January flight activity
RED Airlines aircraft completed seventy-eight flights in January 2020, our most significant level of activity for a very long time. Seven different pilots contributed to this total, covering 122292 virtual miles.
These impressive statistics were bolstered to a large extent by Henry Cremonini's decision to fly RED-163, the B377 Stratocruiser, around the world. Apart from landing at over thirty airports, Henry also pushed the Stratocruiser to be number 32 in FSAs January statistics category of most flown aircraft.
The contribution by Matthew Allen to our January total is also worth a mention. Matthew completed his own round the world trip in a new Airbus A333. Of course, Matthew completed his flight more quickly and with fewer stops, but a worthy effort none-the-less.
Thanks to all our pilots and congratulations to Henry for taking out the January Pilot of the Month Award.
Your attention is drawn to work currently underway to release RED livery for our existing Boeing Dreamliner fleet. Painiting aircraft is not as easy as it may sound. At times colour and shading needs to be added pixel by pixel. Door outlines need to be created and there are intracasies associated with landing gear and windows. Rob, one of RED's founders and creator of the impressive 747 -8i livery amongst others, has dusted off the paint brushes and gone back to work. We are very fortunate to still have access to his skill set.
There is a lot of behind the scenes work in keeping a virtual airline alive. It is very welcome when even a small task can be shared. Can I acknowledge the work being undertaken by Sam Mehlert. with Discord. Sam has very kindly volunteered to overhaul our previously primative use of Discord and to be the administrator (go to person) for using that utility. As our pilot numbers and flight activty grows, Discord offers both voice and text chat. More to follow on this.
On 7 February 1946, the Lockheed Constellation "Star of Paris" arrived in Paris from New York, marking the beginning of TWA's first regular transatlantic service. : Lockheed Constellation in flight (via Lockheed Martin)
Info thanks to Don Grace
The final journey
Assigned the flight number QF99, the aircraft took off from Sydney at 19:50 on the 9th of February for its 13-hour journey over the Pacific Ocean. Crossing the international dateline, it arrived in Los Angeles the same day, at 13:5, according to FlightRadar24.
Pilot Bonus Award
The top three pilots by flight! According to the monthly flight report will have
Month : January
flights : 42
Miles : 49,890
Score : 2,095,380