The DJI Mavic Pro Drone has arrived! But is it Karma?

Oct 17, 2016

DJI, the drone maker might just have pulled it out of the bag with their new Mavic Pro camera drone. After the GoPro launch of the Karma drone it looked like the line had been drawn by the action camera manufacturer. Just a few days later DJI then revealed their new drone. Smaller, faster and with quite a few extras it looks like it might just be the one to buy.

Although more expensive than the GoPro Karma, the Mavic Pro comes with a 4k camera and other features that may just convince you to save a little longer. DJI began deliveries on the 15th October, a week ahead of GoPro.

The GoPro drone also has a Karma grip – similar to a DJI Osmo or Osmo , to capture stabilised footage during your ‘ordinary’ shots that will give you an incredible stable image whether you’re hiking, biking or chasing your kids around the park!

Both these new drones fold up and pack a great deal of tech in their small size, making them great for those that may not have contemplated owning a drone before. The specifications make them great for personal use as well as for professional film footage.

DJI Mavic Pro Drone

DJI Mavic Pro DroneMavic Pro is DJI’s first personal drone designed to be taken just about anywhere. Small enough to toss in a bag and easy enough to launch quickly whenever the time and place are right, its unique folding design compresses the entire drone to practically the size of a water bottle.

The compact body of Mavic Pro holds a drone built for uncompromising performance. Equipped with a stabilized 4K camera and a visual navigation system, with a 4.3 mile (7 km) range and 27 minute flight time, this tiny drone sets the new standard for compact drones.

“Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry. Most importantly, it allows you to reach the skies easily, see the world with new eyes and tell your stories like never before. DJI has spent a decade making it easier for anyone to fly, and by rethinking everything about how a drones look, we have created an entirely new type of aerial platform for anyone to explore their creativity,” said Frank Wang, DJI’s CEO and founder.”

Mavic Pro is designed to be ultra portable and quick to launch so it can take to the skies as soon as you need it. With four folding arms and propellers that tuck neatly away against its streamlined body, it can be easily carried in a purse or backpack, saving you the trouble of mounting propellers before a flight. It can be operated by the powerful long range remote controller, or simply by your smartphone at shorter range. When controlled by a smartphone, the whole system can be set up and airborne in less than a minute to capture every key moment.

Unparalleled Flight Experience

DJI’s commitment to unparalleled stability, maneuverability and safety is clear in Mavic Pro’s new FlightAutonomy system. FlightAutonomy is the drone’s brain and nervous system, a complex network of hardware and software consisting of five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 powerful computing cores.

FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Mavic Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals. FlightAutonomy provides a significant boost in working range and can cope with complex 3D environments. For navigation and obstacle avoidance, FlightAutonomy provides a superb speed-range envelope to make Mavic Pro self-navigational in various intelligent flight modes, and will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22 mph (36 kph).

An ultra light and aerodynamic airframe, together with DJI’s state-of-the-art propulsion and battery system, enables Mavic Pro to fly for up to 27 minutes. To experience the pure joy of flying, the drone can be switched to Sport Mode, which allows speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 kph), increasing the drone’s agility and responsiveness. Mavic Pro flies smoothly and will remain stable in winds of up to 24 mph (38.5 kph), and uses DJI’s GEO geofencing system to help identify restricted areas, preventing flight in locations that might raise safety or security concerns automatically, and helping pilots make smarter decisions about when and where to fly.

As with all DJI drones, Mavic Pro is set to automatically return to its launch location if it ever loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels. The new Precision Landing feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off. If a pilot lets go of the controls, the drone will simply hover in place.

Advanced Stabilized Camera System

Mavic Pro’s small size is packed with powerful features. DJI’s advanced technology now includes our smallest-ever three-axis gimbal for shake-free photos and video. The autofocus camera features a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m) and can be flipped 90 degrees to portrait mode for vertical selfies and video. Mavic Pro records 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps. Its 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support has been expertly tuned for aerial images. With the help of the high-precision gimbal, you can confidently shoot 2-second-long exposures in the air to get the most jaw-dropping aerial images.

