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United's CRJ-550 in its new livery (Photo: AirlineGeeks

First Look: Inside United’s CRJ-550 Regional Jet

United’s new CRJ-550 enters regular passenger service on Sunday, and AirlineGeeks was invited to take a look at the airplane before its inaugural run. The reconfigured CRJ-700 is a stark departure from the regional jets of the past with comfortable seating and passenger-friendly amenities. United touts the 550 as, “the world's only 50-seat regional aircraft to offer true first-class seating and other premium amenities.” [caption id="attachment_37440" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Boarding United's CRJ-550 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)[/caption] Boarding the CRJ-550 passengers…

Photo Tour: Exploring Embraer’s New E195-E2 Profit Hunter

While Brazilian carrier Azul was getting ready to launch its first flight with the new Embraer 195-E2, the aircraft manufacturer continued its promotional tour to showcase its newest aircraft around the world. AirlineGeeks had the opportunity to have a much closer look at the biggest aircraft of the Embraer family,…

Onboard the Final Flight: Qantas Transfers Newly-Retired Boeing 747 to…

Continuing its gradual retirement of the type, Qantas parted ways with another Boeing 747-400 on Tuesday. The airline’s latest Boeing 747 to be sent to the United States was VH-OJU named Lord Howe Island, a near-20-year-old Qantas veteran and one of its longest-serving global ambassadors at the time of its…

Mahan Air 747 Re-Enters Service After Nine Years in Storage

Iran’s largest privately-owned airline recently reactivated an aircraft that was stored in 2010. Mahan Air’s EP-MNB performed a test flight on Aug. 27, 2019 according to ch-aviation and began commercial flights on Sept. 4. The aircraft was first delivered to Mahan Air in 2009 and flew for just over one…

Air Tahiti Nui Goes from All-Airbus to All-Boeing, Retires Last…

Air Tahiti Nui has retired its last Airbus A340-300, once the flagship of its fleet, and is now an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner airline. The French Polynesian carrier started its transition less than a year ago, taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing’s North Charleston facility in October…

Airbus Confirms Belief There Is No Market For New Mid-Market…

The two biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, Boeing Inc. and Airbus Industries, are continuing their battle on the potential viability for a new New Mid-Market Aircraft or New Midsize Aircraft (NMA). The NMA is an aircraft that is supposed to cover the market between the Boeing 757 and the…

UPS Announces Successful Test Flight of A300 with Flight Deck…

UPS Airlines has announced that Airbus recently conducted a successful test flight of its first A300 with a robust set of flight deck upgrades. The shipping giant currently operates 52 Airbus A300-600 freighters and plans to complete the flight deck upgrades on its entire A300 fleet.  The A300 represents approximately 20…

Airbus and Boeing Behind U.S./EU Tariff Threats

In 2006 U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing filed a case with the World Trade Organization alleging that the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, jointly owned by Germany, Spain, France, and partially the UK, had received billions in illegal subsidies amounting to $22 billion that gave Airbus an unfair advantage in the aviation…

Future of Flight to Offer Tours of Boeing’s “Dreams Take…

Starting Sept. 16, the Boeing's Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett, Wash. near Paine Field will offer tours of "Dreams Take Flight," its own special liveried Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Dreamliner, currently parked next to the museum, is a tribute to the Employees Community Fund of Boeing. [caption id="attachment_36654"…

Fiji Airways’ First A350 One Step Closer to Delivery

Fiji Airways’ first Airbus A350-900 moved a step closer to delivery this week after rolling out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France. The aircraft now awaits installation of engines and ground and flight tests to complete the final phases of the assembly process, with delivery due to Fiji…