Air New Zealnd safey video

Best Safety Video – Air New Zealand’s “The Hobbit” Themed Video, EPIC

The wizards at Air New Zealand have conjured up their third J.R.R. Tolkien-themed video in as many years, ahead of the final installment of Peter Jackson's second Middle-Earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Directed by Taika Waititi, the new clip is modesty titled "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," and it features appearances by Elijah Wood, Dean O'Gorman and Sylvester McCoy, all stars of the movie. No Ian McKellen, though. I guess he took the bus. Jackson also appears quite a bit, and his production company, WETA Workshop, helped develop the spot, along with Kiwi ad agency True. "This latest offering combines members of our cast and our locations with Air New Zealand's unique personality." says Jackson. "I had a lot of fun on the set with Taika and the … [Read More...]

Featured stories

Embraer jet family

Embraer Affected in Chinese Private Jet Market

Ever since China’s president Xi Jinping cracked down on opulent spending as part of his anti-graft campaign this year, the world’s fastest-growing business jet market has stalled, says Mr Curado from his offices overlooking São Paulo’s banking district. “It’s been sharp, it’s been sudden,” he says, adding that executives at Chinese state-owned companies as well […]

boeing-777x Folding wings

Boeing Taps 737 and 787 Lessons to Better Build The 777X Wing

To learn how to set up its new 777X wing factory, Boeing didn’t have to look far. In fact, the company is looking to its own 737 factories in Renton. Boeing’s drive to increase Boeing 737 wing production, to efficiently keep up with rising aircraft production rates there, is giving the company many of the […]

Oracle America Cup 72

Airbus Team Helping America’s Cup Champion, Oracle Team USA with Design

How often do you see sports stars looking to the heavens in search of a little inspiration? That’s why the team hoping to build one of the fastest yachts on the planet is not looking to the water — but to the sky. Or to be more precise, the giant passenger plane flying overhead. Oracle […]

Older posts

United Airlines Boeing 757

Airbus Tackles 757 Range with Higher-Weight A321Neo

Airbus is aiming to introduce a higher-weight version of the A321neo in early 2019, in a bid to reinforce the type’s challenge to the Boeing 757 market. It has previously detailed four sub-variants for the A321neo, with maximum take-off weights ranging from 89t to 93.5t. But the airframer states that it will present a 97t […]

Airbus A321neo

Airbus and Boeing are at War on Two Fronts

The campaign for market share between Airbus and Boeing is being fought on two fronts. In single-aisles, both airframers have adopted similar gameplans by re-engining existing models and – with bulging backlogs and plans to ramp up monthly production between now and the end of the decade – are in a head-to-head battle for market […]

Mitsubishi MRJ

Is Mitsubishi’s new jetliner a commercially viable project?

Hiring a team of Taiko traditional drummers to pound away in a cavernous hanger is one way to create a loud noise. But Mitsubishi Aircraft, an aerospace firm, already had the world’s attention long before it unveiled the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan’s first domestically-built airliner in 50 years, last week. With a sleek design, […]

Ebola Screening Starts At O'Hare Airport

Passenger Taken to Newark Hospital Has Not Tested Positive for Ebola

An airline passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon and was held for evaluation at a New Jersey hospital has not tested positive for Ebola, according to an official of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority, which operates the […]

Air Fares

US Airlines Raise Base Fares on Domestic Flights

U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 per round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to CEO […]

Learjet 70

Can Bombardier’s New Planes Reverse Its Sales Slide in the Light Jet Market?

Amid a global economic recovery, the business jet market is returning into shape, but with more demand for large cabin/heavy jets, growth in the light and medium categories looks slightly challenged. Canadian aerospace major Bombardier is one of the oldest players in the global aviation industry and sits pretty with a huge portfolio serving all […]

GECAS 737-MAX8 Renderings

Boeing’s Order Book Tops the 1,000 Mark

With 266 Boeing customers ordering 12,100 737 units since the plane’s introduction, Boeing’s single-aisle airliner is the best-selling commercial airplane in history. Perversely, that’s posing something of a problem for Boeing. Hoping to keep up with demand for the 737, Boeing confirmed this month that it will once again increase the rate at which it […]

Embraer Legacy 450 business jet

What’s So Special About Embraer’s New Legacy 450 and 500 Business Jets?

“Whether by accident or design, the Legacy 450 and 500 might be arriving at exactly the right moment,” said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with Virginia-based consultant Teal Group, about Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer’s new business jets. The company has just started deliveries of its much-anticipated Legacy 500 midsize business jet, and the smaller Legacy 450 […]

Luftansa pilots' strike

Lufthansa strike disrupts travel for 200,000 airline passengers

A pilot strike at Lufthansa has expanded as it enters a second day Tuesday, forcing the carrier to ground a significant portion of its schedule. Cancellations include many of the carrier’s lucrative long-haul routes, including flights to the United States, Canada and Asia. The strike – one of several to hit Lufthansa this year – […]

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola causes some people to change travel plans

Travel agents say customers are asking whether it’s safe to fly, and what steps they should take to guard against Ebola. The virus has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the current outbreak began several months ago. Several people who contracted the disease there have been treated in the United States, but only […]

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft

Boeing Is Underestimating Emerging Japanese Competition –

At a welcoming banquet in Japan in the 1980s, Ford Motor chairman Philip Caldwell received a memorably double-edged compliment. “There is no secret about how we learned to do what we do, Mr. Caldwell,” said the head of Toyota Motor , Eiji Toyoda. “We learned it at the Rouge.” Toyoda was referring to Ford’s fabled […]

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Passengers Hurt After Singapore Airlines Flight was Hit by Turbulence

Twenty-two people were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight descending into Mumbai ran into turbulence on Saturday night. The injured included 14 crew and eight passengers, the airline said. Some were taken to a hospital for treatment. Singapore Airlines said the aircraft, an Airbus Group N.V. A380, had 408 passengers and 25 crew on board […]

Embraer Legacy 500

Embraer Steps Into Midsize Market With Legacy 500 Delivery

Embraer’s Executive Jets unit on Oct. 10 officially entered the midsized jet market with the delivery of its Legacy 500 business jet to a Brazilian customer. The delivery followed Brazilian ANAC certification in August. U.S. FAA certification is anticipated within weeks, Embraer executives say. The delivery marked two celebrations the Brazilian airframer held recently. The […]

Bombardier Challenger 600 series

Bombardier Refreshes Challenger 605 As 650

“Given the response to the Challenger 350, we said we’ll do the same for the 650. The scope of the changes is very similar,” says Brad Nolen, Bombardier’s director of product planning. Launch price is $32.35 million in 2015 dollars, up $500,000 from the Challenger 605. That includes up to $1.5 million worth of standard […]

Gulfstream G500 Flight Deck

Gulfstream’s New Jets Are Packed With Touchscreens for Pilots

Touchscreens have established themselves as the best interface for smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Tesla and other car companies, they appear to be the future of automotive controls. And now, Gulfstream, maker of the world’s priciest business jets, thinks they’re the best choice in the cockpit as well. The Georgia-based firm introduced two swanky aircraft […]