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TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Caribair

Puerto Rican airline Caribair, commenced operations in 1939, eventually going on to serve a wide variety of Caribbean Islands. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, Caribair was the first Puerto Rican airline to operate jet airplanes on regularly scheduled passenger routes, giving their few but important DC-9s special status. The carrier took flight as Caribbean Atlantic Airlines in 1939, a name that would be changed to Caribair in 1948. Initially, the airline was a subsidiary of National Airlines, however, the…

The Highs and Lows of Standby Travel

Working for an airline has many perks. Not only do you get to work in an airport, working with airplanes everyday, airline employees are also given discounted, almost free travel on many airlines. However, this discounted travel comes at a price: The Standby List. If you ever have been sitting…

Airbus Announces New Cabin Brand

On March 23, 2016, Airbus announced the launch of their new cabin brand, "Airspace by Airbus." The design will be first implemented on the A330neo. According to the company, the cabin will overall be more spacious than other designs, including larger overhead bins and wider aisles and seats. “Airbus’ history…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Air Inter

Air Inter was formed in 1958 as a way to provide domestic travel to French citizens without paying the high costs that were seen after World War II by Air France. The low-cost carrier was created by the French government with Air France and the French railway SNCF being the…

Virgin America Sets Its Sights on a Buyer

Virgin America, based in Burlingame, CA and known for its famous backer, Richard Branson, has begun communicating with various groups in regards to a potential sale. Shares of the company rose over 10% today as a result of the speculated buyout, even as no decision has been made. Inside sources have…

First US Manufactured Airbus Aircraft Takes Flight

As of March 21, 2016, the first airplane manufactured at Airbus' manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama took its maiden flight. The Airbus A321 took off at 9:36 AM, flying for 3 hours 26 minutes before landing back in Mobile at 1:02 PM. “We’ve come to an exciting milestone in the production…

FlyDubai 981 Crashes in Rostov-on-Don

Media outlets in Southern Russia are reporting the crash of FlyDubai 981. The Boeing 737-800, A6-FDN, was flying from FlyDubai's hub at Dubai International Airport to Rostov-on-Don in the south of Russia. The aircraft is reported to have crashed on landing. Reports from the city indicate there were 62 people…

Delta’s First Airbus A321 Arrives in the United States

After months of anxiously waiting, Delta can proudly say it owns its first Airbus A321 aircraft. The newest addition to the fleet joins from none other than Airbus' factory in Hamburg, Germany before a long journey to its eventual home in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. While only the first of…

TAM Brings Airbus A350 to Miami

On March 17, 2016, Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines brought their new Airbus A350 to Miami International Airport, marking their first international service with the airplane. Operated as TAM 9601, the airplane arrived at Miami following a flight from Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Brazil early Thursday morning. Upon arrival at around 7:15 a.m.,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Viva Macau

For most people in the United States, the country of Macau is not very well known. Macau is a very small country, attached to China, and governed similarly to Hong Kong. In the last decade it has become the largest gambling center in the world and as such the economy…