New Remote and Live View Performance

A revolutionary new compact remote controller has been designed to provide a fully ergonomic experience with optimum comfort, and can accommodate a smartphone or control Mavic Pro on its own. Its built-in LCD screen displays essential telemetry data, while dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes ensure a confident flight every single time. The video link system, OcuSync, represents new heights in DJI’s communication technology. It supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p.

The new band management algorithm makes OcuSync more robust in environments with many frequencies in operation. The Mavic Pro is equipped with dual-band WiFi as a secondary link, allowing easy control via your smartphone for close range operation or for quick downloading of content from the drone straight to your device.

Most Intelligent Drone Ever

The powerful systems inside Mavic Pro are easy to use, even for beginners. Using just your phone’s touchscreen, you can use TapFly to direct it to go wherever you want, avoiding obstacles along the way. When you want to take a hands-free selfie, FlightAutonomy makes it possible to control the drone completely with just your gestures.

In Gesture mode, you can use gestures to have Mavic Pro locate you, center you in the frame and take the perfect shot as it’s flashing lights count down to the photo. Sharing your best aerial moments has never been easier with live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI GO app.

An updated version of DJI’s ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats and animals, which then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers. The new Terrain Follow mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m).At the other extreme, the new Tripod Mode is designed for indoor use, slowing and fine-tuning the drone’s position and angle based on controller movement inputs to allowing for precision framing and safe indoor flight.

Immerse Yourself

Mavic Pro also pairs with DJI’s new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view of the world below. With built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller, reducing lag to a minimum – and allowing you to share the in-flight view with a friend.

Specially designed for aerial first-person view (FPV) applications, DJI Goggles allows you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second. You can comfortably wear your glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up.

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Increase in demand means Qatar Airways #A380 is off to Sydney!

Sep 22, 2016

Not every airline is removing the A380 from its fleet. With increased demand for the Sydney route Qatar Airways has begun A380 flights to this great city, the first destination in Australia to be served by the airline’s super-jumbo.

Just six months after Sydney joined the carrier’s global network with the Boeing 777-300 on 1st March 2016, Qatar Airways has seen a steady growth in demand for its service on the route. The 517-seater A380 aircraft increases Qatar Airways’ current daily capacity by 44 per cent on this route to meet the growing travel and trade demand.

Qatar Airways A380 To Sydney

Flagship A380 aircraft increases daily capacity by 44 per cent to cater for robust leisure and business travel demand to and from Sydney – after just six months of operation.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is proud to bring our flagship A380 to the extremely popular Sydney route so soon after the launch.  We are pleased to be in a position to satisfy the demand for travel to this region and allow even more customers to enjoy our award winning service.”

The, 517-seat capacity is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class, featuring world-class amenities and first rate services that set it apart from other aircraft. Passengers travelling from Sydney to London can enjoy the Qatar Airways A380 experience throughout their journey.

The A380 aircraft will feature a luxurious and exclusive First Class Cabin with ultra-wide seats, which automatically recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities from Giorgio Armani. Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class can also enjoy private aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of connectivity options including on-board Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected to while up in the air.

Qatar Airways A380 at Sydney Airport

In addition, passengers in First and Business Class can relax and socialise at the on-board lounge located on the upper deck of the super-jumbo.

Economy Class passengers also benefit with the added spaciousness of the A380, with higher ceilings on the main deck, a wider seat configuration and design to offer more leg room plus contoured headrests.

When transiting through Qatar Airways’ hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, passengers travelling from the UK can enjoy a comfortable and efficient transit. The luxurious and modern airport has more than 40,000 square metres of retail space and restaurants including more than 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, hotel and spa.

Qatar Airways A380 aircraft makes its Australian debut in Sydney

Daily Flight Schedule:
LHR-DOH QR10 Departs: 10:50 Arrives 19:40
DOH-SYD QR908 Departs: 21:40 Arrives: 19:35 (+1)

SYD-DOH QR909 Departs: 22:25 Arrives: 05:05 (+1)
DOH-LHR QR7 Departs: 06:30 Arrives: 12:00

Return fares start from £1,006 in Economy Class Flights To Sydney and £4,239 in Business Class Flights To Sydney.

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New flights to New York from Gatwick and Bristol Airport with WOW Air

Jun 29, 2016

The low-cost airline from Iceland, WOW Air, is to begin flights to New York later this year from Gatwick and Bristol Airport.

From November you will be able to fly from the UK to New York from just £119 one way!

The new service announced today will fly via Reykjavik and offer air travellers an affordable way to travel to the New York City. The flights to Newark Liberty International Airport will begin on the 25th November 2016, operating daily and all year-round.

Fly from Gatwick and Bristol Airport to USA & Canada

WOW Air’s expansion to New York follows the successful launch of transatlantic flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Toronto and Montreal from both London Gatwick and Bristol Airport in May.

Skúli Mogensen, CEO of WOW air, said: “This year has certainly been an eventful one for us already! Having announced new routes to Canada and California plus our two new UK routes, the addition of New York is a reflection of our determination to keeping the momentum going and to continue changing the landscape of transatlantic travel.”

WOW Air fly from Bristol Airport and Gatwick to Newark flights

“We know that New York is a desirable destination for many travellers from the UK and Europe, so it’s exciting to be able to add this vibrant, global city to our portfolio of North American destinations, making it even more accessible to those on a budget.”

The flights from Reykjavik to New York will be operated using WOW air’s fleet of new Airbus A321 Extended Range aircraft. The airline’s Airbus A320 family aircraft will carry passengers from London Gatwick to Reykjavik on the first leg of the journey.

Tickets are available on the WOW Air website from now to book to NEwark from Gatwick and Bristol Airport. If you have flown with WOW Air then tell us about it and tweet us your pictures @Plane_Talking .

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Watch live as Solar Impulse 2 flies around the world @solarimpulse

Jun 23, 2016

Follow the flight of Solar Impulse 2 and its pilots.

Solar Impulse 2 will land today (23.06.2016 ) at Seville Airport, Spain between 6.00 – 7.00am with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, finishing the record-breaking historical first electric, solar zero-emission flight across the Atlantic.

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Qatar Airways arrives in Adelaide in style with their latest A350 aircraft

May 4, 2016

The city of Adelaide has welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The inaugural flight was greeted by a delegation of VIPs including South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Hon. Leon Bignell; Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young; the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AO; and Chief Executive Officer of South Australian Tourism Commission, Mr. Rodney Harrex.

Adelaide is the fourth city in Australia to be served by Qatar Airways, which has been flying to Melbourne since 2009, to Perth since 2012 and to Sydney since March this year.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in Adelaide

The award-winning airline is the first to fly the new-generation Airbus A350 to Australia, with Adelaide joining more than 150 destinations on its route map on board one of the youngest and most modern aircraft in the skies.

The A350 was built first and foremost to provide the ultimate passenger experience with wider seats in both Business and Economy Class, the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft in its class, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED lighting, all working together to enhance the comfort of passengers while reducing fatigue after a long-haul flight.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who was on board the inaugural flight, said: “We are proud to be the first airline to fly the Airbus A350, for which we were the global launch customer, to Australia. Adelaide is an important addition to our route map giving Qatar Airways its fourth gateway into Australia.”

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Mr. Akbar Al Baker on the flight deck of A350

South Australia’s Minister for Tourism Mr. Leon Bignell said international visitors were critical to South Australia’s economic growth and the addition of direct daily flights from Doha to Adelaide was another global vote of confidence in the state.

“Qatar Airways was named ‘2015 Best Airline in the World’ and these direct daily flights will bring in more than AU$41 million into our visitor economy and create 228 jobs across the state,” Mr. Bignell said.

Qatar Airways A350 Landing at Adelaide Airport

Qatar Airways lands Australia's first a350 at Adelaide Airport

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young said the inaugural arrival was excellent news for both the local tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad: “We’re excited to be the first airport in Australia to welcome the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft – one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.”

The new service to Adelaide will also provide 80 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the South Australia hub in the belly hold of the A350, connecting Australia’s leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargo’s global network of more than 150 stations around the world. Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo carrier, already carries more than 450 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne per week.

