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Global drop in air traffic graph
Global traffic drop
Commercial air traffic in February is down 4.4% versus last year as flight restrictions and cancellations related to the coronavirus spread. Outside China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy have all seen air connections decrease. For comparison, global commercial traffic rose 5.8% in January 2020 versus 2019.
See the latest data for China and other affected countries
The Air New Zealand Skynest concept
Rest in the Skynest
Air New Zealand unveiled a way to make your economy seat on ultra-long haul flights a little less terrible. The Skynest concept will allow passengers in the back of the plane to book time in a bed. Will it actually make it on to Air New Zealand aircraft? We discuss in this week’s AvTalk podcast.
Learn more about the Skynest on AvTalk
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Court ruling puts a wrench in Heathrow expansion plans
The UK’s court of appeal ruled the proposed third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport unlawful because the proposal did not account for the UK government’s climate change commitments. While the proposal is not dead, it must now be amended if plans are to move forward.
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Japan Airlines’ fish drone
Japan Airlines trials a fish drone
Japan Airlines successfully delivered fresh fish from Kamigoto airport to the city of Saikai and then onward to Tokyo aboard a 737 for same-day delivery.
See how they made the fish drone work
FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Vistara’s first 787
Vistara bringing first 787 home
Vistara is taking delivery of its first 787 and the first 787-9 for an Indian carrier. Follow it home today. 
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Aeroflot’s first A350
Aeroflot takes delivery of its first A350
Aeroflot has taken delivery of its first A350. The airline has 14 on order.
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Lufthansa 747 departing Chicago
Lufthansa’s 747-8I in retro jet livery departing Chicago.
EVA Air A330 landing in Taipei
An EVA Air A330 landing in Taipei.
Qantas 747 reflecting in a puddle in Sydney
A Qantas 747 reflecting on a wet ramp in Sydney.
AVIATION HISTORY
LX40 flight path
How do you change an engine in northern Canada in February?
In February 2017, a Swiss 777 suffered an engine failure and diverted to Iqaluit in northern Canada. Changing out one of the world’s largest aircraft engine in -30℃ temperatures is no small feat. Here’s how Swiss got their 77 back in the air.
See how Swiss got their 777 back in the air
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What’s a zombie airline?
We take a look at some of the new airlines coming to market and some of the undead that keep hanging on.
Listen to Episode 78
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