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Flight path of EK231 flying at just 175 over the neighborhood next to Dubai airport
Understanding EK231 and its close call in Dubai

The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower joins Jason and Ian on the first AvTalk podcast of the year to explain what we know about Emirates flight EK231’s close call in Dubai when the fully loaded 777 failed to gain height as it departed, passing just a few hundred feet over buildings near the airport.
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"Island-hopping on the ATR 72 | A Binter Canarias Adventure" overlaid on a photo of a Binter Canarias ATR 72
Island-hopping on Binter Canarias

We’re island-hopping on the ATR 72 between Tenerife North and El Hierro. We start before dawn in Tenerife North and enjoy two flights on the ATR and stunning scenery along the way. 
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All new Flightradar24 supplied ADS-B receivers activated in 2021
New receivers on 7 continents in 2021

We activated more than 500 new Flightradar24-supplied receiver kits across all seven continents in 2021. Combined with home-built receivers, the Flightradar24 network grew to over 30,000 receivers last year.  
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2021 Flight Tracking Stats
 

Total flights tracked: 63,284,111
(⬆️ 27.8% from 2020, ⬇️ 8.3% from 2019)

 

Commercial flights tracked: 30,399,973
(⬆️ 24.7% from 2020, ⬇️ 27.6% from 2019)

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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
First Iraqi Airways A220
Iraqi Airways takes its first A220

Iraqi Airways is bringing its first A220 home from Canada. The aircraft made a technical stop in Manchester and will continue home shortly. Unfortunately YI-ARE is broadcasting the ICAO 24-bit address associated with YI-ARF (the second Iraqi Airways A220). We hope this error will be corrected by the airline.
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A Qantas 787
Qantas restarts regular Sydney-Johannesburg flights

Qantas restarted regular Sydney-Johannesburg flights this week, using the 787-9. Prior to the pandemic, Qantas operated the route with the 747. And it was a stricken 747 in Johannesburg that forced Qantas to carry an extra engine under the wing of a second 747 in 2016.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines 777 in Riyadh 2021 livery
Riyadh Season 2021

Saudi Arabian Airlines continues to roll out special liveries with HZ-ARB now wearing a “Riaydh Season 2021” special scheme.
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
United 737
A United 737 departing Vail-Eagle County Airport.
UPS 747-8
A UPS 747-8 touching down in Cologne.
Air Caraïbes A350
An Air Caraïbes A350 landing in Paris.
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Boeing gets a win

Ultra low cost carrier, and current all-Airbus operator, Allegiant Air has placed a big order for Boeing’s 737 MAX. Find out why on this week’s episode.
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