having 9 subsidiaries and still managing to remain as punctual as LATAM does is impressive!

LATAM Boeing 767
LATAM Boeing 767

6. Qantas Airways – 86.65% OTP (Last year: 5 🔻)

The Australian carrier reported record numbers for 2018. It carried a historical number of passengers and had the most aircraft in its fleet since its inauguration as an airline. Qantas also made the record books in 2018 with the first non-stop scheduled flight between Australia and UK. Making it to the Top 5 most punctual airlines would be a nice addition. But nobody at Qantas should be sad – 2018 was an impressive year for Qantas!

Qantas Boeing 787-9
Qantas Boeing 787-9

5. Bangkok Airways – 87.16% OTP (Last year: Outside the Top 30 🔼)

Starting the top 5 most punctual airline list is Bangkok Airways. The Thai regional carrier is used to the limelight – it has managed to win the Skytrax World’s Best Regional Airline four times in a row. Quite an impressive feat for Asia’s Boutique Airline. In addition to the Skytrax awards, being one of the most punctual airlines in the world must feel nice!

4. Hawaiian Airlines – 87.52% OTP (Last year: 3 🔻)

At number 4 is an airline from the Aloha state – Hawaiian Airlines. An airline that arguably has the most beautiful logo in the airline industry is a regular on the list. Considered one of the most punctual airlines, as it was the most punctual airline in 2016. However, this year Hawaiian Airlines encountered a quite a mountain. Well, a volcano to be exact, as Kilauea erupted in the main island of Hawaii. Nevertheless, the airline had a good year. Passenger numbers went up and a total of 9 new Airbus A321 joined Hawaiian’s fleet. Although dethroned, Hawaiian Airlines is still considered a very reliable and punctual airline. Thus, if you plan to travel to Hawaii – choose Hawaiian!

And, I mean, look at that logo. Truly a gorgeous sight:

Hawaiian Airlines Tail
Hawaiian Airlines Tail

3. Hong Kong Airlines – 88.11% OTP (Last year: 2 🔻)

As we get into the nitty gritty of things, another regular on the most punctual airlines’ list is at 2nd place. Hong Kong Airlines is also considered to be one of the best regional airlines in Asia, as its exceptional quality, punctuality and customer service was not left unnoticed. Skytrax rated Hong Kong Airlines a 4-star airline in 2018. While its OTP dropped in 2018, the year can be considered a success for the carrier – new routes and new aircraft were introduced in the company. So, Where Hong Kong Begins, excellent flying experience also does!

2. airBaltic – 89.17% OTP (Last year: 1 🔻)

Last year’s most punctual airline, airBaltic, unfortunately, lost its throne. The Baltic carrier had an impressive year. Increasing its passenger numbers by 17% and flew 12% more flights compared to 2017. Although missing out on the first place in the list, airBaltic has managed to improve its punctuality substantially in the last few years. The company also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Latvian freedom and released a very unique and beautiful livery, to commemorate the jubilee.

1. Copa Airlines – 89.79% OTP (Last year: 4 🔼)

Well, this is it! Copa Airlines is the most punctual airline in 2018. The flag carrier of Panama has managed to improve its punctuality rating by a whopping 3%. With doing so, it has claimed the title of being the most punctual airline in 2018. Honestly, this doesn’t come off as a surprise – as Copa Airlines was always one of the most punctual airlines in the world for quite a few years now – so a spot in the top 5 is not something unheard of for the Panamanian airline.

Congratulations to Copa Airlines, the Most Punctual Airline of 2018!

Were you surprised by the list? While the Top 10 did not include the biggest carriers in the world, the tendency of these airlines to stay punctual has been visible throughout the years and the list always has a few usual suspects flying around!

