(CNN) — The year 2019 was another year of high drama in the world of aviation.
There were bad times for Boeing, with its 737 MAX grounded since March after being involved in two fatal air crashes.
New mega-airports opened around the world, with Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport — complete with indoor waterfall — the most spectacular of all.
More flights were taken than ever before, and the industry faced a shortage of both pilots and airport slots — but at the same time a global “flight shame” movement, spearheaded by a teenage climate activist named Greta Thunberg, gathered steam.
Here’s a look back at the year’s most talked-about moments in aviation.
The experimental research flight by Qantas landed in Sydney on Friday, after flying nonstop from London, breaking two aviation records.
Flight QF7879 became the world’s longest passenger flight by a commercial airline both for distance, at 17,800 kilometers (about 11,060 miles), and for duration in the air, at 19 hours and 19 minutes.
The achievement could help usher in a new generation of ultra-long-haul flights that will directly connect Sydney with destinations across Europe and the United States.
Here’s a peek inside Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, a stunning new addition to the “world’s best airport.”
Featuring a dramatic, doughnut-shaped exterior framed in steel and glass, the 135,700-square-meter (around 1.46 million square feet) space is a multi-use complex designed to connect three of Changi Airport’s four terminals.
The star attraction is the 40-meter-tall (around 130 feet) HSBC Rain Vortex, which cascades through a huge oculus in the middle of Jewel and is billed as the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Anyone caught accessing the gate-side areas at Changi without intending to fly faces fines of up to S$20,000 (US$14,300) or a two-year prison term.
CNN’s David Culver tours the new starfish-shaped Daxing airport, boasting customer service robots and a terminal the size of 97 soccer fields.
Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it: Airbus’ Lower Deck Pax Experience Modules.
Courtesy Crystal Cabin Award
Molon Labe Seating’s Hank Scott told CNN in July that the seats should be available on two airlines — one North American — by Spring 2020.
Jayesh Patel, 32, and his very impressive disguise.
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
His disguise included a snowy white beard and turban and a passport claiming he was 81 years old.
In 2019 we said goodbye to the superjumbo A380.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 was one of the busiest days in aviation history, with more than 225,000 flights recorded by flight-tracking service FlightRadar24.
Global air traffic has been rising steadily over the past two decades, and with climate activism high on the news agenda this year, with Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg regularly in the headlines, people around the world are starting to reconsider their high-carbon lifestyles.
Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Emily Dixon, Isabelle Gerretsen, Swati Gupta, Jack Guy, Katia Hetter, Chris Isidore, Amanda Jackson, Steven Jiang, Harmeet Kaur, Stacey Lastoe, Julyssa Lopez, Barry Neild, Richard Quest, Susan Scutti, Francesca Street, Manveena Suri, Shivani Vora and Amy Woodyatt contributed to this report.
The most talked-about aviation moments in 2019
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