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On the Radar turns 100!

This week marks our 100th On the Radar email and we want to thank everyone for subscribing and reading each week. We hope you find the contents interesting and valuable. If there are features you would like to see added or more of a particular type of story or any suggestions, please get in touch. Happy tracking!
Final flight path for A6-EDB
Emirates retires first A380

Emirates sent its first A380 to Tarbes for retirement this week. The 12 year old A380 was one of the first to join the Emirates fleet. This particular aircraft was scheduled to retire pre-COVID, but others could soon be joining A6-EDB in France.
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Montreal to Athens on the A321neoLR
Air Transat stretches the wings of its A321LR

The Canadian carrier performed the longest A321LR flight so far with non-stop service from Montreal to Athens. The flight returned to Montreal via Paris.
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An E195 wet-leased by Bamboo Airways from LOT
What in the world is a wet lease?

When airlines need to quickly add aircraft to their fleet or need a replacement aircraft, they often turn to wet-leasing. But what exactly is a wet lease? And does that mean there are dry leases?  
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747 touching down
What makes the 747 so special?

We chat with a former 747 pilot to get one perspective on why  the Queen of the Skies holds such a special place in so many hearts.
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Delta 777
Delta Air Lines will operate its final 777 flights today and tomorrow

After the onset of COVID, Delta announced it would accelerate the retirement of its 777 fleet and the final two flights will take place this week. N703DN will fly from Atlanta to Los Angeles on Friday and N701DN will follow from New York to LAX on Saturday. The aircraft will depart on their final flight to Victorville shortly after their arrival in Los Angeles.
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Kuwait Airways A330-800neo
Kuwait Airways takes delivery of first A330neos

Kuwait Airways took delivery of its first two A330neos this week. The two aircraft are also the first of the smaller A330-800 variant to go home with a customer.
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NASA’s Super Guppy
NASA’s Super Guppy landing in Mountain View.
United Airlines Star Wars 737
United Airline’s special Star Wars livery 737 departing Tampa.
Avianca jet and Colombia police BT-67
A Colombia National Police BT-67 and Avianca jet stacked in Medellín.
Lion Air 737 MAX PK-LQP
This week marks two years since the crash of Lion Air flight 610

Lion Air 610 was the first of two deadly crashes that led to the worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX fleet and a years’ long effort to modify the aircraft’s systems.
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