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A Saratov Airlines An-148 jet (Photo: Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia (Saratov Airlines, RA-61701, Antonov An-148-100B) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Saratov Airlines Ordered to Cease Operations in Wake of Fatal Crash

Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, the airline involved in February’s fatal accident outside Moscow which resulted in the deaths of 71 people, has been ordered to cease operations by the Russian Transport Ministry due to continued discrepancies in its flight operations. The accident occurred on Feb. 11 when Saratov Airlines flight 703, an Antonov An-148, crashed shortly after departure from Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Investigations into the crash indicate a combination of human and instrumentation errors as being the likely cause.…

Cubana de Aviación Grounds Antonov 158 Fleet

Cubana de Aviacion, Cuba's flag carrier, received an order from the Cuban National Aviation Authority to ground its An-158 fleet due to recurring technical issues that impact flight safety. The airline operates up to six of the Ukranian aircraft, but the repetition of maintenance issues and unavailability of spare parts…

Aircraft Departure Leads to Gold and Silver Rain in Russia

Last week, a Russian airplane lost over three metric tons of gold bars during take-off from the airport of Yakutsk in Siberia. The precious cargo inside the Nimbus Airlines Antonov AN-12 had shifted during taxiing and damaged the freight door. When the plane accelerated for takeoff, the door opened and…

A History of Saratov Airlines Following Devastating Accident near Moscow

With 2018 still in its infancy and the aviation world still reflecting on a year that suffered no commercial airline fatalities, the wretched news emerging from Russia on Sunday morning brought into sharp focus the dangers that are still very real in air travel. At roughly 08:27 UTC on Sunday,…

Paris Air Show Day 4 Recap: Boeing Secures 125 737MAX…

As trading at the Paris Air Show 2017 comes to an end, it was yet again a big day for Boeing, while Airbus gained a little bit of momentum as well. Bombardier also had a great show. Other than these three manufacturers, day four was a relatively slow day for…

Paris Air Show Day 1 Recap: Split A380 Winglets, Affirmed…

As Day 1 of this year's Paris Air Show concludes, it has been a strong start unsurprisingly for Boeing and Airbus, as they wrack up over 100 orders each. Throughout the course of the week, AirlineGeeks will break down the numbers and provide context for new orders and aircraft designs.…

Built to Fail: General Aviation and Cargo Aircraft

While we all admire the success and fame that has come with aircraft like the Boeing 747 or Airbus A320, not every design is successful. In this multi-part series, we will be looking into some of aviation’s designs that had huge potential and didn’t live up to the hype or…