Throwback Thursday
Photo: Creative Commons License Friendly Islands Airways CASA C-212-200 Aviocar at Essendon Airport by Daniel Tanner

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Royal Tongan Airlines

Established in 1985,  government-owned Royal Tongan Airlines officially commenced operations, the result of several years of planning. Just two years earlier, All Nippon Airways had conducted a feasibility study into the formation of a Tongan airline, which, following numerous changes in participating airlines, found success. The company was initially named Friendly Island Airways. Domestic flights started in 1985 with the purchase of a CASA 212 and a Britten-Norman Islander. A year after, flights were also started to American Samoa and Western…

United Raises a Glass to Veterans

Throughout the month of November and in honor of Veterans Day, United Club customers will have the chance to support military charities by purchasing select beverages. United has selected two beers to serve at its United Club locations, each chosen from breweries started and owned by veterans. In Chicago, United…

20 Years Later: A Look at Emirates’ Manchester Success

Emirates has played a sizable role at Manchester, providing direct services to the Middle East and beyond from Dubai International Airport for over 20 years. Currently, Emirates has two Airbus A380s and one Boeing B777-300ER flying into Manchester providing these services. From January 2017, the airline will be incorporating three…

Etihad Airways Expands India – UAE Flights With Jet Airways…

Etihad Airways today announced the expansion of scheduled services between Abu Dhabi and India as strategic partner Jet Airways unveiled new routes and additional frequencies to further strengthen their partnership in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets. From early 2017, the two airlines will expand their services between…

Here Come The Saints: Saint Helena Airport

In the Atlantic Ocean, roughly two-thirds of the way between South America and Africa, lies the island of Saint Helena. The island, approximately 50 square miles, is home to 4,500 Saint Helenians living in one of the most remote locations in the world. While the British Overseas Territory is most…

Singapore Launches Manchester to Houston Service

Changi-based Singapore Airlines has inaugurated service between Singapore-Manchester-Houston on October 31st, marking a new milestone for the airline's operations at Manchester. This is the first direct flight to Singapore from Manchester as well as the first direct service to Houston from Manchester. Singapore initially operated to Manchester via Munich using…

How Some Airlines in Northern Europe and Russia Play “The…

This is part three of “The Name Game” series. Before reading, be sure to check out Part One and Two on North American and Central European carriers. No two aircraft are alike, and while every carrier can showcase this fact by slapping a registration number on the aircraft and recording…

New iCAS System Offers Advantages, Step Forward For Single European…

As a new air traffic control system that reduces delays, saves fuel, and decreases CO2 emissions, iCAS offers opportunity for the improvement of civil as well as military air traffic control. This Thursday, the German air traffic control, Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the Dutch air traffic control, Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL), and the…

Emirates Launches World’s Shortest Airbus A380 Service

Emirates will launch the world's shortest A380 flight this December. The double-decker will be scheduled on one of the nine daily flights that make the 385km Doha flight. From December 1, the flight will depart Dubai at 0745 arriving into Doha at 0805 as EK841. The return flight, EK 842, will…

Heathrow’s Third Runway Announcement: The Losers

Just over 24 hours since the UK Government finally put an end to the long and tedious topic and made a decision to expand London Heathrow with an additional runway, the UK (and government) can now expect another long and tedious process before any construction begins. In fact, our in-house poll currently…