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Airbus photographer Alex Doumenjou uses high level camera equipment to capture the first delivery of the A350 (Photo: Airbus)

The Ultimate Planespotter: An Interview With Airbus Corporate Photographer Alexandre Doumenjou

Everyone has their own way of taking pictures of airplanes; some use an iPhone or a basic digital camera, while others might purchase professional camera equipment. Many planespotters don’t receive monetary compensation for braving the elements to photograph airplanes. But for many, it isn’t about the compensation, but rather about a passion for aviation. For airlines and aircraft manufacturers, having a well-established photographer at their disposal is critical to document events, new aircraft, and other developments. For Airbus, an aircraft…

From Coach to First: My Peculiar Journey Across the Pacific

Nowadays if you want to hop on a flight across the Pacific, you’re left to decide between countless numbers of varying options. Some of the world’s top airlines operate nonstop flights from the United States to destinations across Asia. The question becomes, “So how do you decide which airline to…

Air Caraibes’ A350XWB Inaugural Flight: A Caribbean Journey

Air Caraibes took the delivery of their first Airbus A350XWB on Feb. 28, 2017 making them the first French carrier to operate the aircraft type. In addition to F-HHAV, Air Caraibes will be receiving six A350XWBs, one of which they will be receiving at the end of March and three…

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…

Thinking Outside the Plane: Aerospace Companies with Non-Aviation Departments

While many corporations have found success in the aviation sector, by building everything from engines to aircraft, others have ventured further or have found ways to better other transportation sectors. For this story, stay grounded as we look at some popular aviation companies and their ability to advance other industries.…

Aviation in Iceland: From Rock Bottom to Revolutionized

A few years might seem like a short timeframe for rapid change, but Iceland's aviation companies have gone from struggles for survival to success in just eight years. These companies, much like the people who inhabited the island years ago, must yet again adapt to their new uncharted waters. Iceland’s recession in 2008 was…

A Lesson on the Importance of Crew Resource Management

On Dec. 28, 1978, United flight 173 was approaching Portland after an evening flight from Denver. The Douglas DC-8 was operated by an experienced flight crew with a combined total of over 35,000 flight hours between the three. As the crew lowered the landing gear for their approach, a loud…

Rehabilitating and Rebuilding Iraq’s Flag Carrier

Following the war in Iraq, national flag carrier Iraqi Airways was left with a war torn country and a fleet that showed its age. The carrier has seen their fleet of 17 fixed wing aircraft become grounded during the Invasion of Kuwait. Outside of a few domestic routes and pilgrimage…

How Airlines Can Prevent Upsetting System Outages

Delta Air Lines, British Airways, and Southwest Airlines all experienced devastating, costly, and upsetting delays over the past several years. This past summer, airlines expected to see one of the busiest travel seasons in history. When that proved true, they tried to be as prepared as possible. Many of their…

How Some Asian Airlines Play “The Name Game”

This is part six of “The Name Game” series. For earlier parts, check out Part One,  Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five covering other major regions around the world.  No two aircraft are alike, and while every carrier can showcase this fact by slapping a registration number on the…