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The Highs and Lows of Standby Travel

Working for an airline has many perks. Not only do you get to work in an airport, working with airplanes everyday, airline employees are also given discounted, almost free travel on many airlines. However, this discounted travel comes at a price: The Standby List. If you ever have been sitting in a departure lounge at an airport and hear the gate agent call people up to the gate’s counter to receive seating assignments. These people were more than likely on…

The Shortest Flight…In the World

Recently Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines have recently duked out for the title of longest flight in the world. Currently held by Emirates for their route between Dubai and Auckland, but will soon be overtaken by Qatar on their own route to Auckland from their hub in Doha. On the…

MH370: Two Years Later

March 8, 2o16 marks two years since one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The Boeing 777-200ER, registered as 9M-MRO, vanished over the Gulf of Thailand at 1:21 am on March 8, 2014. The flight was enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur,…

An #AvGeek’s Perspective: The 727’s Final Flight

As an aviation enthusiast, all airplanes have a very special place in my heart. The 727 line of aircraft is no exception, but N7001U, the very first Boeing 727 ever produced, is rooted much deeper in my heart than just a love for airplanes. The 727 literally runs in my…

United Launches New Amenity Kits and Changes to Catering

In an internal memo, United announced it will be introducing new amenity kits to its GlobalFirst and BusinessFirst premium cabins. In addition, it announced several changes to catering, which will take place on March 1. New Amenity Kits The new amenity kits will feature a tribute to United’s heritage. Wrapped…

A Personal Essay: Living the Dream of an AvGeek Working…

For most of my life, I have been an AvGeek; the term aviation enthusiasts places on itself to describe our obsession with the aviation world and airplanes in general. Since I was young I wanted to work for an airline and become an airline pilot, and earlier last year I…

Aviation Art: From Photos to Beautiful Sketches

Have you ever been bored and doodled some airplane "art" on a piece of paper or even a napkin? As aviation enthusiasts, we all probably have at some point, but our doodles don't even come close in comparison to this AvGeek's aviation sketches. Meet Carlos Lugo, an aviation student currently…

An AvGeek’s Perspective: The 737 MAX’s First Flight

Awe-inspiring: that, in my opinion, is the best word to describe watching the Boeing 737 MAX 8 take to the cloudy, grey Washington skies for the first time. Here's how the day shaped up: At 5 am, I work up to some "pump-up" music. At 6:15 am, I drove from…

Airline Metrics: Passenger Load Factor

Ashwin Jadhav, a member of our AirlineGeeks team, will be authoring a weekly series highlighting some of the important metrics that airlines monitor on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis to improve performance. From a passenger’s perspective, this series will provide an excellent insight on how these metrics…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Canadian Airlines

Canada is a large and expansive country, with the majority of its population centers spread out. With such a great distance between the major cities, air travel is vital to keep people connected. For years, the Canadian skies have been dominated by Air Canada. However, in the late 1980s, a…