Friday, March 31st, 2023

Our Most Notable Stories This Week

Hello and welcome to Simple Flying’s 101st ‘Sunday Reads’ weekly digest! After another interesting and varied week in the commercial aviation industry, let’s round off by looking back at some of our top stories from the last seven days.

A Growing Market: Boeing To Sell 78 Aircraft To Saudi Carriers

Boeing has confirmed that it has secured a significant order from Saudi Arabia, worth almost $37 billion. The country’s Public Investment Fund had been keen to push through the purchase of 78 Boeing 787s, which also includes the option of a further 43 aircraft. You can find out more about this landmark agreement here.


2023 Will See Ryanair’s Largest-Ever Summer Schedule From Its Dublin Base

Ireland’s Dublin Airport (DUB) has enjoyed a strong start to the year, with its passenger numbers last month exceeding pre-pandemic levels to the extent that it experienced its busiest-ever February. The facility also looks set to enjoy a busy summer, with a record-breaking schedule from Ryanair playing a key role in this.

Ryanair Boeing 737 Dublin2 SpiceJet Pilots Grounded After Cockpit Coffee Outrage

Food and beverage consumption in the cockpit must follow specific rules that aim to safeguard safety. Pilots not following these rules might face harsh punishment, including being suspended, as was the case with two pilots of the Indian carrier SpiceJet. You can find out more about this interesting incident in our article here.

SpiceJet B737 JetBlue And Shell Sign Agreement For More SAF At LAX

JetBlue Airways announced on Tuesday that it would partner with Shell Aviation to bring an additional supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The airline said it expects delivery of the fuel in the first half of this year, with JetBlue handling 10,000,000 gallons of blended SAF at LAX over the next two years. You can learn more about this arrangement here.

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-271NX N2043J 2

 Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

airBaltic Experiences 86% Year-On-Year Growth In February Passenger Numbers

Yesterday, airBaltic shared some of the key facts and figures pertaining to its passenger operations in the month of February 2023. The month was a busy one for the carrier, especially compared to the same time last year. Indeed, its passenger numbers this time around were almost twice as high as back in February 2022.

Airbus A220-300 airBaltic

Photo: Airbus

Airport Of The Month: Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport

Continuing our brand-new feature for 2023, Simple Flying is delighted to reveal our nominated airport for March. Each month, we will celebrate an airport that has gone above and beyond in providing exceptional passenger experience and is investing to make our time spent in transit even better in the future.

LAS apron and strip

Photo: Harry Reid International Airport

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