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New Livery For The Irish Flag Carrier, Aer Lingus https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/new-livery-aer-lingus Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:17:52 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8374 New Livery For The Irish Flag Carrier, Aer Lingus Recently, airlines such as Lufthansa changed their livery. Or introduced special design concepts, such as the All Nippon Airways turtle livery on it‘s new Airbus A380. Aer Lingus has also decided to freshen up its paint scheme. Today the airline announced a completely new livery concept […]

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New Livery For The Irish Flag Carrier, Aer Lingus

Recently, airlines such as Lufthansa changed their livery. Or introduced special design concepts, such as the All Nippon Airways turtle livery on it‘s new Airbus A380. Aer Lingus has also decided to freshen up its paint scheme. Today the airline announced a completely new livery concept at a press event.

The move comes as Aer Lingus plans to modernize itself with new Airbus A321LR and Airbus A330 aircraft coming in the following years. Last time the national flag carrier of Ireland renewed its livery was over 20 years ago. Sean Doyle, the current CEO of Aer Lingus had this to say about the new livery:

“The re-imagining of the Aer Lingus brand reflects Ireland in 2019. A society that is open, progressive, liberal, outward-looking and dynamic, an Ireland that is proudly European and has become the destination of choice for inward investment.

The refreshed brand reflects an airline that connects people living in Montreal to Marseilles; in Berlin to Boston; as well as those living in Cork to Croatia.”

The new livery eliminates the completely green fuselage. Instead, the new aircraft will carry a white fuselage with a teal rear-end. The iconic shamrock is not going anywhere. Quoting the press release, “our beloved shamrock should be integral to any new design. The Irish emblem has been at the heart of the Aer Lingus brand for more than 80 years, and it will continue to sit proudly across all of our aircraft.” Although the shamrock is slightly different, notably it is tilted. Furthermore, the leaves are shaped like hearts, to “reflect the warmth and hospitality of our brand”.

Livery changes

Aer Lingus added a shamrock to the door of the aircraft. Completely new font with a tribute to the brands’ Irish heritage with a Celtic ‘g’. And instead of white engine covers on the old livery, the new engine cover is painted in the new Aer Lingus teal.

Apart from the new livery, the airline also announced its planning to introduce new uniforms. Aer Lingus will present them later this year, with an Irish designer Louise Kennedy designing them.

What do you think of the new livery? Personally, we do think the old one looked much better – as white fuselages are nothing new on an aircraft. While the new livery certainly is beautiful, it just does not attract the same attention as the old one. So, we’re quite sad to see the old one gone. But on the other hand, a refreshment of the brand was always a positive thing!

You can compare the old versus the new Aer Lingus liveries in the pictures below:

Old Aer Lingus Livery
Old Aer Lingus Livery
New Aer Lingus Livery
New Aer Lingus Livery

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Top 10 Gyms And Spa In International Airports https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/top-gym-spa-international-airports Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:35:43 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8363 Top 10 Gyms And Spa In International Airports Who doesn’t love a relaxing getaway weekend at a Spa? Or a gym session to let your emotions run wild while lifting some weights? Let’s be real – we all love either both or one of the two! However, sometimes our schedules are chaotic and we have […]

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Top 10 Gyms And Spa In International Airports

Who doesn’t love a relaxing getaway weekend at a Spa? Or a gym session to let your emotions run wild while lifting some weights? Let’s be real – we all love either both or one of the two! However, sometimes our schedules are chaotic and we have to travel a lot to attend important matters of life.

But what if you still want to work out while flying or squeeze in a massage at a spa? Today‘s your lucky day – we present the Top 10 airport gym and spa spots when you’re traveling around the world!

10. WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio – Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Have you ever dreamt of looking at departing and arriving aircraft while working out or relaxing in a pool? The WestinWOURKOUT Fitness Studio offers the chance to exactly do so! So, if you‘re someone who cannot get enough of looking at aircraft, set up your connection or land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport! The airport gym offers a full weight room, an indoor pool and a magnificent view!

