Sukhoi Superjet in Sky Aviation livery (PK-ECN) – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter
I was able to take a tour of a Sukhoi Superjet at the Singapore Airshow and am sharing the photos with AirlineReporter readers!
The aircraft, parked next to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, was in Sky Aviation livery – an airline based predominantly in Surabaya Indonesia that operates a full-service product, including business class.
This was my first time on an operational Russian commercial airliner and I was pleasantly surprised that the interior was similar to an Embraer E-Jet, although it is considerably wider and the overhead space is greater.
The flight deck was also surprisingly roomy, as were the lavs and galley areas. The configuration in business is set up 2-2, while economy is 2-3. I found that the seat pitch in business was sufficient, but economy was a bit of a challenge.
The A350XWB shows its stuff at the Singapore Airshow – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter
The Singapore Airshow is in full swing right now and although we will have a nice wrap-up story at the end, we wanted to share some photos.
These are pictures of the third Airbus A350 XWB (MSN003) taking its first flight at an airshow like this and according to Jacob Pfleger, who is at the show for AirlineReporter, the most noticeable thing for him was how quiet the plane was. “During its fly-by I was impressed with how quiet it is and in my opinion itâ€™s the quietest jet out there even more so than the Airbus A380 or even Boeing 787,” Pfleger explained via email.
The Seahawks 747 flies over Seattle – Photo: Boeing
You might have heard that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and that Seattle is pretty happy about it! To join in on the celebration, Boeing flew the Spirit of the 12s, their 747-8F that is painted in a special Seahawks livery over the festivities. Of course, we wanted to share the photos…
If you haven’t caught the new WestJet #MagicPlane livery, you are in for a real treat. It is a complicated design that was not an easy task to complete. This time-lapse video above demonstrates the painstaking steps it took to bring this design to life.
The completed #MagicPlane livery (reg: C-GWSZ). Photo: WestJet
According to WestJet, “The special livery is designed to tell a story from tail to nose. It starts with Sorcerer Mickey, prominent on the aircraftâ€™s tail, with magic stars comingÂ from his hands. The magic stars swirl around the fuselage and past the wings, culminating with fireworks over theÂ Cinderella CastleÂ atÂ Walt Disney World.”
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It took a total of 26 workers, using 36 different colo(u)rs, 24 days working around the clock to make the paint scheme work. Now that is dedication, but we think it paid off. Check out some more photos, plus some magic in the interior:
The passenger section of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Photo: Nick Young | AusBT
Excerpt and photo used with permission from Australian Business Traveller…
Step inside Boeingâ€™s 787-9 DreamlinerÂ ZB002Â on this exclusive tour of what is only the worldâ€™s second stretched Dreamliner before large-scale production begins ahead of its debut in July withÂ worldwide launch customer Air New Zealand.
Long before any new commercial aircraft takes to the skies with paying passengers on board, manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing carry out an exhaustive series of flight tests with specially-build aircraft.
The Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, which carries the ZB002 model number, is part of that process for this larger, longer-range version of the original 787-8 Dreamliner.
The “Engineering Class” seats on the 787-9 Dreamliner. Notice the runway design on the floor – Photo: Nick Young | AusBT
The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the new planeâ€™s test program, ZB002 last week flew non-stop from Seattle to Auckland â€“ marking the 787-9â€™s longest flight, at just under 14 hours â€“ and is now visiting Alice Springs, in the centre of Australia, to undergo extensive heat testing under the sizzling summer sun.
So whatâ€™s it likeÂ insideÂ of of these special test aircraft?
See many more GREAT 787-9 interior photos via AusBT…