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A Korean Air 707: the same aircraft type involved in the incident (Photo: Steve Fitzgerald [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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 hit by the Soviets remains tangled in controversy to this day. However, just five years earlier an eerily similar incident occurred. Korean Air Lines flight 902 was a scheduled operation…

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…

Crystal Cruises Shows Off Ultra Luxurious 777-200LR

Have you ever wanted to go on a cruise but don't like the idea of traveling on a giant boat in the middle of the ocean? Or maybe you like the idea of a cruise but you're such an aviation geek that you would rather fly? Well, Crystal Cruises has…

TRIP REPORT: France Via the “Land of Fire and Ice”…

When it comes to flying between Europe and North America, travelers are offered a wide variety of choices. From low-cost carriers like Norwegian to flag carriers such as KLM and British Airways, the options for flights across the pond can become overwhelming. Living in the Midwest opened up even more…

Fresh from Charleston: American Takes Delivery of Their First 787-9…

In reflection of their fleet modernization efforts, American has taken delivery of their first 787-9 Dreamliner. The extended Dreamliner variant was delivered to the airline on Tuesday from Boeing's manufacturing facility in Charleston, South Carolina. American's new 787-9 Dreamliner has 285 seats, with 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy…