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Final Report of Air Asia Crash Leaves Questions on Pilot Ability

The final report into Indonesia's Air Asia Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore highlighted a lack of "decisive" control from the aircraft's captain as the reason to why the Airbus A320-200 stalled 11 miles over the Java Sea. The crash occurred on December 28, 2014, around five years after the Air France AF447 accident, which left the entire industry stunned after the report highlighted the highly experienced crew was unaware that their aircraft was in a stall. On December 1,…

Another Dubai Route Bites The Dust

United Airlines has announced that it will cease service to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in January of next year. The airline currently serves Dubai from its hub at Washington-Dulles International Airport. United flight 976 will make its last departure from Washington-Dulles on January 23rd, 2016. The last flight out of…

Industry Impact: The Boeing 737 MAX Will Have to Compete

On December 8th, Boeing rolled-out the new 737 MAX aircraft. It had been anticipated for a while, and was seen as an imperative product release for Boeing to come up with an alternative to the Airbus A320neo as quickly as possible. Following the legacy of earlier Boeing 737 versions, it seems…

United Announces the Comeback of Snacks for Economy Travelers

After years of economy passengers onboard United going without free snacks, the airline has announced that it will be reinstating the service. They will begin offering snacks for all travelers this upcoming February in hopes of continuing to win back customers and prove that it can offer a better experience.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Mesaba Airlines

In 1944, Gordy Newstrom founded Mesaba Aviation for the purpose of transporting employees of the Blandin Paper Mill Company. It would not be long, however, until the small Minnesota-based company would expand to become a much more significant presence in the airline industry. Purchased by new owners in 1970, the…

Emirates Continues to Rapidly Update Its Fleet

Emirates has announced its plans to retire over 50 airplanes over the next three years as part of a fleet modernization program aimed at reducing the current fleet's average age. The Dubai based carrier will receive 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs, which will replace aging aircraft such as…

Boeing Rolls Out First 737 MAX 8

On December 8, 2015, Boeing officially rolled out the 737 MAX 8. The newest member of the 737 family was proudly revealed to a large group of Boeing employees, marking a very special day for Boeing. Photo gallery of the #737MAX big reveal: https://t.co/jq9oiZJwlN #Boeing pic.twitter.com/yegaHN9He7 — Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) December…

OPINION: Laborious Transit Experience at Beijing International Airport

Back when my wife and I were booking flights for our trip from Montreal to Mumbai, we had many options to choose from. There were obviously numerous possibilities via Europe, the Middle East and USA, including: - Air Canada / Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich - British Airways via London…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Loftleiđir

Upon returning from flying lessons in Canada, Icelandic pilot Alfred Eliasson and a few of his fellow training partners decided to start a private airline to compete with the current national carrier, Flugfélag Íslands. Eliasson’s airline, named Loftleiđir, started service between Reykjavik and ĺsafjöđur using a Douglas DC-3 on April…

Final C-17 Globemaster III Departs From Long Beach

On November 29, 2015, the last ever C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter departed Boeing's Long Beach, California production plant. This take off marks the end of the C-17 production era, along with all aircraft production in Long Beach. Prior to flying to Boeing's San Antonio location, the airplane overflew the…