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El Al Bids Farewell to Long-Standing Boeing 747 Fleet

Israel's flag carrier El Al Israel Airlines has become the latest airline to retire the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, bringing an end to a 48-year association between the aircraft and carrier. To mark the last flight of the 747, registered as 4X-ELC, the flight-crew took off from Rome-Fiumicino and flew back to Tel Aviv. Prior to its arrival, the aircraft left a special mark in the sky with an outline of a 747 10,000 feet high, south-west of Cyprus. Resulting in…

The Quest for One Last Flight: An Ode to the…

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…

A Virgin Farewell: What It Was Like to Go Behind-the-Scenes…

At midnight on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the airline business lost another brand that helped to change and revolutionize the industry. On this day, the Virgin America brand was retired by Alaska Airlines, who had purchased Virgin America in 2016. Because of Virgin America’s innovative ideas, the airline had a…

Last Scheduled Air Berlin Flight Lands at Tegel Airport Following…

On Friday, the final Air Berlin flight departed Munich bound for Berlin. The airline had recently declared bankruptcy, causing them to cease operations. The final flight, Air Berlin 6210, was operated by an Airbus A320, departing Munich at 9:35 p.m. and arriving at Berlin's Tegel airport just over an hour…