Monthly Archives: October 2010

British Airways retires the Boeing 757 after over 27 Years

British Airways (London) successfully retired the last Boeing 757-200 last night.

Copyright Photo: Allan Huse. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Air Canada Jazz launches Toronto-New Orleans flights

Air Canada (Montreal) yesterday (October 30) inaugurated daily non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans. Flights to The Big Easy will be operated with a 75-seat, Air Canada Jazz (Halifax) Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2C10) aircraft featuring Executive and Economy class service and seatback, personal audio-visual entertainment throughout the aircraft.

Air Canada now offers the only non-stop daily service between Toronto and New Orleans. Flight AC7971 departs Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport at 10:00 a.m. (1000) and arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 12:10 p.m. (1210). Flight AC7972 departs New Orleans at 12:45 p.m. (1245) and arrives in Toronto at 4:30 p.m. (1630).

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Please click on photo for additonal details.

Will there be a Pan Am Number 4?

Pan American Airways (4th) (Brownsville) is a proposed paper airline. The new company has issued the following statement:

“Pan American Airways will announce its return to the skies on Friday,
November 12 at noon in front of the historic Pan American Airways Building at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. Pan American President Robert Hedrick will announce the start of operations and the re-opening of the Gateways to Latin America, which was pioneered by the original Pan American World Airways in Brownsville in 1929.

According to Hedrick, the new airline will offer 70 flights each month from Brownsville to various Latin American destinations. Rio de Janeiro will be a key destination in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. The air service will begin with cargo flights. Passenger service will follow.

The new Pan American Airways will be headquartered in the original Pan American Airways Building, which was home to the first Pan Am for more that 30 years. Former Pan Am employees from the 1930, 40 and 50ʼs eras will be honored at the rededication ceremony.

The airlineʼs future plans call for developing a southern route to Africa with service to such key cities as Johannesburg and Cape Verde. Offering scheduled service to this part of the world, over a southern route, will be a first in aviation history. Other airlines fly North Atlantic routes.

Brownsville is known as the crossroads of the hemisphere and the new airline president thinks it is the perfect location from which to re-launch the original Gateway to Latin America. Hedrick and his staff have been preparing for their grand opening for more than two years. “I want to thank all the communities in south Texas and northern Mexico which have welcomed us with open arms”, Hedrick said.”

While some of the history above is not accurate, we will wait to see if this paper airline ever becomes airborne. Please note there is no mention of the planned aircraft types. The prospective airline has also developed a new tail logo as the famous blue globe is owned by other parties.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for information about this aircraft.

The NTSB is investigating fuselage skin failure on American’s N626AA

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the incident involving American Airlines’ flight AA 1640 from Miami-Boston on October 26.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for further details.

Finnair has its first profit in seven quarters

Finnair (Helsinki) produced a profit of $45 million in the third quarter, its first profit in seven quarters.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional details.

OpenSkies adjusts its Washington Dulles departure time

OpenSkies (Paris-Orly) announced that flights from Washington-Dulles to Paris-Orly will now operate a later departure time at 7:30 p.m. (1930) (ET). This change will take effect beginning October 31.

Previously, OpenSkies’ five weekly direct flights from Washington to Paris departed at 5:45 p.m. (1745) (ET) and arrived in Paris at 7:40 a.m. (0740) (CET). The new departure time will arrive in Paris at 8:10 a.m. (0810) (CET).

Departure times for flights traveling west-bound from Paris-Orly to Dulles will continue operating on the current schedule. All five weekly flights depart at 12:00 p.m. (1200) (CET) and arrive at Washington-Dulles at 4:00 p.m. (1600) (ET).

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on photo for additional details.

Southwest Airlines considers Hawaii, looks at Atlanta as its future largest hub

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is considering adding Boeing 737-800s and according to this Star Advertiser article is also considering the Hawaiian market. Click below to read this article.


In addition, SWA official Bob Jordan was quoted as saying the new upcoming Atlanta hub (through the AirTran acquisition) could potentially become the largest hub for the carrier (Phoenix is currently the largest). Read the full article in


Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Delta to end service to Florence and Hilton Head Island

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is ending service from Atlanta to both Florence and Hilton head Island, both in South Carolina on November 1. The Mesaba Airlines SAAB 340Bs were operated on the two routes as Mesaba gradually withdraws the type from service and the ATL hub. Delta is also dropping service to Lynchburg, VA and London, ON.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional details on the planned phase out of the SAAB 340B.

MAI leases Airbus A321 F-GYAO from Air Mediterranee

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. A321-111 F-GYAO (msn 642) gets ready to depart from Paris (Orly) on delivery on October 28.

MAI-Myanmar Airways International (Yangon) has leased this Airbus A321-111 registered F-GYAO (msn 642) from Air Mediterranee for the winter season.