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Today in Aviation: Lufthansa Italia Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) based Lufthansa Italia (LH) was shut down by its parent in 2011. The new subsidiary had been unveiled by Lufthansa in November 2008. Lufthansa had originally planned to increase its market presence in Northern Italy by expanding its Air Dolomiti (EN) subsidiary. EN would base six […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am’s Polar Flight around the World

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, a Boeing 747SP operating Pan Am flight 50 flew to/from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via both poles on October 28-30, 1977. The flight took place in celebration of Pan Am’s 50th anniversary. Pan Am’s flight 50 made aviation history by setting a speed record for a polar circumnavigation. According […]

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Today in Aviation: ATR 72 Prototype Takes to the Skies

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the prototype of the ATR 72 performed its maiden flight in 1988. On this same day in 1989, Finnair (AY) became the first airline to operate the type. In its more than three decades of service, the ATR 72 has been used as a commercial and corporate transport, cargo aircraft, and maritime patrol aircraft. The […]

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Today in Aviation: ANA Makes Maiden Commercial Boeing 787 Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, All Nippon Airways (NH) introduced the wide-body Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ jet into passenger service in 2011. The specially chartered flight, appropriately numbered NH7871, took off from Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) bound for Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The service was flown by JA801A, the eighth Dreamliner off the production line. […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am’s Boeing 707 Ushers the Jet Age

MIAMI – It is widely known that the jet age began today in 1958 when, on the first of its regular scheduled flights, a Pan Am Boeing 707 took off from Idlewild Airport (now JFK International Airport) to Paris. The Boeing 707, N711PA, while not the first commercial jetliner in operation, was the first successful […]

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Today in Aviation: Three Historic First Flights

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Airways celebrates Japan Airlines’ (JL) first post-war domestic service, Emirates Airlines’ (EK) first revenue flight, and the Airbus A380’s first commercial flight with Singapore Airlines (SQ). We take a closer look at these three flights that took place today in 1951, 1985, and 2007, and the airlines that made them […]

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Today in Aviation: WOW Air Acquires Rival Iceland Express

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air (WW) acquired rival Reykjavík-based low-fare airline Iceland Express (HC) in 2012. WOW Air Stressed that this was a takeover, not a merger with WW purchasing HC’s route network, branding and customer base. It also allowed the airline to gain access to ‘all knowledge and expertise […]

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Today in Aviation: Concorde Makes Final London-NYC Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Concorde Speedbird 001 departed London Heathrow (LHR) for the last time, bound for New York’s JFK Airport in 2003. By that time, BA had flown more than 2.5 million passengers on its fleet of seven aircraft of the type. With Concorde, the airline operated scheduled services primarily to New York, […]

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Today in Aviation: The FLRA Decertifies PATCO

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the US Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) trade union was decertified by the Federal Labor Relations Authority. The decision came following an illegal strike that was ultimately broken by the Reagan Administration in 1981. PATCO was established in 1968 with the assistance of the lawyer and Pilot F. Lee Bailey. On July 3 […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of The Yak-40

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the prototype of the Yakovlev trijet Yak-40 took to the air for the first time in 1966. It would be produced until 1981. The type’s brainchild was the JSC A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau, a Russian aircraft designer, and manufacturer founded by Soviet aeronautical engineer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev in 1934. However, some date […]

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