Airline Apocalypse: Failed and Defunct Airlines

Dave Pflieger highlights a few once-popular airlines that have gone the way of the dodo.

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Commercial aviation may be barely a century old, but few would argue that it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Flight is still the most efficient way to travel, and it’s shaped the way we interact with the world in truly dramatic ways. But just because air travel is here for the long haul doesn’t mean that there aren’t casualties along the way. Here are some once famous airlines that have failed to stay with us over the years.

Eastern Air Lines

Miami-based Eastern Air Lines was once one of the biggest players in commercial air, but it became a lesson in the powerful role workers can play in a company’s feasibility. The first cause for concern came in 1988, as more economical alternatives started to cut into Eastern’s bottom line, but it was the deregulation in the years that followed which served as the nail in the coffin. An attempt to freeze out protesting members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers led to a galvanization of multiple related unions, and Eastern Air Lines was left crippled. They were forced to declare bankruptcy in 1989 and finally ended operations at the beginning of 1991.

Braniff International Airlines

Few airlines had the flair that Braniff International did. Their colorful uniforms, designed by Emilio Pucci, especially made them stand apart from the competition. But it was the company’s notable confidence that got the best of it. An attempt at aggressive expansion in a time when fuel costs peaked and economy alternatives created a highly competitive market drove Braniff into deep debt and rapidly led to their dissolution.

Lakers Airways Skytrain

The problem with Lakers was in many ways the polar opposite of Braniff. They entered the market during the glut of new competitors in the early 1980s and promised tremendously low cost flights, often as much as half that of the major airlines. Unfortunately, the model quickly proved unsustainable, and they ended up as just another forgotten experiment in a boom notable for them.

Interflug

It could be argued that Interflug was a victim of geopolitics, but there had been problems with its structure for a long time. Based out of East Berlin, its planes suffered from poor fuel efficiency and noise protection. When the Berlin wall fell, a number of airlines expressed interest in purchasing Interflug, but the airline ultimately failed to find a serious buyer.

The Bombardier Jet is Breaking Records

Dave Pflieger highlights the Bombardier jet’s record-breaking achievements.

Joseph Armand Bombardier established his first company in 1942. He manufactured snowmobiles. By 1986, he decided to expand his horizons by venturing into the aeronautical industry. Today, the company is widely known for creating luxury personal aircraft and other business jets. The crafts created by the company include the Lear, Challenger and Global jet series. Recently, Bombardier’s Global 7500 jet broke the record for distance and speed.

In early March, a Global 7500 jet left Van Nuys Airport at 7:01 A.M. Pacific time. The jet landed at Teterboro Airport in New York three hours and 54 minutes later at 1:55 P.M. Eastern time. The flight broke the coast-to-coast flight from one major financial city to another. During the course of the flight, the aircraft flew at an average speed of Mach 0.92. During the flight, the craft was able to achieve a top speed of Mach 0.925. The previous record was held by an aircraft manufactured by a different company.

On March 24, 2019, a Bombardier Global 7500 jet left an airport in Singapore and arrived in Tucson, Arizona. The jet flew 8,152 nautical miles in 16 hours. The flight was the longest accomplished by a business jet. The plane averaged Mach 0.85 during the course of the flight. The jet also flew at a sustained speed of Mach 0.925 for two hours.

A few days later, a Global 7500 lest Westchester County Airport in New York at 6:26 A.M. Eastern time. The plane landed at London Luton Airport five hours and 26 minutes later at 3:52 P.M. The flight was deemed to be the fastest for an aircraft of its class between two international cities. During the flight, the jet achieved a top speed of Mach 0.925 and averaged a speed of Mach 0.92.

Distance, Speed and Luxury

Business passengers are not only able to arrive at their designated destination at impressive speeds regardless of distance, clients additionally travel in style. The Global 7500 jets feature four separate cabin areas referred to as the Club Suite, the Conference Suite, the Master Suite and the Media Suite. The Suites also feature seating equipped with controls to regulate lighting, multimedia systems and temperature. the Master Suite.

The Conference Suite also serves as the dining area complete with a dining table and six chairs. The Master Suite comes with a full-sized bed, a shower and a fully functional kitchen along with a crew suite.

Best Gifts For Pilots

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the best gifts you can purchase for your pilot and aviation-minded friends.

Are you trying to choose a gift for the pilot in your life that’s both unique and personal? If you’re unfamiliar with the industry, selecting a gift can be difficult. This list will provide you with a variety of aviation gifts that the recipient is sure to enjoy!

Airplane Pop-Up Card

Searching for the perfect card to accompany your gift? Look no further! This card features a beautifully designed 3-D airplane that appears to take flight from the middle of the card once you open it. The card also includes unique details such as clouds and windows.

Aircraft Mount for GoPro

If your pilot also enjoys photography, consider purchasing this GoPro Mount for them. This one is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and doesn’t require any other screws or fasteners to fit on their plane. They’ll be able to attach it to their aircraft and take breathtaking photos and videos of the skies.

Portable Charger

Is your pilot always on the move? If they’re often away from home, this portable charger is a great gift. This 26800mAh device yields an average of nine days of complete usage. It even comes with the ability to charge three devices at once!

Travel Adapter

If they travel out of a the country frequently, then a travel adapter is another great gift. This model features two outlets and two USB ports and is equipped with surge protection. It includes six types of international adapters, meaning that it’s compatible with outlets in North America, the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Australia, Japan, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

In order to read the full article, written by Dave Pflieger, make sure to click the link.

Supersonic Stories: GE’s Newest Engine

Any business professional knows that, in order to stay relevant and successful, one must keep his or her thumb on the pulse of their respective industry. I thoroughly enjoy learning as much as I can about new practices, methods and technologies that affect my industry, directly or indirectly. That is precisely why I wanted to highlight GE’s brand new supersonic engine.

The supersonic jet has been retired for quite some time, but as I’d discussed in previous blogs, it is making something of a comeback. Travelers want to get from point A to point B in record time; in order to do that, we must revive the notion of supersonic travel. Well, luckily, GE and a handful of aviation companies are looking to do just that.

GE, in association with Lockheed Martin and Honeywell, is working on a supersonic jet engine that could power the aviation industry into the future. Dubbed the Affinity, the new engine is set to power the Aerion AS2 supersonic jet. According to reports, GE is keeping a tight lid on the new engine, but the company boasts that the Affinity can function at a max of 60,000 feet and, most importantly, will keep the noise down and adhere to the multiple sound requirements enforced by various countries and territories.

As is the case with most of today’s new technology, the Affinity will be monitored and controlled by a computer known as a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). These FADECs are quite popular in the aviation industry. As of now, the Aerion is scheduled to make its maiden voyage sometime in 2023, so there is still quite some time for GE and company to perfect the engine.

I am incredibly excited about the ability to travel by plane at supersonic levels. As a professional in the industry who’s constantly traveling, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to cut down the commute time by a few hours. I truly hope that GE can deliver on their promises and make the Affinity one of the greatest supersonic engines the aviation industry has ever seen. I will keep you updated on this story as it develops.

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