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Southwest Airlines Gets a Break After Getting Caught Missing Inspections

On Tuesday February 24th, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that Southwest Airlines would have to ground 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The reason for this grounding is a missed inspection of the standby hydraulic system. The aircraft make up almost 20% of Southwest's entire fleet. Little by little, the airline voluntarily removed the aircraft from service and have begun the necessary maintenance inspections. A plan of action was made to complete all over due checks, with most coming…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

Continental, originally Varney Speed Services, started out like many airlines from the 1930s, carrying mail for the United States Postal service. With a focus on the Southwestern United States and new mail routes, Robert Six bought the Southwest division of Varney. In 1937, he moved the airline's headquarters to Denver…

Spirit Airlines Expands in Atlanta

On Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, Fort-Lauderdale based ultra-low cost carrier, Spirit Airlines, announced that it would be launching nine new routes out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new routes will add service to Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Eight of the nine…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History (Part One); Air Florida…

The snow was falling hard at Washington National Airport (DCA) on January 13th, 1982. The flights that weren’t cancelled were forced to endure the long line of backed up flights waiting to use the main runway at DCA. As the planes queued up the snow continued to fall. In the…

The Future of the Airbus A350 XWB

[caption id="attachment_107" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo: Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the A350…

The Future of the A350 WXB

[caption id="attachment_553" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo via Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the…

Eastern Air Lines Returns to America’s Skies

For the first time in 23 years, Eastern Air Lines took to the sky again. On Friday December 19th, the new airline took delivery of their new Boeing 737-800 and officiated the new airline at a ceremony in Miami. The old Eastern Airlines was founded in 1926 as Pitcairn Aviation.…

Delta Introduces New Cabin Interiors

Delta Air Lines, an Atlanta, GA based airline, and one of the world’s largest has debuted a new inflight product. Gone are the days of their international and transcontinental business class products being called Businesselite. They are being replaced with Delta One, a new business class product with lie flat seats…

Overview of Delta’s Recent Wide-Body Order

On Nov. 20, 2014, Delta selected Airbus for their new wide-bodied aircraft, instead of the rival bid from Boeing. Delta confirmed the order for 25 A350-900neo and 25 A330-900 aircraft, whilst Boeing based their bid on the 787-9 and the 777s. The two new types of aircraft will replace the…

An Above Water Cruise Aboard the Four Seasons Jet

Did Air New Zealand get a 757? No, they did not, but this aircraft is much more luxurious than any commercial airliner out there. Toronto based luxury hotel brand, Four Seasons, announced recently that they will begin private jet itineraries around the world. For a hefty $119,000, you can fly…