Detroit Airport Gym
Detroit Airport Gym

9. Eforea Spa – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

One of Europe’s busiest airports, Amsterdam Schiphol also has Spa and fitness facilities. Eforea Spa offers every traveler a relaxing retreat from all of the stress associated with traveling. So if you’re grabbing a connection or departing from Amsterdam to hop over the Atlantic or travel to Asia, stop at Eforea Spa. Grab a relaxing massage and relax just before your exhausting journey begins!

8. Airport Fitness and Wellness – Zurich Airport

This airport gym is located in a very convenient location for every passenger. 2.000 square meters of fitness and Spa space, there is a high chance of you loosening up before your flight. Airport Fitness is open throughout the year and offers you multiple choices to relax. From regular weight lifting, group fitness to a solarium and above all a spa, you just cannot skip this place.

Airport Fitness Zurich
Airport Fitness Zurich

7. Hilton fit & fly SPA – Munich Airport

To sum up the experience in this airport gym and spa in three words, it’s simply amazing. The top-notch service combined with a wonderful pool and yet even better massage center makes us want to go back to Munich every chance that we get. Even if you’re here for a short stopover, do not miss out! The fitness center here is indeed amazing.

6. Fairmont Hotel Health – Vancouver International Airport

Working out while traveling can be quite a pain in the bottom. You have to unpack, then pack up again, grab a shower – quite a hassle! However, if you‘re traveling through Vancouver International check out Fairmont Hotel Health club. Not only do they offer every exercise that you might need, but also offer a Fit on the Fly service! Fit on the Fly offers you a chance to not unpack and together with a pass to the gym, rent workout gear for just $20!

Fairmont Vancouver Health Club
Fairmont Vancouver Health Club

5. GoodLife Fitness – Pearson International Airport, Toronto

GoodLife is a popular Canadian fitness company that has gyms all around Canada and the United States. Toronto’s Pearson Airport is no exception – the gym is here is located in Terminal 1. This airport gym was the 300th GoodLife club! With a full weight and exercise room, you also can participate in fitness classes. Best part? You can rent gym gear here as well – no need to unpack.

4. Hilton Health Club – Chicago O’Hare International Airport

One of the busiest airports in the world also offers you the opportunity to stay fit while you travel. Now, if a workout does not relax you or a Spa center is just too cliché, try Yoga! This airport gym keeps up with the airport gym standard. Hilton Health Club offers you the chance to work out or to soak in a pool. Better yet, we do recommend trying out Yoga – even if You have never done it. Trust us, You will feel amazing!

Hilton Health Club – Chicago O’Hare
Hilton Health Club – Chicago O’Hare

3. Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Centre – Hamad International Airport, Doha

Maybe you’re hoping on a plane to a nerve-racking business meeting on the other side of the world, or connecting in Doha to fly across the world.  The one and only thing on your mind – you want to relax. Or you want to relieve stress while playing Squash? Well, the Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Centre offers you all of those things. They even offer anti-jet lag massages! Definitely worth checking out if you‘re traveling to, from or through Doha.

Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Center
Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Center

2. ROAM Fitness – Baltimore-Washington International Airport

This airport gym opened just a year ago. But the signs are promising – ROAM Fitness plans to expand to other locations around the United States and eventually, the whole world. The gym is suited to every traveler’s needs – it has showers and gear rental. You can also store away your luggage if needs be. One thing that is unique to the gym – it offers you Grab + Go meals. It’s a healthy, pre-cooked meal that you can carry around with you. When you’re hungry, just heat it up in a microwave anywhere you travel! An airport gym that is a true airport gym from A to T, we hope to see ROAM Fitness in more locations!

Roam Fitness
Roam Fitness

1. TranSpa – Singapore Changi Airport

Considered the best passenger experience in the world, Singapore Changi Airport just had to be on this list. I mean, for goodness sake, they built an entire Harry Potter theme park. (Hurry up though, because that is available till mid-February.) And not only that – the airport has a movie theatre, a butterfly garden and a sculpture of over 1.200 raindrops.

