Airways Magazine - August 2012
LATAM: new Latin American powerhouse
by Jeff Kriendler
With the fusion of Chile’s LAN Airlines and TAM Linhas Aéreas of Brazil to form the new LATAM Airlines Group, it is no longer mañana for Latin American aviation. According to both LAN and TAM, their ‘marriage’ will create a ‘global champion’ with regional consolidation allowing LATAM to compete on an equal footing with world airline leaders.
PHOTO: CHRIS SLOAN
First 747-8 Intercontinental Airline Delivery
by Chris Sloan
You could be forgiven if, as a commercial aviation aficionado, a significant day passed on May 1, 2012, without you even realizing it. On that overcast, chilly Tuesday in Everett, Washington, Boeing held a ceremony for the first 747-8 Intercontinental delivery and fly-away to an airline: Deutsche Lufthansa.
PHOTO: ALAN CARTER
Two Trips to Tripoli
by Alan CarterFlying around the non-holiday destinations of Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia on a Boeing 747-400 for Iraq’s Supreme Hajj and Umrah Commission, I was offered the opportunity to operate a flight to a different destination: Tripoli, in war-torn Libya. ‘Cool,’ I thought; however, my enthusiasm was not mirrored by my family, who were deeply unenthusiastic at this prospect.
PHOTO: CPH-ARNE V PETERSEN
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!
by Ramsey Qubein
Copenhagen [København]-Kastrup Airport, Denmark (IATA: CPH), is not the biggest or most diverse connecting point on the European continent, but to its more than 22 million annual visitors it is certainly the most customer-friendly.
PHOTO: MICHAEL ZOELLER
Good Jets Gone Bad
by Michael Zoeller
The story of a handful of once-gleaming Boeing 707s and 720s operated by the likes of Pan Am, TWA, Lufthansa, and United Air Lines, which ended their days flying for less-than-respectable owners to locations where ordinarily no questions would be asked as to the reason for the aircraft’s visit, its payload, maintenance history, or for whom it was flying.
PHOTO: COURTESY R DEAN DENTON
Ozark Air Lines: Up there with the biggest
by David H Stringer
The fourth and final part of the story of Ozark Air Lines sees the former local service airline go long-haul then struggle with deregulation and finally succumb to a merger with TWA.
The Merger and Acquisition Circus
by Jerry Castellano
Both Sides: Big ’Planes, Big Heads
by Clayton Taylor
Coach Flyer: Hawaiian Airlines A330
by Jerrold Wu
Stan Solomon offers a varied selection of anecdotes from the Airways.
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