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  1. Qantas has retired its last Boeing 747. Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEJ flew as flight QF7474 from SYD-LAX on July 22nd. Today, July 24th, VH-OEJ flew as flight QF7474 from Los Angeles (LAX) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV). More information on Qantas' last Boeing 747, as well as some interesting facts and history regarding Qantas' fleet of Boeing 747s, is available here: https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-farewells-queen-of-the-skies/ Saying Farewell to the Queen of the Skies: Qantas bid farewell to its last remaining Bo
  2. Days after taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 (G-ZBLA), British Airways has taken delivery of its second Boeing 787-10 (G-ZBLB). G-ZBLB was delivered to British Airways on July 1, 2020. G-ZBLB was delivered to BA as flight BA9151 from Charleston (CHS) to London (LHR). G-ZBLB departed CHS at 22:43 local time on June 30th. It landed at LHR at 11:00 local time on July 1st. See the screenshot below.
  3. Porter has further extended their flight shutdown to August 31. More info here: https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/about-us/news-details?title=Porter+Airlines+announces+new+restart+date+of+Aug.+31+2020+06
  4. Update: As of today, June 29, three of KLM's Boeing 747 Combis (PH-BFT, PH-BFV, PH-BFW) continue to fly from Asia to the Netherlands, and back, carrying cargo. In other news, Boeing 747-400M PH-BFY flew as flight KL747 from Amsterdam (AMS) to Chicago (ORD) today, June 29th. After clearing customs in Chicago, PH-BFY flew as flight KL747 from Chicago (ORD) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) today, June 29th. See the screenshot below for full final flight information. Here is a tweet I found about PH-BFY flying its last flight.
  5. After several delays in delivery, G-ZBLA was delivered to British Airways on June 28, 2020. G-ZBLA was delivered to BA as flight BA9151 from Charleston (CHS) to London (LHR). G-ZBLA departed CHS at 23:37 local time on June 27th. It landed at LHR at 11:49 local time on June 28th. See the screenshot below.
  6. Sadly, another casualty of COVID-19. LEVEL Europe had six Airbus short-haul jets in its fleet: 2 Airbus A320s and 4 Airbus A321s. IAG also operates a long-haul airline called LEVEL, which is separate from LEVEL Europe and is not affected by the bankruptcy of LEVEL Europe. The article about LEVEL Europe filing for bankruptcy, that is referenced in the tweet below (from June 18th), can be found here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines-level-eur/iag-airline-level-europe-files-for-insolvency-idUSKBN23P1OJ ------------
  7. Thanks for the info. I will add that B-6139 was here on a repatriation flight for students, according to this tweet: https://twitter.com/ErnestGutschik/status/1275540147296243713 B-6139 left YYZ as CZ8432 at 11:11 A.M., heading to Chengdu (CTU), according to Flightradar24.
  8. Qantas has retired its second last Boeing 747-400. Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEE flew as flight QF6001 from SYD-LAX yesterday, June 16th. Today, June 17th, VH-OEE flew as flight QF6001 from Los Angeles (LAX) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV). VH-OEE was the first 747-400ER built, and was used as a testbed for Boeing (reg: N747ER). N747ER was later refurbished, repainted for Qantas, then handed over to Qantas as VH-OEE. Qantas' last Boeing 747 in their fleet, Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEJ, will follow VH-OEE to retirement soon. See the tweet below from yesterd
  9. Another airline has retired their 747 fleet. French airline Corsair retired their last Boeing 747-400 today. Corsair's last Boeing 747-400, F-GTUI, flew from Paris Orly (ORY) to Kemble Cotswold (GBA) in Great Britain. See the tweet below.
  10. Air Transat is planning to resume flying on July 23. More info here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-transat-earnings-air-canada-1.5607476 The CBC article also has an update on the Air Canada takeover of Air Transat.
  11. Porter has further extended their flight shutdown to July 29. More info here: https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/about-us/news-details?title=Porter+Airlines+deferring+resumption+of+service+to+July+29+2020+05
  12. A few nights ago, a skunk sprayed in my backyard. Even with all of the windows closed in my house, the smell was somehow still able to waft into the house. Absolutely Disgusting!! Anyways, here is a photo I took from my kitchen of a skunk in my backyard. I took this photo a few years ago. When it comes to wildlife, there is no shortage of it at my house. My house in suburban Ottawa borders the NCC Greenbelt, which means that there is a large forest and a large marsh/wetland behind my house. Every day, I see tons of wildlife around my house, including: chipmun
  13. In case anyone is interested, here are the relevant press releases regarding the closure of the Mitsubishi deal. Both press releases are from June 1, 2020. Bombardier: https://www.bombardier.com/en/media/newsList/details.binc-20200601-bombardier-concludes-sale-of-the-crj-series-region.bombardiercom.html?filter-bu=bombardier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: https://mhirj.com/news/mhi-rj-aviation-group-launches-mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-closes-acquisition-crj-series
  14. As an aviation enthusiast, I have lots of memories of spotting and photographing Air Canada's 767s. I also have many memories of standing on the third level Observation Deck at YOW, waiting for them to arrive from LHR and FRA, as well as YYZ. Whenever I would head up to YOW to do some spotting, I would make sure to visit when an AC 767 was arriving or departing. It was always nice to see these beautiful birds. For the last several years, Air Canada operated the year-round flights from LHR-YOW and YOW-LHR; as well as the seasonal FRA-YOW and YOW-FRA flights with 767s. AC also o
  15. The Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) on Thursday afternoon (June 4th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below. This will be the third visit of the AN-225 to YMX since the beginning of May 2020. The AN-225 previously visited YMX on May 1-2, 2020; and May 24-26, 2020. UPDATE: (June 5, 2020): The AN-225 landed at YMX at 16:50 EDT on June 4th. It left YMX the next morning, on June 5th, at 05:29 EDT.
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