In the December edition of Airliner World, we join Virgin Atlantic for a demonstration flight with a difference and take an exclusive look at the innovative ethanol-derived ‘drop-in’ jet fuel being developed in partnership with biotech firm LanzaTech. We also talk to the key players behind Emirates’ arrival into Edinburgh, a route that’s been a decade in the making, and we find out how the arrival of its first Embraer E190-E2s hasn’t been the only major development at Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe in recent months.
Elsewhere in this issue, we profile Tajik flag carrier Somon Air, which is providing a vital lifeline to Dushanbe, the capital of a landlocked nation in an often-forgotten corner of Central Asia, while Virgin Australia pilot Mark Sandford recalls his journey from dentist to Boeing 737 captain. We also head to Seattle’s Lake Union to look at Kenmore Air’s seaplane operations, we go on board one of KrasAvia’s eye-catching Yak-42s for an unusual service from Siberia to Sochi, and we shine the spotlight on Canada’s de Havilland Comet 1s, a small fleet that endured mixed fortunes.
Finally, we bring you our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including a full report from the ERA General Assembly in Edinburgh, plus Embraer launches its ‘market disruptor’, Air Tahiti Nui receives its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Gatwick eyes a second runway. We also have all our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training and MROs, and we give you the chance to win one of five limited edition Emirates Airbus A380 prints.