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Flashback Friday: A History of Continental Airlines (Part 2)

EXTRA: Read part one of our look back at Continental  The 90s brought major changes to Continental. Frank Lorenzo resigned as president, in 1990, after 18 years in charge. He also sold his controlling share to Scandinavian Air System (SAS). Shortly after, Continental filed for bankruptcy for the second time in their history. This was because Lorenzo spend a majority of his time focused on Eastern Airlines, and the 1990 Gulf War. Also contributing was a series a mergers leaving…

Air Canada Launches Premium Transcontiental Routes

Air Canada, the flag carrier of Canada, has launched a premium transcontinental business class product in an effort to catch up with their American counterparts, and to win back business lost to new low cost carriers entering the market. The flights, operated by their 777-300ER, 787-8, A330 and 767 aircraft,…

Southwest Airlines Gets a Break After Getting Caught Missing Inspections

On Tuesday February 24th, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that Southwest Airlines would have to ground 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The reason for this grounding is a missed inspection of the standby hydraulic system. The aircraft make up almost 20% of Southwest's entire fleet. Little by little,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

Continental, originally Varney Speed Services, started out like many airlines from the 1930s, carrying mail for the United States Postal service. With a focus on the Southwestern United States and new mail routes, Robert Six bought the Southwest division of Varney. In 1937, he moved the airline's headquarters to Denver…

Guam: A Short History of A Small Hub

[caption id="attachment_961" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo provided by Richard Ziskind[/caption] Guam is a small island country in the Pacific, owned by the United States. It is one of the 17 listed non-self governing countries by the United Nations. The island is served by a fairly large airport, Antonio B. Won Pat…

Allegiant Stepping Up Its Game

Low-cost vacation carrier Allegiant Air is expected to announce a “major” expansion to their network on Feb. 24. The airline is expected to start moving into a couple larger markets, slightly breaking away from it’s reputation of connecting just small- and medium- sized cities to it’s focus cities. Allegiant released…

The Fight for the Asian Narrow Body Market

Asia is the fastest growing aviation market in the world with passenger numbers and aircraft sales growing dramatically. At the core of the boom is the narrow body market that features two major competitors: the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. These two companies are in the thick of a…

Photos: Alaska Shows Off a Refreshed Look

Earlier this week, an Alaska Airlines employee posted a photo of what appeared to be a 737 with a refreshed livery on Instagram. Today, the airline itself posted photos of the aircraft, N549AS, with the refreshed livery on their Facebook page. With the exception of the winglets, the refreshed livery's…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: USA 3000

USA 3000, originally known as Brendan Airways, was a small airline formed in 2001 as a way of flying cheap flights from the northeast to the Caribbean. USA3000 officially launched on December 28, 2001 with their first flight from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Cancun, Mexico. USA3000 did most of their early…

Spirit Airlines Expands in Atlanta

On Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, Fort-Lauderdale based ultra-low cost carrier, Spirit Airlines, announced that it would be launching nine new routes out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new routes will add service to Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Eight of the nine…