Sam Chui
The 10 Shortest Widebody Flights in the World
While widebody aircraft are typically deployed on medium to long-haul and high-capacity routes, they also serve on surprisingly short routes where demand, overall routing, and logistical needs justify their use.  Air France operates the world’s shortest widebody flight from Brazzaville to Kinshasa in Congo. Operated by a Boeing 777/Airbus A350,...
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Tips for Recognizing Deceptive ATMs Abroad
When we travel internationally, we rarely use cash. There are very few places that are “cash only,” so we use credit cards for virtually all of our expenses, making sure…
Sam Chui
Trip Report: Onboard a HAJJ Flight – Garuda Indonesia B747-400
Join me on a Boeing 747 Hajj Flight from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. An experience to remember for my whole life! Video Garuda Indonesia has wet leased 2 B747-400s from Aquiline International (ER-TRV and ER-BOS) among other wide-body airplanes. Together, they're bringing over 100,000 Hajj pilgrims in just a month...
Sam Chui
IATA AGM: 10 Airline CEO Voices on Current Aviation Issues
Over 1,500 participants from the world's airlines, Strategic Partners, associations, manufacturers and media gathered in Dubai for the 80th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. Kurt Hofmann has the opportunity to speak with many airline CEOs and management on current issues such as engine issues, supply...
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Have you seen this fun retrospective video on the Airport movie series?
Back in the 1970s, disaster movies were all the rage. Famous pictures such as The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure were part of this genre. Cinema history records that this whole trend was kicked off by the first film in the Airport movie series, unsurprisingly titled “Airport”. Airport grossed...
Sam Chui
6 Interesting Conceptual Aircraft That Never Flew
The history of aviation is filled with innovative designs, dreams, and ambitions, many of which never saw the light of day, despite their promises. Among these fascinating concepts, that were designed but never built, some stand out for their innovative designs, popularity, and potential to revolutionize air travel.  One such...
Sam Chui
Key Insights of the Airline Industry: IATA AGM 2024
Dubai is hosting the 80th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. Over 1,500 key decision-makers from airlines, industry partners, manufacturers, and media have gathered to discuss critical issues facing the air transport sector. This annual event, hosted by Emirates focuses on navigating geopolitical and economic challenges,...
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Vacationing Couple Mistaken For Swingers Because Of Their Clothes
When you travel, there are some things you know, either because it’s public knowledge or you’ve been warned ahead of time, that you shouldn’t or probably won’t want to wear.…
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Why did Eastern Air Lines go bankrupt?
Eastern Air Lines was once one of the largest airlines in the United States, with its origins dating back to the 1920s. The airline went bankrupt in early 1991 after a number of turbulent years of high debt and labour unrest. It’s always a huge loss to the staff and...
Sam Chui
CEO Talks: The Saudi Air Connectivity Program
On the sidelines of the Future Aviation Forum, I met with Majid Khan, CEO of Saudi Air Connectivity Program to discover new airlines flying to Saudi Arabia and its exciting air connectivity opportunities. Here is the Q and A transcript: What is Air Connectivity Program? Air Connectivity Program (ACP) was...
Sam Chui
Top 10 Most Turbulent Routes in the World
The skies aren’t always smooth sailing, due to frequent turbulence on certain challenging routes. Currently, the Santiago (SCL) to Santa Cruz (VVI) route is the most turbulent route, but a significant number of flights worldwide encounter turbulence, as per the turbli database. Notably, flights departing from Tokyo frequently experience significant...
Sam Chui
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 Suffers Fatal Turbulence
On May 21, 2024, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 en route to Singapore encountered fatal turbulence resulting in a diversion to Bangkok. The aircraft hit severe turbulence, causing one fatality and injuring 30 occupants on board. The Boeing 777-300ER with registration 9V-SWM was operating flight SQ321 from London Heathrow to...
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Saudia Group Orders 105 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft
Saudia Group has ordered 105 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, marking the largest single-sourced aircraft deal in the history of Saudi Arabian aviation.  This order includes 12 A320neo and 93 A321neo aircraft, increasing Saudia Group’s Airbus order backlog to 144 A320neo family aircraft. The deal is aimed to significantly expand the...
Sam Chui
The Tupolev Tu-404: Largest Aircraft Ever Designed
The world of aviation is littered with a number of dreams that rarely become reality. One such intriguing concept was the Tupolev Tu-404, a behemoth of a commercial aircraft proposed by the Russian aerospace company Tupolev in the early 1990s.  Tuplev Tu-404 is the largest aircraft ever designed in the...
Sam Chui
GeminiJets Airplane Models – April 2024 New Release + Discounts
I have been collecting GeminiJets since they launched 20 years ago! During depressing times, I have found that model collecting can take away some of the stress! Special Offer This is a sponsored post to showcase the latest GeminiJets airplane model releases. Hope you find something you like. To purchase GeminiJets, go to DiecastJets.com and use...