Aviation News. 05.2018

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12 Aviation News incorporating Jets May 2018

Edinburgh’s Secondary Runway Closes
The secondary 12/30 runway at Edinburgh
Airport was closed on March 30 and is
to be redeveloped as part of a major
renovation project. Runway 12/30 was
used regularly until the new, longer 06/
opened in 1977.
Two RAF veterans attended the closure
ceremony – Dr Hamish MacLeod and Wg
Cdr George Robertson (Ret’d) learned to
 y at Edinburgh Airport between the late
1950s and early 1960s, when it was known

as RAF Turnhouse. Both said they were
sad to see the runway go, but understood
the need for the area to be redeveloped.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of
Edinburgh Airport, said: “We have a proud
history here and the 12/30 runway holds a
lot of special memories for many people.
It’s only right that we mark this special
“It was a key military base where people
showed the utmost bravery and even

paid the ultimate sacri ce. Friendships
were created, bonds were formed – most
of which would last a lifetime – and they
remember our campus fondly.
“As time has gone on and technology
has advanced, the 12/30 runway has
moved out of regular operation, but the
part it has played in our history has never
been forgotten. Its past will always be
remembered and it has an exciting future
ahead of it.”

Brussels Airlines Airbus A320 OO-SND has
gained a spectacular new livery celebrating
The Smurfs, as part of the company’s Belgian
Icon contest. The livery was designed by

Italian Marta Mascellani and was chosen by
the public. The Airbus, which has been named

Aerosmurf, was officially unveiled on March 24.
Another four Belgian Icons have been chosen

  • Rackham (Tintin), Magritte, Trident (Red
    Devils) and Amare (Tomorrowland).

Airbus A320 OO-SND showing off its new livery
at Manchester on March 28. Ashley French

‘Aerosmurf’ A

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its  rst 787-
10, the newest and largest variant of Boeing’s
Dreamliner family, on March 25. About 3,
people marked the milestone at Boeing’s
facility in North Charleston, South Carolina,
where the latest 787 model is manufactured.
Like the other 787 Dreamliners, the
787-10 is designed with strong, lightweight
composites and advanced systems.
However, the 787-10 features a longer
fuselage that allows it to carry about 40
more passengers or a total of 330 seats in a
standard two-class con guration.
Mr Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive
Officer of Singapore Airlines, the 787-

launch customer, said: “It is an honour for us
to be the world’s  rst airline to take delivery
of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is a
magni cent piece of engineering and truly a
work of art. It will be an important element
in our overall growth strategy, enabling
us to expand our network and strengthen
our operations.” Goh added: “The 787-
underscores Singapore Airlines’ longstanding
commitment to operate a modern  eet and
marks the start of a new chapter in our
shared story with Boeing.”

Singapore Airlines – through its
subsidiary Scoot – already  ies the 787-
8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. With 787-10’s
delivery, the group will be the  rst to operate
all three Dreamliner models. Singapore
Airlines has 68 additional Boeing widebody
jets on order, including 48 additional 787-10s
and 20 of the new 777-9s.
Singapore Airlines plans to put its 787-
10s into scheduled service in May, with
 ights from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and
Perth, Australia. Prior to the introduction of
these services, the aircraft will be operated
on selected  ights to Bangkok and Kuala
Lumpur for crew training purposes.

Boeing and Singapore Airlines marked the
delivery of the carrier’s  rst 787-10 on March

  1. Joshua Drake photo/PRNewsfoto/Boeing

First 787-10 Handed Over

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