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Grumman Goose on scheduled flights in Europe

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We can not wait to see that happen. European Coastal Airlines as a first airline in Europe’s history, launches regular seaplane service this summer with number of island hopping routes in south Croatia. One of their planes – Grumman Goose 21A – celebrates its 70th birthday this year- manufactured in 1944! That will make European Coastal also an airline operating oldest equipment on regular flights.
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BA allows on board use of PEDs in ‚flight mode’

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✈Following European Aviation Safety Agency new regulations and UK’s Civil Aviation Authority approval,  British Airways as a first airline in Europe now allows on board portable electronic devices’ use. The device has to be set to ‚flight mode’ and the rule includes all flight stages – including take-off and landing. All major US carriers have applied the policy already as Federal Aviation Administration eased the regulations earlier than EASA.

While being a part of  ‚customer first’ policy it could be named ‚Bring Your Own In-Flight Entertainment’. On short and medium haul flights, where no IFE is delivered, allowing to use own device gate-to-gate solves the problem of boredom with no extra cost to the airlines.

Longest flights in the world now shorter

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✈ Singapore Airlines Airbus 340-500 flight number SQ21 flies on the route from Newark to Singapore for the last time. Since 2004 until tomorrow – the world’s longest regular flight – scheduled 18h30m (15,345 km). Flight route passes only few degrees from the North Pole. Configuration of the aircraft is also unique – single class – 100 seats in business. For comparison, Emirates uses same aircraft type – the deck is shared by 258 people in three classes.

* OPERATIONAL FLIGHT INFO * SQ 21 -1 SA 23NOV
CITY INFO HOUR LOCAL)
EWR LEFT THE GATE 2257
TOOK OFF 2316
ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL 0551 SIN

* 1A PLANNED FLIGHT INFO * SQ 21 -1 SA 23NOV
APT ARR DY DEP DY CLASS/MEAL EQP GRND EFT TTL
EWR 2300 SA ZCJDI/M 345 18:30
SIN 0630 MO 18:30

As from tomorrow the longest route title will be held by Delta’s Johannesburg – Atlanta service – – 16h55m.