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TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History (Part Three): America West Airlines

America West was formed in 1983 in Phoenix, Arizona using a fleet of three Boeing 737-200s that were leased. America West operated mostly West Coast flights with their farthest flight being to Kansas City. The airline saw major success in their 1983, quickly adding eight more Boeing 737-200s to 13 destinations before the end of the year. America West also formed a secondary hub in Las Vegas. The airline would add 10 more aircraft and 10 more destinations over the…

TBT In Aviation History: Remembering Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airways was founded in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Their main focus was to transport mail and established a route between Minneapolis and Chicago. During this early part of Northwest’s history, the airline focused on expanding to smaller cities in the Midwest, with a route to Calgary becoming the airlines…

Changes Are on the Way for Alitalia

This morning in Rome, struggling Italian carrier, Alitalia, announced major changes to the airline. The changes include changes to the fleet, a new branding, and many new routes. The changes were announced with Alitalia partner, Etihad Airways, of the United Arab Emirates. Etihad purchased a 49% stake in Alitalia last…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History (Part One); Air Florida…

The snow was falling hard at Washington National Airport (DCA) on January 13th, 1982. The flights that weren’t cancelled were forced to endure the long line of backed up flights waiting to use the main runway at DCA. As the planes queued up the snow continued to fall. In the…

Delta T4 Expands Yet Again

Today Delta Air Lines continued its  $1.2 billion investment to enhance and expand Concourse B in Terminal 4 at JFK with the opening of Phase two.  The $175 million project adds 11 new gates and 75,000 square feet to the terminal. The new gates will replace the Delta Connection operation…

New Low Cost Carriers Plan to Take to Canada’s Skies

With the changing of Canadian airline WestJet over the last few years to raise airfare to match that of Air Canada, the Canadian domestic market now lacks a low cost carrier. Canadian flights to Caribbean and European destinations are littered with low cost carriers like CanJet, Sunwings, and Air Transat…

Chaos in the Cabin: How the Safety Briefing Can Be…

Before every flight, airlines are required to give a safety briefing. The majority of fliers tune out this briefing; however, at the time it matters most, regret can set in for those fliers who did not take three minutes to pay attention to the safety briefing. After being apart of…

This Year in Commercial Aviation: 2014

Wow, what a year for commercial aviation! This year was an action packed year for the airline industry and it carried with it highs and lows. In 2014, we lost airlines and certain aircraft, but also gave birth to new ones. Unlike 2013, 2014 carried with it devastating aviation incidents…

American Airlines: Another New Look

A new look for American Airlines employees is arriving.  Announced Dec. 2, 2014 in an internal memo to employees of the combined American/US Airways, the highly-anticipated updated uniforms were revealed.  Designed by KAUFMANFRANCO, a Los Angeles design firm, the update combines contemporary design with traditional elements. Work on the updated…

The Future of the Airbus A350 XWB

[caption id="attachment_107" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo: Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the A350…