Have you ever wandered how a 14,000 pound rolls Royce engine gets transported to other countries?
Qantas demonstrates here in a recent flight from Sydney to Johannesburg where another aircraft suffered mechanical faults and required a replacement engine. This giant Boeing 747 saved the day…. By strapping an extra engine to its left wing!!!!
The engine was non operational during flight and the flight nipped to Perth WA en route to refuel due to the extra weight and drag caused.
A passenger on the flight snapped this photo…
Still, I’m not sure how comfortable I would be with that much uneven weight! Would you get on that plane?
Charter airline, Thomas Cook has just announced a fabulous new route to add to their collection of long haul destinations including the likes of Cuba, Mexico and Goa.
As of December 2016, they will now be operating a direct flight from London Gatwick to Cape Town 3 days a week with economy and premium cabins available. Ticket prices will start at just £699 which is definitely at least comparable with its schedule airline rivals. They are using a brand new Airbus A330 and have invested millions into their new fleet.
This is fantastic news for South African tourism. Cape Town is stunning and has much to offer the most discerning of travellers including table mountain and the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. The garden route nearby offers stunning and tasty wine regions, too.