Merger Mishap: The TWA – American Merger 15 Years Later

December 1, 2001 was the last official day of operation for one of America’s most historic carriers, Trans World Airlines. After years of mixed results, ranging from the buildup of a European network to numerous bankruptcies, the airline was acquired by American Airlines. Initial results proved dismal, as poor planning…

Commercial Service to Cuba: A Brief History and Potential Future

On Nov. 25, Fidel Castro, the former President of Cuba for over 30 years, passed away. While the former leader hasn’t been in charge of the country for the past eight years, his nationalist views and Marxist political ideology is still felt by Cuba’s population of more than 11 million…

How Some African Airlines Play “The Name Game”

This is Part Five of “The Name Game” series. For earlier parts, check out Part One,  Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four, 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 aircraft and…

How Some Airlines in Europe Play “The Name Game”

No two aircraft are alike, and while every carrier can showcase this fact by slapping a registration number on the aircraft and recording the airplane’s manufacturing number, some take it a tad bit further. In this series we will look into the airlines that take individualizing each airplane to the…

Flight Crate: A New AvGeek Favorite

For us AvGeeks, it’s tempting to get our hands on every little piece of memorabilia we see, from model airplanes to posters. However, some items tend to be pricey and difficult to obtain. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your monthly dosage of AvGeek collectables at a…

A Flight Attendant’s Perspective: Inside An Aircraft Evacuation

“This is the captain: Evacuate. Evacuate. Evacuate.” These words are not something you expect to hear moments before lifting off the ground on a routine commerical flight. You start to smell smoke, the airplane comes grinding to a halt, and suddenly your routine flight becomes anything but. Scared and confused,…

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…

How Some Airlines in Northern Europe and Russia Play “The…

This is part three of “The Name Game” series. Before reading, be sure to check out Part One and Two on North American and Central European carriers. No two aircraft are alike, and while every carrier can showcase this fact by slapping a registration number on the aircraft and recording…

Heathrow’s Third Runway Announcement: The Losers

Just over 24 hours since the UK Government finally put an end to the long and tedious topic and made a decision to expand London Heathrow with an additional runway, the UK (and government) can now expect another long and tedious process before any construction begins. In fact, our in-house poll currently…