Meridiana MD-82 I-SMEL will be preserved at Volandia Museum

Yesterday 14th November, Meridiana MD-82 I-SMEL was ferried to Milan Malpensa to be preserved at Volandia Museum – Flight IG7031 Olbia-Milan was the last one after 32 years and 56,000 hours of service

McDonnell Douglas MD-82 – Milan Malpensa, September 2015

Meridiana MD-82 I-SMEL (cn 49247/1151) landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, September 2015 – The aircraft in the picture was the first of this type to be delivered to Alisarda (then Meridiana) in 1984 – © MXPhotos

Volandia Museum is located next to Milan Malpensa Airport; the Park and Museum area has several zones, both indoor and outdoor, such as flight simulators, planetarium, aircraft models, Ogliari Museum (collection of ground transport), Piazzai models (exhibition of the Piazzai Collection, with over 1200 models that illustrate the history of world aviation, from the pioneers to space conquest), library, movies, bar, restaurant and a Volandia Store.


Lufthansa completed Boeing 737s phase-out

Yesterday 29th October, Lufthansa completed the retirement of its last remaining Boeing 737s – The airline was the B737 launch operator in 1968 – The replacement is part of a fleet simplification to reduce the number of aircraft types across Lufthansa Group

The following images are a selection of Lufthansa B737s pictures from 2005 to 2015


Lufthansa Boeing 737-300 D-ABEC (cn 25149/2081) “Karlsruhe” landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, May 2005 – © MXPhotos


Lufthansa Boeing 737-500 D-ABJI (cn 25358/2151) “Siegburg” taxiing to its stand at Zurich Kloten, June 2005 – © MXPhotos


Lufthansa Boeing 737-300 D-ABXL (cn 23531/1307) “Neuss” taxiing to runway 17R at Milan Malpensa, January 2007 – © MXPhotos


Lufthansa Boeing 737-500 D-ABIW (cn 24945/2063) “Bad Nauheim” landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, July 2007 – © MXPhotos


Lufthansa Boeing 737-300 D-ABXP (cn 23874/1495) “Fulda” landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, July 2007 – © MXPhotos


Lufthansa Boeing 737-500 D-ABIF (cn 24820/1985) “Landau” slowing down on runway 36 at Turin Caselle, April 2015 – © MXPhotos

The Boeing 737 is a short to medium range single aisle aircraft. From 10th February 1968, 155 B737s both Original version and Classic version have been in the Lufthansa fleet.
The retirement is part of a larger strategy that has the Lufthansa Group replacing their aging aircraft. The introduction of new and far more efficient Airbus single aisle aircraft will improve the flight experience on short and medium haul routes.
SWISS and Austrian Airlines are also retiring some of their older aircraft including the Fokker family by Austrian Airlines and the Avro Regional Jet by SWISS.


Goodbye Jumbolino, SWISS Avro RJ100 “Shopping Paradise Zurich Airport” last flight

Last Tuesday 4th October, SWISS Avro RJ100 “Shopping Paradise Zurich Airport” took off for the last time in the airline’s colourful livery from Zurich Airport – The aircraft was ferried to Norwich on return to the lessor

BAE Systems Avro 146-RJ100 – Milan Malpensa, April 2007

SWISS Avro RJ100 HB-IYS (cn E3381) “Shopping Paradise Zurich Airport” in her heyday on short final to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, April 2007 – © MXPhotos

SWISS’ fleet of Avro RJ100s will be replaced by Bombardier C Series CS100 due to the type’s growing maintenance costs.


LATAM Airlines launches São Paulo-Milan Malpensa route, the first Airbus A350 commercial service to Italy

Last 21st September, LATAM Airlines inaugurated a daily flight São Paulo-Milan Malpensa – The service, operated by LATAM Brasil with a 339-seater Airbus A350-900, has replaced the flight Santiago de Chile-São Paulo-Milan Malpensa operated by LATAM Chile

Airbus A350-900 – Milan Malpensa, September 2016

LATAM Airlines Airbus A350-900 PR-XTD (cn 045) on short final to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa – © MXPhotos


Air China Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, “Welcome on Board” event at Rome Fiumicino

Air China - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - © Jason Xu

From 1st August, the daily service Beijing-Rome is operated with the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Last Tuesday 20th September, Air China and ADR Aeroporti di Roma presented to the media the airline’s 293-seater B787-9 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the aircraft that has recently revolutionised the global air transport. The industry-leading technology of the B787 Dreamliner is creating remarkable opportunities for airlines around the world and dramatically improving the air travel experience. The B787’s unparalleled fuel efficiency and range flexibility (less fuel consumption as compared to similar aircraft, lower CO2 emission) enables carriers to profitably open new routes as well as optimize fleet and network performance.

Cabin layout

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the B787 family mid-sized jetliner; the fuselage measures 63 m from nose to tail; and the fuselage cross-section is 5,49 m wide. Air China B787-9 Dreamliner features 293 seats in a 3-class configuration: 30 Business Class seats, 34 Premium Economy Class seats and 229 Economy Class seats.

Business Class

The Business Class cabin has 30 fully-flat seats (60″ pitch, 21″ width) in a 2-2-2 layout. Each seat has a 15,6″ HD touch screen with IFE remote in the side of the seat, privacy screen, in-seat power and double USB connectors, personal reading light and mood lighting.

Air China - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Business Class Seats

Business Class seats – © MXPhotos

Air China - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Business Class Seats (Each seat can be turned into a 6’6” [198 cm] long full-flat bed)

Each Business Class seat can be turned into a 6’6” (198 cm) long full-flat bed – © MXPhotos

Economy Class – Premium Economy Class

The Economy Class cabin has 229 standard seats (34″ pitch, 18″ width) in a 3-3-3 layout and the Premium Economy cabin has 34 recliner seats (38″ pitch, 19,3″ width) in a 3-3-3 layout; each seat has an individual 11″ HD touch screen, shared power outlets in between seats and mood lighting.

Air China - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Economy Class Seats

Economy Class seats – © MXPhotos

All seats are outfitted with the world’s most state-of-the-art AVOD entertainment systems that offers 12 music channels and 8 classic movies in both Chinese and English.

Flight deck

The flight deck of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner introduces new technologies to help pilots work more efficiently and safely while maintaining significant operational commonality with previous generations of Boeing airplanes. Operational commonality is the similarity between airplanes in operating procedures, checklists, and flight crew interfaces. Commonality simplifies training and can decrease airline operating costs. To achieve operational commonality with the B777, the Boeing team worked to ensure the new airplane would in many ways “feel” like a B777, while implementing new capabilities and simplifying the flight deck.

Air China - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Flight Deck of B787-9 Dreamliner B-7878 (cn 34306/433) – The crew during the briefing before the flight back to Beijing – © MXPhotos


MXPhotos would like to thank Air China Italy and ADR Aeroporti di Roma for their cooperation – Cover photo © Jason Xu