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Airways Magazine

Airways Magazine

July/August 2020

Airways is the world's leading Commercial Aviation magazine, offering insider knowledge, international outlook, industry analysis, historic features, and stunning aviation photography. Airways is published monthly since 1994.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Airways International Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s briefing

WE’LL MEET AGAIN A FEW DAYS ago, I came across an emotive message from Finnair in which the airline’s choir—comprising some of its most talented Flight Attendants—performed ‘We’ll Meet Again’. The song, made famous by Dame Vera Lynn (1917-2020) in the dark days of World War II, expressed the universal yearning to reconnect with loved ones when, on some distant day, “the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away”. Almost eight decades later, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to the way we live. We quickly replaced our rapid-paced, stress-induced lifestyle with a sedentary and secluded way of life. Staying at home has become the norm, while tens of thousands of commercial airplanes sit in storage around the world. The aviation and travel industry have been severely affected by this crisis,…

3 min.
mailbag

Hi, Airways! My name is Cooper. I am 11 years old and love plane-spotting. I am probably the only person in the world who still reads the back issues of Airways, as my dad used to be a subscriber. Anyway, I have a couple of photos from spotting trips to Portland International Airport (PDX) that I would like to be published, if possible. Thanks, Cooper B. Eugene, Oregon Hi, Cooper! Thanks a lot for your pictures. As you can see, we have published them in our Mailbag section. Our mailboxes are open to your contributions, as well as from others who wish to send us newsworthy images. You are not the only person in the world who reads our back issues. They are very popular among our readers, and some of them are available for purchase. Check our…

1 min.
on the cover

ON THE COVER As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, airlines are speeding up the retirement of its older fleets. Delta Air Lines (DL) has bid a discreet farewell to its MD-88s and MD-90s, which served the airline for decades. The end of the type in the airline marks the end of an era that started in the 1960s, when DL became the launch customer of the Douglas DC-9, and whose legacy still lives on with the Boeing 717. SOCIAL MEDIA airwaysmag 2,882 likes Delta Air Lines (DL) announced the suspension of flights to 12 cities in the United States and Canada. The suspension will come into effect on July 8, 2020, and responds to the low passenger demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more at airwaysmag.com Tell us, did we make the right choice? Which cover would you…

5 min.
airways photo news

1 AIR BUSAN AIRBUS A321-251NX D-AVZT (HL8366) MSN 9234 In March, Air Busan (BX) took delivery of its first Airbus A321LR. The airliner is configured with 220 seats in a single-class layout. The low-cost subsidiary of Asiana Airlines (OZ) is an all-Airbus A320 family operator. 2 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) AIRBUS A380-841 F-WWAL (JA383A) MSN 266 Japanese carrier ANA’s (NH) third and final ‘Flying Honu’ Airbus A380 is ready for delivery. The aircraft was due to join the two A380s already in service with NH on the Tokyo-Honolulu route in July, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put those plans on hold. 3 ATLANTIC AIRWAYS AIRBUS A320-251N F-WWII (OY-RCL) MSN 10006 Atlantic Airways (RC) has taken delivery of its second Airbus A320neo. The jetliner, a lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), is configured with 174 seats in an all-Economy layout. 4 BRA ATR 72-600 F-WWEB…

3 min.
the silver lining

PEOPLE OFTEN ask me, “What is it like to be flying during COVID-19?” I usually tell them how terrible it is. Airports and aircraft are empty, and the layovers are lonely and miserable. However, the actual ‘flying’ is the greatest gift I could be given. We Pilots are lucky because, even on the grayest of days, we can fly high enough to see the blue sky. And, in perhaps the grayest times through which most of us have lived, Pilots can climb high enough to see the clouds’ silver lining. Flying is a sort of meditation for Pilots. It forces us to be present and live the moment, without thinking about the stress of the past or the concerns of the future, and just keep focused on that very second when…

12 min.
qantaslink

IN MAY this year, in the midst of the pandemic that had shuttered most air travel, Qantas (QF) did something startling. It bought another airline. For 15 years, that airline—Cobham Australia’s National Jet Systems (NC), based in Adelaide and owned by British company Advent International—had operated a fleet of 20 Boeing 717-200s on domestic regional routes for QantasLink (QF). From now on, the Qantas regional subsidiary will operate those planes and routes itself. Cobham will continue to operate four freighter jets on behalf of Qantas Freight. At a time when, overall, Qantas operations had been reduced to flying to just 5% of its normal operational capacity, the move was both unexpected and remarkably positive. QantasLink CEO John Gissing said that the acquisition provides more certainty for the post-pandemic future. He told Airways that…