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Lufthansa to operate Boeing 747 on repatriation flights

Lufthansa might be grounding the better part of its fleet amid the ongoing Corona-Crisis, but its Boeing 747 Retro Crane is still due to stretch the wings and fly. On March 28, 2020, the airline is planning to operate two repatriation flights employing its 747-8s, including the one featuring the retro livery. ...


Rytis Beresnevicius
Legacy of the deadliest aviation crash in 1977

While the events in Tenerife on March 27, 1977, left the bloodiest mark in aviation's history, it also left a long-standing legacy that improved the safety of everyone onboard an aircraft....


AeroTime Team
KLM last Boeing 747 aircraft embark on final flights

On March 29, 2020, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight KL686 from Mexico City (Mexico) to Amsterdam (the Netherlands) is going to be bittersweet, as it will be the last time a Boeing 747 operates passenger service on behalf of the oldest airline in the world. ...


AeroTime Team
British Airways Boeing 747 makes U-turn, returns to UK

British Airways flight BA81 took off from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) as usual on March 23, 2020. As per schedule, it was expected to land in Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, the capital of Ghana some six hours later. Instead, the flight time was cut short in half and the passengers disembarked the Boeing 747 just where they started ‒ in London. ...


AeroTime Team
How well do you know Boeing 747? [Quiz]

The latest, and largest, variant of the passenger service Jumbo Jet, the Boeing 747-8I embarked on its maiden flight on March 20, 2011. To commemorate the occasion, AeroTime News prepared a quiz about a revolutionary aircraft family, which has been soaring the skies for half a century.   ...


Clement Charpentreau
Riding the storm: British Airways 747 breaks transatlantic record

With the help of tailwinds from the Storm Ciara, several airliners crossed the Atlantic Ocean in record time. The ultimate winner was a Boeing 747 operated by British Airways that made the trip in four hours and fifty-six minutes, reaching speeds above 1,287 kilometers per hour. The previous record was held by a Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which made the crossing in five hours and thirteen minutes in January 2018.   New record fo...


Clement Charpentreau
Coronavirus: foreign aircraft scrambled for Wuhan evacuation

Governments around the world are organizing to repatriate their citizens via planes from Wuhan ‒ the heart of the Coronavirus epidemic. Meanwhile, several carriers have already announced the suspension of their flights to China to prevent the spread....


AeroTime Team
Qantas flies Boeing 747 to U.S. for the last time

Qantas has ended its last remaining Boeing 747 service between the United States and Australia. On December 4, 2019, the Australian airline operated a flight 74 from San Francisco to Sydney ‒ the last with the Queen of the skies, as from now on the aircraft will be replaced by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. ...


Ruta Burbaite
KLM flight almost reaches Mexico, decides to go back to Amsterdam

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ non-stop flight to Mexico ended up in bizarre circumstances on November 28, 2019. The flight turned around back to its origin of departure in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, when the aircraft was already over North America, with passengers having to endure a 12 hour back and forth trip over the Atlantic.  ...


Rytis Beresnevicius
Halloween special: Top 5 scariest aviation close calls

While throughout history aviation got more comfortable and safer, on some occasions, that comfort and safety were almost thrown out the window. These are some of the scariest near-accidents that happened in the skies....