Anyhow, there are a lot of services at TranSpa. Foot massages, regular massages, showers and a hair salon. Yep, you can actually get a haircut and a foot massage here. Hopefully both at the same time! So, if you’re looking a bit rough after a long flight and want to look as good as possible while also relaxed – visit TranSpa. The facilities are available at both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

TranSpa Singapore Changi Airport
TranSpa Singapore Changi Airport

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Path Of Hate – Stunning Animation Of A Dogfight https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/path-of-hate-stunning-animation-dogfight Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:42:07 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8360 Path Of Hate – An Intense And Beautiful Animation Of A Dogfight When World War 1 broke out in 1914, military aircraft were first used as spotters. Gathering intelligence of enemy trenches or any potential offensive maneuvers. Pilots encountered enemies in the air, but not much could be done. Admittedly, technology was not ready at […]

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Path Of Hate – An Intense And Beautiful Animation Of A Dogfight

When World War 1 broke out in 1914, military aircraft were first used as spotters. Gathering intelligence of enemy trenches or any potential offensive maneuvers. Pilots encountered enemies in the air, but not much could be done. Admittedly, technology was not ready at the time – first pilots used various items such as bricks, grenades and ropes to combat enemy aircraft. Some even used pistols to shoot the enemy out of the air. But as the war waged on, technological advancements allowed opposing pilots to engage in aerial battles between fighters. As a result, the first pages of dogfight history began.

But technology did not stop moving forward and as the Spanish civil war came and eventually, World War 2, dogfighting was at its peak. The intense, bloody and fatal battles raged on from the get-go. Conflicting sides filled the skies of Europe with anti-aircraft shells, magnificent fighters and destruction carrying bombers.

No matter how much society romanticizes war and its tragedy we must never forget the true colors of war. And this short animated movie, created and directed by Damian Nenow, perfectly showcases how low humanity can fall.

The animated short-movie displays the intensity, the crazy aerial moves and the pumping adrenaline of a dogfight. The film shows how creative, yet crazy you have to be to out-smart your opponent. It presents the true colors of war and what you have to do to survive. And it portrays how a short glimpse of respect for your enemy can still lead you onto the path of hatred. Thus, that is the main message of the short-movie – that in times of conflict, people show their true colors.

Nevertheless, the short film is an amazing piece of art. The visuals, sounds and the story of it packaged into a short, 10-minute journey, is definitely a must-watch. So, we would recommend making a hot bowl of popcorn and indulge in the beautiful, yet tragic story of Path Of Hate.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Next Flight Will Be Electric https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/5-reasons-your-next-flight-electric Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:56:23 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8354   Top 5 Reasons Why Your Next Flight Will Be Electric Okay, the headline was a bit of a reach – if you fly tomorrow, in two months or in a year, chances are quite high that your flight won’t be powered by an electric engine. But on the other hand, you have to consider […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Next Flight Will Be Electric

Okay, the headline was a bit of a reach – if you fly tomorrow, in two months or in a year, chances are quite high that your flight won’t be powered by an electric engine. But on the other hand, you have to consider the fact that electric flight is the future, no matter how you look at it. The industry is slowly, but surely putting its focus towards developing an electric aircraft, capable of flying you to your destination. A perfect example of that is easyJet and its partnership with Wright Electric to develop an electric aircraft. It showcases that not only the manufacturers are seeking to make electric flight a reality, but airlines are also looking into it.

So we ask ourselves the question why? Well, without any more delays, here are the top 5 reasons your next flight will be electric:

5. Party dress-code: Electric!

And at the party, you will find every member of the transport sector – cars, trucks, ships and trains. Not only the theme, but the trend is electric. The fact of the matter is, every mode of transport is going towards electricity. More and more countries are banning gasoline cars to be sold on a certain date. Cities are putting taxes up if gasoline cars want to enter the city center. Tesla is becoming one of the biggest car manufacturers out there, with the Model 3 consistently outselling its main rivals in the United States. And well, Tesla has been involved in aviation a bit. Namely, taxiing an aircraft.

