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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.
  16. Another Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) today, May 30th. See the screenshot below. The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82078) landed at YEG at 18:54 MDT (20:54 EDT) on May 30th. UPDATE: (June 1, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG on June 1st at 17:37 MDT (19:37 EDT). RA-82078 is the third Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124 to arrive at YEG within 24 hours; with RA-82043 and RA-82046 being the other two Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124s. Additionally, an Antonov Airlines AN-124 (U
  17. The AN-225 is scheduled to leave Toronto Pearson around 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM local time, tomorrow, May 31. Hope you are able to catch it! Here is a tweet with the scheduled departure time: https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1266822193880674308 Note: the scheduled departure time could change last minute, or the aircraft could depart earlier/later than scheduled.
  18. A Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th. See the two screenshots below (both taken after the AN-124 departed YEG on May 30th). The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82043) landed at YEG at 22:02 MDT on May 29th (00:02 EDT on May 30th). UPDATE: (May 30, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG the next day, on May 30th, at 14:02 MDT (16:02 EDT). A second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 also arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th. See th
  19. According to Flightradar24, a few more aircraft than expected went to Marana (MZJ) for storage/scrap yesterday, May 29. See the screenshot below for full information. Note: For the three aircraft with "Unknown" status: C-FNAP (E190) - Landed at Marana (MZJ) at 09:10 local time on May 29; C-FYIY (A319) - Landed at Tucson Marana Regional Airport (AVW) at 09:51 local time on May 29; C-FYJE (A319) - Landed at Tucson Marana Regional Airport (AVW) at 10:43 local time on May 29. I found this information by going to the individual plane's data page, as well as the
  20. Just had another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The webpage/article has now been updated with the revised scheduled arrival date of Friday, May 29, 2020. Some people on social media are hinting at an afternoon AN-225 arrival on Friday. However, as I post this, there is currently no specific arrival time. EDIT (May 29, 2020): Took another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The article now says that the AN-225 will arrive on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
  21. Update: As of today, May 25, three of KLM's Boeing 747 Combis continue to fly from Asia to the Netherlands, and back, carrying cargo. The three 747's are: PH-BFT, PH-BFV, and PH-BFW. In other news, Boeing 747-400M PH-BFS flew as flight KL747 from Amsterdam (AMS) to Chicago (ORD) today, May 25. After clearing customs in Chicago, PH-BFS will head to the Mojave desert. See the tweet below. EDIT: (May 26, 2020): PH-BFS flew as flight KL747 from Chicago (ORD) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) today, May 26. See the screenshot below for full final flight
  22. As I type this post (21:00 EDT on May 25th), an Antonov AN-124 is heading to Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Registration is UR-82072 (the same AN-124 that visited YMX on Wednesday, May 20th). See the two screenshots below. UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YEG at 20:32 MDT (22:32 EDT) on May 25th. It left YEG the next day, on May 26th, at 13:01 MDT (15:01 EDT). In other news, the Antonov AN-225 has an engine issue (#4 engine) and will not leave Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) until around 08
  23. Some interesting statistics from Air Canada on their cargo operations. Yesterday (May 20th), Air Canada announced that they have completed their 1,000th cargo-only flight during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 22, Air Canada Cargo has shipped 15.3 million kilograms of cargo across Canada and the world. Tweet below is from yesterday, May 20th. Additionally, here are two articles from Air Canada regarding two of the interesting types of cargo that Air Canada Cargo is hauling: lobsters and honeybees. Lobsters: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/about/med
  24. An Antonov AN-124 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) tomorrow afternoon (May 20th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below. UPDATE: (May 21, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YMX at 17:36 EDT on May 20th. It left YMX the next morning, on May 21st, at 04:57 EDT. In related news, although still unconfirmed, the Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) on Sunday morning (May 24th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below. UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-225 landed at YMX at 07:29 EDT on May 24th.
  25. British Airways is due to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on Thursday morning (May 21st) at LHR. Registration is G-ZBLA. This is the first of twelve Boeing 787-10s for British Airways. More information: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/british-airways-boeing-787-10-delivery
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