At Airways we’re aware of the passion that our readers have for our magazine. Based on that premise, we made a summary of our newest issue, just for you.
We just couldn’t let pass by the centennial of Boeing, the world’s largest aviation manufacturer. For this reason, this is a very special issue that begins with an impressive cover, depicting the one and only 747, the Queen of the Skies, which still amazing us with its presence around the world.
In the past century, the early airship technology and inventions had a major apogee during the first 20 years, including the three prototypes of Wright Brothers’ Wright Flyer between 1903 and 1905, the first take-off from a ship, and many others. However, it was back in 1916 when Boeing decided that the sky is no limit.
Due to the length of this exclusive article, we divided Boeing’s lineup/chronology into three chapters:
A Centennial of Boeing Wonders
Even though beginnings can be tough sometimes, William Boeing had no intentions to surrender. Vinay Bhaskara recalled how Boeing and his team decided to face all the challenges of growing in competition, trying always to evolve to be the best ones.
The Jet Age
By 1950, the world air transport saw the dawn of the jet age era with a race between aerospace firms from the two sides of the pond, and particularly in the United States, with Douglas and its DC-8. Boeing placed a major bet on its 707 and 747 programs, which reshaped the airline industry around the world.
A New Era
As the jet era aircraft evolved as to this day, also airframers did. And while most of the competitors of those initial years have disappeared, Airbus, a new company established in the 1970s, has become the world’s second aviation manufacturer. Today, both Airbus and Boeing have a stiff competition in the large jet airliner market, with Embraer and Bombardier in a second stage, readying an eventual incursion into this duopoly.
Boeing path has been a good one. 100 years in the making, 100 years changing the way we travel to new places and enjoy life.
Don’t miss this story written by Paul Thompson, covering the centennial of Boeing and the events around the celebration:
Despite Boeing’s Centennial is the main feature of this issue, we also prepared some nice stories too!
Jump to Airways Traveler for an exciting flight with our Publisher and Editor in Chief, Enrique Perrella at Asia’s largest airline, China Southern, from Los Angeles to Beijing and back to San Francisco, respectively, via Guangzhou and via Wuhan.
Ken Donohue visited Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s largest and main hub for international transportation. This review is accompanied/goes along with spectacular photos and story of this interesting airport. Also, Lee Cross took us to Europe’s largest independent regional airline, FlyBe. A carrier with a turbulent story, now heading back to profitability.
While reading Left-Seat Chronicles, you will agree with Alan Carter’s point of view. When planning a flight, several facts have to be considered in a case of contingency. But even so, the flight may take a different route (and in this case, it was a scenic one from New York’s JFK to London Heathrow).
Finally, Clay Taylor delivered a story for Airways Literature that instead of focusing on large aircraft, it talks about the little planes, and how flying low and slow may be fun!
That’s a wrap for this issue, AvGeeks. Until the next one! We’d love to talk more about this issue, but wouldn’t you prefer to find it by yourself? Now available at our Store and on the newsstands!