Delta Air Lines Profile and Fleet Overview
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by Matt Falcus
7h ago
With a fleet of over 970 aircraft and a network of some 305 destinations, Delta Air Lines is one of the biggest and most successful carriers in our skies today. The airline actually had humble beginnings, flying as a crop dusting operation out of Macon, GA and later Monroe, LA providing a service tackling the boll weevil which was destroying cotton crops. Seeing opportunities to serve air mail and passenger routes, Delta’s inspirational founders C E Woolman led the company through massive transformation. Along the way it relocated to Atlanta Municipal Airport, which today is Hartsfield-Jackson ..read more
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An Overview of Italy’s Airline Fleets in 2024
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by Matt Falcus
7h ago
  Italy has many airlines which serve both domestic and international services. Recent changes, with the loss of Alitalia and introduction of a new national airline (ITA Airways), plus the growth of other carriers like Aeroitalia, have changed the landscape.   Many of Italy’s airline compete against big international low-cost rivals like easyJet and Ryanair.   For enthusiasts, here’s a guide to the main airlines operating passenger and cargo services in 2024 which are based in Italy.   Aeroitalia Colin Cooke Photo, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-s ..read more
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Ten Years Since the DC-10 Retired from Commercial Service
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by Matt Falcus
2d ago
This weekend marks ten years since the final commercial flights of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 took place. Between 20-24 February 2014, Biman Bangladesh Airlines flew a series of charter services out of Birmingham Airport in the UK to allow enthusiasts and fans of the classic tri-jet airliner to take one final flight before the airline flew the aircraft back to Bangladesh and retirement. Biman at the time had become the last airline in the world still flying the DC-10 on passenger services, and its retirement meant it was no longer possible for the public to fly on the type. Other airlines, on ..read more
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Lynx Air to Cease Flying
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by Matt Falcus
4d ago
Canadian low-cost carrier Lynx Air is to cease flying this weekend as financial troubles mount. The airline has filed for creditor protection from the Court of King’s Bench Alberta, with flights operating until midnight on Sunday, 25 February. The final flight, however, is likely to be the Sunday morning service from Phoenix to Calgary. The airline says in a statement on its website: Tremendous work was put into the growth and expansion of Lynx Air over the past two years, offering Canadians a low-cost, seamless travel experience for Canadians. However, the compounding financial pressures asso ..read more
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Japan’s Airline Fleets in the 1980s
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by Matt Falcus
6d ago
Japan has always been big in aviation. Despite being roughly the same size as the United Kingdom, this group of islands and its many large cities have relied on air travel as a means of getting around both domestically and internationally for decades. In fact, Boeing even developed special short range versions of its 747’s just for the Japanese market so that airlines could transport vast numbers of people on these short hops between cities. Japan has had a number of airlines, both large and small, and many are still around today. Back in the 1980s, these were the kinds of aircraft, airlines a ..read more
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The Volotea Fleet in 2024
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by Matt Falcus
1w ago
Volotea, a European low-cost carrier, took flight in 2012, founded by former Vueling Airlines executives Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros. Targeting primarily leisure travelers, the airline commenced operations on April 5, 2012, from its primary bases in Venice Marco Polo Airport and Nantes Atlantique Airport. Since its inception, Volotea has become synonymous with affordable, short-haul flights across Europe, particularly catering to secondary and tertiary destinations, filling a niche left by larger carriers. Fabrizio Berni (GFDL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html> or GFDL <http://ww ..read more
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Which Airlines Fly the Saab 340 in 2024?
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by Matt Falcus
1w ago
With the retirement of the last Loganair Saab 340 aircraft last month (see story), it brings to an end one of the easiest options to fly on the Swedish turboprop for those living in the UK and Europe. While Loganair’s fleet has mostly been sold on to other operators to continue flying, the number of Saab 340 operators around the world – and the number of active examples – is dwindling. So if you want to see or fly on a Saab 340 in 2024, here’s a list of the main operators.   Asia Japan Coast Guard The Japan Maritime Safety Agency operates a fleet of four Saab 340B aircraft in a Search an ..read more
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Where Do Lufthansa Fly Their 747s This Year?
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by Matt Falcus
1w ago
Lufthansa continues to be the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747 in passenger service. Despite production of the Jumbo Jet ending in early 2023, and no passenger examples delivered since 2017, the era of this prestigious and famous airliner is certainly on the way out. However, with the 747-800 still considered a modern, capable and efficient aircraft, it will likely remain in service with airlines like Lufthansa, Air China and Korean Air for a number of years to come.   Lufthansa’s 747 Fleet Konstantin von Wedelstaedt (GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1 ..read more
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Dutch Dakota Association DC-3 to be Retired
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by Matt Falcus
1w ago
Sad news from the Netherlands has revealed that 2024 will mark the final flying season for the Dutch Dakota Association’s Douglas DC-3, PH-PBA. The aircraft is well known among the aviation community, flying many paying passengers every year on memorable trips above the Dutch countryside, as well as at other events around Europe. However, in an email to supporters this week, it was confirmed that mounting costs and difficulties in keeping the aircraft flying has led the Association to put an end to its operations at the conclusion of their summer programme. Among the factors are the difficulti ..read more
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KLM Modifies Livery with Upcoming Airbus Deliveries
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by Matt Falcus
1w ago
Eagle-eyed viewers of the promotional images from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines depicting their upcoming Airbus A321neo aircraft will have spotted that they will feature a slightly modified livery for the airline. The new scheme takes the blue forward part of the fuselage and nose and extends it further rearwards. Elsewhere the livery remains the same, with the familiar white tail and bold KLM letters on the tail. KLM’s new A321neo fleet will also feature the popular black surround around the cockpit windows which has become the norm with the latest Airbus products. KLM is expecting to take deliver ..read more
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