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NASA’s Boeing 747 Flying Telescope: Keeping the ‘SP’ Variant Airborne

The Boeing 747 aircraft is an iconic jet that has graced the skies for decades as the undisputed Queen of the Skies. The aircraft type spurred the global aviation industry as we know it. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer 747s are being seen in the skies carrying passengers. A shift towards twin-engine aircraft that are more fuel efficient has diminished the popularity of this airplane. It will remain in passenger service for some time still and will continue to live on…

Norway to Get its First Nonstop Link to China

Norway will soon have its own non-stop link to China once Hainan Airlines begins service between Oslo and Beijing. Hainan Airlines will be launching the service on May 15, making this the very first nonstop route between Norway and mainland China and the first non-stop Nordic service for the airline.…

My Unpopular Opinion: It’s the MD-80’s Time To Go

Before anyone breaks out the pitchforks and torches, let me explain myself. It shouldn’t take too long, and if you still want to afterward, go for it. I write this article wholeheartedly recognizing the McDonnell Douglas MD-80’s place in aviation history, especially in the U.S. For decades, it was a…

SpiceJet Hires Jet Airways Employees Following Cancellation of All Flights

The past few months in the Indian aviation market have been dominated by the tumultuous financial struggles of Jet Airways. These struggles came to a head last week when the airline announced it was ending all flights. The end of operations of India’s largest private airline has not only left…

Avianca Brazil Aircraft Repossessions Continue

This week has seen Avianca Brazil recurrently making headlines in the airline world. On one hand, lessors have been allowed to pursue aircraft repossession by Brazilian’s civil aviation authority ANAC, following a favorable court ruling in Sao Paulo taking place on April 9. At the same time, the recent creditor…

ExxonMobil Donates Hydraulic Fluid to Keep Concorde Alive

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Concorde’s first flight, ExxonMobil has donated over 1,000 liters of hydraulic fluid to Heritage Concorde. Founded in 2010, Heritage Concorde is a group of ex-Concorde engineers and aviation enthusiasts based in the United Kingdom and France dedicated to the preservation of the…

American Adds New South America Connection from New York

Fort Worth-based American Airlines announced a new connection to Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday from its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new flight will add to the carrier’s current flights to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and seasonal service to Rio to be the fourth nonstop flight…

Air Italy Sparks New Controversy in U.S.-Middle East Carriers Row

The lingering debate fostered by major U.S. carriers complaining about “unfair competition” on behalf of airlines from the Middle East has seen a major flare in the last few days due to some back-and-forth between the CEOs of airlines involved in the dispute. On Tuesday, American CEO Doug Parker, Delta…

American Airlines Plans Line Maintenance Base at Houston’s Bush Airport

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has announced that it will be opening a new Line Maintenance station at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new station will provide jobs for approximately 46 aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) as well as additional support staff to support Boeing 737, Airbus A319, A320 and…

Jet Airways ‘Compelled to Cancel’ All Flights After Failure to…

India’s beleaguered carrier Jet Airways issued a statement on Wednesday suspending all flight operations. The airline, which had cancelled all international and some domestic services from last week and was left with only five aircraft in service, advised that the State Bank of India (SBI)representing a consortium of Indian lenders…