Copyright Photo: Roger Cannegieter. N431LF is pictured arriving at the new Curacao base with the interesting homemade titles.
Insel Air International (Curacao) acquired this ex-Alitalia (1st) McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) now registered N431LF (msn 49194, ex I-DAWI). It was ferried to Curacao on October 19, 2009 and will be used for spare parts. The crew took the opportunity to apply some interesting hand-drawn titles such as “Scrapheap”, “Curacao or Bust” and the larger “Out of Africa”.
Continental Airlines (Houston) will add three new routes from the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub on Sunday, November 1. CO will add nonstop spoke routes to Edmonton, Frankfurt and Washington (Dulles). The last two will feed the Star Alliance hubs of its new partners. The IAG-FRA route will be operated with Boeing 767-400s.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
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Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. N331UA gets the final water cannon salute.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. N331UA arrives at SFO.
United Airlines (Chicago) as previously reported, retired the last Boeing 737 on Wednesday evening (October 28). Despite a snowstorm in Denver, Boeing 737-322 N331UA (msn 24192) arrived at the San Francisco base ironically just as the sun was setting. The airport gave the traditional water cannon salute on landing ending an long era.
United Airlines (Chicago) will early terminate the Mesa Airlines (Mesa Air Group) Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) turboprop operation no later than June 30, 2010. 10 turboprops are being operated by Mesa, mainly from the Denver hub. Four of the 10 aircraft will be returned to lessors by Mesa. However Mesa will try to resettle six DHC-8-202s in another operation.