Airways Magazine - May 2006

(Volume 13 No 3) (Issue No 123) button







Building the world’s largest airliner

Because the size of the aircraft prohibits its manufacture in one location in Europe, the A380 is put together rather like a giant model kit

for experienced builders only. For the A380, the level of international cooperation is Byzantine.




Madrid-Barajas: The Gateway Grows
by David Herreros Serrano

Madrid-Barajas Airport, the home base of Spanish flag-carrier Iberia, has long been a link between Europe and Latin America. MAD is currently ranked as
4 in Europe and 13th in the world in terms of passenger numbers and aircraft movements, with figures of 42 million and 417,000, respectively, for last year. Since February, new runways and a spectacular fourth terminal have been in service, raising the airport’s annual capacity to 70 million passengers, and 120 movements per hour.




Travels and Travails with Global Peace One
by Ann Meili

Global Peace One
purports to be the only privately owned Boeing 747SP in the world.




Low-cost Consolidation in Germany
by Andreas Rohde

In an unexpected move, literally minutes before dying in a Baden-Baden hospital in November 2005, Germania’s founder and owner Hinrich Bischoff, transferred his airline to Joachim Hunold, once his toughest competitor. Hunold—head and part-owner of Air-Berlin—had flown to Baden-Baden in order to pay a last visit to Germany’s most controversial but highly successful airline leader; he returned home with the largest ‘gift’ ever received in the German air transport industry: a second fully operational airline.




Striving for Recognition at Historic CLE
by Don Bedwell

Considering that their airport may be the USA’s most historic, city officials of Cleveland, Ohio, were concerned that Cleveland Hopkins International was not generating enough of an image for and amongst the community. Marketing surveys showed that many travellers passing through the airport did not even associate it with the city. Indeed, some passengers have told John Mok, director of the local airports system: “When you’re in Hopkins, you don’t know you’re in Cleveland.”




‘Bula!’ for Air Pacific
by Ken Donohue

If there was a competition to decide the world’s friendliest people, Fijians would almost certainly come out on top. In Fiji, Bula means ‘hello’, but the word has become more than just a pleasant greeting; it has come to embody the spirit of Fijian hospitality. At few places in the world will you be greeted with such warmth, and it all begins with a hearty ‘Bula!’ welcome as you step aboard an Air Pacific aircraft. There is a genuineness about the cabin crew that you will not find on most other airlines.




Fourth Stripe and Scrambled Eggs
by Mac af Uhr

As the mid-Nineties approached I was still ‘languishing’ in the right seat of my employers’ Seattle, Washington-based Boeing 737-400 fleet. Although I had previously flown as PIC (pilot in command) for other airlines, the progress here toward the left seat was slow in comparison with other big US carriers.




Gone Fishing in a Five-Eighty
by Andreas Rohde

The Convair 580 is an impressive machine. With its huge upward-opening door it seems to welcome passengers, who must climb an 11-step integral air stair to board the airplane. When facing a 580 head-on, confronting its large paddle-shaped propeller blades-an observer would realize that the Convair appears larger and stronger than any other commercial twin-turboprop in use today.


Airline Historian
by Valerie Lester

by Hugh Pryor


News from the Airways
Colorfully illustrated highlights of the major news developments from North America and around the world, including fleet changes, new airlines, and new paint schemes.

Both Sides
Clayton Taylor has a Virtual Airline Dream.

Coach Flyer
Ivan Nishimura flies from Honolulu to the Mainland with Aloha.

Chris Sterling checks out the latest noteworthy commercial aviation literature.

The forum for our readers’ opinions, feedback, and contributions.

Stan Solomon offers a varied selection of humorous anecdotes from the Airways.