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#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Dutch Antilles Express

Dutch Antilles Express, also known as DAE, dates back to 2003 when the airline consisted of various smaller carriers inside one parent company. The parent company, named Exel Aviation, started operation in 2003 with BonairExel with a single ATR 42 to operate within the Netherland's Antilles. The airline quickly became profitable, adding an Embraer ERJ-145 on the Bonaire-Aruba flights. As BonairExel expanded, Exel Aviation added a Curacao branch titled CuracaoExel. With the recent failure of the government backed Dutch Caribbean…

A Look at Air France’s Sizable Caribbean Operations

France has always played a large role in the Caribbean. In 1625, the French colonized the island of St. Kitts. Later, they moved to other Caribbean islands such as Martinique, St. Barts, Haiti, and Grenada. As time went on, some islands have lost French control, either through independence or other…

Aer Lingus Moves One Step Closer to IAG Takeover

Aer Lingus appears to be moving closer to a full takeover by the IAG group. On May 26th, the Irish government agreed to sell their 25% stake in the airline. The government believes the sale to IAG, which also owns British Airways and Iberia, will benefit Aer Lingus in the…

Sinkhole Causes Problems at DFW

At around 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a large sinkhole opened up dangerously close to a runway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, causing airport officials to shut down runway 18L. According to CBS News, the amount of delays was minimal, as departing flights were shifted to other runways. In the…

The New Eastern Airlines Is Officially Taking Flight

In 1991, Eastern Airlines was grounded due to an overflow of problems. Now, 24 years later, the airline is once again starting its engines and spreading its wings. [caption id="attachment_1759" align="alignright" width="300"] Eastern Airlines' first Boeing 737-800 aircraft is greeted with a water cannon salute at Miami International Airport |…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Midwest Airlines

Similar to Michael Scott and the rest of the cast from the hit television show The Office, Midwest Airlines started from a paper company. In 1948 the Kimberly-Clark Corporation opened a corporate flight department to transport employees and executives between the company's headquarters in Eastern Wisconsin and the company's paper…

Another Great Year at Paine Field Aviation Day

Young people in aviation is a problem that is more prevalent than ever. The topic of young adults in aviation is something I dove into in an article I wrote previously.  Fortunately, events like Aviation Day at Paine Field are slowly bringing a solution to an ever-expanding problem. One of…

Alitalia Begins Its Much Needed Refreshing Process

Just yesterday, Alitalia, the flag carrier of Italy, announced it would end its partnership with Air France - KLM. While most may regard this as a rejection by the bigger carriers for not seeing Alitalia as a viable partner, this is one of many steps Alitalia has taken since its…

Boneyards and M.R.Os Series (Part One): An Introduction and Some…

A lot of curiosity has been growing recently, from not only our team, but also our audience on what exactly happens behind-the-fence at boneyard airports. Throughout the near future, our team will be digging deeper to find answers to your questions through inside source Richard Averitt, who is employed at an…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Eastwind Airlines

Founded in 1995, Eastwind Airlines was short-lived and maintained a small fleet of only five airplanes. Known by their call sign, "Stinger,"  the bee-themed airline experienced several major events that shaped the course of their history, alongside the multitude of problems that ultimately led to their bitter end. In August…