October 26, 2021| 299 0


A Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner suffered undisclosed damage after an unexpected tornado tore through Brisbane Airport on Friday afternoon. Video footage of the aircraft, registration VH-ZND, shows the strong winds dramatically tugging and pushing the 128-tonne plane, as it stood at the gate. The three-year-old Dreamliner, boasting the iconic Yam Dreaming livery, had landed at Brisbane at 6:30 am on Friday morning after completing flight QF16 from Los Angeles. The footage suggests the jet could have sustained some damage to its fuselage, due to being struck by ground services equipment that had been abandoned by the aircraft when people ran for shelter. However, the damage was not sufficient enough to keep the plane grounded, as, at the time of writing, the aircraft is currently being ferried from Brisbane to Melbourne Tullamarine. VH-ZND took off from Brisbane just before 3 pm local time as QF6142 and is due to touch down in Melbourne just before 6 pm. No passengers were on board the aircraft at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported. Qantas has been contacted for comment. VH-ZND is named Emily Kame Kngwarreye, after the original artist of the 1991 painting Yam Dreaming, which this aircraft’s livery is based on. The painting was adapted for the aircraft by leading Indigenous-owned design studio Balarinji. The tornado itself lasted a number of minutes, and caused damage to multiple sections of the airport, including one section of its roof, causing torrential rain to pour inside the airport. According to reports, sheets of metal were blown across taxiways and the apron, while airport trailers were flipped and even trees uprooted. The airport’s hangars were also said to have sustained damage. Rachel Bronish from Brisbane Airport said the team was working speedily to execute repairs. “The team will continue working throughout the evening and throughout the night to make sure those repairs happen,” she said. Last month, VH-ZND successfully delivered over 450,000 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the UK to Australia, just days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison struck a new deal to add four million doses to Australia’s supply. The […]

April 5, 2021| 309 0

Which airlines fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner became a hit amongst airlines when the manufacturer launched the program in April 2004. The wide-body aircraft, announced with ground-breaking technology at the time, has become Boeing’s second-most popular twin-aisle aircraft program in terms of gross orders. The 787 only lags behind the Boeing 777. It also had its fair s …

March 15, 2021| 311 0

Portugal Removed From UK Red Travel List But Holidays Still Banned

To prevent new coronavirus variants from entering the country, the British government drew up a ‘red list’ of high-risk countries in January. While all international arrivals into the UK are currently required to quarantine, red list arrivals had to do so at their own expense in specially designated hotels. Two months later, Portugal is set to be r …

March 9, 2021| 324 0

Pilot Left With Missing Tooth After Mid-Air Flight Attendant Brawl

Reports in Chinese media are painting a bizarre picture of an incident on a flight back in late February. Donghai Airlines was operating a service from Nantong to Xian on February 20 th , when an argument erupted, leaving a pilot with a missing tooth and a flight attendant with a broken arm! Here’s what happened. Midair conflict turns nasty Two members …

March 6, 2021| 299 0

Will There Ever Be A Bigger Passenger Plane Than The Airbus A380?

The Airbus A380 has had a difficult last few years, starting with the program’s cancellation in 2019. Then, in 2020, the drop in demand caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic led to many of the type being put into storage, or even retired. But has the world moved onto smaller aircraft forever, or will we see such large aircraft again in the fut …

March 5, 2021| 247 0

What Will It Be Like To Fly On The New Boeing 777X?

Despite various delays to its production, the Boeing 777X is a highly-anticipated aircraft. The type reflects the trend towards twin-engine long-haul aircraft, as carriers increasingly favor their efficiency over the capacity of four-engine giants. That said, the stretched-fuselage 777-9 variant is set to overtake the 747-8 as Boeing’s, and indeed …

March 4, 2021| 380 0

Japan Airlines To Start Flights From Tokyo To Moscow Sheremetyevo

Japan Airlines (JAL) is launching flights between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO). The airline was supposed to launch these flights last March but the plans were modified amid the impact of the pandemic. Strong connections Four years ago, Japan Airlines and Aeroflot launched their expensive business partnership. JAL noted that the fl …

February 19, 2021| 337 0

Why Doesn’t The Boeing 777X Have ‘Teeth’ On Its Engine Covers?

Contemporary Boeing aircraft are instantly recognizable by the serrated ‘teeth’ on their engine covers. Aircraft from the 737 MAX family, the Dreamliner line and the newest 747-8 all have these chevrons on their nacelles. But Boeing’s newest plane, the 777X, does not have any at all. Let’s find out why. What are the teeth for anyway? The serrations s …

January 27, 2021| 256 0

ANA Allows Staff To Take Two Years Leave For Personal Endeavours

As passenger traffic to Japan continues to sit at historical lows, All Nippon Airways is scrambling to cut costs and bunker down for a long period of pared-back flying. In the latest in a series of announcements, the airline said it would allow its employees to take up to two years of unpaid leave. According to the Kyodo News, approximately 15,000 A …

January 24, 2021| 267 0

Happy Anniversary: Six Years Of American Airlines’ Boeing 787s

One aircraft that helped usher the world into a new realm of ultra-long-haul flying was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft, which boasts a massive improvement in fuel burn and carbon emissions compared to the older generation of aircraft it replaced and complemented, has helped American Airlines grow its international long-haul route network. …

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