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Airways Magazine

Airways Magazine January 2018

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 THE last 10 years of attending and covering airshows, I had never witnessed one in which more than US$76 billion were spent in the span of only three hours by two competing aircraft programs. That’s until the recent Dubai Air Show, in which both Boeing and Airbus signed record-breaking orders for their 737 MAX and A320neo programs, respectively. The expectations for this show were just lukewarm. Following a somewhat bland Paris Air Show during the summertime, the airline industry wasn’t foreseeing big announcements at the Middle Eastern trade show. Airbus hoped to revive its A380 program with an all-new order from Emirates. Eventually, nothing happened for the superjumbo; the Emirati carrier switched sides and purchased 46 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners instead. The Dubai Air Show proved hottest, however, for single-aisle…

11 min
southwest bids farewell to the 737 classic

SINCE the Classic’s introduction, 33 years ago—with its longer range, quieter footprint, better fuel efficiency, and more passenger seating than its predecessor, the Boeing 737-200—the brash Dallas-based carrier has grown from a Texas upstart to the country’s largest domestic airline. Fact is, no one flies more Boeings than Southwest and, apparently, no one has grown more attached to them. Southwest held on to its Classics longer than any other major carrier. Until September 29, 2017. That day, Southwest (Airways, January 2015) retired its fleet of 737-300s; 30 planes, most on short flights within Texas, performed their last service for Southwest. Airways rode along on the last of those flights, Houston-Hobby (HOU) to Dallas Love Field (DAL). THE CLASSIC, 737-300 Boeing launched its 737-300 program in March 1981, receiving orders from USAir (US) and Southwest. Each…

7 min

I HAD BEEN lying under a thatched umbrella on the beach in Cancun, Mexico, before making my way to the Sushi bar. When the waiter approached, I noticed that his name was Enrique. To this day, I’m not actually sure whether he was the Editor-in-Chief of this magazine on a weekend of fun or, well, see above. That’s not really where I’m going with this, but there is a reason for my obvious madness. A few months ago, I received a postcard in the mail. It was an invitation to an Airliners show. A year earlier, I had been to one and it had not been all that memorable but, when I mentioned it to a friend, he prodded me to live a little. So, we went. After paying the $7 entry fee,…

10 min
peeling parkas

AS SUPERHEATED forest fire air rocked the wings, I glanced at the Nibinamik First Nation Cree-Ojibwa Indian people crouching on the aircraft’s canvas seats. Sweat-soaked and smoke-stained, they had been evacuated as a monstrous tree-eating holocaust rumbled toward their village, 270nm north of Lake Superior. My job involved ferrying a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter or ‘Stone Boat’ to join a cluster of seaplanes tasked with moving residents to a nearby community marked as Webequie on our pre-GPS topographical charts. I glanced at the contrails of an airliner thousands of feet above the Precambrian Shield bush country. Decades too late, I reflected that I might have been at the controls of such an airplane had not fate sent me down a different path. As the acidic fragrance of overfilled airsickness sacks drifted into…

18 min
lax the big overhaul

WHEN PEOPLE think of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), they envision grandeur: massive terminal buildings, jumbo jets rolling down the taxiways, Hollywood movie stars, palm trees, pockets full of dreams. But the reality of LAX can be a nightmare—a misery of gridlocked traffic, dated terminals and overcrowding. Planning a visit there, or even making a flight connection, is nothing short of anxiety-inducing. Its owner-operator, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), knows this movie all too well. Over the next few years, it aims to transform the LAX experience from Scream to Love Story. The world’s fourth-busiest airport by passenger traffic is undergoing a US$14 billion capital improvement plan through 2023, with several high-visibility projects underway to not just bring LAX up to date but also to support the massive growth expected in the years…

1 min

4 RUTACA AIRLINES BOEING 737-230(A) YV380T (MSN 22127 · LN 745) Venezuela-based Rutaca Airlines (5R) has updated its livery with a black-and-yellow design. The carrier has dropped the troupial, the national bird of Venezuela, from its tail, replacing it with a large ‘R’ over a cuboid background. 5 AVIANCA AIRBUS A321-253N N759AV (MSN 7770) Avianca (AV) has incorporated its second Airbus A321neo aircraft into the fleet. The jetliner entered into revenue service on September 26, with flights between Bogotá (BOG) and Lima (LIM). The Colombian carrier has 15 more of the aircraft on direct order from the manufacturer. 6 AEROLÍNEAS ARGENTINAS BOEING 737 MAX 8 LV-LVD (MSN 64207· LN 6661) At press time, Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) was set to receive its first 170-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8 by the end of November. Back in December 2016, the airline negotiated the conversion…