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Airways Magazine November 2019

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.

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United States
Airways International Inc.
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s briefing

In many respects, 2019 has so far been an annus horribilis for aviation. From the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX—and the technical, legal and economic implications that will reshape the aviation industry in the years to come—to the demise, to date, of over 20 airlines. Among them, Germania, flyBMI, WOW Air, Jet Airways, Avianca Brasil, and Argentina, and, more recently, Thomas Cook in the United Kingdom. While these airlines followed different business models and were of different sizes, they all had an element in common: the inability to adapt and adjust to any sudden changes in the global economy. Just a few weeks ago, for example, we bid farewell to the American Airlines’ iconic McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. Once considered ‘fuel savers’, the veteran jetliners are being phased out across the globe…

2 min

Dear Airways, The Mailbag from Phil Brooks (Airways, September/October 2019) has it right. I toured the TWA Hotel and the Lockheed L-1649A Starliner last June 3rd and, as a child of the 1950s who had actually flown on L-749 Constellations and L-1049 Super Constellations, it was a meaningful, enriching experience. The preserved aircraft was gorgeous, and the walk-through was pure nostalgia. After that, the hotel was simply a bonus. Let’s admit that, at its soft opening, a 500-unit facility will not be at 100%. That said, many of the observations Roger Hyde made in his report (Airways, July 2019) are valid, as are his thoughts about improvements. Of course, the investors must see a route to profitability, hence 21st Century applications. Mr. Hyde would have done better to couch his thoughts in a…

1 min
north america

1 UNITED AIRLINES BOEING 757-224(WL) N14102 (MSN 27292 · LN 619) United Airlines (UA) has put a special livery on one of its Boeing 757-200s. The design, by artist Corinne Antonelli, features iconic images of the New York/New Jersey region, including the Red Mill in New Jersey, the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty, as well as a globe signifying UA’s worldwide connectivity. 2 ALASKA AIRLINES BOEING 737-890(WL) N537AS (MSN 35204 · LN 3913) Alaska Airlines (AS), in collaboration with Disney, pays tribute to Pixar Pier, a themed land at Disney California Adventure Park. Characters from the popular animated movie Toy Story series adorn both sides of the airliner. The plane is named Friendship and Beyond at Disneyland Resort. 3 KALITTA CHARTERS II BOEING 737-436(SF) N405CK (MSN 25407 · LN 2178) Ypsilanti-based Kalitta Charters II (K9) is currently…

1 min

4 LATAM AIRLINES CHILE AIRBUS A321-211(WL) CC-BEM (MSN 7239) LATAM Airlines Chile (LA) has launched a recycling program for the waste onboard its domestic flights. To publicize the effort, the carrier has added special Recicla tu Viaje (Recycle your Trip) titles to one of its Airbus A321s. Later, the program will be extended to the other subsidiaries in Latin America. 5 LATAM AIRLINES CHILE AIRBUS A321-211(WL) CC-BEQ (MSN 7119) LATAM Airlines Chile (LA) is marking the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Strait of Magellan—a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and a major sea route. To mark the celebrations, which run until October 21, 2020, the Latin American carrier applied special commemorative titles to one of its Airbus A321s. 6 AZUL AIRBUS A321-271NX D-AZAB (PR-YJA) (MSN 9090) At press time, Azul (AD) was set to receive the first…

2 min

7 DHL (AEROLOGIC) BOEING 777-FA D-AALL (MSN 66081 · LN 1619) DHL has partnered with Bryan Adams to manage transportation services for the Canadian artist and his band during their Shine A Light world tour. The carrier has applied a special scheme—Adams’ silhouette—to the back of both sides of the fuselages of some aircraft in its fleet. 8 AIR EUROPA EXPRESS BOEING 737-85P EC-MQP (MSN 60558 · LN 6554) Having incorporated two former Air Europa (UX) Boeing 737-800s into its fleet, Air Europa Express (X5) is a new operator of the type. The livery remains unchanged except for the ‘Express’ titles added under the name at the front. X5 is a subsidiary of Globalia, which is also the parent company of UX. 9 VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 747-443 G-VLIP (MSN 32338 · LN 1274) Virgin Atlantic (VS) celebrates Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge…

2 min
asia, africa & oceania

13 CHONGQING AIRLINES AIRBUS A321-253NX D-AZAP (MSN 8993) As of press time, Chongqing Airlines (OQ) was set to receive its first Airbus A321LR. The first of two of the type on order, the aircraft will join the airline’s all-Airbus A320 family fleet, which also includes nine A320neos. The airline expects to deploy the long-range variant of the A321neo to destinations in Sri Lanka and Thailand. 14 AIR ASTANA AIRBUS AA321-271NX D-AVXW (P4-KGA) (MSN 8837) Air Astana (KC) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The jetliner is fitted with 166 seats in a two-class configuration (16 Business and 150 Economy Class). The new A321LR will enable the Kazakhstan flag carrier to replace its aging Boeing 757-200 fleet, which has been in service for more than two decades. 15 ALL NIPPON…