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This week in aviation news: Emirates' new plane designs help raise awareness of poaching; first-class American Airlines passengers notice something off with their warmed mixed nuts; the first commercial flights to St Helena are expected to begin; Ethiopian Airlines announces all-female functioned flight; and more details are released on Qantas tailstrike.

Two planes painted with wildlife are helping raise awareness about the impact of poaching.

Two planes painted with wildlife are helping raise awareness about the impact of poaching.
Image by Emirates Airlines Twitter

Themed planes have really taken off this year, and the latest addition to the skies is Emirates’ animal-themed A380s.

The jets are sporting special livery in support of United for Wildlife, an organisation that combines efforts of wildlife charities that fight against the illegal wildlife trade. The planes show some of the animals that are threatened, including tigers, lions and elephants.

According to an Emirates’ news release, the company believes the transport industry can help break their role in the supply change of illegal wildlife trading.

Watch a timelapse video of the planes getting their new designs here.

Mixed nuts and champagne on American Airlines.

Mixed nuts and champagne on American Airlines. Image by Darren Foreman / CC BY 2.0

While many travellers are focused on trying to find some small comfort on a cramped airplane, some first-class customers on American Airlines are concerned about the make-up of their warmed mixed nuts.

According to the Dallas News aviation blog, some customers noted on the carrier’s flights for first-class and international-business class had more cashews than normal.

Apparently, the airline confirmed that the number of cashews was increased due to higher prices for almonds, which have seen a rise in price following drought in California where they are grown.

According to the American Airlines website, premium-cabin passengers receive warmed mixed nuts and other snacks on flights between 2 and 2:30 hours. Flights between 2:30 and 3:30 hours start with warmed mixed nuts, a three-course meal and a warm cookie for dessert.

St Helena.

St Helena. Image by David Stanley / CC BY 2.0

Tickets for the first commercial flight to St Helena are expected to go on sale by the end of this month, says the CEO of Comair.

The airline is just waiting on final certification of the remote Atlantic island’s new airport. The inaugural flight is scheduled for mid to late February.

Read more here.

Historic flight for Ethiopian Airlines.

Historic flight for Ethiopian Airlines. Image by BriYYZ / CC BY-SA 2.0

Ethiopian Airlines announced that its Addis AbabaBangkok service on 19 November will be an all-women functioned flight.

All of the flight deck and cabin crew be made up of women, and also the ground flight preparation staff, include  airport operations, flight dispatch, load controlling, on-board logistics, air traffic control, ticketing and aviation safety and security.

Read more here.

Qantas squeezes in six extra seats on its 737 planes

Qantas airline.  Image by Kentaro IEMOTO / CC BY-SA 2.0

More details of a tailstrike that occurred when two Qantas pilots put the wrong data into their iPads have been released.

The incident happened during take off on a flight from Sydney on August 1 last year. Investigations found the incident, which happens when the rear of the plane contacts the ground during take off, was caused by an incorrect weight calculation entered into the pilots’ iPads. Before taking off, they can calculated the weight of the plane - but believed it was 10 tonnes lighter than it really was.

Read more here.

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