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#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Eastwind Airlines

Founded in 1995, Eastwind Airlines was short-lived and maintained a small fleet of only five airplanes. Known by their call sign, "Stinger,"  the bee-themed airline experienced several major events that shaped the course of their history, alongside the multitude of problems that ultimately led to their bitter end. In August 1995, Eastwind took flight using three Boeing 737-200s. The Trenton-based airline was founded by Jim McNally, a former Price Waterhouse analyst. He selected Trenton because very few airlines inhabited the…

TBT in Aviation History: Reeve Aleutian Airways

From its official start in 1947 to its tragic downfall in 2000, and for years beyond, Reeve Aleutian Airways has always had a unique legacy. Known for buying its aircraft from other airlines, rather than purchasing new airplanes, Reeve Aleutian maintained a small fleet, often consisting of rugged turboprops. The…

Where Airplanes Go to Retire: The Dusty Mojave Desert Boneyard

Where do airplanes go when they get too old to fly? The long rows of t-tails and turboprops, accompanied by powerful 747's and DC10's, lining the dusty ground of the Mojave Desert provide the answer to that question. This is where many airplanes, particularly airliners, spend their retirement-until their final…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aloha Airlines

Aloha Airlines survived for nearly 62 years, and had a long history of success and downfalls before collapsing in 2008. Founded in 1946 as Trans-Pacific Air, its inaugural flight occurred on July 26 using a DC 3. The name was changed to Aloha Airlines in 1958. With the change came…

A Look at Brazilian Low-Cost Carrier, Azul Airlines

Azul Airlines, an airline which operates out of Brazil, may be less known internationally, but it is widely spreading to be a more prominent name within the airline industry. From its start in December 2008, according to the airline itself, it has become the fastest growing Brazilian airline. Azul serves…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Trans World Airlines

[caption id="attachment_1097" align="alignleft" width="300"] A TWA Lockheed Constellation | Photo provided by WikiMedia[/caption] TWA, one of the oldest airlines, ceased operations on Dec. 1, 2001, after nearly 76 years. Founded on July 13, 1925 as Western Air Express, it merged with Transcontinental Air Transport just five years later, causing the…

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: What We Know

On March 8, 2014, the greatest unsolved mystery in aviation occurred: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. After one year, still no trace of the airplane has been found, despite an…

Airlines Banning Lithium Ion Batteries

Author: Ashley Magoon In recent days, the rising amount of lithium ion batteries is raising safety concerns among the airline industry. Lithium ion batteries are found widely in cell phones, laptops, and other devices in the passenger cabin, but are also shipped in bulk and other objects in the cargo…