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McDonnell Douglas DC-10

McDonnell Douglas DC-10: A Trijet That Remains Relevant Decades On

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is still flying in 2019. While this statement may not come as a surprise for aviation enthusiasts well-aware of the DC-10’s prowess as a cargo aircraft, back in 1979, few would have expected the DC-10 to fly for another four decades. Arguably redeemed by decades of reliable service, the DC-10 was, […]

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Putting Boeing's $50 Million Compensation to 737 MAX Crash Victims' Families into Perspective

Putting Boeing’s $50 Million Compensation to 737 MAX Crash Victims’ Families into Perspective

It seems like every blog and news outlet reported about Boeing’s opening of a $50 million over the last day or two. However, I haven’t seen any of those articles putting that number – and the roughly $145,000 per victim’s family – into perspective. On the other hand, I saw many people commenting on social

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Saudi Arabian 747SP

Boeing 747SP: The Smallest and Rarest of the Jumbo Jets

While Boeing 747 is generally associated with large capacity, there is one variant of the 747 that’s an outlier in that regard – the 747SP. This aircraft, developed to help airlines make long but thin routes profitable didn’t become a bestseller. In fact, only 45 airframes of the type were manufactured. That said, the “SP”

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737 vs. A320 Price

Boeing 737 vs. Airbus A320: A Showdown of the Two Most Popular Narrowbodies

If you plan to fly on a short-haul flight, chances are high that you will find yourself on an aircraft from either the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 family. After all, with over 10,000 737s built and almost 10,000 A320s (and A318s, A319s, etc.) built, they are the two best-selling airliners in history. In this

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Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus Part 1: A300, A310, A320 Series & A340

Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus Part 1: A300, A310, A320 Series & A340

It was a bit more than fifty years ago – on May 29, 1969 – that the then-French Minister of Transport and German Minister of Economy Affairs signed an agreement to jointly develop the Airbus A300, thus giving life to what has become one of the two largest aircraft manufacturers in the world. Airbus celebrated

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From Testing Aircraft Engines to Fighting Fires: 7 Unique Uses of the Boeing 747

From Testing Aircraft Engines to Fighting Fires: 7 Unique Uses of the Boeing 747

When the 747 entered into service back in 1970s, it revolutionized air travel. Over the last couple of decades, though, more fuel efficient aircraft were developed which led us to the point where nowadays only twenty or so airlines use the 747 for carrying passengers. While there are also airlines that use the freighter version

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