Delta Takes Delivery of the First 242 Ton Airbus A330

The first A330-300 242T leaving the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France (Photo from Airbus)

Today, Delta Air Lines took delivery of the first ever Airbus A330-300 with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 242 tons. This improved variant of the A330, known as the “A330-300 242T”, allows airlines to fly with higher payloads (more passengers & cargo) on longer routes more efficiently than ever before. The aircraft is also […]

What The IAG Takeover of Aer Lingus Means For Flyers

Aer Lingus A330 (Photo from Aer Lingus)

The Irish government yesterday finally gave in and agreed to sell their 25% ownership of Aer Lingus, Ireland’s flag carrier, to the International Airlines Group (IAG). IAG is the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and all their respective subsidiaries. The company is one of Europe’s three airline superpowers, along with Air France-KLM and […]

New Long-Haul Routes: May 2015

Lufthansa B747 about to touch down. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

This has been a crazy month for airlines in terms of global expansion. Specifically, the Gulf Three airlines (Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad) have continued their quest to serve every airport in the world. Since more and more new long-haul routes are being introduced all the time, I have decided to start summarizing the additions on […]

My Week In Beijing

The view of the Qianmen Gate to Tiananmen Square from Qianmen Street. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

I had a week to kill at the beginning of May between the end of the Spring semester and the start of my final Semester at Auburn University. While most of my friends were at the beach, visiting family at home or just recovering from final exams, I decided to hop on a 14 hour […]

Delta adds Orlando to Sao Paulo Flights

A Boeing 767-300ER, the same type that will operate the new route to Sao Paulo (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

In a press release today, SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines announced their intentions to begin direct flights from Orlando, Florida to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The flights are scheduled to begin as soon as this December, subject to approval from the U.S. and Brazilian governments. The flight will operate 4 times a week on Boeing 767-300ER […]

How the Boeing 787 is Opening New Air Markets

My first B787 flight. I took All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Singapore to Tokyo-Haneda last year. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

The past decade has been characterized by rapid globalization and technological innovation. As more and more people are traveling across oceans and continents for business, tourism, diplomacy and pleasure, there is an increased need for airlines to develop stronger international route networks. One aircraft that has been instrumental in the growth of the global air […]

Qatar Airways Announces Huge US Expansion

The Qatar Airways A350 (Photo from Qatar Airways)

  Ever since the three major U.S. airlines (Delta, United & American) began accusing the “Middle East Three” (Emirates, Qatar Airways & Etihad) of having an unfair competitive advantage in international air service due to alleged government subsidies, the Gulf Carriers have been even more aggressive when it comes to offering new routes to the […]

A Day at Frankfurt International

The "whale". (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

For me, no trip to Germany is complete without spending at least a few hours at the Frankfurt Airport. Besides the fact that it serves practically every one of the world’s major airlines, it also offers some of the best areas to watch the action up close. I arrived into Frankfurt yesterday morning at about […]

My Mission For This Weekend: Find the A350

The Qatar Airways A350 (Photo from Qatar Airways)

I have been going through some serious travel withdrawal lately. I mean, it’s been almost two entire months since I’ve been on a transoceanic flight. I will be going to Northern Vietnam for my Spring Break in a few weeks, but I decided that I need to take a trip somewhere this weekend to get […]

Business Strategy or Salt in the Wound?: Emirates adds A380 to Milan – JFK Route

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As the major U.S. airlines continue to lobby the government for intervention when it comes to the Gulf Carriers – mainly Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad – serving the United States, Emirates has announced that it will add the Airbus A380 to the controversial route between Milan, Italy and New York’s JFK Airport.   The […]

About Kyle

I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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