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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 at Paine Airfield. The four Pratt & Whitney PW4062’s powering this behemoth create quite the racket, just enough to raise me from my slumber with a sleepy grin. I don't…

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.…

OPINION: Laborious Transit Experience at Beijing International Airport

Back when my wife and I were booking flights for our trip from Montreal to Mumbai, we had many options to choose from. There were obviously numerous possibilities via Europe, the Middle East and USA, including: - Air Canada / Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich - British Airways via London…

OPINION: Why Pilotless Aircraft Don’t Make Sense

As I write this post, I am currently climbing up to 3,500 feet above the New Zealand North Island landscape. On the tip of the right wing is Mt Maungatautari, and in the far distance I can see Mt Ruapehu, also known as Mt Doom to those who know their Lord…

The Airplane: What Would Modern Life Be Without It?

The airplane; easily one of most influential inventions of the 20th century, if not all time. Let's be honest, nothing has come along that has revolutionized our world as much as aviation. Granted, the internet is a pretty decent invention, it didn't shrink the world as much as it did…