Qatar Airways A350 pilots

Passengers travelling to or from Adelaide on board the Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in one of its 36 Business Class seats will enjoy one of the most comfortable fully-flat beds in the sky with 80 inches of seat pitch. The 1-2-1 configuration gives every passenger direct access to an aisle and the on-demand à la carte menu service allows Business Class passengers to order anything from the menu at any time during the flight. The aircraft also features the state-of the-art Oryx One entertainment system, with more than 3,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes.

With an average connection time of just 90 minutes via the airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport (HIA), passengers travelling to and from Adelaide can expect a smooth and seamless journey to their final destination via Doha. The contemporary and luxurious airport, which opened in 2014, has more than 40,000 square metres of retail space and restaurants including more than 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, hotel and spa.

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JetBlue take delivery of first Airbus A321 from the American assembly line

Apr 26, 2016

Were you watching yesterday on Periscope as the first ever delivery of an Airbus aircraft from the U.S. Manufacturing Facility took place yesterday? In Mobile, Alabama the entire team of employees from the American assembly line gathered to present their very first completed product, an Airbus A321, to JetBlue. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus, JetBlue senior management, including President and CEO Robin Hayes and a broad collection of dignitaries from the Gulf Coast region.

The First USA Built Airbus – JetBlue A321

Airbus A321 JetBlue preparing for delivery

“I am immensely proud to be here to participate in this first delivery from Mobile,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers.

The JetBlue USA Airbus delivery

“Going from breaking ground on this facility three years ago to handing over the first Alabama-produced A321 today is an amazing accomplishment. It’s a testament to how well executed this project was and how strong the teamwork has been here in Mobile and throughout Airbus. The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has brought together all the best aspects of our other assembly lines around the world, and it shows how Airbus people work hand in hand with our partners to deliver great aircraft to our customers.”

Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group speaking at JetBlue delivery

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million (U.S.) facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant came in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today, a JetBlue A321, successfully had its first flight on March 21st, 2016.

The USA Airbus team at JetBlue Delivery

In addition to the JetBlue A321 delivered today, there are currently nine other A320 Family aircraft in production at the facility. Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

JetBlue Airbus A321In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud to boast that 87 percent of its new employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans.

Demonstrating the adage “The Sun Never Sets on Airbus” – Airbus aircraft are now produced around the clock, 24 hours a day, at facilities in: Mobile, Alabama; Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China.

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Nordic Signature Menus add that little bit extra to Finnair Business Class

Apr 18, 2016

Finnair has been busy adding that Nordic feel to their new Airbus A350 aircraft. These new jets have been fitted out with additional, larger economy seats, touchscreen IFE and the latest in lie-flat Finnair Business Class seats.

It’s not just the colour scheme of the cabin that gives you that Scandinavian feeling when you are onboard, Finnair has also been working with Finnish chefs to provide the best parts of Nordic and international kitchens aboard their flights.

The airline has teamed up with such chefs as Sasu Laukkonen (Restaurant Chef & Sommelier), Jaakko Sorsa and Chinese Signature Chef: Steven Liu to create ‘East meets West’ signature menus to complement Finnair’s long haul routes.

On Finnair Business Class flights from Helsinki the Signature menus have been created to provide the best parts of Nordic cuisine. For flights to Helsinki you’ll find flavours of Asian and American cuisine, combined with Nordic options. For Economy passengers on long haul flights there are also Nordic and Asian meal options available.

Finnair Business Class Signature Menu by Steven LiuFinnair Business Class meal by Steven Liu on Shanghai and Beijing flights

The Finnair ‘food mission’ has been to offer the best parts of Nordic and international kitchen aboard the airline’s flights. For flights departing from Beijing and Shanghai the Signature Menu is by Steven Liu.

Chef Steven Liu has made a remarkable career in Europe and Asia. His food creations have been served at The Dorchester and The Savoy in London as well as the ‘Le Cordon Bleu’ network. Chef Steven has been on various reality shows and was a judge on Master Chef China on Dragon TV.

Finnair Business Class Signature Menu by Sasu Laukkonen

Finnair from Helsinki flights Business Class meal by Sasu Laukkonen, Restaurant Chef and Sommelier

Sasu Laukkonen will bring the best of Nordic cuisine on long haul Business Class flights that depart from Helsinki. His style is pure in taste and close to his Nordic roots. You can also experience his skills at the Michelin star awarded restaurant Chef & Sommelier in Helsinki.

