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A United Airlines 747 arrives in Austin (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Former United 747 Returns to the Skies

In November 2017, United Airlines retired the 747 after 47 years of service.  After being retired from revenue service, most of the former flagships of the United fleet made their way to Southern California for storage and a quiet retirement.  However, one of United's 747-400s, N119UA, has been brought out of retirement for a second career with Atlas Air. N119UA was originally delivered to United back in March of 1999. The aircraft was retired in October of 2017 and stored…

Opinion: The Problem of Aviation in Media

Often times the mainstream media is criticized when it comes to coverage of the aviation industry. More often than not, coverage is incomplete, inaccurate, or sensationalized. The aviation industry is often too complex and time consuming for mainstream media to properly report in their news cycle. However, what can be…

Atlas Air 767 Freighter Crashes Near Houston-IAH

An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300ER Freighter has crashed into Trinity Bay, east of Houston. The aircraft departed Miami International Airport with Houston Intercontinental airport as its destination at 11:33 local time, and crashed "shortly before 12:45", according to an FAA statement. The crash occurred about 40 miles southeast of Bush…

Amazon Prime Air Pilots Head to Seattle for Protest Outside…

The saga for cargo pilots flying under the Amazon Prime Air brand and their fight for increased working standards, benefits and wages continues as pilots employed by both Atlas Air and Abx Air took their fight to Amazon’s doorstep to make their voice heard. In a protest outside Amazon’s headquarters…

Southern Air Pilots Vote to Adopt New Standards

In a vote that saw an overwhelming majority of Southern Air pilots vote in the affirmative, a Letter of Agreement (LOA) that will raise pilot standards at Southern has been approved. The two-week long vote began on July 25 and closed on Thursday, achieving a 94.76 percent margin to ratify…

Southern Air Cargo Pilots Hope to Improve Standards with New…

When two airlines are combined, either through acquisition or merger, there's always the question of integration when it comes to the pilots. Cargo airlines are no different. In 2016, cargo giant Atlas Air acquired rival cargo airline Southern Air for $110 million. Two years later, Atlas has yet to equalize…

The Cost of Free Shipping: Cargo Pilots Claim Amazon is…

As the old saying goes, "if it's free, it's for me," and for most American consumers, nothing beats free. Ecommerce giant Amazon understands this well and is known for providing its Amazon Prime customers with 2-day shipping on products and effectively wiping out the retail industry in the United States,…

SonAir Ends Houston Express After 17 Years

Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) made headlines when it became the first airport in North America to offer non-stop flights to each continent, excluding Antarctica, a few weeks ago. The addition of United’s flight from IAH to Sydney meant that there was now a direct flight to mainland Australia.…