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A Virgin Farewell: What It Was Like to Go Behind-the-Scenes for Virgin America’s Final Flight

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 cult-like following amongst customers and employees alike. When Virgin America was founded by Sir Richard Branson on Jan. 1, 2004, who set out to create a new airline experience, one…

Virgin America’s Final Flight Takes Off into the Night Sky

On Tuesday tonight, Virgin America’s last ever flight departed, marking the end of an era for Richard Branson’s San Francisco-based startup carrier. VX1948 is the airline’s last revenue departure, from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) at 9:32 p.m. marking the last departure for the carrier. Around 11:01 p.m. the flight…

Hong Kong Airlines: Bringing the Best of East and West…

What comes to mind when you think of Hong Kong? Maybe the action-packed movies of Jackie Chan or possibly its hearty dim sum and tightly packed skyscrapers. No matter your familiarity with Hong Kong, you can now experience the very best of Hong Kong onboard the airplane when flying Hong…

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Pond: LEVEL

Since the introduction of numerous low-cost airlines to the transatlantic market, access to Europe has never been easier or cheaper. New fuel-efficient aircraft and low-cost business models have allowed for increased competition among low-cost carriers, with more and more starting up every year. This series will serve to give an in-depth…

United Gets Naming Rights for Historic Los Angeles Coliseum

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a famous city landmark and venue in Downtown Los Angeles, will become the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum in a $69 million naming rights agreement struck between United Airlines and the University of Southern California (USC), the coliseum’s operator. The Coliseum will assume its new name…

Delta to Discontinue West Coast Shuttle Service

On Wednesday, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has announced that it will be ending shuttle service for its West Coast flights from its Los Angeles and Seattle hubs. "Shuttle" service within the airline industry often refers to the additional service airlines provide on highly competitive routes. These routes, which are often…

Qantas Announces New Service to San Francisco from Melbourne

Qantas Airways has been busy with their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. First, the airline announced the name for their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Then, Qantas announced that they will be adding an additional flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles and adding a new route to their network, Melbourne to San Francisco, with…

A Reminiscent Farewell: United’s Boeing 747-400 Takes Final Flight from…

On Tuesday, United Airlines flew the last commercial flight for its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, marking the end of an era for the Chicago-based airline. The iconic jumbo jet, lovingly referred to as the "Queen of the Skies" by the aviation community, flew its last flight for United from San Francisco…

Photos: United Celebrates the Queen of the Skies at SFO…

On Oct. 8, United opened its maintenance base at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) up to airline employees and their families for the carrier's annual SFO Family Day. This year was special, though, as the airline celebrated the end of an era, saying goodbye to the Boeing 747 fleet. [envira-gallery id="16323"]…

NTSB: Air Canada 759 Crew Didn’t Recall Seeing Aircraft on…

The NTSB issued an update on Wednesday regarding the investigation into the July 7 near miss incident at San Francisco International Airport, in which Air Canada flight 759 landed on taxiway C, adjacent to runway 28R. The A320 initiated a go around after flying over one of four airplanes on…