Tag Archives: Commercial Aircraft

You Can Buy Anything On Taobao, Including Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets

It is official. You can buy just about anything on Taobao for the cheap, now including used Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets. Yep. That’s plural right there because there are not one, not two, but three on the block and they are available on Taobao alongside other more mundane items like real estates, motor vehicles, and boats. These aircraft, all of which are Boeing 747-400ERF, were seized by a court in Shenzhen after its owner Jade Cargo went bust in 2013. Continue reading You Can Buy Anything On Taobao, Including Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets

Startup Has Bold Plan To Build Boeing 777-sized Cargo Delivery Drones

Natilus, a California-based startup, has an ambitious vision: cargo delivery using drone. Wait, what? This is not even news, right? Right, except that Natilus is more ambitious then a using a puny multicopter; the company wants to build a Boeing 777-sized drone that will fly itself from point A and point B to delivery 200,000 pounds of goods. And it is not even looking at airport to drop its stuff; the company envision Natilus unmanned air freight drone to take off and land on the water, and unload the cargo at seaside ports. What Natilus proposed is pretty much a regular air freighter, less the pilot and the crew, and also, it will travel at a slower pace than a regular commercial aircraft and at altitude lower (but still fuel efficient) than that of commercial jets. Continue reading Startup Has Bold Plan To Build Boeing 777-sized Cargo Delivery Drones

Russia’s New Commercial Jet Sets To Go Head To Head With Airbus And Boeing

Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation, under the wing of parent company United Aircraft Corporation, will soon have a new commercial jet that’s going to give existing big players’ medium range aircrafts a run for their money. The aircraft, dubbed MC-21, was officially unveiled back in June and marks a milestone in Russia’s aviation industry as the first medium-range passenger jet developed in Russian in this century. It has been a while indeed. Since the dissolution of Soviet Union, the country’s de facto flag carrier, Aeroflot, is mostly fleeted with western models. As of June 2016, Russian-made jets account for not more than 17 percent of Aeroflot’s fleet. But then again, that’s just Aeroflot and not accounting for other Russian airlines. Continue reading Russia’s New Commercial Jet Sets To Go Head To Head With Airbus And Boeing

Boom Supersonic Jet Will Fly From London To New York In 3.4H For $5,000

Since the demise of the world’s fastest commercial jet, Concorde, the world has been looking forward to a fastest way of traveling between continents. However, it is not until recent years that we see companies emerging to take on the challenge with some going to length to propose supercavitation submarine which could enable Shanghai-to-San Francisco travel in just 100 minutes and under-the-sea vacuum trains. While the latter two are more like future tech that will remain as theory for now, it is left to the aerospace industry to continue the legacy left behind by the Concorde. The latest to join the supersonic endeavor is a startup, Boom Technology. Continue reading Boom Supersonic Jet Will Fly From London To New York In 3.4H For $5,000

Soon, You Will Be Able to Fly in the Belly of R2-D2 on R2-D2-Decorated ANA 787-9 Dreamliner Jet

Millennium Falcon, it is not, but come this autumn, Star Wars fans around the world will be able to globe trot in perfect Star Wars style, thanks to a collaboration between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the now Disney-own Lucasfilm as a cross-promotion for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens film, which will be hitting the theaters this Fall. For this promotion, ANA’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be be painted to look like the iconic droid character R2-D2 from the Star Wars franchise. But why R2-D2 and not C-3PO, or even Darth Vader? Well, apparently, R2-D2 motif, which consisted mainly of white with blue accents, are fitting match to ANA’s blue logo and also, “R2-D2 character has a reputation for strong, reliable service – one of the hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star quality service,” ANAGlobalCH adds. Continue reading Soon, You Will Be Able to Fly in the Belly of R2-D2 on R2-D2-Decorated ANA 787-9 Dreamliner Jet

Future Air Travel: AWWA Sky Whale

this appallingly massive concept passenger jet is appropriately named the AWWA Sky Whale. with a wingspan exceeding those of the Airbus 380 and sporting a three-story design, this will be officially the most outrageously huge commercial aircraft if it ever becomes a reality. conceived by Barcelona-based industrial designer Oscar Viñals, the AWWA Sky Whale boasts some 755 seats onboard, covering all three classes (First Class, Business Class, as well as Economy) and is said to feature ‘future technologies’ such as self-healing wings, virtual reality windows, solar panel roof and a design that purposefully separates the fuselage and the wings to facilitate ‘auto breakup’ in the event of an emergency landing to minimize the damages to the cabin section. Continue reading Future Air Travel: AWWA Sky Whale

Airbus envisions transparent aircraft for air travel in 2050

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(credit: Airbus S.A.S)

if you have an inherent fear for flying, then this concept pitched by Airbus is not going to make you feel any better. ahead of the upcoming Paris Airshow, Airbus unveiled the concept cabin of how we will travel in year 2050 – that is an aircraft constructed of bionic structure that mimics bird bones thus allowing for a lighter weight structure and open panoramic views – essentially making it transparent. well, more or less. however, the highlight is of course its amenities that will change the way we travel. Continue reading Airbus envisions transparent aircraft for air travel in 2050

ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?

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(image credit: NASA/Lockhead Martin)

apparently, NASA wants to decide for you. sometime last year, NASA awarded contracts to three teams over at Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to conceptualize a plane for 2025. of course, as you would have expected, NASA has some requirements for the teams to work on includes achieving air speed of 85 percent of the speed of sound, has a range of approximately 7,000 miles and carry between 50,000 to 100,000 pounds of payload. other goals include lesser noise, cleaner emission and lower fuel consumption than the current aircraft. Continue reading ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?