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New Faces and New Places: How International Travel Options Have Expanded in the 2010s

With 2018 now upon us and second decade of the 21st century starting to draw to a close, one might claim that this decade was not kind to U.S. aviation. The merger mania that dominated the early portion of the decade saw airlines like US Airways, Continental, and AirTran disappear from the skies, while airline startups like PEOPLExpress failed to launch. However, there has been one large influx of options for U.S. travellers, and that comes in the international market. [caption…

When Subsidies Aren’t So Evil: Why Four Airlines are Vying…

In 1978, Congress passed the Airline Deregulation Act, which, at its core, allowed airlines near total freedom when deciding which domestic routes to operate and how much to charge customers for those routes. This meant airlines then had the opportunity to pull out of certain smaller, less profitable markets, so…

The Gulf’s Aviation Industry: Rags to Riches in 30 Years

In 1971, the Arabian Peninsula began to take on a whole new look. In August, Bahrain gained their full independence, and Qatar quickly followed in September. In December, seven emirates nations were freed from British rule when a longstanding treaty finally expired. Two emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi –…

A Forgotten Soviet Shoot-Down: The Story of Korean Air 902

In September 1983 the Cold War was on the brink of becoming hot. The Soviet Union had shot down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 that had strayed over their airspace. The strike resulted in the deaths of all 269 on board, including prominent conservative congressman Larry McDonald.  The intentional…

Training to Become an Airline Pilot in the 21st Century

Intersted in becoming an airline pilot? Find out more information about flight schools at www.learn-to-fly.eu The basis of this article is to provide an insight to one person's views on training to become an airline pilot, in Europe, during the 21st century. I don't think I will ever get bored of…

Beyond The One Inch Length Difference: Airbus’ A350-1000 vs. Boeing’s…

In 1986, Boeing announced plans for a stretched version of the Boeing 767, tentatively coined as the Boeing 767-X, which would retain many of the elements of the standard 767, but would expand and lengthen the fuselage. Airlines, however, were unimpressed, wanting a wider fuselage and a lower operating cost…

Ryanair Predicts Instability in European Open Skies Agreement Following Brexit

Ryanair’s Chief Executive, Michael O’Leary, has continued to share his thoughts on the effect of Brexit to Ryanair and the aviation industry in general. On this occasion, he speculated on the impact to the European Open Skies Agreement. Speaking at a recent media event, he made the point that if…

20 Years Later: A Look at Emirates’ Manchester Success

Emirates has played a sizable role at Manchester, providing direct services to the Middle East and beyond from Dubai International Airport for over 20 years. Currently, Emirates has two Airbus A380s and one Boeing B777-300ER flying into Manchester providing these services. From January 2017, the airline will be incorporating three…

The Doors Are Opening for United’s First 777-300ER

In hopes of accelerating retirement of their aging Boeing 747-400 aircraft, United has actively been modernizing their widebody fleet. On March 8, 2016, the airline announced a firm order for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, as well as 27 787 Dreamliners and 35 Airbus A350XWBs. According to the carrier, the 777-300ER will…

First Look: Inside American’s 787-9 Dreamliner

The first Boeing 787-9 was rolled out of the factory back in 2013. In August of the following year, the variant entered commercial service with All Nippon Airways. In 2014, United Airlines became the first US-based airline to pick up the 787-9. American took delivery of their first of 21…