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Demystifying Deicing: How It Makes Winter Flying Safer

Today, December 1, is the busiest travel day of the year and a coast-to-coast winter storm has already delayed over 2,500 flights and resulted in the cancellation of almost 500 as of 1 p.m. EST.
For those lucky enough to depart, whether on time or delayed, there will likely be one additional step after the door is closed and the aircraft pushes back. Indeed, just as a collective sigh of relief can …

Airbus A380 Retrospective: Air France Retires its First Superjumbo

Air France retired the first of its Airbus A380s over the weekend, following through on a plan announced in July of this year to retire its fleet of ten of the superjumbos. The aircraft, carrying the registration code F-HPJB, entered the fleet in 2009.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner that was introduced in 2007 in conjunction with launch customer Singapore Airlines. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner.
It …

Real ID is Almost Here: This is What You Need to Know to Fly Starting Next Year

If you didn’t upgrade your driver’s license to a Real ID-compliant one when renewing, you may be in for a surprise.
Starting in October 2020, the Transportation Security Administration, the agency which is responsible for manning security checkpoints at the nation’s airports, will stop accepting standard driver’s licenses and only accept those which are compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005, which came about as an aftermath of the September …

ANA Throws a Party for its New First- and Business-Class Suites

All Nippon Airways transported hundreds of guests to Japan at an event in New York City to celebrate the introduction of new first- and business-class suites on its Boeing 777-300ER jets that operate on flights to and from New York.
The ANA Experience: Japan Elevated event took place at the 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-meter) Pier 36 on South Street near the Seaport. Guests were able to sample the delicious cuisine of different cities …

Pan Am 747 Exhibit Opens in New York Celebrating the ‘Queen of the Skies’ 50th

The Boeing 747 – often referred to as the Queen of the Skies – went into service nearly half a century ago with launch customer Pan Am. While the airline shut down in 1991, the Pan Am Museum, located in Garden City, New York, is celebrating with a special exhibition The Boeing 747: A Jumbo Jet Story. The exhibition opened on Saturday with a preview for donors.
Since its launch in …

Boeing Plans Changes to 737 Max Software as Indonesian Investigators Release Lion Air Crash Findings

Boeing said Friday it is addressing the findings and recommendations made by Indonesian investigators who were looking into the causes of Lion Air flight 610 to make certain “that this never happens again.”
“We commend Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee for its extensive efforts to determine the facts of this accident, the contributing factors to its cause and recommendations aimed toward our common goal,” the airplane manufacturer said in a statement.
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American, Southwest Airlines Say Boeing 737 Max Grounding Will Cost Over $1 Billion

The worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, now in its seventh month, is costing the airline industry billions of dollars and the exact figures are starting to come out as airlines release third-quarter financial information.
The grounding, which has yet to be lifted, has cost American Airlines and Southwest Airlines at least $945 million and that figure is expected to rise in the weeks ahead.
American Airlines, which has 24 of …