American A319
Is It Time The US Ban Domestic Flights?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story about how US domestic passenger flights could be virtually shut down, voluntarily or by government order. I wanted to take a look at that, and also share my take on the current situation. Despite a lack…

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Convair 5800
So This 64 Year Old Cargo Plane Keeps Flying Over My House…

...there's no punchline, I would just love to know more about it. One of my favorite things about Miami (and in particular where I live) is the amazing plane spotting opportunities. The city is really close to the airport, and from many parts of town…

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Court Blocks Heathrow Third Runway On Environmental Grounds

In theory Heathrow Airport is supposed to get a third runway eventually, and now the project has hit yet another roadblock. Could this finally be the end of any plans for a third runway? The London Court of Appeal has blocked the plans for Heathrow's…

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Air Canada Debuts Airbus A220

Air Canada introduced its newest plane Wednesday at its Montreal headquarters, and I (Kate!) was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the event. The timing was perfect as I had already planned on being in Eastern Canada visiting family, and since I'd…

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Shocker: Heathrow’s Third Runway Delayed

Heathrow Airport is one of the most congested airports in the world, and the airport is heavily slot restricted. Slots at this airport are so valuable that a single Air France-KLM slot pair was sold to Oman Air for $75 million in 2016. The UK has been…

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Berlin Brandenburg Airport To Open October 2020, Only Nine Years Late

Airport construction projects are notoriously delayed, given just how complex they are. However, most airport projects aren't as delayed as Berlin's long overdue Brandenburg Airport (BER), where construction started in 2006, with the airport initially…

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Sandiego Britishairways 747
Happy 50th Birthday To The Queen Of The Skies!

Today marks 50 years from when the first 747 aircraft rolled off the line at the Boeing factory in Everett. That first aircraft is now an exhibit at the Museum of Flight, and Boeing spent a few minutes talking about the plane and its history earlier…

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Air Niugini 737
Air Niugini 737 Undershoots Runway, Crashes Into Lagoon, All Passengers & Crew Safe

A few hours ago an Air Niugini 737 on approach to Chuuk, Micronesia, appears to have undershot the runway, resulting in a water evacuation of the aircraft. The pictures, and rescue efforts, look incredible, and all 47 passengers and crew are accounted…

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Filed Under: Aviation, Misc.
Teara Iskwew
Indigenous Canadian Woman Launches New Airline

As Ben and Andrew experienced on their recent trip to Whitehorse, small airlines can be an important part of remote communities. The more isolated the area, the more valuable the services of small airlines become. And in places like Alaska and northern…

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Speed Tape
No, Your Aircraft Is Not Being Held Together With Duct Tape

Occasionally I see panicked or appalled posts on social media where a passenger snaps a picture of something on their flight that appears to be held together with duct tape, usually accompanied by comments like, "How can this be safe!?" or "This plane…

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“AAviation Day” At Reagan National Airport

Yesterday I got to attend this awesome event at my local airport that I know a lot of you would appreciate. It's organized by AirlineGeeks.com, an aviation news website maintained by young AvGeeks. This was their third annual AAviation Day, and as you…

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Filed Under: American, Aviation
Airbus A220 Yourfile
Bombardier CSeries Rebranded As Airbus A220

Last year, Bombardier ran into problems with Boeing and the US government regarding their newest aircraft type, the CSeries. As Ben has previously explained: -- Boeing claimed that the CSeries plane was heavily subsidized by the Canadian government,…

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JetBlue Co-Founder Planning To Start US Airline Using Bombardier CS300 Aircraft

While many of the exciting innovations in aircraft technology have centered around new widebody models, like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350, there have also been new narrowbody models, like the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo. Another new…

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So How Did Kim Jong-un Fly To Singapore To Meet President Trump?

All the eyes of the world are on Singapore this week, ahead of the historic on-again, off-again meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at the Capella Resort on the Singaporean…

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UK Government Approves Third Runway For Heathrow – But How Long Will It Take?

London Heathrow is the world's busiest dual runway airport, as well as one of the busiest airports in the world. This means the airport is heavily slot restricted, and when any landing/take off slots do become available, they are incredibly valuable,…

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How The ‘Big 3’ Airlines Are Forming In Europe

You will often see reference to the 'US3' or the 'ME3' when reading about global aviation. The US3 refers to the biggest three airlines in the US -- American, Delta and United which as a result of mergers and consolidation now have by far the most market…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Aviation
New Air Canada Uniforms
Why It’s So Difficult To Design A Perfect Airline Uniform

Airline uniforms receive a lot of discussion and critique in the frequent flyer world, sometimes unfairly so. It's unlikely the choice of uniform is going to affect your journey much, yet every time an airline updates their uniform there are fashion…

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The Sad Tale Of Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Anyone who has flown in or out of Berlin’s primary airport, Tegel, would recall a comically outdated experience, in desperate need of an upgrade. Its unusual circular shape means the boarding gates are just metres from the taxi rank. When it is not busy…

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Filed Under: Airberlin, Aviation
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Nerd Alert: Airline Management Simulator Games

Lucky is a self-described AvGeek, but even he has his limits. He makes fun of me for playing an online airline management simulation called AirwaySim. But in my opinion, this computer game is great fun for anyone who loves airlines, even if you moved…

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