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EasyJet Looks into Battery-Powered Taxiing

Low-cost European carrier EasyJet is looking into converting some of its fleet to allow aircraft to taxi under battery power, a move which could save the airline up to 50,000 tons of fuel each year. The design into how this will work hasn't fully been released, but the concept will more than likely include motors in the main gear which will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell located in the hold. This battery will transform energy captured from the…

The Evolution of Chicago O’Hare

On Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced the next step of Chicago O’Hare’s multi-million dollar modernization, including plans for a new runway and the potential for terminal enhancements and more gates. “The Mayor’s goal for the airport is straightforward: to make it the best airport in the world,” said Chicago…

An AvGeek’s Perspective: The 737 MAX’s First Flight

Awe-inspiring: that, in my opinion, is the best word to describe watching the Boeing 737 MAX 8 take to the cloudy, grey Washington skies for the first time. Here's how the day shaped up: At 5 am, I work up to some "pump-up" music. At 6:15 am, I drove from…

Cathay Pacific Announces Rebranding of Dragonair

Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific has unveiled that Dragonair will soon be rebranded as Cathay Dragon, leading into "a new era of opportunity and growth." The rebranding of the low-cost subsidy is aimed at capitalizing on Cathay Pacific’s high international brand recognition. The rebranding is made up of a new logo…

Alaska Unveils New Look

On Monday, Alaska Airlines revealed a major overhaul to its brand, which has remained largely unchanged for almost 25 years. The new look features a revised Alaska word-mark and an updated rendition of the classic Eskimo on the tail of the aircraft. Alaska’s iconic Eskimo was first introduced in 1972…

Undercarriage Stowaways: A Short Analysis

The latest body to be discovered in the wheel well of an airliner occurred on January 11th at Paris-Orly Airport. An unidentified male's body was discovered during maintenance operations on an Air France Boeing 777. The aircraft's last scheduled flight left Sao Paulo, Brazil, for Charles De Gaulle, before positioning to…

Emirates to Begin A380 Service to Washington Dulles

Emirates plans to upgrade their Dubai (DXB) to Dulles (IAD) route to an A380. This upgrade will take effect on February 1st, 2016. The carrier decided to upgrade the aircraft in order to accommodate increased passenger needs and capacity. Emirates currently uses their 777-300ER to operate the route to Washington. The…

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.…

Inaugural Air New Zealand Flight is Launched to Houston

While Air New Zealand is known for its destinations throughout Asia and its home country, it is quickly gaining new presence in the United States with its latest flight to Houston, Texas. Flight NZ 38, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER, departed Auckland, New Zealand last night and arrived into Houston…

Qatar Airways Shows Off Their A350XWB in New York

Touching down at JFK on Tuesday was a Qatar Airways Airbus A350XWB, the first commercial A350 to ever grace its wheels upon United States soil. From airport workers, to avid plane spotters everyone was talking, and posting on social media in regards to the arrival. The chatter continues to revolve…