Shipping is changing too – logistics companies are pledging to decrease their pollution. Scandinavian countries have already started using all-electric ferries to transfer passengers and cars on short distances. Cargo shipping is changing as well, with the biggest cargo companies around the world promising not only to reduce their CO2 emissions but completely eliminate them.

And well, electric trains have been around for a very long time transporting passengers between their destinations.

4. Electric flight technology

While battery technology is not something new to this world, using it in commercial transport is. Every mode of transport is slowly shifting towards to electric, as the cost of batteries is decreasing and the technology keeps gaining momentum in the mainstream areas. Cars are a perfect example of that – electric vehicles keep increasing their market share in the world, with Norway leading the way here.

We already have a few working aircraft that are powered by electricity. For instance, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro is already certified in the US and has already seen a fair share of flights done with it. Thus, as battery technology is getting more advanced and cheaper, we will definitely see more and more of electric aircraft in the air.

3. Electric Airways

As electrical engines require much less moving mechanical parts, the maintenance costs are reduced significantly. Instead of using fuel, aircraft will be recharged with electricity – which is much cheaper than aircraft fuel.

The effects of rising aviation fuel prices can be seen right now – with a lot of airlines going bankrupt or having financial woes because of it. With this in mind, airlines are looking to reduce their costs as much as they can and eliminate the biggest expense – fuel.

Matter of the fact is, airlines are very interested in the capabilities and possibilities of electric flight to reduce their costs all around.

2. The new (electric) Space Race

And not only startups such as Wright Electric or Zunum Aero are racing towards building the first commercially viable electric aircraft. The industry giants Airbus and Boeing are looking either to invest or develop their own electric planes.

Boeing, partnered with JetBlue is already invested heavily into the previously mentioned Zunum Aero. The company promises to build a 6 to 12 passenger private jet, capable of traveling 1.127 kilometers (or 700 miles). Zunum Aero aims to deliver the first ZA10 in 2022. JetBlue, a private jet corporation has already ordered 100 ZA10 aircraft.

ZA10 Electric Aircraft
ZA10 Electric Aircraft

On the other side of the ring, Airbus is ready to pack a punch as well. Despite canceling their first all-electric aircraft, the Airbus E-Fan in 2017, the company is not giving up. The E-Fan managed to cross the English Channel in 2015 and proved to be an initial success. But the E-Fan is a small, two or four-seat aircraft and Airbus ultimately decided not to start full-scale production. Airbus canceled the E-Fan in order to focus on a proper all-electric regional jet, called the Airbus E-fan X. Partnered with Rolls-Royce and Siemens, Airbus plans the aircraft to begin electric flight testing in 2020 with first public flights a year later.

Airbus E-Fan X
Airbus E-Fan X

But the fact is that Airbus and Boeing are not alone. Startups such as Eviation Alice, Wright Electric, Ampaire and Joby Aviation are also looking into developing their own electric aircraft. In the hope that the industry switches to electricity as soon as possible, we wish them the best of luck.

1. Planet Earth

The last and the most important reason why your next flight is going to be electric – our own planet earth. With climate change in full-swing and all the drawbacks that come with it, scientists are alarming every single one of us that we have to change. And soon – as it might be too late to reverse the damage that already has been done. Hence investing in technology that is going to reduce pollution and the reliance on fossil fuel is essential.

I mean, who wants to move to Mars? At least of what we heard, it’s quite cold out there! Moreover, there is no place like Earth!

Given these points, I think it‘s quite clear that change is certain for the future. Changing our consumption habits and shifting towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions is the responsibility for every single one of us. Saving our planet right now is essential as to us, as to future generations as well. That is why electric flight cannot come any sooner. And if it is as much fun as it is when being in an electric car, we are even more excited!

