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Silver Airways Announces Service Between Orlando and Destin

Silver Airways, the Florida based regional airline, recently announced that it will begin operating nonstop service between Orlando, Fla. and Destin, Fla. starting on March 13, 2020. Originally launched in 2011, Silver Airways operates primarily between destinations in Florida and the Caribbean using a fleet of all turboprop aircraft. Currently, the Silver Airways fleet includes the Saab 340, ATR-42-600, and ATR-72-600. The carrier is currently in the process of phasing out its older Saab 340 turboprops in favor of the…

Lessons on Leadership from the Left Seat: A New Captain’s…

There is an old saying that “the greatest journey an airline pilot ever takes is the one to the captain’s chair three feet to the left.”  In August of 2013, after years of hard work, Korry Franke made that journey and became a United Airlines captain on the Boeing 737.…

UPS Airlines Increases Mexico Service

On Thursday, UPS Airlines announced that it will begin a new flight for export shipments from Querétaro in central Mexico. UPS will operate the route using its Airbus A300-600 aircraft. The new route appears to reaffirm UPS' commitment to its A300 fleet. Last fall, UPS conducted a successful test flight…

Porter Airlines Announces Seasonal Service to Myrtle Beach

Porter Airlines, the Canadian regional carrier based out of Toronto, has announced that it will begin seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. this March. Starting on March 4, 2020, Porter will begin flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach. The flights originate from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which is located…

How Aircraft Are Given a Second Life Through Upcycling

When aircraft reach retirement age, their years of service are often celebrated and aviation enthusiasts nostalgically remember the years they spent dutifully carrying out their respective missions.  After the celebrations end and the memories fade, what happens to the airplanes we remember so fondly?  Many end up in the boneyard or other…

Philadelphia International Airport to Begin 45-day Biometric Screening Pilot Program

On Jan. 21, 2020, Philadelphia International Airport will begin a 45-day pilot program at three of its international gates. The program is designed to help U.S. Customs and Border Patrol process departing passengers. Philadelphia International will test three different biometric systems: veriSCAN, NEC, and SITA. All three systems will be…

Aircraft Lessor BOC Aviation Places Firm Order for 20 A320neos

Airbus announced this week that Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation placed a firm order for 20 A320neo aircraft. As of September 2019, BOC owns 309 aircraft. Of those, 37 are A320neos.  The company also owns 121 A320ceos. In addition to the 309 aircraft owned by BOC, they also manage 36 aircraft and…

Alaska Airlines to Begin Mainline Service to Bozeman Yellowstone International…

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport announced two days before Christmas that it will be receiving new mainline service from Alaska Airlines. The airline currently serves Bozeman via its regional affiliate Horizon Air but this is the first time Alaska will send mainline jets to the airport, a mere 472 miles from…

Happy Holidays! 10 Great Gifts for AvGeeks

The holidays are just about here! In the spirit of the season, here are ten great gift ideas for your favorite AvGeek. 1. 3 Feet to the Left: A New Captain's Journey from Pursuit to Perspective by Korry Franke If you have ever wondered what it is like to upgrade…

Sun Country Airlines Expands to Canada

On December 9, 2019, Sun Country Airlines, the Minneapolis based low-cost carrier, announced that it will begin seasonal service to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada starting next summer. The new route marks the carrier's first Canadian route in its history. The announcement of the Minneapolis-Vancouver service comes after the announcement…