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PT-MNJ was Webjet's first aircraft, the only one throughout the first phase of the airline. (Photo: Allan Antunes)

The Story of Webjet, Brazil’s Last Low Cost/Low Fare Carrier — Part 1

Editor's Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on Webjet. Part two will be published July 21, and part three will follow on July 22. The first decade of the new century brought to Brazil stable economic growth that, for years, was unseen. With millions of people ascending socially and businesses thriving all around the country, demand for air travel was at an all-time high. Between the deregulation of the 1990s and the growth of the start…

Rochester Airport: The Gateway to Mayo Clinic

For centuries, the deliverance of time-sensitive material has been key in determining the ability to get both time-sensitive services completed. In Rochester, Minn., this demand is most commonly seen by way of bringing in and exporting medial expertise and equipment via air. This brings into play Rochester International Airport. The…

Onboard the Final Flight: Delta Sunsets McDonnell Douglas Fleet During…

 The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 have officially exited Delta's fleet after flying their last scheduled flights on Tuesday after being part of the active fleet and a steady workhorse for Delta for 33 years and 25 years respectively. The MD-88 and MD-90 will be replaced with newer, more efficient…

The Continental Turnaround: Part 1

In the early 1990s, Continental Airlines wasn’t in a good place. A leveraged buyout firm had just acquired the company after it had declared its second bankruptcy in nine years.  Greg Brenneman, at the time a specialist at corporate turnarounds at Bain, was tasked with fixing Continental. There is an…

Finnair Celebrates 50 Years of Service to New York

Finnair, the world's sixth oldest airline, recently celebrated an anniversary, 50 years of flying between Helsinki and New York. The airline's first transatlantic route, service to New York was Finnair's first major intercontinental endeavor that would be the precursor for its transformation from a regional European airline to a global…

Unite and Conquer: Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus

When WWII was coming to an end, the aeronautical industry had one certainty: It would be easier for the U.S. to convert its production capability into civilian products. Long range bombers were quickly transformed into airliners and that posed a threat to European builders that had been mostly focused on…

New TWA Hotel at JFK Airport Serves as a Shrine…

The long-awaited TWA Hotel on the grounds of New York's John F. Kennedy International finally opened on Tuesday. It is the culmination of an ambitious project to bring the landmarked but hitherto dormant TWA terminal into use as a hotel, the only one of its kind at New York's main…

U.K. Aviation Enthusiasts Anxiously Await Upcoming Events

Aviation enthusiasts will be converging in the U.K. this July as two massive events are coincidentally scheduled within a week of each other. The Royal International Air Tattoo is first on the calendar, with plans to be held from July 13 - 15 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The airfield is…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aerovias Brasil

In August 1942, Brazilian carrier Aerovias Brasil was formed as a product of TACA Airlines', now Avianca El Salvador, mission to form one national airline per Latin American country. During the first years of its existence, the airline operated domestic passenger flights within Brazil, as well as non-regular cargo operations,…

Alaska Bids Farewell to Beloved 737-400 Combi Fleet

Like many AvGeeks, I’ve always been attracted to oddities in the aviation industry. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-400 Combi, short for combination, was, possibly, one of the last true aviation oddities in the U.S. Sadly, the final Boeing 737-400 Combi flew its last flight for Alaska Airlines on Wednesday. On the…