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Also, In the Skies: 10 Hot Aviation Happenings in Week 47

Hot happenings in the skies this week included an amazing take-off, and a bit of a mystery.

This weekly post is my ‘round tuit’. Included are stories which caught my eye and others which I couldn’t cover in-depth during the week, but thought Flight Chic readers would want to know about.

1. This week was Thanksgiving in the US. Those who were in Toulouse on Thursday were thankful to have a unique opportunity to watch history happen as the first A350-1000 enjoyed a flawless take-off.

I was heartbroken over a last-minute fail on my video of the take-off, but Alex Macheras and Rupa Haria each got a great shot.

And at least I got a whole video of the post-flight debriefing.

And the sun came out to celebrate.

If you’re keen to read a little Danish, you can find my story about the A350-1000 on

(I read, but don’t write in Danish and I’m very grateful for colleagues at for their translation.)

2. The extended Lufthansa pilots strike causes massive disruptions, but the airline did its best to keep customers informed and find alternatives.

3. Great article on the design process BA’s First Class suites.

4. Airlines embrace digital disruption.

5. FAA shares its views on the ‘Uber-ization’ of aviation.

6. Finnair’s new A350 lay-out.

7. Ryanair broke up with Momondo and things are just getting awkward with OTAs now.

8. Establishing a messaging standard for all airines to use is key to fewer lost bags. SITA is all over that.

9. In an interesting twist, Dubai’s ‘drone-hunter’ aircraft is itself a drone (UAV).

10. A bit of mystery in the air. What’s your theory on Cooper?

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