Interview: Adept Test Pilot’s Perspective on Aviation’s Future

"They were called test pilots. And no one knew their names," - The Right Stuff So begins the story of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, and the story of modern aviation. For every new engine, every new system, and every new aircraft, it is this unique breed of pilot who…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Service Between London Heathrow and Tampa

On Wednesday Virgin Atlantic announced that it will continue its transatlantic expansion with a new nonstop service from its London Heathrow (LHR) hub to Tampa, Florida (TPA). Service to The Sunshine State will begin on November 3, 2022, just in time to capture the winter demand.  The carrier will initially…

Cathay Pacific Considers ‘Crucial’ Fleet Renewal

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific is considering a possible renewal of its fleet, especially to strengthen its short and medium-haul services, Bloomberg reported. A new dispute between Airbus and Boeing could thus be triggered. "We are constantly looking at the fleet requirements," assured Augustus Tang, the company’s CEO. "We have not…

Air New Zealand Relaunches International Routes to Meet Travel Demand

Air New Zealand has announced the recommencement of 14 international routes over a 16-day period in July. According to the New Zealand Herald, the airline will relaunch services from Auckland to destinations such as Tahiti, Honolulu and Houston that have not seen service for just over 800 days. "Come July,…

Trip Report: Norse Atlantic Airways’ Inaugural Flight from New York…

Norse Atlantic Airways — the ultra-low-cost transatlantic carrier — recently launched its operations from the U.S. As passengers look for cheaper fares in a summer travel market that is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels, CEO Bjørn Tore Larson’s all Boeing 787 Dreamliner airline looks to offer an alternative option to…

First of Last: Atlas Air Takes Delivery of Boeing 747-8F,…

U.S. cargo and charter airline Atlas Air took delivery of the first of four Boeing 747-8Fs (freighters) it plans to add to its fleet during 2022. The aircraft will operate on behalf of its Chinese customer Cainiao, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, as part of a previously announced long-term agreement. The…

The Boeing 737-200 And the Start of the Jet Age…

Lately, aviation enthusiasts have rarely seen Boeing 737-200 aircraft — easy to notice with a distinctive engine shape — crossing the Indonesian archipelago. The reason is that many national airlines have stopped operating these aircraft, among them Sriwijaya Air. The airline, owned by Chandra Lie, was recorded to have operated…

IAG Finalizes Agreement For Up To 150 Boeing 737 Aircraft

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced on Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Boeing to order 25 737-8200 and 25 737-10 aircraft. The announcement also advises that the parent group of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and LEVEL have the option for a further 100 aircraft in…

FAA Clears 52 United 777-200’s to Fly, Bolstering Airline’s Fleet…

United Airlines said on Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared 52 of United’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft operating with Pratt & Whitney PW400 engines after over a year of standstill after the type was grounded following an accident in February 2021.  On Feb. 20, 2021, a fan blade inside…