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A Volotea Boeing 717-200 (Photo: Maarten Visser from Capelle aan den IJssel, Nederland (EC-LPM B717 Volotea) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Last Boeing 717 Operator in Europe Bids Farewell

Low-cost carrier Volotea has announced its plans to phase out its remaining nine Boeing 717-200 aircraft, marking the end of the type operating throughout Europe. The Spanish airline, which is headquartered in Asturias Airport in northern Spain, operated a total of 19 717-200s since the airline began operations. The first one — EC-LPM — arrived in December 2011 but buzzed around the skies first with Midwest Airlines in 2005 as N923ME in an 88-seat configuration. It then joined MexicanaClick, a…

Birds of a Feather: The Aircraft Lost to COVID-19 in…

To not mince words about the commercial aviation industry when talking about the last year, but 2020 sucked. The global force for moving passengers was grounded with the rapid spread of COVID-19 as borders closed, demand fell and airlines looked to make the most of the disaster at hand. Months…

Boeing 717 Sunsetting Means the End for The DC-9 Family

On February 25, 1965, the Douglas DC-9 took to the skies, creating a new narrowbody aircraft for the commercial aviation industry to take notice to. Much like the airlines that have utilized the jet, the aircraft itself has gone through various transformations becoming the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 and eventually…

Hi Fly Announces Intention to Retire Airbus A380

Hi Fly, the Portuguese charter carrier, has announced its intentions to retire its sole Airbus A380 aircraft by the end of the 2020 calendar year. The carrier has operated the aircraft since July 4, 2018 on a lease from Doric Aviation. The airline has decided to not renew its lease,…

Emirates Retires Its First A380

On Tuesday, Emirates officially retired its first A380 jumbo jet. The aircraft, registered as A6-EDB, has been in Emirates’ fleet for 12 years and completed its final flight on Oct. 27. While this retirement is not a direct causality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the once-reverenced "Eighth Wonder" is slowly withdrawing…

Confirmed: Delta Plans Final Scheduled 777 Flight

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will operate its final Boeing 777 flight on Oct. 31, the carrier confirmed to AirlineGeeks. After announcing earlier this year that it would retire all of its 777s by the end of 2020, the date is now official. Two flights have been put on the schedule…

Delta Retires Final Eight Boeing 737-700s

Delta Air Lines has retired its final Boeing 737-700 aircraft, sources close to the matter confirmed to AirlineGeeks. Delta had eight 737-700s in its fleet as of Sept. 13 and the final planes were ferried to storage on Sept. 25.  Delta’s final 737-700s were registered as N301DQ, N302DQ, N303DQ, N304DQ,…

Delta Air Lines COO Gil West to Retire in September

Delta Air Lines’ Chief Operating Officer Gil West announced his plans to retire from the company. The announcement was made public in an internal memo to employees from CEO Ed Bastian on Aug. 25. Considered the architect of the carrier’s operating performance excellence, West joined Delta in 2008 as the…

British Airways and the Boeing 747 — A Look Back…

The warning signs were there in March when the coronavirus stopped the aviation industry dead in its tracks. The knock-on effects from the global downturn of passenger traffic were already being calculated by airlines across the world, with decisions being made for what life would look like for airlines post-COVID.…

Opinion: The Boeing 747 Changed the World Like None Other

This week we faced some sad news. It was slipped to us right before the start of the holiday weekend and it didn’t get much attention outside of the aviation community, but for us, the news hit home hard. It wasn’t anything we weren’t expecting. We knew it was coming,…