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This Week in Aviation: 5 Things to Watch

Northeastern United States Enters Recovery Mode After a long battle with Winter Storm Jonas, many airports in the Northeast corner of the U.S. will be recovering from the cancellations that they have been plagued with over the past several days. Crews will be on the ramps, taxiways, and runways constantly trying to make conditions better as airlines begin to send aircraft back in to help passengers reach their original destinations. United Airlines Pilots Vote to Ratify Contract Extension [caption id="attachment_4151"…

The Frontier Model: History, Hubs, and More Revenue

Frontier Airlines has quickly become the third largest low-cost carrier in the nation, finding a unique niche as it has slowly moved into the ultra-low-cost carrier model. The airline shocked many travelers as it unveiled a whopping 58 new routes last week and solidified itself as the brand of choice…

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.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Mesaba Airlines

In 1944, Gordy Newstrom founded Mesaba Aviation for the purpose of transporting employees of the Blandin Paper Mill Company. It would not be long, however, until the small Minnesota-based company would expand to become a much more significant presence in the airline industry. Purchased by new owners in 1970, the…

Sports and Airlines: Bringing the Colorful and Unique to Your…

Airlines and sports might not be the most important pairing in the world, but it sure does provide variety to a local airport. This is especially true during the fall when most sports are either in the start of their season or in the postseason. The reality is that airlines…

Air France Officials Attacked In Employee Riot

Following the announcement of up to 2,900 planned job cuts to their 69,000 employee workforce, Air France officials had to be led away with police protection after angry riots led by airline colleagues. The incident occurred when Air France held a meeting with its central committee within the company's headquarters…

Finnair’s First A350 XWB Makes Its Maiden Flight

Finland's flag carrier Finnair has seen its first Airbus A350-900 XWB embark on its maiden flight out of Toulouse. The aircraft, registered F-WZFM, took off at 11:20UTC on September 16th from Airbus' headquarters in southern France before conducting its initial flight tests lasting around six hours. [caption id="attachment_3088" align="alignright" width="300"] Finnair A350…

Scoot Retires Last 777, Becomes First All 787 Fleet

On September 2, 2015, Singapore-based low-cost carrier, Scoot, announced they had officially transitioned to an all Boeing 787 fleet with the retirement of their last 777-200ER. The transition process has gone very quickly for Scoot as it was only seven months ago that they received their first 787 in a…

Malaysia Airlines Reforms Under a New Identity

On Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines welcomed the formation of their new company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad. CEO Christoph Mueller walked through Kuala Lumpur International Airport, along with other staff members and senior managers, to mark the occasion. Passengers arriving and departing from Kuala Lumpur were greeted by the staff members, a warm…

Airlines Begin Banning the Shipment of Game Trophies

In light of recent news of the killing of world renown Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter Palmer, airlines around the globe have updated their policies to no longer allow for game trophies to be shipped in their cargo holds. The first airline to make the change…