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A New Direction for Inflight Technology?

In the early 2000s, Boeing announced its Connexion program, then a five-year-old research and development project created with the goal of bringing wireless connectivity to the sky. Lufthansa was announced as the launch customer for the new service in 2001, but the program never materialized as Boeing cited a lack of customer interest as its reason for cutting the service. Other companies worked to fill that void, chief among them Aircell. Aircell had been founded in 1991, working primarily during…

Ontario Airport Sees a Significant Rise in Passenger Traffic

The number of passengers passing through Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Southern California has been growing significantly since it was transferred to the City of Ontario in 2015. With the new local ownership, Ontario has brought new airlines, increased the number of flights and destinations, and added new eateries and…

50 Years Later: The Queen of the Skies’ Reign is…

On Sept. 30 1968,  a new era began and is still around, as a nostalgic landmark of what the commercial aviation industry has been, and will never be again. On a day like today 50 years ago, Boeing unveiled its first 747-100, kicking off what would soon be known as…

United to Initially Fly 787-10 Dreamliner on Transcon Routes

This year has already been a busy one for United Airlines, which debuted the first 737 MAX 9 in the U.S. in early June from its Houston Intercontinental hub. The Chicago-based airline will also be the first carrier in North America to take delivery of Boeing’s stretched Dreamliner, the 787-10,…

Rolls Royce Advises of Further Issues with 787 Engines, Costs…

Rolls Royce this week advised airlines who operate Boeing 787 aircraft with their troubled Trent 1000 Package ‘C’ engines, that the faulty engine blades are deteriorating even faster than expected requiring additional maintenance checks. The affected engines have been the cause of significant operational issues for airlines since the end…

Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 Lands in a Nearby Lagoon as…

An Air Nuigini aircraft landed 450 feet short of the short 6,013 foot runway at Chuuk International Airport in the island of Weno, part of the Federate States of Micronesia on Friday, carrying 35 passengers and 12 crew members onboard. The  Boeing 737-800 airliner registered as P2-PXE flying from the…

New Aviation Fuel Taxes Announced in India Threaten to Further…

Asia has been seeing a retreat in its markets this year and several Asian economies are seeing their currencies continuing to slide in value. The Indian rupee has been among the worst hit in the region with a decline of more than 12 percent versus the dollar this year. As…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: SkyWork Airlines

SkyWork Airlines of Switzerland has roots of starting small and changing over time. The airline was originally a flight school and private airline founded in Belp using smaller propeller aircraft from central Switzerland to neighboring cities. The to-be carrier was founded in 1983 under the name SkyWork AG. As the…

Trip Report: Flying in Economy and Premium on Primera Air’s…

After nearly a decade of intra-European operations, Primera Air decided to enter the low-cost transatlantic realm just last year, dominated at the time by Norwegian Air Shuttle, WOW air and LEVEL. Although each had the same no-frills concept and a business model driven by ancillary fees, the three proved very…

On Track with Leeds Bradford Airport’s ‘Route to 2030’

The U.K.’s highest airport, Leeds Bradford, has had a lot of recent activity in their ‘Route to 2030’ scheme. The strategic development plan, which was published in March 2017, informs locals and airport stakeholders of likely ways in which the airport will grow and develop for 2030. It also goes…