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Airways Magazine February 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

13 min
wings across the rockies formation of the original

WHEN THE U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the agency tasked with regulating America’s airline network, created the class of air carriers known as feeder airlines in 1944, it took on the job of selecting the companies best suited to provide air service to America’s small- and medium-sized cities. It also decided which cities would be served and over what routes. As part of the process, the Board held hearings to investigate the airline needs for different parts of the country. One of the first hearings, the Rocky Mountain States Air Service Case, covered Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, plus parts of the adjoining states of each along the Continental Divide. Several companies, including outfits calling themselves Intermountain Air Lines, Colorado Airlines, and Mountain States Aviation—along with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad…

7 min
flying the southern sky in an antonov an-24

In a monotonous world full of Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s, the opportunity of flying an Antonov An-24 should be grasped without thinking twice. With over 1,300 of the aircraft built between 1959 and 1979, entering the type into our logbooks is still relatively easy. THE EASIEST chances to get a flight on an An-24 are probably to be found in Ukraine, on Motor Sich Airlines (M9). The small carrier operates a mixed fleet of Antonov An-24s, the very rare Antonov An-140 (the only one running for a commercial airline), and Yakovlev Yak-40s. If you are fortunate, you might even catch its Antonov An-72, which occasionally jumps in if another M9 aircraft is undergoing maintenance. Kazakhstan also offers excellent opportunities to fly on An-24s or Yak 40s. This vast country, the world´s…

1 min
north america

1 SUNWING AIRLINES BOEING 737-86J(WL) C-GOWG (MSN 37757 · LN 3377) Sunwing Airlines (WG) has painted banana boats on one of its Boeing 737-800s to promote ‘Oasis Hotels, All Inclusive Fun.’ The aircraft is the first WG 737 with themed billboard graphics for the 2018-2019 winter season. 2 SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES BOEING 737-83N(WL) N861AM (MSN 30706 · LN 929) Sun Country Airlines (SY) has repainted one of its Boeing 737-800s. The aircraft not only features a new livery, it has new interiors with seating for 183 passengers and is the first Boeing 737-800 to be owned—not leased—by the airline. 3 THE BOEING COMPANY (RYANAIR) BOEING 737 MAX HC N6065Y (MSN 65076 · LN 7285) Without much fanfare, the first 737 MAX HC (High Capacity) had its first flight from Renton Municipal on January 13, 2019. To safely transport up to 200…

2 min
editor’s briefing

AS I AM writing this, the Captain of our Boeing 737 has asked all Flight Attendants and passengers to remain seated because of unforeseen turbulent weather. I have been on hundreds of turbulent flights—both as a Pilot and a passenger—and I must admit that I enjoy turbulence. From the Pilot perspective, it is challenging to try and find different flight levels where the chop is mitigated. And, as a passenger, well, it just makes me laugh. However, looking at the nervous faces of a few passengers around me puts things into perspective. Pilots know a thing or two about turbulence—how to manage it, the plane’s limitations, and how to keep the passengers safe. But most inexperienced passengers think that the aircraft is going to disintegrate mid-air. This past year was…

2 min

7 CSA CZECH AIRLINES (EUROWINGS) AIRBUS A319-112 OK-NEP (MSN 3660) CSA Czech Airlines (OK) has wet-leased some of its Airbus A319s to German low-cost carrier Eurowings (EW) to support that carrier’s operations until summer 2019. The aircraft in the picture wears its original ‘Fly to the City of Magic’ livery, which promotes Prague as a tourist destination, but with small Eurowings titles on the front. 8 CSA CZECH AIRLINES (EUROWINGS) AIRBUS A319-112 OK-REQ (MSN 4713) Here is another Airbus A319 that Eurowings (EW) is wet-leasing from CSA Czech Airlines (OK). This one, seen arriving in sunny Palma de Mallorca (PMI), wears a standard OK livery with Eurowings titles. 9 AER LINGUS AIRBUS A330-302 EI-EDY (MSN 1025) Irish carrier Aer Lingus (EI) has unveiled a new livery on one of its Airbus A330s. The half-green fuselage is gone, replaced by a blue-green…

15 min
edinburgh airport

Since 2012, Edinburgh Airport (EDI) has enjoyed six consecutive years of growth. In 2018, the facility had the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport, handling an incredible 14.3 million passengers. This continual increase in passengers presents the facility with both opportunities and challenges. THE BUSIEST airport in Scotland and sixth most active in the UK, EDI has enjoyed a wave of new airlines, destinations, and infrastructure improvements since its takeover by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) in 2012. EDI, which was opened in 1916 as Turnhouse Aerodrome, was home to the Royal Air Force during World War II. In 1947, after hostilities ended, British European Airways began passenger flights to London. The airport remained under military control until July 1, 1960, when the Ministry of Civil Aviation stepped in to improve commercial…