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First Look: Onboard Latin America’s First 737 MAX 8 on a 4,400 Mile Odyssey Through…

As a symbolic inauguration of the recently acquired Boeing 737 MAX, Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) completed the aircraft's first "federal flight" on Tuesday linking Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires, with the country's north, its center, and the most southern city in the whole continent, just a few miles from Antarctica. The inaugural flight, a four-leg trip that covered 4,400 miles in total, started at 5:35 am, when the brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8, with registration LV-GVD, took off from Aeroparque…

Delta’s Boeing 747 Farewell Tour Gets an Additional High-Profile Stop

On Thursday, Delta Air Lines announced they would add a stop Boeing 747 farewell tour. The farewell tour for the iconic aircraft will now also stop at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The airport is home to Boeing's main aircraft manufacturing plant. The tour is already scheduled to originate in…

American Airlines Faces Pressure from Pilots Following Scheduling Glitch

Following a glitch with American Airlines’ pilot scheduling system in which some flights were unstaffed for the upcoming holiday season, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) has filed a formal grievance. According to the APA, American’s management disclosed a failure with the system last Friday, and as a result, thousands of…

Leasing Company Amedeo Plans to Create Its Own All-A380 Airline

Leasing company Amedeo is planning to set up its own airline after the company has been unable to find new lessors for its 18 Airbus A 380 aircraft. According to a press release issued this week, Amedeo is looking to build up a fleet of A380 aircraft only and to…

Hainan Airlines Completes Its First Transcontinental Flight Partly with Biofuels

Hainan Airlines recently completed its first transcontinental flight with an aircraft fueled in part by biofuels derived from waste cooking oil. This marks a step forward in China’s plan of meeting goals for a green economy and low carbon emissions. Though the aviation industry contributes around two percent of global…

California Pacific Airlines Plans to Launch Again

Carlsbad-based California Pacific Airlines was recently certified by the FAA as a scheduled air carrier. According to the San Diego Reader, the announcement came on Nov. 16 at a meeting for shareholders and supporters of the airline. This is one of the first pieces of good news since the airline…

The Hero We Never Expected: The Rise of the Airbus…

When I was younger, I sought to fly on as many aircraft types as I possibly could. As an infrequent flyer at the time, every new plane I flew on was special. Planning my future travel and thinking back on my younger self, I am reminded of one aircraft that…

U.S. Approval Granted for Delta Air Lines and Korean Air…

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) granted approval to the proposed joint venture between Delta Air Lines and the South Korean flag carrier Korean Air. The deal, originally struck on June 23, is now awaiting official approval from the DOT's Korean counterpart, the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and…

Whether to Lease or to Buy: An Introduction to Aircraft…

Aircraft are considerably expensive purchases, especially when buying dozens of them for your airline. With orders frequently totaling in the billions of dollars, it is hard to imagine how an airline could possibly pay for all of the planes they have. Purchasing huge numbers of aircraft can tie up considerable…

Fourth U.S. Airline Pulls Out of Cuban Market

Alaska Airlines announced that it will end its daily flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, with its last flight to the Cuban capital planned for Jan. 22, 2018. Alaska was the first carrier to connect the West Coast and Havana with commercial service beginning on Jan. 5, 2017. Andrew…