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New York can look to Chicago and Washington for LaGuardia reconstruction blueprint

New York State governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for a $4 billion rebuild of the primary terminal complex at New York LaGuardia airport was met with a collective “about time”, as travellers have long tired of the airport’s hodgepodge collection of ageing facilities. The project includes replacing terminals B – also known as the Central Terminal […]

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American's inaugural 787 flight arriving at Chicago O'Hare. Photo from American.

PICTURES: American debuts its new 787

American Airlines launched revenue passenger service with the Boeing 787 today, the latest addition to its long-haul widebody fleet. Flight AA2320 carried a planeload of festive passengers interested in the Dreamliner – and a few who inadvertently found themselves aboard – from the carrier’s Dallas/Fort Worth International airport base to its Chicago O’Hare International airport […]

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A SkyWest EMB-120 Brasilia at Portland International airport in 2013. Photo by author.

SkyWest Brasilias fly out of US regional fleets and into history

United Airlines flight 5165 operated by SkyWest Airlines from Santa Maria, California, to Los Angeles today marks the end of the Utah-based regional carrier’s nearly 30 year run with the Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia. The 30-seat turboprop, called the “smallest and fastest of the various new commuter types, and seems likely to achieve very low aircraft […]

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American mainline's first A319 ready for delivery in July 2013. Photo by the author.

American nearly halfway through repainting its fleet

American Airlines is well on its way to repainting its fleet in its new soaring spirit livery, with 44% of its combined 1,550 mainline and regional aircraft already sporting the colours. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier has repainted 169 American mainline and 104 US Airways mainline aircraft, including all of the 24 US Airways widebodies, […]

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PICTURES: Washington National operator details expansion plans

The operator of Ronald Reagan Washington National airport has released further details of its plans to add a new regional concourse and expand the secure area at US capital’s close-in airport. The $671 million works include a 14-gate new North Concourse built on land occupied by a hangar – and former Interim Terminal – and […]

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Northwest’s route map to JetBlue’s growth at National

Northwest Airlines bought 67 slots at then Washington National airport from bankrupt Eastern Air Lines in 1991, paving its way to becoming the second largest carrier at the close-in Washington DC airport. The Minneapolis-based carrier wasted no time in setting up a focus city at National – nine new routes were added to primarily Florida […]

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REVIEW: ‘American Airlines, US Airways and the Creation of the World’s Largest Airline’

It was the deal that everyone said made sense. American Airlines and US Airways were “MFEO” – made for each other – in order to compete in the new mega-airline world after the mergers of United Airlines and Continental Airlines in 2010 and Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines in 2008. The new book American […]

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America’s second busiest airport LAX plans $5bn expansion

UPDATE (22 DEC): Added additional details on LAX’s long-term master plan, including a linear terminal that would replace terminals one through three. The on-going reinvention of Los Angeles International airport (LAX) will move into its next phase in 2015, with initial works beginning on $5.25 billion in further improvements to the southern California aviation hub. […]

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PICTURE: American’s US Airways hybrid heritage livery

Updated with a better picture of the US Airways heritage livery from American American Airlines has rolled out its latest heritage livery, an Airbus A321 painted in the US Airways livery but bearing the “American” name. The aircraft (registration N578UW, also seen here) joins the small but growing fleet of popular heritage aircraft in the […]

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Washington DC punches above its weight in air service

Updated with data on Baltimore/Washington International and comments from MWAA The Washington DC metropolitan region punches above its weight in terms of nonstop air service to points around the globe. The region’s three primary airports, Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National, sport nonstop flights to 151 destinations on five continents […]

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