AirAsia X

X Factor

It’s been a roller coaster ride for AirAsia X – the Malaysian low cost long-haul carrier – but on November 2nd this year the company celebrated it’s 9th anniversary with this striking custom livery captured at Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) by William Reid. AirAsia X AirAsia X is based in Kuala Lumpur, within the headquarters of its parent brand Air Asia – the region’s largest low-cost … Continue reading X Factor

Skyfaring

Feature image: A British Airways Speedbird departs LHR for a glorious sky. (Simon Allardice | flickr.com CC BY 2.0) Skyfaring. A Journey with a Pilot. by Mark Vanhoenacker Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 2015 ISBN 10: 0701188669 / ISBN 13: 978-0701188665 They are all too rare – those timeless books that not only describe flight perfectly, but also convey all the beauty, poetry, wonder … Continue reading Skyfaring

Triple Tale

Feature image courtesy of Zoggavia.com Every airplane has a life story. I couldn’t possibly tell them all, but I can trace the star of my Connie Crossing article, G-AHEL Bangor II, thanks largely to the remarkable research and image collecting of Paul Zogg at zoggavia.com   A new world order G-AHEL started life on Lockheed’s Burbank production line in 1944, as just the 17th C-69 laid … Continue reading Triple Tale

On the numbers

Feature image (above) ©  Robbie Schubert | Dreamstime.com Following my recent post from the dawn of modern commercial aviation (see Constellation Crossing) I thought it would be interesting to compare the state of air transport today – 69 years later. So, in my incessant web trawling, I came across the website of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), a non-profit dedicated to giving the global … Continue reading On the numbers