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The best 8 Russian aviation blogs

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If you are reading this blog it is likely that you are interested in
aviation and airlines and follow several other blogs about this topic too.
This is why I thought it could be of interest to put together a short list
of some of my favourite blogs covering the aviation industry in quite a
large, yet unrreported (at least in the Anglo- blogosphere) part of the
World: Russia.

Most of them are written in Russian, but the highly visual nature of
Livejournal, Russia’s favourite blogging platform, and the excellent
pictures you can find on most of these blogs, makes them worth checking,
even if you do not understand a single word. 

No need to say, Google Translate is getting better and better every day, so
even this should not be an obstacle to enjoy some of these great blogs!  

You will see some of them are not exclusively about aviation, as the
authors sometimes add other topics such as travel or personal posts, but
all of them are full of amazing aviation and aircraft pictures from
different parts of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

If you know of other blogs of note that could be included in the next
update of this list, please do not hesitate to drop me a line!

Here is my selection of Russian aviation blogs:

Fotografersha

Aviator.ru

Litvinov-pilot 

D-Voronin

Alexander Mishin

D-Dorset 

Russian Aviation Photography

Tankasan

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Snowbird: the new design-centric airline from the North

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It is nice to see charter airlines making a real effort to roll out a cool
nicely-designed branding strategy, we saw it last summer when we covered
Small Planet Airlines and here is another great example: out of Finland
comes Snowbird Airlines.

The aim of this fresh project, a charter airline, is not only to carry
holidaymakers to and from Finland, but also to act as a sort of public
display for Finnish products (food, handicrafts, design). Snowbird is
actually inviting those small businesses, food producers and designers that
wish to be featured on-board to submit their proposals.

This is one of the aspects of this project that I found most interesting: 
the Snowbird Airlines brand, whose logo was designed by Sami Wirkkala, has
been developed from the very beginning with the idea that it might also be
used “on the ground”, as a sort of “lifestyle brand”, for example by
opening brick-and-mortar stores where it would be possible to find the
unique Nordic products that will be promoted on board. Certainly not the
first airline to leverage the aspirational strength of a brand strongly
linked to travel and enjoyment, but remarkable that in this case, this
aspect of business takes such the stage in such an obvious way.

Snowbird Airlines has even developed a “sister brand”, called Lumilintu
(which means “Snowbird” in Finnish) that,  sporting the same logo as the
airline, is going to undertake all these related marketing activities.

This focus on design reminds me a little bit of Nippon Nordic Air, the
imaginary “ideal airline” dreamed up by Monocle magazine back in 2010. We
are not quite there yet, but it, certainly, feels quite natural to see
Nordic airlines at the forefront when it comes to taking a design-centric
approach to new airline development.

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Airbus unveils first passenger-ready A350 XWB plane

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The highly anticipated arrival of the Airbus A350 XWB took a small step closer.

The European aircraft manufacturer unveiled the latest in its test fleet of the new jet, the MSN2, painted in a new “carbon” livery and the first to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.

Test flights of the aircraft began before the Paris Airshow last May. In the coming weeks Airbus will send the MSN2 into the skies on a series of Early Long Flights (ELF) with passengers onboard.


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