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The final C-17 departs from LGB (Photo provided by Boeing)

Final C-17 Globemaster III Departs From Long Beach

On November 29, 2015, the last ever C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter departed Boeing's Long Beach, California production plant. This take off marks the end of the C-17 production era, along with all aircraft production in Long Beach. Prior to flying to Boeing's San Antonio location, the airplane overflew the assembly facility and a gathered crowd. The aircraft has a rich history dating back to 1980, when the US Air Force requested a transport aircraft larger than those presently in…

Blacklisted Iranian Carrier Increases Service to Europe, Despite Concerns

The blacklisted Iranian carrier has been making its way to the top of the United States’ watch list. Mahan Air, founded in 1992, is the largest private Iranian carrier based out of Tehran, Iran. The airline operates flights to over 60 destinations in Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, and…

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

New York, New York has always been a business center in the United States. This, combined with the need for businessmen to travel to nearby large cities quickly, has created shuttle service along the East Coast. These services are often frequent and provide businessmen the best option to do business.…

Virgin Atlantic: Challenging the British Airways Dominance

For years, the British international market was dominated by British Airways and its predecessors, B.O.A.C and B.E.A. Few carriers had tried to nudge into this stronghold, but most faded out into the history books. However, one remains strong and flying to this day. History In 1982, Britain was celebrating the…

8 Things You Should Know About the Lufthansa Strike

The last few weeks have involved very difficult circumstances for leadership at Lufthansa and their employees. Tumultuous ground staff, flight crew, and pilots have rallied around the rejection of the airline's plan to decrease pension benefits for new employees and offer less retirement benefits. To recap the many events that…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Southern Airways

Southern Airways' history dates back to 1936, when Frank Hulse and Ike Jones purchased a controlling stake in flight school Southern Airways of Georgia. In 1944, the regional carrier finally received certification to operate as an airline. On June 10, 1949, Southern Airways officially took flight. Deemed to be the…

OPINION: Why Pilotless Aircraft Don’t Make Sense

As I write this post, I am currently climbing up to 3,500 feet above the New Zealand North Island landscape. On the tip of the right wing is Mt Maungatautari, and in the far distance I can see Mt Ruapehu, also known as Mt Doom to those who know their Lord…

Route Impact: American Announces Dreamliner Flights from Los Angeles to…

American Airlines recently announced that they will begin service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Auckland (AKL) using their Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  Having placed 42 firm orders for the Boeing 787 aircraft, with the right to acquire an additional 58, they have begun taking delivery since earlier this year. American…

Airports Honor Paris, Following Attacks

Following the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and many others wounded, government buildings, landmarks, and other public places alike have been lit up with red, white, and blue lights, the French flag's colors, out of reverence for the City of Paris. Similar to…

Lufthansa and Singapore Announce Joint Venture

Just yesterday, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa have announced a strategic joint venture for all flights between Singapore and several countries in Europe. This new agreement will be applied to all aircraft operated by both airlines, as well as Singapore subsidiary SilkAir and Lufthansa subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian Airlines. “We are…