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HK-3133X preserved as a hotel room at Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mark Evans)

A Look Inside Costa Rican Airplane Hotels

Plane hotels have become more and more popular over recent years. From the Boeing 747 hotel at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport to the TWA Lockheed Constellation at New York’s JFK Airport. Some have actually been converted into hotel rooms while other hotels simply use the aircraft as a theme to entice customers to stay at the hotel.  One of the very first ones was in Costa Rica at Hotel Costa Verde. They helped start a growing trend when they took an…

Throwback Thursday: Zuliana De Aviacion and A Venezuelan Scrapyard

Zuliana De Aviacion was a Venezuelan airline formed in 1985 and based in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Initially starting out as a cargo airline, it later started passenger flights. In addition to several domestic routes, the airline expanded into Colombia as well as started international flights to the U.S.…

The JT8D Engine Roars into History Books as Delta Retires…

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…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: British West Indies Airways

Prior to Caribbean Airlines's dominance of the Caribbean market in recent years, another Trinidad and Tobago carrier used to own the title of being one of the biggest island fliers. Its name was British West Indian Airways, or BWIA for short. BWIA dates back to 1939, when New Zealander and…