Finnair began its Signature Menu cooperation programme back in 2013 and has worked with top Finnish chefs in creating a series of signature menus for Finnair’s long-haul flights. Last February, Finnair unveiled its latest signature dishes in cooperation with Executive Chef Jaakko Sorsa for the Hong Kong-Helsinki business class service. The partnership was Finnair’s first collaboration with an Asian-based chef as well as the first designed for a specific long-haul route.

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Award-winning London designer joins Match Made in HEL runway fashion show

Apr 14, 2016

Finnair and Helsinki Airport operator Finavia have announced the UK representative who will be taking to the tarmac for their unique fashion show concept. London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu will fly the flag for the UK as Runway 2 of Helsinki Airport is transformed into the ultimate fashion catwalk for the latest Match Made in HEL event on the 24th May.

Six other top designers from China, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Denmark and Finland will present their collections alongside Aksu, showcasing some of the most innovative designs from around the world.

A graduate of the prestigious Central St Martin’s arts college in London, Aksu’s critically-acclaimed debut show at London Fashion Week in 2003 won him the New Generation Award. Even greater success soon followed, with four consecutive New Generation Awards given to Aksu who remains an integral part of the official London Fashion Week schedule.


Aksu collaborates with some of the world’s most recognisable fashion brands, including Nike, Converse and Topshop, while his pioneering designs have graced seven windows at Selfridges department store in London. Hollywood stars Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley are among those who Aksu has dressed for film junkets.

Ahead of the event, Bora Aksu said: “I am very excited to be part of this project and also super excited to be back in Helsinki”.

Match Made in HEL

The designers at the Match Made in HEL eventhailed as European and Asian fashion visionaries, have been hand-picked by Tuomas Laitinen, one of Finland’s most influential fashion trendsetters, with their work representing some of the most interesting and inspiring trends emerging from key fashion hubs. With today’s announcement, Aksu joins Arashi Yanagawa from Japan and Shangguan Zhe of China at the event, with the final four designers to be revealed in the coming weeks.Finnair and Helsinki Airport together offer the smoothest connections between Europe and Asia. Finnair flies to 17 Asian destinations and over 70 European destinations via Helsinki. Helsinki Airport has grown into a major transfer hub for Asia-Europe travel, the airport is designed for smooth and fast transfers. As Finnair expands its Asian traffic, in turn Helsinki Airport will expand to support growing passenger flows. In summer 2016, Finnair will offer 77 weekly flights to Asia from Helsinki Airport.

The Match Made in HEL campaign is a joint campaign by Finnair and Finavia, the operator of Helsinki Airport, and aims to raise awareness of Finnair and Helsinki Airport as the best partners for smooth and fast air connections between Asia and Europe.

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It’s 40 years today since BA Concorde flew its first commercial flight

Jan 21, 2016

It’s time to remind you all again about Concorde! It was a great aircraft and one of it’s pilots has been back to remember the good times. Captain Mike Bannister, British Airways’ former chief Concorde pilot, has returned to Heathrow to inspect the iconic supersonic aircraft, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first commercial flight. Following his walk-around, Captain Bannister declared:

“She’s looking ship-shape and remarkably good 40 years on!  I’m delighted that, parked in her position at the end of runway 27L, millions of customers arriving at and leaving Heathrow continue to have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of the great loves of my life.”

British Airways Captain Mike Bannister and Concorde

British Airways Captain Mike Bannister and Concorde.

Alpha Bravo, one of seven Concordes operated by British Airways, remains in top condition thanks to the efforts of a new generation of engineers who were still at school when Concorde retired in 2003.

British Airways Concordes

These apprentice and graduate engineers have learned how to maintain and protect the airframe of Concorde under the watchful eye of senior engineers and retired Concorde specialists.

Keith Rose, British Airways’ general manager of engineering, who is in charge of the Concorde project, said:  “Working on Concorde not only gives our graduate and apprentice engineers the chance to expand their skills by working on a unique aircraft type, it also allows them to be part of the extraordinary heritage of British Airways, keeping this world-renowned aircraft in excellent showcase condition.”

