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Air Transat to Become First Airline to Operate Airbus A321LR in North America

Montreal-based airline Air Transat will become the first North American carrier to operate Airbus's new A321LR aircraft in 2019. The airline reached a deal to lease ten of the aircraft from Dutch aircraft leasing company AerCap. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer-Customers at Airbus, told Airways Magazine he feels the aircraft will mesh well with Air Transat and with the North American market as a whole. "It gives operators a highly efficient and affordable modern option for their transatlantic routes, and…

The Fading Dutchmen: What’s Left of the Fokker 100/70s

The Fokker Aircraft Corporation launched their last great aircraft in the mid-1980s with the creation of the narrow body Fokker 100 and eventual baby version with the Fokker 70. While the aircraft wasn’t the most popular, Fokker sold a respectable 300+ airframes before going into bankruptcy in 1997. In service,…

Alaska Airlines Offers Chance to View the “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, 2017, Alaska Airlines will be hosting a special charter flight to view the “Great American Eclipse” from 35,000 feet in the air. The flight is specifically geared to pre-selected astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers. Departing Portland at 7:30 AM, this flight will allow the passengers to be…

Paris Air Show Day 3 Recap: 737 MAX 10 Gains…

As day three of the Paris Air Show comes to a close, it has been a rather quiet in terms of orders. While Airbus is still falling behind, Boeing continues to see 737 MAX 10 orders. Boeing [caption id="attachment_13617" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Air Lease Corporation's Memorandum of Understanding for 12 Boeing…

Aircraft Siblings: Boeing Jets Built for Both Commercial and Military…

While it has become easy to notice a Boeing 737 or Airbus A330 given its popularity with airlines, some might not know that the same production line that produced a Southwest Airlines 737-800 produced a military model of the same jet. In this two-part series, we will look into several…

Taking a Ride Onboard the World’s First Revenue A321neo Flight

The morning of a much-anticipated trip is always the best. Anticipation is at its zenith, excitement is at full throttle, and all an avgeek like myself can do is countdown the minutes until it is time to leave for the airport. Of course, this morning was the whole reason I…

SWISS Takes Delivery of Highly Anticipated Bombardier CS300 Aircraft

On Friday, Bombardier announced that Swiss International Airlines took delivery of their first CS300 aircraft at Bombardier's C Series manufacturing facility in Mirabel, Canada. SWISS has planned the CS300's first commercial maiden flight on June 1, 2017, operating from Geneva to Heathrow. The airline intends to take delivery of 30 total…

Looking Back at The History of Emirates

Emirates has cemented itself as one of the world's largest airlines, a result occurring thanks to its exponential rate of expansion over the last several decades. As the largest carrier in the Gulf, Emirates is known around the world for sponsoring some of the biggest sports teams, becoming a true powerhouse in…

China’s Comac C919 Takes off on Historic Maiden Flight

At 02:01 am Eastern Time (14:01 local) the first Comac C919 took off on its maiden flight departing from runway 34R of Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The aircraft, registered B-001A, operating under a special permit to fly by the Chinese CAA, touched back down at 15:20 pm following a one…

A Week of New Orders and Milestone Deliveries for Airbus

With new orders and completed deliveries, Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus has seen its share of success this week. China Southern Places Order for A350XWB Aircraft Guangzhou, China-based China Southern signed an agreement with the airplane manufacturer for 20 A350-900XWB aircraft, making it one of the latest carriers to purchase this…