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Airways Magazine September/October 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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Airways International Inc.
10 Issues

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2 min
asia, africa & oceania

13 CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES AIRBUS A350-941 F-WZPG (B-308T) (MSN 318) Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines (CZ) has received the first of 20 Airbus A350-900s on order. Featuring fresh seat products, the new aircraft has 28 seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy, and 262 in Economy. The airline will initially use the aircraft on its domestic routes from Guangzhou (CAN), and on international ones later on. 14 EGYPTAIR AIRBUS A220-300 C-FPBE (SU-GEX) (MSN 55038) Egyptair (MS) has become the first Airbus A220 operator in the Middle East and North African region after receiving its first of 12 of the type on order. MS has configured the aircraft with 15 Premium Economy and 125 Economy seats. As of press date, MS has deployed the aircraft on domestic routes out of its hub at Cairo (CAI). 15 KUWAIT AIRWAYS AIRBUS A320-251N D-AUBA…

1 min
editor’s briefing

SOME YEARS AGO, while taking photographs in Dusseldorf Airport with a friend, I spotted a swan flying near the runway. I couldn’t help joking “See that KLM!”, as the swan had been extensively used in their marketing campaigns back in the 1980s and 1990s. I am sure that some of you remember it, don’t you? Now, coming back to the present, KLM is celebrating its centennial and we are dedicating this special issue to the history of this iconic airline, taking a look at the two pillars on which it relied to succeed: Fokker and Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. The first lasted from the humble beginnings of the airline, in 1919, until 2017, when the last Fokker 70 left the fleet. The operational expertise was such that the type remained in the…

2 min
the klm fleet 1967/2014

1 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 Introduced: 1967 Retired: 1989 Fleet Number: 18 KLM’s DC-9-30s were named after European cities, given the role of the jetliners in the fleet. 2 Boeing 747-200 Introduced: 1971 Retired: 1991 Fleet Number: 13 KLM named its first seven Boeing 747-200s after large rivers. The last six were named after aviation pioneers. 3 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Introduced: 1972 Retired: 1995 Fleet Number: 12 The Dutch airline named all of its DC-10s after famous musicians. 4 Airbus A310-200 Introduced: 1983 Retired: 1997 Fleet Number: 11 The A310 was the first Airbus jetliner ever operated by KLM. The jetliners were christened after famous Dutch painters. 5 Boeing 747-300 Introduced: 1983 Retired: 2003 Fleet Number: 3 Just like the last 747-200s delivered, KLM’s Boeing 747-300s were named after aviation pioneers. 6 Boeing 747-200(SUD) Introduced: 1985 Retired: 2003 Fleet Number: 12 In 1985, KLM started a comprehensive modernization program of its Boeing 747-200 fleet. The works included stretching the upper deck to match the seating capacity of…

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the baltic way: 30 years later

ON AUGUST 23, 1989, some two million people joined hands to form a human chain across the three Baltic countries—Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Called the Baltic Way, the event drew the attention of the world by peacefully demonstrating the people’s determination for freedom from the Soviet Union. Soon afterwards, the countries regained their independence. Exactly three decades later, Latvia’s flag carrier, airBaltic (BT), held an event at the airline’s headquarters at Riga International Airport (RIX). Employees, invited guests, and the media gathered to commemorate the Baltic Way in a celebration featuring music, traditions, and three special guests. “We are proud to host this event in honor of the Baltic Way—a unique, peaceful demonstration that showed the world how determined and unified the Baltic people were in regaining their freedom,” Martin Gauss, CEO…

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4 LAS CARGO BOEING 737-33V(BCF) HK-5312X (MSN 29334 · LN 3089) Colombia-based LAS Cargo (4L) has received its first Boeing 737-300(F). The 20-year-old converted freighter joins 4L’s fleet of one Boeing 727-100(F) and five Boeing 727-200(F)s for flights in Colombia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The carrier has also ordered two 737-800(BCF)s from Boeing to replace the trijets that now exceed four decades of service. 5 CONVIASA (VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT) BOEING 737-2N1(A) YV3434 (MSN 21167 · LN 442) The Venezuelan Government has applied the colors of the state-owned Conviasa (V0) to this VIP Boeing 737, which served as Venezuela’s presidential aircraft between 1978 and 2001, when an Airbus A319CJ replaced it. The Venezuelan presidential fleet also includes an Embraer Lineage 1000, which also wears the V0 livery. 6 AEROMEXICO BOEING 737-852(WL) XA-AAM (MSN 39944 · LN 4949) Aeromexico (AM) and Sesame Workshop…

12 min
fokker klm’s steadfast partner

ANTHONY (TONY) Fokker grew up in Haarlem, in North Holland, a young man entranced by the feats of the Wright Brothers. Soon, he was flying his own versions of early aircraft. In 1911, having trained in Germany in building and flying planes, he became a national celebrity by flying his Spin (“Spider”) around the tower of Haarlem’s Saint Bavo Church in 1911. In spite of the enthusiasm of the city’s people, who had never seen an aircraft fly before, Fokker had little success in selling his first products in The Netherlands. Hence, he set up his first factories in Germany and, during World War I, produced several famous fighter aircraft, including the E.III monoplane, the D.VII biplane, and the Dr.l triplane, which became famous as the aircraft in which Manfred von…