Top 7 viral aviation news stories of 2017

December 21, 2017 in News for Candidates, News for Clients

Top 7 viral aviation news stories of 2017

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With so many viral aviation news stories hitting the headlines in 2017, we thought we’d take this opportunity to bring you our top seven.

Some of these stories will make your jaw drop, others might make you laugh, or even shed a tear. One thing’s for sure – aviation is an industry with a buzz unlike any other.

At AeroProfessional, we keep up-to-date with all things aviation to optimise our recruitment processes around the latest industry trends. This ensures you get maximum possible value whenever you partner with AeroProfessional.

This year’s biggest viral aviation news stories included…

Without further ado, let’s look at the top viral aviation news stories of 2017:

1) Boeing’s Dreamliner doodle

What would you do to liven up an 18-hour test-flight?

Well, the crew of a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner used this opportunity to trace the outline of its own plane back in August. Covering 16,000 miles of US and Canadian airspace, those paying close attention to flight-tracking apps were given a one-off treat!

2) British Airways’ charitable endeavour

British Airways (BA) gave Londoner, Joe Dowd, the star treatment following his miraculous recovery from a brain aneurysm. Previously an avid flyer, Joe has been grounded since 2014.

To celebrate his recovery, BA took him to the airport in a Rolls Royce for a classy flight to Dublin to visit family, featuring a tour of the flight deck, heart-warming messages from friends and family, and much more.

The trip ended with BA gifting Joe two Club World business class tickets to Sydney, Australia. Here, he’ll be reunited with more far-flung family members.

3) Unintentional private charter

Karen Grieve paid just £46 for her flight from Glasgow to Crete, in October.

Little did she know she’d end up being the only passenger on the last flight of the season. Jet2 gave her a truly VIP experience. The pilot came out for a chat, and she was even treated to personalised in-flight commentary from the cockpit.

4) Hawks take flight

Oh, how the other half live… A Saudi prince took the somewhat indulgent step of purchasing plane tickets for 80 hawks in January. The pilot shared a slightly bizarre image, which was subsequently uploaded to Reddit.

5) Anniversary in the family

Thomas Cook first officer, Joe Woollings, surprised his parents as they were jetting off on holiday after he entered the cabin to make a special announcement.

Coincidentally, the day also marked the third anniversary of his first ever flight. In an emotional video, Woollings can be seen making the announcement and embracing his dear mother.

6) NBA team has lucky escape

Oklahoma City Thunder players were left baffled as they departed their flight to Chicago and saw a huge dent in the nosecone of their aircraft.

Whatever the plane hit could only have happened tens of thousands of feet up. We have yet to solve the mystery, though Delta Airlines has put it down to a bird strike.

7) This jet is automatic… It’s systematic…

If you’ve ever wanted to board John Travolta’s famous Boeing 707, now is your chance.

Fans were ecstatic to learn, in May, that Travolta has decided to donate this legendary aircraft – in classic Qantas livery – to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) museum in Australia.

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