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SOLD! Are Flybe woes finally over with a new buyer? https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/sold-flybes-woes-over-new-buyer Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:57:32 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8349 SOLD! Are Flybe woes finally over with a new buyer? As reported previously, the biggest independent regional airline in Europe was struggling financially. Flybe was in dire straits last year, reporting a £22 million loss. Blaming the weakening pound and Brexit, increasing fuel costs and poor passenger numbers, Flybe announced that it was putting itself […]

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SOLD! Are Flybe woes finally over with a new buyer?

As reported previously, the biggest independent regional airline in Europe was struggling financially. Flybe was in dire straits last year, reporting a £22 million loss. Blaming the weakening pound and Brexit, increasing fuel costs and poor passenger numbers, Flybe announced that it was putting itself up for sale. Besides the sale, the airline was considering other options.

Either way, today Virgin Atlantic has announced that they are partnering with Stobart Group and Cyrus to buy the struggling airline. The offer price is a mere £2.2 million – considering the airline has valuable assets. However, for the past 6 years, the airline has been breaking its back to try and not go bankrupt. But why?

The shrinking regional market

The European market is at an interesting place right now, where low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air dominate the European regional market with their ridiculously low prices. But other regional airlines, such as HOP!, BA CityFlyer and Lufthansa CityLine also have their own slice of cake, as they are subsidiaries of bigger, full-service airlines. They have natural advantages over Flybe, as they do not depend on themselves to make a profit. Secondly, their networks feed into the parent company‘s network, thus they have much bigger passenger demands. For example, you can board a Lufthansa CityLine aircraft that’s flying from Bremen to Munich. Then, you transfer to a Lufthansa flight flying to New York, Miami or any other international, long-haul destination. All of this is operated under one ticket that you purchase. Flybe also had its fair share of codeshare agreements, but even so, their network was not as dense.

Flybe
Flybe

With this in mind, being independent has its advantages, as you can develop your routes, fleet and other business related decisions on your own. On the other hand, with rising fuel prices and other costs, having a parent company helps you out massively. Especially if you encounter financial difficulties – a cushion can support your profits falling.

A savior is coming

As I said previously, Virgin Atlantic partnered up with Stobart Group and Cyrus to buy out Flybe. Court is yet to approve this decision.

What does that mean for the once Jersey-based airline?

Well for one, it won‘t go bankrupt. Flybe won’t join this prestigious list of airlines, that are no longer with us. Next, it will be completely connected to the extensive network of Virgin Atlantic, allowing for more passengers to board its planes. The two regional airlines, Flybe and Stobart Air will be merged into one entity Connect Airways. Flybe will continue to operate independently but under the Virgin Atlantic brand name.

It sounds pretty confusing, but rest assured, I do think this is the best for the whole aviation market. Competition is ramping up not only in London‘s main airports where Virgin and British Airways is competing but also across the ocean. Delta Airlines runs a joint operation with Virgin Atlantic, thus this acquisition helps both Delta and Virgin compete with for every trans-Atlantic passenger. This winter is heating up (and I‘m not talking about the weather) as more and more airlines are struggling to balance their books with rising fuel prices and decreasing passenger demand.

One thing I do hope for though – that people who‘ve worked for Flybe do retain their jobs.

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Top 10 Most Advanced Fighter Jets In 2019 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/top-10-fighter-jets-2019 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:58:04 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8333 Top 10 Most Advanced Fighter Jets In 2019 An airforce is a crucial part of any army – air superiority provides cover and safety for the troops on the ground. More importantly, fighter jets help protect bombers, so superior fighter jets are a must for every country that wants to secure their positions as a […]

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Top 10 Most Advanced Fighter Jets In 2019

An airforce is a crucial part of any army – air superiority provides cover and safety for the troops on the ground. More importantly, fighter jets help protect bombers, so superior fighter jets are a must for every country that wants to secure their positions as a prominent military force in the world.

Currently, fifth-generation jet fighters are the most advanced fighter jets. American military aircraft builder Lockheed Martin defines fifth-generation fighters having these characteristics:

  • All-aspect stealth when armed;
  • Low-probability-of-intercept-radar, meaning it can avoid radar detection;
  • High-performance airframes;
  • Advanced avionics;
  • Highly integrated computer systems capable of connecting to other systems for situational awareness.

