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Air traffic control tower at St. Louis Lambert Airport (Photo: flySTL)

American Airlines to Close St. Louis Pilot Base

American Airlines announced yesterday its plan to close of its pilot base in St. Louis (STL) effective Sept. 2018, according to Dallas News. The closure will force approximately 180 pilots currently based at STL to relocate or commute to another American base. "Taking these factors into consideration, a difficult decision has been made to close the [St. Louis] base in September 2018," stated Kimball Stone, Vice President of flight operations, American Airlines. "While this decision has been in discussion for…

Boeing, MHI Announce Agreement to Reduce Costs for Dreamliner Production

On Monday, Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, or MHI, announced an agreement aimed at reducing the cost of production and joint studies regarding advanced aero structure technologies, according to Boeing. "This agreement advances the strong relationship between Boeing and MHI through joint efforts to reduce cost and improve efficiency, with…

Qantas Celebrates Delivery of First 787

On October 16, Qantas celebrated the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft at the Boeing factory in Seattle with a special ceremony. "Taking delivery of a new type of aircraft is always an important milestone for an airline and the 787 is a game-changer. From the distance it's…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Compañía Aeronáutica Uruguaya SA

Founded in December of 1936, Uruguayan carrier Compania Aeronautica Uruguaya SA, or CAUSA, was formed by banker Luis J. Supervielle and Colonel Tydeo Larre Borges. For the next 31 years, the airline would play a sizable role in Uruguay’s airline industry. Flights began in 1938, using a 17 seat Junkers…

Air Berlin Announces Termination of Flights on Oct. 28

As of Oct. 9, insolvent carrier Air Berlin announced that it would cease all flights no later than Oct. 28, according to Reuters. A majority of long-haul flights have already been terminated, and any remaining long-haul flights will end by Oct. 15. The airline, which filed for insolvency back in…

Skywest Announces Order of 20 Embraer E Jets, Valued at…

As of Oct. 2, SkyWest, a regional airline offering service for a variety of airlines in the U.S., announced an order for 20 Embraer E175 aircraft. This is in addition to the 25 aircraft the airline announced it had ordered last month and is valued at a total of $914…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Flight West Airlines

Founded in May 1987, Australian carrier Flight West Airlines took to the skies above Brisbane to begin their impact on a variety of small cities across the country. The airline lasted a brief 14 years before succumbing to a complicated struggle to survive. An appropriate reflection of their slogan "jetting…

Photos: Malaysia Airlines’ First Airbus A350-900XWB Rolls Out of the…

On Monday evening, the first Airbus A350-900 aircraft set to be delivered to Malaysia Airlines rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse, France. The airline has a total of  six A350 aircraft on order, all of which are leased from Air Lease Corporation, or ALC, according to the airline.…

Photos: Southwest’s 737 MAX 8 Arrives at Dallas Love Field

As of Tuesday afternoon, Southwest became the first airline in the U.S. to take delivery of the 737 MAX 8. According to the airline, they will begin working to get the aircraft on schedule for the launch of passenger flights on Oct. 1. [caption id="attachment_15311" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Southwest's 737 MAX…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Vanair

Founded in 1965 as Air Melanesiæ, the airline operated domestically out of Vanuatu. For 39 years, the fleet could be found hopping between 18 of Vanuatu's 83 islands, connecting passengers to 29 destinations. Headquartered at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila, Vanuatu, Air Melanesiæ was the product of a joint venture…