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A Joon A340 landing in Paris

Air France will shutter its rooftop bar

Air France has announced the personal assistant and fashion brand that’s ‘also an airline’ will be reabsorbed into its ‘big sister’ airline. We’ve talked about Joon’s unique and confusing place in the Air France family on AvTalk previously. We've also made it easy to track the Joon fleet before it disappears.

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The Southwest Herb Kelleher 737

Southwest Airlines founder and aviation pioneer passes away
Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines and aviation industry pioneer who paved the way for low-cost airlines around the world, passed away last week at 87. The airline established Honoring Herb as a tribute and you can follow the special livery ‘Herbert D. Kelleher’ 737 as well.

Flights wait to depart London Heathrow after a drone sighting halted departures

Departures held for an hour after Heathrow drone sighting

A drone sighting at London’s Heathrow Airport led to a halt in departures for about an hour on Tuesday evening. Arrival traffic was not affected. This comes weeks after drone sightings closed London’s Gatwick airport for much of a three day period.
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A record year for flight tracking
In 2018, we tracked 63,136,442 flights, over 4 million more than the previous year. The single busiest day was 19 July with 209,752 flights tracked. We’re hoping to track even more flights in 2019!
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The GE Aviation 747 carrying the GE9X engine
Testing the GE9X
GE Aviation’s 747 is currently being used to test the GE9X, the world’s largest aircraft engine, which will debut on the Boeing 777X.
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A PlusUltra A340, the 4 millionth photo in the JetPhotos catalog
Aviation Photo of the Week
On 30 December, this photo of a Plus Ultra A340 by Javier de la Cruz became the 4 millionth photo added to the JetPhotos catalog. See some of the best photos from 2018
All Flightradar24 supplied ADS-B receivers activated in 2018
Expanding ADS-B and MLAT coverage
We’re continually sending out complete ADS-B receiver kits to new hosts around the world. See where we activated new Flightradar24 supplied receivers in 2018 and how you can join the map in 2019.
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What just happened!?
We look back at 2018 to figure out what happened in aviation—the good, the bad, and the weird—and where we go from here.
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