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OPINION: Why Alaska Should Keep the Virgin Brand

On April 4th, Alaska Airlines announced they had reached a deal to acquire west coast rival, Virgin America. The deal would see the new combined airline leapfrog jetBlue and become the fifth largest airline in America. The merged carrier would also have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings as both Alaska and Virgin have won numerous awards for their customer service. However, this merger is not good for the industry and can create problems in the future. To start, the…

5 Reasons to Fly Norwegian

Award-winning and disruptive, Norwegian (operating as Norwegian Air Shuttle, Norwegian Long Haul, and Norwegian Air International) has been raising eyebrows in recent years with regulation hurdles and at times controversial business practices. Through it all, however, the past two years have seen numerous awards and increased profitability for the airline.…

MH370: New Discovery Points to Pilot Suicide

March 8th, 2014: a day to remember, a day to mourn, a day to wonder. The day when a 777-200 dropped off the face of the earth, only leaving behind a few pieces of debris that are only thought to be linked to Malaysian Airlines flight 370. The flight was flying…

It’s Okay, Boeing. We forgive you. Here’s why.

The number 4. Sandwiched between two 7’s, this number in the 747 LCF name also designates how many of these whales roam the skies of our planet. And most mornings, around 6:30 a.m., one flies over my house at an altitude of 2200 feet on final approach for runway 16R…

Can Air Canada Save the CSeries?

On Wednesday, Air Canada announced a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Bombardier for the purchase of 45 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 and the potential to substitute the CS100. It is the first order for the CSeries family in 2016 and the first order or commitment for…

ANALYSIS: Why a United Airlines Order For The C-Series Could…

The diverse United Airlines fleet had 256 50-seat regional jets at the end of 2015. A few weeks ago, United announced their order for 40 Boeing 737-700 aircraft. This will allow the Chicago-based carrier to reduce its fleet of 50-seat aircraft by more than half by 2019. “We are continuing…

ANALYSIS: Why American Airlines Should Further Align with Etihad

Over the past several years, competition has been heating up between American carriers and their rivals overseas. One unique spotlight has been American Airlines, who while has gone on record decrying that Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar all operate as government subsidized airlines, has formed significant partnerships with both Etihad and…

ANALYSIS: Why American Airlines Should Further Align with Qatar

Over the past several years, competition has been heating up between American carriers and their rivals overseas. One unique spotlight has been American Airlines, who while has gone on record decrying that Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar all operate as government subsidized airlines, has formed significant partnerships with both Etihad and…

Six of the Best Aviation Videos in 2015

As we bid farewell to the year of 2015, and begin to welcome the 366-day 2016, we look back at some of the best videos that went viral around the aviation world. 6. Virgin 747-400 London Gatwick Landing Well, okay, strictly speaking this video surfaced just after the incident back…

OPINION: It’s Time for Southwest to Enter the Regional Jet…

Here comes the world’s more unpopular opinion: if Southwest wanted to enter the regional jet market, now is the time. The airline has seen rapid expansion over the last few years with the merger with AirTran and now that it is complete, some routes are starting to show their weaknesses.…