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N900DE performed the final MD-88 passenger flight for Delta. (Photo: Hunter Lyons)

The JT8D Engine Roars into History Books as Delta Retires McDonnell Douglas Fleet

With the retirement of Delta’s McDonnell-Douglas MD-88s, the chapter for the MD-80 series in North America and the world closes for major airlines. However, it is more than just the metal fuselage that will see service decrease as the engine that once powered numerous aircraft types is falling silently into the history books. Coming off the militarily successful J-52, the JT8D was Pratt & Whitney’s response to the increasing demand for the smaller sizes requested for commercial jets. The Boeing…

American Plans to Shrink Management Staff by 30%

Amidst COVID-19 and its effects on many industries in the economy during this time period, around the world, the aviation industry has been one of the top sectors that are deeply affected by the global pandemic. Many major U.S. airlines are attempting to rebound, through modified cleaning procedures, more flexible…

Evanescent Embraer: The E190’s Quickly Fading Presence in North America

One of the fallouts of the recent few months has been the rapid acceleration of retirements of aircraft that airlines believed were going to withstand a few more years. Peel back the emotional retirements like McDonnell-Douglas MD-80s and Boeing 747s and you will find some other noteworthy names fading into…

American Finds Cash Cushion Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

American Airlines has announced that, with government aid, it has enough liquidity to survive the travel drop-off associated with the Coronavirus pandemic. American reported its Q1 results a bit over a week ago and it revealed its current liquidity status as well as its current cash flow position. The airline…

U.S. Airlines to Make Wearing Face Masks Compulsory

American, Delta and Frontier join JetBlue in making wearing face masks compulsory for passengers traveling as of next week. This is part of a wider set of sanitary measures that different stakeholders are putting in place as the world prepares to slowly reintroduce economic activity as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.…

United, American Significantly Reduce New York Service

New York has become the epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As such travel demand to the city has collapsed, as has demand across the world. In response, United, one of the largest carriers in the city, has made drastic reductions to its flying schedule. In total,…

American Airlines and GOL Announce Codeshare Agreement

This Tuesday, American Airlines and GOL, Brazil's largest airline, announced a mutual codeshare agreement, which will allow both airlines to increase their respective networks in their peer's home markets. The agreement is still pending regulators' approvals. American says the partnership will be present in 53 flights operated by GOL, departing…

American Begins Scheduled 787 Dreamliner Service in Philadelphia

On Tuesday, American Airlines began its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes out of its Philadelphia hub to the cities of Amsterdam, Zurich, Manchester, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth with more to follow in the near future. That date also marks the opening of a 787 pilot base in the former carrier…

Changing Times: The Airline-Aircraft Combinations That Ended In The 2010s

As 2020 rolls around a decade of change has been brought to the airline industry and with mergers and acquisitions defining the 2010s, a round of aircraft removals drew headlines across the industry. So, as the next decade begins in under one week, let us take a look back at…

Wichita Lands Phoenix Competition with New American Service

One of Wichita’s most popular carriers has officially launched its newest route from the city as American Airlines flew its inaugural flight from Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday. The largest airline to serve Wichita, American will fly the route daily through…