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Onboard the Final Flight: Delta Sunsets McDonnell Douglas Fleet During Uncertain Times

 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 aircraft such as the Airbus A220s, A321s and A321neos. However, the historical effects that played significant roles during some of Delta’s most challenging as well as successful moments for the…

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…

99 Years of Feeling The “Love” at Dallas Love Field

October 19th marked the 99th anniversary of the opening of one of the most controversial and most heartfelt airports in the United States, Dallas Love Field. The airport has grown from an army base to the headquarters of one of the United States' largest airlines. In between, it has seen…

The Airplane: What Would Modern Life Be Without It?

The airplane; easily one of most influential inventions of the 20th century, if not all time. Let's be honest, nothing has come along that has revolutionized our world as much as aviation. Granted, the internet is a pretty decent invention, it didn't shrink the world as much as it did…