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The forward nose section of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, known as section 41, is manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kan. (Photo: Boeing)

Building the Backbone: Wichita

Welcome to the Building the Backbone series. In this short series, AirlineGeeks staff writers will go in depth in the history of cities that have helped create the backbone for aircraft building and have become icons for their advancements in aviation. The series will be brought to you by people who have seen first hand how aviation has helped the local area.  Despite Wichita only being just over 150 years old, the Kansas city has made huge strides and great contributions…

Cobalt Air Continues International Expansion Despite Shaky Start-Up

Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air recently announced that they will add additional frequencies on their Manchester flight from Larnaca. They will be adding a third weekly flight to Ringway during the Summer 2017 season with flights starting from around £76 one way. This route addition comes after over a year of…

United Releases Policy Changes in Thursday PR Push

On April 9, a United passenger was forcibly removed from United Express flight 3411 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. After no one volunteered to leave the flight in order to make room for commuting employees, the company randomly selected passenger Dr. David Dao to be removed with compensation. When Dr.…

A Week of New Orders and Milestone Deliveries for Airbus

With new orders and completed deliveries, Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus has seen its share of success this week. China Southern Places Order for A350XWB Aircraft Guangzhou, China-based China Southern signed an agreement with the airplane manufacturer for 20 A350-900XWB aircraft, making it one of the latest carriers to purchase this…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air21

With airlines looking towards the start of the 21st century many carriers were planning on how to celebrate the new year. For startup carrier Air21, it was all about revolutionizing the flying experience. The airline, which was named after the 21st century, marketed itself as the “carrier of the future”…

Qatar Airways to Launch New Flights Between Doha and Cardiff

Cardiff Airport has announced that Doha-based carrier Qatar Airways will launch a new UK service to Doha from the Welsh city. The flights are due to start in 2018 and information regarding flight scheduling and aircraft types have yet to be announced. The new route will operate from Hamad International…

Delta Partners with “Uber for Helicopters” for Seamless Airport Transfers

In Delta's latest customer innovation investment, passengers flying in and out of New York-JFK will now have an option to avoid traffic on the ground by using BLADE, an on-demand helicopter startup. Through an exclusive partnership with BLADE, Delta passengers will be able to request a helicopter from one of…

What Is Keeping Oscar Muñoz from New Position as Chairman…

United Airlines announced Friday current CEO Oscar Muñoz will not become Chairman of the Board in 2018 after he made a proactive change to his contract, according to reports. Should the board still choose to have Muñoz take over the Chairman's position in 2018, he could still gain the post.…

Opinion: Service Rather Than Subsidies Explain the Gulf Carriers’ Success

It's no secret that airlines in the U.S. have had a tense relationship with the three largest Middle Eastern airlines. American, Delta, and United have continually argued about the alleged unfair advantages that Qatar, Emirates, and Etihad receive. At this issue’s core is not one of government subsidies, but of…

Canada’s Evolving Market for Low-Cost Carriers

 Canada is a market that most tend not to think of in regards to the aviation industry in comparison to the U.S. However, the industry is slowly beginning to gain ground in recent years, with the busiest airport in Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), serving over 40 million passengers…