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Airways Magazine

Airways Magazine October 2017

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 THIS MONTH’S issue, we celebrate two things that I hold very dearly: anything related to Pan Am and to Alitalia. The former, well, it’s what made most of us fall in love with commercial aviation. It’s what made lots of us dream and wish, one day, to become part of all the glam and flair reflected in those white and blue colors, anywhere around the world. As for the latter—I’ve said it before—what Alitalia represents means everything to me. And to see a DC-8—the aircraft that actually flew my parents back and forth between Italy and the Americas in the 1980s—working for NASA today, surely puts a big smile on my face! Our Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, was blessed to hop on that beautiful four-engined jet and experience a…

3 min

Dear Airways, My wife and I were intrigued with your article in the August 2017 issue, United Airlines Flight 154—A lifeline. It brought back vivid memories. In 1986, we took an identical trip from Honolulu to Guam with all the intermediate stops. There were two principal differences: Continental Air Micronesia was the carrier, flying Boeing 727M combis, and we had an extra stop at Johnston Island, a restricted military base with the same constraints as Kwajalein. We took the flight from and to Honolulu on Air Mike, as it was known locally, spending three days in Chuuk on the westward flight number CO 557, and three days in Pohnpei on the eastbound flight CO 556. We also spent time in Guam and visited Palau and Yap. Thank you for a very…

1 min
on the cover

ON THE COVER This month’s Airways Feature is dedicated to the stunning, four-engined, 48-year-old Douglas DC-8 that NASA has transformed into a flying laboratory. The unique characteristics and equipment installed on this aircraft can be appreciated on this shot. PHOTOGRAPHER Suresh Atapattu SOCIAL MEDIA airwaysmag 2,523 likes ‪More photos at AirwaysMag.com! First 787 Dreamliner for El Al painted in Portland. ERRATUM CENTER Issue: September, 2017 Erratum: Typo Page: 57 Paragraph: 2 Original: Fuji Dream Airlines (JL) Correction: Fuji Dream Airlines (JH) Tell us, did we make the right choice? Which cover would you have picked? Share your thoughts and have your opinion featured in an upcoming Mailbag.…

1 min
north america

1 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES BOEING 737-7H4(WL) N944WN (MSN 36659 · LN 3220) Southwest (WN) and Discovery Channel have teamed up to reveal a ‘Shark Week’ themed aircraft, depicting five shark species along the fuselage. The aircraft was to keep these titles through August 31, then return to WN’s basic color scheme. 2 KALITTA AIR BOEING 767-341(ER)(BDSF) N761CK (MSN 24752 · LN 289) Kalitta Air (K4) has begun to add a new type to its cargo fleet with converted Boeing 767-300s. The aircraft, originally delivered to Brazil’s Varig in 1989, went through a passenger-to-freight conversion in January 2016 at IAI’s Bedek Aviation in Tel Aviv, Israel. 3 NORTHERN AIR CARGO BOEING 737-232(A)(F) N320DL (MSN 23092 · LN 1023) Northern Air Cargo (NC) is now operating this 33-year-old veteran, originally delivered to Delta Air Lines in 1984 and previously in service with NC’s sister…

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4 AVIANCA ARGENTINA ATR 72-600 LV-GUG (MSN 1343) Avianca Argentina (A0) prepared to begin scheduled service in October 2017 by adding ATRs to its fleet in August. Until then, the carrier, based in Aeroparque (AEP) in Buenos Aires, operated two special flights for Andes Líneas Aereas (OY) to Salta (SLA) and Jujuy (JUJ). 5 AVIANCA AIRBUS A321-253N D-AVXW (MSN 7847) The first A321neo for Colombian carrier Avianca (AV) has emerged from the production line in Finkenwerder (XFW). Back in May 2015, Avianca finalized an order for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, the largest single order ever in Latin America. 6 ANDES LÍNEAS AÉREAS BOEING 737-85F(WL) LV-GWL (MSN 30007 · LN 746) Andes Líneas Aéreas has begun receiving second-hand Boeing 737-800s to replace part of its aging McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fleet. The first aircraft, delivered to South African Airways (SA) in 2001, wears…

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7 LOT POLISH AIRLINES BOEING 737-89P(WL) SP-LWA (MSN 30682 · LN 1673) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 in a lease from AerCap. The aircraft, the first of four to join the carrier this year, was delivered to the airline’s base at Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) on May 10. 8 BINTER CANARIAS BOMBARDIER CRJ1000 EC-MOX (MSN 19053) Binter Canarias (NT) has begun to operate CRJ1000 aircraft under a leasing agreement with Air Nostrum (YW). NT plans to expand its operations from the Canary Islands to Cabo Verde, Western Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula with the new aircraft type introduced to the fleet. 9 TAP PORTUGAL AIRBUS A330-343 CS-TOV (MSN 1006) TAP Portugal (TP) has unveiled Portugal, a retro-themed Airbus A330 featuring the airline’s 1950-1970-era colors. The elegant yet understated color scheme features a red stripe…