With this in mind, let us count down the top 10 most advanced jet fighter in 2019!

10. Dassault Rafale

The fighter jet developed by the French company Dassault is a multirole fighter.

As the French Air Force were sought after new aircraft to replace its current fleet, France, in order to reduce costs agreed to enter into an agreement with other European countries. As disagreements arose, France decided to develop its own fighter – the Rafale. The fighter jet first entered service in 2001 and ever since has been regarded as one of the best military aircraft in the world.

9. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Developed by McDonnell Douglas and later on by Boeing, the F-15 is still produced. But, Boeing is set to end the production of F-15 in 2022. Even though it was delivered more than 35 years ago, the F-15 is still considered a very capable fighter in the air. It still is operated by 4 countries: Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

Recently, an F-15 has hit headlines as an Israeli F-15 lost a canopy at 30.000 feet in the air.

F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet

8. JF-17 Thunder

The JF-17 Thunder or the FC-1 Xiaolong is a multirole combat aircraft. Developed by a joint-operation between China and Pakistan to provide the Pakistani Air Force with a cheap and modern alternative to its aging and a large fleet of various fighters, bombers and interceptors. Because of this, the JF-17 is going to become the backbone of the PAF.

After a difficult time of testing and redesigning, PAF finally received its first jets in 2007. Ever since then, the Pakistani Air Force has heavily relied on the JF-17 to conclude various missions in its territory. In 2013, PAC Kamra began the production of the Block 2 JF-17 – the updated jet has air-to-air refueling, better avionics, better load capacity, data link and electronic warfare capabilities.

8. HAL Tejas Fighter Jet

The HAL Tejas is an Indian fighter jet that is replacing the MiG-21, which the Indian Air Force has been using since 1964. Pilots praise the HAL Tejas for its high maneuverability. Production on the fourth-generation Indian jet fighter began recently, due to the fact that the program struggled to obtain an Operational Clearance.

HAL Tejas
HAL Tejas

7. Eurofighter Typhoon

Out of all the fighter jets in the list, the story of the Typhoon is one of the most interesting ones. A joint operation of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, an Italian company developed the Typhoon. After development began in 1983, the first official test flight took off in 1994. The Typhoon was plagued by delays. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and a change of government in Germany, the Chancellor of Germany at the time made a promise to cancel the project. However, the program survived and after a myriad of delays Germany deployed the first Eurofighter Typhoons.

6. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

The first fifth-generation fighter jet in the world, the F-22 Raptor entered service in 2005. The United States government canceled the Raptor in 2011. Even though it was a critical part of the USAF (the United States Air Force), the rising development and maintenance costs, lack of air-to-air missions put an end to the production of the jet. Lockheed delivered the last Raptor to the USAF in 2012.

Nevertheless, the F-22 was a pioneer. It was the first fighter jet to combine supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth and sensor fusion.

5. Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin

A unique example on the list, the Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin is a fifth-generation… test aircraft? Yep. Even though it’s not a fighter jet in itself, the Japanese are using the X-2 as a testbed for other fighter jet technologies. The backstory of this jet is that Japan was looking to replace its fleet of current fighters. The Japanese government contacted the United States for the possibility of purchasing F-22 Raptors, but the U.S. Congress shot down any probability of that happening to protect its military secrets.

The first Shinshin flight took off in 2016 and after successful tests, Mitsubishi started producing the aircraft. The X-2 is a predecessor to the F-3, a sixth-generation fighter jet. The Japanese are going to produce the F-3 from 2027.

Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin
Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin

4. Shenyang FC-31

FC-31 or the J-31 is the second fifth-generation fighter jet that is going to be introduced into the Chinese Air Force. Although less advanced than its counterpart, the Chengdu J-20, it is still a very capable fighter jet. The exact specifications remain unclear for anyone that is outside the Chinese Military. Foreign experts, primarily US ones, indicate that the FC-31 is on par with other fifth-generation fighters. However, the better jet is decided by a multitude of other factors. Namely, the readiness of the pilots and capabilities of radars and sensors of the aircraft.

