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The Dutch king flies a Fokker 70 aircraft (Photo: KLM)

World Leader and Aviator: King of The Netherlands Reveals Secret Gig as an Airline Pilot

In an interview with Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, King Willem-Alexander revealed that he has secretly been flying as a KLM pilot twice a month for 20 years. Flying KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 aircraft, the 50-year-old Dutch king considers flying as a "hobby" and states that it lets him leave his royal duties on the ground and focus on something completely else. “You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them,” the king told De Telegraaf. “You…

London City Airport to Become the UK’s First Remote ATC…

London City Airport will become the first airport in the United Kingdom to have its air traffic controllers operating outside of the airport. This move will see the current control tower being replaced with a remote digital room located in Swanwick, 80 miles from London City, inside the headquarters of National…

KLM Returns to Mumbai Following 16 Year Hiatus

KLM has announced it will reconnect Mumbai and Amsterdam using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft after ending the service over 16 years ago. The airline had previously stopped flights to India’s largest city in 2001 when demand weakened. In a statement, Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO said, “KLM’s network…

Alaska Airlines to Launch Scheduled Flights from Paine Field

On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines announced that they will introduce scheduled commercial flights from Paine Field in Everett, WA. Subject to government approval, the airline plans to operate nine daily departures starting in the fall of 2018. "As our region continues to grow at a record pace and Sea-Tac Airport nears…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: National Airlines

The city of St. Petersburg, Florida is often overlooked in the history of aviation, even as it hosted the first airline in the world in 1914. More recently, the city was the founding home of National Airlines in 1934. The brainchild of George T. Baker, the airline began operations from…

The Gulf’s Aviation Industry: Rags to Riches in 30 Years

In 1971, the Arabian Peninsula began to take on a whole new look. In August, Bahrain gained their full independence, and Qatar quickly followed in September. In December, seven emirates nations were freed from British rule when a longstanding treaty finally expired. Two emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi –…

Photos: Taking a Look Inside The Ultra-Luxurious ‘VVIP’ 787 Business…

2-DEER is the registration for any spotters who wishes to track and log this aircraft. Its next destination is  Morocco on Thursday after visiting Doha last week, but on Tuesday, at four in the afternoon on a rare, semi-sunny, high clouded day, this ultra high class, one of a kind…

easyJet Reports Financial Results from Early 2017

Luton-based carrier easyJet has released their financial results for the first half of 2017. The carrier stated in their H1 FY17 report that they, "delivered a resilient performance during the winter months, with strong cost control, improving operational performance and within guidance for revenue." The carrier has recorded 33.8 million…

Malindo Air Receives First of 3,700 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

Less than a week ago, Boeing grounded all 737 MAX flights after a potential manufacturing flaw in 30 of the new LEAP engines on the aircraft. However, the FAA cleared Boeing to fly certain MAX jets with engines that were not affected by the problems allowing the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer…

Iran Air Takes Delivery of First Four ATR 72-600 Aircraft

Last April, Iran’s national carrier, Iran Air, signed a firm order with Aerei da Trasporto Regionale (ATR) to purchase 20 ATR 72-600s. The order came in just a short while after Iran Air received its first aircraft from its 100 aircraft order from Airbus. Today, Iran Air took delivery of…