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Airbus A320, Jet in Tuesday’s Germanwings Crash, Has Strong Safety Record

View from an Airbus A320 in flight

The Airbus A320, the type of plane that was involved in Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps, is flown by every major U.S. airline and has a strong safety record.
More than 6,000 A320 family jets – which include the A319 and the A321 – are in service across the globe.
There have been some major accidents, however, involving an A320. It was an A320 that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely ditched …

American Airlines Business Class New York-London – Review


American Airlines became the first U.S. airline to operate the Boeing 777-300ER just over two years ago and now has 17 in service, with three more on order. The largest plane in American’s fleet, the 777-300ER provides 304 seats in four separate cabins.  Eight of those seats are in first class and are designated as Flagship Suites.  Fifty-two are in business class, with 30 in Main Cabin Extra, a separate …

Delta First Class Flight 401 Austin, Texas-New York JFK – Review


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, having opened in 1999, is one of the newest airports in the United States that I’ve been to. With two runways and three helipads, it’s the 36th busiest in the United States. The open and airy Barbara Jordan Terminal, named after the late Texas politician, is modern and well laid out and I found it particularly easy to navigate.
The majors, American, Delta, and United, all offer non-stop …

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Virtual Tour and Review


Boeing almost didn’t build the Dreamliner. It saw the future of air travel as one in which planes would circumnavigate the world at close to the speed of sound and, accordingly, planned an aircraft called the Sonic Cruiser that could attain Mach 0.98. In part due to rising fuel costs at the turn of the century, airlines had something else in mind: long-range planes that were more fuel efficient and …

Smoking Ban on U.S. Flights Celebrates 25 Years


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day on which smoking on U.S. domestic flights ceased.
On February 25, 1990, all U.S. domestic flights became no smoking, thanks to a law sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Richard Durbin.
The bill passed despite the objections of tobacco-state lawmakers.
Former smoker Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey was the bill’s sponsor in the Senate in 1989. “The American people are overwhelmingly in …

Delta Shuttle First Class Flight 5939 New York LaGuardia – Chicago – Review


The storied Marine Air Terminal remains one of the easiest air terminals in New York City to both reach and get through although not all Delta Shuttle flights use it. The Delta Shuttle brand is used for the airline’s hourly shuttle service linking New York City with Logan International Airport in Boston, Reagan National near Washington, D.C., and O’Hare in Chicago, as well as between Los Angeles International and San …

US Airways First Class Flight 863 Charlotte-Atlanta – Review


This is the story of a forgetful traveler, an awesome captain and first officer, and a one-hour delay, combined with a flight right before the Christmas holiday and impending major snowstorm.
Whether I am flying on business or just for fun, I am usually taking photographs and this flight was no exception.  My trip started with a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport – my …