Shenyang FC-31
Shenyang FC-31

3. Chengdu J-20

The best Chinese fighter jet, the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation introduced the J-20 in 2017. After more than 20 years of development, it first flew in 2011. There were quite a few changes to the design of the aircraft after the first flights took place, namely a new intake, new stealth coating and a new design of the vertical stabilizers. In spite of some issues that arose after production, the Chengdu J-20 is the first fifth-generation fighter jet in Asia.

Chengdu J-20
Chengdu J-20

2. Sukhoi Su-57

Developed by Sukhoi Company, the Su-57 is going to become the most technologically advanced Russian fighter jet. It’s the first fighter to tick every box in the list of fifth-generation fighter features. Sergey Bogdan was the first pilot to test the Su-57 in 2010. Compared to the F-35, the Su-57 only cost the Russians an estimated $10 million to research, develop and prepare for production.

The Russian Air Force is expected to introduce them into full service in 2019. However, in 2018, journalists spotted two Su-57s in Syria.

1.  Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

United States Air Force introduced the newest fighter jet in 2015. The F-35 has three main variants, with differences in their landing capabilities. The estimated cost of the F-35 program is mind-blowing. The US government spent a whopping $1.508 trillion on the fighter jet. But on the other hand, Lockheed projects that the USAF will utilize the fighter jet until 2070. Although the F-35 has its critics, it certainly cannot be denied that it is the most advanced fighter jet currently in the air.

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From A Cleaner To A Pilot – An Inspiring Story https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/cleaner-to-pilot-inspiring-story Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:53:23 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8329 From A Cleaner To A Pilot – An Inspiring Story We’ve all heard of the stories where someone, coming from a very humble background had a huge dream. A dream that we all thought would be possible to achieve, no matter how hard you try. But every now and again we all hear of an […]

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From A Cleaner To A Pilot – An Inspiring Story

We’ve all heard of the stories where someone, coming from a very humble background had a huge dream. A dream that we all thought would be possible to achieve, no matter how hard you try. But every now and again we all hear of an amazing story, where someone actually does make it. This example touched our hearts, as it showcases that even though you might have to climb a mountain to begin your pilot career, you can still do so. If you try and want hard enough!

Mohammed Abubakar, a man from Nigeria, is the main character in this heart-warming story.

A missed opportunity

And his journey begins with an interesting twist. After finishing high-school, Mohammed wanted to attend Kaduna Polytechnic and get a college diploma. But he was late for the admissions and his window of opportunity closed.

But when one door closes, another opens. M. Abubakar started his aviation career cleaning aircraft for Kabo Air, a local airline in Nigeria. His first wage was as little as 200 Nigerian Naira per day, which equals $0.50. After working various jobs in the industry, his career progressed quite quickly. As his wages increased throughout various jobs, instead of spending the money freely, Mohammed decided to save it instead. Thus, he was on his way to achieving his goal – starting his pilot career.

Supporting himself

After saving up enough money, M. Abubakar supported his way through pilot training in Canada and received his Private Pilot License. After a solid step towards his commercial pilot career start, there was a hurdle – he needed his commercial license. However, he ran out of money.

Nevertheless, fortune favors the bold. The current employer of M. Abubakar at the time supported him through the process and helped him receive his commercial pilot license.

And his hard work, persistence and brilliant attitude paid off. Azman Air, a company in Nigeria, gave the opportunity for Mohammed Abubakar to work for them as a Pilot. Finally, after 24 hard-working years, the dream came true. Mohammed Abubakar could finally proudly tell the world – he‘s a pilot!

There are a lot of inspiring stories like these. But even so, its a good reminder for everybody. To keep pushing. To keep dreaming and keep believing in yourself. And eventually, you will achieve your goals and realize your dreams!

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