The March Destination of the Week series of Platinum Airways is paying tribute to four turbofan manufacturers. The Open Skies virtual airline will be visiting airports close to the main or single assembly lines of General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and Snecma.
Engines are a major component of each aircraft. And few will argue that turbofans revolutionised the industry. That's why Platinum Airways’ Destination of the Week will visit four major aircraft engine manufacturers: the three market leaders and the co-manufacturer of the most popular turbofan in history. By far the largest manufacturer is General Electric. With its main assembly line in Durham, NC, Powerhouse will kick off at Raleigh – Durham Airport (KRDU). The next name that comes to mind when speaking about jet engines is of course Rolls-Royce. Its key assembly plant is located in Derby, UK, which is a good excuse to visit East Midlands Airport (EGNX). The third Powerhouse destination is inspired by Pratt & Whitney. The nearest major airport to its East Hartford, CT, plant is Bradley International (KBDL). We conclude Powerhouse with one of the joint venture partners of the most popular turbofan ever designed and built: the CFM56 series by General Electric and Snecma. The logical airport is Villaroche (LFPM), France, as Snecma is located on the airfield.
As per usual, each DOTW comes with official charts for each airfield and links to add-on scenery when available. It concludes with a video selection with real-world approaches, ground traffic and departures.
Meanwhile, Platinum Airways has launched a new initiative for its pilots: Around the World (AW). In keeping with our Open Skies philosophy, Platinum pilots get to choose quite a few things: their predominant direction (East to West or West to East), aircraft (though they are to stick to their original selection once departed), airports, etc. They are recommended to visit islands and airports not usually frequented. Upon completion pilots will receive a special award. Pilots who complete AW with a prop and a jet aircraft will be given two awards.About Platinum Airways:
Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week.
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