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American Airlines' Snowball Express event is an annual airlift of Gold Star families (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Inside American Airlines’ Gold Star Family Airlift to Disney World

Since 2006, American Airlines has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to bring families that have lost members in combat together  Originally, the company operated charter flights to its Dallas/Fort Worth base where children were transported to the "North Pole," also known as hangar specially decorated for the holidays. Just a few years ago, though, American amended the flight plans and changed the destination for these flights. Instead of the North Pole, the airline began flying families to Orlando for…

Opinion: Delta is Building an Aerial Empire Right Under Our…

Delta Air Lines is one of the world's largest air carriers and, now, certainly the most formidable force in the global aviation market. In a shocking announcement on Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta-based company said it would be taking a 20 percent stake in LATAM, Latin America's biggest airline conglomerate. Delta will…

Opinion: Why I Will Dearly Miss American’s ‘Super 80s’

Call me dramatic, perhaps a bit over-emotional, or nostalgic, but I am indeed in love with American’s long-time workhorse MD-80 fleet. While other airlines, including Delta, will continue to operate the type after American retires theirs on Wednesday, Sept. 4, there are many things that make AA’s ‘Super 80s’ stand…

Flying Onboard a Boeing 737 Full of Veterans to the…

Airlines often find ways to give back to their respective communities. It is certainly not uncommon to see a carrier donate a few thousand dollars to an aviation educational program or give back to a community in need. While some may be tax write-off or the idea from a public…

Trip Report: Flying First Class in Seat 1A on a…

There is undoubtedly something special about flying on a Boeing 747. In one sense, it’s like taking a ride on a piece of history as the jet is not only aesthetically pleasing but also an emblem of ingenuity. The Queen of the Skies, as the aircraft is affectionately known, is…

Japan Airlines Receives First Airbus Aircraft

Japan Airlines (JAL) received its first A350-900XWB on Thursday from Airbus' manufacturing facilities in Toulouse. The newly-delivered aircraft, registered as JA01XJ, marks two sizable milestones. Its JAL's first off-the-line Airbus aircraft - the airline has continuously operated a fleet of largely Boeing jets - and the first Japanese-registered A350. The…

‘The Aircraft Lives On:’ How 747s Are Finding New Life…

The stretch of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson is filled with its fair share of oddities. Just about halfway between Arizona's two largest cities lies a ranch where visitors can stop by to feed ostriches and stingrays — in the same visit — smack-dab in the middle of the…

Trip Report: Flying from Phoenix to Orlando and Back on…

American debuted its newest aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, into passenger service on Tuesday. The latest-generation narrowbody aircraft offers exceptional range, larger overhead bin space and, overall, a better passenger experience over previous-generation A320 family models. American became the third operator of the type in the U.S. after taking delivery back…

American Debuts A321neo into Passenger Service on Phoenix to Orlando…

Just over two months after taking delivery of its newest jet, American debuted its Airbus A321neo into passenger service on Tuesday. The inaugural flight for the next-generation aircraft operated between Phoenix and Orlando as flight AA682. This route will join a handful of others over the coming months as proving…

Several 737 MAX 8 Operators Begin to Ground Fleets

Even though information is still scarce at this point, Ethiopian’s ill-fated ET302 flight has triggered a series of decisions of aviation authorities and operators regarding the Boeing 737 MAX. The Chinese Aviation Authority requested airlines, under its jurisdiction, to suspend operations of the variant, “in line with the management principle…