Concorde’s first commercial British Airways flight took-off from Heathrow on January 21 1976, bound for Bahrain.  From 1976 to 2003, the aircraft’s sleek fuselage and slender delta wing was the silhouette to spot as she climbed out toward or returned from her usual destinations of New York or Barbados.

And there are few better avgeek experiences than enjoying a fried breakfast in the Compass Centre as Concorde roared past during its very impressive take-off.

The seven British Airways Concordes are now displayed around the world, and it is estimated that more than one million people have visited them over the past 12 years.

ritish Airways Concorde flight deck

While the retirement of Concorde was a sad day for all aviation enthusiasts, the aircraft has left a lasting legacy.  Not only can she still be visited, and admired, but the many advances that first allowed Concorde to fly have since found their way onto today’s aircraft.  For example, composite materials akin to those found on Concorde are now used to improve efficiency of aircraft such as the modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner; and high-pressure hydraulics, designed for Concorde have been adapted for use in the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380.

Concorde Facts and Stats

  • Concorde was a joint undertaking by the British and French governments; she was designed and built jointly by the British Aircraft Corporation and Aerospatiale
  • Concorde successfully completed her first supersonic flight on 1 October, 1969 – although the first commercial flights by British Airways to Bahrain and Air France to Rio de Janeiro via Dakar – took place on 21 January 1976
  • Concorde still holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a civil aircraft (New York to London in two hours 52 minutes, 59 seconds)
  • She flew up to 11 miles high at the edge of space in the layers between the stratosphere and the ionosphere where the curvature of the earth could be seen (see photo taken by Captain Mike Bannister from the flight deck that shows this curve).

Photo taken by Captain Mike Bannister from the Concorde flight deck that shows the curve of the Earth

  • Due to the intense heat of the airframe, Concorde could stretch anywhere from six to 10 inches during flight.  Every surface, even the windows, was warm to the touch by the end of the flight.
  • As well as passengers, Concorde was sometimes used to transport human organs, diamonds and currency.
  • The menu on British Airways’ first commercial flight included:  Champagne Dom Perignon 1969, caviar and lobster canapes, grilled fillet steak, palm heart salad with Roquefort dressing and fresh strawberries with double cream. Customers were also offered Havana cigars.
  • James Callaghan was the first British premier to go supersonic when he went to see President Carter in Washington to negotiate landing rights for the aircraft in the US.

British Airways Concorde taking off

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Travelport showcases new Travel Commerce Platform

Oct 26, 2015

Travelport has rounded off an 18-month branding project by launching a new high-end B2B commercial entitled ‘We’re There’. The video portrays how Travelport is redefining travel commerce through innovative technology solutions, while conveying how every single second, everywhere in the world where travel is searched, shared, bought or sold, Travelport is there. The film ends by revealing that every journey, itinerary and location shot in the ad, and those undertaken by the crew that made it, were searched, booked and paid for on Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform.

Established in 1971, Travelport now has 400+ of the world’s leading network airlines and low-cost carriers, 650,000+ unique hotel properties, 35,000 car rental companies, 12 major rail networks and 67,000+ travel agencies at their disposal whilst also providing distribution, technology, payment and other services for the $8 trillion global travel and tourism industry through 3 succinct strategies:

  • Connect, Share and Promote
  • Search, Sell and Pay
  • Partner, Build and Innovate

The combined value of these strategies is that we’re there for a huge variety of businesses that connect on our Travel Commerce Platform.

Gordon Nardini, Senior Director, Marketing at Travelport commented: “Our ‘We’re There’ commercial not only helps us explain the value that our platform brings to the travel industry, but also the very human side of our business, which is about helping people to get wherever they need to be all around the world, for a huge range of reasons. The film shows how we help the travel industry and the world’s travellers in so many different ways.”


Penni Hardy, Senior Manager, Global Brand, Travelport added : “Travelport believes passionately in getting the best brains together, and this commercial has been a creative collaboration between the brand teams in Langley and Atlanta, the team at Purple Creative and Connected Pictures. Everyone who has been involved has made their mark and we’re very proud of not only the final film, but also the way we have all worked together to make it happen.”

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