Growing Pains and Delays: Onboard Avelo’s Phoenix-Burbank Flight

There is a reason that I opted out of Avelo’s media flight in late April, and my experience on the airline’s inaugural Phoenix/Mesa to Burbank flight highlighted that. Media flights are typically set up to go perfectly with an operational execution that does not match with reality. And sure enough,…

Trip Report: Chicago to St. Louis on the Cessna 208…

It is once again time for another Essential Air Service (EAS) trip report. While it is true that the EAS program connects small communities in the United States to larger cities, a select few are connected to two large cities instead of just one. What this means is that passengers…

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part…

This is Part Two of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article reports the second and third legs -- the transatlantic flight from São Paulo to Frankfurt with LATAM Brasil, and a hop from Frankfurt to Florence with Lufthansa CityLine. Part One is available here.…

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part…

This is Part One of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article introduces the routing, flights and reports the first leg -- a domestic widebody sector from Porto Alegre to São Paulo/Guarulhos with LATAM Brasil. The second part should be published in the next few…

Trip Report: America’s Remaining Passenger Metroliner

While mostly gone from the skies, this week's trip report follows America's only remaining Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner. Operated by Key Lime Air, this unique aircraft can only be found flying passengers on one route in the entire United States; Denver to Alliance, Nebraska. I was very excited to have the…

What It’s Like to Fly the 737 MAX Post-Grounding

On Tuesday, Boeing’s beleaguered 737 MAX took to the skies again in the U.S. with paying passengers onboard. American Airlines became the first U.S. operator to place the type back into revenue service with a flight from Miami International Airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport. Other U.S. airlines are planning…

Trip Report: Cape Air Inaugural Manistee Flight – Part 2

View the festivities at the airport from Part 1 of this trip report - HERE After departing from Manistee County Airport, we continued our climb through the clouds to our cruising altitude of 6,000-Feet. [caption id="attachment_47378" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Just after departing on the first Cape Air flight out of Manistee (Photo:…

Trip Report: Cape Air Inaugural Manistee light – Part 1

Manistee was in the news over the summer regarding the EAS contract in the city. After experiencing the previous airline— North Country Sky — first hand, I decided to try out Cape Air's new service to see how it compared. The booking process and flight schedule was simple and easy…

Trip Report: Flying the Former North Country Sky – Part…

This is the second of a two-part series on this trip. Part one can be viewed here. A video trip report for both legs is available at the end of this video or at this link. After a peaceful 30 minutes wandering around Chicago Midway's Terminal A, I headed to…