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Airways Magazine

Airways Magazine March/April 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

Among my early aviation remembrances there is one from the early 1980s when at the age of 7, I was looking to a magnificent Pan Am Boeing 747 standing in front of me in the departures area of Caracas-Simon Bolivar Airport. The massive tail with the blue, round logo and the USA flag, are still fresh in my memories. Now, moving forward almost four decades forward (geez, I am becoming vintage!) that childhood memory is somewhat present in this issue with the introduction of the Airways Vault. The new section features some of the best articles published in the last 26 years. To honor the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 passenger service, we have brought back an amazing read about Pan Am’s Jet Clipper America, better known as N747PA,…

1 min.
north america

1 THE BOEING COMPANY BOEING 777-9 N779XW (MSN 64240 · LN 1567) The prototype of the Boeing 777-9 took to the skies for the first time on January 25 in the next phase of its test program. For three hours and 51 minutes, Captain Van Chaney, 777/777X Chief Pilot, and Boeing Chief Pilot Craig Bomben tested the airplane’s systems and structures while a ground team in Seattle monitored the flight in real time. 2 ALLEGIANT AIRBUS A320-214 N258NV (MSN 4015) Allegiant (G4), Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have teamed up to promote Spies in Disguise, an animated comedy adventure that debuted in December. The airline unveiled a special livery on one of its Airbus A320s featuring images of the film’s lead characters. 3 DHL AVIATION (IAERO AIRWAYS) BOEING 737-86J(BDSF)(WL) N916SC (MSN 30498 · LN 450) A former AirBerlin (AB)…

1 min.
americas

4 AMERICAN JET EMBRAER ERJ-145(LR) LV-HVE (MSN 14500380) Argentinian private carrier American Jet (AV) has added a second Embraer ERJ-145 to its fleet. The airline, based in Neuquén (NQN), is starting scheduled services with two weekly flights from NQN to Río Hondo (RHD) although its main business remains charter service for oil, gas, and mining companies. 5 JETSMART REGIONAL BOEING 737-8JP LV-HQH (MSN 42278 · LN 6347) Following the sale of Norwegian Air Argentina (DN) to JetSMART (JA), all references to DN have been removed, including the aircraft titles. The legal name of DN in Argentina has changed to JetSMART Regional, and the Crews of the now defunct Argentinian division of Norwegian Air are getting Airbus A320 training. The aircraft are expected to return to Norwegian Air between March and June. 6 JETSMART AIRBUS A320-271N F-WWBM (CC-AWN • MSN 9463) Chilean…

2 min.
europe

7 SWISS AIR LINES AIRBUS A320-271N HB-JDA (MSN 9246) Airbus delivered the first of 17 Airbus A320neos ordered by SWISS Air Lines (LX), just two weeks after its maiden sortie in Toulouse (TLS). Brussels (BRU), Hamburg (HAM), Valencia (VLC), and London-Heathrow (LHR) are among the initial routes for the type. Since embarking on a massive fleet renewal in 2016, LX has taken delivery of 12 Boeing 777-300(ER)s and 29 Airbus A220s. 8 SWIFTAIR BOEING 757-223(PCF) EC-NHF (MSN 24613 · LN 402) After acquiring the Spanish cargo airline Cygnus Air (RGN) in 2019, Madrid-based Swiftair (WT) has added both of RGN’s Boeing 757-200s, now displaying full WT colors, to its fleet. One of them is EC-NHF, which served with American Airlines (AA) between 1991 and 2015 as N655AA. 9 AEGEAN AIRLINES AIRBUS A320-271N SX-NEO (MSN 9400) Aegean Airlines (A3) has taken delivery…

2 min.
asia, africa & oceania

13 VISTARA AIRBUS A320-251N F-WWDN (VT-TNW • MSN 9421) Vistara (UK) has taken delivery of its 19th and last Airbus A320neo on order. The New Delhi-based airline’s fleet of 32 Airbus A320 family aircraft and seven Boeing 737-800s serves more than 35 destinations with over 200 daily flights. It is about get the first of four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on order. 14 THAI AIR ASIA AIRBUS A321-251NX HS-EAB (MSN 9284) Thai AirAsia (FD) took delivery of its first A321-200neo, becoming the second unit in the AirAsia Group to operate the type. The Airbus A321neo is expected to replace the carrier’s existing fleet of A320ceos and A320neos throughout a network that covers India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The aircraft, configured with 236 seats in a single-class cabin configuration, adds up to 27% of extra seat…

10 min.
in the twilight of the jumbo era

CONTRIBUTOR VALENTINE’S DAY 2019 marked the beginning of the end. That was when Airbus announced it would end production of its A380 superjumbo in 2021. The European manufacturer made the hard decision to kill the program after Emirates (EK)—the largest customer of the type—cut its order. The Emirati carrier swapped 39 of its remaining A380s on order for a mix of A330neos and A350s. The cancellation was matched by lessor Amedeo, which cut an order for 20, and Qantas (QF), which killed off a long-deferred order for eight aircraft. Today, the backlog for the A380 stands at nine: Airbus will make eight more of the planes for Emirates and one for All Nippon Airways (NH) over the next year and a half. Airbus now produces just six A380s per year—a big drop from…