October 5, 2022
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Folded Wings: the Last Douglas DC-10 Passenger Flight

Experience the McDonnell Douglas DC-10’s last passenger flight after nearly forty-three years of service.

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Exclusive: Flying Air Italy’s New York Inaugural in Business Class (+Photos)

MILAN — A wind of fresh air has invaded Italy today. On the same day that the new Italian Prime Minister was sworn in—following a lengthy void of negotiations and political gaming—the country’s newest airline, Air Italy, launched its first international flight. The opening of international, long-haul operations of the new Italian carrier from its […]

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Exclusive: On Board Delta’s 747 SEA-ATL Farewell Flight (+Photos/Videos)

Written in collaboration with Chris Sloan ATLANTA — The airline industry lives in constant motion. Airlines try to survive in the harshest of financial and operational environments with margins that are as tight as few other clusters in the world, while manufacturers try to keep up by producing profit-making machines. Today, airlines have become unforgiving […]

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Exclusive on-Location: Bienvenido a Cuba, Southwest!

VARADERO, CUBA — A fully loaded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (N7725A • MSN 32671 • LN 1925) touched down for the first time on Cuban soil shortly after noon local time on Sunday, marking the Dallas-based carrier’s entry into the rapidly opening island nation. The Ft Lauderdale – Varadero flight 3914 lasted a brief 36 […]

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Flashback: ANA Inaugurates First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Revenue Flight

Editor’s Note: Five Years ago, All Nippon Airways became the world’s first operator of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Below is a report written by Airways Managing Editor & Senior Partner, Chris Sloan, who was onboard the carrier’s first 787 flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Don’t miss the key moments in the program’s history, as […]

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Starhustling with SOFIA: A 747SP Star is Reborn — Part Three

In Part One of Starhustling with SOFIA: A 747SP Star is Reborn, we talked about the NASA program and its unique Boeing 747SP, originally built to carry passengers on ultra-long haul routes but is now used to carry the world’s only flying infrared astronomy laboratory and flying infra-red telescope. http://airways.news/traveler/stargazing-sofia-747sp-part-one/ In Part two of Starhustling with SOFIA: […]

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Starhustling with SOFIA: A 747SP Star is Reborn — Part Two

In Part One of Starhustling with SOFIA: A 747SP Star is Reborn, we talked about the NASA program and its unique Boeing 747SP, originally built to carry passengers on ultra-long haul routes but is now used to carry the world’s only flying infrared astronomy laboratory and flying infra-red telescope. Starhustling with SOFIA: A 747SP Star is […]

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Starhustling with SOFIA: A 747SP Star is Reborn — Part One

I have a confession to make. I have never had much interest in astronomy or space, even to the degree that I avoid science fiction. I realize in many aviation circles, this makes me some sort of heretic. I am an AvGeek of course; I just tend to appreciate flight more at 30,000 feet rather […]

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Onboard the SWISS CSeries Inaugural Revenue Flight

PARIS — Today eight years after the program first launched, those onboard SWISS flight LX638 from Zurich to Paris Charles de Gaulle had the opportunity to be the first revenue passengers of the Bombardier CSeries CS100 — likely one of the two last all-new clean sheet aircraft to be designed and built in the west to enter service […]

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TAM Airbus A350 XWB: Inaugural Flight to the Americas

MIAMI — Over the last decade, Brazil has experienced an unprecedented period of “Boom and Bust.” In the earlier part of the decade, the country experienced an unbridled economic expansion driven by the global run-up in the demand for its commodities. Economic prosperity and the international spotlight followed – peaking perhaps with all the global acclaim […]

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