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Airbus A380 – 16 Years Of Trouble-Free (?) Flying

Airbus A380 – 16 Years Of Trouble-Free (?) Flying

16 years ago today, the Airbus A380 flew for the first time. The imposing double-decker was a promising prospect, but now faces a troubled future. On this day, 27th of April 2005, F-WWOW, the first prototype of the Airbus 380, lifted off in Toulouse, France. It was a...
How Computer Power Changed Airline Operations – Twice

How Computer Power Changed Airline Operations – Twice

Computer Power has not only defined the scope of Hub & Spoke and Point-to-Point airline operations. Computers literally shaped entire airline fleets. This article looks at how airlines bounced back and forth between the two systems, in large part because of...
777X – Emirates Will Have To Be Patient

777X – Emirates Will Have To Be Patient

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates doesn’t have a firm date for when to expect delivery of its massive Boeing 777X order. The airline wants it, but the Airbus A350 and the 787 Dreamliner are both the picture, too. And eventually, these new giants will replace Emirates’ equally...
Covid-19 Killed the Jumbos – And Revived Hub & Spoke?

Covid-19 Killed the Jumbos – And Revived Hub & Spoke?

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the demise of four-engined aircraft. But ironically, it revitalized the hub & spoke model that these planes were meant to serve. This still won’t save these aircraft, but it has interesting effects for the airlines that used them....