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Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!

For the past couple of weeks we've been trying to do virtual happy hours most evenings -- we did them every weeknight last week, while this week we fell behind a bit. Even though I'm a massive introvert, it's nice to get some sort of human interaction,…

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Boeing 777x First Flight At Paine Field In Everett, Washington.

Boeing Suspends Aircraft Production In Washington

Boeing already announced plans to suspend 737 MAX production in late 2019, but the aircraft manufacturer is now halting all aircraft production at their main facilities. Boeing has announced plans to temporarily suspend production of aircraft at their…

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Boeing’s Unconscionable $60 Billion Ask

We're getting to the point where all the companies related to the travel industry want bailouts -- we know that US airlines want $60 billionish and US hotels want $250 billionish, but they're not alone... Boeing wants a bailout as well. In a statement,…

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How The Government May Provide Aid To US Airlines

Today Delta revealed some drastic measures they're taking in light of the current situation, including grounding 300 planes, canceling 40% of their flights, and... asking the government for help?!? I think Delta's request for government aid caught a…

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Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake In Airbus A220

Well, the Airbus A220 program will now be fully owned by Airbus and the government of Quebec, as Bombardier completely exits the joint venture. The A220 is one of the most innovative narrow body planes that we've seen in a long time. The plane is fuel…

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Celebrating 12 Years Of Blogging

I'm not someone who cares about anniversaries or birthdays, because I almost find them to be a sad reminder of how fleeting life is (though perhaps that's also a good reminder). Anyway, Tiffany emailed me this morning to remind me that it's OMAAT's 12th…

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New OMAAT Email System: Please Check Your Subscriptions

Well this has been a fun few weeks. For reasons we still don't understand (but which don't seem to have been due to anything we did), our MailChimp account was shut down, making it impossible to send out our daily/weekly newsletters. After a few false…

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VantageSolo: Future Of Narrow Body Business Class?

Over the coming years we should expect to see smaller planes on longer routes. We've already seen many airlines retire 747s and replace them with 787s and A350s. The introduction of the A321XLR in 2023 will be even more drastic, as it will be able to…

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Boeing 777x First Flight At Paine Field In Everett, Washington.

The Real Reason I’m Excited About The 777X

Boeing has had a very rough year, so it's nice to see that something at least went smoothly for them. Several days ago I wrote about how the brand new Boeing 777X was supposed to complete its first test flight in the coming days, and that did indeed…

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Airplane Crash Simulator: Cool Or Creepy?

There are all kinds of flight simulator experiences out there for aviation geeks, ranging from full motion flight simulators, to hotel rooms with flight simulators in them. However, I've never heard of anything quite like this... This February, you'll…

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Boeing 777X Expected To Make First Flight Shortly

It goes without saying that the past year has been really rough for Boeing. The worst situation has involved the 737 MAX being grounded globally following two fatal crashes. On top of that, Boeing's brand new 777X has been delayed as well. For those…

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Boeing Had Negative 87 Net Plane Orders In 2019

I think we all know that 2019 was a rough year for Boeing, though it's interesting to be able to do a side-by-side comparison of Airbus and Boeing aircraft orders, deliveries, etc. Boeing has reported the details of their aircraft orders for 2019. While…

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New Boeing CEO’s Controversial Bonus Structure

Executive compensation in the US is a hotly contested topic, and for good reason. We've gotten to the point where eight figure annual compensation just sounds standard for CEOs of big companies, even if they aren't doing particularly well. So while this…

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Boeing Employees Said 737 MAX “Designed By Clowns”

It seems like there's no end in sight when it comes to the disaster which is the 737 MAX, as the plane has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes. Boeing now finally seems to be proactively cooperating with the FAA, realizing that…

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Airlines Start To Divert & Cancel Iran Flights

Yesterday a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 flying from Tehran to Kiev crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 176 people onboard. US and other intelligence officials are claiming that the plane was shot down by Iran, and there's even…

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FAA Adds Middle East Airspace Restrictions

As if airspace in the Middle East weren't complicated enough already, new restrictions have just made flying through the region even more complicated, given rising tensions with Iran. The FAA has issued a notice that has the potential to have some major…

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Uh Oh: Boeing 737 MAX Pilots Will Need Simulator Training

Boeing is having seemingly endless issues with getting the Boeing 737 MAX re-certified, as we're coming up on the one year anniversary of the plane having been grounded. Well, it looks like Boeing and airlines are about to face yet another issue with…

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