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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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Eastern’s first 737-800 shows its colours

The first Boeing 737-800 bound for start-up Eastern Air Lines has rolled out of a paint shop in Ireland, adorned in the former US trunk carrier’s iconic livery.   Two photos of the aircraft – seen here and here – which will be registered N276EA but continues to operate under the registration 5Y-KYB of former […]

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An Air Canada E190. (Air Canada)

What used aircraft could United buy?

United Airlines is on the market for used aircraft with a focus on narrowbodies to replace its rapidly shrinking fleet of 50-seat regional jets. The move comes nearly two years after the Chicago-based carrier’s pilots ratified a contract that allows it to add a “new small narrowbody aircraft” to its mainline fleet and more than […]

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A water canon greeting for BA's first A380 arrival at Dulles airport.

BA superjumbo launches at Washington Dulles

The US capital now sports two flights on the world’s largest passenger aircraft the Airbus A380, with the arrival of a British Airways superjumbo this week. The 469-seat aircraft takes over one of the carrier’s existing flights from a Boeing 747-400 resulting in a roughly 10% increase in seat capacity on the London Heathrow-Washington Dulles […]

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