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An American Airlines MD-80 in the maintenance hangar. (Photo: Ryan Patterson/@diecastryan)

The Quest for One Last Flight: An Ode to the MD-80

Once a mainstay at the country’s major airports, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world. Flying for the likes of Trans World Airlines, Delta Air Lines and, most notably, American Airlines, the aircraft is best described as a workhorse, performing the short-medium haul routes necessary to maintain the hub-and-spoke system employed by so many of the world’s airlines today. [caption id="attachment_25204" align="alignnone" width="1024"] An American MD-80 after being pushed back at Dallas-Fort Worth…

Dallas/Fort Worth to Keflavik: Classic Competition and Hometown Pride

In the evening of May 24, a bright purple Airbus A330-300 touched down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The aircraft, registered TF-WOW, is one of two of the type flying for Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air. After taxiing into the Terminal D ramp, pilots tucked the aircraft into a hardstand…

American Will Fly to Cancun with a 787-8 Dreamliner

American Airlines announced recently that it will operate some of its routes to Cancun, Mexico with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, in a three-times-per-week schedule, both from Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth. Normally covered by smaller aircraft, such as the A321 or 737-800, the change aims to offer an improved passenger experience,…

28 Passengers and a Fading Brand: The Legacy of Virgin…

Virgin America is, and always has been, unlike any other airline in the United States. They offer a degree of luxury overtakes any of the other American competition, while keeping prices affordable. I had been on the airline once before and had an image ingrained in my head that came with…

Southwest Airlines Begins 2018 with Employee Bonuses and New Airplanes

The GOP tax bill has been making headlines recently and Southwest Airlines just announced a $1,000 bonus to all of its employees as a result of this tax reform. As a way for the airline to celebrate the recent passage of the tax reform legislation, the board of directors at…

Flying in the Cheer: The 12th Year of American Airlines’…

The scene at gate C2 on Saturday was one out of a movie. Hundreds of volunteers, veterans, soldiers, American Airlines employees, and media crowded around the end of the jet bridge, anxiously awaiting the arrival of an Airbus A321. The plane pulls up, the door is opened, and over 150…

American Airlines to Launch New Flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to…

Fort Worth-based American Airlines will begin flying to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland beginning on June 7, 2018. Daily flights to the world’s northernmost capital will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 20. The airline will serve Reykjavik from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, American’s largest hub. Vasu Raja, Vice President…

Etihad Cuts Route to Dallas, Blames American Airlines

After operating non-stop flights three times weekly between Dallas Fort-Worth and Abu Dhabi for just over three years, Etihad Airways announced its plans to suspend the flight, effective March 25, 2018. The flight, which has been operating since February 2 of this year, is made possible by a codeshare agreement…

What It’s Like to Fly Onboard Southwest’s New Boeing 737…

“My name is Gary Kelly, and I am an employee here at Southwest Airlines.” This was the unique start that Southwest’s CEO, Gary Kelly, had to say when his team opened the door for the first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by a U.S-based airline. The comment…

Icelandair Lands at DFW, Direct Challenge to WOW Air

On Thursday another Reykjavik based carrier, Icelandair, announced nonstop flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), one of Texas’ largest and busiest metroplexes. The airline is second to announce flights to Keflavik International Airport after WOW Air announced DFW as it’s thirteenth US destination on September 6. Icelandair will…