Airlines have been investing a lot in safety videos in order to catch the attention of passengers. Some use animated cartoons, some use actors with different themes, some combine tourism, and all other gimmicks just to make sure passengers keep their eyes and attention glued on the safety video. This is a very essential part in the flight and should never be taken for granted.
It has been a misconception that hard landings are a result of a pilot's lack of skill in executing a smooth landing. In reality, hard landings are a result of a pilot's decision to land the aircraft as safely as possible depending on the weather conditions outside and the runway length. There are reasons why pilots execute hard landings which we will explain in this write-up.
Today, the world's longest flights are dominated by wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A350-900, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-9, and Airbus A350-900ULR. When we would check the list of the world's top 30 longest flights today, all those listed utilize wide-body aircraft, you will not see a single one using narrow-bodies. So this made us wonder, what are the world's longest flights today utilizing narrow-body aircraft?
We have been reading all about how Qantas and Jetstar works together. The latter created a low-cost subsidiary Jetstar as a response to the growing low-cost carrier market. Qantas still operated as a full-service airline whereas Jetstar was the airline's low cost side. Instead of having one brand operating two kinds of services, they adapted a 2-brand strategy to face Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia.
Last 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 safely executed a water landing on the Hudson River after a flock of birds were ingested into the engines a few minutes just after take-off. Both engines flamed-out, causing the aircraft to glide and do a water landing as turning back will be too impossible. Last August 15, 2019, an Ural Airlines Airbus A321 executed a terrain landing after also ingesting birds into the engine shortly after take-off.
Two of Philippine Airline's Boeing 777-300ER are turning 10 this November, namely, RP-C7777 and then followed by RP-C7776. Both aircraft are on lease. One question remains if PAL will be returning both 777s to their lessors or will they renew the lease which should expire by 2021 or 2022. Should they return the ageing 777s, what aircraft will they replace them with?
When we think of low-fares and affordable air travel in the Philippines, one airline comes in mind, and that is Cebu Pacific. They are like the "Colgate" and "Xerox" when Filipinos search for "murang airline ticket" or "cheap airline tickets." Moreso, they changed the way other airlines would purchase aircraft, influencing a myriad of carriers in the Philippines to go for the Airbus A320.
When it comes to packed orange juice, there is one brand that we all grew-up with and that is Zest-O. Who would have ever thought that the famous orange juice will become an airline? Well it did way back in 2008, and that was no less than Zest Air, which had a slogan "Asia's Most Refreshing Airline." It was an airline named after an orange juice drink, with a vibrant orange and green livery.
With a pending order of 100 Airbus A330-900NEOs, it is obvious that AirAsia is indeed on expansion mode, and we are not discounting the fact that its subsidiary Philippines Air Asia is on the receiving end of this expansion. Today (August 14, 2019), we got unconfirmed news that AirAsia's long haul low cost subsidiary is also coming to the Philippines, so we ask, how possible is this?
You may have not noticed them but they are actually still alive, under the guise of a Philippine Airlines aircraft. Air Philippines is indeed still flying, yes that airline which used to operate those old Boeing 737-200s of way back before turning a leaf to become that orange and white cladded, fun-looking airline, AirPhil Express. You may also have remembered that 2P airline code way back.