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Regional Carrier Becomes First European Airline to Order Russian Sukhoi

Irish based regional airline CityJet has confirmed its order for 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes, becoming the first european airline to purchase the new fly-by-wire aircraft. The $35 million airplane is one of four different variants of the type, differing by seat capacity and range. CityJet has opted for a five-abreast cabin seating its 98 passengers.The new arrivals, starting with the first four being delivered in 2016, will replace the airline's current 95-seat Avro RJ85 fleet. CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne stated…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: RenoAir

On July 2, 1992, RenoAir commenced operations and began a memorable seven year effort to keep themselves in the sky. As their name suggests, the airline was based in Reno, Nevada, with additional hubs in Las Vegas and San Jose. RenoAir adopted the city of Reno's famous motto with a slight…

A Look at Air France’s Sizable Caribbean Operations

France has always played a large role in the Caribbean. In 1625, the French colonized the island of St. Kitts. Later, they moved to other Caribbean islands such as Martinique, St. Barts, Haiti, and Grenada. As time went on, some islands have lost French control, either through independence or other…

Delta MD-88 Slides Off the Runway at LGA

A Delta aircraft slid off runway 13 late Thursday morning at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Delta flight 1086, an MD-88 from Atlanta registered as N909DL, touched down at LaGuardia at 11 a.m. The weather at LaGuardia was not particularly favorable with snow, freezing fog, and approximately a quarter-mile of visibility.…

A Personal Essay: The Call and Need For Pilots

“Arlington traffic, Experimental 'niner' two Delta is two miles west, maneuvering for the Forty-Five for left traffic, runway 34, full stop.” [caption id="attachment_1043" align="alignleft" width="300"] "Good morning, sunshine." | Photo provided by EIC Chase Meyer[/caption] That call, and many others like it streaming from the radios fill the many hangers…

The Future of the A350 WXB

[caption id="attachment_553" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo via Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the…

Silver Airways: The Cape Air of Florida

Weaving between the Southwest 737’s and the jetBlue A320’s that dominate Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are the tiny Saab 340’s of Silver Airways. The planes may be a lot smaller than the national airlines counterparts, but Silver still makes a big impact on Florida. The airline mainly operates between Florida…

An Inside Look at Delta Air Lines

[caption id="attachment_666" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo provided by Ryan Ewing[/caption] For roughly 90 years, Delta Air Lines has been flying passengers all over the world. Led by CEO Richard Anderson, Delta isn’t only flying; they are thriving in a financially unstable airline industry. With more than 5,400 daily flights, 722 mainline aircraft,…

World Airways Calls it Quits

After years of struggling to stay profitable, World Airways finally called it quits today. The airline’s parent company, Global Aero Logistics, decided after failing to find investors to resurrect the airline from bankruptcy to cancel all flights starting May 27. The airline is the second to claim bankruptcy in the…